SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges Team Messageboard JoAnna Lund's books, newsletters & lifestyle, that helped her & many more lose weight & keep it off! HELP- H-Healthy Eating E-Moderate Exercise L-Lifetime Changes P-Positive Attitude SparkPeople Healthy Exchanges Team Messageboard saturday, 5/23 Evening Girls, <BR> You all must be busy this weekend. It has been slow going on the board here this week... <BR> <BR> Today I made 2 JoAnna dishes, well one Joanna dish, and one JoAnna like dish. <BR> <BR> James Thick and Quick Chili from March 1995 newsletter, page 6 <BR> 8 oz, 90% lean turkey or beef, ground <BR> 1/4 cup chopped onion <BR> 10 oz. canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained (16 oz. can) <BR> 1&3/4 cups canned stewed tomatoes with juice(14&1/2 ounce can) <BR> 1 cup hunts tomato... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:57:22 EST Wednesday, 5/20 Evening Girls, <BR> From close to 80 degrees 2 days ago, to 40's yesterday, and 50's today. Supposed to be 50's and 60's the rest of the week. It froze last night, got into the 20's, haven't heard yet about bro's fruit farm. <BR> <BR> Went to the dr. today. First time seeing him, as my other dr. retired. I liked him, and he knows my kids. <BR> <BR> I went about my hands, said they have been aching for over a year, and I have been taking Aleve every day, not good. <BR> <BR> He doesn't thin... Wed, 20 May 2015 19:26:41 EST Saturday, May 16 Happy Saturday everyone <em>67</em> <BR> I put a little sunshine there but that's not what I see outside my window yet. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow DH & I greet at church and serve coffee and goodies after the service. That probably won't last long because there is going to be a May 17 Norwegian Liberation day celebration/potluck. This should be a fun day. I understand when the church started 125 years ago services were in Norwegian but probably not many would understand that language any more. ... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:38:55 EST Tuesday, May 12 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I had a doctors appointment today. Not a surprise to me my a1c was higher than it should be so time to get back to the business of taking care of it. <BR> <BR> The rain is back pretty steady today and tomorrow. The leaves on the big tree in my front yard is sagging down with rain. <BR> <BR> Patty, How is the afghan for the wedding present coming along? Or are you in wood-stacking mode today? Is it still pretty hot over your way? <B... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:38:58 EST Monday 5/11/15 Hi girls <BR> <BR> Everyone must be busy today. I was busy today too. <BR> I organized my scrapbooking supplies I had out all over the table. Still have more but at least the table is cleared up. <BR> Then traced another pattern - this time for my daughter. <BR> Then I marked the darts in my blouse that I want to sew. Hope to get to do it tomorrow. <BR> Hope you all had a good evening. <BR> Posted my scrapbook party on my sparkpage if you want to check it out. <BR> Nina <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 23:38:28 EST Saturday 5/9 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I was looking at posts to see what all I have been missing. <BR> Patty, I am glad you have a computer again. I know when my internet is down, I really miss it. Also glad your doctor's appointments can go longer, so you don't have to go back in so often. <BR> <BR> Nina, I found your capris and skirts made from jumpers. Very nice work. You sew as well as a professional seamstress!! I also found your food journal that we were looking for some time back. Honestly I ... Sat, 9 May 2015 15:55:33 EST Friday, 5/8 Good morning girls, <BR> Hubby went yardsaling this morning, but not much happening, so he just called and said we would go to the senior center for lunch...yay <BR> <BR> Have I mentioned yarny things lately? <BR> Working on afghan for nephew and fiancé for June wedding. <BR> Working on loom knitted hats. Started a knit hat in the car yesterday while we were out and about. <BR> <BR> High of 78 and maybe rain today. then back into the 60's for the rest of the week. sounds good to me. <BR> ... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:18:45 EST Thursday, 5/7 Afternoon girls, <BR> whew, it is 86 here today and a bit humid...what a difference from last week. Nice in the house though, low 70's, so that is just great. <BR> <BR> Dr. apt this morning. Everything is still the same. <BR> He said, we will meet again in 3 months, and then if nothing is changed, maybe lengthen the time between visits...yay <BR> <BR> I can't get my favorites to work on this computer, I may have to call her and see if she can help me with this. <BR> <BR> Have a good day gi... Thu, 7 May 2015 14:00:13 EST Wed. 4/29/2015 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Everyone must be busy this week. It has been a nice week. Sunny <em>67</em> and in the 80's. Even had the air conditioner on last night to sleep. <BR> Lost another pound so I am happy. <em>521</em> <BR> Had fajitas last night with low carb tortillas and a salad. <BR> Cleaned my MIL's apartment this morning and had breakfast with her to visit a little. <BR> Did some sewing yesterday. Finished a knit top I had cut out and also repurposed a jumper. Just cut the t... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:01:34 EST Thursday, 4/23 What's for supper? <BR> Three cheese macaroni, Potful, page 179 <BR> <BR> I only out the macaroni in about 30 to 40 minutes before I serve, and the pot is on high... <BR> <BR> Southern banana praline muffins, dessert cookbook, page 297 <BR> <BR> We will have tomatoes, baby carrots and cucumbers to go with. <BR> Patty Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:14:18 EST Wednesday, 4/22 Good morning girls, <BR> We had snow on the ground this morning...a high of 37 they say...brrr <BR> <BR> We sold another bike on ebay. Hubby is wrapping it now, so he can take it to fed ex when he goes into town this afternoon. <BR> <BR> We have a female turkey coming to eat birdseed each morning right outside our picture window...we have nature out there, squirrels and chipmunks, birds and turkey, even a bear once in a while... <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:16:53 EST Monday, 4/20 Evening Girls, <BR> Visit with friends went well Jan. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> then knitting group, then because I was feeling good, <BR> picked up cousin and we went to the store. Had a nice visit. <BR> <BR> For supper I put some chicken sausages in the crockpot, then put the JoAnna sauce recipe from Potful. <BR> Can't remember what it is called, but it is the first hot dog recipe in the dessert section.(she has 2 cocktail frank recipes in there, and this was the first one)..n... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:19:38 EST Sunday 4/19/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Was a busy day today and I got a few things done. I made Jo's "Raisin Bread" and "Sunflower Oat Bread." It is now sliced and in the freezer. <BR> <BR> Also traced out a blouse pattern. Tomorrow will try and cut it out. <BR> <BR> Then worked on recipes <em>149</em> . I got my recipe box from our travel trailer and the RV cookbook of Jo's. Been looking for the homemade vanilla pudding recipe and found it in that book. So was happy about that. <BR> <BR> By then ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:13:00 EST Saturday, 4/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> We are having company here this afternoon. My very first boyfriend and his wife...We were in 3rd grade, and I just LOVED <BR> Anyway, he has stopped once each summer for the last 2 years...He is very nice, and I think hubby and he get along very well. They both love to talk about the Lord... <BR> <BR> Anyway, we have been writing each other, well hubby and he have, not proper for me to do that, and they have talked a couple of times on the phone too. So an... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:00:40 EST THURSDAY 4/16/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Been a few busy days <em>198</em> . Wed. DH went to urologist but all they did was tell us a little about what they will do with a Kidney stone that is too large to pass. So we wait another 10 days get an ex-ray and go back. Pray it will brake up and pass during this time. Some of these procedures are expensive to break up a large one. <BR> <BR> Then to MIL's to clean her apartment. Then we went to Wal-Mart to get DH some more medication. Then we found a devic... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:31:44 EST Monday 4/13/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Spent the day in the kitchen today. I washed the kitchen windows first off. Then I cooked the Italian flavored ground turkey, measured it, bagged, and froze it. <BR> I made 4 of Jo's meatloafs. Our favorite is Budgeville Meat Loaf. Also made 6 turkey burgers. Froze them on a cookie sheet and then bagged and froze them. <BR> Did more so I am set for a while with meals ready in the freezer. <BR> Went to our Theology class and then back home. <BR> <BR> Hope you are al... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:59:58 EST Sunday, 4/12 Afternoon Girls, <BR> We just got back from town. Had lunch at ??? you guessed it, burger <BR> <BR> such a beautiful day here, in the 60's and sunshine. <BR> <BR> we had 5 cords of wood delivered on Friday. We will start moving that into the wood barn today. We have another load coming in another couple of weeks. <BR> We could only get 5 cord delivered instead of the 6 that usually comes because of the freeze limits on the highways still... <BR> <BR> Just popped a batch of butte... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:23:41 EST Wednesday, 4/8 Afternoon Girls, <BR> It is cool and damp out today, in the high 30's low 40's though. <BR> I just feel cold today. <BR> <BR> Did I tell you girls that sis is drinking again? Has been for over 2 weeks, maybe longer. Brother is not going to pay for treatment again for her. the family has spent many thousans of dollars to help her over the years. We talked it over together, bro and I, and decided that it just didn't help...she keeps making these choices for herself to choose alcohol over eve... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:17:21 EST Tuesday Good morning, <BR> I hope everyone had a nice Easter. My daughter and I went to church and then out to Soup Plantation. <BR> <BR> Granddaughter and my four little great grandsons arrived yesterday. It will be a busy few days. They are leaving on Friday as their spring break ends and its back to school on Monday. <BR> <BR> I went to Drs. On Friday. I am thankful that my red blood is back up, white count and platelets still real low but since I have such a history of this they are going ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:23:05 EST Happy Easter Good Easter morning! <em>449</em> <BR> It's cloudy, grey and raining here so I hope all the kiddies did their egg hunts yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have been busy this week with church things and getting ready for Easter weekend. Our youngest son got here Friday late afternoon. We took one good walk while the weather cooperated. This morning DS#1 is helping me get Easter dinner ready for about the time DH and I get home from church because DS#2 needs to leave around 2. <BR> <BR> Nina, I hope... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:11:11 EST THURSDAY 4/2/15 hi everyone <BR> <BR> Back from our trip to AZ. Been busy washing clothes and getting back into the routine of helping the parents. <BR> <BR> I took my mom to the doctor yesterday and my DH went to his mom's and took her breakfast from McDonalds. My mom needed an alergy shot. <BR> <BR> Looking for banana recipe's that do not use pudding. I am out and payday is not till next Wed. Have a lot of ripe banana's. Siince it is cool I thought I might bake before it gets hot here and freeze th... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:50:34 EST Tuesday, 3/31 I just made the Florida Dream Pie <BR> found in newsletter Volume 1, issue 2 <BR> <BR> *******well, this pie isn't setting up, so I just put it into the freezer. It will be a freezer pie.****** <BR> <BR> I tasted the filling for this, and super yummy <BR> <BR> <BR> Florida Dream Pie <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 graham cracker pie crust (I used a choc. pie crust) <BR> 1, 4 ounce package vanilla cook and serve pudding mix (I used an instant pie mix, sf and ff of course) <BR> 1 cup orange juice <B... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:15:21 EST Monday, 3/30 Good morning Girls, <BR> Lots of new pics on my blog. Still working on loom knitted hats, and going to start another sweater for DGD's. These will be blue with flowers running along the bottom...I have it pictured in my mind. <BR> We shall see how they turn out. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today <BR> then knitting group. <BR> <BR> Last night, I didn't have sandwiches, I made cheesy ham casserole from gramma's comfort food, page 139...this was wonderful. and of course the fruit cocktai... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:05:37 EST Sunday, 3/29 Afternoon girls, <BR> Can you believe it is the last Sunday in March? I know I keep mentioning how fast the year is going, but it is really going fast for us... <BR> <BR> We went to town today for lunch and GW shopping. The only thing I found at GW was 2 knifty knitter looms, so I snatched them up fast. <BR> <BR> It is snowing and blowing here, up to 60 mile winds, and thick heavy wet snow. The ground is again covered, and it is 40 degrees out though I imagine that it will cool off a bit as... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:35:09 EST Wednesday March March 25th where is everyonehello Hello, <BR> I guess everyone is busy. I've been busy getting ready for a visit from the grandson-sons on the Monday after Easter. Visit will be short, just four days but I am really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Patty I love my crockpots it's my favorite way to cook! I love the new casserole crockpot so far I've just made lasagna and macaroni and cheese in it but both of them turned out really good. <BR> <BR> I've been working on my sewing room,what a mess! I don't sew much anymore so... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:35:27 EST Monday, 3/23 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center today, then knitting group' <BR> <BR> Just put supper in the crock pot, will cook it on high for 3 hours, and it will be done...I just love my crockpots <BR> <BR> Put the blueberry peach crisp in the oven just now too. so easy. <BR> <BR> So supper is done...yay there will be potatoes and peas, and blueberries and peaches for fruits and veggies... <BR> <BR> Hubby brought in a cherry filled donut this afternoon, and I turned him down, can you ima... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:35:32 EST Sunday, 3/22 Seems like just yesterday, I said that Feb. is almost over it is March, and it is almost over...time is certainly flying here the last year or two. <BR> <BR> Went to town today. I found a pair of Bounce Hush Puppies shoes, used, for $3.99 yay <BR> <BR> Nothing else... <BR> <BR> I went to Walmart to check out bras panties and socks...couldn't find what I wanted in my was either too small, or not the right kind, so came home with nothing...think of the money that I sav... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:48:15 EST Tuesday Hello, How are you all? Happy St. Patrick's Day. Nothing much going on here have to run out to Penny's to get husband new T-shirts. Made a lasagna in my new crockpot casserole dish will have that to eat today with the salad probably have a very small serving for me because it looks pretty fattening <BR> <BR> I don't have any more of my healthy exchange cookbooks they went to Goodwill about a year ago so I'm glad to see there's lots of recipes listed on the site. Although for me it's probab... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:38:25 EST Sunday 315/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> It is warm here. Was sunny <em>67</em> and got to 80 yesterday and will most likely get to 80 <em>259</em> today. We sure will have to get use to the heat in CA. <BR> <BR> Went to a Rock show yesterday and had a great time. It was really large. DGD got to pan for gold and make a necklace out of beads. See a demonstration about dinosaurs. Then to eat at Home Town Buffee. We all enjoyed the day together. <BR> <BR> DH and I did not make it to church <em>288</... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:39:40 EST Friday Where is everyone? Just wanted to stop in and say hello. Linda I don't think we have met but I think your table project sounds interesting. A project is always good when we are stressed. <BR> <BR> We had a nice birthday dinner at Chili's Tuesday evening. I had Monterey chicken. It was really good but I am glad that I ate just half of it. Later that night I searched for their nutritional information and was shocked to know that my chicken had almost 1200 calories. <BR> <BR> It is warm... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:01:15 EST Tuesday, 3/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> Goodness, March is already 1/3 gone...this year is going so fast. Must be all the dr. appt.s that make it seem that <BR> <BR> Yesterday got up to 44 and sunshine...yay <em>67</em> <em>259</em> Today is supposed to be even warmer, maybe even in the low 50's...still freezing at night though. I sure do love spring. <BR> <BR> Let's see, the house is all nice and cleaned up, and the company can't come today...She is sick. But we did invite DS and wife over ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:05:32 EST Sunday, 3/8 Good early morning Girls, <BR> Iris, again so good to hear from you . <BR> <BR> Jan, such good deals you got...yay <BR> <BR> Nina, what a busy day for you. Good job on saving so much money on the truck. <BR> <BR> I can't sleep, so decided to get online here and visit with you girls. <em>102</em> <BR> My ankles are both terribly itchy, a reaction to something I'm thinking, and I don't have any Benadryl. <BR> <BR> We will be going to town later today. Much later <BR> <BR> Guess I will g... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 03:31:38 EST Saturday oh goodness I have been away so long. I was hoping to find some of you here. I am not even sure if I am posting right. <BR> <BR> In looking at past posts, I was so sorry to see that Ann had passed away. I hope all of you are well. It has been a year and a half since my granddaughter and my four little great grandsons moved. There have been two visits with them coming out here. I still miss them terribly. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened in this year and a half. Took a fall and broke my f... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:28:58 EST Tuesday, 3/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Nina, that pumpkin pie sounds yummy. <BR> lunch at senior center today. <BR> Then pick up cousin for a nice chat at the store lunch room and our free coffee. She will be 90 this summer...and is going strong. She is the last of Mom's generation. <BR> <BR> I think bologna sandwiches for supper with fresh fruit. We have bananas, strawberries, grapes and blackberries...doesn't that sound good? <BR> <BR> Since we always have a large meal at lunch at the senior center, s... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:11:25 EST Monday, 3/2 Good morning Girls, <BR> The second of March already, this year is just going so fast. <BR> Yesterday it got up to 22 degrees, and a tiny bit of sunshine shining through, more in the afternoon, than the morning... <BR> <BR> Yes, I did get a great deal at GW. <BR> The pants were 99cents <BR> one shirt was 1/2 off at $1.90 <BR> the other 3 shirts were 3.99 I think <BR> and then someone in line gave me a 10%discount coupon, so a goodly day. <BR> <BR> Two black shirts, 1 medium blue, and one w... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:13:05 EST Sunday, March 1, 2015 Good morning ladies <em>137</em> <BR> Here we are in a brand new month and believe it or not spring is coming! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I'm working on planning ahead more on my meals, water and eventually I'll get some exercise in there too. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the sun was back so I weeded the raised beds and turned most of the cover crop in the big garden. <BR> <BR> Nina, Are you back from the mountains yet? How was your brother's place there? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:53:31 EST Friday 2/27/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Spent most of the day at my mom's. Dear sis brought me back home. Me and mom had a good time chatting. Came home and made supper. My DB#1 called and we are going up to the mountains to help my DB#2 paint his new cabin in the mountains. It is suppose to snow in the mountains tonight and this week-end. Do not know if it will do so at my DB's. He is a little lower so maybe not. I may get to see snow this winter after all. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Friday ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:33:33 EST Tuesday, February 24 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Well, it's still morning here- afternoon where some of you are. Cold this morning but the sun should be coming out soon and warming things a bit. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we pack up brown bag lunches. Not sure what else we'll be doing. Believe me there's always plenty that could be done. <BR> <BR> What's going on with you today? <em>438</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:18:13 EST Monday, February 23 Hi ladies, <em>137</em> <BR> How is your new week starting out? <BR> <BR> Patty, you know what we always say - it's almost the end of February and where did it go?! <BR> I hope you and Glenna are staying warm. <BR> <BR> Linda, how are you doing? <BR> <BR> Jo, Welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> Glenna, How is the farm going with all your cold weather? <BR> <BR> Nina, What are you up to this week? Did you get everything listed on eBay? <em>440</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:15:03 EST Friday 2/20/22 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Went to Ripon today to get a caffine free diet soda. We do that about once a week as a treat. Then came home and worked on Ebay all day and all evening except for fixing dinner. <BR> <BR> Had taco bowls as we call them. Then some 1/2 fat pecan ice cream. <BR> <BR> Jan-glad the sun came back today-ours did not show till about 2pm. We had fog most of the day. <em>243</em> on keeping on track. <BR> <BR> Nina Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:25:25 EST Thursday 2/19/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Today was my mom's turn. I took her to wal-mart and she got some shopping done. My sister stays at her house during the week-but is working for my brother across the street. She takes care of his MIL. She does not get done till 4 pm and my mom is too tired by that time to go shopping. <BR> Me and mom had a good time and we went to Taco Bell and had lunch. <BR> Then my brother came and him and his BIL thought they could do the job that needs done on our truck if we g... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:15:16 EST WED. 2-18-2015 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Been another busy week. Did MIL apartment again today. Been getting McDonalds breakfast on this day as she likes us eating with her. Not the greatest for dieting, but I do get my Bacon Egg Biscuit sandwich without the cheese. That helps a little. <BR> <BR> Made a JoAnn pie today. It was originally a Baked Banana Peanut butter Pie <em>471</em> . I just made it with instant vanilla pudding. I can't seem to find sugar free cook and serve vanilla. I also did not ba... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:41:07 EST Sunday, 2/15 Afternoon Girls, <BR> The storm is over here, mercy, but we had strong winds and lots of snow. Sunshine out today, and right now it is minus 3...that's right -3... <BR> <BR> We went to town for lunch today. <BR> Went to Goodwill. <BR> Didn't buy a thing. <BR> <BR> Home now where it is safe and warm...almost finished, I am binding off, with the body of the size 2 toddler sweater. then on to the arms. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. <BR> <BR> I will talk with the oncologist about my blood suga... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:36:52 EST SATURDAY HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> I had a good time with family and my DH <BR> <BR> Nina Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:06:04 EST Friday, February 13 Happy Friday ladies! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> How is your week going? <BR> <BR> The ladies Bible Study was here yesterday and we had a good time and they enjoyed being here so I'm feeling good about that. With my son's situation, it has been years since I've had people in to visit. <BR> <BR> DS and I went in for our labs early yesterday morning and I saw my doctor today. She said everything was good. My a1c (Diabetes) was 6.5 which is higher than I like but a drop from last visit. <BR>... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:21:36 EST Monday, February 9 Good morning ladies! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> How is your week starting out? <BR> <BR> This is a busy one for me. Our youngest son took today off for a long weekend and will be returning home later on. I volunteered to have Bible study here on Thursday so I have a fire lit under me to get things spruced up and sparkling clean by then. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> It's a gray day here but I don't see rain so far. When I checked the raised bed by the patio the violets are starting to bloom and a... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:14:40 EST Friday 2/6 Good morning ladies! <BR> <BR> It's rainy and windy here and I'm trying to get ready for DS#2 to get here for the weekend. It's his birthday tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I just don't feel well. It's not the cold or cough or flu going around but I am so fatigued and don't feel right. Someone else who had the "bug" said she was experiencing that, too- sort of a rebound. <BR> <BR> DH has been working on a repair of some torn vinyl flooring in the kitchen. It looks pretty good but he says he needs t... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:05:19 EST Sunday, 2/1 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Just got back from town. I bought 2 more 99cent tops at Goodwill today, and hubby found 4 pair of brand spankin' new shoes at Goodwill for 3.99 a pair. Pretty good deal yes??? <BR> <BR> Went to see Sis at the behavioral unit. they have a family day on wed. I think I want to go but really do not want to go alone. hoping brother will go with me. <BR> <BR> On the way home, a friend called to tell me her hubby died this morning. <BR> He had alzheimers and she and her son t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:13:02 EST Friday, 1/30 Evening Girls, <BR> Pizza for supper. We just love pizza...pigs for <BR> <BR> new pics on my blog, finally <BR> <BR> DD and DGD will be stopping soon to pick up DGD items...hope she likes them. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today. <BR> <BR> nothing much else happening here. Hubby plowed again. <BR> <BR> that small snowblower works so well on the 2 decks...I am so thankful that we got it. Much easier than shoveling off the decks, especially after bringing snow down off the ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:38:31 EST Thursday, 1/29 Evening Girls, <BR> Almost evening here, as almost suppertime... <BR> <BR> We are having a crockpot casserole, sort of Mexican chicken with cream cheese, 1 can diced tomatoes, onion, celery and carrots, chicken and cream cheese, all cooked in the crockpot. top with grated cheese. <BR> Put it over brown rice, and green beans on the side... <BR> <BR> We are under a winter weather advisory here today, very windy and snowing a bit. <BR> <BR> Our cable cable, (the cable from Charter cable) is... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:58:54 EST TUESDAY Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Feeling much better today. DD#1 has been so supportive and encouraging. <BR> Thanks so much everyone for all the prayers and concerns. <BR> Got to start getting back to practical eating. Figured out my menus for the rest of this week and next week. That way I can get started loosing some pounds. <BR> <BR> Thanks again everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:27:31 EST MONDAY 1/26/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Very stressed. Younger daughter is sending hateful things about me. Don't understand it-my other children are very honoring to me and their father. <BR> Makes me so sorrowful-Prayer needed <BR> Just cannot talk much more tonight. <BR> Nina Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:14:22 EST Saturday, 1/24 Good morning Girls, <BR> Am getting ready to help brother put sis in a detox place...I was hoping to never have to do this. <BR> <BR> It snowed a bit last night, but not much, maybe a couple of inches. Gray skies out right now. We had sunshine yesterday...yay <BR> <BR> Finished up the ear warmer for DGD. Now to start on the leggings. <BR> <BR> My eating has been ok, though eating too much I think...I will need to be more conscious of how much I am eating... <BR> <BR> Jan, I missed where y... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:29:01 EST Thursday, 1/22 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Sis is drinking again, in fact has been drinking for quite a is trying to help her get into a detox place as soon as a bed opens up. We shall see on that...I hate this... <BR> <BR> seems like I never have good news. <BR> <BR> Went to town today, and had an eye appt. Should get new glasses in a week. <BR> <BR> Hubby bought an almost new Dyson vacuum cleaner at Goodwill for $20. cool deal. Now we have a vacuum for each floor. A Dyson for lower and anoth... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:21:07 EST Wed 1/21 Hi Ladies, been meaning to check in here but I kept forgetting and then it was too late. My WW is going good. I've been able to count points for breakfast and lunch at work easily. I found a menu plan called shrinking on a budget that has a shopping list and points listed on the recipes. It's only like 10$ a year. I'll be trying the meals next week and I'll let you know how that goes. Just looking at it is encouraging, simple, cheap and easy. My kind of cooking. Not much else is happe... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:44:01 EST Tuesday, 1/20 Good morning Girls, <BR> I was all alone in HE sparkland yesterday...Hopefully more can get on here today, when your day isn't quite so busy. <BR> <BR> I did put new pics on my blog. Made for DGD. <BR> <BR> Remember all those hats that I made in Dec.? Well, I gave them to our local charity instead of giving them to the oncologist office for chemo caps...well, I started making hats again. I have 2 finished,, just need to make flowers for them. I want these to be really pretty and feminine, s... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:57:50 EST Monday, 1/19 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Can you imagine it is the 19th already? <BR> <BR> Went to town yesterday, and bought three, 3 ring notebooks, and a 3 hole paper punch. <BR> I need to sort out my crochet patterns...I may have already told you this. If so just ignore <BR> <BR> Went to town today and got the temp. crown put back on. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> blueberry pancakes topped with sliced bananas and sugar free syrup for supper, with a couple of fried eggs...I need to eat soft foods unt... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:24 EST Sat 1/17 Hello all how are you? Just read yesterdays posts, scary all the reactions from the vegan eating. I thought that was supposed to make you feel better not worse. Those bags are so cute I can't believe they are charging for bags, that's crazy. I'm glad they don't do that here although CA seems to lead the way for trends around here. Groceries are expensive enough. WW is going good, I enjoyed being back in meetings, not much has changed. Still points plus but they have added 24 hour chat a... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:46:15 EST Friday 1/16 Happy Friday everyone, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> We just passed a couple of rainy days and will have rainless days for awhile. Always glad to see a bit of sunshine. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to quilting group. We have such a fun time visiting and one lady brought split pea soup to share. Another lady and I tied one quilt. Probably in late May a barge will take supplies up to Alaska to a mission where they'll distribute the quilts, hats, gloves and things for them to giv... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:59:36 EST TUESDAY, JAN. 13 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been missing so long. Our internet went down on Sunday, Jan. 4. We just got it going again today. I have certainly missed being online. <BR> <BR> It is cold and dreary here today. Only in the 20's and we have fine snow. It was raining yesterday, then the temps dropped into the 20's. So we had ice topped with a bit of snow. <BR> <BR> Dh and I both had that bug that is going around. I had a fever for about 4 days. So needless to say, I haven't accompl... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:06:44 EST Monday January 12th hello ladies. My computer broke so I have to type this on my phone which is not fun .anyways I still wanted to check in with you all. I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting tonight and it was nice to be back. Not a whole lot has changed since last time. I made the pizza the other day and my family enjoyed it it was really good. Hope you all had a great day and have a good week talk to you soon Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:20:52 EST Friday, 1/9 Good morning Girls, <BR> We got lots of snow yesterday and last night. <BR> Hubby is outside now getting snow off the roofs, then he will plow, then go plow out DD...then bring in or tomorrow he will have to use the snow blowers to get the snow off the porches and to make the paths around to the doors and the wood piles... <BR> <BR> new pics on my blog...finally I got a face mask to work properly...but I really had to change up the pattern. I wrote the changes on the pattern so ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:54:33 EST Thursday, 1/8 Good morning girls, <BR> Nina, did I tell you about etsy? It is a place to sell hand made items...I think it is 60cents to list things on there, but it may be easier to sell on there than it is on ebay... <BR> <BR> lunch at senior the single digits again today, cold but I see a bit of blue sky... <BR> <BR> have a nice day girls. <BR> <BR> Oh, I closed down the health was making me depressed to see it all in writing, so I just closed it down... <BR> Patty Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:34:15 EST Tues 1/6 Hello, I am doing ok, not so well on the eating front but that mostly has to do with having such a small budget this week. I was so tired yesterday from getting back into the swing of things I fell asleep on the couch after work. We didn't even have kids yesterday. Today I will be able to make some healthy food choices at work and count them on my plan and I hope to do my yoga tonight. We are having some trouble with our daughter, she has panic attacks, she won't go to school. We are goin... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:09:43 EST Mondays, 1/5 Hi Girls, <BR> It is nasty here today. Snowing, blowing, and cold cold cold. Not sure if it got up to 8 degrees or not today. <BR> All the schools around here closed today due to icy no lunch at senior center. <BR> <BR> Hopefully tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have started a new blog. About my health...I will be posting what I eat, how I feel etc...check it out if you want. The address is below the crochet blog addy. <BR> It will be very personal, so <BR> <BR> Did I tell you... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:29:03 EST Sunday, 1/4 Afternoon Girls, <BR> It is nasty outside...23 degrees and snowing and blowing...roads icy. <BR> so guess what we did, we went to <BR> <BR> went to lunch at burger king, then went to Goodwill <BR> I bought 3 more pair of new gloves, more, 2 new bread pans, and hubby found a pair of shoes... <BR> <BR> Hubby is out plowing now...we just got is still snowing and blowing... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a high of 8 degrees...can you imagine... <BR> <BR> Have a g... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:56:12 EST Fri 1/2 Hello again, yes I do go back to work on Monday, the kids don't start til tuesday so that is a nice way to ease back into it. Not much going on here today, hubby is working, kids are sleeping. I just have to do my grocery shopping and probably get some laundry done. I'm going to start tracking today on SP so I can at least do something towards losing weight. I hate tracking but I will for now if I have to. What are you all up to today? Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:40:36 EST Thurs Jan 1 Hi well I guess I decided to check in anyways :) I felt good enough today to take down my Christmas stuff and clean my house. We had a nice family time last night with my son. My daughter was at a friends. Thanks for the tips ladies, it's encouraging to be reminded that this is not an all or nothing "program". I am, after all, looking to change my eating for life, I don't have to do it all exactly perfect to get there. But I got really discouraged today when an unexpected bill changed my... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:33:46 EST Wed 12/31 Happy New Year's Eve! I am staying in tonight with my husband having a game night and some not so healthy fondue. It's our New Year's tradition. I hope you all have something fun planned. Well I was working on my shopping list to get started on saturday and wow, it was going to be way too expensive so I have to pare down and see if I can fit this into my budget. I kept remembering what Joanna said in her book, do the best YOU can do, so that's my game plan. There seems to be alot of foo... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:15:32 EST Tuesday, `12/30 Good morning Girls, <BR> Can you imagine that this year is almost gone? Where does the time go. I remember when I was working, time seemed to stand still at work, now that I am retired, it just goes so fast... <BR> <BR> Don't forget to write 2015 on about the first 10 or 20 checks in your book. by the time you use those, you will be used to 2015... Patty's tip of the <BR> <BR> lunch at the senior center again today. <BR> Then tomorrow going to DS house for hor-derves spelling? ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:39:20 EST Monday a little bit early, 12/29 As I am still up, thought that I would just start a post for tomorrow. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I have been printing off some new scarflet many patterns, so little <BR> <BR> This week I am cooking out of the HELP book. <BR> This will be my menu this week. <BR> As there are only 2 of us this will pretty much take care of us for the week. Not sure what will be going on for the weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Bubble Pizza page 256 <em>483</em> <BR> I only use 8 ounces o... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:33:45 EST Sunday 12-28 Hello, I'm just sitting here working on some HE menus. I'm planning on including some of the ideas you gave me from the HELP book. I figure if I have two weeks worth of menus that's a good start. I'm going to use the one she has in the book and the one I'm making now. After I try the recipes I hope to get a whole month of menus that I can repeat. I do that anyways with the unhealthy stuff we eat so it should work well. I hope you all are having a good Sunday. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:12:29 EST getting Started So I just pulled out my HE cookbooks and I am so excited to get started. I wanted so badly to eat this way a few years ago but I could only afford to make a recipe here and there. Now we are in a better place money wise so I am going in full force. My husband wants to lose weight too so he is on board. This week I am going to read my books and make a plan, I will officially start Jan 3rd. I am hoping to get some support here and it looks like there are a couple of you that are active. I... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:44:13 EST Saturday, 12/27 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I am crocheting scarves at the moment... I have 2 crocheted ones done, and the loom knitted one done...going to start another one...frankly, I am obsessed with scarves at the moment... <BR> <BR> I remember when I was obsessed with socks, then hats, now scarves...wonder where my obsession will go next? <BR> <BR> It is raining her today and windy...supposed to be in the high 30's Starting tomorrow and all next week in the 20's and rain and snow...our snow is all gone e... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:27:37 EST Merry Christmas 2014 I'm thinking about all of you. <BR> <BR> Patty, did you and Sis cook up a storm? <BR> <BR> Nina, I'm sure your family enjoyed all the beautiful things you made. <BR> <BR> Glenna, How is your day going? Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:45:56 EST Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014 Hi ladies. <BR> <BR> It has been a busy few days I have been sewing up a storm. Living on a fixed income does not allow us to do a lot of shopping. Thank goodness over the years I have always made Christmas gifts. So I just set about getting it done this week. <BR> Here are a few of the things I made. Some of them I had to ship before I got pictures of them. So will not be able to show them. <BR> Check out my Sparkpeople Blog <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <BR> You all... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:10:30 EST Sat & Sunday Dec 2014 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> It is late so put 2 dates in. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Friday we got a call from the police and they had found our car. It only had a little damage where the key went in. Also it smelled bad of smoke and body oder. We think it was a homeless person or something. Anyway Dear Hubby sprayed Lysol all in it. Then took it down and had it professionally cleaned. We are so relieved and are Praising the Lord. <BR> <BR> Nina Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:50:43 EST Thursday, 12/18 Morning girls, <BR> Nina, how terrible to have your car stolen...praying you get it back real soon. <BR> <BR> Glenna, we got lots of snow night before last and all day yesterday, Our brown grass is all covered with snow. About 8 inches. So hubby had to plow is probably heading your way. <BR> <BR> Jan, how is your exercising coming along? I am doing nothing...just sitting and crocheting...been really tired lately... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day girls. <BR> Patty Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:28:11 EST Wed. 12/17/2014 Hi everyone <BR> It was a Nice day today, just a few clouds <em>67</em> . <BR> <BR> We had a shocker this morning <em>40</em> . Our car was stolen last night. We could not believe anyone would want it. It was a 93 Honda with over 300,000 miles and the paint coming off of it. <BR> Police lady said they steal 3 Hondas a day here. So sad. <BR> <BR> Went to MIL and cleaned. Good to do something useful and get our minds off of the car. <BR> <BR> Then went to taco bell. <BR> <BR> Wen... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:09:50 EST Tuesday, 12/16 Good morning girls, <BR> Hubby and I both went to the dental clinic this morning, and back again. <BR> I need another crown. I knew that I did, it is on the tooth that the front broke off. <BR> <BR> we get vouchers from our local comm. on aging...something you girls may want to check into. <BR> Supposedly both of us get $300 per year for dental work. <BR> I may be able to get an additional voucher for that crown. we shall see. <BR> have to leave now... <BR> <BR> nope, no additional voucher,... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:41:55 EST Sunday, December 14, 2014 Good morning <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> It's 42 here this morning and the sun is out. What's the weather where you are? <BR> <BR> I'm hoping Nina isn't anywhere near where the bad weather hit in California. <BR> <BR> Wow, what an honor Marcus Marioto (?) won the Heisman award last night. I don't usually watch sports but did watch him play for University of OR recently. What an outstanding young man! I think I saw a lot of tears in eyes. <BR> <BR> Tonight is the Sunday School program and di... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:38:22 EST Friday, December 12 Hello ladies <em>460</em> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> What a busy time of year! This year seems more so. Wednesday was TOPS Christmas party and potluck and Thursday was the church women's Bible study Christmas party/potluck. Today DH just got a call to drive - first time this month- so I'll be doing catch-up at home. <BR> <BR> I made Frosted Orange Salad and Better Than Candy Pie for the TOPS potluck and they were big hits. I made Frog Eye Salad for the other potluck and that... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:46:12 EST Happy Birthday Glenna! Glenna, I hope you enjoy your day. You are very special to all of us here at Healthy Exchanges. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:00:28 EST SUNDAY 7, 2014 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Did not go to church today <em>288</em> . We did not get up in time. <BR> My DD#1 and GD helped me decorate my home today <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> . Check it out<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829411 <BR> Then we went to DD#1's and had supper. I took the Scalloped Mushroom Potatoes to the dinner. <BR> Then back home to rest. <BR> Hope you all had a great day <BR> Nina Mon, 8 Dec 2014 01:24:49 EST Saturday, December 6 Good morning <em>460</em> <BR> I'm looking forward to going to the TOPS Area Christmas party today. I wrapped up one white elephant gift for a Bingo prize and another gift for an exchange. It will be fun to see how that goes. Seems to me last time at Bingo I won a pack of pencils with piggies on them. <BR> <BR> I got the oven cleaned yesterday (after roasting turkey mess). Boy, the fumes from the self-cleaning oven are something! Once we rented a house that had a built-in oven with doubl... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:46:39 EST Thursday, 12/4 Afternoon Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog...more hats and another pair of slippers...remember when I made those purses? Well, I took the handles off and made them into hats...turned out really cute... <BR> <BR> think I will make some more of them. Fast and easy and warm... <BR> <BR> sunshine out today but only in the high 20's <BR> <BR> tacos tonight again for supper. I think I will have taco salad instead of the shells .we shall see <BR> <BR> have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:58:29 EST Wednesday, 12/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Nina, to answer your question of yesterday... <BR> we move downstairs because we light up the bigger stove, and shut down the smaller one. That makes that family room chilly. like lower 60's chilly...too cold for this old <BR> <BR> The rest of the house is nice and toasty with the big stove running, even upstairs, as heat move right up the stairs... <BR> so that is why we move up and down the stairs in the fall and spring...once it gets too warm outside fo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:58:43 EST Tuesday, 12/2 Good morning Girls, <BR> We moved downstairs last night. Well, hubby got the big wood stove going last night, and we moved down there this morning...moving means to bring my crochet hooks and projects downstairs...that and my bible, that is all that moving <BR> <BR> Nothing else new here at all. supposed to be in the 30's for most of the week...yesterday was a high of 16...brrr <em>259</em> I don't think we are supposed to get much snow this week either...The snow has melted o... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:17:12 EST MONDAY 12/1/14 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> It was a good holiday. <BR> <BR> Went to doctors for blood test results. They put me on a new blood thinner. Trying to keep it at the right level and I can eat veggies again and no blood test every week. <BR> <BR> I am also now on a cholesterol medication-but they said I could get off in 3 months if I watch my diet and (YES YOU KNOW) loose weight <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> So I started my tracker and I am back on my cardio diet. I need encouragement-but also I am m... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:27:43 EST Monday, 11/24 Evening Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center today, then <BR> knitting group. There were 4 of us there at knitting group today. <BR> Did I tell you the name of our group is the Happy Hookers...get it...crochet <BR> <BR> Yesterday got up to 48, a low of 47 last night, and rain. <BR> Today started out 47, and now it is in low 30's, and supposed to get into the 20's tonight. <BR> Still raining, so most of our snow is gone, except for where hubby plowed it into piles, and maybe a bit i... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:53:55 EST Saturday, 11/22 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Just got home. We went to Benzonia, (isn't that a name?) to pick up our small snow blower...went to McDonalds for lunch. <BR> I came home and brought in wood, since I already had my shoes on... <BR> Benzonia is about 8 miles from where we live, and they have a new Tractor Supply store there, just opened this fall. <BR> We bought the generator and the snow blower there... <BR> <BR> Nina, we were able to buy these items from money from our ebay sales... <BR> I was thinkin... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:04:26 EST Friday, 11/21 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I have made a goal to make 50 hats by the end of the year. They will be dropped off at the oncologist office for the ladies there, They have 2 baskets with hats in them, and they said that they always need more...I am on #5 <BR> <BR> I do have new pics on my blog, 3 hats and a baby blanket... <BR> <BR> nothing else to report...oh hubby went to town to buy a small snow blower. One that I can use to help move back the banks, and that we can also use on the front and back... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:22:44 EST Wednesday Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Been a really busy week. DD#1 had a virus so I helped her out. Did MIL laundry on Monday and mine on Tuesday. Took MIL to get a perm and stayed with her there. Then to get her eye brows trimmed. Then home to get dinner on. Tomorrow I go to help my mom for part of the day. Her knee surgery went well and she is doing really well. DSister leaves tomorrow for a craft show she is in and so the rest of the fam will be checking on Mom. She is planning to go to my brot... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:28:38 EST Tuesday, 11/18 Evening Girls, <BR> Brrr, it is cold today. A high of 20 degrees...cold <BR> <BR> We left at 2 PM to go to town. <BR> Went to Walmart so that I could get the ingredients to make my laundry soap. That is the only place that I can find much cheaper than store bought soap. <BR> <BR> then we went to Goodwill. <BR> I found 6 long sleeve warm t shirts and sweatshirts. I have been so cold this winter, that I am hoping that they all fit, I need more warmth on me. <BR> <BR> Went to the dr. ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:10:39 EST Saturday, 11/15 Afternoon Girls, <BR> It's the start of deer season here in Michigan. Runs till the end of Nov. <BR> <BR> It is really cold here, a high of 28...brrr <BR> <BR> Someone wanted me to make them a hat, and it is almost finished. A camel color with a deep red stripe and flower..between a red and a burgundy color. <BR> <BR> My cat scan went fine. I had to be there 2 hours early, as we kept forgetting to stop and get the stuff I needed to drink 2 hours before, So hubby just dropped me off, and we... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:51:08 EST Wednesday, 11/12 Afternoon Girls, <BR> brrr, it is cold here today...high of 32, and snow on the ground.. <em>425</em> .we had snow Monday, melted yesterday, high of 47, and this morning, woke up to snow on the ground...a dreary November cold day...I just brought in a bunch of wood for the small stove...this year we are keeping the furnace turned on to 70, then supplementing with the small stove, until Dec. sometime, when we will move downstairs and use the large wood stove for furnace, or at leas... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:01:27 EST Saturday, Nov 8 Good morning! <BR> <BR> The sun is out a bit here and it doesn't look like rain. Hurray! 46 degrees. <BR> <BR> How is everyone's weekend going? <BR> <BR> I have some outside cleaning up to do since it's not raining. I'll fix DH his favorite Saturday breakfast - french toast - and see if he wants to help me out there. I've got about the last 2 dahlias to pick then cut them back, last weeding. Also pull some things out of the big garden and get it ready for winter. Girls, I still could use ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:00:08 EST Thursday, 11/6 Evening girls, <BR> Hubby is making chicken sandwiches for supper. We will probably have apple slices to go with...when we have a large lunch at the senior center, and we don't do a lot of work during the day, we try to have a lighter supper... <BR> <BR> Glenna, we had snow this morning...a high of 41 here today, and high's in the 30's the rest of the week...with lots of snow and rain...It is coming your way. <BR> <BR> Jan, are you still walking? <BR> <BR> Oh, I got my appt. the 14th I hav... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:53:13 EST Wednesday, 11/5 Good morning Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog. I finally finished some more items...I love the pattern for that afghan....Twin Stitch baby afghan...just so pretty and so easy. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today, then I need to clean up my kitchen floor, and the drawers in the frig, and the dishwasher and stove top...My kitchen will be all clean until I cook in it <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:36:45 EST Tuesday, 11/4 Evening girls, <BR> had my dr,. appt this morning. Had sort of good news maybe. Needed more blood work and a scan of all my lymph system. That will be scheduled soon. <BR> <BR> So options at this point, waiting for tests, to see what exactly is going on... <BR> <BR> we are in a holding pattern until results, then will have more answers... <BR> Patty <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:07:48 EST Saturday, 11/1 Girls, <BR> Can you imagine that October is already over? Imagine, hunting season will start in 2 more weeks. I figure that is the start of winter here, as you can't get into the woods anyway, and by the time hunting season is over, we usually have snow here... <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> Glenna, did you get snow yet? We still have some on the leaves in the woods, but it is melted from the the low 40's today here, and some overcast and some blue skies. <BR> <em>4... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:11:55 EST New to group but not to HE Hi all...JoAnna's recipes are SO good and SO creative that they are perfect for anyone on an exchange diet. I am actually using Zone divided into 6 small meals to help get blood sugar under control but JoAnna's recipes work very well in that framework. <BR> Most of my boring bio is on my SparkPage; no need to repeat it here. Getting this weight off will improve my health tremendously--if it's not too late. <BR> Will watch this space. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:34:24 EST Friday, 10/31 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is snowing here this morning...and staying on the ground, sort of rain and snow mixed up together. A high of 34 degrees...brr <BR> <BR> Finished hubby's afghan yesterday. <BR> I also started a baby afghan with the S shaped knitting loom. I wanted to make a pink baby afghan with this boucle' yarn, and it is not nice to crochet with, and I didn't want to knit it, so 2 strands of yarn on my S loom. One yarn the boucle' and the other yarn just regular is loo... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:02:54 EST Monday, 10/27 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center then <BR> knitting group. There were 5 of us at knitting group today. <BR> I sat between 2 of them, and helped them with their crochet projects. <BR> <BR> I am going to make chunky chocolate pie from the Arthritis book...I love that pie, and I need something gooey and chocolaty today. Also burgers and apple waldorf salad for supper. <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:00:48 EST sunday, 10/26 Afternoon Ladies, <BR> The sun is shining and it is 53 out right now...The leaves are all almost off the trees. Hubby has a leaf blower, and has used it a lot this fall... <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> Went to town to lunch, shopping and Goodwill. I bought a corduroy pink jacket, and 2 shirts, all for 99 cents each...yay <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> then some groceries, and gas and now home... <em>367</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Still working on the rust colored socks. Did I... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:40:45 EST Thursday 10-23-2014 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> The trees are really starting to change here. So loving it as we had mostly pines in AZ. Especially seeing them start to fall off a little. <BR> <BR> Went and saw my DM at the nursing home where she is getting therapy for knee replacement. She was doing really good today. Chatted for an hour. <BR> <BR> My MIL fell trying to pick up something off the floor, which she is not suppose to do. Thankfully she did not hurt herself. Just could not get up herself. We have ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:53:40 EST Wednesday, 10/22 Good morning Girls, <BR> We had frost on the pumpkins this morning...well not really on the pumpkins, as we do not have pumpkins, <em>147</em> but there was frost on the windshield of the <BR> <BR> dr appt. went fine yesterday. Asked some questions, got some answers that I did not like...he said if cancer in some lymph nodes, meant cancer in all of them ...bah <BR> still praying for healing <BR> <BR> our wood stove is cranking out the heat this morning...yay for wood heat. <BR>... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:20:06 EST Monday, 10/20 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I have been without internet for 2 days. <BR> <BR> Called charter this morning at 9. Was online with them over 1/2 an hour. They suggested I call Microsoft. So I did. They fixed my computer over the phone...yay. But it took quite a while. Was on the phone from 9 until almost, that is the longest that I have ever been on... <BR> <BR> So now all is fixed. <BR> <BR> had a nice weekend. went to town yesterday. Got a pair of sort of dressy low heeled shoes...all I ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:21 EST Saturday, October 18 Happy Saturday ladies, <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's shocking to me to realize we're this far into October! <BR> <BR> DS#2 is here for the weekend. DH and I have a memorial service to go to - oops- he just got called to work so that isn't going to happen. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow there's a quarterly meeting after church and I have to be there to take the minutes. <BR> <BR> The kids are going mushroom hunting this afternoon. I used to go but won't now because it's a real hilly, swampy area- ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:55:11 EST FRIDAY 10/17 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Been so busy. Cooking for everyone as DD#1 got more hours to work. Also MIL is doing a lot better without taking that Tramadol. So going over and doing dishes off and on, doing her laundry, running sweeper, and cooking at daughters and having her over about 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> Put in an application for a 1940-1950's bungalo. It had new carpet, bathroom tub, sink. It has a shop for DH to do his rocks. It is about $200 more than we paid in AZ so would be tigh... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:17:18 EST Rainy Tuesday, 10/14 Good rainy morning Girls, <BR> It is supposed to rain each day this week...come on.. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today. Nothing else to report. <BR> <BR> Leftover goulash, from the freezer, for supper, with bread with peanut butter and some grape tomatoes. Not very imaginative is it... <BR> <BR> Working on rusty colored socks as well as the pinky ones this week. Started a new James Patterson book. <BR> The Quickie. <BR> Terrible title, great book. wow. I can hardly wait to see what w... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:14:02 EST Monday, 10/13 Good morning Girls, <BR> My, October is almost half over. where does the time go? <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> The trees are sure pretty here lately, lots of orange and red and gold... <BR> <BR> We sure haven't been very chatty here lately. <BR> Nina, did you find a new home yet? Are you liking CA? <BR> Jan, how are you doing? Are you still walking all over? <BR> Glenna, how are the cats???lol Are you finished with the emt training? <BR> <BR> I finally finished my red so... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:11:18 EST Wednesday Hi everyone <BR> <BR> It has been a few days since I was on. We spent most of last week looking for a place to rent. We are just not finding much in our price range right now. DD#1 is saying stay a while and save money and we might be able to get an RV we can live in. <BR> <BR> We have always wanted to be full time rver's. We will see how it goes and if the Lord opens a door or closes a door on all this. <BR> <BR> Today we went with my brother and his wife for a ride in the mountains... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:29:10 EST Monday, 10/6 Evening Girls, <BR> Imagine a week has gone by in Oct. already...mercy time goes by fast. <BR> <BR> Our beloved Wolverines lost again. I think they are one of the worst teams in the nation right now...bah <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today. It was good to get back. <BR> Then knitting group after lunch. There were only 3 of us,, and only 2 of us were crafting, so we left around 1:30. Long enough for me. I was tired out. <BR> <BR> Had a salad for lunch today. I need to eat for health and... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:48:33 EST Friday, 10/3 Well girls, <BR> I got some not good news at the dr. office. I have to see an oncologist...that's pretty much all I now for sure right now...the surgeon did not know what the pathology report to an oncologist it is... <BR> <BR> It is a gray rainy day here today lots of rain, and some of the roads in Traverse City starting to flood... <BR> <BR> Hope you day is special. <BR> Patty Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:51:55 EST Thursday, 10/2 Evening Girls, <BR> I still have not heard results of the biopsy... <BR> have a dr. apt. tomorrow morning, to get the drainage tube out...I can hardly wait for that to be out...maybe they can have some results at the same time. we shall see... <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been really hard with all this waiting, and not being able to knit or crochet...I will take my sock with us, and hopefully I can knit on the way home... <BR> <BR> Have a good evening. <BR> Hope you are all well. <BR> Patty Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:18:54 EST Monday, Sept. 29 Hello ladies <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Here goes September creeping away into October this week! Another fly by month. <BR> <BR> Today we are all remembering Patty in our prayers while she has the medical procedure. Hugs to Patty. <BR> <BR> Rain is coming back in today. I am stiff and sore from working in the garden but I'll still go to CR and hopefully work out some of those sore spots. DH is driving today. <BR> <BR> I have some laundry to do today. It's so good to have the dryer worki... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:51:15 EST Sunday, 9/28 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Mercy, we cannot get away from our <BR> yesterday at the auction, hubby visited with my ex for over half an hour. <BR> <BR> today at the party, hubby's ex will be there, up from FL. <BR> sure glad we all get along <BR> <BR> tired out all the time lately...everything is an effort <BR> <BR> <BR> Nina, praying you find a place to live soon. <BR> Maybe check with the local senior center, and there may be ways they can help you with your MIL <BR> <BR> Glenna, ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:31:57 EST Saturday, 9/27 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Hubby went to an auction this ex was there too, and hubby says they shook hands and visited for about 1/2 an hour...sure is nicer to get along with people, even <BR> <BR> a busy weekend this <BR> <BR> pizza party at friends house tonight at 5 <BR> DGD birthday party tomorrow at 3:30 <BR> surgery Monday at 8am, well I have to be there at 8, who knows what time surgery will be <BR> <BR> will be glad to have it done and over with, and find hopeful... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:17:10 EST FRIDAY Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Still looking for a place to live. Looking for the one right for us with a garage for my hubby in our price range. We will just keep looking. <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping today for the week-end. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is ok <BR> <BR> Nina Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:12:22 EST happy Wed Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Did not do much today. Looked at a small home. Then MIL fell again and called us and we went over and she was fine. She managed to get in her chair. I helped her get to the toilet. I think she was scared and once I did that and fixed her supper, she said she was ok. So we went back to DD house. <BR> We did talk to her about us getting a place to have her live with us. She just said she did not know what to do. I think my DH is going to have to make a decision fo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:37:45 EST Drizzling Tuesday 9/23 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> At 6 AM it was already 60 degrees and the ground was wet, then a while ago it started pouring down rain. <BR> <BR> DH is about to go on a driving job and it will be a stay at home day for me. I'd hate to go out and perhaps get stranded in the rain while he's out of town. Also have 2 repairmen coming his afternoon. <BR> <BR> I'm halfway through September by Rosamund Pilcher - a thick paperback. I might get some extra reading in today. <BR> <BR> What is eve... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:39:05 EST Happy Monday 9/22 Happy Monday ladies, <BR> <BR> It's cooler (69) and just comfortable today. How is it where you are? <BR> <BR> This morning I did some house straightening up and went to Cardiac Rehab. On the way home the car made a loud groan. Rats! I suspect it's the automatic drive fluid area- will wait for DH to get home to deal with it. Also our phone isn't working right and we're waiting for the cable man to come tomorrow for that and also the dryer repairman. <BR> <BR> I made Tom's Tamale Treat but... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:59:54 EST Thursday. 9/18 Good morning girls, <BR> Can you imagine that Sept. is over half over...goodness, where does time go..... <BR> <BR> Jan, hope the temps are coming down for you there in Oregon. Ours are coming up a bit, into the 60's, so to warm for the wood stove. We are using the little electric heater and the furnace a bit... <BR> <BR> Nina, so good that you are getting set up there in CA. Are you anywhere near the fires? <BR> <BR> I am working on a pair of red socks, yes red merino wool socks, and hubb... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:10:00 EST Wednesday, September 17 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> It's very fall looking here today with a few rain sprinkles. <BR> <BR> Nina, How are you doing settling into living in California? Did you and your hubby get your C-Pap machine set up ok? <BR> <BR> Patty, How did the knitting group go on Monday? What are you working on now? <BR> <BR> Glenna, How are you doing? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:47:40 EST Monday, 9/15 Good morning Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center then <BR> knitting group <BR> <BR> Nina, so glad you have a pleasant trip, and that you are settling in nicely. <BR> It's hard when you have to make decisions about your parents...very hard <BR> <BR> a fire in the wood stove again today. high in the 50's and rainy <BR> <BR> Patty Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:14:59 EST Sunday, 9/14 Evening Girls, <BR> We have been watching the Janette Oke movies on Hallmark today...such good movies. <BR> <BR> New pics on my blog. I decided not to do the cuddle already sick of <BR> <BR> Have a good evening. <BR> Patty Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:22:11 EST Saturday, 9/13 Afternoon Girls, <BR> crocheting this afternoon while college football games are on. <BR> <BR> Jan, I am going to try your Tex Mex Fiesta casserole for supper, along with lime nut salad. <BR> I do not have lime jello, so will use orange sf jello. <BR> I will also be using brown rice for the white rice she calls for...more nutritious and doesn't effect the blood sugar as fast... <BR> <BR> I cook a nice big crockpot full of brown rice then freeze it in 2 cup portions...lays nice and flat for ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:58:59 EST Friday. 9/12 Good morning Girls, <BR> brrr, it is cold outside again today. chilly until around the 20th I think. <BR> the wood stove is crankin out heat. <em>259</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Nina, good luck today on moving...Hope all goes well. <em>343</em> <BR> <BR> Jan, good job on getting that kitty back...poor little thing, he will soon fatten up. <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> Glenna, I love hearing about your garden and your canning. <BR> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <BR> My uncle died ye... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:16:01 EST Thursday, 9/11 Evening Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> then visit with cousin at the store <BR> <BR> pizza for supper <BR> <BR> It was a high of 53 today, so we started a fire in the small wood stove. It feels so good and warm down there, chilly upstairs though... <BR> <BR> Finished the toddler hat <BR> <BR> Almost done with the DGD sweater. Should finish it tonight. <BR> <BR> Then tomorrow work on the cuddle blankets for the DGD's...just a small baby blanket to cuddle with, not big enough to c... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:29:45 EST Wednesday. 9/10 Late afternoon Girls, <BR> Sis came down this morning. <BR> Went to lunch with us <BR> She started an afghan from a pattern that I had. <BR> <BR> She left about 2. <BR> Then DD and her BF came over for a short visit. <BR> <BR> I started a toddler hat, with colors from the 70's. Sometimes I just love to use those colors, rust, orange and olive green... <BR> the brim is rust <BR> then the rest is 8 rows of orange, and 3 rows of olive green. I love how it is looking... <BR> <BR> I love to put... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:47:59 EST Tuesday. 9/9 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Just got home from the dr. office. <BR> <BR> He couldn't feel any swelling or anything, but thought it should come out anyway, since it was inflamed, and give it a good on the 29th. <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> What's for supper? <BR> Patty Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:13:50 EST Sunday, 9/7 afternoon Girls, <BR> <BR> Does anyone have Heathers email? I want to rejoin the Joanna Lund Common Folk yahoo group... <BR> <BR> We just got back from town. <BR> I was having a pity party, so hubby says, come on, lets go to burger king for lunch. So I took a shower and off we went. <BR> In the car, I started a large granny square baby blanket. Pink, brown and white looking pretty nice if I do say so myself. <BR> <BR> did I tell you that I finished my socks? <BR> I may already... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:44:32 EST Saurday, 9/6 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I made Supper Pot Potluck, Diabetic, page 213 <BR> Apple Cheddar Salad, Diabetic, page 139 <BR> Doesn't that sound good for supper. <BR> <BR> Supper Pot Potluck is like a stew with lots of veggies. made in the crockpot...what could be simpler than that... <BR> Patty Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:47:33 EST Friday, 9/5 Afternoon Girls, <BR> They called with the results of the biopsy. I need surgery. They know something is going on with that lymph node, but not what, so it needs to come out...will meet with the surgeon on Tuesday, and will hopefully know more after that... <BR> <BR> Sis stopped drinking, and went to work today. <BR> <BR> DD has kept her blood sugar up where it is supposed to be for 2 days... <BR> <BR> Things are looking better up here in Michigan... <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a super d... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:47:50 EST Thursday, Sept. 4 Hi girls, <BR> <BR> It's warming up here - 80s or 90s next 2 days. <BR> <BR> We had bad news today. DS and I have visited or called all the neighbors around our house and he was told by the manager of some senior low-income apartments on the street behind us that some of the residents cats have gone missing and the manager saw a coyote in the middle of the day there. Hard news. <BR> <BR> Patty, you're in my prayers while you wait for the results of the biopsy and your sister's situation. ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:48:28 EST Tuesday, 9/2 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Had my procedure this morning...all went well. Now just waiting for the results. won't know anything until at least Friday. <BR> <BR> My sis started drinking again. She has been drinking since Thurs. she said,. She is drunk now, and a couple of her friends took her to ER. We will see if she stays...She had been sober for 5 years...poor thing, but I am soooooo disappointed in her. When I need her, she starts drinking again...I just can't count on her at all anymore... <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:06:40 EST Saturday, 8/30 Afternoon Girls. <BR> New pic on my blog, sweater for DGD. Now to make the sisters sweater... <BR> <BR> watching the wolverine football game... <BR> <BR> Patty Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:57:02 EST Friday, 8/29 Good morning Girls, <BR> Ended up going to the emergency room yesterday. Those crampings were just not stopping. <BR> <BR> they did blood work, and couldn't find anything amiss...said to double up on my magnesium/calcium pill for a couple of days... <BR> <BR> I remember last time I was on Atkins, I had bad cramping like this, only not so no more Atkins ever... <BR> <BR> Now I am sort of in limbo, not knowing what to eat, when to eat, etc..just going to cut down my portionsfor a w... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:17:18 EST Thursday, 8/28 Very early morning Girls, <BR> Jan, you asked me if I felt all right when my blood sugar drops so, I do not...I get all sweaty and exhausted. I have to watch it carefully. I don't check with a monitor, but I can usually tell by how I feel. <BR> <BR> I am up with severe leg cramps tonight...something in my diet has to change...not sure. maybe even go off low carb...we shall see. I will talk with hubby and sis about it later today. <BR> <BR> One leg cramp was in the front of my leg, ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:54:26 EST Tuesday. 8/26 Afternoon girls, <BR> Got results from dr. on my blood work... <BR> <BR> total cholesterol...116...isn't that amazing, yes, that's right, it is the total <BR> <BR> iron is a bit low, so need to take an iron supplement for 6 weeks. now I am eating lots of protein, how can my iron be low...? <BR> <BR> reduced my thyroid down to 120 from 150...yay, thyroid is getting better <BR> <BR> blood sugar was 67, they said that was too low. well duh, it was a fasting draw, so it will be low. Mine is u... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:19:34 EST Monday, Aug. 25 Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> It's a warm day here and looks like it will be a warm week. <BR> <BR> For some reason our refrigerator or maybe just the freezer part quit working yesterday and by the time we realized it everything had thawed. Some thing I keep in there don't matter- they could refreeze- like nuts, flour, bread. We were afraid the fridge was going out so we put lots in the big freezer. Fortunately the freezer got cold again and all seems to be working again but I'm suspicious whether i... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:38:54 EST Sunday, 8/24 Good morning girls, <BR> Yesterday we went to the annual birthday for my ex-FIL. He is 96...had a nice time... <BR> <BR> nothing else happening here today. Staying home... <BR> <BR> Nina, how is your foot coming along? <BR> <BR> Patty Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:30:59 EST SATURDAY 8/23/2014 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> I guess everyone is very busy. I know I was today. Did a lot of packing. Then did a little cleaning as it was beginning to get crazy, after me sitting for 5 days. <BR> Tomorrow church then a ride to the farm to take some of my sons boxes that were stored in our garage. <BR> Hope everyone is doing ok <BR> Nina Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:55:30 EST THURSDAY 8/21/2014 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Still sitting with my feet up <em>39</em> . It is a lot better and the swelling is down <em>224</em> . I was on it too much yesterday so here I sit today. <BR> I just have 2 1/2 weeks to pack after this week and this week is mostly gone. DH has never done the packing except for his garage things. He can be a little stubborn about doing anything he has not done before <em>41</em> He was always at work before. <BR> I told him today that it takes time to do t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:11:13 EST Tuesday, 8/19 Afternoon Ladies, <BR> Nina, glad your foot is getting less swollen. sounds like it is healing. <BR> <BR> Jan, I used to love getting peaches from my Dad. They used to grow them, but then they got more cherry trees, and peaches would always need picking and sorting while cherries were still being taken care of, so out the peach trees good. <BR> <BR> Dr. apt this afternoon at 4...what a terrible time for a physical...hoping she can find a solution to my feet swelling issue. <BR> <... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:15:12 EST Monday, Aug. 18 Good night ladies, <BR> <BR> Sounds like a song. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I had a follow up appointment with a dietitian today and that was interesting. Every so often we need a boost or a kick in the pants. <BR> <BR> I saw a notice that Lady Elberta peaches were in today at a produce company but when I drove by they were all shut down. DS thinks it was their day off. So I'll try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Anybody notice this month is flying by, too?! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:28:23 EST Sunday, 8/17 Good morning Girls, <BR> Nina, how scary. You and hubby keep track of that on earth did you get this infection? do you know? <BR> <BR> I kept having hubby check my elbow, as I really couldn't see it unless I looked in the mirror. <BR> Since I scraped it on either wood or dirt, he kept checking for infection in it, even though I did wash it out with soap and water...hurt hurt hurt to do that. oh my <BR> no infection, and the scabs are starting to rub off, they are half of... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:42:13 EST Saturday, 8/16 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is raining here today. We surely do need it, it has been so dry. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is going on here today. We may stay home, we may go to town, just not sure. Since it is raining out, and hubby can't be outside taking care of bikes very well, we will probably go to town...that is what I am thinking... <BR> <BR> we sold another bike. Well the sale is over tonight, but there is a bid on it...Nina, isn't it fun to make sales...I love it... <BR> <BR> Worked ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:03:23 EST Friday, August 15 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's another partially cloudy day here. We're going to go check out blackberries. It's a hike in to them so we'll get some exercise. <BR> <BR> Patty, So you have a maid doing your dishes - lucky lady! Did the water retention get better? <BR> <BR> Nina, Hope your foot is healing. I got athlete's foot in a toe when I went to the pool. I was so careful - all it took was one time to take off my water shoes and then want to make a trip to the bathroom without shoes. <BR... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:35:32 EST Wedneday, 8/13 Good morning or afternoon ladies <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's a rainy day here. I hope this doesn't mean the garden growing season is soon to end- I've got lots of tomatoes started. DH got called to drive and I'll get ready shortly to go to CR. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly organizing/weeding out some things. Put my cedar chest in the computer room - I don't know why we call it that because the old desk top in there barely works! I put some boxes of "stuff" on that - it will be easy for me to so... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:43:51 EST Tuesday, 8/12 Good morning Girls, <BR> Goodness, the month is almost half over. The 12th already, <BR> <BR> Had a restless night. <BR> It rained last night, and is still sprinkling now. We have been so dry here, I hope it rains all day. <BR> <BR> I am working on a sleeve for the DGD sweater. And working on a sock. Both are knitted, and my hands ache..,. <BR> <BR> I am holding water in my hands and my feet and ankles. <BR> going to the dr. next Tues. so will talk with her about it then. It hurts my feet... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:12:11 EST Monday, August 11 Good evening, <BR> <BR> It is hot, hot, hot here. Ugh. Tomorrow things should cool down. I don't get much done when it's like this. <BR> <BR> This morning I went for labs before we went to Cardiac Rehab (I see my doctor tomorrow). This afternoon I got an email lab report from my doctor's office and my a1c is 5.6. I am so excited about that! <BR> <BR> Nina, the chicken enchiladas sounds good. Quick, easy, healthy meals are great. Is that your CA. daughter who lives on a street with red tr... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:55:45 EST Sunday, 8/10 Evening Girls, <BR> I was so embarrassed this morning. DD and her DBF came over while I was still in my jammies. They came to say goodbye to our doggie...wasn't that sweet. The house was a wreck, I never did dishes yesterday at all. oh my, why do I let the house get like this? I don't know. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I picked up the house very well. Remember I was going to do it last week. Well it never got done... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will vacuum and dust and mop, change the sheets etc. That is t... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:42:38 EST Saturday, 8/9 Afternoon girls, <BR> I started one of the DGD's sweaters this morning. The yarn I have is so soft. But it is the wrong weight, being a tad thicker than the pattern calls for, so I am making 1 size smaller than the size the girls need, and I think that will be just fine...I started on the larger one made in pink...we will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> We have decided to have our doggie go to heaven. A retired vet is coming over to do the job Monday evening. Hubby and I will dig the hole tonight... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:40:46 EST Friday. 8/8 Good morning Girls, <BR> yay the scale finally moved again. what a great wake up <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> 1 new bag on my blog, that makes a total of 6 bags, and I love them all. <BR> won't it be fun to use them... <BR> <BR> My arms are so sore from that fall yesterday, man they are sore, back upper area...My elbow is healing nicely... <BR> <BR> Hubby is looking at yard sales, me, I am going to stack wood, and clean up this house. Not vacuuming and such, but picking up stuf... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:58:21 EST thursday, 8/7 Morning Girls, <BR> I went out bright and early to stack wood, and I fell over a piece of wood, and landed on the small pile of wood. I tried to catch myself, but to no avail. <BR> <BR> Took me a minute to figure out how to get up off that moving wood pile. <BR> <BR> I am now feeling bumps and bruises all over my body, my back hurts, and I scraped the skin off my elbow...oh my <BR> <BR> Working on another purse. This one is green. I will have 2 more to make after this one. <BR> <BR> I do ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:37:43 EST Wednesday, 8/6 Afternoon Girls, <BR> <BR> New pics on my blog. I have been having fun crocheting purses. Click on the pics to get a larger and better view of them. I have another one finished just, and wrote down the pattern for sis and a friend, and emailed it to them and to myself, so that I can have a copy too. <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here. <BR> <BR> Stir fry beef cubes with mushrooms and peppers, oh my so good... <BR> <BR> <BR> Nina such news you have...Ca. should be lots warmer for you..... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:34:15 EST Tuesday, 8/5 Morning Girls, <BR> stacked wood this morning. <BR> Finished another pair of socks <BR> new pics on my blog. <BR> lunch at senior center, and hubby says we need to leave... <BR> Patty Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:52:21 EST Monday, 8/4 Evening Girls, <BR> Went to town today as we had to take a bike in to Fed Ex. <BR> We sold it on ebay. <BR> <BR> Then we went to lunch at McDonalds <BR> <BR> Then we went to Sam's. <BR> I bought <BR> a broasted chicken, <BR> bag of lettuce and romaine <BR> grape tomatoes <BR> yellow red and orange peppers <BR> English cucumbers <BR> sliced mushrooms <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>485</em> <em>368</em> <em>371</em> <BR> <BR> can you guess what we are having for supper? <BR> ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:55:00 EST Sunday, 8/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Just got in from stacking wood. I stacked 2 hummer loads. Came in to talk with hubby, and crash. Went out to the woodport, and now I have 3 hummer loads to stack. It all came tumbling down. Well, the third row at, it's hard enough to stack it once, now I have to stack it again...thankfully I was inside and it didn't come crashing down on me, it could have killed me. <BR> <BR> Nina, these are face cords not full cords. We have a long cold winter and a larg... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:48:55 EST Saturday, 8/2 Good morning Girls, <BR> <BR> They came and delivered the second load of 6 cords of wood yesterday. Did I tell you this already.? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out and stacked the wood from last year, so that is done, and we just need to move that 6 cord into the woodport, and get it stacked this week. It is a lot of work, but it is so nice to see those wide tall rows of wood being stacked and waiting for cold weather. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I ordered 5 books from It is just t... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:45:26 EST Friday, 8/1 Can you believe it, August already...imagine <BR> <BR> Just came in from stacking wood. I started to get dizzy and nauseous so I came in. <BR> <BR> I had already stacked the first truckload of 6 cord. <BR> This is wood that was leftover from last year, and hubby moved it into the wood port. That is half stacked. The second load of 6 cords of wood will be coming this morning I needed to get out there and move some wood first thing, so that I could come in and cool off then get ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:47:59 EST Thursday, July 31 Good morning girls! <BR> <BR> Wowee here we are at the last day of July. It's a beautiful sunny, blue sky day here. <BR> <BR> DH is getting ready and he is starting Cardiac Rehab today. I'm glad he is doing this and I think he will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I've been on a rampage in the room with the desktop computer. I started with DH'smedical file which was huge- including lab results and billing statements going back over 15 years.His are done and mine are next. Then other files. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:38:20 EST Wed. Hi ladies <BR> Thanks for all the nice things said about my sewing projects. I do love doing it and being able to help my kids. Today I was working on a Teachers Tote for my DD#1. It took me most of the day to figure out a pattern from all the totes I saw on Pinterest. Taking features from different ones. Also cutting all the pieces out. Hopefully I can get it sewed tomorrow. Hoping to send it and the grand daughters red dress and white top on Friday. <BR> <BR> Check out my next proje... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:31:31 EST Monday, 7/28 Morning girls, <BR> Such sad news about Ann. I did wonder since she was so faithful usually about posting. Thank you Glenna for letting us know. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today. <BR> I think Sis is coming down this afternoon for a visit. We will see how that pans out though...maybe. <BR> <BR> Patty Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:11:34 EST Sunday, 7/27 Good morning Girls, <BR> Jan, the first load of wood is all stacked. It was a lot of work, but I did it in 5 days, 6 cord in 5 days. Could have done better, could have done worse. <BR> We are waiting for the second load of 6 cord, to finish. <BR> <BR> I have been walking a bit. Just since I started stacking wood though. I was doing nothing before, just sitting. <BR> Thursday I walked 1 mile, Friday nothing, yesterday 1/2 mile. My legs feel exhausted right out of shape. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:43:38 EST Saturday, 7/26 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I can't believe that July is almost over...where on earth has the summer gone? <BR> <BR> No, I have not heard from Ann. <BR> Hope she is doing ok. <BR> <BR> It has looked like rain all day, but nothing so far. <BR> <BR> I finished the pair of Wool Ease socks. I love them. Started 2 more pair in Wool Ease yarn, a denim twist color, and a natural heather color...they will be really nice. Hubby only bought 1 skein of each of those 2 colors, so I ordered another skein of ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:22:10 EST THURSDAY 7/24/14 Hi anyone that checks in. <BR> <BR> I was so busy yesterday cutting out outfits to sew for me and my grand daughter. Today I sewed one of the knit tops. It took me awhile as I came across a blog that showed how to do it with a walking foot for the sewing machine. My new machine came with one so I tried it out with twin needles and it worked like a charm. <BR> <BR> If you want to see how the top turned out check out my blog. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:27:26 EST MONDAY Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Got home at 5 pm. Had a great time. Hurried and got supper then all my stuff together to take to the sleep study tonight at 8pm. Have about an hour to go to rest. <BR> Hope yu all are doing good. <BR> Nina Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:05:20 EST Sunday, 7/20 Afternoon girls, <BR> Ann, hope you are doing well. If you can't get on here, maybe your hubby could post to me, and I could let the group know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Whew, moved 3 hummer loads of wood this hot hot <BR> <BR> we are half done with this first 6 cords. <BR> <BR> It is supposed to rain Tues and Wed, so want to get it under the new wood port before then. <BR> <BR> Went to town for lunch at burger king, then to Sam's. <BR> I got 5 pounds of beef stew meat, 2... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:04:50 EST Friday Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I did a lot of loading the motor home today. Still have more to do in the morning mainly food. We will leave tomorrow morning. I also made a plastic bag holder and a dutch oven bag. If you want to see them check out my blog below. <BR> Plan on being gone till Monday. Have to come back to do my sleep study Monday night. <BR> You all have a great week-end. <BR> Nina <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:25:49 EST Thursday, July 17 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It was sunny all day! <BR> <BR> DH and DS were gone so I went to exercise and then had a quiet lunch and did laundry, swept and mopped floors and moved the kitchen island. <BR> <BR> Nina, I enjoyed seeing your pics. Love those aprons. Have fun camping and I hope the sleep study goes well. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:39:52 EST Wednesday, 7/16 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Seems we are not posting very often on this group. Wondering if we should just cancel the group...something to think about. <BR> <BR> Anyway, lunch at senior center <BR> reading a new book, by Harlen Coben, but can't remember the name of it right now... <BR> <BR> The second sock to finish the pair, is almost to the heel...yippee <BR> I also have been working on a pair of brown and blue socks, and am down to the heel on the first sock. <BR> <BR> I need to work on my ca... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:22:27 EST MONDAY Hi <BR> <BR> Today I spent the afternoon cutting out outfits to sew on Wed. Tomorrow I will go to DS to do laundry and watch my grand kids. Tonight I went to Womens Bible Study, then home to have a little ice cream. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good evening <BR> Nina Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:35:18 EST Sunday, 7/13 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I have been busy today. I have been rolling coins into coin covers. I have rolled over $130 worth of coins. I ran out of penny and nickel wrappers, so will need to get more tomorrow at the bank...that took hours...oh my <BR> <BR> now I need to vacuum kitchen rugs, and mop my kitchen floor <BR> then go for a walk. <BR> <BR> , Missing You, by Harlen Coben, is the book that I just read. Really good murder mystery. <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> <BR> Patty Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:16:08 EST Saturday, 7/12 Good morning Girls, <BR> Jan, I did make it to the yard sale, and bought some yarn and another set of knifty knitter knitting looms. These are different colors than I have, and made by Boye I think. Not sure yet how they will work, but for $2, it was worth it. I have 3 DGD's, and they may want to learn to use them someday, if not, I can give them to someone else eventually. <BR> <BR> It is supposed to rain here today. Sort of sunshiny and gray both at the same time. <BR> <BR> Started a murd... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:23:30 EST Thursday, 7/10 Afternoon girls, <BR> Just got home. <BR> Picked up cousins plural, and went to the store. One was 89, the other 59...we also saw some friends, so we had a nice visit with 5 of us there. <BR> <BR> Found out about a yard sale starting tomorrow with yarn and material...cousins are going at 9, and I am hoping to remember to go at the same time... <BR> <BR> new pics on my blog. Jan, a pic of the scarf, only barely started... the first cable pattern. <BR> <BR> Leftovers for supper. <BR> Patty Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:44:56 EST Wednesday, 7/9 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Cool days here yesterday and today. Yesterday, low 60's and windy and rainy, today high 60's and sunshine... <BR> <BR> We sure have been absent on here lately. No postings since Sat... <BR> <BR> I have 1 sock almost finished, I am at the toe decreasing part. <BR> <BR> I have started a cable knit scarf. I was reading a Debbie Macomber book, and in it, was a 7 different cable pattern. It sounded interesting, so I decided to start one, with this beautiful blue wool that ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:46:16 EST Saturday, July 5 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It has been a good day with family. Three of us took a walk out at a national park. We were on a hiking trail but as we came closer to the park looked like lots of people were there. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to the church picnic and that was such a good time. A good time for good food and visiting with people we know and getting to know others. After most of us had been through the food line a group of about 30 Job Corps students came walking in (we had invited n... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:39:47 EST Happy 4th of July! Good morning/afternoon everyone, <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here. DS#2 got here yesterday after work. We had a leisurely breakfast out on the patio. <BR> <BR> I'm about to make potato salad for the picnic at church tonight. Might also make cupcakes or 9x13 cake. <BR> <BR> I quit taking my allergy medicine last night. My heart rate and bp has been higher than normal even with exercise. Monday should tell the tale if that is the problem. So far no troubles with allergies. <BR> <BR> N... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:58:05 EST Thursday, 7/3 Good morning girls, <BR> lunch at senior center today, then pick up cousin <BR> <BR> my stove is in the kitchen, but not hooked up. <BR> It will either be this afternoon, or next Friday. <BR> tomorrow they are closed due to 4th of July <BR> Monday is full. <BR> Tues - Thurs he is off, <BR> so it might not be until Friday...bah <BR> <BR> Sis is coming over tomorrow to spend the day...I am so excited, so is she. We will yak, talk recipes and diet, and knit and crochet. <BR> <BR> I did finis... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:27:39 EST Wednesday, 7/2 Afternoon girls, <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> <BR> remember that week when 3 things went wrong? <BR> <BR> Well, truck is fixed, lawnmower is fixed, and hubby went to pick up my stove today. Should be back in around an need to call and get someone over to hook it up. <BR> <BR> This is his third trip to town today. <BR> First, in the car for dr. appt. and shopping. <BR> second with truck and a load of metal for salvage getting some money from it. <BR> They close at 4, so he ha... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:15:40 EST Tuesday, July 1 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It was hot here today - 91 degrees. Tomorrow will be cooler thank heavens. <BR> <BR> Nothing to shout about in this heat. I went to CR and then to pick up glucometer test strips. Made breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner was corn tortillas with chicken tenders, shredded cabbage, lime juice, Chahouli's hot sauce. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:01:09 EST Monday, June 30th The sky is still kinda gray from the ocean over cast. It won't be long before the sun will break through and it will warm up. I finished reading my Grisham book. It was a real life story about a trial in Ada, Oka. So much detail. I hope the next book I start is a little bit lighter. I have no energy so reading it will be. <BR> <BR> Nina, how far away are the fires from your area? Sounds like your family had a nice week end. <BR> <BR> Jan, That is nice to have a walking group that you... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:49:19 EST SUNDAY Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Home now and enjoying the cooler weather and peace and quiet. Did not do much more except drive my grandkids home. <BR> Came home ate ice cream for supper and did a little cross stitching. Now just watching TV. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good Sunday. <BR> <BR> Nina Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:51:40 EST Friday, 6/27 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is 7:30 here and hubby already left for yard sales. He heard me moving around up here, so he heated up my coffee.yay for hubby. <BR> <BR> Ann, Oikos is a good greek yogurt, in fact probably my favorite, though it is not sugar free. at least the Oikos at Sams was not sugar free. <BR> <BR> Nina, your rocks and petrified wood are beautiful. Are you enjoying selling on ebay? Are you making any sales? <BR> We just sold another bike last night on ebay. Now the buyer h... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:37:50 EST Thursday, 6/26 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center, then pick up cousin for visiting...we usually have no trouble about finding things to talk about. She turned 89 last Tuesday... <BR> <BR> I am feeling better after only 2 days on Atkins...I am so pleased. yesterday a bit of the runs, but not today, and much more energy...and no cravings...yay <BR> <BR> nothing else much to talk about. I did make 9 flowers yesterday. I need to make 1 more today. All different colors, but the same pattern. <BR> I ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:44:45 EST Wednesday, 6/25 Afternoon girls, <BR> I am feeling better yesterday and today. <BR> Also, I have decided to go back on atkins diet. I felt the best when I was on that. My blood sugars were steady, and hardly any cravings...' <BR> On HE, lots of cravings and out and out pig we shall see. <BR> Sis and I are doing it together, and hubby doesn't mind, as he likes all that <BR> <BR> I will still be on here though girls. You cannot get rid of me that <BR> <BR> supposed to be a hig... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:32:15 EST MONDAY 6/23/14 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I guess Sunday was a busy day for everyone. Yesterday I rested all day. We did go to church and ate lunch at Taco Bell. DH BBQ-ed chicken <em>53</em> I made Jo's Mexicalli Bean Salad <em>140</em> and Baked a potato and cut it in half lengthwise. Sprayed some margarine on it and sprinkled with Mrs Dash Onion and herb. DH put it on the grill to toast it and it was really good. It was quick and fast and you only ate 1/2 potato. Fixed a green salad too. <BR> <B... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:16:34 EST Saturday, 6/21 Morning Girls, <BR> I went to the ER Thursday afternoon. Woke up not being able to walk straight, but off at an angle to the right. This happened once before to me. <BR> The I was a bit dizzy, so cancelled with cousin for visiting and shopping. <BR> Went to lunch. <BR> People there doing bp, so had mine done. 150/50. Way out of whack.Still dizzy, so called my DD after lunch, as she had a year of nursing. She said don't call me, call your Dr. <BR> <BR> Dr said to get to ER because of the wa... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:03:24 EST Thursday Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Spent the day doing laundry at DS apartment. Then home to cook supper. I have now lost 10 lbs <em>104</em> . I have not been completely strict but have been trying to keep the calories under 1500. In JoAnns HELP book I can loose at a little over 1500. It takes a little longer but I do not feel as deprived. I try to stay under 1400 but do not get flustered if over a little. <BR> Have not seen anyone on for a couple days or it is missing. Seemed like I put some on ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:10:13 EST Tuesday. 6/17 Good afternoon Girls, <BR> We have had lunch already at senior center, and some of you may be having a leisurely breakfast... <BR> <BR> new pics on my blog. <BR> <BR> Bad storm last night. thunder and lightening and lots of rain. I slept through it all. I slept better last night than I have in a long time... <BR> <BR> Those poor people in Nebraska...tornadoes scare me, just the thought of them. <BR> <BR> Now I need to go downstairs and clean a bit, and knit a lot. <BR> <BR> Last night we... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:34:14 EST Monday, June 16 Good evening ladies or is it good night ladies? <BR> <BR> DH is driving today. I went to 2nd Cardiac Rehab session. They took off the partition to the new expansion and are adding machines. Lots of nice people. <BR> <BR> Scandinavian Festival is this weekend and DS#2 will be here for that. <BR> <BR> Rained off and on today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I want to make Impossible Apple Pie. I just love that pie! <BR> <BR> Ann, what flavor soup or milkshake did you have today? <BR> <BR> Patty, how... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:31:29 EST Father's Day 6/15/14 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> How is your Sunday going? <BR> <BR> Mom and I just got back from Family Dollar and IGA (grocery store). We had a nice trip. It is sunny and down right hot here today. In the 80's. <BR> <BR> I was reading over everyone's past posts to get caught up. I remember pureeing spaghetti when I had my teeth pulled. No, it does not look appetizing at all! I guess we do what we have to do sometimes. <BR> <BR> Nina, I dont' know how I'd survive without peanutbutter. I... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:35:59 EST Saturday Jun 14th Lost my post. <BR> <BR> DH as been to 3 basketball games of GS's today. High school freshman playing a tournaments at the state college gym. GS team has won all 5 games they've played so far. Must be a big deal as one team DH said was from Alaska. said you never saw so many kids. <BR> <BR> I've spent the better part of the day organizing my medical papers from all the proceeds I've had. Very time consuming. <BR> <BR> Jan, I can not imagine eating a salad that had been pureed. Soun... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:12:23 EST Friday, 6/13 Good morning Girls, <BR> Ann, I remember when Sis was in a car accident, and broke her jaw. It was wired shut, and everything had to be blended. Mom just cooked regular meals, then put hers in a blender. Can you imagine what blended spaghetti looks like? like <BR> she said things tasted terrible that way, not the way it was supposed to at all... <BR> <BR> Blue skies and highs of 60's lows 70's <BR> <BR> truck is back in the shop <BR> so my friend is picking me up for lunch at ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:25:46 EST Thursday, June 12th I'm hoping to get the energy this afternoon to get the lab work done. For breakfast I had a high cal Ensure. Strawberry flavor. Not very tasty. Then I had some pureed chicken noodle soup left from yesterday. I only ate two squares of the Hershey bar last night. A thin bar. I'm not sure that even tasted good. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:17:49 EST Wednesday, June 11 Hi all <em>213</em> <BR> We had morning rain and then the sun came out to make a beautiful day. It's 68 this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I wiped down the kitchen cabinets today - they really need more than that but aren't in great condition so need to think about it. I'd love to paint them white but DH painted the hall closet and I don't like the way it looks. <BR> <BR> It's a joy watching little sprouts come up in the garden. We're getting a few strawberries at a time. <BR> <BR> I was wro... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:25:26 EST Tuesday, June 10 I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I went to Cardiac Rehab Assessment and signed on this morning. I qualify because with Diabetes I am at high risk for cardiac problems. They put a heart monitor on me (the worst part lifting my shirt to stick the monitors on my fat middle!), just the first time only, then had me walk on a treadmill slowly to warm up, then faster and then at a fast, uphill rate. I did ok. They have me take my blood sugar before I start and afterwards. They ar... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:45:47 EST Monday, 6/9 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center, then on about 8 miles to Save a Lot. Our favorite Save a Lot closed in Traverse City, so we had to go to Benzonia to buy items there. <BR> <BR> They had choc. crust pies there today. First time I had seen them. <BR> <BR> Beautiful 75 degrees here and sunny. <BR> <BR> A little bit of cleaning, bit of cooking, and lots of knitting will be going on here today. <BR> I already changed my sheets. <BR> <BR> I found an easy way to change sheets. I hat... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:58:49 EST Saturday, 6/7 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Hubby is home from yard sales. He did find a few bikes...don't you think that I should be able to buy a skein of sock yarn for each bike that he <BR> <BR> sunshine and a bit of humidity today, very little breeze <BR> <BR> I am working on brown socks and a pair of darker blues and greens socks. Working on both of those pairs today. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is for supper. <BR> <BR> I got weighed earlier this week, and my weight was up...I need to buckle down ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 12:10:47 EST Friday, June 6th We had an interesting day yesterday. DH went to a hotel and picked up an old Navy buddy that was at a mini sailors get together here. His name is C D. He worked in the Navy personnel office in Memphis with DH and I along with other waves and sailors. There were 8 sailors and 8 Waves that married each other out of that personnel office. CD and his wife were one of them. They now live in Kentucky on a 109 acre farm that borders Mammoth Cave Nat'l Park. We have visited them a couple of tim... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:05:54 EST Thursday, 6/5 Goodness Girls, <BR> the first week of June is almost over.. <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> then picked up cousin to shop and visit. My other cousin met us there. <BR> <BR> I have to tell you what I did. Remember I told you that I have 4 pair of socks started? <BR> Well, I bought 2 more sets of needles, and these last 4 sets of needles, these 2 today and 2 pair from before, all have 5 needles instead of only 4, so I can have 6 or 7 pair of socks going at the same time... <BR> <BR> I have... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:55:34 EST Wednesday, June 4th My cleaning lady is here this morning and the visiting nurse made her weekly visit. She said she had discussed my case with her doctor in charge of Hospice and doesn't see why I can't experiment with some pureed soups, milk shakes, yogurt, pudding. The tomato soup hasn't caused a problem. No protein as she said the stomach doesn't tolerate that. <BR> <BR> It's a very nice day out. DH escaped to DS's shop. I'm sure he thought there were some errands he could do down there. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:24:22 EST Tuesday, June 3rd Yesterday was a very long day at the hospital. Had to be there at 9 a.m. and I was a meany and made a fuss so I could get my port hooked up instead of i v's in my arm. They had to call a special RN down from the chemo ward. She had fixed me up before. I guess they remember the white hair. She tried and tired and finally asked for another needle and that one when right in. Then a special nurse had to come down when I was ready to come home to take the i v out of the port. It is nice not... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:01:56 EST Monday, 6/2 My goodness Girls, <BR> May is gone, over, done with, gone get the picture. <BR> I turned 67 on the 30th...oh my <BR> lunch at senior center. <BR> I have been knitting on my orange socks. I am on the toe decreasing part...I will finish them today. <BR> <BR> I finally took an Aleve for my hands yesterday. Think I will today too. The inflammation is down, yay but I want to knit on socks, and can't for too long without the aleve...sugar is a no no for a while... <BR> <BR> someone ment... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:02:51 EST Saturday, May 31st. Nina, that is wonderful that your GC are doing so well now that they are rooted more solidly in a home situation. They must be proud of themselves too. <BR> <BR> Jan, DH is the breakfast cooker. Southerner that he is, it's biscuits and gravy, bacon or sausage and scrambled eggs. <BR> <BR> Today it's going to be mac and cheese when DH finishes puttering out side. The cheese has been shredded and I weighed out the pasta. DH will have to do the water pot and drain it. I can't manage ... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:23:26 EST Friday, May 30 I hope everyone had as nice weather as we had today. Sunshine! <BR> <BR> DH and I worked outside for quite awhile. We got a lot of weeding, dandelion punching, cleaning out behind the shed. Lots more to do! <BR> <BR> This afternoon I made Old-Fashioned Custard Pie and Nina's Lime Nut Salad. I started late so the pie will be an evening snack. I'm having tilapia for dinner. I put it in a corn tortilla with cole slaw and a sauce. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? Fri, 30 May 2014 20:19:01 EST Thursday, May 29th I've been puttering a little today. I putter until I get tired and then I sit and rest a while. Also thinning out my 7 boxes of recipe cards. One down 6 to go. I took out a bunch of pastas and put them on the shelf to give away. If they aren't opened they will go to the food bank, if opened I think my cleaning lady will take them. DD doesn't eat gluten. DH can manage macaroni and spaghetti but not some of the other I have. Maybe he could manage noodles. He came in and saw the boxes o... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:40:59 EST Wednesday May 28th Thanks for the info Heather, I'll check it out. <BR> <BR> Nina, I forgot about the flat rate boxes. Excellent idea. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the Director of Services for Hospice and she will call on me once a month. Today the nurse came and she will visit once a week unless I need her more. I really don't even need her once a week right now. We really liked her. She is going to check to see if it would be possible for me to have a larger tube that would allow milk type of produ... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:14:27 EST Tuesday, May 27th I thought I had three ladies coming today but between DH taking calls and me there were to be only two and one who is the nurse will be here tomorrow. She called after her due time to reschedule. <BR> <BR> The lady from hospice on Sat. was the admissions RN. Today was the Jack of All Trades and tomorrow will be the nurse. The Jack of All Trades will visit once a month. So far these ladies are driving from north county. That doesn't make much sense to me. <BR> <BR> Today menu: I'm su... Tue, 27 May 2014 16:56:46 EST MONDAY 26TH Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Babysitting today and doing my laundry at dear sons apartment. DH and GS#2 are at home polishing rocks. GD is with boyfriend so only 2 kids. I am just on the computer looking up things. <BR> <BR> It is 70 degrees and clear today. We had a little rain this week-end but not enough to take the fire restrictions away. <BR> <BR> Planning on having Jo's sloppy Joes and some homemade baked beans. Will use one of JoAnns recipes for that. Then a green salad. <BR> <BR... Mon, 26 May 2014 15:52:13 EST Sunday, 5/25 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is still morning here, with 1 minute to the time I am done posting, it will probably be afternoon, well, there it is, 12 noon... <BR> <BR> a beautiful day here today, in the 70's, and sunshine. a bit humid, but not bad at all...should be 70's all week, with lows in the 50's. perfect May weather. <BR> <BR> hubby went to town, I opted to stay home. He had a lot of stops to make, and I have been so tired since I was sick for those 2 weeks, it is just piti... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:06:49 EST Wonderful Wednesday 5/21 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Looks like a nice day here. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving in a few minutes to see my doctor about my allergies. <BR> <BR> Nina, I hope you do well with selling your rocks. Isn't it great when one of our kids can bring out the joy and fun in life? <BR> <BR> Elections didn't come out the way we hoped in most cases. <BR> <BR> I'm going to give the living room a good going over while DH is out. <BR> <BR> Do any of you get Country Woman magazine? There is the best looking... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:25:58 EST Tuesday, May 20 We took another trip to Portland VA hospital. This time DH met with a cardiologist who was surprised he hadn't been seen since his heart attack in 2010. He will go back again for electrocaardiogram and stress test. They also reduced his statin med and that's good. <BR> <BR> We stopped at Burgerville on the way home and had a yummy early dinner. We share a small fresh strawberry milkshake. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Any plans for Memorial Day weekend? Our youngest son will be here fo... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:25:04 EST Monday, 5/19 Good afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center today. We got to see some friends before they leave Wed. for a month long trip. They are going to England, then Wales, Scotland, someplace else, though not Ireland. Then back to England, to leave for a 2 week cruise to Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine and other place. Can't remember all of them. What a fun trip for them. <BR> <BR> They had a commitment ceremony on Sat., committing their lives to each other. Same as marriage except without the paper. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:03:39 EST Saturday the 17th I'm feeling better today and eatin a little more. I did get my insurance authorization to have the MRI in the mail today. The hospital will probably call me on Mon. for a Tues. app't. <BR> <BR> When we were at the commissary on Tues. I told Dh to pick out a couple of TV dinners for himself that could be emergency meals if I didn't cook.. I can't chance him setting the house on fire. The other night there was Swiss steak left over for him and I told him to bake a potato in the microwave... Sat, 17 May 2014 19:43:46 EST Happy Friday, May 16 Good morning girls! <BR> <BR> We say this a lot here: the month is flying by! <BR> <BR> Well, we are out of the heat wave of Monday-Thursday and today is a very cool, cloudy 62 degrees. They don't expect the cloudiness to burn off today. Rain expected tomorrow- but so much more comfortable! We had terrific winds yesterday and I think the pollens have set off my allergies today. <BR> <BR> DH and I are doing the yard work today. Or as much as we can. We have to pace ourselves. <BR> <BR> Ann... Fri, 16 May 2014 13:20:37 EST Thursday I think it's Thursday. Today has not been a good day for me. I even had two naps which is unheard of. I had an upset stomach again. I think I have it figured out. Last Sat. when I was upset, a few days before I had a glass of o j each day and then yesterday I made Swiis steaks in the crock pot with canned diced tomatoes. Maybe it is the acid in them. <BR> <BR> It was another hot day with fires just raging. I think there were 8 or more. Houses have been lost but many have been saved.... Thu, 15 May 2014 22:30:00 EST Wed I give up. I've lost 2 posts. It is windy and very hot. There are 4 large fires burning in the north county. The one yesterday is over 800 acres and 3 more started today. Already it is 100 degrees. Unheard of for May which generally averages 68 degrees. Just about time to put the air conditioner on. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:17:01 EST Monday, May 12th Just lost my post. <BR> <BR> I'm on line paying the water bill. My neighbor say their water bill this month was $900.00. She and her DH about flipped out. No they don't have a pool. We actually have a person walk the streets, raising the cement cover over the meters to read them. She said they looked at theirs and there were leaves and dirt in there so cleaned it out and had a neighbor with good eye sight look at the meter. Seems the reader must have taken a 6 for a 9. They got it str... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:12:34 EST HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY I hope everyone has had a nice Mother's Day. DS and DD said they would take us out to dinner but I said no, thanks. I've only eatten toast and apple sauce so far today. Last night I threw up three times and felt a lot better. This seems to happen once a month. My stomach must retain fluid. I even slept 5 1/2 hours with out making a bathroom trip. <BR> <BR> It is a very nice day outside. Starting Tuesday the heat is due back. <BR> <BR> Back later Sun, 11 May 2014 16:48:26 EST Saturday, 5/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> Hubby has the stumper back home and is stumping away. I think men just love those big machines, don't you? Imagine, a machine that will grind away a stump...amazing. <BR> <BR> Guess what hubby did for me yesterday...he went yard saleing, and came home with a bag of sock yarn, enough yarn for 17 pair of socks...for $8...since I am, at this time, addicted to making socks, and I am addicted to it, he bought me more yarn. Now some of this yarn, in fact most of this yar... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:23:33 EST Friday, 5-9 Good morning Girls, <BR> new pics on my blog. <BR> <BR> Hubby went yard saleing this morning. <BR> I am knitting on socks. <BR> <BR> It is raining here this morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, he is renting a stumper, to get stumps out of the yard. This machine just grinds them down. He will have the machine for 24 hours... <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here. <BR> Have a good day. <BR> Patty Fri, 9 May 2014 09:43:01 EST Thursday, May 8th O K Nina, now I understand the wiring. I wasn't thinking of jewelry but more like a wire basket with a bunch of rocks in it. I'm not a desert person so the 4 wheeling in the dirt would not appeal to me. <BR> <BR> I got dressed earlier than usual this morning as a couple were stopping by early to pick up some stuff. They stayed and visiting for a while, but wanted to get home before the traffic was a problem with the Pres. landing at the Marine Air Base. They live on the other side of t... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:17:24 EST Wednesday, 5/7 Good morning Girls, <BR> Gosh, the first week of May is behind us. Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> Hubby got the raised bed out with my help...we decided to pull it out, instead of him hammering it apart. Worked great, though hard 3 things off our list. someone is going to give us an estimate on doing the whole thing, I think today. The brother of Dorothy, in our knitting that sounds like it may be a good deal. We will have to wait and see. <BR> <BR> Sis is coming down t... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:49:07 EST Tuesday Good morning girls, <BR> I made a JoAnna pie yesterday. Used 2 boxes of sf vanilla pudding mix, 1 1/3 cup dry milk powder, 2 2/3 cup water, and 1/2 cup cool whip lite. <BR> Poured it into the graham cracker pie crust. Topped with cool whip and coconut. <BR> Then when serving, I put half a banana sliced on top of each of our servings. We need to eat the bananas up fast... <BR> <BR> Ann, I could use a less severe winter, we all could up here. <BR> <BR> Lunch at senior center today. Then home... Tue, 6 May 2014 09:37:56 EST Monday, May 5th Jan, the Mexican Restaurant we ate at yesterday served on Fiesta Ware also. DS says the food there is more Old World Mexico (lots of carne asada) than the one I like that he says is American Mexico. GS even agreed with me yesterday that the chips tasted stale. The Am Mexico had the thinnest and hottest chips the last time we ate there. Yummmm. The place yesterday is a large old building that is a series of stairs and small rooms. You'd think the rooms would be quieter but they weren't. ... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:17:20 EST Sunday, May 4th Just got off a long phone call from #1DS. He's in Fl. This was a dad birthday call. We're going out to dinner tonight with the rest of the family. Mexican of course. I think we are going early and I hope we avoid the Cinco De Mayo crowds. Not my choice of restaurants on the 4th. In fact I didn't care for it the last time we were there. Their plates are too large of servings for me and they don't have an a la cart menu. <BR> <BR> We are cooler today thank goodness. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 4 May 2014 16:11:01 EST Saturday, May 3rd The jack hammering next door started at 8 a.m. I just left my hearing aids out and that helped a bit. DH left shortly after that for GS baseball game. The hammering stopped about 2:30 and DH got back about 10 minutes later. Now I've looked out the front window and the air compresser is gone and DD old trailer is parked in front of the house. DH thinks he's going to sell it for her on Craigs list. She finally made up her mind to get rid of it since she's kept it for years and years payin... Sat, 3 May 2014 16:58:29 EST Friday, May 2nd Jan, I haven't been around on Spark except for our threads. I think the print is smaller and if it gets much small I won't beable to enlarge it enough to read. Go to NIna's Spark page and click on her Blog on that page. It is on the right hand side. I was just clicking on pictures. <BR> <BR> Neighbor on one side of our house came over last night to let us know they will be start jack hammering the cement around their pool today. Going to put in more landscaping.. So far it hasn't st... Fri, 2 May 2014 13:56:07 EST May Day We knew it was coming and here it is - May! <BR> <BR> Last two days we've been in the 80s which you know feels HOT here. Yesterday DH wanted to leave the patio door and windows open and it got so hot in here it was hard to cool down last night. Today we kept everything closed. <BR> <BR> Shrimp salad for dinner tonight. One of my favorite hot day meals. <BR> <BR> Ann, Did DS#1 resolve the ex visiting thing? <BR> <BR> Patty, You find the best buys at Good Will. I've mentioned that ours ... Thu, 1 May 2014 18:46:11 EST Tuesday April 29th It is 90 degrees outside and 75 in the house that I have closed up. I even have a fan on in the computer room which is in the N W corner of the house. Normally the coolest place. I bet one air conditioner will get turned on before this day is over. Three days of this expected. I'm sure the fireman are fully staffed and on high alert. <BR> <BR> I've been in the kitchen fixing a tuna pasta salad for supper and watching asphalt tiles on the edges of the neighbors house flap in the breeze... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:06:32 EST Monday, last in april, 4/28 Good morning Girls, <BR> Can you believe that it is almost May? Seems hard to imagine here as there is still a few piles of snow around, and chilly, 40's, going to 50's this week, then back to 40's again. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> then knitting group <BR> <BR> Nina, so glad that your lady friends in church gave you a sewing machine. I have enjoyed seeing what you make. <BR> <BR> Jan, yes, we can get manure and such at our local stores, and they sell groceries too...yucky when y... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:14:02 EST SUNDAY Hi ladies <BR> <BR> I spent the day at home today. DH went and took care of the kids. I did my Bible <em>296</em> study in the morning and then sewed. My church family <em>288</em> in Concho got me an older sewing machine. It worked great. Mine quit and I had not been able to sew. I sewed myself an apron after I figured out how everything worked on it. Then fixed a new dish from JoAnns newsletter. I believe she had already passed and the other lady did it. DH really liked it. ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:20:09 EST Saturday, April 26th By golly this month is almost over. We have clouds and sun and plenty of wind. The temp on the compter said 61 degrees but with the wind it is very chilly. <BR> <BR> Nina, maybe just make the pie with a graham cracker crust. I never have tried or even looked for a shortbread one. I bought a graham cracker one at WalMart the other day to make DH a banana cream pie for his birthday. It is next Sunday the 4th. I'll hold off though as DD generally makes him one. I looked through about 6... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:42:38 EST Friday, April 25 Good morning <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Isn't April flying by?! Next week we flip the calendar page again. <BR> <BR> It's 46 right now and the sun is out but like the past week there are dark, dark clouds hovering and rolling in. <BR> <BR> DH cut the lilacs yesterday - not many blooms this year. The white lilac blooms later. The snowball tree is almost ready. In my back yard the neighbors have cherry trees with white blossoms blooming, I have a white rhododendron, the snowball and a mock ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:52:34 EST Thursday Thanks ladies for all the encouragement. I sure have had the head aches without the caffeine and now the aspartane. Once I am off of it, I am sure it will be worth it. <BR> <BR> Spent most of the day putting recipes in Sparkpeople to make it easy to track my food. <BR> <BR> Ann-sure hope you start feeling better. <BR> <BR> Jan-will check out the diet rite soda. that way if I am desperate I can have one now and then like with Pizza or Mexican food. <BR> <BR> Nina Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:07:15 EST Wednesdy From a RV Spark Team web site, changes are coming to this page maybe by the middle of next week. I looked at the page and didn't see too much to be concerned about but we shall see. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess you'll have to cut an paste if you're interested. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:45:51 EST Hi All! Rox here! I just joined Sparks and will have to find my way around when I can. So glad to see you all! rox Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:42:25 EST Tuesday, April 22nd I got two jobs done that I had on my to do list. Ironed 6 cotton blouses and cleaned the pictures in the basket. My afternoon job is to make a meat loaf for supper. This meatloaf is a recipe from Taste of Home Magazine. For the filler/thickener it has Rice Krispies which I have a box. It would be great for people that are gluten interolant. I'll let you know if it is any good. <BR> <BR> Nina, do a search for Coumidin and go down the list of sites and there is one that says Coumidin an... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:11:09 EST Monday, 4/21 Afternoon ladies, <BR> I went outside and sat on the front porch with a cup of decaf tea this afternoon. First time outside in over a week...felt good. <BR> <BR> Snow is all gone from the woods, I could walk on my woodland path, if I felt better. There is only a bit of snow left from where hubby plowed it into piles...Yesterday, or the day before, there was still quite a bit of snow in the woods, and today gone...amazing <BR> <BR> Felling a bit better than yesterday, yay...not coughing as m... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:50:50 EST Happy Easter <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Jan, speaking of eggs - - - have you ever put eggs on to hard boil, forget them and boil them dry. Just ask my DH, - - - - - They explode like a bomb going off. I now have the window and door open and a dish of vinegar sitting on the counter. <BR> <BR> DD stopped by. Did she take more stuff. Nooooooooooooooo <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:23:25 EST Saturday, 4/19 Afternoon Girls, <BR> 'Still sick. At least now it is draining, and not being stopped up in my head. But who knew a human body could have that much mucous...mercy... <BR> nothing happening here at all this week, besides being sick bah <BR> <BR> hubby is outside blowing leaves. We still have quite a bit of snow in the woods, but not so much around the house, so he is getting the straggler leaves off the lawn. <BR> <BR> have a good day girls.. <BR> if you think about it, maybe you could say ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:05:37 EST Thursday, April 17th What a way to spend your anniversary. We had quesadillas for supper. DH also had some butter beans. We were going out for lunch and hit couple of stores afterward, but I just wasn't feeling up to that. I did manage to get to the drug store to get DH a card. He had gone to DS shop on an errand. Hard to shop when he's always with me. Maybe tomorrow we'll do the lunch. There are mornings I just feel off and it goes away. Some times it goes away when I eat. <BR> <BR> Patty I hope you a... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:37:53 EST Wednesday, April 16th It is 63 and we have all the windows and doors open to air the house out. This morning we had a bug guy come and spray inside and outside. We've never had this done before but have been having more than usual the amount of crickets, spiders and a bug like a silverfish but not that kind in the house. No ants thank goodness. The ants come with the rain. <BR> <BR> After he sprayed inside we left to make a run to WalMart and then spent almost three hours at DS house until we knew the inside... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:48:16 EST Tuesday April, 15th How dumb can some people be. For the last two days I have not been able to log into my checking account to pay a small bill. I can get into our joint account but not mine. I finally called tech support and darn if I'm logging in wrong. I can't believe I didn't figure that out myself. Generally both names are on the screen when I log in but now you have to go to a second screen for the second name. <BR> <BR> Nina, how wonderful that you are off diabetic meds. I hope that continues. T... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:54:29 EST Monday, the only time ever is 4/14/14 Bad morning Girls, <BR> Yes, I said bad morning...just sort of joking, it is snowing again. The driveway is covered. Course we still have snow in piles where it was plowed, and still in the woods, but come on, spring is here, and I do not want more snow...bah okay, my snit is over. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today <BR> then knitting group <BR> <BR> nothing else to report... <BR> <BR> Stay safe, stay warm <BR> Patty Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:27:05 EST Sunday Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Everyone sure must be busy. No one has been on since Saturday that I can see. <BR> <BR> I stayed home today and rested. Coping new recipes from my JoAnn Lund Newsletters so I can keep myself on track. <BR> I am making Cheesy Chili Meat Loaf only I am making patties instead. <BR> <BR> DH is trying to hook up a dishwasher for me. He hates plumbing but he is working at it. He also babysat today so that I could stay home and rest. Will be glad when I get use to the m... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:16:47 EST Friday Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Just dropped in real fast to say hi. I have been doing my shopping for the month and now we will be taking care of the kids this month. <BR> Still getting my shots. Hope my number is up so I can stop the shots and not have to get up so early. <BR> Hope you are all doing good. <BR> Nina Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:39:18 EST Thursday, April 10 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> The sun is shining and it is so welcome! It's still 45 so not as warm as it appears looking out the window. <BR> <BR> I had a migraine yesterday so was out of commission all day. Got a really good nights sleep last night plus a lot of naps yesterday and it's so great to feel good again. <BR> <BR> This afternoon church womens group meets and I'm bringing dessert so I'm making a bundt cake as soon as I have some breakfast. <BR> <BR> Ann, How is the elastic capri ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:41:43 EST TUESDAY Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Back on track with the shots. They think it will only have to be till the end of the week. I hope so. I am not use to getting up at 5:30 <em>102</em> . hee hee <BR> <BR> I did really good with choices the last 3 days. The hardest thing has been my diet coke. I can get caffeine free, but still have to watch the sodium. Drinking my water and that helps. <BR> <BR> Found 2 of our camp sites we go to is 8,000 or more feet. There is one we went to near Heber and it... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:03:48 EST Monday, April 7 Good Morning, I've been catching up on emails. We took the computer with us but I kept getting bumped off reading stuff. Finally I just gave up. We were connected into the camp ground web page. Sure picked up a bunch of spam from that site. <BR> <BR> It was a five hour drive home and then took us a little bit to unload the motor home at the storage lot and put every thing into the car. I know DH was tired last night. It would be easier if we didn't tow a car but feel we really need to... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:54:11 EST SUNDAY Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am doing so much better today <em>30</em> . My points were up 3 <em>104</em> so that helped. It was 1.4 but I have to get between 2-3. But it was an improvement. <BR> <BR> Also digging into my JoAnn Lund cook books <em>149</em> . It is so encouraging to not have to figure out everything like sodium, fat, etc. for recipes. Plus they taste good too. I can't have <em>227</em> caffeine, or chocolate. I loved <em>26</em> chocolate so I guess I never re... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:19:25 EST Friday April 4th Nina, I know you have more information than you can digest right now but it will even out. Just give it time and don't feel so stressed to try to change everything at once. When you feel fatigue coming on just quit what you are doing and go sit down and rest. Read, watch TV, or what ever else relaxes you. So supper is 1/2 an hour late. If your DH is starving he can fix it him self. Fatigue is something that goes along with my meds. I try to get part of the evening meal started early a... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:14:15 EST Wednesday Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Today I am discouraged and need support <em>24</em> . Blood thinners, heart rate medications, getting shots at the hospital at 7am and 5pm <em>273</em> <em>282</em> . Staying away from foods that have too much vitamin K in them <em>551</em> . Now I have my Diabetic diet, IC bladder diet, and now the cardio diet to figure out. The fear factor after all this <em>198</em> . Then my dear DH tells me that I have to get back into my routine and do what I always ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:30:48 EST Tuesday, 4/1 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Remember yesterday, when it got up to 60 here? <BR> Well today, it was 40 when we went to lunch. Just left there, and it was down to 33, damp cold and temps still falling, sleeting...oh my. <BR> <BR> Nothing else new here today. A friend and I were talking yarn and projects all during lunch...I can never talk enough about yarn, but friends usually get tired of <BR> <BR> have a good day. <BR> Nina, praying you are feeling better. <BR> Patty Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:59:50 EST Monday, 3/31 Afternoon girls, <BR> Just home from knitting group. There were 4 of us again. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior too <BR> <BR> now home. I am tired out. <BR> <BR> It is 60 degrees here today...woohoo, tomorrow in high 40's the snow will be melting soon, Though we still have a lot of snow, ground is very covered, and most of the driveway still has snow...this warmer weather will sure help it to melt <BR> <BR> have a good day. <BR> Going to get a cup of coffee and watch tv <BR> Patty Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:14:08 EST Last Saturday in March Good morning ladies <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Rain, rain, rain. Oregon spring break ends this weekend and Washington starts. Fred Meyer parking lot was full when I went to pickup a prescription yesterday so people are going to inside places and staying out of the downpour. <BR> <BR> I have a quart of buttermilk and in my recipe box a recipe from a friend for a pudding using the buttermilk, instant pudding, I think a can of fruit cocktail or maybe it's pineapple and mini marshmallows. <BR> ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:12:42 EST Thursday, March 27th Good Afternoon all. It is over cast here and rain probably inland. DH said we did have a shower during the night. Nice to have green grass while it lasts. <BR> <BR> DS#1 should be home by now. We took him to the airport at 8 p.m. last night. Our airport is right by the bay down town. As we left the airport a second time (DH missed the right exit and we had to circle a second time) the lights from down town was so beautiful. <BR> <BR> I guess I have to get back to cooking. I did f... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:25:00 EST Tuesday, 3/25 Good morning Girls, <BR> Jan, Michigan is a mitten, not a <BR> Where are they moving to? We are near Traverse City, in the pinkie <BR> <BR> It is snowing out and cold here today come on.................... <BR> <BR> spring will come spring will come spring will mantra for the <BR> <BR> new pic on my blog of my butterscotch socks <BR> <BR> Also this morning, I turned the heel on my pink and green ones, so now the foot and toe to do. These are made... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:13:56 EST Monday, 3/24 Good morning Girls, <BR> I fiished my second yellow sock this morning. <BR> I will wear them to lunch at senior center, then to knitting group. <BR> <BR> Nothing else happening here with us. Snow is slowly melting, with a bit of snow flurries over the weekend. It is still cold here, only in the 20's, with a low last night of 6 degrees...that good old wood stove is still crankin' out the heat. <BR> <BR> I will get pics later of the socks. <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:02:49 EST Sunday, March 23rd Another couple of busy days. Last evening we all went out to dinner at a restaurant DD chose up the coast a little and about 100 ft from the ocean water. I was surprised Ms. Shorts and tees told everyone they had to dress up a bit. It was a lovely dinner. This morning they all came over here for a late breakfast. DS#2 and GS then went off to the college basketball championship games and DD came back at 4 p.m. to eat at the soup and salad place. DS#1 stayed here to work on our computers. ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:31:27 EST Saturday, March 22 I hope everyone is having a good weekend <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> DS#2 is here for the weekend. The weather is nice but cool. <BR> <BR> Our new neighbors across the street are having a garage sale. They didn't advertise in the paper, just put signs up and a sandwich board in front of the house. Not sure if I'm curious enough to go over. <BR> <BR> Patty, I hope your hands are not as achey today. <BR> <BR> Ann, I imagine you are enjoying your family get together. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:14:48 EST Thursday, 3/20 Morning Girls, <BR> Lunch at senior center <BR> then this afternoon I need to take DD to get her final shot in her back...praying that it works this time, and that she can be pain free for a bit. <BR> <BR> My hands are achy so will be reading instead of knitting for a bit. They are swollen too...oh my <BR> <BR> have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:34:13 EST Wednesday, 3/19 Good morning Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog. <BR> I finished up the yellow sock this morning, during our church service. (We watch Andrew Wommack on Daystar tv Mon - Fri) <BR> <BR> It fits perfectly. Now need to cast on the second yellow one. These are nice and warm because of worsted weight yarn and wool sock yarn combined... <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center <BR> then hubby goes to town, and I get to stay home and knit...yay <BR> <BR> Either leftover mac and cheese or shepherds pie for s... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:19:02 EST Tuesday Good Afternoon. We have a little time before we have to leave for the Dr. app't. It will be a quick one once I see the NP. Then we'll do some grocery shopping. Easy to get to the commissary on the way home and we will avoid the freeway traffic as the back way home from the base is on a road that isn't used much then only a short freeway drive to our exit. <BR> <BR> Neighbor lady left a message on the answering machine while I was in the shower. She said the house that has been for sale f... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:10:49 EST Happy St Patrick's Day Yesterday was another summer day in the 80's but today is just suppose to be in the low 70's. March is so unpredicable. We'll start getting the cloud cover and cooler days until the 4th of July. <BR> <BR> I don't have any plans for today. DH will eat at the lodge so I don't have to plan supper. I bet he will get corned beef and cabbage. I haven't cooked that in ages. I could go for a Reuben Sandwich though. I've thought of picking up some deli corn beef at the next grocery trip which ma... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:18:32 EST Friday, 3/14/14 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at senior center and visiting with friends <BR> <BR> Ann, I did see that, and I will check out that site. Thank you <BR> <BR> It is 42 out right now, overcast, and drizzly rain, turning to sleet then snow. cold again tomorrow, even down to zero the next few nights...brrr <BR> So far our wood is holding out, and we will have enough to get us through the cold and winter. <BR> <BR> Today, sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. <BR> KNitting and reading <BR> Nothi... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:19:55 EST Thursday, March 13 I hope everyone is having a great Thursday <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> It's a bit cloudy here today and rain comes back tomorrow but it is feeling like spring. It's 37 right now so like the tropics compared to where Patty and Glenna are! <BR> <BR> This morning I looked in the pantry and I do have a large box of sf peach Jello but no peaches. So I'm going to make an orange pie using the other half of the orange Jello and this time I have the mini chocolate chips. <BR> <BR> Last night at the ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:45:59 EST OUR RECIPE FORUM When I went to post the chicken recipe I see some of our catagories are slipping because individual posts are taking up room at the top.. When you want to post a recipe go to the correct catagory and HIT REPLY and then you aren't making a new post. <BR> <BR> Trust me I'm guilty of that too because I get typing away and don't remember. <BR> <BR> I 'bumped' up the catagories so they are pretty much together again. No postings have been lost. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:57:51 EST Wednesday, March 12 Happy Wednesday everyone, <BR> <BR> Today is my sister's birthday so I'll give her a call today. <BR> <BR> The sun is shining again today. It's still only 39 but we plan to take a walk. So much to do outside but the ground is still pretty soggy. <BR> <BR> Tonight there is a soup supper at church and I heard it's going to be potato soup. Last week was tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches cut into small portions. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good day and those who have snow a... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:33:38 EST Monday Afternoon girls, <BR> Ann, yes, we have lots of snow. But spring and fall are just wonderful here. Summer is too humid for my taste...guess you just can't please <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today <BR> then knitting group <BR> There were 4 of us there today. <BR> I gave one of the ladies a crocheted vest for her DGD. It was supposed to be a sweater, and I just did not like the colors that I made it out of. Should have used white with the lavender and pink stripes, but I used off... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:59 EST Sunday Good morning Girls, <BR> Did you remember to turn your clocks forward an hour? <BR> spring forward, fall back <BR> <BR> Don't forget to spin your mattress? <BR> spring spin, fall flip <BR> <BR> I put some pics on my blog of the snow. I took these pics much snow. Supposed to be in the 30's today and tomorrow, then colder again. <BR> <BR> going to town for lunch. <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR> Patty Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:02:44 EST Thursday Good morning Girls, <BR> New pics on my blog. <BR> My new sock fits perfectly...I love it. I have it on now, so that I can show the girls at the senior center...yay. I am super excited. I kept trying it on over and over again to make sure that it would fit, and kept measuring the foot so that I could get an exact measurement before decreases...yay <BR> <BR> I have a lump on my head from that log hitting me. <BR> Also, hubby and I have been talking about it, and he thinks I may have been knoc... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:09:26 EST Wonderful Wednesday, March 5 Rain, rain, rain here. And windy. Once again I found the lawn chairs blown over into the raised garden bed. The sweet violets are still blooming, the snowdrops are waning. Crocuses are blooming and yesterday I saw daffodils in various parts of town. My daffodils bloom later. <BR> <BR> Did I tell you I made Patty's orange chocolate pie? For some reason you can only get the large box of orange sugar-free gelatin here so I divided one of those, then I didn't have a graham cracker crust so used... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:38:55 EST Monday, March 3 Good morning or afternoon ladies, <BR> <BR> We're still in rain mode. DS took a trip to Portland yesterday and won't be back til tonight so it has been a nice break for DH and I. So what do you think I've been doing? Cleaning. With one less in the house it was just easier to get to. So floors are swept and mopped, tub cleaned, bedding changed, laundry in process, kitchen countertops cleaned. I'm thawing some chicken tenders and it would be a good day to make Patty's orange pie. <BR> <BR> Ho... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:51:02 EST Saturday, March 1st Good Day, We did get heavy rain yesterday and today is suppose to be off and on again showers. I think we in the city only got about 1/2 an inch which isn't much but every little bit helps. DS was going to close his shop early but the power went out when a palm branch snapped an electric wire from the wind. He stayed at his desk to make sure the computer would come back up. A picture on the front page of our paper today showed a palm tree that fell down on top of a parked car, also in the... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:07:45 EST Thursday, 2/27 Good morning Girls, <BR> Ann, so sorry you are having trouble with the new meds...Will you be having to take them for a long time? Is there another pill that you can take along with those that will help you to feel better? <BR> <BR> Jan, sorry too for your problems. This is with your son, not your husband right? I'm sorry I can't remember. Our son has a brain injury, and oh my, it's not fun. <BR> <BR> Well girls, on to a lighter note. It is 3 degrees her and very windy. All the schools are ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:35:58 EST Wednesday, Feb. 26th I know it's Wednesday because it is trash pick up day. Yesterday was not a good day for me. The first time since I started the chemo pills I didn't feel very good. It didn't help that 3 minutes after DH left his Navy buddies wife in Wa. called to say her DH had passed away. She is a talked and I had to listen to details. He had been ill for some time. <BR> <BR> Actually I went to bed to take a nap around 4 p.m. and didn't wake up until 6:30. DH was fixing his supper of scrambled eggs... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:00:08 EST Tuesday, Feb. 23rd Getting a new date started. Can you believe Feb. is just about gone. DS has a birthday some time this week. Not sure when we will celebrate. He is a leap year baby. <BR> <BR> It's nice out today with a warm sun. I just hope the promised rain comes the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Jan, it would be fun to go through the rehab house. We had one on the street behind us. Some one bought it, rehabed it, and put it up for sale. It just sat there with no buyers. Finally they turned it... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:41:38 EST Saturday, Feb. 22 Good Morning Ladies. Where are you all and what are you up to. I'm being lazy and it is almost lunch time and I'm not dressed yet. I've been up since 7 a.m. Got the paper read and then sat and knitted. So far my green pills are not giving me any problems. I'm really trying not to let myself get tired. <BR> <BR> The nurse practioner emailed me a couple of days ago and asked how I was doing. She also gave me the name of the other patient that also has started this chemo pill regiment... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:36:28 EST Tuesday Feb. 18th Good Morning. I'm trying to keep myself busy and also stay out of the cleaning ladies way. I am now on the pill or I should say pills. 3 at 9 a.m. and 3 more at 9 p.m. daily. She called just after 9 to say my lab work from yesterday was good for starting. <BR> <BR> Jan I have a whole section in one file box just for chicken salads. We eat a lot of them especially in the summer. I haven't made one in a long time. <BR> <BR> Now that we're not camping this week I wanted to have DH take ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:26:36 EST Monday, 2/17 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is 12 degrees out right now...but sunshine. We have had sunshine for 3 days in a row...amazing up here in nlm. <BR> <BR> Well, I have been busy knitting...what you may ask? Remember when I said I would never do socks again...well, I am knitting socks. A friend from knitting group, Carol, knitted me a pair of socks. I was addicted. I bought sock yarn online, and started in. <BR> Ann, I am using size 1 double pointed needles, and I don't even mind...yesterday, I wo... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:13:03 EST Sunday, Feb. 16th This seems like a very short week end since yesterday most of the mid day was at the hospital getting the MRI. Later in the afternoon DH brought the motor home to the house. He wants to wash it and test all the equipment no matter if we go camping or not. I've gotten 3/4 of the inside cleaned. Checked and pulled stuff from the medicine cabinet that has expired. So I've added a few things to my grocery list. <BR> <BR> Just got an email from #1 DS in N. C. He said open the picture and ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:34:23 EST Happy Valentine's Day I hope everyone is having a pleasant day. <BR> <BR> It's very grey here with just a little rain so far. <BR> <BR> We have some friends downsizing from a house into a small apartment tomorrow. It's especially hard for the husband because he's leaving the house he lived in for many years (they were both widowed). DH is going to take his truck over but I'm trying to think of cooking something or making a recipe. <BR> <BR> Doggone it I forgot to watch the Millers last night. DH brought home ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:39:21 EST Thursday Feb. 13th I hope everyone isn't snowed in. This sure has been a terrible start to 2014. I hate to always mention our weather but you sure can't beat 74 degrees. I saw what Ashville and Charlotte N C. got and DH is between the two. He said he only got aobut 2 inches. That was yesterday. I would not want to drive on his roads if it got icy. Too many hills and curves. <BR> <BR> I made a trip to Costco this morning. Came home with two items. Fish Oil and Frozen Chicken Breasts. What a lot of V... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:25:47 EST Tuesday, 2/11 Good morning Girls, <BR> More new pics on my blog <BR> <BR> Can you believe that Feb. is almost half over with? <BR> Mercy, how fast time flies. <BR> <BR> I was reading in JoAnna's book, String of Pearls, and I was reading about counting your blessings. Well, you girls are one of my blessings...I am so thankful for each and every one of you. <BR> <BR> ok, lunch at senior center today. <BR> <BR> We didn't get much snow last night, so I guess hubby won't have to plow or snow blow. <BR> He ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:16:58 EST Monday, Feb. 10th Jan, are you sure you aren't married to my DH. I biowitch about the Brita pitcher all the time. I try to tell DH that when he over fills it all the water doesn't filter and that gets poured when you try and refill the refrig. water bottles or the ice cube trays Besides it is heavy.. You just can't teach old people anything new. I have another annoyance but I keep it to myself and just fix it. Sunday the king size sheets get washed. The bottom sheet is for a deep mattress that we use to h... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:05:25 EST Sunday, 2/9 Good morning Girls, <BR> It is cold here and snowing, only 15 degrees. <BR> <BR> We are going to town today, soon as I finish getting ready. <BR> <BR> Do any of you watch the show the Millers? <BR> <BR> There is an afghan that the colored man bought from the parents, that is on the back of his chair in his apt. I can't remember his name on the show. Anyway, it is variegated blocks bordered with white...I really like the look of that afghan, so started last night. I have 3 squares done. I w... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:17:55 EST Saturday, Feb. 8th Good Afternoon. I'm doing some computer search and not coming up with very much usefull information. i don't think I mentioned that I got a letter this week from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline co. They want my permission to survey my property in Mass. for a pipe line that starts in Maine and ends up in New Orleans Now I'm very suspicious that this might be the reason the buyers backed out of the house sale in Jan. The strangest thing is that my realor in the next neighboring town said he had... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:13:25 EST Friday, February 7 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Today is my "baby's" 41st birthday. He's not going to be able to be here this weekend after all because of the snow and weather forecast. He did plan to go to work today but they were told if people couldn't make it, they could be excused. <BR> <BR> It really started to snow yesterday afternoon. It covers the road and all surfaces but the city has had de-icer and gravel trucks going through so earlier DH and I were easily able to go down the hill to the bank and t... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:05:57 EST Thursday Afternoon Girls, <BR> Brr, it is cold here today, 13 and snowing. I was sort of surprised that they had school today. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happening. Still no pics yet. I do have a couple of things finished, but no pics.. <BR> <BR> nothing happening here in our life. How about yours? <BR> Patty Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:27:50 EST Tuesday Feb. 4th Sorry, you are sick again Nina. <BR> <BR> Tonight I made Millionaires Steak with Tomato Sauce from Humble Hamburger to Majestic Meals. It was way way too sweet. It had 2 tabl. Splenda and 2 tabl. Splenda Brown in the tomato sauce. It is an easy recipe using 1/2 lb gr. beef and cooked in the skillet. If I ever made it again I'd probably only use 1 tsp of Splenda and see how that works. <BR> <BR> I had an EKG this afternoon a requirement for me to begin the new regiment of chemo pills.... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:15:09 EST Monday, Feb. 33rd Just lost a post so will print and paste. Darn that makes me mad. <BR> <BR> It is noon on the dot and I just got back from grocery shopping and all is put away. I generally don't shop on S/S day but it wasn't' crowded at all. It was a light shopping day for me and I still spent just over $100.00. <BR> <BR> The sun is out around the edges of the clouds. The clouds on top are light but the ones around the edges are very dark. It is funny looking. Last night when I shut the TV off at 11... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:13:25 EST Saturday, February 1 Good morning <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It's cloudy and 36 this morning. Brrrr for here. <BR> <BR> I always enjoy turning the calendar over to a new page. Especially February. My youngest son has a birthday and then there's Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> There are two commercials that catch my attention. The first one is for some insurance and it's about "the oldest trick in the book" - always makes me smile. The second one is a woman telling about all the wonderful buys she is getting for the... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:00:48 EST Thursday, 1/30 Good morning Girls, <BR> This group is not doing very well is it? We are posting sparingly at best. Nothing new since Monday. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Finally a school day. School has been closed since Friday, so that means 4 days of closed school. It was just too cold for kids to have to wait for the bus, and the roads were not good either. It has been too cold for the road crews to use salt, as it wouldn't melt, so all they have been able to use is sand for most of this winter. When the main roa... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:29:23 EST Monday, the 28th We had fog this morning so it seemed colder than it was. Now the sun is out and slowly warming up. Tomorrow is suppose to be in the mid 70's. Sure wish we could have some rain and trade some sun. No thanks on the snow. <BR> <BR> I've been on the phone trying to get a referral for a dermotology dr. By the time I get one I'll probably be rid of my red itchy arm. That would be nice though. I stopped at the store up the road that does carry the No Sugar Added Cocoa mix by Neslee but they ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:51:06 EST Monday, 1/27 Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Weather report from Oregon: In the 30s at night and 40 degrees at 10:30 AM. Looks a bit cloudy out there today. <BR> <BR> Patty & Glenna, How deep is the snow today? Stay warm! <BR> <BR> Ann, That's interesting about your neighbors being coconuts. No doubt it's something that grows where they or their family lived. It seems to be a craze and I've been tempted to try the oil but decided to hold off until more studies are done (considering my situation). It so... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:42:47 EST