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WELCOME TO OCTOBER!

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October Zodiac Signs


Libra.....the scale.....Sept 24 - Oct 23
Characteristics- Charming, Perceptive, Diplomatic,
Pleasant 
and Refined.


Scorpio.....the Scorpion.....Oct 24 - Nov 22
Characteristics- Focus, Determined, Emotional, Hypnotic
and Complex.



OCTOBER FLOWERS

CALENDULAS



MARIGOLDS


COSMOS


MEANING OF THE FLOWERS
CONTENTMENT, EXCELLENCE, LOVELINESS,
GOOD LUCK, GRACE, GRATITUDE, JOY,
LOVE OF NATURE, COMFORT and TRUE LOVE

   

October Birthstone

Opal 
 Tourmaline



October's child is born for woe,
and life's vicissitudes must know,
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

The Opal stands for hope, innocence and purity,
happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence.

   


The full moon on October 8th is called the Hunters Moon by Native Americans of the Great Lakes.  Because at this time of year the deer are fattened and it's time to hunt (as well as many other animals).  Since all the crops are harvested it's now time to gather food by hunting animals.



The name October comes from the Latin word 
Octo meaning eight.
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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
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Just a little note.   Chrystie is at the Vet's for further evaluation.  

Things don't look good, but maybe we'll get a happy surprise. 


 

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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
(Date Posted:10/01/2015 11:47 PM)


OH MY, SWEET BEAUTIFUL CHRYSTIE.  I AM OVERWHELMINGLY SAD 

NOW, I DO SO HATE GOODBYES. I AM PRAYING FOR HER THAT GOD DOES        
WHATEVER IS BEST FOR HER.  WHO WILL SHO-GUN HAVE TO PICK ON?

THE DOCTOR DID ORDER ME AN ANTIBIOTIC AND SOME PREDNISONE 

AND THAT IS WORKING SO AM BREATHING BETTER.  BUT AM NOT UP TO

MUCH ELSE.  WAY BEHIND IN ALL MY GROUPS AND I REALLY DO NOT CARE.

I WILL TRY AND BE BACK TOMORROW.  MY HEART IS WITH YOU ALL.


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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
(Date Posted:10/02/2015 8:39 AM)




It's Friday ~ We made it through another week!

The last couple of days have been rough around Butcherville.  Our Chrystie has experienced some kind of neurological break down ~ it must run in the family since both Mike and I have neurological problems, too.  ;-)    Her's started suddenly.  Her right side was so weak that she almost walked in circles and her head was bent to the right and down.  She still tried to walk, but she's had a lot of trouble doing it. She falls over a lot.  I said she looks like someone who has had a stroke.  It got worse the next day and yesterday we  took her to the Vet.

We don't have a diagnosis, but we do know what it's not.  Her kidneys are good (first thing you think of when your cat gets sick, right?), her liver is good, her electrolites are good, but what is bad?  I suggested possibly an Inner Ear infection (something we saw on the net) because as you know, she has always sneezed and her head is "full".  Vet said that's a possibility, and worth trying to treat for, but she didn't think that was it.  She said it might have been a stroke (so I wasn't crazy), but the only way to know what kind of stroke was to do an MRI.  Obviously very costly and she didn't recommend it.  It would be academically interesting, but wouldn't help "fix" her.  If that's the case, sometimes cats recover to varying degrees.  We just have to wait and see.  They took x-rays, so I believe (though I didn't ask) that would eliminate tumors.  Her bowels are 'thickened' and that could cause pressure on her nervous system.   

She gave her shots of steroid anti-inflammatory and a long lasting antibiotic as well as fluids because she was dehydrated.   I've been carrying her to the water dish and she drinks a lot, and she is able to get there herself as well.   I haven't seen her eat, or use the litter, but she may have.  She can walk, but it's pitiful to watch.

She is actually walking a bit better this morning, but if you saw her you'd wince.  I actually thought the Vet would call to recommend we book her passage to the Rainbow Bridge, but we seem to have hope.   I just didn't want to talk about it earlier.

I prayed that she wouldn't suffer, and if she could stay with us for another 4 or 5 years (she's almost 15 now), that she could be healed and have a decent life, but if not just that she didn't suffer.   I expected the worst, and so far got much better than I had expected.  I know we aren't out of the woods.

She doesn't seem to realize what has happened ~ how could she.  She thinks she can do things as she always has, and is surprised when she can't jump up onto a chair ~ or her dad's lap ~ or walk or run with ease.    Reminds me of when I first got TM so long ago.  It was just an annoyance and I couldn't see any reason why I couldn't do the things I'd always done.  At first it was just really irritating, then frightening, then I became resigned.  That cycle didn't happen quickly.   In some ways, maybe it's good that she doesn't see herself as limited so she'll keep trying and maybe overcome.  


I'm so glad you got the help you needed, and sorry it didn't provide an "instant fix".  I always want instant fixes ~ ha.   Bummer it had to happen on your birthday!

I'm so glad you were able to have a really good weekend with your firends before it hit.   Feel better so you can Party ON!

Love 'n Birthday Hugs,


 

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(Date Posted:10/02/2015 8:15 PM)

Poor baby Chrystie....Not sure what it says that they are keeping her this long.  None of it sounds good.  But she had a wonderful life, how not when she had you and Mike?  Just saying that if you are ever looking to adopt an older sister for Sho-Gun, I am available. ;)  Novia was 18.  They had just put down a cat that was 19 and she said that was a long life for a cat.  There are cases of cats that live longer but it is not the norm.
Still not feeling well.  Cough is harsher again and I feel like a temp is coming on again.  Tylenol time.  But the breathing is better with the prednisone. Did not fall asleep at the drop of a pin today.
So I must be on the mend.
No plans for the weekend, laying low and getting well and trying to get our page done.  Should be doable.  Oh, and I have to write the 5 challenges for a group I am in.  So I will try and keep it easy
as then it is not so hard for me.  My eyes are burning so am going to go off computer.  Wait, think I never finished my email now that I think about it, I never looked at it at all.  Crap!!!
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Hello!  

Cooler again today.  High supposedly 68

Chrystie is doing ok.  So, for the most part, are we.   Mike wants me to ask you for prayers for his Annual Physical on Tuesday.   No reason to suspect anything is wrong, but we definitely don't want any unpleasant surprises.  Thank you in advance.  

I didn't give him your offer to trade me in on a younger model, cuz I think it's entirely possible he'd be more than happy to do so.  LOL

We didn't get the two carpet samples we were expecting yesterday, but we did get a different one that Tom must have selected for us.  ooooh, confusion.  This one is really pretty, reddish and goes well next to the wood floor and the tile in our bathroom and the wall color.  Oh dear!  We still need to see a larger sample of "Gold Rush".   I hope it comes today.

Chrystie seems to be walking a little bit better ~ or is that my imagination?   She's drinking good but I haven't seen her eat or use the litter.  That doesn't mean she hasn't, I just haven't seen her.  She's become a real Daddy's girl ~ which is kind of unusual because usually when the cats are sick, even those that are definitely "Mike's", they want their mama.  She doesn't reject me, but she goes to him to be held.  Last night when we went to bed we brought her into the bedroom and put her into her bed.  After lights out, she got up and went into the great room for a long drink (Mike followed her ~ lol) and then got into her bed in there.  That she can still take charge of her own life, even if it's a painful-to-watch process, is a good thing.   We'll see what today brings.

I'm glad you're feeling at least a little better.  Please don't over do.  Just do the things that are fun and then read and relax and HEAL!

Oooh, you caught the Inner Me.  I'm a Real Wild Child ~ LOL!   Very pretty!  Cool text effect.

Don't stay up all night and Have a good one!


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I AM IN A MOOD, SO NOT WRITING TO MUCH TONIGHT.

THIS WAS ANOTHER LOST DAY WITH A LOT OF SLEEPING.

I EVEN WOKE UP THINKING IT WAS SUNDAY AND FELT 

CONFUSED ALL DAY.  I AM DEALING NOW WITH A HARSH

PAINFUL COUGH.  I AM MORE THAN READY FOR THIS TO BE

DONE.  TOMORROW I AM ON MY OWN.  WHAT WILL I DO 

WHEN I AM ILL AND MY MOM IS GONE?  I CAN GET PRETTY

PATHETIC.  NOT GOING THERE NOW.

MY COUSIN NICKI SUE DIED OF KIDNEY FAILURE AND OTHER

HEALTH ISSUES.  SHE WAS ONLY 67.

I WILL DEFINITELY SAY SOME PRAYERS FOR MIKE.

THERE, I JUST SAID A DOOZY AND SENT IT WINGING UP

TO GOD.  ALL WILL BE WELL.

THANKS FOR LOANING ME THIS BORDER AND IT GOES DARN

WELL WITH MY TAGS.

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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
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Good Morning!   It actually feels like Fall here ~ for a little while at least.  We were in the low to mid 60s, overcast, and it rained in the evening.

We actually got some work done yesterday ~ not much for y'all, but a lot for us.  lol.  I made some of those chile-cheese muffins for 'grab and go' breakfasts for the next several days, and got all sorts of recipes we've been printed punched and into notebooks, AND we moved the furniture in the Morning Room.   I've been thinking that it might help the look of the room to have the couch (hide-a-bed) under the window instead of against the wall, and then moved our chairs to where the couch had been.  It seemed like it should have looked good, and in one way, from the door, it does, but 'my' chair is too close to the couch now so it looks crowded,   Sue and John have had a really good fellow reupholster some furniture and we've thought about doing the same with this couch/hide-a-bed.  We had it made at an excellent furniture store when we first moved here, but they have gone out of business.  It's so well made that it's still very comfortable after 23 years, but Chrystie did a number on the fabric with her sneezes.   As Sue and John said, it's better and maybe less expensive (maybe not) to reupholster really good furniture rather than buy new lower quality.  I think they may be right.  This is a Queen size bed, so it would be good if a couple HAD to stay upstairs, but a smaller couch would probably work better in the room.  Not sure what we want to do, but moving the furniture gives us a better idea.  Now we get to move it back, though. :-(  

But first, I'm going to leave the chair there in front of the curio cabinet and take as much out of that cabinet and pack it away as possible, so that if and when we have the carpet replaced I won't have to scramble to get that done.  Sitting there will make it a whole lot easier.     

Chrystie is actually walking better, or at least her front and back legs are working fairly well.  Her right side is weak.  The real problem is the cant of her head, ducked under and turned.  She starts to walk but her head is looking in a different direction so she starts to go that way ~ almost in circles, and sometimes she falls.  If I could put a brace on her head and make it look ahead, I think she'd do fairly well.  Her head doesn't turn all of the time, but most of the time.   She's become such a Daddy's Girl, but today she spent a couple of hours sleeping on me ~ which kept me from getting more work done, but she comes first.   She is drinking and she has been eating too! Not a lot, but then she never was a foodie.  I haven't seen her use the litter, but I think she has.  All good things.

Way too much about Me today.  Ha.

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Why are you alone today?  What did I miss?   I do know the feeling ~ when we are sick we want our mommys ~~~ or someone to be there and care and make us a nice cup of soup and give us a "Poor Baby".  All I can do is send virtual soup, but I do send a sincere "Poor Baby".  It sounds so miserable!

I'm sorry about your cousin Nicki Sue.  Way to young.  Was she on dialysis?   Were you close?

Thank you for your prayer for Mike.  I will tell him, and he will appreciate it.  We both handle "things medical" badly and stress before appointments.  I know how much he appreciates the help.

The color on that border does go very well with My New Tag, which is darling.  Thank you.

Now go and take care of you and don't worry about what you're "supposed" to be doing for others!   Nothing is so important it can't wait.  BTW, Aimoo is having another glitch that effects some groups on some servers and not others.  Completely illogical.  When I made my new page ~ not a beauty, but ok ~ everything was fine EXCEPT I could not add the forum icons.  I reported it on the Help Line and learned that I am not alone.  I'm on Server 1 so they suggested I make the skin on Server 4 (my backup) and then access it from my Forum 1.  I did that and everything worked perfectly, again EXCEPT no icons. I ended up junking mine and using one of their Shared skins. Prob'ly looks a lot better than mine anyway.

The new Tech crew is on National Holiday until the middle of next week.   Don't ask, cuz I haven't a clue!   Anyway, yours might work perfectly right away, or you might be wise to wait until they get back and fix things, if they can.  They (or he or she??) are/is new so I'm sure there will be a learning curve too.   fun, fun, fun.    See?  Better to take care of YOU and not let Aimoo stress you.  If it would, cuz it doesn't every one.  LOL

Try to have a good day!


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I remember you talking about the couch that Chrystie ruined.The idea of reupholstering sounds like a good one.  Poor little girl, I am sure she has not idea what is going on and why she cannot get where she wants to go. I feel so sad for her. What a shame. Good idea killing 2 birds with one stone by leaving the chair put for a bit and getting the knick knacks packed. Good luck with that.

I was going to be alone because my mom was going to help my sister with a fund raiser today but that got cancelled. So she was home. It is not just the poor babies I need. I get so sick that I do nothing. I would probably not eat or drink. I was wetting myself and the floor all the time and she kept cleaning it up and that all created so much for laundry. I would not make decent meals either. I would get worse, not better. I really get quite ill!!

Nicki Sue was about 8 yrs older than I and I do not recall her from when we were young. I am sure she did not lowers herself to play with the babies. He much younger sister Sally Jo falls right between Joanne and I. So we knew her better.  She was a wild child. Next I remember Nicki as a young mom and she and her hubby held the family picnics for a couple of years while they lived in a big old farmhouse. I recall liking the place. She had 2 children. Tammy and Gary. Tammy was a missionary with her young husband Brent. Then the next thing we knew they were back in the states and Tammy changed her name to Maya. She is now a practicing Polyamory and has 2 husbands. I do not understand, but I like her. She is very open, to say the least. So, no, I did not know Nicki well and was not close. I feel more for Sally. She has lost both her parents and her only sibling. She has a husband but their relationship is always rocky. Sally has a ton of health issues including mental issues. I am sure this is hitting her hard.

I do not expect much from Aimoo these days. But I wrote them repeatedly about our ownership issues a long time ago and again more recently. I know they are going through a transition, but this has been going on for a couple years it seems. Jeepers, they just got those icons fixed and working again and now they are not. It is ridiculous! Not to say how irritating it is.

So, that's it from me tonight, since I did nothing worth talking about.

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Good Morning!

My goodness.  Two days in a row ~ we actually got quite a bit of work done!   Mike went through all of the bags of things to recycle and only has the things in the cubbies over the desk left to go through.    It all looked like SO much, but I think we will end up with two bags.  You are allowed to take three to be shredded.

I got three shelves in the curio cabinet cleaned out and wrapped for storage. The remaining three will be easy to pack up when we get the word, and I have to say, they look a lot better spread out.  I've had them so over-stuffed.   So many pretty things, I really hate to have to put them away, but there really isn't a place for them.  :-(   I also did a bit more rearranging on the furniture in the Morning Room, and we kind of like it now.  We may leave it for a while. Made meatloaf for dinner, so we have dinner made for today and tomorrow as well.     Who knew we could be productive?  lol

Chrystie is eating and drinking well, but walking worse.

In the news ~~ Is there ANY 'good' news?   So much sadness or fear raising.  I think it's even effecting the new season TV shows that are coming back.  I want escapism and not more sadness and upsetting story lines.  I get enough of that on the news.  Watching the parents of those on the ship that went missing now.  Their hope breaks my heart, and yet I hope with them.   Next the bombing of the Drs without Borders hospital ~ Barbara doesn't work with them, but I couldn't help thinking of her and the people she works with and the people she serves.  It sounds like the US did it, too.   No more news today, please!


Still cooler all this week.  Low 70's.

Mike's appointment for his annual physical is tomorrow morning.  I may be late signing in, depending on how early I get up.    
I do appreciate your prayers for his good results

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I'm glad you are beginning to feel a bit better and glad your mom is home.  I'm a lot like you when I'm sick ~ not likely to fix a meal or do much else.  Luckily I am not sick very often, but when I am Mike takes care of me ~~ and when he is I take care of him.   When we are BOTH down ~~ it isn't pretty.  Ha.  Since we retired and are no longer around those awful germ carriers called Parents, we don't get the flu or colds very often.  His Parkinson's kicks into high gear when he gets stressed, and I'm probably the biggest stressor in his life.  I don't bottle things up well, as I'm sure you have noticed.   I do try.  Honest I do.  But after a while the cork pops and I spew ~ and share whatever is stressing me with Mike.  He'd prob'ly be better off without me, but I'm not going any where.

Anyway, I'm glad your mom is home today.

I hate that you can't get ownership of the group transferred.  It would make many things easier for you.  The alternative of creating a new group and transferring everything there is ~~~ UGH!

Apparently Aimoo has no real technical support until the middle of this week when the new techs return from a "National Holiday".  No idea what holiday, or who the new techs are or what skills they have.  I doubt they will have everything fixed in a day!   It's entirely possible you wouldn't have any trouble at all ~ the problems seem to reach a lot of us, but definitely not everyone.  Anyway, relax and don't worry about it!

Your family is definitely Interesting!  (chuckling)   I don't think I've ever heard of Polyamory before ~~ except maybe in an old Startrek episode.  Actually, it sounds like a much better idea than Polygamy to me!   lol   I don't mean to be unsympathetic, but I am glad you weren't particularly close to her so you won't be hurting as much as you could.

What a cute Halloween Puppy!  Thank you!

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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
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Well lookie all the work you two got done today. Now you need to come to Wisconsin and pitch in here. This place looks like a bomb went off in it. We get it cleaned up and within hours you would not know it.  My mom has become awful about leaving things sit out all over.  Yet everything she finds that is mine immediately goes by my door to go in my room.  No sweater over a chair or whatever.  This will never be my apt. It will always be me living with mom :(  Yaya....
Poor baby Chrystie.  So sad for her.  Can she make it to the litter box ok?  I know the day that I was sitting on my bed and holding Novia on my lap and suddenly we were all wet and she did not even know she had gone.  Cat pee on the bed is a lot to deal with and decisions had to be made.  Then I really looked at her and realized how much weight she had lost and how pitiful she looked. I knew she was hanging in there for me and that I was the one who had to let go.  Absolutely one of the worst days of my life. EVER!! I had lost little pets like gerbils and hamsters, but we had been together for 18 years.  Just she and I against the world.  She was my everything.
Enough of this.  It is because she was my only one, that I dwell on her so much.  Anyway...
I will say another prayer for Mike now and that God does not let you stress him out before he goes, lol.
It finally dawned on me why I was not getting over the wetting and high BS....Prednisone!  It shoots your BS up and the increases urinary output.  Tonight is my last dose so hopefully that will all set itself right in a couple of days.
I am not really close with any of my cousins.  None lived in the same city as us.  So it was only at family events we would see each other.  Several times a year at most.  The one family we were closer to it almost all gone.  Moms side of family was all in Maryland so we only saw them maybe every 5 years...if that.  My grandparents came at least once a year.  Very close to a few aunts on my dads side and only 2 of them are left.  Do not know how things will go, when that generation is gone...they are the glue that keeps the family together.  There may not be any more reunions when they are gone.  I do not go anyway, so it really does not matter as I so not go anyway.
Well on to the email now.  Chat with you tomorrow.
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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
(Date Posted:10/06/2015 6:26 AM)



Helloooooo. 

Well shucks!  I've been awake since 3:30, so I might as well get up and post.  Really wish I could have slept longer, but I slept well from 11 or 11:30 to 3:30 at least.  

We got another carpet sample delivered by UPS last night, and it's the same as the last one they sent, called Georgian Brick.  Reddish, pretty, a contender, but we still need to see Gold Rush.   Am I having fun, yet?

Not sure what's on our agenda for today.  I will go with Mike to his appointment for moral support and then as his "reward" he wants to go to a new donut shop he found and pick up a treat.  Ha.   Not sure if we'll eat out today or not.  We have some lovely meat loaf left, but it would keep for another day.  I just follow Mike's lead.

 

I really am surprised at all the work we got done over the weekend, and a bit more yesterday.  For anyone else, it would probably be a couple of hours of easy work, but for us ~~~~ our track record is not so good.  

Interestingly, we really didn't like the way the room looked when we rearranged the furniture in the Morning Room (Front room?  It's not the main room, but it is the room in front of the house.  ha)   We planned to leave it for a day or two and then move everything back.  Instead, when I moved the chairs just a bit more, I found that I really like it, and Mike does too.  Isn't that funny?   My complaint before with the couch against the wall opposite the TV and the chairs to the sides of the room but back as far as they could reasonably be for better TV viewing, it looked like a TV viewing room (which, of course it was) and somehow 'unfinished'.  Now with the couch under the window, it has a more finished look, like a parlor or setting room ~~~ or something.  I originally had both Mike's and my chairs back on the wall where the couch had been, thinking that Mike would be able to watch TV better straight on than somewhat off to the side as he had been, but everything was too crowded together because of the size of the couch.  It looked congested.   Now with my chair in the middle of that wall instead on the side by the window, and his on the side opposite of the couch, we can turn the TV slightly to face him without bothering my view, AND he can look out the window and see the neighborhood.  I can't anymore, but I don't think I will mind, and if I do I'll just move over to his chair when he isn't in "my" room.   I think we may leave it this way. :-D

Chrystie destroyed the couch, which was beautiful and made for us when we first moved here, with her sneezes, and what damage she didn't do, I completed when I tried to steam clean it.   It's now living under a cover, which doesn't look all that great either.   Neighbors Sue and John know a guy who reupholsters and feel that redoing a really good piece of furniture is smarter in the long run than just buying new, and probably more cheaply made, so I'm going to call him and at least talk to him about redoing this couch (Queen sized hide-a-bed).  Otherwise, we'll just have it hauled off and buy a new, smaller couch (regular sized hide-a-bed)
TMI?   Probably.  Sorry 'bout that.  I do blather.  Ha.

I know what you felt and still feel about Novia.  Two of our babies pee'd on me on their way off to the Rainbow Bridge, and I didn't mind at all.  Lord how I loved them.  It never gets easier.
 
Chrystie actually seems to feel ok in every way except being able to walk normally.  She's eating and drinking well and using the litter, though I haven't seen her do that.  I know she is.   She spends hours on one or the other of us when we're watching TV and the rest of the time she is in her bed in the Great Room.  She has beds all over the place, but that's where she's been spending most of her time lately.  It's near her food and water and not too far from the litter.  She used to spend a lot of time on the back of the leather couch in the great room, soaking up sunshine, but she seems to know she can't do that now.  Watching her walk is painful for us, but last week I was sure we were losing her, so I can live with this pain.

I hope when you are off the Prednosone, things do get better.  You're gonna have to get Depends!  ;-)  You are breathing better, aren't you?

Thanks again for the prayers for Mike.  As I said, nothing we know of is wrong, but we just don't want any "surprises".  I know you know what I mean.  ;-)

Have a really, really good day.
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I just want this all to be done.  I hate not feeling well.  My breathing is better and it was not worse with no prednisone today so that made me happy.  I had already decided that I would not ask for an extension no matter how I felt.  Have not wet myself since early afternoon so hopefully that is done too.

I think it is fun when something unexpectedly works out. Like your furniture...just a little tweaking and there it was.  Oh no, I can just hear you now fretting over the right upholstery material for the couch, lol.  I wish that the Gold Rush sample would show up so that you could make a decision.  I do like the sound of the red one...I like red.  What can I say?

Sweet little Chrystie.  I am glad she seems unaware that she is failing, yet at the same time, she knows she cannot do what she used to.  Who knows what goes on in her head.  As long as she is content and not in pain...that is all that matters.  Had ShoGun noticed anything odd?  Does he treat her any differently?

Best of luck tomorrow.  I know all will be well.
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(Date Posted:10/07/2015 7:53 AM)



 

Morning.

OhMyGOSH did it get tired out yesterday.  I woke up way too early, as I told you, then got online for a while.  By the time I was ready to go off line and get dressed, the 'tireds' hit me like a truck and I just wanted to snuggle in and sleep.  Of course by then I couldn't so I mushed on ~ and on and on.  I don't remember feeling 'tireder', almost a sick feeling.   Anyway, Mike's appointment went well and the Dr took him off of one of his Blood Pressure meds.  Definitely a positive.  Now we wait to get the results of his blood tests, hopefully today.

Then we went on to the OMG Donutshop (lol).  Yes, that IS the name, and OMG were they good!  I really wish I could share them with you.  I didn't go in, but told Mike I wanted a cake donut with icing. Of course you know Mike.  He picked way more than just two ~ lol.  He said it was cheaper when you bought more.   It's a small shop and apparently they just make donuts and are very creative.  I'm not sure what all Mike got, but he wanted a cream filled chocolate covered donut, and the Asian man actually fills them with the kind of cream you want on the spot!  I got two iced cake donuts, a Pumpkin which was amazing and a maple the guy said was his best seller.  I could see why!  I saw some with sprinkles in the box, too.  Guess what we're having for breakfast.

Back at home and I didn't get a thing done.  Seriously too pooped to pop.  Then around dinner time I thought to take some aspirin, and finally started feeling human.  Bayer Aspirin ~ the Miracle Drug!  ;-)

I'm glad you are starting to feel better and are off the Prednisone.  How miserable!  Can't live with it and can't live without it sort of thing.   

We really need to see the Gold Rush carpet sample to make a decision, but we're liking the Georgian Brick too.  I should take a picture. The samples we got are really nice, but when you look at the Stainmaster site online, it shows it with a LOT of gray and an entirely different look.  I need to talk to Tom (the Carpet Guy) about that.  I'm assuming our physical samples are accurate and the picture is not, but I wouldn't want a nasty surprise if we chose it.  Getting new carpet should be a happy and fun thing, I would think.  I am NOT having fun!  lol

Shogun is crazier than ever.  His little world is askew and he doesn't know why. First the furniture has been moved,  We switched one of the library chairs with one of the Great Room chairs, too, then there are carpet samples in the Library and then Chrystie is just Wrong somehow.  He doesn't know quite how or what's wrong with her, but he knows something is 'off' and he can't chase her.  He's demanding more and more attention and love ~ which is a GOOD thing ~ then he goes on a tear and just runs as fast as he can down the hall like he's being chased.  Actually, that's rather normal Aby behavior ~ lol ~ but he's hyped it up.  I try to give him as much love as he will let me.  He doesn't like to be held, but is beginning to want to come and sit on the chair arm next to me, or stand on his back legs with his front legs over the chair arm and head butt my arm so I will give him a modified hug, or scratch his back.  Our experience is that Abys become the most amazing, awesome cats AFTER they are five years old.  Before that, they are interesting and fun and very social with visitors and family alike, but at around five, they become very loving, and knowing they love YOU and not just everyone is a real gift.  It's beginning to happen with Shogun.  

I need to do my blood test today.  It was due yesterday but there was too much going on for me to get it done near the appropriate time.  I'd also like to wash the glass in the curio cabinet I cleaned out (mostly), fold some laundry and make a badly overdue appointment with my Periodontist. Good thing I slept a bit better last night.   Mike needs to make a dental appointment too. 

Beautiful Spooky Halloween tag.  I love it!

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I AM SO DAMN TIRED. ALL I DO IS SLEEP. I SLEEP AT NIGHT AND I SLEEP A LOT IN MY CHAIR IN THE LIVING ROOM. I JUST WANT TO SINK INTO IT AND SLEEP FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

I TOLD YOU THAT MY COUSIN NICKI DIED, THE FAMILY IS GOING TO MADISON FOR SERVICES ON SATURDAY.  NOW TODAY MY AUNT FRAN AND COUSIN RICHARD CALLED AND MY UNCLE GENE DIED. HE HAS BEEN FAILING FOR A WHILE SO IT IS A BLESSING. I WAS NOT PARTICULARLY CLOSE WITH HIM. IN FACT, I REALLY DID NOT LIKE HIM.  I ALWAYS SAID THE HUNTER GIRLS MARRIED BASTARDS.  MY UNCLE HAD A GREAT WIFE, BUT HE CAN BE A REAL PAIN IN THE REAR.  THEY ARE LOOKING AT SATURDAY ALSO BECAUSE HIS OTHER 2 SONS WERE ALREADY PLANNING ON COMING FOR THE WEEKEND. NO ONE FROM HERE WILL BE GOING.  MADISON IS AN HOUR AND A HALF DRIVE...FLORENCE, KY IS A 10 HOUR DRIVE. TIME JUST KEEPS MOVING ON WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT AND I DO NOT LATELY.

POOR SHOGUN.  I AM SURE THAT YOU ARE MORE THAN READY FOR HIM TO TURN 5, LOL.  I KNOW CATS DO NOT LIKE CHANGE ANY MORE THAN WE DO.  WHEN THEY ARE BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS AND ONE IS MISSING IT CAN BE A CATASTROPHE, PUN INTENDED, LOL.  STILL KEEPING CHRYSTIE IN MY PRAYERS. SPECIAL PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR DEAR SWEET GIRLS.

HOPING THE BLOOD WORK SHOWS MORE GOOD NEWS.  THAT IS GREAT THAT MIKE WAS ABLE TO GET OFF ONE OF HIS BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS.  TELL HIM WELL DONE.

IF I COULD WEAR DEPENDS, I WOULD.  ANYTHING IS BETTER THAT WETTING YOURSELF ALL THE TIME.

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RE:WELCOME TO OCTOBER CHAT
(Date Posted:10/08/2015 8:10 AM)



Hallooooo   (Feeling "Halloweeny" today.)

Finally!  The Carpet Sample for Gold Rush arrived!  Now we have to make a decision.  In one light or location we are SURE that Gold Rush is the one.  Ten minutes later, in another light or location, Georgian Brick looks better.  Maybe we should get out all the books we have and start again.   Aarrgghhhh.    I'm anxious to look today in the daylight.  Maybe that won't help.  It's been pretty gloomy the last few days.

Another productive day ~~ who are we, and what have we done with Mike and Dorothy?  Mike went for groceries and I got the trash and recycles out and cleaned the curio cabinet and did a few other things.  We both made dental appointments (UGH).  Mike's is for today and mine for next Tuesday.  If (When) we decide on carpet, we need to have the installer out to measure and see if he can move the big furniture in the bedroom or if we will just have to live with the old crap in there.   Since I have two appointments next week (Periodontist and Hair Cut) and Mike may have an additional dental appointment. Two of his crowns are loose.   Fitting the Installer in is going to be a challenge.  We don't want to push his visit out too far because it should take three weeks (or so) to get the carpet ordered and stretched and installed, and we don't want to bump up too close to Marianne and Bill's visit.   I'm tired just thinking about it all.

I did make a "hot dish" that we can eat on for the rest of the weekend, so meals at least won't be an issue.

We didn't hear from Mike's Doctor, and he usually calls so we're assuming that he will just send a letter with the results of Mike's blood tests, and that everything is fine.   I know.  Never assume.  ;-)

I am going to get my hair color in today ~ if you look closely, I'm two-toned!  lol   Oh, and my blood numbers came in perfect, 2.5. They were a wee bit high last time. 

Better yet, I think Chrystie is walking better.  She is eating and drinking well and sleeping in one of her beds or on Mike or me a lot (which is normal) and using the litter.  This morning I 'met' her coming down our long hall to the litter box and she was walking so much better!  I don't know how much more she will improve, but if you'd seen her right before we took her to the Vet and now, you'd know what we are feeling.   

Don't feel bad about sleeping so much.  Sleep is good.  Sleep is healing.  Let it heal you.

Yes, you told me about Nicki, and now your uncle.  I hope that's the end of the deaths and sad news.  I'm glad your family is able to go to Nicki's funeral at least.  It's a time for closeness.  I won't say I feel bad that you can't go, because I think you need the time to heal.

What a beautiful tag, and what a lovely saying.  Perhaps I think of myself a bit like those Autumn leaves ~ though not so beautiful.  ;-)   Thank you.

Have a happy, healing day Sweet Sister.




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