SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges and More Team Messageboard JoAnna Lund's books, newsletters & lifestyle started our motivation for a healthier life and we include other balanced, healthy authors such as Marlene Koch. SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges and More Team Messageboard 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 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 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 Friday, 12/30 Good morning girls, <BR> Jan, hope you are feeling better by now. <BR> <BR> Looks like snow is on the agenda for today, and high only mid 20's... <BR> <BR> Big game tonight, Michigan Wolverines versus Florida in some bowl game. Can't remember which. I also think there is a game this afternoon for some big 10 team...I need to look that up. <BR> <BR> New pictures on my blog. <BR> Just slippers. I show pics of how I put on the puffy paint, by inverting the slippers over a glass. <BR> Easy p... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:11:59 EST Thursday, December 29 Good afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> I've been really sick today. I didn't realize for awhile it was a migraine on top of the cold so I've been in bed most of the day. Finally took Excedrin Migraine and some of the worst is gone. <BR> <BR> I'd like to keep up our daily thread as well as Patty's good idea to go through H.E.L.P. I meant to pull the book out last night but there's no moving around or reading for me today. I think if some don't have the book they can just read the highlights of wha... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:03:19 EST H.E.L.P., Healthy Exchanges Lifetime Plan Hey Girls, <BR> I was thinking that maybe we could go through the HELP book, 1 chapter a week, and discuss it. Does anyone want to do that, or is it a silly idea? <BR> Just a thought. I thought maybe if we do, we could start next week or so. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:35:02 EST Wednesday, December 28 <em>524</em> Good morning, <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> It's sunny/partly cloudy here and 35 degrees right now but will get into the 40s. This is good because DS should be finishing moving today. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to TOPS today because I'm sick. Sore throat, coughing, sniffles. The TOPS ladies don't need to be exposed to anything. So I'm still sitting here in my bathrobe and might change to something warm and comfortable. <BR> <BR> Girls I heard on the news that thi... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:49:30 EST Tuesdasy, 12/27 Good morning girls, <BR> Only 4 more days to the new year. Where did this year go? I know I say it all the time, but goodness gracious, it seemed to go by so very fast. <BR> <BR> Gave DD and kids their slippers. They each need 1 more pair, and a friend of DD wants a pair too. So will need to get busy and make them. I need to finish this hat first..... should finish it today, and be able to get started on those slippers. I put puffy paint on the bottom of them, so they will not slip on the wo... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:29:01 EST New Years A to Z Let's try this - New Years A to Z <BR> <BR> A - Auld Lang Sine <em>412</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:08:39 EST Monday December 26th Good Morning, <BR> <BR> It looks like all of you had a very Merry Christmas. Ours was very quiet. My daughter is sick and spent the day in bed. Instead of going out I cooked Mexican food so we could take dinner to my daughter. We had cheese enchiladas, aztecas, refried beans, chips and guacamole. For dessert we had brownies. My Granddaughter sent lots of pictures and videos of the boys and Sunny opening their gifts. All in all it was a nice day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Iris <em>446... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:43:13 EST It's Christmas It's Christmas Girls, <BR> Whether you are ready or not. <BR> Time for good food, fellowship and family. <BR> Have a wonderful day. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:08:18 EST Saturday, 12/24 Merry Christmas Eve Girls, <BR> I am getting the turkey ready to roast today. Then hubby will carve it up, and we will store it in the crock pot with the juices, in the frig. Then tomorrow morning, just plug it in, to heat up...sounds good to me. <BR> <BR> Then tomorrow, just put green bean casserole ingredients in the crock pot to heat up. Only put half of those onion rings in the casserole, then top with remaining onion rings once you serve it with the top off, so that they can stay crispy... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:14:45 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE <img src=""> <BR> Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> At my DS's to help out with a leak problem. Or should I say DH will do the helping. I left my crock pot with beans and ham on at home, so we can not stay long. Glad it is a very slow crock pot on low :) <BR> <BR> Also I was baking cookies. Trying some newer recipes I had saved that were better for diabetics or dieters. Some I got off of Sparkpeople. <BR> ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:40:08 EST Thursday, December 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Good evening, <BR> <BR> I wanted to pop in and say hi to all of you. I suspect we are all pretty busy. <BR> <BR> I went to the small supermarket, then Costco, then back home. <BR> <BR> Moving is in progress. The large items haven't been moved yet (bed, entertainment center, bookcase, etc.) but a good head start. <BR> <BR> Our youngest son got here this afternoon. We wen... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:01:39 EST Wednesday, 12/21 Good morning Girls, <BR> I am up early. I need to leave at 7:30 to take DD to the Dr. regarding her ankle...I personally think she needs surgery on it. She has sprained it 3 times this year. <BR> <BR> Jan, that carrot cakes sounds so good. I think JoAnna has some recipes for it...yum yum yum <BR> <BR> I also do not like upheaval in my home. when we had to move furniture to get the new flooring and carpeting in the house, it made me crazy to see furniture all over where it was not supposed ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:00:32 EST Tuesday, 12/20 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Good heavens, there are only 5 days until Christmas, and only 11 days in 2016...where on earth did the year go? <BR> <BR> We went to town today. <BR> It was so windy, and snow blowing around, it was not fun to be out and about. <BR> We went to Goodwill. I found 2 nativity need the head glued back onto a body, but they are really nice. I will put one under each of the 2 larger trees. Not the one in the pot, but the one in the family room and the day care ro... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:19:37 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JAN!! December 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary Jan! I hope you and your dh have a wonderful day!!! Good wishes to both of you! <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies, How are you all doing today? All ready for Christmas? The sun is shining here and we are supposed to be in the 40's. So a wonderful day! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:01:02 EST Monday, December 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> Good morning, <BR> <BR> It is so wonderful to wake up feeling good after a sick day! <BR> <BR> It's blustery here today plus rain. <BR> <BR> Today I want to bake Russian Teacakes and a Scandinavian Gold Cake (bundt). <BR> <BR> Also finish up my meal planning and grocery list. <BR> <BR> Also planning to wash and cut up celery sticks so they are ready to eat. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:49:55 EST Sunday, 12/18 Good morning girls, <BR> We got over a foot of snow this morning, we went out top get some snow of the roof. It's starting early to need to get snow off roofs of buildings. <BR> We have a quad level, so we can only get the snow off the main part of the house, not the get that, we need to get up on the roof and shovel it off...not for me that's for sure. <BR> Hubby and I did the front of the main level, I did half the back of the main level, and I also did one sid... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:48:54 EST New Here Hi. My name is Marge and I have been with spark people for a few years off and on. I happened to stumble upon this team and glad I did. I love to cook and have really been trying to cook healthier. I have all 4of Marlene Koch's cookbooks which I just love cooking from. I also get a monthly newsletter from her. I haven't made a recipe from her books that we haven't enjoyed. I like that all her recipes have nutritional info and are healthier recipes even for diabetics. <BR> Looking forward to ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:12:09 EST Saturday, December 17 Good morning ladies, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? It is warm and raining here! It went from the 20's yesterday to the 50's this morning. <BR> <BR> Patty, Are your hands better so you can knit? I hope so. How is the weather your way today? <BR> <BR> Karen, Did you get your peanut crunch cake made? I am sure your family will enjoy it. Yes, I remember the days when everything ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:52:12 EST Friday, December 16 <img src=""> <BR> Good afternoon girls, <BR> <BR> Brrrr, it's cold. It was 29 when I got up and now it's a great big 35. The ground was covered with frost and I had to be at a dental appointment at 8 AM. I'm usually a big chicken about driving in slick weather but DH had a medical appointment somewhere else so I drove myself. All was fine. Next up is getting the tooth removed. I really like this dentist's office. ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:10:07 EST Thursday, 12/15 Good morning girls, <BR> Winter weather advisory out for today in our area, only 15 degrees for today, and icy roads...all the schools around us are closed, but not our local school. <BR> <BR> I called my cousin, and we both decided to not venture out on our usual Thurs. afternoon visit...We may be through for the winter...her road is always icy, and I don't do well with icy... <BR> <BR> My computer has been giving me fits...finally I unplugged it all, and turned it back on...voila, a mirac... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:34:23 EST Wednesday December 14th Where is everyone? Jan I have been having trouble with Facebook messenger and with photo sending. <BR> <BR> My custard pie was good but not as good as I remember it. I made a chocolate pie, and two loaves of banana bread. Now if I could only learn to bake it but not eat it. <BR> <BR> It has been cold here in the night. I kept waking up cold. It is supposed to rain here on Friday. <BR> Patty will you have a white Christmas? Jan do you get snow? <BR> <BR> I cant remember what or who sai... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:08:28 EST Christmas Memories - join in! <em>460</em> Glenna came up with a fun idea for us to share Christmas memories. It can be from your childhood traditions or anytime, favorite Christmas songs, food, people, events, etc. <BR> <BR> My family were Norwegian-American with all four grandparents immigrating from Norway. It was their tradition to have lutefisk every Christmas eve. I understand they have a new way of processing it but in those days you surely knew if that was on the menu because it smelled bad! I confess it never ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:43:09 EST Tuesday evening December 13 Good evening ladies, <BR> <BR> It's been a beautiful, cold day here. DH and I went for a walk but he got called part way into it to work so back we came. I got 25 minutes in at least. <BR> <BR> Other than that I've just been puttering. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> My email has been goofy today. I haven't gotten any mail for hours and Spark isn't working well on my laptop. Anyone else having issues? <BR> <img src=" Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:37:15 EST Marvelous Monday, December 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Here is a fresh, new week. How are things going? <BR> <BR> We are supposed to have a few clear days this week and that will be nice. <BR> <BR> Today I'm getting back to decluttering in the computer room. Maybe I can send DH on a trip to drop things off at the Good Will truck. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of using more liquid/soft meals for the rest of the year. ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:44:20 EST Sunday, 12/11 Afternoon Girls, <BR> snowy here again today. Hubby plowed twice yesterday, and is plowing again now. Not moving a lot of snow, but he likes to keep it cleaned up. <BR> <BR> DS and DDIL are coming over at 5 to play dice and eat supper with us. <BR> <BR> I have mac and cheese in the crock pot. <BR> I will have green beans and corn to go with. Also made a pie. <BR> <BR> I used 4 oz. cream cheese with vanilla pudding and dry milk powder. Also added chopped pecans and toffee bits to this layer... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:23:29 EST Saturday, 12/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> Goodness, December <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> is 1/3 gone already...these little pics are what I think of December...mistletoe and holly, snowmen, trees and decorations, get together with loved ones, Christ's birth, the star that the maji followed. Frankly I love December...God gave us the greatest gift of all, his Son. <BR> <BR> Is it illegal to take a picture from ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:51:28 EST Friday, 12/9 Good early morning Girls, <BR> I sure feel stuffed <em>15</em> after all that food at Glenna's party It sure was fun to write about a party. <BR> <BR> Can't sleep so thought I would just get up and start the day. <BR> <BR> I have 2 trees lit up already, family room, and dining room. <BR> Wood stove is going strong. <BR> Little heater is turned on in family room. It was only 66 in there this morning. It should get up to 73 or so in a few hours. Pretty soon it will just be ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:28:36 EST Thursday, 12/8 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLENNA. <em>383</em> <em>44</em> <em>468</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> Hope your day is so special. You are a dear friend to us all. <BR> <BR> Leaving for chemo appt. in an hour. <BR> Last night I packed my goodie bag, yarn, hook, scissors, and 2 packs of peanut butter crackers. They have coffee and water there. I also have my bag of hats ready to go. So I just need to have my coffee, yogurt, take my meds, and take a shower... <BR> ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:18:34 EST Wednesday, December 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> BRRRRRR. It's 31 out and 63 inside. Furnace is warming away. <BR> <BR> I leave early for TOPS to set up for the Christmas party today. DH was good to load some boxes into the car. <BR> <BR> I have an appointment for the first stage of cleaning at the dentist. I can't remember what they call it but it's my dues for not having my teeth cleaned for a number of ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:34:43 EST Tuesday, December 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning (or afternoon) girls, <BR> <BR> Brrr it's colder here. 36 degrees right now but the sun is shining. <BR> <BR> I made an ice ring for the punch bowl for our TOPS Christmas party tomorrow- lite cranberry juice with some frozen whole berries in it. I use Diet 7 Up and the lite cranberry juice. <BR> <BR> This morning I pack up supplies for the party - chinette paper plates, u... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:00:13 EST Monday, December 5 Good morning ladies, <BR> Everyone ready for a fresh, new week? <BR> <BR> Patty, Yes, I do have a generator. I only use it if I have to. To keep the fridge or freezer going. At least I can get it going by myself. They are nice. I saw on the weather that we have snow and very cold temps heading our way. I think our high on Friday is only in the 20's. Brrrrr. Good yarn weather!! LOL <BR> <BR> Jan, I am glad everyone enjoyed your goodies. I am sure they were wonderful. The cake and... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:59:22 EST Sunday, December 4 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Yipee, it's not going to rain today. I can get outside for a walk. I've really been missing it. <BR> <BR> Busy morning at church. <BR> <BR> Patty, Did Wisconsin win? <BR> <BR> I hope you are all staying warm. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:18:52 EST Saturday, 12/3 Afternoon Girls, <BR> 2 new pics on my blog...hubby bought me another snowman for the table, now we have baby, mama and papa snowmen. <BR> <BR> I also put up a pic of the wall decoration that I used the Christ-mas paper for...I really like it. I have never done this before...I was remembering a picture of a ladies kitchen. She has Christ-mas paper all around the outside of her cabinets, the flat sides, not the side with drawers and cupboards.... lt looked so pretty and festive, guess it real... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:51:20 EST Friday, December 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I will work and do my usual things today. Not for certain what I'll do this weekend. I am sure I'll get into something. <BR> <BR> Patty, What are you crafting today? I am still working on the crocheted slipper/socks. I wasn't too pleased with them. They seem to be bigger and more bulky t... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:17:47 EST Thursday, December 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It's early and cold. I was awake so got up to read a bit and will head back to bed soon. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to the Advent service. Afterwards we went to Safeway nearby. I was wondering why DH didn't come in the store. He parked and started in, tripped on a curb and fell down. He skinned a finger, got some abrasions but for some reason... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:35:01 EST Wednesday, 11/30 Good morning girls, <BR> Last day of November Girls...where on earth did it go? <BR> <BR> I HAVE 5 1/2 POUNDS OF CHICKEN IN 2 CROCPOTS. <BR> <BR> The first crockpot I have 2 pounds of chicken for chicken teriyaki. <BR> Here is the recipe I found, so easy. <BR> 2 # chicken <BR> 1/2 cup soy sauce, I use Braggs liquid aminos <BR> 3 TB. brown sugar, you could use brown sugar twin, but I didn't have any, so used the brown sugar. <BR> 3 cloves of garlic, I use dried garlic, so it was 3/4 tsp. dri... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:09:24 EST Tuesday November 29th I think I am like a bear in hibernation. For the last three or four days all I do is sleep every time I sit down. I'm guessing my insomnia is catching up with me. Possibly it might be one of my medicines. <BR> <BR> Jan your tree is really pretty. My tree has to be really really tiny this year. My living room is so tiny, and since moving the furniture to situate the tv, I am really scratching my head as to where to put it. <BR> <BR> Talking of weight. I wish my dr. Didn't have such u... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:43:09 EST Monday, 11/28 Good morning girls, <BR> Only 2 more days in Nov...Thurs. will be Dec. 1...oh my. Are you ready for Christmas? We are...I don't think we will be putting up a tree. We would need to decide ahead of time which room we would be in, and it depends on the outside temps...Today in the 40's, tomorrow high of 55, can you imagine. <BR> <BR> If it is cold, like in the 30's, we would be downstairs, if in the 40's we would be I think the tablecloth on the dining room table, with the 2 snow... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:51:37 EST Sunday, November 27 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> It looks like we'll get less rain today. Our youngest son will be going back home this afternoon. I always enjoy our visits. <BR> <BR> Patty, I hope your achy knees are good today. Do you think walking helps or aggravates? I hope you have your yarn enthusiasm back. <BR> <BR> Glenna, I know you're a Gunsmoke fan. Besides Matt Dillon, which character did you like b... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:45:22 EST Christmas A to Z <em>442</em> Here we go - Christmas A to Z: <BR> <BR> A - Away In A Manger Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:11:01 EST Saturday, 11/26 <img src="">Good morning girls, <BR> Nina, your new home looks so nice and cozy...did you make the rug in front of the wood stove? I didn't see you red rug in the kitchen. I love red in a just looks so nice. <BR> <BR> Girls, I have been struggling with my yarn work yesterday. Can't get settled on making something. I did start another sunflower round ripple, but I am not going to finish it. I think I ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:00:00 EST Friday, November 25 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> The feast is over on to Friday. I hate to tell you I have a dishwasher full of clean dishes and at least one more load waiting to go in plus some good ol' dishwashing in the sink. DH agreed to scour the roasting pan. I can take a leaf out of the table. <BR> <BR> We've had some real downpours of rain last couple of days, some thunder and lightening and blustery wind... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:20:36 EST Happy Thanksgiving 11/24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! I'll be having lunch with mom. It is raining here. It started sometime during the night. <BR> <em>429</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:54:47 EST Wednesday, November 23 <img src="">Hi girls, <BR> <BR> We must all be busy today. I had my TOPS meeting this morning, lunch with friends and then a trip to the store and the day flew by. <BR> <BR> DS is in the kitchen getting together his cornbread stuffing- gluten free but it will be tasty for all of us. <BR> <BR> I'll put the extra leaf in the table tonight and set it up with table protector and tablecloth. <BR> <BR> It's really... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:02:54 EST Tuesday, 11/22 Oh my Girls, <BR> Here we go again with a fast moving month...22nd already. Thanksgiving in 2 days... <BR> What are your plaNS FOR tHANKSGIVING? <BR> <BR> wE ARE GOING TO mOM'S HOUSE...stupid caps...and each taking a, I'm taking mashed potatoes...Sis is coming over tomorrow afternoon, and she is making the stuffing...everyone else will be bringing other things... <BR> <BR> I have finished 12 rounds on the sunrise round ripple. I will make another one, because I have enough yarn t... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:58:05 EST Monday November 21st <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Patty I smiled and thought of you this morning when I saw this on Facebook . <BR> <BR> Glenna I am working on a doll dress that's about all the sewing Ihave done. My eyes have to have lots of sunlight to see. You would probably laugh if you could see my sewing machine sitting amidst all my Ott lights. <BR> <BR> Jan how are you feeling? Tooth pain is so miserable. Will you need to have... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:01:09 EST Sunday, 11/20 Good Sunday morning girls, <BR> In case you missed last nights post, the pink peony baby ghan is on my blog... <BR> <BR> I couldn't get to sleep last night, it was after 1 before I went to bed. So I went downstairs and started another baby ghan...this one is called Little Boy Blue, so you can imagine that it is for a boy...I can't believe that they are so fast to make...and just so darn cute... <BR> <BR> <BR> We are definitely in winter, high of 33 here today, and in the 20's last night. ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:50:30 EST Saturday, 11/19 Happy Saturday Girls, <BR> I took some pictures of outside weather and my sunflower <em>87</em> baby ghan...on my blog as soon as I finish this message. <BR> <BR> Weather went from a sunny <em>67</em> <em>259</em> 73 degrees yesterday to a cold 32 and snowy <em>425</em> and windy today. High of 36 today and we are in a winter weather advisory until 5am tomorrow morning... <BR> Our poor football <em>281</em> teams will be really cold playing today. <BR> I have enough yarn to ma... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:00:09 EST Friday, 11/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> Today is supposed to be 65, so we are going to town on this last nice day of the winter...After today, supposed to be in the 30's and 40's, rainy and snowing...b ah <BR> <BR> Working on my sunflower baby afghan...I am having so much fun making them...I know just where I will donate them to also.. DS goes to a church that has a food pantry, and they also have knitted and crocheted items give out to needy people...Just about 3 miles from where we live... <BR... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:37:16 EST Thursday, November 17 <img src="">Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm up earlier than usual and coffee is perking away. It's 41 degrees this morning. High will be 52. <BR> <BR> I'll be busy getting the house ready for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Patty, So glad your pie experiment turned out good. That happens so often we think we have something on hand and when we go to make something it isn't there. <BR> <BR> Karen, Pies sound good. It must... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:02:34 EST Wednesday, 11/16 Good morning Girls, <BR> The Christmas <em>442</em> <em>443</em> afghan/tablecloth is finished. Pictures are up on my blog...I didn't end it the way I wanted to, but I sure did not want to take it out...I really like it. <BR> If you click on the pictures, the picture on the carpet is more like the true colors...the ones on the table look a little bit orangy...have no idea why. <BR> This would also be pretty as a Christmas tree <em>446</em> skirt. <BR> <BR> Hubby left for town tod... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:24:19 EST Terrific Tuesday, November 15 <img src="">Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> Hey Patty, it's time to say where is the month flying to?! <BR> <BR> I'm heading out for a walk and to do some errands. <BR> <BR> I'll check back later. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:03:10 EST Monday, 11/14 Good morning Girls, <BR> I just got in from walking 1 mile. <em>185</em> It hurt like crazy, but it hurts anyway, all the time, so I just decided to stop using pain and cancer as an excuse to not try to get healthier. <BR> I am going to walk another mile this afternoon, so that will make 2 miles today... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I just put my Christmas round ripple on the table. It just barely comes over the edge. So hubby and I decided that it needed about 7 more rounds. One round of wh... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:13:50 EST Sunday, November 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning girls, <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like a nice day here. <BR> <BR> I really need to do some organizing before Thanksgiving. Don't we always talk about this? I think I'll work on a plan for this in the afternoon. I hate to wait til the last minute and just be pitching things into the computer room. <BR> <BR> What is everyone up to today? I hope we are all fee... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:58:44 EST Saturday, 11/12 Good early morning Girls, <BR> I can't sleep, so I got up and crocheted on my table doily. I think it may be done. I put it on the table, and I think it is the right size. Now just need to see what hubby thinks...and I don't know whether to end it with the red, or to add a round of white...I kind of wanted it to be red, but not sure if it looks finished or not...we shall see. <BR> <BR> Talk with you all in the morning. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 02:07:39 EST FRIDAY 11/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi girls <BR> <BR> Well it was 30 degrees last night but they still stay 60 degrees during the day. It will be sunny Saturday so we hope to finish the house part. Then it will be cloudy a couple days then sunny again. Then hope to get the trim painted. At least the house will be protected that way from the elements. <BR> I will be glad for the cloudy days as I can work inside and get so... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:55:21 EST Veteran's Day 11/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning, <BR> <BR> Thank you to all veteran's who served our country. <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> If you didn't see Patty's thread yesterday, check out her blog to see that lovely roses afghan she just finished. It has been so much fun hearing about the progress in the making. <BR> <BR> Karen, I hope the fibro aches and pains are better today. I'm loving that picture of you sitting on the b... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:02:01 EST Friday, 11/11 Good morning girls, <BR> If you haven't checked last night's post, my roses <em>214</em> afghan is done and pics are on my blog. <BR> I started another round ripple this morning in red, green and white, to make a centerpiece doily for my dining room table in Christmas <em>460</em> <em>446</em> colors. I love this pattern. No, I haven't finished the second round ripple that I started, but this Christmas one, the 3rd one, needs to be finished by day after Thanksgiving...I want it on t... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:46:57 EST Thursday, November 10 <img src="">Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> November is marching along at a good clip. Thanksgiving is getting closer. Just two more weeks. <BR> <BR> If Thanksgiving dinner is at your house that means getting the house ready and grocery shopping, etc. This morning that makes me think about going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head! Lol. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee and still... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:29:17 EST Wednesday, November 9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Good afternoon or evening <BR> <BR> Today is TOPS day. I lost .4 lb. this week. Good TOPS meeting with a program about change and how it effects us. I had lunch with a dear TOPS friend afterwards and we had a good, long visit. Used to be about 8 of us regularly had lunch after the meeting and it was such a good time of visiting. As one of our members said today, she loves co... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:51:44 EST Tuesday, November 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I went to bed at 10 and here I am at 1 wide awake. I'll blame the time change. <BR> <BR> Thinking of turkeys this month. I have only seen turkeys in real life about 3 times. The first was passing a turkey farm in the valley, the second was a huge turkey at the county fair - it looked like it's spindly legs would hardly hold it up! The third was a wond... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 04:37:19 EST Monday, November 7 <img src=""> <BR> Happy Monday everyone, <BR> <BR> Is it getting cold over in West Virginia, Michigan and Ohio? <BR> <BR> My time is all messed up. I keep thinking "What time was this before we switched again?" <BR> <BR> I thawed some chicken tenders and I think I'll make a Weight Watcher recipe for "fried" chicken. I made DH some potato salad. I think I'll have steamed cauliflower with it. <BR> <BR> I need t... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:52:10 EST Sunday, 11/6 Good morning girls, <BR> Almost a whole week gone in November. Where did it go, what did I get accomplished? Not much <BR> <BR> Did I tell you that I finished my scrap ghan. I was going to do a double crochet scallop around the whole thing, but realized that it might not look good as the whole afghan was single crochet. So I did 3 rounds of single crochet, then a single crochet sort of scallop around. I really like how it turned out. I was almost half done with the final r... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 08:06:09 EST Saturday, November 5 <img src=""> Good morning, <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> It's pouring down rain here - do any of you need some? <BR> <BR> We had an odd thing happen last night. We'd just turned out the lights to go to bed and were down the hall in our room when he doorbell rang. DH went to look out the kitchen window and saw a young man on the porch who held up a vial to show him, then he left and got in a very expensive car. We felt... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:39:41 EST I am thankful for <em>220</em> 1. I am thankful for my husband, Bruce. We've stuck together almost 47 years. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:27:05 EST Thanksgiving A to Z Here we go again: <BR> <BR> A - Asparagus roasted Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:25:12 EST