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RE:WELCOME TO JULY CHAT
(Date Posted:07/21/2015 8:35 AM)



 

Wakey, Wakey!  

Lovely dinner last night at Brooks.  We went there for my birthday last year and enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to go back this year.  With good traffic, it's about half an hour or 40 minutes away, but last night's traffic going there wasn't good so it took over an hour.  Now you know why we don't go often.

I took some of those silly pictures of the food to share with you, and planned to download them this morning.  I thought I had left my camera in my purse but when I went to get it, it wasn't there!   The camera had been between me and my purse, so I would have thought I couldn't leave it behind by accident, but I must have.  I will call the restaurant later to see if they found it, but it's an hour and a half  to two hour drive to get it if they did find it!  Leave it to me.   What a poopy ending to a nice birthday.  :-(

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I definitely think we could have some heated conversations in person, but I think that we would be able to finish them in a positive manner.  At least we would be able to listen to each other and who knows?  Maybe learn something from each other.  I remember in my long lost youth, when you could get into a heated argument with someone ~ and not fear for your life! ~ as often as I was enlightened by the points the other person was making, I was suddenly aware of what I really felt about the issue, and why!  Sometimes I realized I was arguing the wrong side of the issue, and other times that I felt my position more deeply than I had realized.  I know I used to grow from an intelligent, respectful argument, but now we all either just keep our mouths shut (and dig in more deeply the more the other guy annoys us), or we want to get a gun!  (Kidding, of course, but so many can't allow a differing opinion, it seems to me.)  Anyway, I think in person you and I could both express our feelings passionately and still respect each other ~~ and maybe even learn some things about ourselves.  

When I write an opinion, I always fear that the tone is "off" or I haven't expressed myself right, and that can lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings.  Still, how can our friendship grow if we keep everything superficial?   Interestingly, we are on the same page a lot of the time!

OhMyGosh, did you see that O'Malley actually walked it back and apologized for saying that "Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter."?  I had been fairly impressed with him, but if he is so cowed by these thugs, I think my respect for him just left the building!  I continue to be shocked that Bernie Sanders continues to impress me.  I haven't got a Socialist bone in my body ~ how can I find myself liking what he has to say sometimes?  Ha.  

And in the "walk it back" arena, I did want to clarify something I said yesterday (I think).  I said I often agreed with Donald Trump, and that I hadn't really voted FOR McCain, simply against his opponent.  I disagree with McCain's political positions more often than not, but I would never want to give the impression that I don't think he is a Hero!  The man even refused to be released from the POW camp while others were still being held.  He's 12 feet tall to me ~~ but I still passionately disagree with his positions on amnesty and his handling of the VA situation and other things.  

Very long story about how Mike and I met and got together.  I've already written a book, so I will save it for another time, but definitely not love at first site.  We were friends long before we were lovers.  I'll share when I haven't been so long winded ~~ if there ever is such a time.  lol

I can understand the trip taking a toll on your mom.  Mike and I always envisioned a retirement full of travel, and now we never go farther than a restaurant.  Sad.  Long trips, lots of people around AND heat ~ that would sure do me in.   I hope she bounces back quickly.  I'm so glad she got to see Leigh and his family and all of her siblings, and I hope they took lots of pictures.

We've been kind of experiencing the same thing you are talking about.  We'll get a good night's sleep (for us) and we're still tired all the next day.  What's up with that?!

More sad news ~ another of our neighbors in our little Patio Home Community (42 houses) passed away on Sunday.  That makes three men and one woman in the last two years!  Enough!

On a much happier note, More lovely tags!  Thank you!

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(Date Posted:07/21/2015 3:53 PM)

I just had to come here and vent.  I just saw the video of the woman from PP that was bargaining for the cost for the baby body parts.  And at some point she said she wanted more for them because she wanted a Lamborghini?  OMY, I wanted to beat her to death.  She was even saying how technically they were lying to patients in regards to the procedure used as it is not the same for harvesting as the one they normally use.  I thought what they were doing was legitimate and that the people having the procedure knew that they baby parts were being "donated" just like when adults die and they had predisclosed or family allowed the parts to be harvested.  I cannot believe this has been going on and that the people at the top (and they are women) have been making money from this. I could see if it was a legit system and the money made went back into PP to keep it afloat but this is just horrifying to me.  Lord help them all.  This would make you think that they would then encourage abortion and not promote all the other alternatives equally...since the more abortions the more money.  It makes me feel so sick.  I hope there is a way to prosecute these people for what they have done.

OMGosh, I hope you get your camera back.  To go and get it would just be an excuse to eat there again, lol.  I am disappointed as I love seeing the pics of the food.  Then I can imagine what it tastes like and that I am eating it.
One good thing is that the jail asked Jordan if he wanted to work in the kitchen and he said yes. So that is something that will occupy his time and I think he even gets paid something for it.
Did I tell you that Josh has a new girlfriend.  She looks pretty, and looks as if she has mixed heritage as she has a beautiful skin tone. But there are some issues that worry us.  Josh is a caregiver and likes to take care of and help people.  Ashley (her name) is 25 and has 2 children and the ex is in jail or prison.  I cannot recall which.  Joanne did not know her age, they assumed she was his age.  But they were all out at the fair watching Josh play and Joanne asked her if she would like something to drink as they were going to go get something.  Actually, Joanne asked her if she would like water or a soda and she said "Actually, I would like a beer."  Joanne said she and Dave just stared at her and then she said..."I  guell Josh has no told you my age, I am 25."  Now if I had been her and I was dating an 18 year old, I would have accepted the water and soda and not gotten into the age and beer thing.  I also think it was rude to ask for something that was not offered.  We are all so worried because Josh is so loving and giving and if she is needy he is going to give all he can and there will be kids involved.  We can see this ending badly and Josh being hurt. Then we worry about his mental health.  It really sucks.  At the same time, she might be a very nice girl and have had a hard time of it all.  One child is 6 so she had a child at 18.  I think the other child is 2-3 but I do not remember for sure. It may have been younger.  Here is a pic of them.  She has a beautiful smile.

She posted this pic and said meet me new friend Josh.  
But the following conversation worries me.  She showed a picture of her car with a bouquet of flowers laying on it and she said I think I know who left these here and the post tagged Josh. Then there were all these comment below it. It sure made me think that she may be playing him and that there is someone else.  See what you think.


Should I worry?
Mom is really dragging and hurting.  Trying to get her to relax is not easy.  I hope she feels better soon.  I hate seeing her hurting like this.
Here is a pic of her and her siblings.
Aunt Frances 86, Aunt Velma, 84, Mom, 82 and Uncle Dick, 81.

Once again they has issues with my Uncle Dick hogging the conversation. They enjoyed their time more when he had left for my cousin Rich's for the night.  Too funny.  But he does live alone so maybe that is why.

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RE:WELCOME TO JULY CHAT
(Date Posted:07/22/2015 10:39 AM)



Good Morning

Yesterday was a deliciously do-nothing day, and I enjoyed every minute of it.   Today we have someone coming to check out the Air Conditioner.  It's working fine, but it's four years old and we did have that problem last year with it slanting down at an odd angle and needing to be built up.  We want to be sure it is in good working order.

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Good news ~ The restaurant found my camera and is going to send it to me!  Yay!    

And even more good news ~ I'm getting a purple cover for my new iPad Mini!  I teased about having Iowa colors instead of Viking, so Mike went looking and found a purple cover for me, and he is going to take the black.  His won't be Iowa colors because his Mini is sliver, but his red cover is two years old and he wants a new one, he says.  I feel a bit guilty, but not toooo much.  I offered to trade him my brand new Mini for his two year old one, because he loves New things and his old one would be new to me.  I repeated my offer several times, but he won't accept it, so I'm gonna just sit back and enjoy my new Mini with the Purple cover ~ maybe on Friday.  ;-)

I watched the first Planned Parenthood video and found it very upsetting ~~ then I watched the second one, the one you watched.  You can see why I was border-line ballistic, and nauseated.  I am not going to march in front of abortion clinics with protest signs, but I hate the idea of my tax dollars going to these people, and through no fault of my own, that I am supporting them.  I honestly don't think congress will defund them, no matter how loud the outcry, but it infuriates me that I am supporting them, when everything in me feels the opposite.  It's just not right.

Ah, the kids.  It might be a really good thing if Jordan works in the kitchen and develops a marketable skill ~ even if that isn't what he ultimately wants to do with his life.  It could be a good skill to fall back on until he decides.

I would like to reassure and comfort you about Josh, but I share your fears.   If he were more like Jordan, I wouldn't be concerned.  The young woman wouldn't be able to really hurt him, I don't think, but our Josh is sensitive and vulnerable.  It worries me.   She is a very pretty woman, and I am hardly in a position to criticize an older woman dating a younger man.  I, too, am a Cougar.  I'm 8 years older than Mike!  We were a lot older when we got together, though, and while Mike is sensitive too, he was a grown man who had been on his own for a decent length of time.  I don't treat him too badly ~ most of the time. ;-)

Josh is such a cutie.

I love the picture of your mom with her brother and sisters.  I love that they were able to get together and get the pictures!   I hope she is able to get over the trip soon.  I really understand how much a trip can take out of you.   We used to love to travel but now we don't go farther than a good restaurant any more ~ ha.  I miss traveling, but it really is hard on Mike and I can't pick up his slack.  Phooey.  

Laughing at Uncle Dick hogging the conversation.  I know when I lived alone I had no problem being able to talk about "big" things, but you really do stuff all the little things that you would normally say down when there is no one there to listen.  Silly little things ~~ I broke my nail.  I'm tired.  Things that you just say to someone living with you without even realizing it, because you can.  when you can't, it all stores up, and then when you are with someone you can unload all the stored stuff.  I'm not explaining well, but I can understand Uncle Dick ~~ and why other folks might not enjoy his unloading so very much.  HA.

Oooh, thank you for my beautiful blue Thank You and "Just Me" tags!  I love them.  

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I think that if the government is going to continue to support PP, that they should have to replace all the heads of it and their board as I am sure they were aware that something was going on.  How could they not?  It really does make me sick. Something has to be done.  Anyone that sits and dickers for money for bits and pieces of bitty babies is seriously deranged.

Good idea to get your AC checked out and make sure it is still on an even keel.  So happy they found your camera and are sending it back to you.  Boo on no retrieving it and getting to have another meal there, lol.  WooHoo on the iPad Mini.  I am happy with my regular one...I have such eye issues that mini is not in my vocabulary.  So nice of you to offer to swap with Mike and good for him for not accepting it.  It is your gift and I am happy to hear that he found you a purple cover for you.  Boo on it being Viking colors and you for liking them, lol.  I meant to tell you yesterday that I was sorry about the loss of your neighbor.  I suppose living in a retirement type community it will happen more often than just being in any neighborhood.
The staff at the jail and Jordan felt it was a good idea for him to take the job as it will get him off the unit for half the day.  Because of his size, he is short, he always gets picked on...he had target written on him.  Now a good friend of his is in jail to for revoked PO so for now he has a buddy.  It should not be a reunion in jail...too sad really.
Joanne stopped in today and I asked her about that post by Ashley and she had not seen it, so I told it what it says.  She was visibly upset.  She will read it when she gets home and delve more into her background.  Being the person that hires at her workplace she has resources she can use.  She wants to see when the ex bf, father of the youngest child, went to jail. She is wondering if she is still with him and using Josh while he is in jail. She said Josh has been doing all her yardwork and trimming bushes and all sorts of things.  We do fear she will hurt Josh and we know how fragile he is.  If she hurts him, I hope she rots in hell for it.  I agree, that at a more mature age, the distance in years does not matter so much.  Nan, who is one of my best friends and is 8 years older than me.  I love her experiences in times before I was old enough to understand them.  She is young at heart as you are.  But at 18-25 it is still a worry...especially when Josh is so needy when it comes to wanting a steady girlfriend.  Joanne also said that he has spent a couple nights away so knows they are sexually active. Keep him in your prayers that he does not get his heart broke. 
Mom is still in a lot of pain.  She starts seeing a therapist on Monday to help her with the pain and rom in her shoulders. Hopefully they can help her but I fear they may not be able to.  The ortho had said she may have little tears in her rotator cuff and that she is not a candidate for that surgery.  We agree.  Hopefully no more surgeries in her future, ever.
My Aunt Fran tried to starve herself to death about 2 years ago.  She had a surgery and was in pain and decided it was the end and wanted Hospice. Her doctor let it go on about 2-3 weeks and then told her that there really was nothing wrong with her that she was going to die from and to pull up her big girl panties and get on with life. Turns out she was tired of trying to take care of her husband so they moved to assisted living and things were much better.  My Uncle kept getting worse so he is now in a full nursing home unit.  My Aunt is thriving and loved not having to worry about cleaning or cooking, etc. She is the oldest and seems to be the one in best health.  My Aunt Velma lost her husband about a year ago and they were living in assisted living too. This Aunts short term memory is really bad, so it makes me realize wear my mom is headed.  My Aunt kept asking wear they were and how did she get there and things like that.  Of course you know my moms issues. My Uncle lost his wife quite a while ago.  He still lives in his home.  His problem is he is a know it all and he is a one up one person.  You know the type...no matter what you say they one up you with their story. He thinks his sisters are all just women and know nothing.  I will not get into all the details of what mom tells me, but I know he would have been very annoying.  Seems all the Hunter siblings have outlived their spouses.  Well, Aunt Fran's is still alive but not with her.  He does not always know everyone and is good at not letting on that he does not know who you are.  But Rich says every time they visit him he asks when he can come home and cannot seem to grasp that it is not possible. I think with a stronger woman or some help he could be home, but do not blame my Aunt for not wanting to. My Uncles were all self righteous pain in the asses.  Out of respect I bit my tongue every time I was around them.  OMG, I have written a book.
This was the Fri challenge from that extras week and now I see they same thing is in store for this week, just other sayings.
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Good Morning. 

It's supposed to get up to 93 today, but there is a 20% chance of rain.  The rain always comes in the afternoon ~ about when I'd be walking to or home from Sue's for the Christmas in July party.   I'm nervous about being able to walk there anyway, never mind the rain, but how ridiculous to have Mike drive me half a block.  I seem to have the silliest delimas.    

Our neighbor's funeral is on Saturday and I know much of the neighborhood will be there for her.   I only met her once and never met her husband, who died on Sunday, and Mike hasn't met either of them.  We've been invited (as part of the neighborhood) to the viewing, the funeral and the Open House afterwards, but neither of us walks well enough to be comfortable going.  I did send a card, and I may go to the viewing, and then leave before the funeral.  I don't think Mike could even do that, nor do I think we could attend the Open House, though it's just up the street.  Everyone stands and "mills" at Open Houses, and that about kills me.  

But for now, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I'm looking forward to the party this afternoon.  I do so little socially anymore.

They fixed the AC support on the unit outside a while ago so it looks fine and has been running ok, but Mike said it was "freezing up" from time to time.  I really didn't notice it.  Anyway, it seemed like a good idea to have it checked and cleaned.  It's still under warranty if any parts were broken, but of course 'Maintenance' is on us.  So this cute young guy, Arieus was his name, came half an hour early and said it would take him about an hour he thought.  He even commented on how clean it looked inside (inside the AC, not the basement ~ lol).  He was hard working and really seemed to know his business, but he ended up being here for four hours!  By the time he left, the AC ducts and the Evap ducts were clean (you know, of course, that I haven't a clue what that means, but he used almost a whole bottle of cleaner!)   Outside, the actual unit was covered with "fur" (probably cotton wood).  We explained that neither of us could walk on the rock, so while Mike used to clean the outside unit a couple of times a year, he can't do that here.  I thought when they fixed it and built up around it they hosed it off at least, but I guess not.  He didn't just hose it off, but he took it apart and really cleaned it inside and out.   We ended up buying a service contract from him, mainly because of the things we can't do, but also because there were good discounts on the services he performed both now and in the future, and we have a guarantee that if we need them for pluming, heating or electric work, they will come and not charge us for coming on weekends or holidays or after hours.    He told us because of the dirt, it was only running at half capacity ~~ so now I'll probably freeze to death!  lol

Not a Vikings gal, huh?  lol  I grew up in Minnesota, but I also back the Pack. ;-)

We are not "officially" an Over-55 community, but we might as well be.  There are only a few folks under 50 and more of them in my age group.  It's understandable because the houses are on one level and the outside maintenance is done for us, and the tiny yards aren't a problem cuz none of us have kids.  Of course someone with kids could move in, but it doesn't seem likely.  The younger folks that are here are busy with work and activities and don't want to have to do outside maintenance, I think.   Anyway, to your point, since we have lived here (4 years) we have lost three husbands and one mother who was in her 90s and living with her daughter and son-in-law.  She got around better than me until the last six months or so.   I don't like change, and I especially don't like this kind of change.  Reminds you of your mortality.

I hadn't thought about the advantage to Jordan of getting out to work for half a day, just that he might pick up a usable skill. Now I remember your telling me that Jordan was picked on, and that's dangerous.  I have never understood why inmates in jail aren't safe.  It seems to me that should be the safest place on earth, but you hear such horror stories.  It's unconscionable!  

It's good that you pointed that post out to Joanne, and good that she has the resources to check her out.   I know this sounds so judgmental, and perhaps it is, but when a woman has kids from two different daddies and hasn't married either of them (she wan't, was she?) I tend to think less of her.  You might end up being a great aunt, and then she might go on to the next.   Of course that could happen with anyone, but . . .    

My great nephew, Robert, owns his own home and his 'friend' Nikki moved in with him, initially I thought to help her out.   On his facebook under relationships during that time, he posted "It's complicated".    I guessed that to mean they were "friends with benefits" but not soul mates.   She has a son by an earlier relationship.   Anyway, it wasn't long before I became a great-great aunt to Lucy.    Nikki posted about wanting them to get a better house, and when Robert didn't, she and Lucy moved in with her mom.  He still sees Lucy (thank God, because I was afraid she would disappear on us), and even went to a wedding with Nikki not long ago.  The relationship seems strange, and I was somewhat relieved when they didn't get married "for Lucy's sake", but a child definitely complicates things.

That Josh is doing all her work says a lot, about both of them, and it's worrisome. 

I'm so sorry your mom has to endure so much pain.  I'm sure the long drive didn't help that, though I'm still glad she was able to go.

I hate that so often getting old means "losing it" and really needing assisted living, but we have to be realistic.  I hope our home with the kinds of amenities we have will mean we never have to move into a facility, but of course no one has any guarantees.  We're both in much worse shape for getting around than most of our neighbors, but it really isn't "old age".  Mike has Parkinson's as you know, and I have TM (Transverse Myelitis) but TM strikes children more than adults, and often they are left in a wheel chair for life.  Gimpy as I am, I'm lucky.  I just kind of hate that I can't do things while I'm still not really really old.  (Only one really before 'my' old.  Ha) 

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I do not have much to say tonight...just not in a chatty mood.  Was not even going to come, but wanted to see what you had to post.  Watched the news out of Milwaukee and I could just scream.
New theater shooting in Louisiana. :'(
Shooting in Milwaukee killing a man in front of his pregnant fiance and their 2 children.
There was more, but my brain has blocked it from my mind at this time.
I know what you mean about getting old and not being able to get around. But you do better than I do. Not sure I could even walk across the street and if I did there better be somewhere to sit immediately. I am only 58 and have less mobility than you both do.  I know that I will die at an earlier age than my mom. COPD has no cure and I cannot imagine a worse way to die than not being able to breath, it is horrible. I have been really dwelling on my mortality lately...not where I want to be.
Hope you have fun at your Christmas in July party. Sounds to me that your AC guy is a real gem and being able to count on them no matter when is wonderful  Our furnace went out on Christmas Eve and it took till well after midnight to get someone here.  Thought we were going to have to cancel Christmas...or move it anyway, since it was getting pretty darn cold in the house.  They guy came after he attended church, God Bless him! I bet that cost out landlord a pretty penny.
There is more on the Josh front, but I will write it tomorrow.
The next 4 tags I post will all be tutorial challenges. They gave us a list and we could pick which 4 we wanted to do.  I cannot remember what the name of the tut is, lol.
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Sharing pictures from Brooks Steakhouse.
(I got my camera back!)


Mike had Oysters Rockerfeller



I ordered the baked brie (in warm caramel sauce with pecans, served with toast points and sour apple slices.   The waitress asked me "For the table?" and I said "No. For me."   LOL   Oooh, Lordy, was it good!  And yes, I did let Mike have a LITTLE bit.

In my defense, I did leave most of my meal and skipped all but two bites of the dessert. Ha. 




For our entree we had 2 four ounce steak oscars, which we shared.  The side dishes are served family style, and we ordered their 'famous' creamed corn and their sweet potato casserole.  Mike ordered onion rings.  We brought most of my steak and all the sides home.

Dessert was a piece of flourless chocolate cake with ice cream.





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Christmas in July 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but Sue is sooo talented.   
It was like going to a professional Craft Fair ~ but more fun!

She had all sorts of examples of ornaments we could make, huge bowls of clear and colored ornaments, Styrofoam balls, yarn, glitter, paints, decopage ~ you name it.   She had punched little flowers out of glittery craft paper and dipped the tops of pins in paint so we could cover a styrofoam ball with them, the red pins for the centers.  She had painted tiny puzzle pieces gold or white or red, so we could glue them together into a wreath and top the pieces with "jewels".  She had them (and other different ornament equipment, put in individual packets, so we only had to pick up a packet for the ornament we wanted to make, and a ball or whatever to put the things on.   (I made mine in gold with ruby 'jewels. topped with a red ribbon. Another one was in the shape of a Christmas light, clear, and we poured "Mop and Glow" inside and then added glitter ~ and it stuck!  
 She had tons of ribbon and ornament trim and . . .  well, you name it.   We could make as many different ornaments as we wished.   I made three, and did some visiting and picture taking.   It really was amazing, all the work she had done ~ and the expense she must have gone to.   She "pooh poohed" that, saying she had lots of 40 % off coupons, but even so, it was an amazing spread.
One of the women took up a collection so we could get her a gift certificate.  

She had tea and lemonade and cookies and strawberries if anyone wanted to munch or drink while they worked, or afterwards.

It was 94 degrees and Mike thought it was too hot for me to walk over to her house so he insisted on driving me.  It's probably a quarter of a block away and just across the street, so I felt silly accepting, but I did.  Sue called me and asked if I wanted HER to pick me up.  Either I have everyone fooled into thinkng I am helpless or I am privileged to know some awfully nice people.  
















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(Date Posted:07/24/2015 7:22 AM)

 

Good Morning.

Well, as you can see, my camera arrived via FedEx yesterday so I was able to download the food pictures from Brooks Steakhouse, and to take a few pictures of the Christmas in July party.    A picture is worth a thousand words, so I've already talked your ear off about Me, so I won't say much more.  No plans for today, so we'll see what unfolds.

Going to be another scorcher today, and they say with zero chance of rain.  AC is working fine. 

I really understand how you are feeling.  Sometimes I want to bury my head in the sand and shut the world out because everything is so ugly, or scary or unhappy.  Then I know that I can't live that way, just ignoring the world around me, so I subject myself to more news, and either want to crawl away and hide under the covers, or scream my head off in frustration.  I know there have always been bad things happening in the world, but either I was oblivious or things really are much worse now.  

Even avoiding the world news you can't avoid the more 'local' news.  I got a text from my niece Mary Ann first thing this morning, and she has to have a hysterectomy.  Fibroid tumors and other things.  Her poor little body has been through so much.

Then I went into the other group, and our Barb's mother is dying of cancer and she's planning a trip 'home' to the states to be with her.  She just lost her dad last year, and went back home for his memorial earlier this year, and of course she has been fighting her own health problems.   So many people I care about, and so many I barely know, are suffering and I can't do a thing to help their pain one little bit.  So here I sit, in tears.  

I really do know how lucky I am.  I hate that I can't do simple things that "everyone else" can do easily, or go for the hikes we used to love or take trips or even walk the neighborhood.  Poor me.  Then I think of what others are going through and realize how very lucky I am.  Even with my TM, most of the time it hits kids and not old ladies in their 60s, and often those kids are left in wheelchairs for life.  No, I'm damned lucky, and I do know it.

You've had so much to deal with, and still you always think of others. I can often feel your frustration but you keep on keeping on, and are always there for your friends and family.  We are lucky to have you in our lives.

And speaking of which ~ I love my new kitty and the border!  Thank you so much!

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(Date Posted:07/24/2015 11:32 PM)


OMG, that food looks to die for. Had to laugh because I thought the first round of food was your main meal.  Silly me.  Your brie looks positively delish.  I would so like to try it.  Mike can keep his oysters, lol.  The main course looks awesome too.  I have been wanting steak.  Some day.  Love the Brooks pic, you two are so cute.
Was the Christmas in July party a women's only event?  I thought it was a neighborhood thing again.  How absolutely fabulous it all looks and what a wonderfully clever idea to pack up kits for each ornament.  She seems to be the hostess with the mostest.  Your ornaments look fantastic and so much more fun because you made them.  Since your tree is a little larger now you will have room on it for them.
I know exactly what you mean about wishing you could help others, and feeling bad about all we cannot do, only to realize that there are so many that cannot even do what we do.  You know my friends Gary and Steve that I talk about.  Steve had bladder cancer a while back had surgery followed by treatment and all seem well, but was being closely monitored.  Now it is back again. He went through the surgery this past Monday and is recovering at home.  Then he will get pathology results next Wed and see where they go for treatment from there.  Please include him in your prayers.  He is such a wonderful man.  Well, nothing else new today so am going to make an early night of it.  Promised mom I would try.  Been going to bed after 3am and not getting up till after 10.
This is the next tutorial I did and it was called StarBurst.
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RE:WELCOME TO JULY CHAT
(Date Posted:07/25/2015 8:24 AM)




Good Morning!
Another day heading for 91 degrees, with no rain, so they say.

Our neighbor's viewing, funeral and open house are today.  We've decided not to go.  It's just too hard, and we really don't know her.  They sound like a lovely couple, and I feel bad for her, but their 'kids' from out of town are here, and all the neighbors who know them have been wonderful, taking meals and such for them.  I did send a card.

Yes, the Christmas in July was Women only, and not every woman in the neighborhood, so it was just right size-wise, and really so much fun.  Sue is such a crafter.  
Shortly after they moved in they invited the whole neighborhood to a Dessert Open House.  I wish I had taken a camera, because of how beautifully everything was set up and served.  Sue claims she doesn't bake, but she had wonderful things to eat and drink and everything was lovely.  I have told her that if I ever redecorate I am going to hire her to do it for me.    She loves doing crafts and has just made three quilts for family members.  She has arthritis so bad she has had several surgeries, so I don't know how she can do all the crafts and things she does.  They really are a lovely couple.  She's the one who recommended Shauna to us.

I'm so sorry to hear about Steve.  I remember you telling me that he had cancer some time ago, but I didn't realize it had returned.  I almost feel like I know Steve and Gary, and have warm feelings about them.  I will definitely pray for him!   Let me know how he is doing.  

Oooh, what a beautiful angel!  Thank you!

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(Date Posted:07/25/2015 10:02 PM)




I had to borrow your border as It was perfect for this tag. 

Which is another tutorial tag. The name of the tut is Just so

 Luscious, but I went another route with mine, lol. Right now

 I am trying to get 5 tags done by tomorrow.  3 done, but 

not tagged and 2 to go.  Took a break and came here.


I would not go to that funeral either.  Course I look for any

 excuse not to go.  I am a wreck at funerals. I cannot hold it

 together, especially when the music starts or if someone

 sings.  The music really affects me. But if I really did not

 know the people then I would not go...I would feel like a

 gawker. I cannot go to a wake unless my WC goes as I

 canot stand in lines and I know you two cannot either for

 very long. 

Just the fact that your neighbor had craft parties just for fun

 and insists on paying for it all tell me I would love her. She 

sounds wonderful to me.

Now there are pics of Josh with Ashley and he is holding 

her baby.  The youngest is still a baby. Again, someone

 made a point of saying Josh was her friend and then

 someone chimed in with the haters should lay off Ashley as

 she needs to do what is best for herself and her children. I

 just know this is not going to go well in the end.  If the

 babies daddy is in jail, she may need Josh to make ends

 meet and take care of things and then when he is out, she

 will kick Josh to the curb. I suppose time with tell.

Nothing else new.  I just heard about Steve a week ago.

  When they found it was back they arranged the surgery

 quickly. Gary and Steve are such a wonderful couple and I

 just cannot imagine something happening to one of them. I

 would rather it was me. If you remember, Gary was the love

 of my life...I know how to pick them, don't I? But I still love

 him.  Just differently.

It is so funny, that when Nan and I were talking before

 getting to Fauska's the other day we were talking about

 depression.  She is feeling very depressed.  Her meds do

 not seem to be helping.  I asked her to see if they could try

 something else and she said her doctor liked the one she

 was on.  I said get a new doctor.  But she has insurance

 that tells you where to go.  I do not get that since she is

 now on Medicare and has a supplementary policy.  It must

 be that one that has restrictions.  I started to say that even

 though I have never been diagnosed for anything other

 than depression that I know I also have and she said Social

 Anxiety...I said that is what I was going to say. Too funny

 how well they know me.  When I do not want to come to

 something, Louann used to argue about it with me.  She no

 longer does that, and that makes me more relaxed about

 going, lol.

Well, back to the drawing board, almost literally.

Love you sis.

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RE:WELCOME TO JULY CHAT
(Date Posted:07/26/2015 7:59 AM)


 



It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood . . .

Thanks for saying that you think just sending a card to our neighbor is ok and enough.  It's really hard to know what to do.  If we got around better, we could have gone to the viewing or the open house, but even then, since we really don't know them (I met her once and neither of us met him), it's awkward.  It seemed 'too much' to send flowers under the circumstances.  Anyway you made me feel better about what we did.  We actually did the same thing for the other two neighbors (husbands) who died.  We didn't know them, and it would have been uncomfortable to do anything personal for them, though maybe it shouldn't be. I wonder if we're too self conscious. I didn't know about the woman who died (mother of one of our neighbors who lived with them) until after the funeral.  I had met them several times, but learned of her passing after the funeral so I just sent a card there, too, but with a personal note.

That border does work well with your lovely tag, and I'm glad you took it ~ and anything else I have is yours as well.  You know I steal your borders and even share some of them with the other group.  They love them too.

The tag is, as always, lovely.  Thank you!   You are as ambitious as I am lazy!

You would love Sue.  She is so creative, but she is also caring and generous.  Here she was having this party, and you can't even imagine how much work she had put into it, and she still called me and asked if I would like her to drive over and pick me up!   You really have to laugh when you realize her house is across the street and down ONE house from us, and still both she and Mike wanted to take me.  Well, it was 94 degrees out, but still we're so close I have to laugh at myself ~ and them.  Main thing is what it says about her, that she would offer when SHE was having this party.   Wish you could have come. You'd have loved it!

Oh, I do fear that Josh is going to slip into 'Daddy' role and love the kids as well as Ashley, and then . . .   Bless his sweet heart.

You have talked about Gary and Steve often enough that I hurt and worry for them hearing this news.  We have come a long way, so that friends and family will rally around them and offer support that they might not have once.  As you know, I have mixed feelings about Gay 'marriage', but I have none at all about people who genuinely love and are committed to each other. Before the Supreme Court ruling, Mike and I were 200% in favor of Civil Unions to protect their rights as committed couples, as I've told you.  I will continue to pray for Steve.

I'm on Medicare and have supplemental insurance through United.  There are restrictions on who you can see. Drs and Hospitals should be in the Network, but if they are not, you can still see whoever you want, you just have to pay more, and of course Medicare doesn't have any such restrictions. Best case, Medicare declares what they will pay and then pays 80% of it.  United pays 50% of the remaining 20%, so it's not a whole bunch anyway.  Her supplemental may be different than mine, of course, but if it's the same as mine, I would still go to whoever I wanted to and pay the extra.  Of course my circumstances are possibly different too, and I try to see the Doctors as little as I possibly can.  I don't know what I'm talking about, so I'll hush. lol

I'm lucky that I don't suffer from depression ~ anymore than anyone does.  We all get down from time to time, but that's different than clinical depression.   Depression is one of the frequent issues with Parkinson's patients, and Mike's Neurologist  is always asking him if he's been depressed, but he really never has ~ again, anymore than the average person.  We are lucky about that at least!   Has to be hard to cope when it's your coping mechanism that's effected.

Well, make it a Super Sunday, little sister!

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I had to borrow your border again because it is again a 

great match for the tag, lol.  I love your bear border. Too

 cute.  Are you still using Tagbot, or do you have you found

 a different way to do it?

I too was for Gays having the write to marry.  Certainly in

 civil unions, and in churches if that church were accepting

 of it.  But not in churches that do not accept it.  Out church

 is open to all.  But I do not know if they would ever agree to

 a gay wedding.  I actually do not think so.  I think it is more

 like (if you do not shove it in our face, you are fine).  Our

 former youth Pastor knew my sister Diane was gay, but

 said basically, as long as you are not a practicing gay, it

 was alright.  So she could be gay as long as she did not

 have a partner....then you are just nothing.  That could be

 me....I am not gay, but how would they know unless I told

 them.  Things have changed a lot.  Out choir director is

 transgender.  She was a he when hired and had a wife.

  But then "he" got pregnant" from his own sperm, so he

 decided to embrace his woman side so met with the church

 board and them met with the congregation to explain.  Then

 he started dressing as a woman and going by a different

 name. His wife loved him and stayed with him. He lost the

 baby but stayed a woman. Some of the elderly members

 have a hard time dealing with it.  Mom still refers to Jennifer

 as a he. I wonder how many other churches could deal with

 this. Our church has grown through the years, not in

 members but in understanding and embracing.  I could

 almost see them doing a gay marriage, but just not sure.

You are right about Medicare having some restriction.  I

 forgot that some places do not accept medicare. Seems

 everyone here does.  My mom has a supplementary policy

 through BC/BS and she rarely sees a bill.  Even with all she

 went through with the heart surgeries and blood

 transfusions 3 times a week.  She got no bills.  She seems

 to only get the refraction bill from having your eyes tested

 for glasses as insurance does not pay that. But she pays

 about $350 a month for it.  I think it is well worth it for her.  

If I could afford it I would have it. 

Yes, your neighbors seem to all be gems, or a lot of them

 anyway.  I could probably not walk that distance and I

 would not let my mom walk it without someone walking with

 her.  Then I would still not like it.  It was so wonderful of her

 to offer to get you...shows how much she likes you and

 wanted you there.  We know how much Mike loves you.

  You are a lucky woman.

I finally got those 5 tags done and just in time, lol.  I may be

 dropping the group. Today is the last day and no one else

 has posted any tags.  The owner rarely comes in, she is

 always late posting the challenges and lately no thought

 goes into them.  There is no interactions with members

 lately.  The challenges earn you points to earn tubes that

 the owner had commissioned.  I have the first 4 and she

 has not had any new ones in ages.  I know she has

 experienced financial issues but then she should change

 the rules.  I want to ask what are we gaining points for once

 we have gotten all available, but do not want to hurt her.  I

 would not mind if she was there and playing with us.  I

 thought it would get better as her job changed some so that

 she can work from home, but it has not.  So I may go.  If I

 stay I feel impelled to do the challenges so that the MOTM

 gets some tags. But they have gone through all the

 regulars and I am not going to make tags for those that

 belong but never participate.  That is ridiculous.

Well, that is it for me today. 

Question, do you think Sunday is the end of the week, or

 the beginning of the week.  I like to think of it as the first

 day but the bible says it is the last.  Just wondering what

 you think, lol.

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RE:WELCOME TO JULY CHAT
(Date Posted:07/26/2015 11:15 PM)


Hello.

What a pretty Fairy tag ~ Thank you.  I think I like the border you selected better.  Oh, well.  ;-)

No, since Aimoo did whatever it was that Aimoo did, I can only make new borders with Tagbot.  I have a lot of old saved borders I made using html code though.

I've said it before, but I don't know how you do all that you do ~ making so many great tags and participating in several different groups, AND reading AND playing games and actually doing housework and having a social life, too.  I think maybe I'm running in reverse!

Rather amazing that your choir director got pregnant all by herself!   I shouldn't chuckle, but that really is Something!  I've never personally known a transgendered person.  I'm not very sophisticated.  It still seems very strange to me, but I haven't walked in their shoes.  I don't think I would be comfortable around someone who is transgender, at least at first.  In time, I suspect they would become just another person to me and my focus wouldn't be on what they were vs what they are.   I don't know.

The 'right or wrong' of most of these things I have to leave to God, cuz I'm just not smart enough to figure it out myself.  Except abortion.  I'm pretty sure I can tell right from wrong there.

I have always considered Sunday the first day of the week, though I haven't really thought a lot about it.

This really was another do nothing day.  I don't know what's wrong with me.  I have absolutely no energy.  I folded some laundry and did a few things online, and read a few chapters of a new book, but I was barely functional most of the day.   Honestly if I don't get some energy soon, I don't know what I'm going to do!

We started to watch the new Laura Childs 'Aurora Teagarden' movie on Hallmark M&M tonight, and then decided we weren't  sure who some of the actors were playing, so we decided to just let the new one continue to record, and watch the first one.   I'm glad we did.  I enjoyed the second viewing more than I thought I would, and I know this sets us up to enjoy the new one more.   it's been so long since I read the books (in the '90s!) that I don't remember a lot about the stories, other than that I really loved them at the time, and I think the books were a lot 'meatier' than the TV movies. They definitely have a Hallmark 'cozie' flavor, but I still enjoy them, and so does Mike.  Sometimes you just want something that is pleasant and entertaining, and not dark and 'gritty'.   I get enough 'dark and gritty' watching the news!

Then we watched Last Tango in Halifax.  I think there is only one more episode in this series.  It's good, but I'm not enjoying it as much as I did the first two seasons, and I don't think Mike is either.

And that's all the "excitement" that is fit to print here.  Can you stand it?! ;-)

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