SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges and More Team Messageboard Welcome to Healthy Exchanges & More. We share healthy recipes such as JoAnna Lund's and Marlene Koch's as well as others. We also have daily, friendly chats about hobbies and our lives. SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges and More Team Messageboard Thursday, September 21 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone's day is going well. <BR> <BR> I know our weather varies - it's chilly here this morning and our highs are around 60 with the chill in the air. They changed our forecast from rain/rain/rain to partly sunny next few days. So it feels like time for some warming, hearty meals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Nina, I hope you are feeling better and the Cipro does it'... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:23:08 EST Wednesday, 9/20 Good morning Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog. <BR> <BR> Taking hubby to the dr. this morning. We will have lunch and do some grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:32:47 EST Tuesday, September 19, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> Lots of rain again here and hopefully no more water spouts or tornado activity. I didn't hear that it hit down anywhere - I guess it's a tornado when it comes to land. I saw videos people sent in to the weather man last night of it out on the ocean. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to the store and will get fresh veggies and fruit. ... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:34:10 EST Monday, 9/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> Nina, busy as always, you work so hard, but it will all be worth it this winter for you. <BR> <BR> Well Girls, the 18th of Sept. already. Can you imagine... <BR> <BR> I never die get a casserole made, nor the pie either. Just too lazy I guess. <BR> I did look for a ham casserole, nothing "hit my fancy", so to speak. <BR> <BR> I finished the Lake Michigan baby ghan this morning. Now I just need to make fishies and have you girls decide whether to have them on one co... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:24:51 EST Sunday, September 17 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The rain hasn't started but it is coming today. So glad we got the yard work done yesterday. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> Nina, You sure are one busy lady. Lots of cooking and taking care of chickens and shopping. <BR> <BR> Glenna, I'm sure you are busy on your farm, too. <BR> <BR> Patty, How did the football games go? And the crocheting - ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:42:44 EST Saturday, 9/16 Good morning Girls, <img src=""> <BR> Do you know what today is? GAME DAY AND CROCHET <BR> Lots of crocheting will be done today. Going to work on the Lake Michigan baby ghan. I think it is fun to name my ghans...silly I know, but I like it. <BR> <BR> grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch with grapes <BR> <BR> cheeseburgers for supper, I will not have BUN, BUT HUBBY WILL <BR> maybe that wa... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:53:16 EST Friday, September 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are in the middle of September already! <BR> <BR> Nothing special here except usual house stuff and a walk outside. Rain will come in Sunday through Wednesday. We've been so spoiled with dry, beautiful weather. The rain is welcome. Time to bring out jackets and raincoats. <BR> <BR> We had pork steak last night which was so tender an... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:12:19 EST Thursday, 9/14 Happy Birthday Karen! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday Karen! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Let's have a party! I've got the coffee with a hint of cinnamon on. There are some cyber cinnamon rolls (not a calorie to be seen). <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Come join in. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:07:25 EST Wednesday, September 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I'm off to TOPS this morning. <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:14:49 EST TUESDAY 11, 2017 Hi ladies-I posted late last night. So Check out my Monday post about the Maple-Mustard Salad Dressing. <BR> Will try and post later today again. <BR> You all have a great day. <BR> Nina Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:49:41 EST Monday, September 11 <em>652</em> <em>232</em> <em>652</em> <em>232</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Here I am with my cup of coffee, looking out at the sunny day and the flag DH put out. <BR> <BR> I've had these itchies mainly on my upper arms for at least a month now. At first thought they were spider bites but not going away so I'm calling my doctor in a minute to see if I can get in. <BR> <BR> I'm loving these cooler days. <BR> <BR> Vice President Pence gave a wo... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:30:35 EST Sunday, 9/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> Hubby's tummy isn't very upset this morning, he is sitting in his chair downstairs. <BR> I need to get dressed and take my meds, and fix breakfast. He slept better too. <BR> I think oatmeal with brown sugar for him, Splenda for me, dried cherries and almonds in it, then he can take his meds. <BR> I already gave him the Tylenol at 7, and wanted to wait about an hour before he had any more meds, and some of them need to be with food, so we should be good to go. <BR> We ... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:08:03 EST Saturday, September 9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> How is your Saturday going? Any plans today? <BR> <BR> I don't know what today will bring. I told you DH had a long drive job yesterday, well he got home just before 7 this morning!!! So he is finally sound asleep. <BR> <BR> I'm having my coffee, thinking about breakfast and trying to be quiet. Rear Window is on TCM so I'll enjoy that. <BR> ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:09:50 EST Friday, September 8 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> First week of September has flown by. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We got a bit of rain in the night and it's a cooler, cloudy day here. Foggy this morning. <BR> <BR> DH is working so I can get into some projects. <BR> <BR> Dinner will be meatloaf stuffin' muffins, mashed potato, salad and apple for dessert. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:59:52 EST Thursday, September 7 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> We have fog this morning and it is only supposed to be 67 degrees. A good day! How is the weather where you are? <BR> <BR> We are still in full tourist mode. Families with school children are gone but the older bunch is here. Yesterday after TOPS 8 of us were going for lunch to a little café in Warrenton. It's not my favorite place for food choices. Another lady an... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:55:07 EST Wednesday, 9/6 Afternoon Girls, <img src=""> <BR> An exciting day around here today. <BR> Hubby had a chiro apt this morning. <BR> At 3:30, the man is coming to check out the house for after the surgery, making sure it is safe for him to recover. <BR> <BR> Between 5-7, hubby's new bed is coming. They are even setting it up for us and taking away the old mattress and box springs. <BR> <BR> The only thing to do tomorrow, is to re... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:14:39 EST Tuesday, 9/5 Good morning girls, <img src=""> <BR> Goodness, almost a week gone by in Sept. Have we enjoyed it? <BR> I did have a dr. apt this morning, but they just called and cancelled, dr. was in an accident and not available. <BR> Can't get me in until mid-Oct. yay, maybe I can lose some weight by them. <BR> <BR> I never did finish that baby ghan, I am on round 18, and I need 19 rounds. <BR> That seems to be a nice size for... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:58:25 EST Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4 Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Did you see Patty's "to-do" list before her hubby has his hip replacement surgery? We'd better head on over there to help. Then we can stop by Glenna's for some corn on the cob and help with that. Lol. <em>537</em> <BR> <BR> Another morning trying to get the warm air out of the house before it heats up again. Soon we'll have those cool, crisp autumn days I love so much. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I just plain don't feel like cooking when i... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 10:20:38 EST Sunday, September 3 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Whew! Another hot one. I'm cooling the house down before it heats up again. Just a few more days of this and then cooler temperatures. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure the lean ground beef is thawed so I'd like to grill hamburgers. Big salad with that. <BR> <BR> I'm taking my son to the grocery store this afternoon. At least it's air conditioned there. <BR> <BR> Then probably sit in front of the fan again. <BR> <BR> Nina, So glad to hear the Hospice group was... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 10:09:01 EST updated pictures, 9/2 I added 3 rows to each of the baby ghans. I like them better. Pics on my blog. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 19:41:21 EST Saturday, 9/2 Good morning girls, <BR> Autumn is my favorite time of year too. I love the changing of the seasons, sounds kind of <BR> like changing of the guard, doesn't it. <BR> <BR> Nina, so glad for you DM to be doing better. so sorry about DMIL. It is so hard to see them go down like this. <BR> <BR> Nina, I usually wash the dishcloths, handmade of course, in the top of the dishwasher. That seems to keep the colors brighter longer. <BR> <BR> I did find on line that you can put them in a colorfast so... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 08:40:21 EST Friday, September 1 Hurray, it's September girls! <BR> <BR> Pull up a chair and your coffee and let's chat. I'm sure Patty will bring along some of her fall dishcloth projects. <BR> <BR> We're heading back into some hotter weather. Poor Portland kids are heading back to school on Tuesday with a prediction of 102 degrees. <BR> <BR> Lots coming up in September. I've got at least 2 potlucks. There's a barbeque beef fundraiser out in the country and a cornfeed at a grange and the Cranberrian Festival over on the... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:36:48 EST Thursday, August 31 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon girls and farewell to August, <BR> <BR> I am really late getting here today. Day started out with a bang. DH got called to work "right now" and I had a 10 o' clock appointment for a flu shot so I drove him to work, got groceries on the way home (darn, forgot corn on the cob which was one of the main reasons for going!). Got home in time to unload, eat a fast breakfast and hea... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:51:20 EST Wednesday, 8/30 Good morning Girls. <BR> I just put pics on my blog of the wreath and the dolly blankets. One turned out nicer than the other one in my opinion. I had bigger scraps of yarn for the red, white and blue one. Something to remember. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be 77 here today. <BR> <BR> The lawnmower guy is here fixing the lawnmower again...thankfully it is under warranty. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I will work on more hats today, or try to finish up another ufo project. Probably hats. We shall see. <BR... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:07:58 EST Tuesday, August 29 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What a relief it's cooler here today. <BR> <BR> Last night a friend was telling me he makes tapioca pudding in his crockpot. Sounded like it was one of the smaller crockpots. He puts in the ingredients and cooks it on low for 6 hours or high for 3. Patty, do you like tapioca or have you made it in crockpot? He uses Stevia for sweetener instead of sugar. My family likes tapioca and I'm thinking when my son is visiting this fall it would be fun to have. <BR> <... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:42:23 EST Monday, August 28 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's going to be another hot one here. Then tomorrow is much cooler. Whew! <BR> <BR> Fresh new week and winding down August/heading into September. <BR> <BR> I'm heading outside to get some yard work done while it's still comfortable. <BR> <BR> Nina, That's a good plan for you for meals. It's fun reading how you organize it. <BR> <BR> I'll check back later. L... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:46:59 EST Sunday, August 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Last Sunday in August! And it's going to be a beautiful day here. 77 degrees (or often warmer). <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing today? What's cooking? <BR> <BR> Karen, How is your granddaughter? <BR> <BR> Patty, How is the dolly blanket coming? You are probably already done and onto something else! <BR> <BR> Glenna, Are you busy harvesting, canning an... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:13:00 EST Saturday, 8/26 Good morning Girls, <BR> I finished the first dolly blanket. It's okay, but I like them when I can decide the colors better, and have whole rows of color, instead of partial rows, Starting the second dolly blanket as soon as I get off this computer. I had forgotten how much I enjoy making these star ripple ghans. The next one will be blue red and white, 2 complete stripe series of color. <BR> <BR> At noon going to my ex-DFIL birthday party, he is 99. Not doing so well, and this will be the l... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:57:25 EST Frday, 8/25 Good morning Girls, <BR> Last Friday in August. I just cannot believe it. <BR> I am so thrilled that I helped get the wood and the decks done this summer. Usually I don't get anything done. <BR> <BR> We did not have blt's last night, so will tonight. Don't they sound good? <BR> <BR> Finished turning the heel on black and gray sock. So 50 more rows on the foot of that one too. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:50:02 EST Thursday, August 24 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> My morning started out with a bang. I had to drive DH to meet the VA van for his appointment in Portland and his alarm didn't go off. So up like a flash, made coffee but no time to drink it before we had to leave. <BR> <BR> Now back home and it's a good day to dig into a project. Yesterday I noticed what a mess the computer desk is. Papers and things piled high. So that's where I'm starting. I've cleared off one side and on to... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:15:54 EST New pictures new pics on my blog, the back deck and my new bed frame Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:28:19 EST Wednesday, 8/23 Now girls, I have said this before and I'm sure I will say it again, but we only have 1 more week in August. Where did August go? Mercy, it went by fast. <BR> I have about 50 more rounds on the yellow sock, and just started the heel on the black and gray one. <BR> <BR> Hubby has a chiro apt this afternoon, and some errands to take care of. <BR> Me, I am staying home. <BR> I STILL haven't taken care of that yarn in the day care room. I need to get it downstairs in the basement, hopefully toda... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:06:27 EST Tuesday, August 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning or afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> It's a foggy/cloudy morning here. Just comfortable. It will be about 70 here today. <BR> <BR> The back of my legs are stiff from bending over and weeding. Better today than yesterday. <BR> <BR> Dinner will be grilled chicken tenders and kale salad. Blueberries for dessert. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> Eclipse day is behind us and... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:06:22 EST Solar eclipse day, Monday, 8/21 Good morning Girls, <BR> Jan, I imagine that you are waiting for the eclipse in your area. Probably staying home if you can. <BR> <BR> Karen, I read your message about your DN beating cancer, but it didn't register until I re-read Jan's message this morning. <em>244</em> cancer is a bully, you don't give in to bullies, you fight them. <BR> <BR> The wood is done...yay <BR> Hubby split it last night, poor hubby, it was 80 and very humid, but he wanted it done too. <BR> I stacked it this m... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:18:57 EST Sunny Sunday, August 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I hope it's a sunny but comfortable day where you are. Our high will be about 69. <BR> <BR> When I get home from church and after lunch I plan to finish preparing the strawberry patch for fall/winter. <BR> <BR> We are wondering if the traffic will be worse today - our church is on the main highway and it can be a real trick coming home. We usually go east a... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:31:16 EST Saturday, August 19 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It looks like a pretty nice day starting here. I just had my first sip of coffee <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing? <BR> <BR> This morning I'm taking DS and his friend to Costco and then Fred Meyer. Beyond that no big plans. <BR> <BR> Chicken sounds good for dinner. I need to thaw some chicken tenders. Have any of you ever made that 40 clov... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:20:13 EST Friday, August 18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What will your day bring today? <BR> <BR> DH needs a haircut and said we can walk around town. There have been new little shops popping up. And hopefully walk on the river walk. <BR> <BR> There's some leftover beef stew for dinner. Costco's sweet kale salad. <BR> <BR> But first - where's my coffee?! <em>106</em> <BR> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:51:04 EST Thursday, August 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I have to say it: I can't believe it's already the last half of August! <BR> <BR> Did I tell you about our new desk? We were at the pizza place on Monday with friends and one asked if anyone wanted a desk and I said yes. DH and a friend went to pick it up but it's going in the family room (where I had just plunked a bunch of stuff from the guest room) so toda... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:36:39 EST Wednesday, August 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Great TOPS meeting this morning and lunch with my friends. We don't have a TOPS meeting next week due to the church we meet at having VBS but we are all motivated to come back with a loss the following week. I had a small loss today but every downward move on the scale is great. The Smart Points are working well for me. <BR> <BR> How are a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:49:19 EST Tuesday, 8/15 Girls, <BR> Welcome back Susan, good to see you posting. <BR> <BR> I made Perfection Salad, page 319, Across America <BR> I had no celery, so I used an apple. Also I don't cook with vinegar, I use lemon juice. <BR> Next time I would only use 2 TB. lemon juice instead of 1/4 cup. A tad tart. <BR> I also used raspberry sf jello instead of lemon. <BR> <BR> I sure like JoAnna's recipes, you can interchange flavors like jellos and puddings and cream soups. <BR> <BR> I am waiting for hubby to mo... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:44:06 EST Monday, 8/14 Good morning girls, <BR> Goodness, August is almost half over already. Are you ready for fall? <BR> <BR> The schedule for today is moving more wood. It gets sort of boring to hear about wood every day doesn't it? <BR> <BR> We couldn't paint yesterday because it was supposed to rain last night. <BR> Not sure what today will bring. High of 76 today and tomorrow, good temps for painting. <BR> <BR> Chicken and biscuits from Across America cookbook for supper tonight, along with peach becky p... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:19:24 EST Sunday, August 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday girls, <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> We're getting a light rain here this morning. No sitting out on the patio to drink my coffee this morning. <BR> <BR> Things will quiet down today with our son and his friend leaving in the early afternoon. Then a quiet house which is both sad and good. <BR> <BR> No idea what I'm cooking today beyond breakfast - I'm all "coo... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:11:57 EST Saturday, August 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Another cloudy day. The parade is at noon so no one marching in the parade will have to worry about getting sunburned this year. We plan to go to the parade and maybe the boat parade on the river later on at high water, then fireworks this evening. <BR> <BR> Ho... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:58:49 EST Friday, August 11 Good morning glories! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can type straight - I haven't made the coffee yet. <em>40</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> DH is working again today. <BR> <BR> It's still dark at 6:10. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'll do some cooking and finishing getting ready for the weekend. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go make that coffee and will be back! Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:12:12 EST Thursday, August 10 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> My start was like Patty's yesterday - wrote a message and it poofed! <BR> <BR> Wow, what a change in the weather- another "partly cloudy" (mostly cloudy) day with a high of big, ol' 65 and high humidity. <BR> <BR> DH is driving today. <BR> <BR> I'm finishing up the guest room and giving the bathrooms a deep cleaning. <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? <BR> <... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:58:40 EST Wednesday August 9 I made the Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake. Getting some things measured out last night really helped me. It came together pretty good &amp; I popped it in the oven. As I was putting things away, I saw my cinnamon. I had forgot to put the crumb topping on the cake. I took it out of oven &amp; crumbed it. It is delicious. I also found a recipe in the Best of America book that I got last week. It is Cheddar Cheese Soup from Wisconsin. It is good, too. <BR> <BR> Sure wish you ladies were closer. Th... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:30:59 EST Tuesday, 8/8 Good morning Girls, <BR> I am pooped out. I just stacked 3 hummer loads of wood...whew. As soon as my body stops sweating, I can take a shower... <BR> <BR> Hubby will bring over 3 more hummer loads for me to work on tomorrow morning. <BR> We are getting it moved and stacked...I am glad. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have 20 more rows on each sock, then the toe decreases, then the bind off. These will be done today. I may even be able to work on the next 2 socks a bit, but not before these 2 are finishe... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:34:55 EST Marvelous Monday August 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your week starting out? <BR> <BR> It's cool (57) and foggy this morning but sun should be showing up later on. <BR> <BR> I thawed some chicken thighs for dinner. Probably a big salad with that. I need to increase my veggies. I think I'll make some Jello, too. <BR> <BR> We're taking a walk when DH gets ready. <BR> <BR> Have a super day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:43:47 EST Sunday, August 6 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Oh my gosh it sure looks like September here the last two mornings! Very cloudy and dark in the morning. It's not supposed to rain but looks like it could. The sun did come out in the afternoon yesterday. <BR> <BR> Church this morning and not sure what I'll be doing in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> Patty, Are you still working on socks? How was the Mainstay Meatloaf? <BR> <BR> Karen, Are you having some good reads in the cookbooks? ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 10:25:07 EST Saturday, August 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Saturday morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's really cloudy here this morning but nice and cool and what a break from earlier this week! <BR> <BR> Heaven knows there's a million things I could do but I think I'll tackle some weeding today. <BR> <BR> I'm just on my first cup of coffee so I can't let you know more than that right now. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> DS is coming... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:04:42 EST Friday, August 4 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I'm still having trouble writing August! My pen or keyboard just want July back. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone this morning? Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It was so wonderful to wake up to cooler weather! I slept well without the fan on me. We still have that haze from the forest fires. <BR> <BR> Our county fair is going on but we don't plan to go this year. Lots of tourists for that and fishing and just going to the beach so I avoid downt... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:24:11 EST Thursday, August 3 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Woooooeeeee it's hot here this morning. 79 in the house and 72 outside at 6 AM. At least it should only be 83 today. I opened everything up at 6 and hope it cools off in here a bit. <BR> We still have that haze from the British Columbia forest fires. <BR> <BR> DH was called to work again today- he'll probably go to Portland where it's supposed to be 107 today. Thankfully he shouldn't have to spend lots of time there. <BR> <BR> I'm taking DS to the store today... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:48:45 EST Wednesday, 8/2 Good morning girls, <BR> I lost another pound...I think I lost 3 pounds in July. I checked my tracker, and that is what it looks like. <BR> <BR> I am eating great JoAnna recipes. Eating enough to stay full, and not crave any food. <BR> Staying away from sweets as much as I can. <BR> <BR> Jan, regarding my projects, I don't see much progress when I only work on socks, so I think I will work on them in the morning while we watch Andrew Wommack aND CARD SHARKS. Then during the day work on some... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:29:42 EST Tuesday, August 1 Good afternoon girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Happy August everyone! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It's going to be a hot one today and hotter the next two days. I opened up windows/doors to cool things off and now everything is shut as the heat rises. It's already 80- so it will be hotter than they predicted. <BR> <BR> DH was moving a cement bird bath over to the front yard where we can see who is using it and got called to work. DS was coming up to get his air conditioner later on so I dr... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:02:01 EST Monday July 31, 2017 Goodbye July - you sure flew by fast! <BR> <BR> They have been wavering on heat predictions here but it's going to be a hot one regardless. I'm really glad they changed Thursday from 98 degrees to 84. <BR> <BR> How are you finishing up July? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:54:09 EST Monday, 7/31 Good morning Girls, <BR> The last day of July. Oh my, where do the days go? <BR> <BR> I just went out and finished painting my part of the deck floor. so, now I am done with painting...I hope. Hubby is out there painting in between the boards to get the sides of the boards. <BR> <BR> We are taking a chance because 20% chance of rain this afrternoon, tonight and tomorrow, but then for 5 days after that, rain rain rain...oh my. It sure is green <BR> <BR> I don't think I told you ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:08:59 EST Sunday, 7/30 Good morning Girls, <BR> I went out this morning to "get my painting on" and I was only out there about 1/2 an hour. <BR> <BR> Hubby hasn't painted the last couple of days. <BR> Here is how we divide up the painting. I do the big parts, not close to the house. He does close to the house. He also does the board edges on the floor, between the boards. As I am a very sloppy painter, I can't get close to the house, and I can't get on my knees because of the osteoarthritis, so he has to do that.... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:37:34 EST Saturday, July 29- last one in July Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The sun is shining, the coffee is perking, life is good! I'm going to go watch an old Boston Blackie movie. <BR> <BR> How are you doing today? <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:32:47 EST Friday, July 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Here goes July whizzing by. Where did it go?! <BR> <BR> While everything was quiet and no one was up I had to go peek over the back corner fence where I can't see over the shrubbery. They've been painting that house- I can hear the ladder and talking.The house is still brown but the high trim is seafoam. <BR> <BR> The first cup of coffee tastes so good!! <... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:25:32 EST Cooking Across America What are you making from Cooking Across America? Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:21:14 EST Thursday, July 27 Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's cloudy here this morning. I walked out back and did some watering. I have two tiny tomatoes ripe! No deer visitors last night. I hope we have them blocked out. <BR> <BR> DH is going to drive today so I'll be working some more on the computer room. It's good to see progress! I have shuffled some things over to the family room but that's ok. <BR> <BR> Also want to get some exercise in today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday at TOPS a friend was telli... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:13:41 EST Wednesday, 7/26 Good afternoon Girls, <BR> It is raining hard here right now, and it rained a lot during the night. <BR> <BR> I just sold a bike to a customer from Colorado. I will have to tell hubby that he is so famous that people even come from Colorado to buy bikes. <BR> <BR> I am tired out today. <BR> I am hoping to get the things done today that I did not do yesterday. We shall see on that. So far nothing done. <BR> <BR> Finished 2 loom knit hats this morning, one adult, one kids. <BR> Started an ad... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:45:02 EST Tuesday, July 25 Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your Tuesday is starting well. <BR> <BR> I'm taking another walk this morning and then it's a toss up - lots of weeding and lots of decluttering in the house. I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> I'm concerned we haven't heard from Nina. I hope she pops in and lets us know everything is all right. <BR> <BR> Have a great day ladies <BR> <BR> . <img src=""> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:18:06 EST Monday, July 24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> July is winding down. First week in August is our county fair and the second weekend of August is the Regatta festival with a parade in town plus another boat parade early evening. Our son will be coming down for the Regatta. <BR> <BR> I want to take a walk this morning. <BR> <BR> How is your day going so far? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:12:39 EST Sunday, July 23 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Here is July flying by. <BR> <BR> It's cloudy here this morning. We're watching the golf tournament over in England. <BR> <BR> Patty, How is it going with the wood hauling? Did you make the strawberry pie? <BR> <BR> Karen, How was the bridal shower? That's so nice your family loves your mac &amp; cheese so much. Traditions do change- showers I've been to w... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:50:40 EST Saturday, 7/22 Good morning Girls, <BR> I am going to make a strawberry cheesecake today, I think <BR> <BR> Here is how I will do it <BR> <BR> 1 pkg ff cream cheese <BR> 1 pkg. ffsf vanilla pudding <BR> 1 1/3 cup sf sprite <BR> chopped up strawberries <BR> 1/4 cup cool whip lite <BR> <BR> Mix all together and put in gc pie crust <BR> <BR> top with 1/2 cup cool whip and a bit more chopped strawberries. <BR> <BR> That sounds like it would work right? I imagine JoAnna has one just like it, but I am too la... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:40:59 EST Friday, 7/21 Good morning Girls, <BR> I moved 1 wheelbarrow of wood this morning and came back inside. Not gonna happen this morning at least. I can hardly function this morning, plus it is quite humid...we shall see if I perk up later to be able to move some wood. <BR> <BR> I have been watching Michigan Wolverine rerun games this morning. I sure do like big 10 <BR> <BR> Loom knitting kids hats this morning too. Hubby keeps buying me yarn, and I just plop it in the pile here in the family... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:07:41 EST Thursday, 7/20 Good morning girls, <BR> I just got in from working on the back deck. It isn't supposed to rain today and tomorrow, so today was a perfect day to paint. Remember the other day when I said we were abut 1/4 done...not. Today we are about 1/4 done. I forgot about the gates, and the bottom boards at the bottom of the deck on the outside. <BR> <BR> So, we have 1 more side of railings to do. <BR> <BR> Maybe 1 or 2 days on the floor <BR> <BR> at least 1 or 2 days on the bottom boards. <BR> <BR... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:01:31 EST Wednesday, 7/19 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Hubby went to town today. <BR> I went to the senior center with a friend, There were 5 of us girls there, and we had a good time. <BR> <BR> Leftover cheeseburger pie, sunshine carrot salad, and baby ruthie delites for supper...yum Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:05:48 EST Tuesday, 7/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> Hubby wants to go to Manistee to the salvage store and lunch at Burger King. We will leave about 11. <BR> <BR> I lost a couple more pounds...woohoo <BR> <BR> We ordered 6 more cords of wood. It will be delivered in a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:09:57 EST Monday, July 17 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The sun is shining here this morning. What's happening where you live? <BR> <BR> I've got Monday house blessing to do plus some planning for Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Dinner might be pork chops if they are thawed. <BR> <BR> My heel hurts after walking. Anybody got a remedy? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:56:16 EST Sunny Sunday, July 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Sunday morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your day going? Anything special cooking? What is Patty making today?! <BR> <BR> I need to put a load from washer to dryer and then make my apple spice cake for the picnic. I dawdled too much last night but can get it done this morning. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:29:04 EST Saturday, July 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Here we are smack dab in the middle of July already. <BR> <BR> The five young people who came from our Bible college to sing a concert last night did a wonderful job. Afterwards we celebrated our former pastor's 92nd birthday. There was cake and ice cream, coffee. I decided I was content and didn't want to spend bonus calories so just had coffee and found out... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:30:05 EST Friday, July 14 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful sunny day here. I am on my 3rd and last cup of coffee before I get busy. <BR> <BR> Need to do laundry, usual tidying up and outside to weed. <BR> <BR> Patty and I missed some of you yesterday. I hope everything is ok. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:57:50 EST Thursday, July 13 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What a surprise to wake up to rain. I don't think it was expected. <BR> <BR> I'm going to put swiss steak/cream of mushroom soup in the crockpot this morning for DHs dinner. I printed out a recipe for Chicken &amp; Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce that is only 4 Smart Points so I think I'll make that for me and we'll have leftovers for tomorrow, too. <BR> <BR> Last night there were two good, old movies: Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent. Both had happy... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:49:00 EST Wednesday, July 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> This is election day at TOPS. Praying the voting goes well. <BR> <BR> I'm loving this good weather and I hope for another walk on the river walk today. <BR> <BR> One of my TOPS friends used to bring in her grandson for us to see - I'm thinking he was 10 or so. Now he's a handsome young man in the military with a wife and baby. They are coming in from NC - no... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:51:14 EST Tuesday, July 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful morning here - the sun is shining and it's comfortable mid-60s all week. <BR> <BR> We walked on the river walk last night and it was so nice. There was a steady breeze but very comfortable. I like that walk because it's all level. I don't do the hills or inclines so well any more. <BR> <BR> Chicken for dinner tonight. I might do Iris's chic... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:37:17 EST Monday, July 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your week starting out? <BR> <BR> It's really dark and cloudy here today. It doesn't say rain but I sure looks like it. <BR> <BR> I've got an annual Wellness appointment with my doctor this morning. <BR> <BR> I really want to take a walk today. Maybe after my doctor's appointment since I'll be closer to the river walk. Good for DH, too. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:22:47 EST Sunday, July 9 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Here's a cute outdoor picnic bench. Let's have our coffee here and share about our day. <BR> <BR> Well, girls I have one thing to say: I've reached Onederland!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:41:13 EST Saturday, July 8 <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What's going on this weekend? <BR> <BR> We're continuing to have a stretch of good weather so I hope to get outside and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Karen has mentioned having her coffee outside. Do any of you eat outside in nice weather? Last weekend one of my suns rigged up a big umbrella over our picnic table and I threw an old tablecloth over it so we could eat outside. I wish I had a nice overhang like Patty has over her deck. <BR> <BR> Check out Pat... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:11:04 EST Kids in Mind cookbook I am going to cook out of the kids cookbook this month. <BR> Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> She has cake, <BR> pb cup pie, <BR> Idaho hot dog bake, <BR> mac and cheese with hotdogs, <BR> green bean pie <BR> baked chicken <BR> Little league meat and potatoes <BR> root beer float pudding <BR> cheesy chicken pot biscuit cups <BR> chicken corn chowder <BR> <BR> and so many more wonderful recipes in there... <BR> <BR> Karen, if your DD has this cookbook, maybe she could join us in the co... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:54:18 EST Friday, July 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What will today bring for us? I don't think there's one thing or place I have to do or be at. My kind of day. <BR> <BR> The traffic in town is jam packed with tourists. Twice we've headed out for Fred Meyer but there is such a bottle neck and crawling traffic on the bridge we've detoured to go the "old way". The old way you cross the "old" bridge and then go t... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:26:10 EST Thursday, July 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Another nice day ahead. I need to do some laundry and housecleaning and it would be good to help DH with weeding. Weeds are endless! Isn't my life exciting? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Things are so calm and quiet after having our sons here. Back to usual. <BR> <BR> I enjoy checking in with you and hearing about what we're doing even if it's same ol'. <BR> <... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:23:52 EST Wednesday, July 5 Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here. The sun is shining and it's supposed to be this way for about a week. <BR> <BR> It was a great day for me at TOPS - I lost 2.6 lb. from last week and won the best loser of the month (basket of fresh fruit, veggies or healthy things). <BR> <BR> When I got back home I made lunch for Quinn before he went back home. <BR> <BR> Now I need to get back to Fred Meyer to pick up a prescription. <BR> <BR> I hope your day is going well. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:12:07 EST Tuesday, July 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to wish all of my friends a very happy and safe July 4th. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a good day with good food and fun with friends and family. I will have lunch with mom today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 4 Jul 2017 00:07:29 EST Monday, July 3 Good morning ladies <BR> , <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop by and say hi and wish everyone a happy Monday! Not sure what all I'll get into today. <BR> <BR> I hopefully got the garden fence high enough to keep the deer out. I didn't see where they had been in there last night. <BR> <BR> It is supposed to be 85 here today. So going to get pretty hot. Sounds like inside jobs this afternoon. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:23:06 EST Sunday, July 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Early to bed, early to rise. I'm waiting for the coffee to finish perking. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> We greet at church today. I've got a bag of cookies to bring set near the front door. <BR> <BR> What will today bring for you? <BR> <BR> I don't know about where you live but our tv lineups have been so bad. I think we saw one good, old mo... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:06:03 EST Saturday, July 1 Happy July 1 everyone, <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> How is July starting for you? I'm going to a TOPS picnic. So today is just a fun day. <BR> <BR> The band concert last night was so enjoyable. My favorites were Star Spangled Banner and America. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 10:06:07 EST Friday, June 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Goodbye to the month of June! Hasn't it been a strange one weather-wise? <BR> <BR> It's cloudy here today. Good kind of day to get things done before the weekend. <BR> <BR> I'll do some grocery shopping today and get ready for a military band concert tonight. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a TOPS picnic at a lake. <BR> <BR> Sunday we greet at church and prepare the... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:10:44 EST Thursday, June 29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your Thursday going? <BR> <BR> It's cloudy here again but a comfortable temperature. DH just left for a driving job so I'm making a list and digging in to get the living room/dining room/bathrooms ready for company! You know- extra cleaning. <BR> <BR> On Saturday afternoon there's a TOPS Area picnic. That is chapters from St. Helens (near Portland) do... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:11:50 EST Wednesday, June 28 Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> It's another partly cloudy/partly sunny day in the mid-60s here. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready for TOPS and today my job as co-leader will be weight recording. <em>193</em> I've done this before and have my calculator with me plus hopefully another lady who is wonderful at it will be there. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:31:55 EST Tuesday, 6/27 Good morning girls, <BR> We are going to be "all growed up" today. <BR> <BR> We are going into town to sign up for our own phone service. We are going to go with consumer cellular. We will have to buy our own phones, but I think it will end up only costing us $30 a month, for 2 phones of service. I think. <BR> <BR> High of 75 today, possible rain again. <BR> We will not be able to finish painting the floor of the deck this week either. It is supposed to rain every other day this week...oh m... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:08:44 EST Tuesday, June 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Another cloudy morning here but very comfortable. <BR> <BR> We like watching The Artful Detective on Tuesday mornings but this morning all the channels are scrambled and not available. I've never seen it this bad. If you want channel 12, it is showing channel 15 or something. Ovation channel is totally unavailable and showing some other channel. Disappointing.... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:06:39 EST Monday, June 26 <em>284</em> <em>488</em> <em>485</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>277</em> <em>210</em> <em>289</em> <em>551</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's a cool 57 here this morning and cloudy. Good weather to work outside. What's happening where you are? <BR> <BR> Monday house blessing and I'm thinking chicken for dinner. <BR> <BR> It's that time where we are amazed that we're already in the last week in June. Time flies. <BR> <BR> I saw... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:56:01 EST Sunday, June 25 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It was hot in the house when I got up but with all windows open it's getting better and only in the 70s today. <BR> <BR> Karen, Thank you for the information on ACUWEATHER site. <BR> <BR> My youngest son called yesterday and I didn't realize 4th of July weekend is coming up fast. He's thinking of coming down on Monday and staying through Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Pa... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:48:22 EST Saturday, 6/24 Good morning Girls, <BR> I have been busy out by the road with bike customers, though I only sold 1 bike. <BR> <BR> Birthday party for DGD, who is 4 this afternoon, about an hour from here. <BR> Nothing else to report. I do want to clean my bathroom up a bit, the floor, sink, stool and tub . <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:31:01 EST Friday, 6/23 Good morning Girls, <BR> I haven't been to sleep yet. I tried, it just was not happening. <BR> <BR> Hubby is going yard sale shopping today. <BR> <BR> I am going to make a sweet and sour cucumber salad for supper. Just cukes and lemon juice and Splenda with salt and pepper. <BR> <BR> I have ham and will fry it with some veggies, carrots and onions I think. <BR> sliced tomatoes <BR> <BR> some dessert, maybe a pudding pie with fruit. I am out of cool whip, so need to get some more. <BR> <... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:39:41 EST Thursday, June 22 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's going to be a beautiful day here. <em>67</em> <BR> I'm about to make coffee and start my day. <em>106</em> <BR> I need to pick up a prescription and later on take Bobbi to get her nails trimmed. <em>239</em> <BR> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:25:15 EST Wednesday, June 21 First Day of Summer! Good morning girls, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to have a sunny day here - how about you? <BR> <BR> Patty, How did things go yesterday? <BR> <BR> Karen, Glad you are enjoying a week without work - there's always PLENTY to do at home, eh? <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> I'm off to TOPS meeting this morning. <BR> <BR> Do you like melons or berries? Or both? I've been getting strawberries from the raised bed and they are so good. I love a good cantaloupe or wate... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:59:31 EST Tuesday, June 20 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's raining this morning and then partly sunny. Tomorrow is the first day of summer! <BR> <BR> I'm finishing up my grocery list and my recipe list is long enough to last all summer. <BR> <BR> Since it's a rainy morning I will work some more in the computer room. Patty, you're right- it gets boring and hard to finish. <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing today? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:54:38 EST Monday, 6/19 Good morning girls, <BR> A busy week here this week. <BR> Today we are getting the septic tank pumped out. We haven't had it done since 2008. We were really pushing it. I have a card with the phone 3 on it, and I always write the year that it is done. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I take DD for her long shot session, over an hour, poor thing. On the way home, I will get my blood work done. <BR> <BR> Wed. hubby goes to town for shopping, I need to get a list done. <BR> <BR> Thursday is chemo day. <BR... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:39:11 EST Sunday, 6/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> I just put 3 batches of brownies into the oven, from Living on a dime. Since it has baking powder in it, I didn't want to triple the recipe, so I just made 3 separate batches. Woops, there goes the timer. <BR> <BR> Raining hard here. Going to exes for lunch picnic. I obviously will be taking the brownies. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:09:42 EST Saturday, June 17 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It gets light so early! I am glad to see blue sky and sunshine this morning and I'm revved up to go to the Scandinavian Festival this afternoon. <BR> <BR> It's held at our fairgrounds out in the countryside - looking at fields and mountains it makes me feel like I'm in "little Scandinavia". There's a huge building with two areas plus they set up booths outside. You... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:39:41 EST Friday, June 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Karen, I have heard of Scentsy - they usually have a vendor at the county fair and also one of my favorite waitresses (her husband is our appliance repair person) is a distributor and she has won some wonderful trips from her sales. I like the idea of a flameless fragrance because of our cats. I am not surprised the memory care place does not want to lose you -... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:26:30 EST Thursday, 6/15 Good morning girls, <BR> Karen, I too have a hard time saying no to people, but once I do, I sure feel better. Seems if we keep saying yes to people, they take advantage of it and expect more and more from us. Jan, you too. <BR> <BR> I am on my third kindle cover. I don't know why I enjoy making them so much, nor what on earth I will do with them, but they sure are fun. They may fit a smart phone too, but I have a dumb phone, so that won't help...It takes about 2 hours to make 1. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:11:18 EST Wednesday June 14 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> TOPS day and I'm about to leave for the meeting. <BR> <BR> How are things going over in your neck of the woods? <BR> <BR> I was on Facebook and saw a recipe for an Italian chicken dish from Sparkpeople- looked good. It was a one dish meal using chopped tomatoes, olive oil, seasoning, chicken breasts and at the end looked like cheese. <BR> <BR> I'll check back later. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:18:50 EST Tuesday, June 13 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Patty, I sure hope you came through those high winds ok. <BR> <BR> It's another cloudy day with a high of 57. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit stiff and sore from the weeding yesterday. More to do! And I will keep working in the computer room. It feels good to make progress. <BR> <BR> Glenna, The new games are fun. I really have to think of words that start and end with the... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:20:23 EST WORDS THAT START AND END This game is words that start and end with the same letter such as: river, oreo, hitch, ticket. <BR> <BR> So who wants to start this game???? Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:54:17 EST WORD ASSOCIATION I will begin with a word and you add one that you think of when you read my word. <BR> <BR> For example if I say dessert, you might say shortcake, then the next person might say strawberries, the next person jam, then the next traffic, then sign and so on. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll begin with BIRD Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:08:54 EST Monday, 6/12 Good morning Girls, <BR> Someone just bought 2 bikes from us on ebay, and paid during the night...yay <BR> Now poor hubby has to take them apart, and get them boxed up, a lot of work for him. <BR> <BR> Kind of an overcast dreary day here today, in the 80's later, and probably rain. <BR> No painting the deck floor this week probably because of humidity and rainy weather this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Did I tell you that DDIL bought me a small skein or yarn, and wanted a scarf out of it? Well I... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:19:00 EST Sunday, June 11 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> That strawberry moon wokeme up in the night. I wondered if hubby accidentally left the shed light on and by the time I figured out it was the bright moon I was awake enough to read my book for a bit. Finally went back to bed and slept in. <BR> <BR> Now it's enjoy my morning coffee time. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Not sure what the day will bring after we get home f... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:10:25 EST Saturday, June 10 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say they changed our forecast from rain to partly sunny. I'll take it! <BR> <BR> My food plan went south yesterday. Darn I hate it when that happens. I thought the bread I made would be ready for lunch and it wasn't. So we had tuna on hamburger buns for lunch and then the plumber surprised us saying he could be here then, not 3 weeks from then. So he fixed t... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:20:24 EST Friday, June 9 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's a rainy morning hereand our high will be a big whopping 55. Too bad Karen and Patty can't send some of that hot weather over this way and I can send cool your way. <BR> <BR> I'm out of bread so I'm going to make 2 loaves of white bread today. <BR> <BR> It's really nice walking out to the kitchen area and seeing the table and island cleared. <BR> <BR> Now to get busy with one of the other messy, cluttered up rooms. Just like our weight loss- little by l... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:03:03 EST Thursday, 6/8 Good morning Girls, <BR> Cousin to the store today, hubby is out at yard sales. <BR> I'm thinking maybe tomorrow morning I can work on the floor of the porch. supposed to be the only cool day here for a while. <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here today. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:52:02 EST Wednesday, 6/7 Good morning Girls, <BR> I've been awake since 2:30...bah <BR> I just worked too hard, too long yesterday. My whole body aches today. <BR> <BR> Vacuumed the family room. Need to do the dining room, but hubby is still sleeping. <BR> <BR> Found some new to me Barbie patterns last night, so I printed them off and started a white ball gown this morning. <BR> <BR> 53 degrees out right now, 74 high and sunshine later, then comes the hotter days for a bit. <BR> <BR> washer and dryer will be her... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 06:33:47 EST Tuesday, June 6 <em>67</em> Good morning, <BR> <BR> Another pretty day here. <BR> <BR> I've got more decluttering to do both inside and out. <BR> <BR> Shrimp salad for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> Patty, Did you get rested up? How are the Barbie dresses coming? <BR> <BR> Karen, I hope you got rested up, too. <BR> <BR> Glenna, How are things going in the garden? <BR> <BR> Nina, I hope you get to stop by soon. Looking forward to hearing how things are going. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:09:23 EST Monday, June 5 <img src=""> <BR> Happy Monday girls! <BR> <BR> I had to take DH to meet the VA van to Portland bright and early - even before the coffee was done! <em>40</em> Since then I've been doing Monday house cleaning including cleaning stove top, under burner pans, knobs. So clean! Got bedding in the dryer and about to remake the bed and then sweep/mop. <BR> <BR> DH just called - his appointment was cancelled becaus... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:26:52 EST Sunny Sunday, June 4 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The sun is out this morning- hurray! Looks like a great day ahead. There's a potluck after church. I'm bringing a Greek pasta salad. <BR> <BR> When I get home I hope to spend time outside. Maybe today my rose bud will open up. <BR> <BR> I can't remember if I told you my a1c came back two points lower - 5.9. What a surprise. <BR> <BR> I ate too many potato chips yesterday. If they are around, they are easy to snack on. And guess who bought them? Maybe we sh... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 10:51:13 EST Saturday, 6/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Hubby came home from yard sales, and we need to go back into town to pick up a bike. No room in his truck for anymore. We will also go out to lunch at Burger King probably. <BR> <BR> I am taking a Barbie dress to work on in the car. <BR> <BR> supposed to rain today and tomorrow, so no more work on the deck for a few days. Hopefully on MOnday we can get back to it. <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:12:24 EST Saturday, June 3rd PLEASE COMMENT ON PATTY'S POST. Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:49:45 EST Friday, June 2 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Hurray for Friday. End of the week and ready for the weekend. There's a potluck after church on Sunday in honor of graduates. I've decided I'm making bread to bring. I will go over there tomorrow to help set up the tables. We have easy-care lace tablecloths that wash up like a dream (no ironing of course) that just fit the table tops and a bit over the edges. Then Ge... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:08:59 EST Thursday, 6/1 Good morning Girls, <BR> Goodbye May, Hello June. <BR> <BR> I made 3 Barbie dresses yesterday. <BR> Started on a red dress this morning. There are 3 ways to do this one sheath dress. <BR> 1. fun fur around the neckline <BR> 2. fun fur around the hem of the dress <BR> 3. a peplum at the hip <BR> <BR> I am gong to make all 3 red dresses. Now I just have to find my fun fur yarn. <BR> These doll dresses go so much faster than the 18 inch dolls. <BR> <BR> So cute. <BR> <BR> It's take cousin t... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:25:48 EST Wednesday, May 31- goodbye May Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> My we had a fun cyber birthday party here yesterday for Patty. If some of you missed it, we'll look around and see if we left any strawberry cake so you can have some, too. <BR> <BR> It's a TOPS morning so I've got to get myself together and out the door soon. <BR> <BR> I might do Tommy's Cheeseburger Casserole (?) for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <img src=""> Wed, 31 May 2017 09:30:57 EST Tuesday, May 30 Happy Birthday Patty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Patty's birthday. Let's have a party! <em>144</em> I've got a pot of coffee on and a strawberry cake. Come on over and let's help Patty celebrate the day! Tue, 30 May 2017 01:05:05 EST Memorial Day, 5/29 Good morning girls, <BR> I found another funny. <BR> <BR> Dear God, Please bless me with a thin body and a fat bank account. Last year you got it mixed up...get <BR> <BR> 56 degrees and overcast right now. Think we are staying home today. This week I want to put the porch cleaner stuff on and get it prepped and ready for painting. At least the front porch. I think I can get it washed in one day. Though it may still be too wet from the rain we had yesterday. <BR> <BR> We sold 2 bi... Mon, 29 May 2017 08:52:56 EST Sunday, 5/28 <img src=""> <BR> Good Sunday morning Girls, <BR> As the picture says, it's raining cats and dogs here today. <BR> We went to town, it wasn't raining when we left, but it sure poured later, lightening and thunder and lots of rain. <BR> <BR> Girls. I have been feeling pretty bad about myself lately. I have gained a lot of weight, turning 70 soon, and each decade and even each birthday I always plan on being slimmer... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:14:47 EST Saturday, May 27 <img src=""> <BR> Happy Saturday girls, <BR> <BR> Quinn got here last night not too long after we got home from Portland. We've had breakfast and will be off to visit the cemeteries. <BR> <BR> I made the last of the bran muffins (from batter) and the guys liked them. <BR> <BR> Dinner will be hamburgers, potato salad, sweet kale salad, corn on the cob and watermelon. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:40:36 EST Friday, 5/26 Good morning girls, <BR> It looks cold out this morning, and overcast. Supposed to make it into the 60's today. <BR> <BR> I lost a pound. finally, I am going down instead of up. I have gained so much weight this past year. I was down to 171, granted I was sick then, but why couldn't I keep that weight steady. No, instead I balloon up to 208.something...bah. stupid. Gosh, that was 37 pounds in a year...oh man. <BR> <BR> Well this morning I was 207.2. Jan, you lost over 2 pounds this last wee... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:32:22 EST Thursday, May 25 <img src="">Good afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here - blue skies, sunshine and 64 degrees. <BR> <BR> Our day started out with a bang - we had just gotten up when our son called needing a ride home from Seaside. So we made coffee, put gas in the pickup and went to get him. <BR> <BR> On the way home we stopped at a little market and got watermelon and corn on the cob and a few other things. Till... Thu, 25 May 2017 18:05:31 EST Wednesday 5/24 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> When I saw this picture I thought of you all and decided I'd share. I was reading yesterday's posts to see what you have been up to. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to do yard work and gardening in the midst of the rain we have been getting. I think we basically have a chance of showers or thunderstorms every day for the next week. How is the weather your way Patty... Wed, 24 May 2017 08:51:23 EST Tuesday, May 23 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's still morning over here. I've had my coffee and breakfast and soon will head outside to tackle more weeding. It's cooler today (high supposed to be 62). <BR> <BR> Chicken for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> Patty, I think it's up to you - if you feel comfortable sharing about your lymphoma and treatments, I think it's interesting. It's wonderful cancer is usually so treatable nowadays. Yes, it seems like there's many more cases. My sister had colon cancer and h... Tue, 23 May 2017 11:35:48 EST Monday, May 22 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> May is marching on! It's breezing past faster than April. <BR> <BR> The sun is out and it's going to be a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> I'm going to hard boil some eggs for this week before I go outside to do yard work. First up I need to put down rose food. It will feel good to get out in the sun. <BR> <BR> Patty, How are you doing today? I hope your neck doesn't hu... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:04:29 EST Sunday, May 21 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Foggy morning here but then the sun breaks out and it will be around 70 degrees. <BR> <BR> After church I'll spend more time outside. <BR> <BR> Did I tell you I hooked up the new hose my son gave me for mother's day? And the new sprayer nozzle? They work wonderfully! First hose we've had that doesn't leak from the faucet. I have 3 tomatoes planted in Earthboxes and a pot of stevia and another with the beautiful Midnight petunia. <BR> <BR> DH sure loves the... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:25:31 EST Saturday, 5/20 Good morning Girls. <BR> I never did get out there yesterday and finish the wood. But it is done now. Only 2 barrows full. <BR> <BR> Hubby is at yard sales again. Looking for more bikes and yarn I am sure. I also told him if he ever finds size 2X tops, if he thinks I will like them to get them for a really cheap price...Can you imagine having your hubby shopping for tops for you? <BR> <BR> For a cheap price, I can always fix them up to fit. Either add a bottom to make them longer, ... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:35:42 EST Friday, May 19 <img src="">Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's warming up here so looking like a great day ahead! <BR> <BR> So good to see Nina's new med is helping and she doesn't need her inhaler as often. <BR> <BR> And Patty is making great progress on the wood pile as well as her wonderful yarny projects. <BR> <BR> I'm going to pick some white lilacs this morning and can hardly wait to smell them. <BR> <BR> The mother/d... Fri, 19 May 2017 10:39:31 EST Thursday, 5/18 Good morning girls, <BR> Yesterday I went to my dr. appt. No appt. I had it written down for 5/17 on my calendar. what's up. My real appt. is 9/5/17...see what I did? I left off the 9, when writing it on my calendar...Then I went to health dept. to make a dental appt. I could get in at 2...good deal. no apt until Nov. now for dental anyway. When I left for dental appt., I accidently locked the door, and locked hubby out of the house...poor hubby. <BR> <BR> Got a new load of wood yesterday. I... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:18:40 EST Wednesday, May 17 Good afternoon ladies, <BR> <BR> Busy TOPS meeting morning. Then I had lunch with a friend. There's a cruise ship in port here. DH and I took a rare trip downtown and saw some of the tourists walking through town or waiting for a bus to take them back to the ship. I think this one was only around 700 passengers. Some are over 2000. <BR> <BR> I had a .8 lb. gain this week. Time to shore up my habits again. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm one of the speakers at our church's Mother/Daughter Buffet. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:44:11 EST Tuesday, May 16 Use other thread Tue, 16 May 2017 10:12:03 EST Tuesday, 5/16 Good morning girls, <BR> Pics on my blog of UFO's turned to FO's. <BR> It feels good to get things finished and off the hooks. <BR> <BR> 83 and rainy and humid here today. We need rain. <BR> <BR> I am going to list some vegan cookbooks on ebay. All my previous items have sold, so I am <BR> roaring to go list more items...wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Hubby is going to town today, chiro appt. today instead of tomorrow, and he wants to check out washer and dryer prices and delivery fees. <BR> <BR... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:03:48 EST Monay, 5/15 Good Monday morning girls. <BR> I need to take some of those shirts back. They are too short, they don't cover my tummy. <BR> Wish I had thought of that while I was in the store. <BR> So I am keeping the brown D&amp;C, the gray, and the black stripe. Both of the last 2 are QF. <BR> <BR> Oh well. <BR> <BR> It is 39 out right now, and sunshine. Should get to the low 60's I think for today. <BR> <BR> I just need to make the sleeves on the baby sweater, then I will be all done with those proje... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:43:43 EST Mothers Day, 5/14 Happy Mothers Day girls, <em>375</em> <BR> We are staying home today. <BR> <BR> Jan, what a nice picture of you and your sons. <BR> <BR> I put pics of hats on my blog that went to cancer clinic on Thurs. <BR> <BR> Still working on ufo' <BR> <BR> I want to get out there and move some wood this morning and tonight both. So I want to get it done and over with for now. Then move some either this afternoon or after supper. We shall see. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day Girls. Sun, 14 May 2017 09:27:36 EST Saturday, May 13 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your weekend going? <BR> <BR> I was really happy to see some clearing in the skies - especially compared to yesterdays dark morning sky- and the forecast is changed to mostly cloudy. <BR> <BR> Pork chops, potatoes and salad for dinner. <BR> <BR> DS got here last night - always good to visit. Sat, 13 May 2017 11:14:20 EST Friday, May 12 Use the other Friday post. Fri, 12 May 2017 10:08:46 EST Friday, 5/12 Good morning girls, <BR> Friday already. <BR> what are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun? <BR> <BR> I need to clean up my knitting area in the family room again. Mercy that place gets to be a big mess. <BR> Too much yarn there scattered all over. Yarn even on the floor, just laying there. <BR> Too many books and patterns scattered all over there. <BR> That is my chore for the day. Get that area cleaner and more organized, move some yarn and patterns upstairs. It will never be perfec... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:04:33 EST Thursday, May 11 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning/afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> The rain is back for a few days. Good time to get things done in the house. <BR> <BR> The Swiss steak turned out good and the way I remembered Mom making it. The potluck went well and it was interesting hearing a report from our missionaries in Brazil. <BR> <BR> Patty, are your crochet hooks flying again today? You are doing so great with your walking p... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:02:44 EST Wednesday, 5/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> My hooks are hot this morning, trying to get 3 more hats done today, ready to take tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Meatloaf for supper <BR> baked potatoes from yesterday <BR> green beans from yesterday <BR> coffee cake <BR> <BR> For lunch for me, chicken and peppers <BR> coffee cake of course <BR> <BR> Hubby went to town today. <BR> <BR> I want to vacuum and mop the main floors today. <BR> <BR> I walked 1 mile already. Day 4, and feeling better. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Gi... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:56:16 EST Tuesday, 5/9 Good morning Girls, <BR> What's cookin' good lookin'? <BR> <BR> I think we are having pizza rolls for lunch. I want to use them up and get them out of the freezer. Not very healthy, but what can I say. <BR> <BR> Tonight we are having the baked talipia, oven baked potatoes with sour cream,and green beans. Maybe coffee cake for dessert. <BR> <BR> It seems like I have been walking I can't believe this is only the third day...oh my. <BR> I did not want to walk last night. I had ... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:50:17 EST Monday, May 8 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Looks like another day with sunshine. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I'm changing the bedding and last night I got ahead with the Monday house blessing. <em>582</em> <BR> <BR> I need to decide what to pull out of the freezer for dinner. I was given bags of lettuce so that will make a nice salad. I also have some ripe bananas to make into something. <BR> <BR> Patty, I'm so proud of you for setting your walking goal and getting it done. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 8 May 2017 09:44:45 EST Monday, 5/8 Good morning girls, <BR> I am trying to make healthier changes to my life. <BR> I used to not get dressed until around 10:30 or 11. Now I usually either wash up or take a shower, and get dressed as soon as I get up. I like it much better this way, but it is soooooo hard to make good choices, and to change bad habits. <BR> <BR> I walked 1 mile this morning. <BR> I got up, washed up, dressed, and went out and walked. <BR> <BR> <BR> We are going to Manistee today. <BR> Going to the salvage st... Mon, 8 May 2017 09:41:31 EST Sunday, May 7 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It is so wonderful to see blue skies and sunshine this morning. After church I hope to spend some time in the garden. <BR> <BR> Patty, the picture of the diet plate and how young un's think of us about computer language were so funny. It's nice to find a smile. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to be shaping and frying pork sausage patties - some to freeze for... Sun, 7 May 2017 10:39:20 EST Saturday 5/6 Good Saturday morning ladies, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? I am enjoying a rainy day. We had a thunderstorm last evening and it rained all night. And so far it has rained all day today. And chill, only 44 degrees, We must be getting the rain that you had yesterday, Karen. <BR> <BR> Patty, How is your dh feeling? I was so sad to hear that he isn't doing so well. I hope and pray that all works out for you two. <BR> <BR> Karen, Thanks for sharing the wedding photos. They l... Sat, 6 May 2017 12:47:36 EST Friday May 5 Good morning ladies! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd surprise everyone and pop in early to wish you a Happy Friday! Do you do anything special on weekends or is it just another day? <BR> <BR> I don't have to work on weekends, so I think it gives me the excitement of two whole days to plan for myself. I can take on bigger projects or just relax. <BR> <BR> We had a lot of rain last evening and during the night. It has stopped now. I just listened to the weather and we are supposed to have thunder... Fri, 5 May 2017 07:44:36 EST Thursday, May 4 <img src=""> <BR> I hope you are all having a good day. <BR> <BR> I had to go to Fred Meyer early for a prescription and hoping to find strawberries. I'll be slicing the strawberries soon to go on a pudding cake for the Bible study dessert. <BR> <BR> Patty, Does the Calzone reheat well? <BR> <BR> Karen, I'm looking forward to hearing about the wedding. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 May 2017 13:17:28 EST Wednesday, May 3 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> After the fog lifts we are going to get a glimpse of sunshine! <BR> <BR> TOPS meeting this morning. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a great middle of the week day. Wed, 3 May 2017 09:25:22 EST Things - A to Z Things A to Z: <BR> <BR> A - Avalanche Tue, 2 May 2017 11:11:03 EST Tuesday, May 2 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Spring showers here. <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I've got a short meeting today at church. <BR> <BR> I put the roast I got on discount yesterday in the crockpot so today I'll portion it into meal-size for the freezer. I'm thinking of Beef &amp; Noodles or Beef Stroganoff for dinner. A salad with that and black cherry gelatin for dessert. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Patty mentioned playing Solitaire. I play Double Klondike turn 3 online and also I do an online Jig... Tue, 2 May 2017 10:58:54 EST Monday, May 1 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It was so fun turning the calendar page to May. Lots of fun things happening this month. Mother's Day and birthday including our Patty's birthday at the end of the month. Hopefully a bit more sunshine. <BR> <BR> I'm also pulling up my bootstraps to take better care of my health. Better, eating, (NOT bringing tempting goodies home from the store), moving more, gett... Mon, 1 May 2017 10:35:38 EST Sunday, April 30 <img src=""> <BR> Goodbye April, we're ready for May! <BR> <BR> Church and then the baby shower today. <BR> <BR> Do you remember some of the Quacker Factory shirts from the 1990s? I was working then and had about 4 of them - the really nice white fabric, so well made, with the yokes inset with colorful fabric - one was cats, another was birdhouses and there were button covers that matched? I love them. I'd wash ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:50:08 EST Saturday, 4/29 Good morning girls, <BR> Karen, I put the pic of my Denim &amp; Co tops on my blog. If you click on them,. you can see the embroidery on them. <BR> <BR> I have been playing games and puttering around. <BR> I play a game, change my sheets. <BR> Play a game, fold a load of clothes. <BR> Play a game, get washed up. <BR> Play a game, get dressed. I think you get the idea. <BR> <BR> I still need to clean my office. I have not done it yet. Maybe today I will do some of it. <BR> I need to get the ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:17:36 EST Friday, 4/28 Good morning girls, <BR> You realize that 4 months have nearly gone by already this year. For most of us we are coming into the nicest part of the year. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be in the 40's <em>259</em> today and rainy. <em>27</em> Not sure if we are staying home or not today. Hubby will decide later. Probably we will venture out, but we shall see. <BR> <BR> I finished my crocheted hat <em>107</em> this morning, just a plain yellow one, single crochet, with a scalloped border. <BR>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:54:35 EST Thursday, April 27 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Our forecast for almost a week is no rain! DH and I could use some fresh air and sunshine. We're still in the 50s. <BR> <BR> Nina, I hope you'll be able to drop in for a visit today. How is your grandson doing? How are your farm projects coming along? <BR> <BR> Glenna, How are studies going for your final exam? <BR> <BR> Patty, Are you going to town today? I wish we all could go to your Good Will with you, we'd have so much fun. We have lots of moss in our ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:54:55 EST Wednesday, April 26 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Would you be shocked if I told you it's raining again today? <em>211</em> Another day or two and then we have some rainless days. <BR> <BR> I decided I need a break and I'm taking a day off from TOPS. It's such a relief to me to be able to just sit here drinking my morning coffee and watching an old movie on TCM. <BR> <BR> The banana pudding with diced ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:33:01 EST Tuesday, 4/25 <img src=""> <img src="">Good morning Girls, <BR> Carpet men are here now. Two of them, so they should be able to finish it today. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I would also like new carpet in the bedrooms and new flooring in the bathroom upstairs, but we shall see on that. Not this year, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> I only did 1 round on my... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:23:51 EST Places - A to Z A - America <em>652</em> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:04:43 EST Monday, April 24 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How are you doing today? <BR> <BR> Monday house blessing here. Then I want to work on the family room and who knows what else. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking Salisbury steak and potatoes for dinner. Leaf lettuce &amp; tomato salad. Black cherry gelatin for dessert. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:55:13 EST Sunday, 4/23 Good Sunday morning to you Girls, <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Staying home today. <BR> <BR> Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. <BR> Have no idea what is for supper. Hubby needs to decide what he will eat. He is getting picky in our old age. Either that or I am a bad <BR> <BR> Some cleaning upstairs in the bedrooms t... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:53:12 EST Saturday, April 22 <img src="">Happy Saturday girls! <BR> <BR> It's a rainy day here. I'm glad we got some yard work done yesterday while the sun was shining. <BR> <BR> We've been watching Father Dowling Mysteries then Garden Time will be on. After that I'm thinking about a trip to Good Will or maybe some garage sales. I also want to stop at Main Street Market where the meat is so good and they often have a discount area. That's t... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:16:08 EST FRIDAY 4/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi girls <BR> <BR> This is how I think a lot until I have to go out and do things or wake up at 4 in the morning not able to sleep. I think it is good to think of ourselves as younger. That way we keep on trying to do things. I have always loved this picture above. <BR> <BR> I am of course at DS's house. DH is helping him with pouring some concrete at a job he is doing. So most likely... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:49:15 EST Thursday, April 20 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone today? <BR> <BR> It's raining a bit this morning but I think it's going to clear off. I hope so, I'd like to do more yard work this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I'm grocery shopping this morning. <BR> <BR> I want to make Tex Mex Fiesta Casserole for dinner. I have rice and bell peppers. Need lean ground beef and check the recipe to see what else - oh, probably rf cheese. <BR> <BR> Crushed pineapple has gotten so expensive! And pudding and gelatin!... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:31:21 EST Wednesday, 4/19 Good morning Girls, <img src=""> <BR> I'm going in. Who wants to join <BR> <BR> Hubby has a chiro apt today. <BR> <BR> Me, I am staying home. <BR> I need to do some cleaning, some crochet and loom knitting. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report. <BR> <BR> Glenna, good to see you posting on here. Congrats on the test. <BR> You have worked really hard on this. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:45:34 EST Tuesday, April 18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I am a happy camper today. <em>106</em> <em>30</em> I went to Costco yesterday with a rebate coupon and among other things I got a bag of French roast coffee. I had switched to something else and while it was ok, this makes my morning better. <BR> <BR> Also the sun is out today! <em>67</em> Later on when the ground has dried up a bit I will weed the f... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:31:32 EST Monday, April 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The caption on the picture is Drink More Water! <BR> <BR> Here goes another month flying by. How did we get to mid-April so fast? <BR> <BR> A little rain today but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny so I hope to take care of all inside work today so I can be outside tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Signs of spring: the maple tree in my front yard is forming tiny green lea... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:24:21 EST Sunday, Happy Easter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter ladies! <BR> <BR> It's my husband's birthday also. I made one of those angelfood cakes where you only add a can of sugar free cherry pie filling (or 20 oz can of pineapple is another good one). I will make him his favorite French toast for breakfast and then off to church. <BR> <BR> Our oldest son and his lady friend will be here for dinner and to visit. <BR> <BR> I'm thinkin... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:56:52 EST Saturday, April 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good start to the weekend. <BR> <BR> We've got blue skies and it will be partly sunny today and it's very welcome! <BR> <BR> Our youngest son got here last night. I'm about to make the guys breakfast and we plan to go to a flea market and hopefully walk on the river walk. <BR> <BR> I was so tired yesterday, I actually went to bed for a couple of hours. <BR> <... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:59:32 EST Good Friday, April 14 <img src="">Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> I hope to go to a Good Friday service today and our youngest son will be getting here this evening. Guest room is ready. I hope to do some baking - bread and those oatmeal cookies for DH. Some sf black cherry gelatin for me. <BR> <BR> I hope Nina is able to pop in to visit this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'll check back in a bit. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:51:48 EST Thursday, April 12 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Cloudy and rainy here. I'm going to a Bible study this afternoon and getting ready for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Patty, That must be some job removing old carpeting. It can be pretty heavy - do you have a place to dump it? <BR> <BR> Karen, I hope everyone is getting well at the nursing home. Will your sister be able to have the tooth removed? Mine never swelled but it hurt if I bit down near it and turned out to be infected. I have been so glad to have that too... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:51:20 EST Wednesday. 4/12 Good afternoon Girls, <BR> We went to lunch at senior center today. Chicken parmesan, spaghetti, broad beans, beets, pineapple. That was my lunch. But then I went up for a bit of poppy seed loaf in cool whip. <BR> <BR> Maybe ham for supper with potato salad. <BR> <BR> The guy just came out to measure the daycare for carpeting. <BR> We will start moving stuff upstairs tonight, so it can be all cleaned out for hubby to eliminate the old carpet. <BR> <BR> I have not finished anything, and I... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:59:29 EST Tuesday, April 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> The cats must be eating a JoAnna or Marlene pie! <BR> <BR> Cloudy and 38 this morning. <BR> <BR> I need to go to the laundromat today. Nothing else too exciting. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a super day. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:08:07 EST Monday, 4/10 Good morning girls. <BR> This month is 1/3 over. We have 20 more days in <BR> April. I love April, blue skies, warmer weather, thunderstorms, things sprouting up and growing, tiny little flowers starting to grow. <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Not much going on here today. Not sure if we are going to senior center for lunch or not. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to report. Just cleaning and crochet today. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:09:25 EST Sunday, April 9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Isn't it interesting and fun how we encourage each other on to finding healthy, economical recipes and getting organized/decluttering. We've all been making meals and taking care of our homes for decades and it does get boring. <BR> <BR> I also love seeing what the creative ones are making and fun trips to local events. <BR> <BR> My son's lady friend went t... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:59:53 EST Saturday, 4/8 Good morning Girls, <img src="">Aren't these pretty crocheted flowers. <BR> Hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> <BR> 62 degrees is forecast for today, and sunshine. <BR> We were going to go to town, but we changed our minds and decided to stay home. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happening here today. I do want to finish that afghan. I have not been as yarny as before...maybe spring? who knows, but I do not spend as ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:55:27 EST Friday, April 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> For some reason when I write the date I keep thinking it's March. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Anything special going on this weekend? <BR> <BR> I have some black cherry sf Jello and I think I'll just make a plain bowl of it. And I have some sf banana cream pudding - no bananas. But I think I'll make a pie with the pudding. I do have graham cracker crusts. We're ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:12:40 EST Thursday, April 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Rain, rain, rain and high winds tomorrow. I want to see some sunshine one of these days. <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I decided to make rice custard today so I'll steam some rice in a bit and have some of that with dinner, too. I got a rice steamer from QVC quite a few years ago and it works so well for making rice and also hard boiled eggs. It does other thing... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:12:34 EST Wednesday, April 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I'm still thinking about cherries and how delicious they are - and bright and pretty! <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to go to TOPS and will be filling in for the Treasurer again. Quite a few owe their monthly dues so I'll be busy. <BR> <BR> So I need to get hopping! I'll check back later. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Wednesday. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:46:21 EST Tuesday, April 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Another cloudy/partly sunny day here. I will soak it up. Yesterday I was knee deep in TOPS business but today I want to get outside. <BR> <BR> Patty, Did you make a dessert? I love desserts! I want to make one, too. I really need to get up to WalMart after payday to stock up on puddings OR make my own using Splenda. <BR> <BR> Karen, Where do you buy your ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:10:11 EST Monday, April 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee. <em>106</em> Thinking about what's in store today. I think DH is getting DS to help him move the second bookcase into the family room. Means a lot of reorganizing to make room for that to come out of the room and down the hall, across <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> Here is another Monday already. What do you have planned for to... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:43:02 EST Sunday, 4/2 Good morning girls, <BR> It is nice and sunny out. Not sure of the temps, but I think it will be in the 50's again. <BR> <BR> We are delivering a bike to someone in Ludington, 65 miles from here. A nice day for a drive. <BR> He is paying us $25 delivery and gas. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the day? <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:12:03 EST Saturday, April 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning and happy April, <BR> <BR> We are starting out with morning rain but it's supposed to stop (yay). <BR> <BR> Anybody play an April Fools joke on you? Not here. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:33:15 EST Friday, 3/31 Good morning Girls, <BR> I forgot to tell you yesterday that the stove is all hooked up and putting out heat. We were able to turn the furnace back down...yay. <BR> <BR> <BR> This stove works differently than our one we just took out. <BR> First of all, the old one loaded from the top, this one loads from the front. I like the front loader better than the top. <BR> <BR> Secondly, this new one has a smaller fire box, not length ways, but in the height for less wood to load at a time. Fine d... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:51:09 EST Thursday, March 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It might be we have just a cloudy day here. I'd welcome that after all the rain. I heard we've had the rainiest March ever - 15" I think. Of course, that's why it's so green here. <BR> <BR> I hope all goes well for Patty at Chemo today. I'm looking forward to her blog pics of the applique she made for a sweater and hat with cherries and a cherry tree I think. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:14:57 EST Wednesday, 3/29 Good morning Girls, <BR> I feel like a truck ran over me during the <em>343</em> <em>33</em> <BR> combo of too much sugar and too much moving heavy weighted wood stoves...bah <BR> It will be better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The blazing glory chili, man in mind, was good. <BR> <BR> Just filled out my pill box for the month. It takes me 15 minutes to do 28 bins. I sure do not like filling it, but it beats every day or week. <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here. I worked a bit on... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:15:54 EST Tuesday, March 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you believe this is the last week in March?! Where did it go? <BR> <BR> What's the weather where you are? We are in rain mode until who knows when. <BR> <BR> Patty, I can just imagine how hard it was to move that wood stove.. Do you have aches and pains today? <BR> <BR> Karen, How was the bread? <BR> <BR> Nina, It was fun sharing your birthday party yesterday. <BR> <BR> Iris sends a... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:03:15 EST Monday, March 27 Happy Birthday Nina <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Good morning girls and happy birthday Nina! <BR> <BR> We're having a cyber birthday party today. I've got coffee, tea and some of Nina's special blend of hot chocolate. Pull up a chair at the table and let's have fun. <BR> <BR> I'm bringing some red print cotton fabric that Nina likes to use for her rugs. <BR> <BR> After the party it's Monday house blessing and I need to go ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:11:24 EST Name one thing that makes you happy This should put us in a positive frame of mind: Name one thing that makes you happy. <BR> <BR> Robins singing at dusk <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:22:25 EST Sunday, March 26 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> We're having some spring rain. <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to go to church. Our son will leave some time in the afternoon. Then just a quiet day. <BR> <BR> I have some lean chicken sausages and some special noodles. I think I'll do that with veggies for lunch. <BR> <BR> Karen, There weren't any puzzles at the sale. Lots of books. One of our members loves to do jigsaw puzzles so she would have enjoyed them, too. Her husband has dementia/alzhe... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:47:18 EST Later Saturday, March 25 <img src="">Good evening ladies (or good night ladies), <BR> <BR> It's been quite a day here. I was up at 6 (ugh!) and out of the house at 7:30 to work on the garage sale all day. I think it was a success, TOPS group made money, lots of people found treasures, and we all had a good visit. During the sale a fellow came through and gave us his business card that he has a newer thrift shop and would pick up all the ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:40:27 EST Friday, March 24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> What is Friday bringing your way? <BR> <BR> We've got a bit of rain. This afternoon I'm helping set up for the TOPS garage sale. My youngest son called last night to say he'd be here this weekend which is always a treat. <BR> <BR> I've been having fun surfing around Living On A Dime website. Some really good information there and I enjoy the videos. <BR> <... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:23:09 EST Thursday, March 23 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I'm an early bird. It's 3 AM here and I'm just awake. It's cold and I haven't slept enough so I'll head back to bed soon. <BR> <BR> What's in store for today? <BR> <BR> I need to make a pie to take to a church gathering this evening. I have graham cracker and some other crusts, so probably a chocolate cream pie. <BR> <BR> Also need to bring some garage sale things over to the TOPS sale. <BR> <BR> And I need some "me" time. It is supposed to rain so trea... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:16:50 EST Wednesday, March 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I'm popping in to say "hi" before I head out to TOPS. <BR> <BR> I'll be dropping off bags and boxes of things for the TOPS garage sale so they are definitely out of the house! <BR> <BR> I'll check back later. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:02:12 EST Tuesday, March 21 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> It rained in the night but looks like we get a break today. We'll walk on the river walk today. <BR> <BR> I'm going to finish with the books in the family room today and then continue sorting through things in the guest room to put in the TOPS garage sale. <BR> <BR> Any signs of spring where you are? I'm seeing more daffodils and crocuses in bloom. My sweet violet... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:50:59 EST Monday, March 20 SPRING! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First day of Spring! Does it look like spring where you are? It does here - light rain. That's Oregon. <BR> <BR> Monday house blessing today (sweep, mop, clean bathrooms, dust, vacuum). <BR> <BR> My goal of walking 2 days a week (to start) worked well for me last week. I was watching Spark Guy's blog video about the new Community section on our Start Page and decided to include the goal... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:27:48 EST Sunday, 3/19 Good morning girls, <BR> Our newish neighbors just came over and brought us some venison burger and some homemade maple wasn't that so thoughtful? I gave her some hand made dish cloths. She wants me to teach her how to crochet. What a nice family they are. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hubby is cooking lunch. Something he found in the freezer...I am still in my jammies. I threw a robe on and went to meet them. <BR> <BR> I am going to organize my sock drawer this morning, DONE...then tonight I... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:51:48 EST Fruits & veggies Most of us want to eat more fresh fruits &amp; veggies. <BR> <BR> What fresh veggie do you almost always have on hand &amp; how do you use it? Have you tried to broaden your basket lately? I usually have a salad mix on hand but really need to increase my grocery list in that department. <BR> <BR> The fruit that I always have available is plain old apple. I love to make apple salad. <BR> <BR> Share what is in your fruit &amp; veggie bin. Maybe I will be inspired. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:38:02 EST Saturday, 3/18 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I'll probably write a letter today, but I have so much to talk about... <em>334</em> big <BR> <BR> First of all, I didn't want to get up this morning. I just felt down, and didn't want to start the day. <BR> All of a sudden, the thought came to me...this is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it...I could either be down all day and have a pity party, or I could decide to be happy and have a good day. Guess which I decided? You gu... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:54:28 EST Friday, March 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Happy St. Patrick's Day! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Are you wearing your green? <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my morning coffee and watching Finian's Rainbow. <BR> <BR> There's a chocolate mint pie - I think I'll make that into just a pudding. <BR> <BR> Nina will be on her way back to AZ today. And better breathing. <BR> <BR> Patty, How are things going with you? How did you e... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:46:15 EST Thursday, March 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here. The sky is blue mostly and the sun is out. Just makes everything sunnier. <BR> <BR> I had to attend to some TOPS things this morning and then DH drove me to the quilting group at church. We always have a super time. One brought a chicken soup, I brought some orange rye bread, another brought egg salad and another cheese to go on t... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:00:49 EST Wednesday, 3/15 Goodness Girls, the month is half over. Where on earth did it go? <BR> <BR> The chicken and dumplings are very good. I used Joanna's recipe for dumplings in the Another Potful book. <BR> <BR> I am going to make a pie this afternoon. My own recipe I think, though Joanna has so many pie recipes, she probably has one just like this one. <BR> <BR> Chocolate strawberry cheesecake pie <BR> <BR> take some sliced strawberries and put in the bottom of a gc crust. <BR> <BR> Stir 1 pkg. of cream ch... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:59:13 EST Tuesday, March 14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> I am not sleeping well since the time change. I adjust eventually but in the meantime, it's tiresome. <BR> <BR> Today I need to work on filing taxes. Doesn't that sound like fun? <BR> <BR> I hope you girls out where it's snowing are doing all right. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:19:24 EST Monday, March 13 Good morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> MMMmm, the coffee is good this morning. It's raining and in the 50s today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How is everyone adjusting to Daylight Savings Time? Nina, does all of AZ stay on standard time or is it by region? I'm getting to bed later and then sleeping later. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a great day. <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:10:46 EST Sunday, March 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It's a pretty day here. We just got home from church and finished with lunch. So a nice, peaceful afternoon ahead. <BR> <BR> There are quite a few ships down in the river waiting for the ok to head up to Portland. Some said they've been there a few days so not sure if it's a Longshoreman issue or what. A pretty site. <BR> <BR> Chris, Glad you are home and I'll ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:11:46 EST Saturday, 3/11 Good morning Girls, <BR> Hubby is wearing a pair of his new pants today...they really fit nicely, better than any he has ever had. <BR> So if you have a short hubby or friend, send them to, the catalogue store. They are called jeans, but they are made out of polyester...really nice, with a zigzag on the buttocks. They are called gentlemen's stretch jeans... <BR> <BR> Ok, woke up early this morning. bah <BR> <BR> I finished the body of that sweater. It is terrible yarn to work wit... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:02:12 EST Friday 3/10 Good morning friends, <BR> <BR> Nina, I am so sorry your mom isn't feeling well at all. I hope she is better today. Sending love and prayers your way. <BR> <BR> I is snowing hard here this morning. When I woke up it was raining and soon changed to snow. I think it is supposed to be over with by noontime. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello to everybody! I hope you have a good day! I have EMT classes tomorrow. I always look forward to those. Our text book is almost 1600 pages. ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:55:33 EST Thursday 3/9/17 Nina, I am so sorry to hear that your mother has taken a turn for the worse. Prayers for all of you. The almond tree picture was so pretty. I can see why they call it snow. <BR> <BR> Patty and girls, Yes, weight loss is a trying journey. I was losing right along and then had a 2# gain. No, I wasn't surprised. I knew it was coming. And now it seems I have lost my motivation. I think we all go through that. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:17:58 EST Wednesday, March 8 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> This is a TOPS day for me and I'll be leaving soon to help set up for the meeting. We'll have two new members this morning. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good middle-of-the-week day. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:21:53 EST Spring 2017 Goals First day of spring is March 20. Do you have spring goals for 3/20 - 6/20? <BR> <BR> If you would like to, post them here and let's see how we do. Make it doable. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:18:07 EST Tuesday, 3/7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The rain is back - it's like the energizer bunny, keeps going and going. <em>257</em> <BR> We are supposed to get high winds this afternoon. <BR> <BR> My husband is driving again today which means it's a good time for me to dig in and get projects done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I picked up chicken breasts and want to try a second Marlene Koch recipe from her... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:51:34 EST Salad Bowl A to Z Maybe this will put us in mind for fresh veggies &amp; fruit: <BR> <BR> A - Arugula Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:15:29 EST Monday 3/6/17 . Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:18:50 EST Monday, 3/6 Good morning Girls, <BR> Early here in Michigan. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go downstairs and knit and have some coffee. I have been up since 4. Wide awake. <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here today as far as I know. Leftovers for meals. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 05:22:46 EST Sunday, March 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> We woke up to snow covering the ground. I think we got Patty's thunder snow - had a clap of thunder about 4 AM and then the sound of hail. <BR> <BR> My husband got called to drive yesterday so we'll have our Lime Nut Salad today plus have leftovers of the chicken verde chili. <BR> <BR> Karen, I'm still smiling thinking about your St. Paddy's Day light-up ha... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:18:00 EST Saturday, March 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March 4th - the only date with a command! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> I check the weather forecast first thing and we may get a dusting of snow tonight and tomorrow night- that was a surprise. Something fluffier than rain! <BR> <BR> I've got a hankering for Lime Nut Salad. I think I have lime sf Jello. <BR> <BR> The crockpot chicken verde was good. I may have read th... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 10:23:58 EST Friday, 3/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Can you believe 2 months gone already. But we still have 10 more months to make this a great healthy year. We can do this. <BR> <BR> Cold here today, only 17 right now, and a high of 20...brrr <BR> The wood stove is going and the little heater is on high. <BR> <BR> Going to lunch at senior center today. Will be nice to see our friends. <BR> <BR> Been knitting a bit. I finished a lavender baby hat yesterday, but it turned out way too small. I will use it for a doll ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:43:05 EST Penny for your thoughts Thursday, 3/2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning/afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> I slept so well last night and now waiting for the plumber. Yesterday he said that afternoon, then early this morning, now around 10 o'clock. Oh, I wish our regular plumber wasn't so busy - he couldn't come til Tuesday. Why am I not confident this new guy will show up in half an hour from now? <BR> <BR> I want my kitchen working again! I'm still wait... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 12:41:15 EST Wednesday, March 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy March girls, <BR> <BR> I love turning that calendar page to see what's coming. It's warming up a bit but I hear there still could be snow down the road. <BR> <BR> Today is my TOPS meeting and then afterwards we are having a craft time over at one of the member's homes to make handouts from our chapter to others at the upcoming State Recognition Days. I'm not going to SRD this year b... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:54:16 EST Tuesday, 2/28 Good morning Girls, <img src="">I like this <BR> <BR> We are going to town for a bit of fun soon. <BR> <BR> Not too much else going on here right now. <BR> I found some more yarn for baby sweaters. This has pink variegated. I have already chosen buttons for yes, I am addicted. I admit it. <BR> <BR> Carolyn, you can click on my blog and see my knit and crochet projects. <BR> <BR> Have a go... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:21:08 EST Marvelous Monday, 2/27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Only two more days in February. I am so looking forward to turning that calendar page to March and seeing "first day of spring". Our forecast right now is about a week of rain but this area is very changeable and I do hope we get some glimpses of sunshine. <BR> <BR> Today I've got a list of things to get done starting with Monday housecleaning. I hope to get ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:15:03 EST Chris from Colorado Hi, I am a wife, mother, grandmother to 6, have 4 dogs right now, and I dabble in crafts from time-to-time. Started on a crocheted afghan for my daughter but broke my hand so didn't get anywhere on it yet. I have terrible insomnia and get 3-4 hours sleep a day, if I am lucky. Been yo-yo dieting since I was about 45-years-old I guess. Always was thin prior to that point. It's like my body went berserk all at once. It was probably the health issues I am facing that did it. I'd like to take off ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:33:27 EST Sunday, February 26 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee, listening to the rain. Yesterday was so sunny and nice I wish it could have lasted. <BR> <BR> I've got a cat on the arm of my chair leaning on my arm as I write this. <BR> <BR> I've got a hankering for Mexican food after Patti mentioned tacos or tostadas. So I think I'll make a trip to Safeway after church for some ingre... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:05:59 EST Saturday, 2/25 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning Girls, <BR> It is nasty here today. Snowing, overcast and cold. We are staying home. <BR> <BR> Baked oatmeal for breakfast <BR> pancakes and eggs with strawberries for lunch <BR> <BR> for supper <BR> tacos on a tostada <BR> strawberries <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:51:45 EST First Word That Comes To Mind .... What is the first word that comes to your mind from the previous word? <BR> <BR> Let's start with MARCH Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:12:55 EST Cities - A to Z A - Astoria Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:44 EST Friday 2/24 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> I had a post all ready to go and it went poof! So it is floating around out here some where. <BR> <BR> I have been staying busy with EMT studies. I go to class tomorrow. I am looking forward to that. We had 7 chapters to do this time. And I got all of them finished. I am enjoying classes very much. <BR> <BR> We have had unusual weather this winter. More like spring. It has been warm and nice about all week. Well we had some clouds and a few sprinkles of ra... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:41:00 EST Thursday, February 23 <img src="">Good evening ladies, <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> I went to a doctor's appointment with my husband this morning and will go to another one tomorrow. The one today was to help him reset his sleep patterns and he is making progress on that. <BR> <BR> It's been a beautiful day here after the morning fog burned off. It was frosty and slick when we got to the clinic. <BR> <BR> Patty, How ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:43:42 EST Wednesday, 2/22 <img src="">Good morning Girls, <BR> Marge, we had our baked oatmeal again this morning. <BR> We have it about 5 times a week. <BR> this time I used a can of pears in juice, drained and chopped, 3 eggs, and a 6 ounce carton of yogurt to replace the oil. <BR> These add more protein, less fat. <BR> I also added chopped apricots. <BR> <BR> On the baby green sweater, I have finished the yoke, put the sleeves on yarn t... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:46:16 EST Tuesday, 2/21 Good morning Girls, <BR> I have been awake since 5. <BR> <BR> I sewed on the buttons for the sweater and hat, and started the newborn to 3 month size sweater in baby green. A different pattern than the white set. <BR> <BR> Last night for supper we had water fried, no oil, cabbage, onions and ham with fresh strawberries for dessert. What a yummy supper. We will have it again tonight. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be 53 here today. It is 47 out right now and foggy. <BR> Tomorrow supposed to be 63 d... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:18:52 EST Monday, 2/20 Good morning Girls, <BR> I slept well last night...yay <BR> <BR> Going to go downstairs to finish up that little baby sweater. Am about half done with second sleeve. Then to start the hat and booties to go with it. <BR> Then I want to make a lighter green newborn size set. <BR> <BR> Can you believe that only 1 more week in Feb. Almost 2 months gone, not to be gotten back. Have we been kind? <BR> Have we made healthy choices? <BR> <BR> We are going to DS and DDIL this afternoon for peach p... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:39:56 EST Sunday, February 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is your Sunday going? <BR> <BR> I'm about to put a turkey in the oven. I'm not doing all the fixings like Thanksgiving but we will have mashed potatoes and gravy. I'll be able to send leftovers home with both of my sons. <BR> <BR> My lower back is bothering me. I'm glad my son will be able to lift the turkey into the oven. I think carrying the turkey fro... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:31:55 EST Saturday, February 18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> It is supposed to be partly sunny here but the ground is wet with rain. Hopefully this will clear off like it did yesterday and we can get a walk in on the river walk. Our high today is supposed to be 48. <BR> <BR> Our youngest son is here this weekend and it's nice to visit with him. <BR> <BR> What's going on in your... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:07:30 EST Friday, 2/17 Good morning girls, <BR> I came on here late last night, and no one had posted...we were a quiet bunch yesterday. <BR> <BR> I worked hours on a little baby sweater night before last and yesterday. I am on row 56 of 87 rows, then on to the sleeves. It is in pure snowy white, with a small stitch pattern in the yoke. A 9 month size. I love this pattern. Knitting sure takes me longer than crocheting...but it is very therapeutic as well. It will have green buttons, because he is an avid Michigan ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:52:33 EST Wednesday, 2/15 Afternoon Girls. <BR> Lots of new pics on my blog. <BR> <BR> Norwegian meatballs from Potful for supper with potatoes and strawberries. <BR> <BR> Nothing else going on here today. <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:25:06 EST Happy Valentine's Day 2/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a great day! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:10:44 EST Creamy Mac 'n Cheese This is my first recipe post, am I in the right place? If not, someone please point me in the right direction. <BR> Recently my friend Glenna told me about some new cookbooks she had just ordered from amazon, "Taste of Home's Light &amp; Tasty Annual Recipes," available for several different years. They're a collection of all the recipe's from their magazine for that year in cookbook form. They all have nutrition information included which I really like so I decided to order some myself. <... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:39:19 EST Monday, 2/13 Good morning girls, <BR> I have lost 1/2 pound in 1 month. Not very fast is it. It sure came on a lot faster than that. <BR> Oh well, 1/2 a pound is 2 sticks of butter. <BR> <BR> Going to lunch at senior center today. <BR> Nothing else happening here today. <BR> A bit of cleaning, a bit of cooking. <BR> Lot's of yarny work. <BR> <BR> Have a god day Girls Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:36:21 EST Sunday, February 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Cloudy day here and 35 this morning. I have some snowdrops blooming. <BR> <BR> One cat on the back of my chair and the other on the hassock in front of my chair. How cozy can you get? Sometimes I barely have a space to set the laptop when I get up. <BR> <BR> Church this morning and nothing special this afternoon. There's a new Hallmark movie about the Amish ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:16:16 EST Saturday, 2/11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday girls, <BR> <BR> Hooray, it's not supposed to rain today and we'll see some sunshine! <BR> <BR> I love Saturday mornings. Even though we don't work any longer, it feels like "a day off". <BR> <BR> This afternoon we are going to the Chinese restaurant buffet for our friend's birthday party. <BR> <BR> How are you doing today? Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:06:17 EST Friday, 2/10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> Aren't you ready for spring?! <BR> <BR> How is your day going? Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I have two perks today. We are low on funds with the furnace repair cost so it was delightful to hear the birthday party at a Chinese restaurant tomorrow is a buffet and no cost. Also, Fred Meyer periodically sends rewards and I've got almost $15 to use. <... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:06:37 EST Thursday, 2/9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's windy and rainy here this morning. <BR> <BR> DH is driving again and I'm going to a Bible study this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I see it's National Bagel Day. On tv they are showing a Portland bagel shop and the news guy is sampling lox and cream cheese on a bagel - yum! Haven't had anything like that in a long time. <BR> <BR> Patty &amp; Glenna, are you ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:52:16 EST Wednesday, 2/8 Good morning girls, I have a funny picture for you. I think we can all relate. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No school closings for today in our area. <BR> Hubby has a chiro appt. I am staying home. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happening here. <BR> Bit of cleaning and laundry folding, bit of cooking, lots of knit and <BR> <BR> Have a good day Girls. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:44:42 EST Tuesday, 2/7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Today is my son's birthday. I'm sure glad he was here on the weekend for a visit because last night our furnace quit working and it's mighty cold this morning. We have one small space heater which is better than nothing. The furnace repair guy should be here this afternoon. So I'm bundled up! <BR> <BR> Did I tell you I made Marge's baked oatmeal and it is del... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:50:28 EST Monday, February 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The ground is covered with snow. We think it's 3 or 4".The street was plowed but we're not sure how the rest of the roads are. Our son plans to leave for home around noon, hoping a lot of this will be melting. <BR> <BR> I just copied the Baked Oatmeal recipe and plan to make that today as well as banana bread. <BR> <BR> And today I'll make some turkey veget... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:04:33 EST Baked Oatmeal Recipe from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking from years ago <BR> <BR> Baked Oatmeal recipe <BR> <BR> 3 cup old-fashioned oats <BR> 1/2 cup brown sugar <BR> 2 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 2 egg whites (I have added 1 whole egg in place of egg whites at times) <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 1/4 cup lowfat milk <BR> 1/4 cup canola oil <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 1 can (15 oz) peaches drained and chopped (I try and get in light syrup or sugar free) <BR> 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries <BR> 1/... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:29:28 EST Sunday, 2/5 Good morning Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog. Just 2 pair of slippers and some dishcloths. Nothing special. <BR> <BR> I forgot to tell you yesterday that I found FF cream cheese at Walmart. I picked up 12 of them. woohoo <BR> <BR> Leftovers today. We need to finish up that beef roast, and hubby wants pizza for supper. <BR> <BR> Then next week we will eat more on that soup. It was very good by the way. <BR> <BR> Iris, praying for your dgd. <BR> <BR> We got more snow overnight. Hubby is ou... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:04:53 EST Saturday, 2/4 Good morning Girls, <BR> Soup's on... <BR> I took the fat off the turkey broth <BR> took the turkey off the bones, there wasn't a lot of turkey, so I added 1 cup diced cooked chicken to it. <BR> 4 chicken bouillon cubes <BR> 1/2 tsp. pepper <BR> 1# baby carrots, not cut up <BR> 1 can undrained peas <BR> 3/4 onion, chopped <BR> a big bunch of celery, probably a cup or more <BR> I think that's it. I decided to not add potatoes because I will be cooking noodles in later. I will put them in aroun... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:18:12 EST Friday, 2/3 <img src="">Good early morning Girls, <BR> I am still awake, so I went downstairs earlier and finished my Wed. dishcloth...I am very behind on them, and today will need to make 2 of them. <BR> I didn't get any crocheting done on the afghan today either, so maybe I can make that up this weekend. Not sure if I can do 20 rows on it today, but maybe 15 today and 15 tomorrow. That would get me caught up with both of the... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 01:50:23 EST Thursday, February 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What do you think girls? Is spring coming or are we in for more winter? <BR> <BR> It's 39 here and we may get some snow tonight. <BR> <BR> The TOPS officers are coming over for a meeting this afternoon so I'm setting things up. I would have liked to have it in the family room but too many books to move at this point so the dining area is ok. <BR> <BR> So maybe I'll go over to Patty's fo... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:04:39 EST Wednesday, 2/1 Good morning girls, <BR> Goodness, Jan. is gone. Feb. is upon us...lets make good health decisions for Feb. Feb. is usually the worst month us here for us. More storms, more snow...etc. <BR> <BR> I have been awake since 4. Up since 5. Been playing games on the computer. Now going to go downstairs and work on my afghan. That should keep me warm with that on my lap. <BR> <BR> I don't know if any of you saw the post last night, but I finished the afghan that I was working on, also finished the... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:25:51 EST Tuesday, 1/31 Good morning girls, <BR> Last day of January. <BR> <BR> blood work today. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting to tell you that I put new pics on my blog. Just some hats and dishcloths. <BR> <BR> I should finish a pair of socks today. You know what that means...I will naked needles. Time to start another pair...I seem to be drawn to green sock yarn lately. I must be hoping for spring...I need to choose which yarn to select. Fun fun fun <BR> <BR> spaghetti again tonight with corn and beans and frui... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:39:27 EST Last Monday in January 2017 <img src="">Here we are day before last in January. How are things going where you are? <BR> <BR> It's Monday house blessing here. Dust, sweep, mop, declutter. Do some planning and cooking. Enough to keep me busy all day. <BR> <BR> I decided to go ahead and move the treadmill that's been stored in the laundry room, into the family room on the opposite end of the room from where we'll be working on the bookcases.... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:30:26 EST Sunday, January 29, 2017 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Another cool, cloudy day on the north Oregon coast. <BR> <BR> Church this morning, then in the afternoon I need to start organizing the books and things that will go in the bookcase and in the guest room to get ready for our youngest son coming down next weekend. Also plan meals. <BR> <BR> I just read an interesting Spark article on cravings/appetite. It said appetite is not the same as hunger - it's an interest in food. I'd always assumed they were the sam... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:27:57 EST Saturday, January 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Can you believe we are this close to the end of January?! <BR> <BR> Just the usual here today plus we're going to see if we can get that bookcase put back together. We got it over 8 years ago and don't seem to have the instructions anymore so wish us luck! <BR> <BR> Meatloaf muffins, mashed potatoes and romaine salad for dinner. <BR> <BR> Glenna has her fi... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:47:19 EST Friday, January 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday girls, <BR> <BR> It's nippy here this morning but mostly cloudy today. No snow to shovel. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The annual church meeting went well last night. LOTS of notes to type up. At the potluck dinner some of us were talking about meatloaf. I think I'll make some meatloaf muffins- they are so good to have on hand, easy to thaw and use for a meal. <BR> <BR> Today ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:13:48 EST Thursday, 1/26 Good morning Girls, <BR> Glenna, snow and high of 36 here today. Not much snow though. <BR> <BR> I am working on the heel of the sock that I started yesterday. It is called Surf, and is the colors of the sea and wave crests. Really nice. So I just have 1 more sock after this one, to get past the heel. Then I will have 6 socks to work on the foot part...easy peasy, just knitting around and around. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happening here today. <BR> <BR> Chicken and potatoes for supper, wi... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:51:18 EST Wednesday, January 25 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon/evening girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? The flu is going around here. I did get my flu shot. <BR> <BR> Today was my TOPS meeting and again I "turtled" (weight stayed the same). <BR> <BR> Do any of youu get Country Woman magazine? I used to and they just sent me a complimentary copy. There's instructions for making a throw rug from an old bathrobe and also felt hea... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:40:42 EST Tuesday 1/24 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> I thought I had better stop in for a minute to say hello. I have been doing lots of studying for my EMT class. We had 6 chapters to do before we go to class again on Saturday. I am enjoying the online class. It is so much easier for me. <BR> <BR> It has been rain, rain, raining here. But I guess I shouldn't complain, we are supposed to have snow beginning on Thursday! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:16:37 EST Monday, 1/23 Good morning Girls, <BR> Three weeks into the new year. Are you making some good changes to become healthier? <BR> <BR> I thought about the amount of walking that I did in town, I could not have gotten almost a mile in. I just went to Goodwill and Walmart. They are big, but not that big. <BR> My pedometer must not work correctly when I put it on my shoe. The driveway is almost thawed out, there are ground spots, so I am going to put it on, and walk this morning, and count my steps while I am... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:41:51 EST Sunday, January 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Sunday Morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everybody doing today? <BR> <BR> When I got up I still had to wash up the crockpot and a few things but I'm enjoying how much cleaner my kitchen is. <BR> <BR> When we get home from church, it's good to know we can have a nice, hot bowl of the lasagna soup. <BR> <BR> DH tells me there are some football games on today. <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:23:02 EST Saturday, January 21 Use Patty's 1/21 post. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:49:59 EST Saturday, 1/21 Good morning girls, <BR> A dreary Sat. morning. We have had gray skies for a while again. <BR> <BR> Still working on socks. I am trying to get all of the already socks past the heel. Then it is just on to knit knit knit around until I get the correct 3 of row to the heel. I have 2 of them past the heel. Am working on the third one. I think I have 6 pair of socks started...oh my. <BR> <BR> Working on another dishcloth too. Same as the other pink one. <BR> \Nothing else to report. <BR> Not s... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:35:47 EST Friday, January 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi girls, <BR> <BR> Today I'm watching the Inauguration. <BR> <BR> We're splurging and having a steak, baked potato and salad of greens, tomato, cuke &amp; dressing. <BR> <BR> At some point we have to make a trip to Costco for essentials. <BR> <BR> If you missed yesterday, Patty posted pics of her yarny projects. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:45:51 EST Words with double letters Words with double letters: <BR> <BR> LeTTers Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:24:39 EST Thursday 1/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Anyone need some rain? I'd share it if I could. <BR> <BR> The Bible study postponed from last week is this afternoon now. I'm almost ready. I'll go to Safeway afterwards to pick up a few groceries. <BR> <BR> Do all of you get Marlene Koch's newsletter? Mine came by email today and there's a good looking recipe for lasagna I want to try- Quick &amp; Easy Bee... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:21:50 EST Wednesday, 1/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> Woke up to take a pill, and now I am wide awake. Think I will go downstairs to watch teaching messages and to either knit on my sock or crochet on my afghan.. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be in the 40's here today. <BR> <BR> I will check back in with you later. <BR> <BR> I just took Breakfast banana muffins from the oven, <BR> <BR> I made Breakfast banana muffin recipe in fresh from the hearth, page 75...yum <BR> <BR> Three cheese mac and cheese from Potful, page 179 <B... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:56:48 EST Tuesday, 1/17 Good morning Girls, <BR> another day of the year flying by fast. The 17th already. <BR> What have I accomplished? <BR> What have I changed for better health? <BR> Not much change so far...just little changes. <BR> <BR> I am going to cook 2 recipes from one of the Jan. newsletters, though I can't remember which one at this time, or even the names of the recipes... <BR> <BR> Supposed to be 39 here today, rainy this morning and overcast all day. Next few days will be in the 40's. Our January ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:01:39 EST Tuesday 1/17/2017 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Iris, I do not have an air fryer. Sometimes when I am considering purchasing something I am not familiar with, I'll go on Amazon and look it up. You can read other people's review of it and see how many stars it gets as far as ratings. Sometimes that helps me to make up my mind. <BR> <BR> Karen, It is warm and rainy here too. Mid 50's already. It has been raining pretty hard. <BR> <BR> Jan, I love Chinese too. I know what you mean about the scales thou... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:53 EST Two Words - Keep One, Drop One Keep one of the words and drop one word to add your own word: <BR> <BR> Example: New Year ........... New Moon <BR> <BR> Let's start with New Moon <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:39:37 EST Monday, January 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning glories, <BR> <BR> It's another cold morning here. What's going on in your neck of the woods? <BR> <BR> Last night DH suggested getting take out Chinese food so that's what we did. I'm not getting on the scale this morning! <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:20:31 EST Sunday, January 15 Good golly here we are smack dab in the middle of January again. How did it fly by so fast?! <BR> <BR> It's 29 this morning and the furnace is humming. There's still just a bit of snow on the lawns because it's been too cold to melt even though the sun is shining beautifully this morning. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Patty and Karen, That's great the Turmeric capsules are working for you. <BR> <BR> Patty, I saw on a local Facebook cyber garage sale page someone had a knitting loom and I was t... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:42:30 EST Slow moving Saturday 1/14 Hi girls, <BR> <BR> We all survived Friday the 13th and here we are on Saturday. <BR> <BR> It's sunny and beautiful but real cold here. The sun is deceptive- you want to go outside but there's a blast of cold! <BR> <BR> Still working on those bookshelves. It's like decluttering. Takes a lot of willingness to discard things you probably won't read again. <BR> <BR> Today is Glenna's first class and let's wish her well. <BR> <BR> What's cooking today or do you have a day off from cooking?... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:59:42 EST Friday, January 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Another cold morning (27). We've had our morning coffee and breakfast and will go to Fred Meyer to pick up a couple of essentials. The picture is the dining area/passage area to living room one way or family room the other. <BR> <BR> So good to hear from Nina and what a cute picture of the child finding a flower peeking out of the snow. I'm glad all is well t... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:26:08 EST Thursday, 1/12 Good morning girls, <BR> I paid monthly bills this morning. I also did the taxes. so we are all set to go, as soon as I can make an apt. We get them done for free at the senior center...hopefully you can too. <BR> <BR> Not much else going on here today. <BR> I think we are going to lunch at senior center. We also need to stop at the bank and the post office...really exciting stuff here today Girls. <BR> <BR> Eat well <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:58:20 EST Wednesday, 1/11 Good morning Girls, <BR> It rained last night, so everything is covered with ice. <BR> schools are closed again. <BR> <BR> Oh my girls, I have gained 11 pounds since Nov. I need to stop NOW. bah. so discouraged...oh well. I got it off a few times, I can do it again. We can do it again Girls. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:02:21 EST Tuesday, January 10 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Just a quick stop in to say good morning. And to remind you to do your morning yoga!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And last, but not least: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smile, God loves you and I do, too!!! Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:37:36 EST Marvelous Monday, January 9, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning (or afternoon or evening) ladies, <BR> <BR> How is your week starting out? <BR> <BR> DH had an early appointment for a sleep study apparatus for the home so I've been puttering around here. I moved a picture from the dining area into the family room. Moved another picture from the guest room to the dining area. Changed some things on top of the cabinets. Made DH a hearty breakfast. ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:24:03 EST Sunday, January 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing this morning? <BR> <BR> It is cold and snowy here-----again. It is only 6 degrees. Brrrr.........and the wind is blowing. We had about 6 to 8 inches of snow. It has settled down some, so not that much now. But it is snowing again. Not hard, but still snow. <BR> <BR> Patty, Patty, How many times do I have to tell you not to send y... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:22:10 EST Saturday January 7th Good morning, I hope none of you mind that I started the thread today. Jan I am so glad your tooth is out! Patty I hope your knees get help when you go to Drs. On Monday. Cold weather sure does aggravate our bones! Karen I'm sorry that you have so much pain. <BR> <BR> I made a huge pot of vegetable hamburger soup. I made it spicy and it sure tasted good in the cold weather. I made tacos and for me I just ate the filling with all the trimmings. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. <BR> Iris <BR... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:53:56 EST Friday, 1/6 Good morning girls, <BR> It is colder out today than yesterday. Only 9 degrees so far, and continuing to snow...Glenna and Karen will be getting this cold and snow too...brrr <BR> <BR> I made an apt with the dr. for Monday morning regarding my knee. It is getting so that I can hardly walk, it just hurts so much. I try to not be a complainer on here, but frankly, I think I need a knee replacement. Sometimes when I walk, it seems like it wants to go out on me even...very very painful all the t... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:46:15 EST Thursday, 1/5/17 Good afternoon ladies, <BR> <BR> Still cold here but not as bad as some parts of the country. 25 last night and 32 now. <BR> <BR> DH is working today. The family room carpet is dry and I wanted so bad to move one of the tables in there so I turned it on it's side and rolled it in. I hope I didn't harm anything in my healing socket. <BR> <BR> I was so wiped out after TOPS yesterday I slept much of the afternoon and went to bed at 9. <BR> <BR> Patty, Did you ever get more sleep yesterda... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:02:27 EST Wonderful Wednesday, 1/4/2017 Good early morning Girls, <BR> I have been awake since 2 AM...mercy that is early. <BR> So far, only 3 hours sleep, since 11 PM... <BR> <BR> I have been knitting on my new sock, love it, and watching a healing tape from Andrew Wommack. <BR> <BR> Hubby wanted to cook both times yesterday, so we didn't have what I had planned at all. It will all keep until today. <BR> <BR> Our next door neighbors brought us some venison <em>496</em> last night. Oh my will that ever taste good with the tom... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 05:53:06 EST Marlene Koch Recipes I Tried-Part 2 Here are the recipes I have tried from Marlene Koch's "Eat More of What You Love" <BR> <BR> Cherry Lemonade Freeze. Page 36 (also made it with frozen raspberries) <BR> Sneaky Beef &amp; Penne Skillet. Page 192 <BR> P.F. Chang' Style Mongolian Beef. Page 266 <BR> Cheesecake Factory-Style Chicken Madeira. Page 247 <BR> Chicken Cordon Bleu. Page 243 (I use the breading for making... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:56:37 EST Tuesday, 1/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is supposed to be warm again today, in the 40's, then down into the teens starting tomorrow. No sunshine and blue skies today, gray and overcast. <BR> <BR> Here is the picture of me that was in the paper. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well what healthy thing are you going to do today? <BR> <BR> I am still in my pj's...being lazy. I need to get in the shower. <BR> <BR> Pot pies for lunch, and... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:37:57 EST Marlene Koch Recipes I Have Tried I have four of Marlene Koch cookbooks and plan on trying some new recipes, but thought I might make a list of some I have tried that we enjoy and which book I found them in. <BR> <BR> Eat What You Love <BR> ________________ <BR> Quick-Fix White Chicken Chili. Page167 <BR> Best Ever Three Bean Salad Page 186 <BR> Seared, Steamed &amp; Glazed Green Beans. Page 252 <BR> Veggie Rice Pilaf. Page 283 <BR> Skillet Beef S... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:50:31 EST Marvelous Monday, January 2, 2017 <img src="">Good morning girls! <BR> <BR> Here we are in a brand new week in a brand new year. Do you wonder how fast this year is going to fly by? <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to rent a carpet steam cleaner this morning, <BR> <BR> Karen, Were you able to make the banana bread? <BR> <BR> Patty, Are you making plans to puff paint the driveway? What's cooking today? When you portioned out the ham, turkey you baked- ho... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:47:36 EST Lean in 2017 A to Z How will you get lean in 2017? Let's count the ways. <BR> <BR> A - Apples are nutritious and provide fiber. <em>763</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:08:57 EST Sunday, Happy New Year! <img src="">Happy New Year friends! <BR> <BR> Here we are with a fresh slate, a healthy shift in focus. <BR> <BR> Do you have a goal for this year? This month? This week? Any changes you plan to make? <BR> <BR> Now that I almost have my family room back, I'm bringing the treadmill in there and also the small tv to see if it's still working so I can watch TV while I walk. This will help my weight loss and blood... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:30:55 EST Saturday, 12/31 Happy New Years Eve Girls, <BR> We are still up because our ex-DIL stopped at our house about midnight, too scared to drive herself home. So we had to get out of bed, get dressed, and drive her home, then I followed behind in our car...just got home...roads were a tiny bit slippery, but not bad for winter in northern lower Michigan. <BR> <BR> I am so wide awake, so will go downstairs and either read or watch tv or something. Am not sleepy at all right now. <BR> <BR> It is only 25 degrees ou... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:38:36 EST