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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/15/2016 8:46 AM)






 
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Hello.  Yesterday's weather forecast was off.  It never got above the mid-50s.  Today we are again supposed to reach 64 with a 20% chance of rain ~~ We'll see.   
I got another not so great night's sleep, but I've had worse.

We're going for dinner at The Keg tonight and may pick up a few things before.  

Oh NO ~ Not snow on the 14th of May!   That's almost depressing!

I'm not sure why we are having so much trouble deciding about the Blue Point Siamese named Dash (for the character in the Incredibles).  Initially I was pretty sure I wanted him and Mike had a lot of concerns.  Now I'm having second and third thoughts too.  He has had the trauma of moving from Vt to Colo and then two or three moves in CO, but he's always had the same Mom.   Will he be happy with us in time?  Will he and Shogun be able to get along?  Those are the questions we would have with any cat, of course.  I'm also ~ I can't believe how selfish I'm becoming ~ really enjoying a somewhat cleaner house with only one cat, and Shogun is just beginning to become more loving and sweet. We'll make the decision soon, and then I'll tell you about him.

Barb has three Mission trips this year!  I'd be so exhausted just thinking about them.  She really is amazing!

I should have known you would be involved in Operation Shoebox, too.  It looks like so little, but it gives so much joy.  Our kids have so much it would be no big deal to them, but to those who have almost nothing, they are the world.

When you visit New Mexico the question at the restaurant is always "Red or Green"?  lol   For some, it's "Christmas" (red and green)  For Mike it is always "Green".  Various degrees of heat, but he no longer loves it extremely hot and he still loves 'green'.  

I'm glad Chris did come, and I hope she did a good job with the things she did do.

I'm glad the woman did your 'interview' over the telephone and you didn't have to go in, or "prepare" or stress yourself!  Good idea to wait for the check to cash.  I never thought you wouldn't be approved.  I guess it's a good thing they do check that because some could get full time good paying jobs or something and still take the help they don't really need.  It's such a shame that the few who always take advantage spoil things for everyone else.

Hope you are having a good day today.

Hugs,

Dorothy



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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/15/2016 11:36 PM)




IT HAS BEEN AN OK DAY.  IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT DAY EXCEPT THAT I HAD WORKED A LONG TIME ON A TAG AND WAS DONE AND ABOUT TO SAVE IT WHEN PSP FROZE.  NOW I HAD SET UP AUTO SAVE FOR EVERY 5 MIN, BUT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.  WHEN I REOPENED PSP, NOTHING WAS THERE.  I CHECKED AND IT IS SET ON AUTO SAVE, SO I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG.  BUT I FELT DEVASTATED.  TOMORROW I WILL TRY TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN BECAUSE I REALLY LIKED IT. BUT I WAS SO ANGRY!

DASH IS A PRETTY GOOD NAME FOR A CAT.  I THINK YOUR CONCERNS ARE VALID.  THAT IS WHY I WONDERED IF THERE WAS A TRIAL PERIOD TO SEE IF HE WAS A GOOD MATCH.  SOME CATS WILL NEVER GET ALONG.  MY FRIENDS DEB AND JEFF HAS ONE CAT THAT LIVED UPSTAIRS AND ONE CAT THAT LIVED DOWNSTAIRS.  THEY COULD NOT STAND EACH OTHER AND WOULD HISS, GROWL AND ATTACK WHEN IN THE SAME ROOM.  SO THE UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS CATS IS WHAT WORKED OUT.  NOW ONE OF THEM HAS PASSED AND THE ONE LEFT WILL STILL NOT ENTER THE OTHERS TERRITORY.  SO, DO THEY HAVE THAT?

DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE FUNDRAISER EVENTS I PARTICIPATED IN EACH YEAR IN OCT/NOV?  WHERE WE MADE PERSONALIZED STATIONARY AND TAGS FOR THE DONORS?  THOSE WERE ALSO FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD.  WE WERE ABLE TO DONATE A LOT OF MONEY FOR MAKING AND SHIPPING SHOEBOXES.  IT WAS COOL TO SEE A PICTURE OF CHILDREN WITH THE BOXES.  AS I SAID BEFORE AND WILL SAY OFTEN, BARB IS A SAINT.

OK, NOW I HAVE TO SAY I AM MORE CONFUSED THAN EVER.  IS GREEN HOT OR NOT?  I KNOW MIKE LIKES HOT AND NOT SO HOT AS HE USED TO AND HE LIKES GREEN, SO IS IT HOT, BUT NOT REALLY HOT OR IS IT MILDLY HOT, OR NOT HOT?  TELL ME IF YOU LIKE IT.
RED ARE HOT, AREN'T THEY?  JALAPENO'S ARE RED.  AYE YI YI!!

OK, NOT SURE THAT I OR YOU UNDERSTAND REGARDING THE STATE PAYING MY MEDICARE PREMIUM.  THEY DID THE INTERVIEW.  NOW I HAVE TO COMPLETE IT BY SENDING THEM PROOF OF MY CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE.  THEN I HAVE TO WAIT TO HEAR FROM THEM IF I STILL QUALIFY.  NOTHING ABOUT CASHING A CHECK.  I CANNOT COUNT ON ANYTHING I GET FROM THE STATE EITHER BECAUSE IT MIGHT SAY I DO NOT QUALIFY BUT THEN THEY DO A SYSTEM OVERRIDE SO THEN I DO GET IT.  SHE TOLD ME WHY ONCE BUT I NO LONGER REMEMBER WHY.  ONLINE IN MY STATE ACCOUNT IT SAYS I AM NOT GETTING IT THIS MONTH.  BUT I AM SO IT IS ALL VERY CONFUSING.  I CANNOT GET INTO THE LETTER PART OF MY ACCOUNT AND I HAD AN EMAIL TELLING ME THEY SENT ME A LETTER SO I WILL HAVE TO CALL AND GET THAT ALL STRAIGHTENED OUT TOMORROW.  ALONG WITH CHANGING MY INR APPT TO COINCIDE WITH MY EYE APPT OR TO ANOTHER DAY.  ALWAYS SOMETHING ISN'T IT?

I HOPE YOU SLEEP WELL TONIGHT.  CHAT WITH YOU TOMORROW.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/16/2016 11:52 AM)



Rainy Days and Mondays

Our weather forecasts are officially a joke.  Yesterday the forecast changed from 10% to 80% chance of rain by 4PM, so we cancelled our plans to go out for dinner and I made the Chile Rellano hot dish I had planned to make earlier in the week and didn't.   Of course once we cancelled our plans, it didn't rain.   It appears that any time I say what we are going to be doing ~ we don't.  I've decided to no longer mention plans unless they are things that are (almost) definitely happening and will alter whether or not I post in the morning.  So there!

We have also decided not to adopt the 11 year old Blue Point Siamese.  I should never have mentioned that either ~ I jinxed it.  (ha).  I'm feeling a little sense of loss, but the decision is made and I'm sure it's a good one.  Pretty sure . .

So, no more sharing until whatever it is is History!  

I got a text from Matt last night saying that he had been trying to find a lamp like the one that was broken and that he had really wanted to buy a new one and bring it to us, but it would take "Devine intervention to find an exact match"  (lol)  He said the ones he'd found that were similar were between $80 and $250, so he proposed taking $200 off of our bill.  I agreed that was a good proposal.  We have been looking too, and haven't found anything we love yet, but we do need to get something.  Sooo, that issue is done.  I'm sure his bill will be high ~ he does good work, but he charges a lot for it.  It's ok.  I really LOVE having the outlet moved and kick myself for not having it done sooner.

And so it goes.  Currently it's 46 degrees and drizzeling.  I don't know if we'll get a real rain or not, but this does look like a nice day to stay inside and read.

Watching 'Outnumbered' on Fox right now and Megan Kelly is one of the hosts today, or maybe she's considered a guest, I dunno.  The guy who is "Outnumbered" on the couch is her husband, author Douglas Brunt.  Kind of fun to watch.

Barb just called and wants me to order some things for her trip to Guatemala in two weeks, so I'd best take care of that now before I forget.  Bless her heart, she also got summoned for jury duty during the two weeks she is here!   I'm going to pray that her number doesn't come up so she can forget that!

One of the things she had me order was more special balloons to use to make the balloon animals.  She laughed about how she was making them for the kids while telling them about Jesus, and all of the women in Togo wanted one too.  ;-)

Mike says that both red and green chili can be hot or very hot depending on how it's made, the kind of chilis or spices used.  Red chili is more like the chili con carne we are used to, while green chili relies more on the particular green chili flavor, and depends on the kinds of chilis that were used.  Most of the green chili is made from Hatch Green Chili or other New Mexico chilis and the heat depends on what kind they use.  While Mike loves and makes delicious chili con carne, he really loves the green chili too, and it's entirely different, based on the flavors of the chilis are used.   Clear as mud?   Welcome to my world.  lol

I'm so sorry PSP hung up on you and you lost your tag.  Mike and I have both been having fits with our PCs running slow or not opening links or other issues lately.  Seems better today.  We may have had an internet issue.  Infuriating, anyway.     BTW, Mike inadvertently "upgraded" to Windows 10 (he must have hit one of the zillion pop ups they give you without intending to) and he doesn't like it.  He sees no advantages and the auto brightness is driving him crazy.  He's about ready to "downgrade"  to Windows 7 again.     Oh, wait!  He may have just found the solution.  I hope so!

I'm not surprised that the State (or any branch of gov't) has all sorts of bizarre rules and methods so you never know what the heck is going on.  I just really think that since you have had the assistance and you haven't won the lottery or something, you should continue to get it.   I guess we'll see, huh?

Sending good thoughts. 

Oops!  I almost forgot to thank you for my beautiful tag ~ and I love the border, too!

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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/16/2016 11:26 PM)

Maybe there is a reason that my PSP froze last night.  I recreated the tag today and I like this version better.

Ok, I still do not know if green chilies are hot or not, lol.  I will just avoid them too.  I cannot eat anything with the least little bit of jalapeno in it. So probably cannot go green either.  I had hoped they were spicy but not hot.  

How did jinx the possible adoption by mentioning it?  You either talk yourselves into it or out of it.  But if you have decided it is not for you, then you should not be looking, lol.
Or was he just a little too old?  Anyway, you all know what is best for you.  

It is good that Matt is willing to take $200 off his bill, but you do not know what his bill is?  All he has to do is mark it up $200 and then subtract it from his total and you are none the wiser.  I hope you trust him.  

OMG, poor Barb.  The last thing she needs is to have to sit jury duty in the short 2 weeks that she is home.  That sucks.  Am saying a prayer that she is not called.  She needs some de-stressing time, not the opposite.  I have some of those balloons here and I can make several of those animals.  One of the things my sister Diane has done is be a clown at events and children's parties, etc.  They are fun and I can see why the women would want them.

I am hoping I still qualify for assistance with the medicare premium.  But you never know what programs have been cut or cancelled. I do not know what I will do if I don't.  I do not have $100 a month to spare.  But I refuse to worry about it unless it happens.  Not going to let myself stress it.

Sometime soon I suppose I am going to have to upgrade to Windows 10 while it is still free.  I think the deadline is July something.  I do not want it, but what can I do?  

I have to make cookies again tomorrow for Wed at Fauska's.  We chowed through the ones I made last week in no time.  What with what mom gave Chris and Scott, Josh atr and we ate, they were gone in no time.  I am not letting her give any to Chris this time.  So I will be back to chat tomorrow, but not on Wed.  I did reschedule my INR for Thur.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/17/2016 10:15 AM)


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How's your day going?   It's another gloomy one here today.  We are supposed to get to a "high" of 50 and maybe have some rain.   We got a little rain yesterday so things are definitely greening up, but I think I'm ready for a bit of sun.

Tomorrow morning I have an echo cardiogram.  It takes about an hour and I am not looking forward to it.  When you are fat like me, they have to push harder to get the readings and on occasion in the past it has been quite painful, but not so bad the last few times.   If you have a minute, I'd appreciate a prayer that it isn't a bad experience, and that the results aren't bad either.  Bad results could mean . . . bad results.  ha.

I don't know about the tag you lost, but this one is lovely.  Thank you!

I really did think I might love "Dash", who was an 11 year old Blue Point Siamese.  He sounded like he might be a really good fit for us, and I was surprised that Mike wasn't more enthused.  He has been looking at the rescue sites ~~~ and at Bengal kittens!  I told him no Bengal Kittens (though I'm sure they would be too adorable)! I'm way too old and crabby for a kitten, and particularly for one as hyper as a Bengal.   He loves Siamese, and we both like older cats, so I couldn't understand why he wasn't enthused about Dash.  The problem seems to be that we couldn't meet him before we took him because he was a 3 hour drive (both ways) away from us.  We have always met our future cats and spent some time with them before making a commitment before.  I know if I had said that I really wanted Dash, Mike would have agreed and been fine with it, but I didn't want him to just go along with me when we are talking about a lifetime commitment.  I don't think we will be looking for another cat anymore, or at least I won't.  I am going to take The Denver Dumb Friends and the Max Fund sites off of my Facebook and also remove myself from the Colorado Cat Rescue site.  We've been a one cat family for seven months.  It's fine.

Matt's bill will be high, I have no doubt, but I do trust him.  He does good work but he is high priced.

Mike got the Windows 10 "auto brightness" fixed ~ it was driving him crazy and when I went looking for a solution, it apparently has that effect on most people.  I just love it when "They" know much better than you do what you need or want.  Turns out that his get around involved changing a setting on his Vaio laptop.  Someone in one of the help groups said he had to do that with his Sony, so that alerted Mike.  Win 10 wants to save power for you so they automatically lower your lighting, and apparently it's a major pain to turn it back up again.   I will not go quietly into that Good Night ~ Windows 10 ~ but resist as long as I can.   Mike says he's experienced a few minor annoyances and no improvements that he can see.   Just something else to get used to for no productive reason.   Sigh.

I hope you have fun tomorrow with your friends ~ and you can save the cookies!  ;-)

Ooh, I forgot to tell you yesterday, I finally broke the 200 barrier!  Again.  Of course I'm fluctuating all over the place so I won't count on anything.   Remember I showed you a pic I took of my scale back in August when I went below 200?  Well, between then and January, I was UP over 14 lbs, and it would not budge!   Apparently I can never ingest a carbohydrate again. smiley74 Anyway, for now, for today, I'm 199.   I won't ask for a cookie.  


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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/17/2016 11:03 PM)

Well, I got the cookies made again, lol.  Louann is picking my up for my eye appt at 9:45 and will have Liam with her.  Bruce and Kirstie have to go shopping so we will have Liam with us.  Nan is meeting us back at their house at 11:30.  They started watching War & Peace when they last got together.  I am going to tell them to save it for when I cannot come and watch Selfridge when I am there.  We will see how that goes.
I can understand not getting the cat when you could not see how you interacted with it.  That is a long drive for one day and even if you liked the cat, there is always Shogun and how he would interact with the cat.  Maybe you would be better off with just one cat.  Or maybe something will pop up closer to you.  Bengals are only one step away from Wild and they are bigger than your normal house cat.  They are certainly beautiful, but I think they are more cat than you want, lol.  He would be Shogun on steroids.
I have said a prayer for you and the echo.  The only one I ever had felt like I was being tortured.  I was so happy when it was done.  I hope it is even better yet this time.
I have the same issue with Windows 7.  When it goes into energy saver mode and dims my screen and then I cannot see for sh*t.  So I have to override it all the time.  I have see it not to go into that mode when switching to battery but it does anyway, so I have to deal with that all the time.  I am really sick of the daily pop up telling me to install Windows 10.  I am happy with 7.
Woo Hoo for breaking 200...wish it were me.  I really need to get my act together.  I just do not give a sh*t.
But I need to that is for sure.
Chat with you when I can.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/18/2016 10:18 PM)


 

Good Evening!  

Today was a long day ~ but a good one.  Lovely weather and thanks to your prayers and Mike's I (1) didn't have any anxiety the night before my Echo, and (2) the Echo went better than I could have imagined.   

At best, they are long (an hour long) and uncomfortable.  At worst ~ I have been brought to have involuntary tears streaming down my face from the pain caused by one of the technicians, a very nice man named Bob.  For the last several times, I've had another tech, Mel.  Also nice but much more gentle.  It's still far from pleasant as they try to get the best images.   Yesterday the receptionist said she thought it would be fun to have an echo and see your heart beat.  I said yes, but it was also uncomfortable and sometimes painful.  Her response was "I think Bob is gentle".   (Yiikes!)  Another couple of comments about Bob, and I was sure I was going to get him.  Oh FUDGE!

Instead a high school (or maybe grade school) girl came out to get me.  Unusual because usually the Tech comes himself.  Turns out this lovely child was to be my technician.  Her name was Tara, and she was awesome.  Very gentle, efficient, even explained what some of the images were.  My Mitro Valve just "wiggles" or "waves" so fast it can't possibly be doing any good, can it?  Interesting, only slightly uncomfortable, and also only 45 minutes!  I told her I was going to request her every time!  Probably not good news to her because my A-Fib makes getting an image difficult ~ ha.

Sorry ~ way too much information I'm sure, but I always dread the Echos and this was a piece of cake!

Afterwards we made a liquor store run and picked up our 35th anniversary gifts for each other and a few other things, and then home to unload and relax for a little while before going to The Hideaway for my "reward lunch".  We both had their very delicious French Onion Soup, Mike a bowl and me a cup, and a glass of wine.  Then Mike had their excellent French Dip and I had an open face steak and muchroom sandwich ~ delish.

 

We shared a dessert of puffed pastry stuffed with peaches and cream.  Heavenly.    

We brought half of both meals home and Mike had the other half of his sandwich for dinner.  I didn't need anything more.

I know this is too long, but it's covering for two days.  ;-)

I hope you had a really fun day and got to watch Selfridge!    So good to have the eye appt done too.

I definitely didn't "diet" today ~ LOL.  Well, this WAS a reward meal, after all.  (Laugh)   I have my blood test tomorrow and I hope nothing is weird, but if it is ~ oh well.  I DESERVED a reward!  Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers!

Trash and Recycles are out for pick up tomorrow, and tomorrow afternoon 'Kathy' from Stampin Up is coming over to bring me the new catalog and see if there is anything she can help me with.  I know so little, I don't even know what to ask ~ HA!  I won't try going to the classes, it's just too hard, but I do appreciate that she wants to help me.

Love 'n Hugs

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(Date Posted:05/19/2016 10:24 PM)



So much to tell you but before I get into me...let me say that I am so happy that your Echo went so well.  I am so happy that you did not get Bob and thank God for Tara having a light touch. Hoping your results are just as good.  Whoopie!!  You're celebratory dinners looks awesome.  It makes me so hungry.  I need a snack.  But a low carb one.
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Yesterday was a mixed day, some good and some bad. Good was that we got Liam to be with us.  Kirstie and Bruce were shopping as they are going to redo her kitchen.  Kirstie got to my house first and when she opened the van door to get Liam I heard Hi LouLou!  He is so cute and only got cuter as the day progressed.  They went to visit great-grandma while I was at the eye doctor.  
Right from the start I was in pain.  The WC I chose was like sitting on a cement slab and my behind and back were hurting.  When I got called in I thought "oh, good, I can sit in the eye exam chair and be out of pain, but no, it hurt too!  I kept leaning way forward in order to get comfortable.
My eye exam went well and we decided that I would go for the cataract surgery so they did measurements. I had two techs and the doc and had to wait quite a while in between each one, too long! So anyway, I am doing that on June 6.  Pray for me because I need to lay flat.  Dr. Tam says it is only for 10 to 15 min. tops!  So I said I could do that.  I pray that I can.  Otherwise he was going to put it off.  But that flat part is only likely to get worse, not better. So as I was setting up apts I called Louann to come.  They were there before I was done.  My appt was for 10:15 and I got out of there at 12:30.  My oxygen ran out as I was setting up the appts.  So we headed to L&B's and Nan arrived right behind us.
We made lunch....lasagna, cheese bread and my cookies for dessert.  Then Louann took and got Liam down for a nap.   Then we did our craft project.  We made flowers out of glass plates for outdoors.  We did not have the best supplies.  Depression glass is what the example was made from.  Louann got it for Mother's Day last year.  Louann shopped at the different thrift stores and though she would find plates cheap and I said, no way, those plates will cost more than 50 cent, which is what she thought, lol.  What she had was not great.  Some were solid plates, but pretty.  I had wanted to make 2 for my nurse friends for Christmas.I will just keep the one I made.  It is interesting, but not beautiful like the one she got. I will get a pic of it tomorrow.
We had to mix two components to make epoxy and the smell was awful, lol.  But it has to last for outside weather.
Then we watched the first 2 episodes of Selfridge.  3 hours.
The whole time I am there I am uncomfortable and tired.  It took a lot to stay awake.  I hate seeing the way this season is going, though I know he lost his fortune and had a miserable life after he lost his wife and the woman he fell for after that who was scamming him and tried to get out of it too late as she had fallen in love with him.  Gambling and Womanizing and not listening to his family who tried to help him and he is losing them too.  It is too bad, because if not for his weakness for women, he was a good guy.  So then it was supper time.  We had lasagna, garlic bread and a salad.  For dessert we had chocolate salted caramel lava cake.  OMG!  So good.  Then we just sat around the table for quite a while.  Bruce was showing pictures he had taken of the kids and flowers in the yard, etc.  He is so good. Then Nan said it is getting late and wanted to go.  I was ready for that.  Had a horrible time getting from the car and carrying all my stuff, oxygen, my bag of o2 accessories, iPad, etc.  My glass plates flower, the copper tube for putting it into the ground and my cane.  Nan will not help me as she does not like doing the stairs.  I was so exhausted that I ended up going to bed early and slept till 9am. 
 I knew when I got up I had my INR this afternoon but as the day went on I forgot.  The phone rang about 3:25 and I heard Suzanne's voice and said Oh sh*t, I forgot, I have to get dressed.  I did it as fast as I could and went out and got in the car.  Immediately my O2 ran out.  I had forgotten that it had not been plugged in at L&B's for the last while as we were at the table.  It only lasts 2 hrs so I had no O2 for the appt.  We got there in plenty of time as they were dealing with an emergency and running late.  I told my pharmacist that I needed an appt before the surgery.  He could do it as long as I was 3 or under.  2 weeks ago I was at 3.5 because of a med increase.  This time I was at 4.1. so decrease and return in a week.  We need to get me in line so I can have the surgery.  I do not like my life being frantic.  You know I can worry with the best of them (that means you, lol).  I hate worrying, besides the fact that stress can affect blood sugars, blood, health, etc.  Now, also an issue is that Louann can take me to the surgery, but not to the pre-op.  So I have emailed Carol & Gloria to see if one of them can.  Push comes to shove, I will ask Joanne to take her lunch to take me there.  More worries.
So there is my life.  It is no wonder I keep getting headaches.  So say a little prayer for me now...or a couple of them.  To get my INR in line, bring down the blood sugars and help me make it through the surgery.
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Good Afternoon.
Shauna is here so I'm late.  It's going to be in the low 80s today!  

Yesterday Kathy from Stampin Up came and spent an hour and a half with me, giving me a private class.  How fun is THAT?!   I had done a few things, but I had very little confidence.  I think I'll be a bit bolder now, and I'm more anxious to play. 
While she was here Dr Kim called with my Echo results, much earlier than I had anticipated.   He is so abrupt?  Efficient?  I'm not sure what ~ he's polite but not at all "chatty".  My results were a slight bit worse than last year so I need to have another Echo in a year.  Before Tara, I would have been a lot more upset about it.  So, all in all, the Echo was a positive experience, and next year's results won't be any 'worse'.  So there.  ;-)

 I was in range with my blood test, too!  It was a lovely 2.2.  I'd rather it be a little bit higher, but I'll take this.  

How fun that you had Liam with you, and he really RELATES to you!   Kids are like cats (but don't tell their parents I said so ~ lol).  Sometimes they focus on you and have buckets of love to give, and sometimes you are furniture. Ha.  

I'm sorry you were in so much pain.  That is so miserable and people who aren't experiencing it just don't understand that it does more than just 'hurt'.   For some reason I absolutely don't understand, after Kathy left I was in some of the worst pain I'd had,and it didn't go away just by sitting like it always does.  It just stayed and stayed.  I finally gulped down two aspirin and it still took an hour to loosen it's grip on me.  Today, I'm fine, than God, but I really do know, at least a little what you go through.  

Your meal, as always sounded wonderful.  I will love seeing a picture of your new plate.  I can't imagine using Depression glass to make it.  Remember when you had to pay so much to 'find' good depression glass?  Now all of our old collections are worthless.  Isn't that just the way?    Did the epoxy smell and the lack of O2 cause you problems?

We didn't even finish watching Selfridge.  It was just too depressing, probably more so knowing how it was going to go.  We switched to Grantchester. which we liked.

Ooh, the Cataract surgery.  You can count on my praying for you, both for it not being too uncomfortable, and that it works perfectly and gives you near perfect vision, at least in the eye it can.  I'm assuming they will only do the one eye?

Oh, wow, your INR really is too high.  You're gonna have to stop getting drunk every night!     I really hope it doesn't delay your surgery.  I suspect you will be nervous enough and you need to be able to just get it over with.   Again, you know you will be in my prayers!   Keep me posted!! 





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Well, look at you with your own personal stamping instructor.  Hoity Toity aren't we?  LOL  So what did you learn today?  Hope you made some pretties.  So sorry to hear of the pain you had.  Did you have anything like it when you went to the Stamping Party?  I was wondering if it had anything to do with the position you were sitting in all that time?  So glad one of us has their INR in line.  I could not believe when they told me it was 4.1.  I guess the med fenofibrate really messes with it, which I did not know.  And Denise tripled my dose and I did not let Anticoag know.  Seems my body is still reacting strongly to it.  They are cutting me from 4.5 mg once a week and 3mg all the rest of the days to 3mg 5x a week and 1.5mg the other 2 days.  We have a short time to get it worked out.

I forgot to get a picture of my glass flower.  The depression glass is still not cheap.  And I did not see a lot of it on ebay.  I wish I had had more time.  I would have worked on getting better glass pieces.  I will try to remember to get the pic.

Liam was relating to me verbally but not physically.  He would not give me any kisses or hugs yesterday.  He did high five and fist bump.  He is getting very independent and stubborn per Kirstie.  Oh Lord, the terrible twos!!  I told him he could not have my kisses as they were only for his mama and we kissed.  He just laughed.  But he is adorable.  Even if he is a stinker.

Yeah, Selfridge makes me sad.  I hate that he is seeing that trashy blonde sister.  Drunken sluts!!!  I love that Mae is back, but not sure I like her teaming up with that huckster that Harry got involved with.  Now with his mom gone, he listens to no one.  She was the only one that could make him look at himself.  He is totally alienating his children.  Whom all seem to have turned out decent despite his poor example.  He used to be so decent.  So sad.

Well, gotta go.  Chat with you tomorrow.

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Good Afternoon.   Tonight there will be a Blue Moon, and last night I got these pictures through the window of the Not Quite Blue Moon.  





Who am I and what have I done with Procrastinator Dorothy?  I got up, dressed and out on the porch to hose off the very dirty Welcome Mat, the outside of the front room window so we can put the screens back on, and the covers we have had on the porch chairs, all before 7:30!    Then I came in and tackled my email and downloaded the pictures.    We'll see how well I continue to do.  
 
Our Dahlias came in from Jackson Perkins the day before yesterday, and yesterday Shauna brought the four pots up from in front of the porch and set them on the porch so I could plant them today ~ and I did!    I imagine once again I entertained the neighborhood, me sitting on a cushy chair on the porch, planting the pots, must be quite a sight.   Then when they were planted Mike took one in a cart to the farthest point and set it ~ and then came back to the porch to rest.   Then he took another one and came back to rest again.  Then I took one!   Very heavy but I managed to lift it onto the cart, and then from the cart onto the slab.  Hard, but not nearly as hard as trying to walk on that uneven ground!  I let him set the last one.   He got the screens in and we got the mess I made with dirt leaving the pots and depositing itself on the porch cleaned up and I got the pots watered.    I had planned to do one more load of laundry, but "No way, Jose'!" 

Another gorgeous day.  It got to 88 yesterday and we're heading in the same direction today!  Mike drove the Chrysler past one of the emissions testing points yesterday afternoon and we were going to pick up carry out but spur of the moment changed our minds and decided to go to the Red Robin for dinner ~ and carry out half of our meals for tonight.   I was wearing a cute sweatshirt that I'd worn in my cold house, so I knew I would look ridiculous in the 88 degree weather, but it was a short walk from the Handicapped Parking Place to the door of the restaurant, and in the restaurant I was actually a bit cool, so other than providing entertainment for those who saw me, all was well.  lol    Across the way there was a baby girl, maybe 1 year old or younger, in cute bib jeans but with no shirt.   I wanted to go over to the table, grab her up and put her under my sweatshirt!   Child abuse!  She must have been freezing! Of course she seemed just fine so I guess she wasn't as cold in the AC as I imagined her to be, and I'm pretty sure the family would have called the cops on me if I'd tried to "help" her.  LOL    I had to think of Barbara, as I watched a young server making adorable balloon animals for the kids at that table ~ a monkey with a long tail and a butterfly with big wings.  Cute!

Ohhh, I FEAR this stamping!  There is a distinct possibility it could take over one's life!  Ha.   No, I didn't have any problems at the party, and I was sitting most of the time plus a bit of jumping up and going to the Library to get more supplies.  Should have been fine.  I haven't had that kind of pain since, thank God.  It was fierce.

I do hope they can get your numbers under control quickly, so you have more than just one "good" reading before the surgery is due.

Hope you are having a good day!

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Stamping is addicting.  So many fun things you can do with it.  Have you learned embossing yet?  One of my favorites!  Or creating little window boxes on a card and putting glitter or confetti in them.  Making a snow globe on a card.  Coloring stamped pics and designs.  It goes on and on and I am sure there is so much more that can be done now.  I have not stamped in many years.  Not even sure any of my ink pads, etc are any good anymore.  Have fun with it.

Wow, you really did get a lot done today.  I am impressed.  I, on the other hand, did a whole lot of nothing.  I went to bed at 3:30am.  I could not sleep, I just felt wrong.  The last time I saw on my clock was 4:30, the next it was 6:30.  I laid there feeling exhausted and a bit ill until around 7:30 and got up.  Then I was dozing a bit off and on all day getting absolutely nothing done.  Going to sleep early tonight and praying I do sleep.

Your pictures are gorgeous.  I should try to get outside and see that blue moon but who am I kidding.  I would like to go into hibernation and  Y wake up when I have wasted away to nothing.  I am the biggest fattest blob on the planet and I am afraid to get on the scale cause it is going to break! But enough about me.

Have never eaten at a Red Robin.  What kind of food do they have.  I loved their commercials.  I love that you are wearing a sweatshirt in 88 degree weather.   You go girl!!

I will have to try and get better pictures of my glass plates flower.  The ones I got are horrid.  Chat with you tomorrow.

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Good Morning!   Looks like another pretty day.   

About a week ago Mike was going to place a grocery delivery order.  Usually you can get one in a couple of days, but it was a week out!   I don't know if they are cutting down on the number of deliveries they will schedule, or if more people are taking advantage of this, but we were shocked.  Mike, Mr. I-don't-care-WHAT-the-neighbors-think, scheduled a delivery for this morning, so that's what we'll be sometime doing between 10 & 12, and nothing else scheduled.   

Yesterday afternoon we started a Longmire Marathon, so I expect we will continue that today.  It's been long enough since we last watched it that we're enjoying it.

We also watched a four episode series on Amazon called "Dr Thorn".  Presented by Julian Fellows, set near the Downton era.  Light, but quite enjoyable.

Thank you ~ sometimes our sky and moon are just beautiful, but I never get a picture that looks as good.  Last night was the real 'Blue Moon' and it was golden and quite large.  I love that golden, almost orangy color against the sky, but I can never EVER get the color to photograph.  That's so sad. It always photographs white.  Last night there were a lot of wispy gray clouds against a dark blue sky, and it started peeking through them and ultimately rose above them.  Lovely, but I didn't even try to photograph it.

I was wondering if you still had any of your Stamping Stuff.  No, I'm in the beginner basics.  I have seen videos on the Shaker cards and I think I would love to do the embossing but I'm trying very hard not to let myself buy the "Big Shot" until I know if I am actually going to keep on with this for a while.  I'm GREAT at the shopping, but not much else ~ lol.  Did they have the Paper Pumpkin kits when you were doing it?  I signed up for them and have received two.  The first one was to make a cute little wreath ~~ which I would never hang and haven't made.  Folks are coming out with Alternative ideas for that, and I keep looking.  The May one has cute cards in orange and light blue!  I think I will make a couple of those for my nephews birthdays and look for alternative ideas for the others.   I shop and I watch the videos and read some of the blogs, and I've made a few cards that didn't turn out too bad, but I think I'm ready to get a bit more serious now, after Kathy's input.  

I was impressed with myself, getting all the things done that I did!   Most of the time, my days are a lot more like your yesterday was. 

Red Robin has a menu of lots of hamburger and other sandwiches, plus other meals like that.   They used to be really good, and then they weren't, and now they are becoming good again.  Maybe that's just ours.   I used to love several of their hamburgers and my fav was the crispy chicken sandwich, or the crispy chicken salad, which is what I had the other night.  They are known for their 'endless' French fries and some really good onion rings ~ stuff like that.  They do have liquor too, but we never seem to order a drink there.  More of a "kid friendly" type place.

I hope you slept well, and today is a MUCH better day for you!

Love 'n hugs,

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WELL HERE WE ARE WITH A NEW WEEK STARTING. TIME SEEMS TO FLY SO FAST THESE DAYS. TOMORROW I WILL BE WITH MY FRIENDS, UNLESS LOUANN CANCELS. LIAM IS SICK AND IF HE STILL IS TOMORROW THEN SHE WILL BE WATCHING HIM SO KIRSTIE CAN GO TO WORK. SO WE WILL SEE HOW THAT GOES. THURSDAY I HAVE ANTICOAG.

I HAVE TO FINISH MY PAPERWORK FOR SEND IT IN FOR THE STATE TO COVER MY MEDICARE PREMIUM. SORT OUT ALL MY PAPERWORK AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING SURGERY. I HAVE TO DO EYE SCRUBS WITH BABY SHAMPOO SEVERAL TIMES A DAY FOR I THINK 5 DAYS BEFORE THE SURGERY. AND AFTER EYE DROPS 4 DROPS A DAY FOR I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG AND FOLLOW UP APPTS. YOU KNOW I DO NOT LIKE A BUSY LIFE. FOR ME, A COUPLE OF OUTINGS A WEEK ARE TOO MUCH.  OMG, I JUST REMEMBERED THAT THE LADIES ARE COMING ON THURSDAY ALSO.  OH LORDY. READY OR NOT BEING BUSY IS AHEAD.

DO I STILL HAVE MY STAMPING STUFF? OMG YES I DO. PAPERS, STAMPS, INK PADS, PASTELS, EMBOSSING POWDERS, EMBOSSING GUN, CRIMPER, PUNCHES, DECORATIVE SCISSORS AND SO MUCH MORE. IT MAKES ME WANT TO GET IT ALL OUT AND HAVE FUN. BUT IT IS ALL BURIED AWAY. I SHOULD GO THROUGH IT ALL AND DUMP ANYTHING THAT IS NO GOOD ANYMORE. BUT IT IS AT THE BACK OF A LONG LIST OF THINGS TO DO, LOL. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PUMPKIN KITS. WHY ARE THEY CALLED THAT? I MOSTLY WORKED WITH DOTS AND I DO NOT THINK THEY ARE IN BUSINESS ANY MORE. STAMPIN' UP WAS NEWER WHEN I WAS FADING OUT MORE. NAN WOULD GO TO PARTIES AND THEN SHOW US HOW TO DO NEW THINGS SHE LEARNED. IN ONLY EVER WENT TO ONE PARTY/CLASS AND WE MADE THE CARDS WITH SHAKER BOXES AND I CANNOT REMEMBER WHAT THE 2ND CARD WAS. THERE WERE NO VIDEO'S WHEN I WAS DOING IT. MY FRIEND GARY ACTUALLY DESIGNED A COUPLE OF STAMPS BUT I CANNOT REMEMBER FOR WHAT COMPANY OR EVEN HOW HE GOT INVOLVED WITH IT. LOL.

I DID SLEEP WELL LAST NIGHT. I WENT TO BED AT 3:3O AND GOT UP AT 9:30.  HOW ABOUT YOU?

HMMMMM, ENDLESS FRIES? DEFINITELY NOT SOMETHING I NEED, LOL. I WISH WE WOULD GET SOME DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS AROUND HERE. SO SAYS THE WOMAN THAT DOES NOT USUALLY GO ANYWHERE. THEY ARE BUILDING SOMETHING OUR ALONG ONE OF THE HIGHWAYS AND THE RUMOR MILL IS SAYING 2 DIFFERENT THINGS THAT IT IS. 1. POPEYES AND 2. NOODLES AND COMPANY.  SINCE I CERTAINLY DO NOT NEED THE CARBS, I WOULD VOTE FOR POPEYES. IT ALL LOOKS GOOD IN THEIR COMMERCIALS.  IT IS PROBABLY NEITHER OF THEM.

I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHAT WITH YOU TOMORROW. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW I AM WHEN I GET HOME AND IF EARLY ENOUGH IF I AM UP FOR IT. LAST TIME I WAS A WRECK. SO I WILL SAY I WILL CHAT WITH YOU AS SOON AS I CAN.

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Starting your day off with a chuckle ~~ unless, of  course you are  a member of the Thought Police, then my apologies.  ;-)

It reached the low 80s again yesterday, but today we're only supposed to see a "high" of the mid-60s.  Climate change!  LOL

Barbara came over last night to bring us a present from Togo, a carved wood elephant that held a "church key".   She often buys little things from the locals on her missions as a way of helping them, and then we are among the lucky ones who get little bits of Africa or Guatemala or Haiti or wherever (that we will never visit ourselves)!   We had a nice but very short visit.  She did have to go for Jury Duty, but when she got there, she was not one of the ones randomly selected, so her Jury duty is over.   I'm so glad.  She has so little time before she leaves again.  Stay tuned for the next Saga.

I was telling you I was invited to another neighborhood party a week from Thursday.   The upcoming party is also a craft party, but she also said guests could come and just have a drink or a snack and visit, so that's what I'm going to do.   Karen said the same thing at her Stampin Up party, and several did just come and watch, so I won't be uncomfortable doing that.  I won't stay real long.   It does look like a fun activity, making attractive bracelets, but I suspect I'd never wear the bracelet, or make them for gifts so I will stay with trying to figure out stamping.  ;-)    Here is some information on Kumihimo, including a "how to" video.  Is this something you have done?    Btw, I've had more than one compliment on the lovely bracelet you made for me!

I hope you are able to go with your friends tomorrow.  Crafts or movies or ~~~ I know whatever you do will be fun!   Fingers crossed for a good INR on Thursday!

You will have to check some of the Stampin Up or Paper Pumpkin videos out.   Not to start you digging for your old stuff, but they are just fun to watch ~ for me, anyway.  I haven't done anything that would be considered "crafty" in nearly a decade.  We'll see if I do anymore than just watch and shop.  LOL

I don't know why they call it Paper Pumpkin, but it's a kit that comes in an orange box you sign up for "sight unseen" for $19.95 a month (you can cancel ahead of any month you don't want it, but you don't know what it is until it comes out).  The one for May didn't look very pretty to me from the pictures and videos, but I made a card yesterday for my great nephew's birthday, and both Mike and I thought it was really kinda kewl.  Somehow, the colors in person are much prettier than the pictures.     Wow!  Gary even designed stamps!  I'd love to see pictures of them.

https://www.youtube.com/user/paperpumpkinvideo

Ah, we're on different wave lengths again.  I had a rather bad night's sleep last night.  I've had worse, but it sure wasn't the best.  I'm glad you did get a good night!

I hope you have bunches of fun with your friends!  I'll see you when you are able to sit up and take nourishment.  ;-)


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