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(Date Posted:01/01/2011 12:06 PM)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 

I'm so sorry I missed wishing you all a Happy New Year's Eve yesterday.  

Our cleaning lady came, this time we met 'Maria', who seems very nice and did a good job.  It snowed quite a lot the day and night before so she came early and almost caught us in our jammies.  Ha.  I was finishing up make up when the doorbell rang, but Mike was already downstairs.   We had most things picked up, but the kitchen looked like the 'morning after'.   lol  Oh, well. 
Whoever Davis had arranged to shovel our walk and driveway came about the same time and did a good job for us, but didn't come to get paid.   
Anyway, our house is clean and our walk and driveway are shoveled.

We had breakfast after she left and once again I was so tired I didn't even get online.   I thought I would get online later, but I never did.  I did wish you all a Happy New Year ~ even if you couldn't hear me.  

New Year's Eve dinner was very easy to make since I had most of it done already.    I went ahead and made the Black Eyed Peas for today's dinner, so once again everything will be eazy-peazy.

We thought we should drive over to our lot to see if we could watch the fireworks from downtown Denver at midnight, but it was something like 5 below zero with a much colder windchill, and we were curled up in our nice warm bed watching Pride and Predjudice, so we really weren't all that tempted.  



Donna ~ Wonderful to hear from you!  
Happy New Year!


Barb, I think I'm more excited about your new Laptop than you are!  lol    I know you're going to love it, and I'm going to love your having it when you stay overnight with Morgan!



annnieM, we were getting snow, and you were getting a full blown blizzard.  We watched it on the news. 
I'm so glad Zarah made it safely home.  Watching some of those poor stranded people in airports trying to get to their destination was awful.    Did she make it to celebrate Christmas on New Year's Eve?

I will definitely send you some of my paperbacks, and thank you for taking them!   If you don't want to keep them, you can just pass them on.

The prices for e-books are all over the board, from free to darn near as much as a paper copy.   Usually (it seems) that new release Hard Backs are about half as much as 'real' Hard Backs, but new paperbacks are only maybe $1 less.  Older books can be quite a bit less.  Crazy.  I think the real advantage to me will be that I don't have to buy (or rather Mike doesn't have to buy) new books by authors that I like but don't need to 'collect', and I don't have to further stress my overcrowded book shelves.  Even with a library, I think this could be an issue.   I do like that I can change the font and text size too, since my eyes are getting so bad.   I really have to figure out a time to get that cataract surgery ~ or start buying books in braille.  Ha.

I am definitely going to look into  the Wii once we get settled into the new house.   I remember your talking about bowling and I think we could do that.   Mike used to play a lot of tennis ~ maybe he could still do that, too, though his balance is so bad I'm not sure.   Anyway, definitely something I want to do! 

Ooh, I hope you don't start the New Year out with a cold! 


Mary Ann, seeing you post guarantees me a Happy New Year.   You just make my face smile, without my even telling it to!

I haven't been through anything LIKE what you have been through, but I seem to have some of the same issues you do ~ lack of strength and lack of endurance.   When I stand for 7 minutes my back hurts so much I'm almost in tears.  Makes it kinda hard to get anything done!  Sheesh!    You'll have to tell me how you are doing your PT to deal with those issues.

It will be great if you can do away with your wheelchair and ramp, and even greater if you can get reimbursed for those expensive medications!

Wow, it does sound like a major production, taking you anyplace!  You're gonna have to hurry up and heal!

Have fun at Roys.   I hope you still have 'puter access!


Lou Ann, I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and that your New Year is wonderful.   We watched Pride and Prejudice last night.   Have you watched it yet.   I'm anxious to hear if you enjoy it as much as I do, when you do watch it. 


I really am sorry I didn't get online yesterday to wish you all a Happy New Year.  I don't understand why, but the last two times our cleaning lady has come, I get more tired than if I did the work myself.  Crazy. 

Anyway, just cuz I didn't get online doesn't mean that I didn't think about all of you, and wish for you every good thing in the New Year.   You are closer to me than 'blood' family, and I love you all.
 



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(Date Posted:01/02/2011 12:18 AM)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am so far behind, I cannot begin to address

everything I missed.  So nice hearing from so

many and I hope you all return often.  Hello

annnieM, Dorothy, Barb, Mary Ann and Donna.

So lovely to have us all together.  Now is we

could get Bubs, Kathy and Cheryl back in here

it would be wonderful.  Ayla too!!  I miss her.

I had a nice visit with my friends on the NYE.

You can tell we are getting old. we talked 

about our parents illnesses and our own.  It 

is sad knowing that in the not so far away 

years ahead we will be losing our parents. 

I have known my friends parents so long, it

is as if they are mine too.  Other than their 

visit we did nothing else on the Eve or on

New Years Day.  We did enjoy the Rose Bowl

Parade on TV but our beloved Badgers lost :(

Dorothy, the Wii does come with some sports 

games...bowling, tennis, golf, baseball and 

boxing.  All can be quite fun and for me quite

frustrating.  I really suck at baseball, golf and 

tennis.  You will want to buy a 2nd controller 

so that you both can play without having to 

pass the one back and fourth.  It can be a real

pain especially if you are using the strap and 

you should...I am sure you have heard the 

stories of people that let go and put the 

controller through their TV screen....it really

does happen, lol.

It was warm here for days and all our snow,

and we has lots, has more or less melted.  

Now it is cold again and very windy.  We have

has a ton of fog over the last 2 days too.

Seems odd with the wind.

Mary Ann, I know it is not easy to live with 

others and not be at home.  Please do not

let them make you feel bad that you talk loud.

You just be you and work on getting better so

that you can go home and be on your own.  

Well, that's it for me.  Hope you have all had

an awesome day.

Hugs,

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(Date Posted:01/02/2011 10:13 AM)


Good Morning!

I found out a way to distract The Shogun from food this morning!   Usually nothing comes between him and . . but this morning while he was having his breakfast, Chrystie took his place on the back of the chair at the living room window, and off he went like a shot to chase her away.  Seems his squirrel friend was in the tree.   LOL.  He is so intensely focused on whatever he is doing ~ chasing Chrystie, chasing any sort of food, playing or sleeping, but nothing more intensely focused than the critters outside the front window.  Ha.

On the definitely down side, it's windy and the snow is that lovely light, fluffy stuff ~~ and our stairs and stoop are all covered with snow again!   Humbug!    It's really cold again today, too.  Definitely a good day to stay inside.   
We almost broke a record for the LEAST snowfall between September and December, but that pre-New Year snow pushed this year into second place.  We've only had 4.2 inches!

  I just heard them say that in Gunnison CO the temperature was 24 below zero ~ not wind chill, but actual temperature!   I'd think I was back in Minnesota!     January is traditionally our coldest month.


Lou Ann, your NYE sounded nice in spite of the topics of conversation. >lol<    When Mike used to go with me to visit my Aunt Jean in Rochester before going on to visit his folks, he loved her but he was always depressed by all the talk of the assorted illnesses and deaths of the other residents of her Senior Apartment complex.   We've laughed at how our own conversation has taken on the flavor of my aunt's in the past few years.   Guess it's inevitable.  Ha.

Good to know about the Wii and getting a second controller.   OhMyGosh, Mike is so looking forward to his big screen TV ~ if one of us put a controller through it, he would be devastated!  I think I'd leave home for a few weeks . . .   :-)

Sending love 'n hugs to everyone.


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(Date Posted:01/02/2011 11:26 AM)

 

Hi Mary Ann!  I sure hope that you get both your strength and endurance back soon.  It sounds like you are a work in progress!  I wouldn't worry about talking all the time, I'm pretty sure they all are happy to hear you after almost losing you!  It does sound like a good plan to go visit Ann and the dogs.  All you can do is try your best.

Hi Dorothy!  Zar made it home safe and we had Christmas on New Year's day as she had a concert on New Year's Eve.  They came about lunchtime and they were here until 7:30 PM.  Zarah gave me two tickets to the nostalgia series at our Elks Theater.  These are old classics like African Queen and Spiral Staircase.  I'm thinking that we will go together, my daughter and I.  She also got me the colorful hood with scarf that I wanted.  Jeff got us a gift certificate to Dave's favorite restaurant.  Zarah puts her wish list on Amazon dot com, so all I have to do is go buy what she wants.  She wanted a new carhart work coat, a tool pouch, a stand for her french horn; pretty much strange gifts for a young lady, but she was thrilled with them.  After we had lunch we sat around and visited and Dave showed off his wii fit.  Pretty soon Zarah and Jeff were slalom skiing with Dave.  Heck, I even tried.  It's pretty hard to do from a wheelchair.  There was one game where you had to run and simulate jumping to avoid logs and spaces.  That really got their heart going!  Great exercise!  Zarah was the best at that game.  Thanks for the information on the prices for e-books.  Once you buy the e-books, if you change to a different reading device do you still own them?    Tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing came out with the wii console I did start the new year with a cold.  At least I have a very sore throat.

Hi Lou Ann!  It really was nice to hear from so many of our group, wasn't it?  I miss all of them!  I send Christmas cards to quite a few and I got notified that Valerie opened hers, so maybe she will come back in.  We can but hope.  I hear you about visiting with your friends and talking about your parents and how they are getting on.  It is something we are all going to have to face if we haven't faced it already.  Our parents are going to get older and die.  Death and taxes, the only sure things in life.  I'm sure I will be a basket case when I lose my folks.  Glad you enjoyed the rose bowl parade but sorry that your beloved badgers lost.  Oh, I see that you told Dorothy what the wii comes with.  Silly me.  I couldn't remember so I had to go turn on the wii and bring it up.  We bought a disk called wii sports that had duck hunting and other stuff.  Cow racing is really fun!

Hi again Dorothy.  Holy schmoley how cold it was in Gunnison Colorado!  24 below zero without wind chill…frigid.  I bet they felt like they were in Alaska or on the Siberian plains.  We got our wii game right after Dave got his big screen TV.  You can bet I was a little paranoid about the kids tightening their controller strap.  Now that we've had a wii for several years, everyone is conditioned to put on the strap.  I would have been devastated if anything happened to the TV.

I had planned that we would go shopping today but I was sick to my stomach yesterday so I'm waiting to see how my breakfast oatmeal settles in my stomach.  That will decide whether or not I go out of the house.  Yesterday we had Turkey noodle soup and Zarah and Jeff came and we opened presents.  Jeff did not expect much and was overjoyed with his slippers and he was tickled pink with a gag gift we got him.  It is a weather rock which is simply a rock suspended from a tripod of sticks with a piece of paper glued to the platform saying if the rock is moving its windy, if the rock is wet it's raining, if the rock is covered in white stuff it's snowing.  Zarah encouraged me to buy it and for a $5.00 gag gift it was a real hit!  The first movie in the nostalgia series is this coming weekend.  I just bought the movie, The African Queen, for Dave for Christmas, and we have already watched it.  I have no idea who will go with the two tickets but I'm certainly willing to go with Zarah.  I have no idea what's on the schedule for today, but maybe we will take down Xmas stuff.  Maybe not.  Who knows.  I suppose the shadow knows.  Tee hee.

Wishing everyone a spectacular Sunday!  Hugs,
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(Date Posted:01/03/2011 3:42 AM)

 
 

 HELLO LADIES

ANOTHER BORING DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOU ANN.  MY 

LIFE IS SO MONOTONOUS.  I NEED TO STIR IT UP A

BIT, BUT DO NOT KNOW HOW, LOL.  AND IF I DID, I

WOULD PROBABLY COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT :)

DOROTHY, SHOGUN IS GOING TO KEEP YOU ALL

YOUNG, INCLUDING CHRYSTIE.  WE ARE BACK TO

 BELOW FREEZING BUT NOT BELOW ZERO AND I

HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY.  THE WIND HAS ALSO

SETTLED DOWN SO THAT MAKES IT BETTER TOO.

GUNNISON CAN KEEP IT'S COLD.  I HAVE HEARD

THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ENJOY THE Wii FIT AND

THE BALANCING GAMES.  OTHER THAN THOSE 

AND THE SPORTS I HAVE NOT PLAYED ANY.  

THOUGH I HAVE WATCHED MY NEPHEWS PLAY

GUITAR HERO AND A KARAOKE GAME AND THEY

WERE HAVING A BLAST.  I WOULD LIKE THE 

KARAOKE GAME.

ANNNIEM, SOUNDS AS IF YOU HAD A VERY NICE

CHRISTMAS WITH ZARAH AND JEFF.  I LOVE THE'

WEATHER ROCK.  MY MOM USED TO MAKE THE

SAME BASIC THING ONLY IT WAS A WEATHER 

WORM.  IT WAS ABOUT AN 8 INCH BRAID OF

YARN AND WE WOULD TIE A BOW ABOUT 2

INCHES DOWN TO MAKE THE HEAD AND GLUE

2 GOOGLE EYES FOR THE FACE AND GLUE A

LITTLE STRAW HAT ON TOP.  SHE CALLED IT

THE WEATHER WORM AND IT CAME WITH THE

SAME SAYING AS YOUR ROCK DID.  WE SOLD

THEM IN OUR CRAFT SALES.  THEY WERE REALLY

POPULAR ONE YEAR AND MOM MADE THEM IN ALL

DIFFERENT COLORS, LOL.  THE TICKETS TO THE

NOSTALGIA SERIES SOUNDS AWESOME, ESPECIALLY

IF YOU GET TO DO IT WITH ZARAH.

OH, I FORGOT MY BIG NEWS.  MY HEART 

DAUGHTER NERISSA GOT ENGAGED ON NEW YEARS

EVE.   SHE IS LOUANN AND BRUCE'S OLDEST GIRL.

SHE HAD THAT BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IN THEIR 

GARDENS ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO.  AND THEN GOT

DIVORCED AFTER JUST UNDER 2 YEARS.  WE ALL

HAD OUR DOUBTS ABOUT THAT MARRIAGE AND

WE WERE RIGHT.  SHE HAS BEEN DATING MATT 

FOR A YEAR NOW AND THEY ARE SO HAPPY.  HE IS

SUCH A NICE GUY AND HAS A GOOD JOB AND 

OWNS HIS HOME.  RISSA MOVED IN WITH HIM 

SUMMER AND LOOKED FOR A JOB THERE IN 

OSHKOSH.  HE TEACHES MATH AT A HIGH SCHOOL

AND IS A COACH.  SHE TEACHES PRE SCHOOL AND

LOVE SPORTS.  THEY SEEM MADE FOR EACH OTHER.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF THEM.

THEY HAVE NOT SET A DATE, BUT I DO NOT THINK 

IT WILL BE THIS YEAR.  KIRSTIE, HER YOUNGER

SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED IN JUNE SO I HOPE

SHE IS NOT PLANNING ON BURDENING HER PARENTS

WITH 2 WEDDINGS IN THE SAME YEAR.  BUT THAT IS

THEIR BUSINESS.  SO SOON ALL THEIR CHILDREN

WILL BE MARRIED AND WE ARE JUST SITTING 

BACK AND WAITING FOR GRANDS.  REID AND HIS

WIFE HAVE BEEN TRYING BUT NO LUCK.  TRICIA

WAS A HEAVY DUTY RUNNER AND BECAUSE OF

THAT SHE NEVER GOT A PERIOD.  SHE HAS 

GIVEN UP MOST OF HER RUNNING AND HAS 

TAKEN SOME TREATMENTS, ETC BUT SO FAR

NO LUCK.  IF THEY CANNOT GET HER PERIOD

GOING AGAIN SHE CANNOT GET PREGNANT.

SO SAD AS I KNOW HOW MUCH REID WANTS 

KIDS AND WHAT A GREAT DAD HE WILL BE.

SO I DO NOT KNOW WHAT DIRECTION THAT 

WILL TAKE.  

WELL, I NEED TO GO OFF TO SLEEP.  HAVE A

GREAT MONDAY ALL, AND LET'S MAKE 2011

THE BEST YEAR EVER.

HUG,

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RE:JANUARY 2011 SIGN IN THREAD
(Date Posted:01/03/2011 9:53 AM)


Good Morning and a Very Happy 2011

Just popping by to sign in and let you all know
that I am still around and am enjoying catching
up with all you ladies again.




Good to see some names that I still recognise didn't know
if there would be anyone left it has been awhile since
I was last here.

I too have been looking into getting a wii, but I'm not
into the sports games I just want a wii fit with balance
board and anything else you have to have in order
to make it work, but it will have to wait until I have
some money (LOL).

Anyway off I go back around the boards see whats happening
with everyone and have a look at all the tags and boarders etc
also need to have a look in the tutorials has I cannot
for the life of me remember how to do anything
on here anymore.

Well bye for now catch you all later
take care

Hugs has always

Donna.
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(Date Posted:01/03/2011 11:58 AM)

 


Good Morning All!
How is the New Year treating you so far?

annnieM, Your second (or third?) Christmas sounded great.  I have seen those weather rocks, or at least pictures of them.  So cute for the weather man.   Hmmm.  I wonder if one of them would help OUR Weather Folk?  Ha.

I think we definitely want a Wii, once we get settled in.  We hope to be able to buy an eliptical bike for Mike to exercise on, too, once we get settled.  I could use it too and I'm sure it would help both of us, but mostly I want it for him.  The ones his Neurologist recommended are so expensive, but I think thats one expense that is really worth it.  I may tap my 401k ~ if there is anything left in there after we move.  lol   The Wii could help us too, I suspect.

You asked about buying e-books and what happens if I stop using the iPad.   I had actually downloaded a few free ones to read online from Amazon when they first came out to see if I thought I would like a Kindle.  I found that I was too busy doing other things online to read, so they just sat there ~ but they ARE there on my own Hard Drive and now on my iPad as well.   I'm not sure what would happen to the one I bought from i-Book, maybe that is reason to buy them from Amazon just in case.

Another author I read in Hard Back and like very much is Connie Shelton.  Her books are set in New Mexico.  She has just come out with a new series, and I decided that would be perfect to buy as an e-book instead of a Hard Back.  Well, actually it's paper, but it, like so many new ones, came out for $12 something.  Larger paper back?  I don't know.  Anyway, I bought it as an e-book for $2.99.   When I'll read it I don't know, but at least I don't have to worry about having to find a place to store it, and it didn't cost very much. 

Lou Ann, I did take a picture of Shogun allowing Chrystie to sleep with him on New Year's Day.   Can Whirled Peas be far behind?    I haven't downloaded it yet.  They look so deceptively sweet.  lol.   Last night I was a cat sandwich again!  NOT a good way to sleep, I assure you.

Congratulations on your two 'daughters' engagments!  What a pretty girl, and what a pretty family-to-be!   It would be nice if they could spread the weddings over two years.


Donna, how great to see you again!
Happy New Year!


Have a Mahvelous Monday, all!




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Hi everyone! 

It was snowing and blowing this morning and it looks like it's going to stop for a while.  Definitely a winter day here.  Yesterday we took down the Christmas tree and I got tired before that was done, so we still have windowsills and such to un-decorate.  I guess I might work on that some today.  I always have liked it in the past when the Christmas decorations went away but this year not so much.  Maybe when I have it all done.  I should say when Dave has it all done, as I'm worthless as teats on a boar pig.  That was one of my dad's favorite sayings.  LOL.  Zarah and I finished off the fruitcake, so that's done.  The house is getting empty of junk to eat, and that's a good thing.  Oh, it's snowing again.  Big fluffy flakes.  You really can't turn your back on the weather around here.
Hi Lou Ann!  I hear you about boring days in your life, but if I remember right you talk to people online in face book, so much so that one of your friends sent you a present at Christmastime.  Of course, I also remember how I said we should have a signature challenge and I dropped the ball on that.  Sorry.  I have never seen anyone play guitar hero, nor have I seen a karaoke game.  I wouldn't like that because I can't carry a tune in a bucket.  I guess it would be fun to watch everyone else.  The weather worms that your mom made some really cute.  Congratulations to your heart daughter on her engagement!  That was so sad that her first marriage didn't work out but the same happened to me and of the second husband was the one.  I think pretty much if they've known each other for a year and everyone thinks he's a great guy, then he probably is.  Nice picture of her and her fiancée.  I especially like the dog!  Looks just like Katie.  I wish all the girls good luck on getting pregnant.  I've heard that before about runners not getting their menstrual cycle because they are uber-athletic and that affects your system.  I would think they'd be able to get her period going again if she's given up all her strenuous running.  I had to go back and look at what time you posted.  You are a night owl!  3:42 AM?  I don't think you're getting enough sleep.
Hi Donna!  Nice to see you!  Glad to see that you still recognize some of our names.  We're the same old, same old here.  If you buy the wii fit plus with balance board, you get all kinds of balance games and everything in the package.  That's all you need to do and I bought one for my husband and it was $109 at Amazon.  There are really fun games on there for balance and are really calorie burning games like an obstacle course.  Sorry to say that not much is happening around here with tags or borders anymore.  I'm not sure all I can remember how to do much.  If you have any questions, just ask.
Waving hi to Dorothy and Barb and whoever else might pop in! 
Hugs,
 

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Hi Dorothy! 

Typical that I would be posting at the same time as you.  How wonderful that you can get an E book for such a great price!  And the storage problem is nonexistent.  I have not read Connie Shelton so I need to look for her books.  What is her new series about?

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Good Afternoon Cuppa Gals

annnieM, just want to say how lovely the site looks.  The peace tag is lovely.  My New Years resolution is to spend less time on the internet and more time in the physical world.  I use the internet to escape, I avoid doing things in my life by doing so.  I am going to start putting the computer down and doing something else.  Like reading, beading, coloring, crocheting....I never seem to find the time to do it all.  So I am getting in here early.  That way I can get off sooner and do something else and hopefully relax enough to go to sleep.  I am also going to take a couple of benedryl to get to sleep at a decent hour.

Hi Donna, nice to see you here.  Not a lot going on here.  This is the hot spot, lol.  To use a border, just copy and paste it. I hope there is a tut for using the Photo Bucket Tag Insert.  But maybe you can figure it out.  I am with you on wanting a Wii, but the price is a problem.  And I wonder if the fun would wear off and we would not use it as often as we should.

Hey Dorothy, I would not mind being a cat sandwich :)  I would love being able to do ebooks and I see their are readers in a wide range of prices.  But I am sure you get what you pay for so that is another pipe dream of mine, lol.  I am so happy for my Rissa.  The first marriage was a mistake.  The biggest part of that being the Rissa wanted to be married and have kids so bad that she "settled" if you know what I mean.  Geoff had a wicked sense of humor and it was often at Rissa's expense.  We actually talked to her about it before she got married and she said it was just his humor and he did not mean anything by it.  But it bothered all of our close knit group and it did prove to be their downfall.  That and Geoff not keeping a job and both overspending in a bad economy.  It was doomed from the start.  Rissa has done a lot of growing up since then.  I would expect she would want a small wedding since she had such a big lavish one the first time around.  But it is Matt's first marriage and hopefully their last and so there may be other people to consider.  Rissa had the big outdoor wedding before.  Reid got married in Hawaii and Kirstie is having a traditional church wedding, but sadly not at their church as it is too small.  It will be a Nick's family church.   So who knows what Rissa and Matt with do.  Will be interesting to see.

Hahaha, annnieM, teats on a boar.  My dad always said teats on a chicken.  Same idea, lol.   You do not have to be able to sing in the Karaoke game, you just have to hit the beat with your lyrics...the more you match the higher your score.  I do not like watching guitar hero, that to me is boring.  But watching them do Dance, Dance Revolution is really fun.  Seeing them trying to do the steps and hit their marks.  As far as Tricia and her getting her period back, I know she cut way back on her running.  Also she is getting hormone treatments.  It had been a year I think but no change so I am not sure what their next step is.  It is kind of awkward to bring up unless they do.  We really had not Christmas goodies hanging around.  We made none, other than one batch of cutouts that I made.  Joanne and Suzanne did not do any either.  Diane baked a lot, so brought over a sampling of a lot of things.  That was all gone within a couple of days.  We did eat a lot of left over beef and turkey and ended up freezing some too.

Mom started driving again today and it seems to have gone really well, which makes her much easier to live with, lol.  This is her last week of therapy but she has shown some improvement.  Since using the JAS she has gained about 10 degrees more to her bend.  So she will continue with that until she goes back to MD in March, I think.  Well, that's it for me.  Going to go see about making me something for supper.  Have a great Tues all.

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New Year's Day ~ Can Whirled Peas be far behind?



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Whirled peas....LOL, Dorothy!!!
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Hi everyone!

Hi Lou Ann!  Glad to hear that you are going to spend some more time in the real world.  That's something I should do, too.  I really should try to do more chores than I do.  I hope that you actually get to sleep longer and better.  From what I understand, a routine bed time helps.  Glad to hear that your mom has begun driving again and that the JAS machine has helped her.  While we were taking Xmas stuff down I gathered all the leftover stocking candy and candy canes and put them away for when we have company.

Hi Dorothy!  Lovely picture of your cats.  Who would have thunk it?  They look like very content & loving cats.  Hard to imagine Shogan is a live wire sometimes.  Very hard to imagine he picks on Chrystie.  Such a sweet boy!

I have laundry to do and more picking up around here.  It's a beautiful day out there, sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I hope I do something constructive today.  I think I will!  Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs,

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I thought before 'Christmas' was officially over, I'd share a few pictures of our neighborhood.  



This is the wreath Mary Ann (my niece) sent us AFTER the below freeezing temps.  It actually still looks pretty good, but it did get a bit frozen snow covered.

These are across and down the street.  There are much more spectacular displays as you drive around our neighborhood, but I never did when I had my camera out.   Anyway, this was our view, while our poor neighbors had to settle for our wreath.








The pictures don't do even these justice.

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Well, look who is FINALLY here!

We didn't go out for dinner or anything else last night.  I felt rotten and begged off.  Mike said he was glad I did cuz he didnt feel good either.  Over tired?   Over stressed?  I dunno.   I just know that a bowl of tomato soup at home was better than a gourmet meal out last night.

We stayed up watching TV from bed until about 1AM and then we both woke up around 5AM for a bathroom break.  Mike said "I'm wide awake" so I suggested he watch TV for a while.  That usually puts him back to sleep.   He put on his new Warehouse 13 DVD and instead of turning my back on the TV like I usually would, I started watching, too.  I think we stayed awake watching for an hour and a half.  When we finally woke up "for real" it was almost 8 o'clock!.  I do feel a whole  bunch better now, even if I didn't get anything done yesterday.   There is a lot of stress over the things we are NOT getting done.


annnieM, more Winter for you, but we're heading back to not-so-winter I think.  Still snow covered ground and pretty, but warmer weather heading our way.   I do love watching the big, fluffy flakes.

Um, I think the fruitcake is supposed to be done BEFORE Christmas, isn't it?  You just want to "have Christmas the whole year around", don't you?

LOL ~ We live near the Liberal Republic of Boulder CO.  (I'm not being mean.  They make fun of themselves.)   You see lots of very serious "cause" bumper stickers, and a nearly equal number of perhaps less serious ones, including
"Visualize Whirled Peas".  Ha!

One of the women who worked for me in Duluth eons ago used that same saying about teats on a Boar.   I've used it a few times myself since she 'taught' it to me.  LOL

I'm trying to turn Shogun into a cuddler ~ little by little.   I've never had a cat that wasn't before.  Mike tells me I said the same thing about my baby Neff (Menephta Ray, our first Abby) when he was a kitten.   Hard to remember that, cuz he was my baby and always in my lap when he wasn't on patrol, protecting the house from invisable invaders.   Anyway, I'm determined to turn Shogun into a LoveBug . . . . .  and he is equally determined not to be held except when he is really, really sleepy.   Well see who wins the war of wills.  (I'm not putting any money on myself.  Ha.)




Lou Ann, I need to make the same resolution.   I hate to not spend time with my online friends, and I hate to think what my email inbox would look like if I neglected it for more than a day, but if I dont get my butt of of here and get to work in the real world, I'm gonna be the proud owner of two houses forever.  (and that thought positively gives me chills!)

I guess you are right.  There are worse things to be than a Cat Sandwich, although the heat they throw off and the feeling of being paralized leave a bit to be desired.   ha.

So far I really haven't used my iPad as intended.   I have several good books stored, but when I have a few minutes reading time, I'm working on the current Cleo Coyle Hard Back.   Very yummy, by the way.

Congrats to your mom on driving again!   I can imagine how liberating that is for her ~ and for you!   I'm glad she's doing so well.



 

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Hello ladies
Dorothy, I do think you will win over Shogun as a cuddler...when he is a little older.  Right now he has too much energy and trying to hold him is probably like trying to hold the wind, lol.  Your wreath is beautiful and so is your street.  Simple and pretty!  I never got out to see lights this year at all :(  We wanted to but since mom was not driving it just never happened.   Oh well, they will be there next year too.  I am ashamed to say I made no effort to spend time of the computer today.  I do not know why I even make NY resolutions....I do not think I have ever accomplished one.  Has anyone?
annnieM, I hope you got something constructive done today as you wanted to.  That was a good idea putting the goodies away for when there is company.  I am afraid we ate ours. :)  It sounds as if you are having a beautiful day there, I hope you can get out a bit to enjoy it.  I also hope you got your laundry done.
Yesterday I forgot the big news.  My brother Leigh finally has a court date for his divorce and it is the 12th of this month.  Yee Haa!!!!  Marcia is now telling him that she does not want the boys overnight or every other weekend.  She just wants to be able to have them for 3-4 hours now and then.  I suppose that is all she can stand being away from her bf or as long as he is willing to stay away.  I do not really know but I find it so very sad.  On the up side, my brother is seeing a woman who is also going through a divorce.  She asked for a divorce several times from her ex and he always refused wanting to work it out.  Then this summer he told her to move out.  I am sure we all probably know that he has more than likely found someone else.  He stayed in the home and their 2 daughters stayed there so as not to have to leave their school and friends.  They still spend a lot of time with their mother.  I think they are 16-17.  Mom gets it all messed up.  I need to ask Leigh.  He is on cloud 9.  He said the attraction was instantaneous on both sides.  They like the same things, they think alike and whatever, lol.  I know he is happier than he has been in years.  He said he had his best birthday and Christmas ever and expects this year to be great.  He has gone back to church.  He has already discussed with her
that if all continues this well, he would like her to come here in June for my moms family reunion, which we all are hosting this year.  The boys already love her and they love her girls too.  One has even babysat the boys so that Leigh and Kristi could go out child free.  Kristi is a grievance counselor for the neo-natal unit at their hospital.  Not a job I would ever want.  So I am hoping and praying that all goes well and that things turn out great on the 12th.
My other news is really sad.  You know that before I talked about my young friend Katie who was 2x struck by a car and had head injuries.  Since the last time she has been having dizzy spells and headaches.  They discovered a tumor on her brain and she had surgery to remove it.  Then they discovered another one and it was removed...but now they know that she has brain cancer :(  I talked to her Sunday night and she was not feeling very good.  On Monday, Paige talked to her family and apparently thr cancer is spreading fast and her parents have taken her to Washington DC for her to be seem and treated there.  But according to the sister, there is only about a 20% chance of survival.  I really do not know anyone that has survived brain cancer.  I am praying very hard for her and ask that you all do too if you are so inclined.  She is a beautiful 13 year old and way to young to die.  So please remember Katie in your prayers.
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