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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/17/2016 9:58 AM)



Good Morning

I have taken Laziness to an Art Form.  I posed as an inanimate object all day yesterday.  Quite a remarkable accomplishment, actually.  ;-)

Now, as I look out of the window, Denver is missing!  Completely GONE!  There is frost on the BBQ but no where else, and no sign of Denver anywhere.  Supposed to get to the mid 40s later.

My friend Judy sent an email that tells me that in Omaha, it's 6 below zero with a 22 below zero wind chill.  Cold in Omaha his colder than the same degree of cold in other places.  I don't know why, but cold there is so penetrating it chills you to the bone and beyond ~ and remember, I grew up in Minnesota.   I'll keep our nice toasty 19 heading for 43, even if it does bring with it a fog that has wiped out Denver.  ;-)

I hope you are having a great time!!!


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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/17/2016 9:12 PM)

 

OMG, I am beyond tired.  Ever since I have gotten home it has been an ongoing battle to stay awake and I keep losing the battle.  If I slept 2 hrs last night it was a miracle.  First Nan tried to cancel out Sat morning due to the extreme cold we are experiencing.  It is currently -5 degrees and wind chills up to -20 with windchill.  Last night it was -29 with windchill.  It is absolutely wickedly cold outside.  She was worried as she has been having issues with her car and she was fearful that it would stop and she would be stranded somewhere in this cold.  She was assured there were plenty of people to help but she still spent a good part of the weekend worrying.  Sure enough, her car would not start today.  Bruce and Matt checked it out and Bruce put a heater in front of her car that poured the heat into her engine area.  About an hour later it started.  After she dropped me off she got home fine.  Whether her car starts tomorrow is her problem.  She knows she needs to get it fixed.  We had a great time, though I have to admit that crying toddlers does get a bit old at times.  And they all get pretty possessive over toys that they perceive as theirs or actually are theirs.  This little tuffies will chase each other down to take and Liam is a biter.  They are having trouble breaking him of that.  Poor Sam, who is much bigger than him, is usually the one who gets bit.  Sam is a gentle giant. He may take a toy, but he just wants to be chased or do the chasing.  Liam is going to be a quarterback because her tackles Sam and bites him while he is down.  Plus they were not listening as they should since they had an audience to show off for.

We watched the Packer game, which was a very good game right to the end when we lost.  The teams seemed well matched.  But it was disappointing since we are now out.   Gary and Steve left late for Sheboygan because his brother was in town from Vegas and his nephews were here from Florida and they were coming to Sheboygan today.  When the kids and their babes all went to bed, L&B, Nan and I watched Downton Abbey and Galavant.  

For lunch Sat was baked ham sandwiches, lot's of chips and dips and veggies and dip.  Kirstie made delicious cookies that were oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chip walnut.  Delish.

For supper we had chicken enchiladas and veggie tamales.  Taco Salad and cornbread.  For dessert Kirstie made cheesecake.  It had a double brownie bottom and cheesecake with chocolate chips in it topping.  Bruce made me Starbuck's Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate that was wonderful.

For breakfast today was a pumpkin bread bake and an egg and bacon biscuit bake.  Both were wonderful and an assortment of fresh fruits.

For lunch today it was leftovers.  Turkey sandwiches, taco salad, veggies and dip and chips.  By lunch Nick had left because he had to work.  Nerissa had left as some friends were heading to Milwaukee to visit another friend.  Kirstie left to have lunch with a friend...she got Liam down for a nap.  So all the was left up were Matt and Sam and they were getting ready to go and Nan and I were getting ready to go.  Louann and Bruce were watching Liam till Kirstie came back, which would probably be before Liam got up from his nap.

I could not sleep because I could not get comfortable no matter how much I tried.  And for someone who has trouble hearing, I heard every little noise.  So I know that Cooper was whining somewhere several times to get in or out of somewhere.  I know that Sam was having a bad night and crying off and on.  I slept some between 5 & 7.

I have to go out again on Tuesday for my INR so I hope this cold spell breaks by then.

As far as the snowflakes, as long as you are drawing a symmetrical object it will work.  Just wish the lines could be thinner.  I remembered that I used to cut snowflakes in designs like these to hang in the hallways at work.  I have always loved making snowflakes.

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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/18/2016 9:14 AM)


 

Through the window, from Great Room ~ Denver on the right.

Good Morning

Another lazy day yesterday, though I wasn't completely inanimate.  I did make a stew for dinner, and beyond.  You know how I love a meal that keeps on giving.  Cook dinner once and serve it thrice ~ or more.  ;-)

 My WeatherBug shows us in the high 40s today with no snow, but the TV Weather folk are talking about very high winds (UGH) and some light snow tonight and tomorrow morning.   Your guess is as good as mine, but I'm betting at least on the high winds. :-(

I'm glad Nan's car got started ~ and I hope it keeps running.  Is she still working, or can she just leave it in the garage during this bad cold spell?

Your visit sounded like fun and I am always envious of all the yummy food you have when you get together!   Did you get any cool White Elephants?

 I admit that as much as everyone loves being around the little guys, it doesn't take long for my enjoyment to begin to diminish when they get fussy or rowdy or ~~ well, just being kids!  There's a reason why we have children when we are young.  LOL.  Then just when you are getting ready to banish them, they curl up in your arms and well heck, there is nothing sweeter.  You're lost.  

Sorry the Packers lost.   We watched the last of the Broncos/Steelers game and the Broncos won!  If they can win the next game, we're going to the Superbowl!  Big "if" of course, but we're still in it.   I'd love to see them go because I'd love for Manning to win another Superbowl Ring.  I strongly suspect this will be his last season.

I hate that you couldn't sleep, but I'm not surprised.  I've had many of those nights, tucked away in my own bed and without any of the challenges you have and I hate it so much.  I've had much better luck sleeping through most of the night lately and it makes a huge difference in everything.  I hope you got good sleep last night.

Good luck with your INR tomorrow.  Sorry you have to go when it's so cold!



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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/18/2016 11:40 PM)


Brrrr....we are still in the deep cold.  It is currently 
-1 at this time.  It is supposed to get to -9 tonight and 
-20 with windchill.  Damn!!!
I am so fed up with medical staff.  So I had written to
Denise about the fenofibrate saying tell doctor you have
Kidney Disease and the question about the two prescrip-
tions with 2 different doses sent to my pharmacy.  So I 
get a response to the first note about ? Kidney Disease.
And the response was what med are you referring to?  
So I wrote back "The one in the subject line".   I so 
wanted to write DUH!!  The response to the dosage 
issue was that Denise wanted me on a higher dose 
due to how high the trigy. are.  So I responded then 
why 2 prescriptions?  Was anyone going to tell me?  
I was going to the anticoag next day and that would be important info for them.  Also when the meds arrived, 
I would have thought the pharmacy got it wrong.  I am 
sure I was showing my agitation.  I got back the note.
Stop that med.  Make an appt with my Nephrologist and 
ask him what I could take for those high triglycerides. 
 Is this my job?  Instead I sent an email to him stating 
what Denise put me on and what I had told her and then 
asked what he would recommend for my high trigly.  
It is so F'd up.  So I am thinking I only had 4 doses it 
should not have affected me much so I do not want to 
go out in the cold. Plus I have an appt in another week.
I slept well last night and on and off all day today.  I 
could not stay awake for the life of me.  I do not know 
what is wrong.  I am this way too often but I do not 
want to go through another sleep study which I am 
sure is what they would want me to do.  I am going 
to get a chin strap as I believe my mouth is open way
 to much of the time.  If that does not help I guess I 
will have to ask.  Your picture is beautiful.  I saw it on
FB.  You have the most spectacular sunrises.
I called Nan today as it is her birthday.  She said her
car started right up this morning and was currently in
the shop having the passenger door handle fixed.  She 
is retired from her CNA job with a state facility.  She 
is working for a group home doing night shift for extra 
money.  She started on Medicare last year but you 
know how much supplements cost, so she continues to 
work.  I do not know how much longer she can do this.  
Her knee's are bad.  We were supposed to only bring 
one white elephant with us but I brought 4.  It was a 
good thing as some forgot, as I told Louann they would.
And with my 3 extra, everyone got one.  I do not hear 
half of what they say so they told everyone to just 
pick a present.  By the time I realized there were only
 a couple left. I was directed to a bag and said fine, but
 then Rissa said the only one left she brought and she
 needed a gift.  So I traded with her.  What did I get?  
Some math game that Rissa created for a school 
project back when she was in 9th grade.  What did 
she get?  A purse that was supposed to be mine, lol.
Couple weeks back I told Nan I like her purse and 
she said she did not like it.  I only said I liked it as 
it looked like a purse she would carry and I was 
complimenting her taste.  It really was not for me.  
But when Rissa heard that, she insisted I have it and
 would not take her game back.  It is going into Wed 
trash.  I cannot keep things here anymore when I 
have no use for them.  The purse is a grey color 
with a big flower on it.  Part of me likes it and part 
of me does not, lol.  Then Gary gave me a gift.  It was 
a figurine from Avon of Scarlett O'Hara.  Mint in box. 
 We did our version of Gone With the Wind on tape 
for our English teacher when she got married.  
I played Scarlett O'Hara.  I was very touched that he 
thought of me.  I am sure they could have sold an Avon collectible.  His mom has been gone a long time now.
You are so right about wanting a break from the littles.
On our way home I told Nan, about the time these kids
are old enough to not be so needy they will be having
more of them.  We went through that with Louann and
Bruce.  Reid and Nerissa were finally at a controllable
age when they told us they were having another baby.
We were both like...WHAT??  Are you crazy?  lol. 
But Kirstie was an adorable baby and sweet as could 
be.  I love all three like they were mine but am really 
close to the girls, especially Rissa. But now am growing 
closer to Kirstie too, so that is great.  I like their
choice in husbands too.  They are great guys.  Risa was
married before and we all knew that was a mistake 
from the start.  He was always making jokes about 
her that we did not find very funny but when we said
something to her about it, she said he was just 
kidding.  There is always something behind remarks
like he made.  I think he thought he could control
her.  Rissa wanted so badly to be married and have
a child that she just rushed into that relationship.
She and Matt's relationship was fast, but you could
see the love Matt had for her in his every look.  
Rissa too.  Who can resist being treated like a queen.
Will chat with you tomorrow my sister.
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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/19/2016 9:28 AM)




 

Morning All

Sad news yesterday ~ The Eagles co-founder Glen Frey has died.  He was only 67.  Is that the third and hopefully last of the 3 entertainers to die, as superstition would have it?  First David Bowie, then Alan Rickman and now Glen Frey.  I hope that's the end.  So very sad.

Then yesterday I learned that our little Jack was in the hospital in CA.  They had been on a mini vacation and posting pictures on Instagram of visits to Joshua Tree and of their  fancy digs.  Then a picture of Children's Hospital, and several friends offering encouragement.  Say WHAT?   

I got a text from Katie saying that he had been lethargic and had a temp of 103 so he was admitted to the UCLA Intensive Care Unit.  They determined that he has asthma, which no one had known before, and a nasty virus and an ear infection.  The Doctors expected to release him last night and they are planning to fly home today.  Having him so sick so far from home has been hard on them, and I know it's so hard to change your plane flights, but I'm concerned about him flying with an ear infection and a virus.  I remember flying with a cold and it was not pleasant, he he is so small.  Hopefully all will be well.  

Update:   Morning, still at the Hospital, waiting for the Dr.  I know it's hard for Katie and Bryan, but I was concerned it would be even harder for Jack to fly.  I hope they can get their plane tickets changed.   They should have left this morning.   


The situation with your Meds is really worrisome!  I thought going to Denise would be much better than the Drs you had been going to ~ when you never saw "yours".  Is she over loaded with work?  Not good.  If you weren't on the ball and asking questions you really could get into trouble.

I've never considered the Medical Folk "infallible" like they seem to want us to think.  I think they are quite "fallible" and we need to be our own advocates ~ like you are.    You need to be able to get answers without having to go in and see a different Dr every 10 minutes to get THEM straightened out!  grrr.

Sorry about your White Elephant, but then who has room for an elephant of any color running around in our home, right?   lol.   Good you could get rid of THREE of them (plus your newly acquired number four)

How sweet of Gary to give you the Scarlet O'Hara ~ and all the memories that went with it.   He sounds like such a lovely man.  I'm so sorry he is having to deal with so much.

Thank God for Medicare, but as you said you need help beyond that.  I hope Nan can find some kind of affordable insurance to take up the slack so she really can retire.  At a certain point, we just can't do it anymore.


Oooh, I really need my coffee now!    Later, my love.

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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/19/2016 11:56 PM)


Hey, it was above zero today.  Did not really feel too bad out.
INR within limit but at low end 2.2. less than 2 weeks ago it
was 3.3.  But will remain on the same dose and return in 2 weeks.  Oh joy!!
Dr. Pasiuk, the Nephrologist, got back to me yesterday yet.  I was so shocked.  He said that my numbers were high enough to warrant using the Fenofibrate.  So sent a note to Denise.  I am to stay on my current, small dose and have labs done in 2 months.  Then she will decide if a stronger dose is needed.  This makes a lot more sense to me than just jumping up my dose 200%.  So we will see how that goes.
Oh no, poor Jack.  But I am glad he is still in the hospital.  I agree with you that flying with an ear infection is not a good idea.  I will add him into my prayers.
Gary and Steve both looked good.  Steve has completed four of his six treatments and he says they are going ok, though after them, peeing is very painful.  But better within a couple of days.  They have both lost weight.  Steve and Gary are vegetarians.  But Gary is a closet meat eater, lol.  When he is alone and out and about he will get himself a burger or something and when we get together be will eat both.  He really had curtailed his meat eating though.  I do not think I could be a vegetarian,  I like meat too much and feel like I crave it sometimes.  Steve did add sea food back into his diet some years back.  That makes it easier for us for making meals.  Reid's wife Tricia is also a vegetarian.  It is funny, when they come to a group get together, they never bring a dish to pass.  Yet everyone tries to cater to her diet.  Oh well, every family has one.  She never contributes and they usually leave right after eating so never help with clean up.  Like I said, every family has one.  In ours it was my Aunt Virginia.  They would show up late and she would be the one bringing the buns that still needed to be cooked.  When the meal was done, she went into the living room with the men and never helped clean up. These were huge get togethers at my Grandma Weider's and she never lifted a finger.  Plus they just lived around the corner from my grandma.  But she always thought they were better than everyone else.  Ok, too much info on boring stuff.
Dan Haggerty died too, so that makes 4 in the entertainment business...Celine Dion's hubby/manager died too, but he was not an entertainer, just in the business.  Seems to be a lot of celebrity deaths lately.
Well, time to shut down and unwind so that I can sleep.
Have a Happy Hump Day my dear friend.
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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/20/2016 12:20 PM)


 

Hello.   

Jack didn't get out of the hospital yesterday, but Kate and Bryan had him up and walking around a bit and eating and by afternoon I got a text that his oxygen was at 90 without an oxygen mask.  The plan is for him to get out of the hospital today and them to return to Minneapolis this evening.  Katie was working with the airlines to reschedule ~ for a mere $600.  She may have made better arrangements ~ or not.   Can't help thinking of the 'Olden Days' when you could have just changed your ticket, even for one on a different airline.   In any case, I hope Jack really is better and they can go home today!  How hard this must have been on them ~~ not to mention "Grandma" Mary Ann, who is going crazy not being able to help.


We had three days of Beef Stew and still have some left to freeze ~ lovely.  I think tonight we will go to the Red Robin just to get out of the house, and hopefully we'll bring something home for tomorrow night, too.

I'm glad your INR was in range, but maybe a bit concerned that if it dropped that much at your current dosage it might drop below 2 by the next test.  Good to check it in two weeks, but what a pain.  
Also glad the Nephrologist actually got back to you!  That seems to be harder and harder to have happen lately.  Makes sense to wait and be sure you need to raise your dosage, especially that much.

What is the prognosis for Steve?  They seem like such good guys.  
I hate having to cater to other's food preferences.  I think that's why I don't entertain anymore.  I understand HAVING unique food preferences, but I don't run a restaurant.  If there is something I can fix fairly easily then I'm happy to, but so often folks say "Oh, anything you make will be fine" and then when they actually arrive it's "Oh, I don't eat that!"  What am I supposed to do?  Leave the meal on the table for the others to watch get cold and yukky while I drive to the grocery store to get something acceptable for the complainer, then come home and cook and serve it?   I'd rather be a hermit.  ha.

Hard to understand your friends who expect everyone to cater to their dietary needs but don't bring anything to share with others.   I don't like her.   (LOL!)

I forgot about Dan Haggerty ~ so that does make 4.  Is that the end, or will we see two more ~ I hope not!   So sad!


Watching the Stock Market CRASH!  We may have to go back to work ~~~ and can you see these old gimps actually working?   Lordy!  

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Woo Hoo, we are going to get up into the low 30's a couple of days this week.  Were having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave.  Though we may get some snow in there too.

Steve's prognosis is good.  They thought they got it all in the surgery he had and these treatments are just a back up precaution to eliminate any little bits and pieces that might have gotten mixed.  Certainly hope so since this is the 2nd time around for him.

I was in error about Tricia not bringing anything.  I guess she gave Louann the soy burger she used in the vegetarian taco salad.  She is Louann's DIL, so really not one of my friends, lol.  There are times I like her and times I do not.  She is extremely quirky!  Takes all kinds, right?  They usually do not come to our get togethers.  I only see them occasionally.  They always come for Christmas.  The girls join us far more often.  Since we know Gary and Steve are veggies we usually plan for that and is not they always bring something veggie that they share with us.

Jack sure looks like he is feeling better.  That is great.  You can always see how a child feels in there face.  No faking it for the sake of others.  I am sure they will all be much happier when they are home.  

I heard today that Celine Dion's brother has died too!  How awful for her to have lost her husband and brother within a week of each other.  I feel for her.  Were your last couple tags BAMA art?  I do not see any copyright info on it.  I have not been over to the site in a long time.  I need to make some time to as I have seen some really cute tags you have used.  

Well, that's it for me.  Chat with you tomorrow my sisterfriend!  
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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
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Okey Dokey ~ Let's break out the Valentines!  It's early, but the other group is jumping the gun.  lol

Jack is still in the Hospital, poor little guy.  Poor Mom and Dad!   His oxygen levels are still too low and they especially don't want him flying.  Kate asked about renting a car and driving here to stay for a bit before going on home to Minneapolis, but the doctors nixed that because of our altitude.  Bummer!  He's in the Ronald Regan Hospital at UCLA, and she says it's very nice. 

I asked Katie if she didn't feel like she was living in the Hotel California ~ where you can check out, but you can never leave.  She said "YES!"  What started off as a nice little vacation has turned into a nightmare. 
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Heat Wave!  LOL ~ hard to think of still below freezing temps as a heat wave, but having grown up in Minnesota I do understand that.   Our weather is schizophrenic.  40s today, warming to the 50s, then back to the freezing temps and snow, then back up to . . .  well, you get the idea.  Never boring.  Ha.

I'm so glad to hear that Steve is doing well. 
How was the soy burger?  I remember my mom trying that once ~ decades ago ~ and not telling me, thinking I wouldn't notice.  I did.  Ha!  It was yukky, but as I said, that was decades ago.
It just seems reasonable that if you eat something different than everyone else does, you bring a dish of something you can and want to eat to share.  It's good, though not surprising, that you all try to make something the vegetarians can have too.  What a lovely group of friends you have!

Yes, isn't that a sweet picture of Jack in the hospital?  He does have the sweetest smile.  I hate that they are going through all this and there is nothing I can do to help.  I can only imagine how Mary Ann feels!  She adores Jack.

No, neither of the last two tags I used was BAMA, just some old ones I had that I haven't used for a long time.  Don't report me for no CR. ;-)
Bama is expanding and will be moving to a new group site on Yuku, and with a new name.  I don't know what or when, but I'll keep you posted.  They are planning to add at least 7 new artists who have free-to-use art.  They are more excited about it than I am right now, but I'm sure it will be fine.  I just feel like I know a lot of the folks in the group, and the rules, and I don't always agree that "bigger is better".  Anyway, I'll let you know when something happens.

Stay warm!
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(Date Posted:01/22/2016 12:24 AM)


Ok, this being dead tired all the time is getting old fast. I fall off to sleep constantly and do not get anything done because of it.  You would not believe how long it takes me to write my notes in hear.

Poor Jack, still has to stay in the hospital.  Best to be safe though.
Shucks, that is too bad that it did not work out for them to stop by you.  That would have been so much fun for you and Mike to have Jack around for a day or two.  Glad to hear that that hospital is very nice and your reference to Hotel California is too funny.  Oh I am sure this has to be hard on MaryAnn, as I know how mom would be if something happened to any of her grands and they were far away.  She would go crazy.

LOL, that's the first time I have heard weather referred to as Schizophrenic. But it truly does describe your weather.  Ours is just typical Wisconsin Winter.  

Wow, I had a hard enough time before getting around in BAMA, now I will never find my way.  And if every artist has different TOU than I am lost, lol.  Usually a group has the same TOU but not always and I am sure this group will not.  Oh well.


My gosh what a huge controversy Wisconsin is having over this whole Theresa Holback Murder.  NetFlix sure has stirred up a pot of trouble.  Seems it is in the news everyday and in the paper daily too.  It would be fine if they had presented all the facts, but they did not, so now the viewers think he is innocent.  There is nothing innocent about that man or his nephew.  He was warped long before he went to prison and that just made matters worse.  He told fellow inmates that when he got out he intended to rape and murder women.  Also his girlfriend came forward to say what a monster he was and how afraid of him she was and how he abused her and threatened her.  Anyone that can pour an accelerant on a cat and then throw that cat into a fire needs the death penalty.  It is a shame that WI does not have it.  Gov. Walker has refused to pardon him and for once I am in complete agreement with him.  Ok, I am tired of the typo's and endless rows of gibberish that occur every time I fall asleep, which is often.  
Chat with you tomorrow.  
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Good Morning ~~ TGIF!

Jack got out of the hospital yesterday morning!  The Doctors didn't want him to fly yesterday, but they are flying home today.  I hope and pray it all goes well.   Benji (Grandpa) has been going out of his mind, so he's driving to Minneapolis so he can pick them up at the airport and help them get home and set up.  I suspect he needs to do that more than they need him to ~ lol.  Benji is the sweetest man, with the most beautiful smile.  I think Jack has inherited both the smile and the sweet disposition from him.

Mary Ann is going to Minneapolis on Sunday and will stay through Thursday to take care of Jack. They don't want to put him back in school until he is "110 % well".  They will get him to his Pediatrician as soon as possible.

I had another do nothing day, mostly.  I spent a lot of time either writing or responding to emails or texts, so I ended up feeling like I had been working.     One of our neighbors, Dee, sent a note asking about our cleaning lady and I told her about Shauna and how much we liked her and why.  Her cleaning people have raised their rates ~~ $120 for about 2 or 2.5 hours, though I think there are two or three women working.  Dee thinks that's too much so she wanted to know about Shauna.   I had considered her people, who do Roxie's house too, and decided they weren't what I was hoping for.  They wanted their clients to provide all the equipment and seemed fairly independent.  ANYway, I gave her Shauna's name and number, and told Shauna about Dee, so hopefully they will make a connection.  Mike said I should start charging a Finder's Fee.  lol

I think we may be the only ones in the neighborhood who have the house cleaned every other week.  The others do it once a month or every three weeks.  I guess we're just dirty.   

 BRRRRR.  I won't tell you that we are getting up to 55 today...   I can't get smug ~ just wait a couple of days.  Ha.

I can't say that I'm looking forward to the changes in BAMA either, but I'm sure I will join the new group (if that's what I need to do) and see.  The impression they gave in their "Guess what's happening?" post was that you would not have to change any of the credits on the tags you already have ~~~ can you even imagine having to do that?!  Ack!  You would probably put the new artist's cc on and the link to the new group.  I'm glad I'm not making tags anymore. I hate having to think about what I need to do for this artist vs that artist.  I know you do that all the time, but I'm too lazy.  It kind of takes the fun out of it for me, or did before my PSP became so hard to use on my new Think Pad.  Did I tell you the text and everything is way too small, and I can't make it larger.  Finally I just gave up.  I use PSP to 'shrink" photos so I can post them, and very occasionally just to add a name to a snag, but that's about all I do now.  

Oh, I hear you about falling asleep when you shouldn't.  I've been sleeping fairly well, but I still doze off watching TV and wonder what the heck happened.  Really irritating.

I haven't finished watching the Netflix show about the Holback case and I probably won't.  I see so much of it on the news it's killed my curiosity for the mini-series.  I'm with you ~ anyone who could do that to a cat, it would be hard for me to believe he has any 'redeeming social values'.  Watching the first few episodes it was clear that he was railroaded on the first case, and it was an indictment of the Wisconsin judicial system, but I have no problem believing him capable of anything else.

   I'm marking this down ~~ Walker did something right!  LOL.  Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.  

I see your Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood, something I very much applaud. I don't know that the bill will go all the way, but I admire and appreciate the people willing to stand up and do the right thing for their constituents.  Taxpayers fund Planned parenthood, and Planned Parenthood (besides doing things repugnant to so many of us) funds Hillary's campaign.  So, does that mean that our tax $$ are funding her campaign?  It would seem so, and that seems very wrong no matter which candidate is getting the money.  

Ok. Off the soap box and on to greater things.  We may go out for breakfast and then to pick up a few groceries. I think we'll pick up a brisket and I'll make BBQ Brisket for the weekend.

Stay warm and awake! 

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Chris cleaned today, so we had to pick up before she started, lol.
Cleaning before the cleaning woman can clean.  Is something not
quite right about that, lol.  I am sure you know what I mean.  Picking
things up and putting them away.  I had stuff out from last week when I wrapped everything that was going to Fauska's.  I had gotten a new hanging case for putting wrapping paper rolls and bows, etc.  I can hang from the bar in a closet.  So put that all together and put the paper into it.  We did get a lot done before she came over so then we were done for the day.  I have got mom to where she can come sit in the living room while Chris does the other rooms.  She felt she had to keep her company.  No, no, no!  LOL

Yay for Jack being well enough for going home and for grandparents being there for him.  I am sure they will both feel better once they see him and know that things are getting better.  So great that Mary Ann can be there for the week to take care of him.  I too would want him to be 100% before going back.

Holy cow, $120 for cleaning?  Why should they earn that much?  If they take 3 hours, that is $40.00 and hour.  Mom is only paying Chris $15.00 an hour and that I think is plenty.  I suppose the cost of living is a lot higher by you than it is here.  

My brother in Arkansas got 1 1/2 inches of snow.  They rarely get any.  The boys had a snow day.  That much snow shuts the city down.  Leigh gets a kick out of that.

I do like the idea of being able to access several FTU artists in the same place.  Each has there own TOU which is true of most artist.
So it can be done.  I often have to look up each artists copyright, so it really does not matter.  Have they said what artists they will be joining??

I am really so sick of hearing about Steven Avery.  Seems it is in the paper everyday and then seeing people post on facebook that they believe he is innocent without having all the facts.  Makes me angry with Netflix.  Seems so irresponsible of them to set off such a firestorm.

Just what is a brisket?  I do love good barbecue.
I was a little more awake today but probably because I got up and did things.  Guess I need to do that everyday.  I have been having more pain with my hip.  Denise increase my Gabapentin, but that really only takes care of the nerve pain from the hip that travels down to my knee and ankle.  But not the hip pain, which has been getting worse.  The more I use it, the worse it gets.  I take the Tramadol, sometimes it helps and other times it does not.  At times I can hardly walk and my hip feels like it is giving out...

Have a wonderful weekend my sister.  I need to get caught up in my tag groups so you can expect some tags in the future.
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(Date Posted:01/23/2016 10:31 AM)




Hello!

Jack and his folks got home safely and were on the way to his Pediatrician's when Kate texted me early yesterday afternoon.  Whew.

We went out for breakfast and to pick up some groceries yesterday morning, and did little else the rest of the day.

Yay!  Chris cleaned and now your house is bright and sparkly.  Isn't that the BEST feeling?  We are on opposite weeks ~ Does she come every other week, or just once a month?

Yes, we pick up before Shauna comes, too.  Doesn't make much sense to have to pay her to move or pick up things.  We need her for the things that are hard for us to do.  All of your organizational tools sound great!

Oh, boy, if you had Shauna you really wouldn't want your mom to keep her company.  Shauna is wonderful, but she is a talker and she charges by the hour. (laugh) She is good about recognizing that she has visited too much and not charging us for that (lol), but if she and your mom were in the same room all the time, I hate to think.  lol.  My friend Shiela, who doesn't have a cleaning lady, says that she would need to supervise.  I do understand that, but she, too would end up having Shauna take a looooong time.  LOL   Mike says I visit with her too much, but I pretty much only do it when she comes and when she leaves and just let her go in between.

I know Chris does a good job for you and that's the most important thing.  Did she come "on time" or did you have to go get her?  ;-)

I like having just one person doing our cleaning too.  Toward the end Marcela brought her friend and I actually thought she did a better job, but I still like having just Shauna, or before that just Lisa and before that just Kim. 

I think the $120 cleaning rate is too high, but it may depend on how many women are working.  I know there are at least two, and I think I heard three when I was looking for someone and decided to try Shauna instead.  (Thank goodness!)   Both Roxie and Dee only had them come once a month.  I paid Kim and Lisa $60 for the job, however long it took.  Usually about 3 hours but sometimes 4, and of course just the one person.  

I paid Marcela $65 for the job, and she usually took about 3 hours and occasionally 4, too.  I always gave them a bonus check for Christmas and paid more if they did a lot of extras for us and sometimes gave them little gifts.   

Shauna charges $25 an hour, which for the 3 hours would be $75, but she often takes 4 hours.  She does such a good job, we don't question when she takes longer.  It is getting "pricey", but we are so grateful to have her doing such a good job for us ~ and frankly we don't do a whole lot anymore, so we have a few extra $$ in our jeans that we can redirect to Shauna.  

Mike's sister in CA pays her cleaning lady $100 for the job, and she often takes the whole day, really a hard worker.  She is from some South American country, I can't remember which one.  She wants to come once a week, but Marianne said no,she couldn't afford that, and has her come every other week.  I was rather surprised that she did as much as she does for $100 in California.  I think a lot has to do with where you live and I'd expect CA charges to be through the roof.

Bama hasn't said much about which artists will be joining.  I think they are still looking, but I know a few who offer tags have their own groups and will be offering tubes there. 

Brisket is a cut of beef from the chest, and therefore more muscle.  It used to be a cheap cut because it can be tough, but now it seems to me that it costs as much as any other cut.  You need to cook it longer or it can be tough, but done right, it's really good.   I got my recipe from a Jewish friend I used to break with when we lived in Omaha.  She always had the BEST recipes.  You put a 5 or 6 lb brisket in foil, fat side up, sprinkle it with garlic salt, celery seed and onion powder and liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce, then wrap it tightly and let it marinate overnight.  The next day you just pop it in the oven on low for 5 hours or so, then open the foil and scrape off any remaining fat and drain the liquid and then pour on the BBQ sauce (we use Cookies) and let it go for another hour.  Fall apart tender and delicious.

I'm sorry you are having so much pain.  No wonder you are tired!  Pain is exhausting.  I hope the new meds help. 


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Hello my dear sister. How are you doing??  I am much better today pain wise. Cross your fingers and say a little prayer that it stays that way. Still falling off to sleep often. I hate that. But maybe if I did not fret over it so, then it might let up? Or maybe just go with it and take naps when I feel so tired then I could control it better. Worth a try.

Chris does a good job. She picked her time and came at that time. But had to go back for something and was gone 20 min. But then came back and did fine. She did tell us last night that she did not do the tub and she would do it this week. Mom said it could wait and she said she would do it first next time. Why she did not do it, I do not know. But when she stopped in to borrow our phone and told us this she was already drunk. So was Scott. But it was Friday night and lots of people do the same and as long as they did not fight, we did not care.  But, a couple hours later she had not returned the phone so I called it from my cell and let it ring until the answering machine picked up. The next thing we knew she was at our door with the phone apologizing. She did not realize that I had called the phone so she would bring it back until we told her. Her reaction was funny. But then she talks and talks and talks. Then Scott came looking for her. Mom told her to go home now and spend time with Scott so she finally did. Tonight is quiet so far. I hope it stays that way.

Thanks for explaining what a brisket is to me. Sounds very good, I do love barbecue as long as it is not spicey hot. I just cannot do hot at all. We usually use Baby Ray's. I think that is the name. I love the vidalia onion flavor. Delish!!

So good that Jack and family are home and that he has seen his own pediatrician already. So glad he got him in right away. They are usually good about fitting post hospital appt's in. Keep me posted and I will continue to pray for him.

I actually am surprised about the cost of the California cleaning lady too! Things are too expensive there. My friend Nan is from Los Gatos a suburb of San Jose. Her moms family was from WI. She came out here with a sister, who ended up going back to California and Nan stayed. Then for some reason she decided to move back but she could not afford it. She was working two jobs  but could only afford to live in and area that was not very safe. I cannot recall how long she stayed, but it was less than a year. She just could not make it out there so moved back here. So to me $100 sounds really low to me. Mom is paying her on her own. I just do not have the extra cash at this time to help. I do not want to put any more on my credit card, which I would have to do in order to free up cash. Things are tight. Everything keeps going up but we do not get a SS raise for cost of living this year. Sucks to be dependant.

Chat with you tomorrow. Going to try and focus and do a challenge for CDO.  
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Hello

"The thing I greatly feared has come to pass."  I always knew if I ever started to play games on line I'd be finished, and in the last two days I've been playing Solitaire on my iPad!   It's just a mindless little game, but then I'm just a mindless little woman.  I know those who play games are into much more involved games, but this simple little game has eaten up a day and a half!   If I can't stop now, I'll have to go to Solitaire Players Anonymous!   I REALLY don't have time for this!   LOL

I'm so glad your pain is better today ~ or rather yesterday!  I hope that holds!

I'm glad Chris does a good cleaning job for you ~ I don't know about you, but both Mike and I just feel so much better when the house is nice and clean.  It really never gets all that dirty with just the two (or three) of us, having it done every other week, but while I can't put my finger on it, it just makes us feel good when Shauna leaves and we know everything is nice and clean.  I was thinking I would dry mop the floors on Friday since it had been a week, but they really didn't need it.  Then yesterday, the kitchen floor was a disaster!  How did that happen ~ lol.  So, today I will quick vacuum and wet mop.  Still, everything looks pretty good.  As I said, most of our neighbors only have the house cleaned once a month.  They obviously do a lot more cleaning in between than we do.  

Chris and Scott seem like nice kids, but the booze and drugs are doing them no favors.  I'm sorry about that.

I have used Baby Ray's BBQ for short ribs, but I always use Cookies for the brisket.  Just what I've always done.  It's sweet but not hot.

I've meant to tell you how pretty your posts have been.  They always are, but I've really been enjoying them and meant to tell you.

Have a lovely day, Sweet Sister.  

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