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 Thanksgiving Dinner We are having a carry in dinner at noon tomorrow at my daughters. I think around 25 people, mostly adults. I am always ask to make the mac &amp; cheese, so I will get up early tomorrow to make a double batch. I have chicken dressing ready to bake &amp; decided to try my luck with a sugar cream pie. I have never made one that you mix &amp; bake. The recipe comes from an old restaurant known for pies. I was surprised when the filling was enough for 2 pies so I hope it turns out &amp; is all gon... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:11:31 EST Wednesday, 11/25 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Tomorrow is Thanksgiving...can you imagine? <BR> <BR> We had a Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center I ever full. <BR> <BR> Hubby had a chiro. apt this afternoon, so he went to town and will do shopping too. <BR> Am I ever glad that I do not have to go and be amid all those shoppers. <BR> <BR> Looks like I only have to take a relish carrots, celery, peppers, cherry tomatoes, olives, pickles and cheese chunks with a dip in the center. I found ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:02:44 EST Monday, November 23 Hi ladies <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It was a sleep-in morning here. Now it's time to get going. Thanksgiving week is always busy. <BR> <BR> We're expecting rain this afternoon but the rest of the week is supposed to be cold and sunny. <BR> <BR> Because of the silly nosebleed concern I missed the Steve Green concert which was really great. The choir back-up went well and the children sang with him for a song and Bruce said the kids were wonderful, singing every word- even the little ones. H... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:13:02 EST Sunday, 11/22 Good morning girls, <BR> Can you believe that November is almost over? Four more days to Thanksgiving. <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> We got over a foot of <em>425</em> yesterday...can you imagine. <BR> We opted to stay home instead of going to town as we usually do on Sundays. We have gone to town a lot this week. We will go tomorrow and return that laptop... <BR> <BR> I printed off some more patterns, 2 pair of crocheted mittens, 2 pair of slippers, and a scarf or two. <BR> ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:02:45 EST Saturday.. lets stay at home day! Getting colder in Ohio. Happy to have a day where I can stay inside. Arthritis pain is high. <BR> <BR> My cousins funeral was yesterday. DD stopped by to get me &amp; after service, we went out to eat with his daughters, brother &amp; sister. Tim was a Vietnam vet so there was a military salute. <BR> <BR> Think I will make out my grocery list for Thanksgiving food. I am making mac &amp; cheese, chicken dressing, sweet potato casserole &amp; HE peanut butter choc chip pie. I ordered the swe... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:44:27 EST Friday, November 20 Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> It's busy time here. Wednesday is TOPS day, Thursday is quilting. Today I have been housecleaning. I have a portable kitchen island and this time of year I move it closer to the entrance of the kitchen for additional counter space. Then I need to hem a pair of slacks for DH. <BR> <BR> Steve Green is performing at our church on Sunday and the choir (which DH is in) is doing some background singing for him - which has been quite a challe... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:29:22 EST Tuesday, November 17 Good morning ladies <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's a dark, rainy and windy day here but 54 degrees this morning which is what it was when we went to bed last night. <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I have several places to go today so it's a nice thought that those good salads and Pumpkin Maple Dessert are all made up. <BR> <BR> We will miss Patty while her computer is in the shop. <BR> <BR> Nina, How are you doing today? Show us your robe when it's finished. <BR> <BR> Iris, W... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:07:53 EST What"s cooking this week? I have a few recipes on my list this week, <BR> <BR> When every minute counts. <BR> Crunchy Kidney Bean <BR> Banana Apple Salad....................Good! <BR> <BR> Easy Cheesy Tuna &amp; Noodles.......Very good. I used a larger can of mushrooms &amp; a different low fat cheese. 22 grams of protein! <BR> <BR> Grande Corn Chili.........................Very good! <BR> Bonanza Banana Butterscotch Pie <BR> <BR> Newsletters: <BR> Chunky applesauce <BR> Heavenly Lemon Cream...........Very go... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:20:31 EST Monday, 11/16 Morning girls, <BR> We are taking the computer back into the shop today, so I won't be on until probably Friday again. <BR> <BR> I was cravin' fresh fruit yesterday, so we bought bananas <em>265</em> , red grapes <em>277</em> and mini oranges. We have red and yellow apples, so we are set for fruit. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to report. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a good week. <BR> Patty Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:55:15 EST Sunday, Nov. 15 Good morning ladies <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Nina's husband has been in the hospital and should be getting a stent for the stones causing him so much pain. So remembering both of them in prayer today. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> I am thankful to have no nosebleeds so far but after yesterday I feel anxious about how quickly they come on. Calling the ENT on Monday for sure. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make Cranberry Party Salad today to see how we like it. I'm hoping there's fr... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:17:32 EST Friday 11/14/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Well it is 3:14 in the morning and I got home about an hour ago. My DH is in the hospital. He has another kidney stone <em>527</em> the third time this year. They admitted him this time. He has already had them shocked to break them up, taking meds for them. His urologist said he had one large one that would most likely not move. So we are wondering if it moved. Anyway he passed out on me again so this time I called 911. <BR> So anyway hope I get a little slee... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 06:22:51 EST Thursday 11/12/15 <em>524</em> Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Was another busy day. Had to do a little more shopping this morning. Then spent the day in the kitchen. I cook my ground turkey and bag in 2 oz. I made 2 meat loaves. Which actually is 4 for us. I use those gift loaf size pans and freeze them. Then package them. Those gift size loaf pans give us 3 servings. Just enough for DH, Me, MIL. Made my fat free milk in my glass container and put in fridge. <BR> I was 158 this morning on the scales <em>1... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:55:51 EST Wednesday, 11/11 Afternoon Girls, <BR> We went to senior center for lunch again. <BR> They honored the veterans today. <BR> two kids from the local school, came and played Taps for them. <BR> Then 3 different people had a short speech for the veterans. <BR> It was a nice ceremony. <BR> <BR> girls, good job on you A1C coming down...way to go. <BR> <BR> Glenna, so good to see you posting more often. <BR> <BR> My dr. apt went fine. no changes. a cat scan and blood work in 3 months, then if it is all ok, we ca... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:58:22 EST Wednesday, 11/11 Afternoon Girls, <BR> We went to senior center for lunch again. <BR> They honored the veterans today. <BR> two kids from the local school, came and played Taps for them. <BR> Then 3 different people had a short speech for the veterans. <BR> It was a nice ceremony. <BR> <BR> girls, good job on you A1C coming down...way to go. <BR> <BR> Glenna, so good to see you posting more often. <BR> <BR> My dr. apt went fine. no changes. a cat scan and blood work in 3 months, then if it is all ok, we ca... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:57:42 EST Tuesday, November 10 <em>465</em> Good morning ladies <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's a brisk 42 here this morning. I'm having my first cup of coffee and thinking about breakfast. <BR> <BR> What do you often eat for breakfast? My stand by is Kashi Heart to Heart with warm cinnamon and 1% milk. Also like oatmeal. <BR> <BR> Will any of you be having Thanksgiving dinner at your house? Most of my married life I've had it at my house. My sons help. Youngest son called last night and said he'd bring the turkey, I ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:32:56 EST Scalloped Potatoes & Meat 1 can HR cream chicken soup (I used mushroom) <BR> 1 tsp parsley flakes <BR> 3/4 cup shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese <BR> 3 cups sliced raw potatoes <BR> 1/2 cup finely chopped onions <BR> 1 &amp; 1/2 cup diced cooked chicken ( I used ground chuck) <BR> <BR> Preheat oven 350. <BR> Spray 8 x 8 pan <BR> Combine soup &amp; parsley in large bowl. <BR> Stir in cheese, potatoes, onion &amp; meat. <BR> Mix well &amp; spread into pan. <BR> Cover &amp; bake for 50 minutes. <BR> Remove cover &amp; con... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:19:16 EST SUNDAY 11-8-15 MAIN DISH <BR> Scalloped Potato and Ground Beef - Newsletter December 2008 page 5 <BR> I used some cooked lean pork roast instead of ground beef. <BR> This was really good. Ground Beef, turkey, or chicken would also be good in this. <BR> <BR> Steamed Broccoli Spears <BR> <BR> Green Salad <BR> <BR> Peach Cobbler - I used - Apple-Raisin cobbler as my basis for making the peach cobbler. <BR> I did not use Apples and Raisins. I used canned peaches and just made a sauce from one cup juice and... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:12:19 EST SUNDAY 11-8-15 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi girls-- <BR> <BR> Spent the day looking over recipes, taking inventory of pantry, and figuring menu. Also did laundry. It is raining and we are so thankful here in CA. <BR> Made Scalloped Potatoes and Ground Beef (I used left over lean pork instead ground beef) <BR> Broccoli Spears <BR> Apple-Raisin Cobbler (I did not have canned apple pie filling-so I used canned peaches and no raisins.-I just made a sauce with the liquid from peaches with 3 Tablespoons flour... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:59:49 EST Saturday, November 7 <em>465</em> <em>524</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> How is your Saturday going? <BR> <BR> I'll be baking today for Fall Festival tomorrow. I was feeling discouraged about making dozens of cookies with that aroma throughout the house and keeping from temptation to sample so I came up with the idea to make Becky's Prize Winning Banana bread and also a favorite pumpkin bread recipe I found on Epicurious a few years back. Somehow I'm not as tempted to cut into a loaf and sample. <em>4</e... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 12:33:07 EST Thursday 11-5-15 <em>53</em> Baked Skinless Chicken Thigh <BR> <em>367</em> Baked Potato-with 1 T I can't believe not butter light, 2 T Daisy Light Sour Cream <BR> 1 cup green beans <BR> <em>140</em> Creamy and Crunchy Apple Slaw-October Newsletter 2004 page 10 <BR> DESSERT <BR> <em>265</em> Easy Banana Bread Fri, 6 Nov 2015 00:25:52 EST Thursday 11-5-15 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Today I changed out my summer <em>67</em> clothes to fall and winter <em>465</em> <em>27</em> . Took a while as I sorted and got rid of some things. Did laundry too. Then straightened up my sewing area. Tomorrow we pick up my sister at the train station, then go to our mom's house. So will most likely go shopping and pick up my bath soap (only wal-mart I found it at). Then DSis will take me home. Another busy day. <BR> I hope Saturday is a day to mys... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:27:08 EST Wed. 11-4-15 Supper <BR> <BR> Marinated Pork Loin <BR> <BR> Italian Fried Potatoes -The Open Road Cookbook page 141 <BR> CHANGES <BR> I added a little salt, pepper, and onion powder. <BR> <BR> Frozen Mixed Vegetables. <BR> <BR> Creamy and Crunchy Apple Slaw - October 2004 Apple Slaw - page 10 <BR> <BR> DESSERT-Easy Sticky Buns - The Heart Smart HE Cookbook - page 26 <BR> CHANGES <BR> I sprinkled some cinnamon and nutmeg over the syrup. <BR> Also sprinkled 1 Tablespoons of chopped almonds in the... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 23:53:15 EST Wednesday, November 4 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Brrr, it was cold this morning. I was getting ready to go to TOPS when I got a call letting me know it was weigh-in only because the furnace at the church where we meet wasn't working at all. I'm glad I went - I had a 1.75 lb. loss and some of us went for coffee and a visit afterwards. <BR> <BR> I have some extra lean ground beef to use that I got on sale so need to decide what dinner will be. <BR> <BR> Karen, I hope you are feeling more rested and ge... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 15:46:39 EST Tuesday, November 3 Hi everyone <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful, sunny but cold November morning here. What's happening where you live? I'm glad Nina's area got some rain they needed. <BR> <BR> It's a busy day with a final planning meeting for Fall Festival and then home for lunch and back to the church to put together the brown bag lunches. I suspect we will be doing more since the local warming center will be reopening. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to know I've got some Turkey in the Straw leftover to ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:20:51 EST Monday, November 2 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> The sun is peeking out this morning and we'll have a break from rain today. It's 47 this morning. <BR> <BR> Today I plan to make Turkey In The Straw and Apple Cheddar Salad. <em>551</em> <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> Did anyone get trick or treaters this year? We haven't had any for the past two years. Karen, one of our local care centers announces the children can come to trick or treat. A nice thing for the residents. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Nina, I'm... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:24:07 EST Sunday, 11/1 Afternoon girls, <BR> It is November already... <BR> <BR> We went to town, went to GW, I found nothing that I couldn't live without. <BR> Went to lunch. <BR> Came home, and had a little bit of excitement on the way home. <BR> A black horse was loose, and walking along the roadway. <BR> Lots of people stopped, to look and help. <BR> We went up the road a bit, to talk to someone that has horses. He said that it wasn't his, but he would go and see if he could get it. <BR> By that time, the cop... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:35:26 EST Friday, 10/30 Afternoon girls, <BR> We have had the wood stove going all week, the small one. Only in the 40's again today. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I blew leaves again this afternoon, after I came back from having my blood drawn. <BR> Now, I am chilled out and worn <BR> so is hubby. <BR> <BR> big game tomorrow with Michigan and Minnesota. <BR> <BR> Did I tell you that someone gave me ribbon yarn? Two sets of 6 rolls, so I made 2 scarves out of it. I will give the scarves back to the lady that ga... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:16:02 EST Thursday Oct. 28 2015 menu <em>481</em> We had for Supper <BR> <BR> Stove Top Chicken and Broccoli - from The Heart Smart Cookbook page 149 <BR> Vegetable Salad &amp; homemade *Ranch dressing. (SEE NOTE BELOW) <BR> Toasted Sour Dough Bread <BR> Dessert-Banana-Carrot Bread <BR> <BR> One of Joanna's Banana Bread with Carrots in it. It was frozen so do not remember where I got the recipe. I am now trying to write on the package where, size of serving, Diab exchanges. Getting so I can't remember these things <em>2... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:37:20 EST Thursday 10-29-15 <em>431</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Well last night was a sleepless night. I finally got up and did some Bible study. Learned something so guess that was the reason :) We had biscuits and gravy for Breakfast. I use JoAnn's 1 1/2 cups fat free milk and 3 Tablespoons flour with spices and 2 oz of homemade turkey breakfast sausage. Doing some laundry too. <BR> Getting ready to sew. <BR> I do not always use Joann's recipes. I search the internet for low call too. I am making a zuc... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:24:04 EST If I were younger... If I were younger, I would be happy to work more hours in the memory care unit. The morning lady quit last week &amp; my supervisor needs someone to work those hours &amp; also do the paperwork. <BR> <BR> I went in an hour early yesterday to do some of the paper work. I am trying a new cocktail of medication for my fibro &amp; so far mornings are not the best for me. Seems like nursing homes have a hard time getting &amp; keeping good least that is how it is in Ohio. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:01:41 EST Wednesday, October 28 Good evening everyone <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> How did your Wednesday go? <BR> <BR> Today was TOPS meeting and we had a raffle for lots of items for a fundraiser for our State Recognition Days next May. This is a big, very inspiring event where TOPS members get awarded for various things like reaching their goals (KOPS- Keep Off Pounds Sensibly), and other accomplishments. This one will be held just a half an hour away from here- so most of our members could go if they are willing. They al... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:49:58 EST Monday 10 -26 - 15 <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I thought I would start this in the menu section. Just saw it on down the start Page of Healthy Exchanges. Will see if we can put on here what recipes we fixed Do not expect you all to do it everyday, but thought it might keep me and others encouraged with different recipes. Also get to check out each others books we use. Need some booster to keep with it, been getting off lately. <BR> Gained a pound instead of loosing. So here goes. <BR> <BR> POTATO HAM BAKE ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:37:46 EST PIZZAS I do not have all JoAnna's newsletters anymore. Some got destroyed in a storage. So I could not find out where this came from. I forgot to write it on my recipe card. I have had this recipe for a few years. All my book pizza recipes use a store bought french bread. This uses Low Fat Bisquick. <BR> <em>250</em> It is easy, quick, and good. <BR> <BR> DEEP DISH PIZZA <em>483</em> <BR> <BR> 8 oz of lean ground beef or turkey or chicken <BR> 1/2 cup chopped onion <BR> 1 teaspoon dr... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:24:34 EST TUESDAY- 1--27-15 <em>422</em> Hi everyone <em>275</em> <BR> <BR> My computer had another problem. Hopefully DH fixed it. He took something off and put another thing on to protect it. It is weird to not have a computer now. <BR> Although I just worked on a knitted dish cloth. I am still learning! Then looked through some of JoAnn's cookbooks. <BR> You guys are my best friends since I have moved a lot. I have been on here about 7 years I think now. <BR> Today I got my hair cut <em>104</em> and... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:59:43 EST Tuesday Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's been about a week since I have posted. I have been busy, dh has retired for the second time. I think it's going to be for good this time. He is a wonderful help, but it takes some getting used to as we are so very different. Anyhow some painting has been going on. I'm still running to the lab for blood work. They just can't seem to get my warfarin dose regulated.last night while I couldn't sleep I was reading all of your posts that I had missed. Jan I'm gla... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:44:35 EST Sunday, 10/25 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Went to town late morning. went to Goodwill and returned something. Then on to Walmart to see Sis. She works in the bakery there. <BR> Then lunch at BK <BR> then home, and I blew leaves for an hour. <BR> That machine weighs about 50 #, and I can hardly function right now....hubby just came in and said they only weigh around 25#...I don't believe <BR> Imagine I have lost that 50#. No wonder I was so exhausted all the time when I WAS heavier. Now to get off thi... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:21:06 EST Saturday, 10/24 Afternoon Girls, <BR> We went to town yesterday, came home with a second leaf blower for <BR> As we live in the woods, we have tons of leaves, and it will surely help hubby out if I can help him blow them out. Too windy today, maybe tomorrow. I have done it before every year for quite a while, so I do know what I am getting myself in to. <BR> <BR> Have any of you made an apple pie, and just substituted splenda for the sugar? <BR> Would you still need to add flour to the apple mixtur... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:22:22 EST Wednesday, 10/21 Afternoon girls, <BR> I am cooking white rice in the crockpot. <BR> I found a recipe online. <BR> <BR> spray crockpot <BR> put 2 cups white rice in pot <BR> pour in 3 1/3 cups water <BR> 1 tbsp. butter <BR> <BR> cook on high for 2 hours...stirring once during cooking time. sounds easy peasy to me. I will let you know how it works. <BR> Patty Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:59:37 EST QUESTION Does anyone have a recipe for homemade pancake syrup? The things in store bought is giving me a problem. <BR> <BR> Nina Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:27:46 EST Tuesday October 20th Sunday was my birthday. My daughter and I went to the street fair. I love going to street fairs. Afterwards we had Mexican food at our favorite restaurant. It was a fun day. No cooking yesterday either. dh and I went to Hometown Buffet on a coupon. It's been nice to be out of the kitchen for awhile. <BR> <BR> Jan I couldn't find impossible apple pie in my Fast Cheap and Easy book. I must be looking in wrong book. I think you said today is your doctors appointment to find out what's c... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:40:43 EST MONDAY 10-19-15 <em>422</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Jan - thank you for the encouragment-as you say things did turn out. I had forgot I have my first bone scan (65 yrs old now) on Tuesday morning. Me and DH will not be going to the Cabin. He had forgot about his moms hair appointment this afternoon also. So Called Bro and told him. He said he was coming home Wed and going to the lake with his RV. So we said we might go up there and spend the day with them. So I feel relieved that I can get my t... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:35:13 EST Sunday, October 18 Good afternoon/evening everyone! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just getting here to see how everyone is doing. Wow here we are in another week and October is creeping by. <em>420</em> <BR> <BR> This morning after church we had a quarterly membership meeting and I'm the recording secretary so I had to be ready. It was a relatively short meeting - the annual one in January is usually longer and lots of business. <BR> <BR> Came home and made lunch. This afternoon it's been just sort of nic... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 18:27:57 EST Saturday, 10/17 Good morning girls, <BR> Can you believe that Oct. is over half over...? Time sure does fly up here in the <BR> <BR> It is 44 degrees <em>259</em> and mixed rain and snow <em>27</em> <em>425</em> . Hope the guys in ann Arbor can play the game <em>281</em> this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to a yard sale this morning, and came home with lots of yarn. <BR> 8 skeins of peach yarn, 8 skeins of lavender yarn, and 8 skeins of browny tweed... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:19:01 EST Friday, 10/16 Late afternoon Girls, <BR> I just came in from a half mile walk. <em>311</em> I about froze myself...a high of 45 degrees today, yes, that was right, 45 degrees, <em>259</em> <em>27</em> and windy and rainy. brrr <BR> <BR> Hubby made a pot of chili <em>481</em> this afternoon. Doesn't that sound good for a cold autumn <em>465</em> day? <BR> <BR> Big game tomorrow, so guess where I will be. That's right, in front of the tv, watching the state and Michigan game at 3:30. <em>281<... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:11:28 EST Apples, Apples, Everywhere Going to an apple festival this weekend. Looking for recipes now. Impossible Apple Pie sounds good. Wonder if it freezes well? <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions? <BR> <BR> Karen Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:12:20 EST Soup Days I love soup & this is certainly good weather to enjoy a bowl of HE soup. Do you have a favorite? I love potato, cheese, vegetable & chili. Looking forward to eating some good HE soup! <BR> <BR> Karen <em>253</em> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:46:50 EST Tuesday 10-13-15 <em>431</em> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Hopefully I do not offend with the Halloween stuff. I just remember as a kid a fun time with Halloween. No evil put into it then that I remember. My kids remember too as I kept it fun. After all what kid does not like to dress up and get candy. <BR> <BR> Today I went to Dollar Tree and got some more index cards for recipes, some shower curtain hooks, some plain kitchen towels to make some Christmas Gifts. Also got a pumpkin decoration to put on the ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:37:20 EST Monday 12-12-15 Hi ladies <BR> Was a fun day today. Went with DD all day. We looked at scrapbook stuff. Shopped for items to make our Halloween Costumes (fun not scary) for my Mom's Halloween Scrapbook Party. <BR> Got some material to make DD's DH a Giants blanket. Had a yummy frozen yogurt for lunch. <BR> Came home and made supper. The only JoAnn recipe I made was Banana Pudding made thicker. The recipe for thicker pudding was in the Strong Bones Book. Measured out mini chocolate chips and almonds ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:57:35 EST Sunday, 10/11 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Just got back from town. <BR> Stopped at Goodwill, nothing there I couldn't live without. <BR> <BR> Stopped at Burger King for lunch <BR> then on to Aldi's. Checked out the prices of canned fruit, so I would know if the sale this next week on shurfine was a good price. found out that I overpaid on the carrots. Aldi's had them at 65 cents a can, and I paid 89. Everything else was a good price that I paid, most items 25 cents off a can. <BR> <BR> Then stopped at sons ho... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:29:37 EST Saturday, 10/10 Good morning Girls, <BR> Glenna, good to hear from you. One thing about crock pot recipes, is you can put them in, in the morning and forget about them until supper. Then you can freeze the leftovers, and voila, instant meals,, <BR> <BR> I just put cut up onion, then a layer of pork something with a lot of the fat cut off, then top it with slices of peeled butternut squash. .put 1/4 cup brown sugar on top, and 1/4 cup water...that should taste yummy for supper. <BR> <BR> Then I will make... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 08:54:46 EST Friday Hello, <BR> <BR> Weatherman said it is going to be 104 here in Escondido. I am so thankful for our air conditioner. Going to try to make banana bread today Nina I love the blueberry banana bread it is heavier but I just love it I was thinking about how everyone's taste are so different. I like dense heavy breads and cakes. I've been known to like,some strange things. Peanut butter and onion sandwiches, potato chips and fried bologna sandwiches. I,love lumpy gravy. The lumps are the best... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:04:27 EST Thursday 10-8-15 <em>524</em> Welcome Rox <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Not doing as good this week. I know I have over eaten <em>4</em> . Trying to now use the diabetic chart that is in the H.E.L.P. Book. I think I have been trying to eat too little calories a day. I was trying the 1200 but was only doing about 1000 last week. I had a couple spells of feeling faint <em>2</em> . Got on internet and went to the Diabetic Living Mag site. They said for my age and height I should eat 1400 calories to loose... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:50:58 EST Wednesday, 10/7 Good morning girls, <BR> Can you imagine that 1 whole week is gone from October. Pretty soon we will be fighting the snow up here. The leaves are just now starting to change color. We are a few weeks late in this. <BR> <BR> We have a new member, Rox. She is coming over from the yahoo HE group. Welcome Rox. It will be good to have you here. <BR> <BR> The Blazing glory chili from Man in Mind, page 86, was yummy. <BR> <BR> Today, I have some bananas to use up. Either I will look for that bana... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:12:59 EST Tuesday, 10/6 Afternoon Girls, <BR> I am making Blazing Glory Chili, page 86 in Man in Mind. <BR> I am using my cooked and frozen pasta, so I eliminated the beef broth. <BR> for the chili seasoning, I use half tsp. taco seasoning and half tsp. Italian seasoning...tastes yummy <BR> We also have muffins from the freezer,. <BR> A typical fall day here with some sunshine and some clouds. <BR> <BR> What are you having for supper? <BR> p.s. one of you suffers from extreme tiredness, I,m thinking maybe Iris, n... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:12:32 EST Monday, October 5 Hi everyone <em>465</em> <BR> This has been a good day. I walked with friends this morning, then picked up a few groceries on the way home and bumped into my son and his friend there so was able to give them a ride home. <BR> <BR> I'm cleaning the shower tiles with a homemade concoction of vinegar and Dawn. A bit smelly in process. I let it set an hour and then I'll wipe it down and then clean the tub. <BR> <BR> It's a warm one here - 77 degrees right now and probably will get warmer... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:50:04 EST Sunday, 10/4 Good morning girls, <BR> Probably by the time that I finish this post, it will be afternoon. <BR> <BR> Birthday party for 4 yr old DGD at 4 this afternoon. About an hour away from here. Lots of knitting time in the car. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to report... <BR> have a good day girls. <BR> Patty <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:58:46 EST Saturday, 10/3 Afternoon Girls, <BR> It is half time on the Michigan game, so I finally made the orange push up cheesecake. <BR> I only use 1 package of low fat cream cheese, as I have a problem with cream cheese a bit. <BR> I do that for all my cheesecakes and it seems to work out just fine. <BR> <BR> A high of 57 degrees here today and windy. We do have the small woodstove going, but the fan is on and the window is <BR> We are all nice and toasty here today inside. <BR> <BR> I think leftovers... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 13:59:44 EST Friday, October 2 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> It's a gray day here - maybe the sun will peek out eventually. 59 degrees right now. <BR> <BR> I walked with friends this morning and that was good. I think I missed all of last week and it really makes a difference in my health and weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night we are having our church's 125th Anniversary dinner at the Finnish hall. Usually our ladies do all the work but this will be catered by the Finnish... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:13:04 EST What to do with my ripe bananas? Get your opinions in ladies. Do you have a favorite recipe that you go to when your bananas turn brown? I have found several that sound interesting. Can't decide which one to try first. <BR> <BR> Karen Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:29:19 EST Wednesday Hello ladies, <BR> <BR> I hope,all of you are having a happy Wednesday.n it hot here as usual. Sixty percent chance of rain on Sunday . I hope it really happens. <BR> <BR> I'm glad your hands are feeling better Patty. I will miss your blog , but I have two that just sit I never post on them for awhile but too hard to reply to everyone. <BR> <BR> Jan I hope your nosebleed problem gets solved. Did you ever fix the Swiss potato,soup? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went for my bloo... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:10:57 EST Tuesday, 9/29 Hello everyone <em>524</em> <BR> How is your day going? What's cooking? <BR> <BR> I am having one of those days of catching up on things. The joy of paying bills and putting things away. So here it is almost noon and I'm still in my bathrobe. <BR> <BR> Dinner will be more of the lightly breaded chicken breast from last night. I'm going to check out Karen's banana pudding to see if I have enough of the ingredients. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:35:01 EST Monday, September 28 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's a sunny day here and supposed to reach 71. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I had my flu shot this morning. Then went upstairs where the optician is to look at glasses. Wouldn't you know the ones I like are more expensive. I'm going to check out Costco and maybe some other places. Also need to see if my insurance does anything on these or if I'm stuck going out of town to WalMart. Also made another appointment for the nosebleeds. <BR> <BR> I was so gl... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:11:29 EST Saturday,9/26 Afternoon girls, <BR> Chicken fajita salad for supper tonight. <BR> Maybe an orange push-up pie for dessert. <BR> <BR> I just put 2 frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot around noon. Turned it to high, slathered fajita seasoning mix on the chicken. I do not buy these mixes, I make my own from recipes found online. <BR> <BR> Now I need to go and thaw out a package of cream cheese for my pie for supper. <BR> <BR> While watching the Wolverines whomp BYU, <BR> Am loom knitting some new hat pa... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:53:29 EST Friday 9-25-15 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Had my doctors <em>282</em> appointment and my A1C test was too low for meds but it is in the pre-diabetes stage. The dr. wants me to loose down to 145. Funny that is my goal. I had lost 3 lbs since my last visit. That was a whole month to lose 3lbs. I am going to have to hunker down. <BR> He is also sending me to a cardiologist. He said at my age (65) if I get an ablation done now I can get off these meds. Also have to have a colonoscopy. I tested postiv... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:54:03 EST Thursday 9-24-15 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Sewed today. Usually I can do a blouse in an afternoon. This was a new pattern and I followed the directions. Next time I make it I won't. I found and easier way to do it while sewing, but that will be next time. <BR> Have a Dr appointment tomorrow. Hope he gives me back my diebetic meds. I am all over the place. From 76 before dinner to 167 2 hours later. Crazy. <BR> I had fish, Fantastic Potato Salad, Boardinghouse Dilled-Pea Salad, Biscuit. The Potato Sa... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:24:13 EST Fast Cheap & Easy I am getting off to a slow start. Need to get to grocery store to get a few ingredients. Thinking I will make the Tel Mex Fiesta first. My sister made the fantastic Potato Salad & Ban Toffee Pudding. They loved both. <BR> <BR> I am finding if recipe does not freeze well that I am eating it every meal & sometimes it just needs tossed. LOL. <BR> <BR> What are you making this week? Any suggestions from this book? <BR> <BR> Karen Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:16:46 EST Wednesday 9/23 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> We had a bit of a scare - my husband had a pain on the right side of his chest yesterday that showed up about 3 times so he got a doctors appointment for this morning. Thankfully he came out ok- that area of his chest is inflamed and they told him to drink lots of water, eat right, etc. What a relief. <BR> <BR> I just weighed in at TOPS but I'm happy I did- lost 2 lb. <BR> <BR> Quick dinner tonight of scrambled eggs and toast. <BR> <BR> How are you a... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:50:34 EST Swiss Potato Soup Swiss Potato Soup <BR> <BR> 1 10-1/2 oz. can Campbell'sHealthy Request Cream of Mushroom Soup <BR> 2 cups skim milk <BR> 1-1/2 cups (8 oz.) diced, cooked potato <BR> 1/8 teaspoon black pepper <BR> 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard or 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard <BR> 5(3/4 oz.) slices Weight Watchers reduced fat swiss cheese, shredded <BR> 2 teaspoons chopped parsley <BR> <BR> In a medium saucepan, combine mushroom soup, skim milk, potatoes, black pepper, and mustard. Cook over medium heat until p... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:50:58 EST Tuesday Good morning, <BR> <BR> Well we didn't get any rain but it is cooler so far today. I'm busy making menus which I haven't done in a long time but I'm hoping it will help me to use leftovers and maybe save some on the grocery bill. I never liked salmon. In the past I have substituted with tuna. <BR> <BR> I already did my pedaling for the day. I will try to,get my half hour of walking in later today. I usually do my walking thru Walmart or target so I can hold onto cart as I am always fa... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:02:32 EST Terrific Tuesday, 9/22 Good morning/afternoon girls <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> The sun is out again today and it's so beautiful in the cooler weather. I am home alone this morning so a great time to dig into weekly housecleaning while there's no one to come traipsing through where I'm working. <BR> <BR> I'm still thinking lawn mowers. We have a gas mower and I'm not at all sure I could start it. I have memories of turning almost blue in the face trying to get one going. We once ha... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:52:49 EST Moving on Monday, Sept. 21 Hello friends, <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> This week fall officially starts and September is flying by! <BR> <BR> I walked with one friend today. It is cooler out but the sun was shining so we were taking off our jackets about halfway to the end. I prefer the trail to the Astoria one because there are quite a few trees lining the walk and shading from the sun. <BR> <BR> Home again- I'm having a cup of coffee and then I'll take a shower to get ready to go to my eye appointment. I'm not sure b... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:02:24 EST Sunday, 9/20 Good morning Girls, <BR> Sounds like everyone is on board with the same cookbook Karen. Good choosing it. <BR> <BR> Hubby went over on Friday to pick up some honey crisp apple off the ground at brothers on fri. He got probably a bushel. We are trying to fit them all in the frig, otherwise they get too soft. They are just so good. They are $18.99 for a half bushel at the local fruit and garden store. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happening here today. Not sure what we are doing. <BR> <BR> Talk w... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:59:06 EST Super Saturday, Sept. 19 How is your Saturday going? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I've been going through Fast, Cheap & Easy and didn't get very far before we had to go out, but earmarked Basil-Tomato Pasta Soup, Magical Minestrone Stew and Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup, Jackpot Ham Chili. Iris & Nina, do you have this book? <BR> <BR> We went to Home Depot hoping to find an end piece for our curtain rod so it won't keep falling down. Hah. There were kits for rods (all over $25) or Martha Stewart pieces- I liked the r... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 17:31:57 EST Friday, 9/18 Afternoon 'girls, <BR> Just got home from town. <BR> <BR> We went to senior center for lunch, then had to go to town and pick up my presc. Jan, it was $30 for 3 months...where did you say you get it for $10? I bought it for the $30, now I have 90 days to shop around... <BR> <BR> We went to Goodwill, and I bought a denim purse. I like them that can go around the neck and under the arm, they stay in place that way. I have slope-y shoulders, and my bags always fall off my shoulders if I have... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:43:07 EST Thankful Thursday, Sept. 17 Good afternoon/evening girls, <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was TOPS. I lost a big quarter of a pound! <BR> <BR> Today Bruce went to Portland to visit an old school chum who had a stroke a few years ago and is in adult foster care. He can't form speech into understandable sentences and only could say Home and again. Bruce said it's really hard to talk to someone who can't answer- he kept asking questions and then his friend couldn't answer. <BR> <B... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 20:28:31 EST Terrific Tuesday, Sept. 15 Hi friends, <em>465</em> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> Karen, Did you have a nice birthday? I hope all goes well at your doctor's appointment today. <BR> <BR> It's just a little cloudy here this morning - not the dark rain clouds yet. It's 58 degrees at 10 AM. Comfortable! <BR> <BR> I made the Budget 101 Donut Muffs (doughnut muffins) and they are very good. Easy and simple ingredients. We'll have leftover homemade chicken soup for dinner. <BR> <BR> We help making brown bag l... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:24:46 EST Monday it sounds like all,of you had a real productive weekend. I haven't been able to get on here something is wrong with our wireless setup. Makes the TV go on and the we loose signal and if of course affected my pad. I reset it this morning hope it stays fixed. <BR> <BR> Went for my weekly blood work, did some laundry and now I am looking at recipes. My cooking healthy with Splenda came today. <BR> <BR> I have gained almost six pounds from the <BR> Sotalol that I am on . My legs and f... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:05:03 EST Marvelous Monday, September 14 Good afternoon girls <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's a cloudy day here and I couldn't get myself going fast enough to go walking with friends. So I made a big bowl of oatmeal for DH and me and started on some kitchen projects. I'm making 2 loaves of white bread and a big pot of chicken soup - just whatever I had on hand to put in- cut up chicken breast, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes and some homemade chicken broth. <BR> <BR> Forgot to take my morning Metformin and supplements so I'll hav... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:02:23 EST Sunday, 9/13 Good morning Girls, <BR> I just put 4 loaves of banana bread into the oven. <BR> In one, I added choc. chips, in the second one, I added walnuts, in the third one I added raisins, and in the 4th one I added dried cherries. <BR> I used the recipe on, but I used my homemade splenda mix for baking, half sugar and half splenda, and only used half of what was called for in the recipe... <BR> <BR> It is still cool outside here, in the 50,s, though I think it is supposed to get a bit... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:02:22 EST Saturday, September 12 Hi girls, <BR> <BR> How is your Saturday going? <BR> <BR> It's nice and cool here today- 63 right now. So far just a relaxed day at home. I'm not sure if we're going out or what. <BR> <BR> Remember those 6 chairs I got at a garage sale? A blessing and a not-so-much-blessing. I've had to keep 2 or 3 leaves in my table to fit them around and the legs of the chairs slant out a bit which makes the dining area really crowded. My house is an open-style- entry/living room/dining room all open t... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:40:25 EST Chocolate Chip cake Has anyone made Chocolate Chip Walnut Crumb cake? I am wondering what book it is in? <BR> thanks <BR> Karen Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:06:37 EST Friday, 9/11 Good Friday morning girls, <BR> I hate that date each year, just hate it... <BR> <BR> I have supper in the crockpot. <BR> <BR> We are having chicken fajitas for supper. So chicken, onions and Taco Bell clone fajita seasoning mix in the crockpot. I got the seasoning recipe from Budget 101. <BR> <BR> We are also having pineapple rice pudding for dessert. <em>481</em> <BR> 2 cups cook rice, I used brown rice <BR> half a large can of crushed pineapple, drained, with 1/4 cup juice saved <BR>... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:31:22 EST Happy Thursday September 10, 2014 Hi girls <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How is your Thursday going? <BR> <BR> The sun is out here and it's supposed to be about 75. Then into 80s next two days, then cooler again. <BR> <BR> My husband got called to drive today and tomorrow. I've got a Bible study this afternoon that I still need to study for. Also doing laundry today. <BR> <BR> Patty, How is your little toe healing? I notice my son still has his wrapped but he seems to be doing a lot better. I didn't notice if he got a regular... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:22:30 EST Prayer needed for Glenna & Everett Friends, Pray for Glenna and Everett. He is not doing well and she needs us. <em>220</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 01:00:29 EST Tuesday, Sept. 8 Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> I see we have new members and I hope they feel free to join in with us. <BR> <BR> It's a cloudy day here and when I was on the patio I could feel a little rain mist. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to know I have leftover Norwegian Burgers in Mushroom Sauce for dinner. I need to thaw some chicken for later in the week. I'm on a personal challenge- make do until payday. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Last night after dinner I knew I really needed to get a walk in so Bruce and I... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:52:04 EST Monday, 9/7 Happy Labor Day Girls, <BR> What are your plans for the day? We are staying home because of my poor broken toe... <em>39</em> Much better than at first, but quite sore today. Must have used it more yesterday, or walking wrong during the night going potty. I think Jan says 2 weeks...I am going to hold you to that <BR> <BR> Still loom knitting. <BR> <BR> My precious hubby just brought me eggs and toast...he is so sweet. <BR> <BR> Not a thing else happening here. <BR> <BR> Hope ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:25:58 EST Vanilla Poppy Seed Muffins & ff yogurt Ladies <BR> <BR> Just took the muffins out of the oven & they are huge! I usually buy greek yogurt so not familiar with the plain ff. My choices at Kroger were small one or huge one. I got the small one not realizing it was not 3/4 cup as recipe needed. I decided to add sour cream to make the 3/4 cup. <BR> <BR> Do you have access to different sizes of ff yogurt or how do you handle this? As I prepare more recipes I may find other uses for ff yogurt & want to buy the larger size. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:56:33 EST Friday, September 4 Good morning ladies <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> It's foggy here this morning- will be in the mid 60s with partly sunshine. <BR> <BR> Got the guest room ready for our youngest son. I decided to make Fireside Biscuits and Gravy for dinner tonight. With these cooler temperatures something cozy like that sounds good. <BR> <BR> I'm walking with friends this morning. I had another nose bleed at around 4:30 this morning so I'll have to start carrying k... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:58:09 EST Calling all favorites Since I am just getting back into eating healthy, I am really curious as to which HE book is your favorite? also do you have a favorite recipe? Really needing to add more vegetables & fruits to my diet. Thanks so much. <BR> <BR> You are all an inspiration to me. So glad I found this site & especially this team & the tracker! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:32:01 EST Thursday, 9/3 Good morning Girls, <BR> Rainy and humid here today. <BR> <BR> I had to cancel picking up my cousin for the store visiting today. <BR> <BR> Toe is better than yesterday, but not great. Should be fine by next week. Actually I said it was broken, not sure whether broken or jammed. I have done both with both pinkies. <BR> <BR> Still loom knitting hats, though I am getting a bit bored with them. I have another 10 done, so only 60 to go...very do-able by Christmas time. <BR> <BR> I cleaned up ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:33:00 EST Wed., 9/2 Evening Girls, <BR> I broke my pinkie toe this afternoon. I have done this often. I don't think there is any pain as bad as a broken pinkie toe. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I hobbled upstairs and put on my flat foot boot for broken I am mainly in bed moaning. I had to get up to go potty so decided to tell you girls, so that hopefully you would all give me some sympathy. <BR> <BR> I am going to start wearing my shoes in the house again...this just hurts too much to do it again.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:13:51 EST Tuesday, 9/1 Good morning girls, <BR> Almost ready for my dr, appt. Just need to put on my I hate physicals... <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I only get weighed once a month, works better for me that way. I was assuming that I had gained weight due to all the ice cream we have had this summer. Nope, I lost 2 pounds... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I have been walking some, using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate and sometimes Joanna's recipes. Guess I will continue with my plan to just eat les... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:33:41 EST Monday, August 31 Hi everybody <em>462</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are winding up August. How is your day going? <BR> <BR> Mine has been "Plan B". I got dressed to go walking with friends. It is a gray, cloudy day and looked like it could rain anytime. My friends will walk in a light rain but not pouring down rain. So it wasn't raining here but by the time I crossed the bridge it was pouring. So I went to Fred Meyer to get some groceries. Early is a great time to shop. Fewer people. When I came out it wasn't ra... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:21:19 EST Sunday, August 30 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Well, the summer of sunny days and no rain took a break and we had rain and windstorms on Saturday and more rain today. It sounded good and familiar for a change. <BR> <BR> We drove to Portland on Saturday for a friend's memorial service. It was good seeing his wife of 56 years and his kids who are all so much older than when we last saw them! There were a lot of people there from various things Jack was involved in but only four from the "old neighbo... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:50:08 EST Prayer Request & Update on Glenna's husband 8/28 Glenna thanks everyone for their continued prayers for Everett. <BR> He has been told he has stage 4 cancer and it has spread into his liver, lungs and other places. At this point he's still in the hospital but not in ICU. They were going to give him 2 units of blood today. His blood pressure is extremely low. <BR> This is even further distance for Glenna to travel than where he had the surgery but she wants to be with him as much as she is able. She has had family going with her so she isn... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:10:26 EST Thursday, August 27 Hi everyone <em>67</em> <BR> How is everyone's day going? <BR> <BR> Please pray for Glenna and her husband. She took him to his oncology appointment yesterday and he passed out as they got to their destination and spent a lot of time in ER and is now in ICU. This is quite a distance from where they live so a lot of back and forth for Glenna plus taking care of the farm animals when she gets home. <BR> <BR> The sun is out here today but we got hooked on watching Young Dr. Kildare- we lov... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:41:16 EST Wednesday, 8/26 Good morning Girls, <BR> I just have to say it. Can you believe that August is almost over? Amazing... <BR> <BR> Cold and rainy here again today, the furnace is on. <BR> <BR> Iris, I got your address, and the books will be sent out this morning.. <BR> I am happy someone can get them and enjoy them. <BR> I have found them at Goodwill too. <BR> <BR> lunch at senior center today <BR> then hubby goes to town. <BR> I stay home and hopefully clean this house <BR> <BR> Have a good day girls. <BR... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:59:41 EST Tuesday Hello ladies, <BR> <BR> I sure do wish I hadn't let my husband talk me into getting rid of all my cookbooks I don't have a single healthy exchange book to my name. I think I will get a few from Amazon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day had to go for blood work in the morning and Drs. Appointment in the afternoon. Today is much less stressed. I'm going to go to Jimbos to get some peaches and trader joes for avocados. I have dinner already prepped for tonight. Grilled sirloin, roasted ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:14:12 EST Monday, August 24 Good evening friends, <BR> <BR> It's been a really nice day here. Just about 70 with a cool breeze. <BR> <BR> Bruce and I walked on the river walk, went to Fred Meyer to pick up a prescription and a few groceries, home for lunch and later dinner. <BR> <BR> I finished the Pistachio Cottage Cheese Salad today so need to find a new one. Maybe one of the waldorf salads. We had tilapia, baby red potatoes and steamed green beans for dinner. <BR> <BR> How did your day go? Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:42:36 EST Sunday Hi everyone I'm back again. I don't know,why I keep,leaving. It's supposed to be 90° here today better than a couple of weeks ago where it was 106°. I've had another recent stay in the hospital. I have A Fib. I am on a bunch of meds and am trying to follow cardio diet and cook heart healthy. Surprising because blood pressure has been fine and weight was down. <BR> <BR> How is everyone'? I hope all of you are doing well. Maybe I can get some motivation to cook. Patty I remember how g... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:58:54 EST Saturday, August 22 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> It's still morning here and I just finished breakfast and I'm enjoying a cup of coffee. No place I have to go so an easy, relaxed day. It's supposed to be another hot one around 80. <BR> <BR> What's going on where you are today? <BR> <BR> We're all done with festivals and fairs for the summer. Next thing, if I remember right, is a Civil War Renactment at Ft. Stevens. We've been once and it was fun seeing people in their costumes by their tents, doing various old tim... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:12:04 EST Thursday, Aug 20 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I can just hear Patty saying "Can you believe how fast August is going?!" <BR> <BR> Bruce just got called to drive (work) so it's a good day for me to dig into things that are hard to get to when he's here. I'm still reorganizing some things in the kitchen plus the floors need sweeping and mopping. <BR> <BR> It's a cooler, more comfortable day here. High is supposed to be 69. Yesterday was in the 80s. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on making Cheesy Chicken ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:34:08 EST Tuesday 8-19-2015 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Well I guess it is Tuesday now. I am up late today. <BR> I came up with a recipe yesterday for some Frozen Peach Pops. It is a FREE FOOD. To check out the recipe see my link below. <BR> <link><BR>/frozen-peach-pops.html </link> <BR> Made Deep Dish Pizza for supper and went to DD home. They ususally have pizza that day for everybody. My DD can not eat it since her gal bladder was taken to greasy. But she liked the Deep Dish Piz... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:15:35 EST Tuesday, 8/18 Good morning Girls, <BR> It rained late afternoon and sometime during the night yesterday. <BR> Supposed to get more rain <em>257</em> today, high of 81 today. The sky is turning dark as I sit and type this... <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> I walked 1 mile last night during watching tv commercials. Each time a commercial came on, I was out of bed and marching in easy way to get walking in when it is too hot and miserable outside. <BR> <BR> I wish your states out west could get some ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:21:57 EST Monday, August 17 Hi everyone! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's a nice sunny 74 here this afternoon with a cool breeze. <BR> <BR> I walked with friends for an hour this morning. So much more fun to walk and talk along the way. <BR> <BR> I have been so lazy about cooking. I go through stretches like that and then I get in my cooking mode again. <BR> <BR> DH is driving today so I need to get some things done before he gets back. <BR> <BR> Nina, I'm not very tech savy either but it looks like you did a great... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:58:11 EST Sunday, 8/16 Afternoon girls, <BR> We made a quick trip to town today, just lunch, then stop at Sams. <BR> <BR> It is over 90 <em>259</em> <em>67</em> and humid here today, downright miserable. Thankfully we have central air. <BR> <BR> Nothing much else happening here, or else the heat has fried my brain, and I can not think...either way. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. <BR> Patty <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:12:23 EST Thursday, August 13 Hi everyone <em>524</em> <BR> I'm sorry I've been so absent lately - I guess summer keeps us all busy and distracted. Although I can't say I've been doing anything grand to shout about. <BR> <BR> Garden is growing. I'm picking cucumbers and still strawberries and my cherry tomatoes are just starting to turn color. Strawberries are still producing. Only thing still blooming is hydrangeas and nasturciums. Everything finished up extra early this year- brown, brown grass. We may get some rai... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:58:04 EST MONDAY 8/10/15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Had another early morning at 4 am with heart jumping. Got up and used my inhaler and in an hour it has pretty much stopped and I went back to sleep. When I got up I took a benadryl and it seemed to help a lot. Also the wind was blowing today and blowing the smog out of here. <BR> <BR> For dinner we had A Spinach Noodle Casserole (I made this one)-home made biscuits from Homemade low fat Baking Mix-Salad <em>551</em> -Jo's Pumpkin Pie <em>471</em> . <BR> Does anyo... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:23:49 EST Sunday, 8/9... what's for supper Afternoon Girls, <BR> Hubby is at an auction today, and I am home alone... <BR> <BR> Supper is done, well in the crockpot anyway. <em>140</em> <BR> 1 #hamburger, 3 cups diced potatoes, 1/2 c. onions, 1 cup celery,1/3c. raw regular rice, tomato soup, 1 1/2 c. water, pepper and dried parsley. It was supposed to have carrots in it too, but I am out. <BR> <BR> Next I made dessert. <em>471</em> <BR> Fruit cocktail chiffon pie, except that I used peaches, and I added peach jello also...s... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:17:50 EST Saturday August 8 Good morning girls <em>524</em> <BR> We had a little rain in the night. Today is the Regatta Parade downtown. The only thing I'll miss by not going is the bagpipe band- love seeing them. My plan is to finish up reorganizing and putting things away. <BR> <BR> Glenna said she called ICU and her husband had a good night and was assessed as doing well. She's going with her son-in-law to the hospital today. <BR> <BR> Patty, I chuckled about us thinking you had 20 pairs of jeans in your clos... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:19:24 EST Friday, 8/7 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> I had a call from Glenna's mother today giving me the news of Glenna's husband's surgery. It was a surgery for gastric cancer - a tumor the size of a walnut. They told her he could expect to be in the hospital for 7 to 10 days; however, the news was not good. The cancer had spread against his liver . Glenna's son-in-law drove them to the hospital (quite a distance from where they live) and we don't know if she'll come home tonight or need to stay over. I know she'll fil... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 19:42:12 EST Thrusday, 8/6 Afternoon girls, <BR> Just got home from town. <BR> Had a dr, appt...good news, my graph went down again, not my weight, but the cancer just keeps going slowly down...praise God <BR> <BR> Had lunch at Burger King then went to Goodwill. <BR> <BR> I found 7 pair of jeans in size 20...hoping they will fit. <BR> I also found a grill for pancakes and such to cook on the stove top. yay <BR> <BR> A goodly day all around. <BR> <BR> 73 degrees and sunny. <BR> <BR> Patty Thu, 6 Aug 2015 14:13:11 EST Wed. Aug. 5, 2015 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Today was cleaning day at MIL. Then home to do some laundry. Then I was tracing out a pattern for my grand daughter. I am trying to figure out an outfit from a picture with different patterns I have. <BR> <BR> Then fixed supper. DH Barbecued lean pork chops <em>496</em> , Jo's "Salsa Pasta Salad." Green Salad <em>551</em> and 1 piece toasted french bread. I added about 1/4 cup black beans to the Salsa Pasta Salad and a stalk of celery chopped up. It was reall... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:45:16 EST Tuesday, 8/4 Afternoon girls, <BR> We had a baaaaaaaaaaaad storm on Sunday, 60 mile an hour winds here in this area. Power lost, trees down, etc. <BR> We lost our power Sun. during the night, and just got it back on this afternoon. <BR> Hubby was finally able to use the generator that we bought a couple of years ago. It worked perfectly, and ran the whole house. <BR> <BR> I finally got my new kitchen floor put in on Sunday. It is beautiful...just love it. It is all put back together, and I was able to e... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:48:11 EST Wednesday, 7/29 Good morning Girls, <BR> It's overcast here today, rain in the forecast, and mid 80's. <BR> <BR> Hubby handed me down stuff from top shelf of the pantry, as I can't reach back there very well. <BR> <BR> I have one more shelf to go, to remove stuff out, re-organize and then wait for hubby to touch up the paint tonight, then put stuff back tomorrow. <BR> Last night he painted by the 2 lower shelves, so I was able to put stuff back in there this morning. It looks so nice in there. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:14:50 EST Tuesday, July 28 Good morning Girls, <BR> <BR> I have supper in the crockpot. carrots, potatoes and beef roast. I mixed up 2 cups water, 1/4 cup dry onion soup mix, 2 TB. buttermilk ranch dressing mix, and poured over the whole thing. Got the idea from Mary...I am using my new "old" crockpot, the kind that the pot does not come out, but is attached to the unit. I will also use my breadmaker to make a loaf of bread to go with. Now doesn't that sound like a yummy supper? <BR> <BR> I have been busy this morni... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:20:01 EST Monday, July 27 chat and pray for Glenna Good morning girls, <BR> <BR> This is the morning Glenna's husband goes in for a consultation with the doctor to see where they go from here. Let's keep Glenna in our prayers. <BR> <BR> The sun is out here and I've got a blueberry breakfast cake in the oven (not a JoAnna but King Arthur recipe) and it sure smells good. <BR> <BR> I'm staying home today. I think DH is calling a plumber about our on-going bathroom shower faucet problem and hopefully they come soon. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:05:28 EST Sunday, July 26 <em>524</em> <BR> I have to tell you the first thing I thought about when I got up this morning was "I've got some of that wonderful Pineapple Dump Cake for a treat today!" <em>35</em> <BR> It's a bit cloudy this morning and looks like it rained in the night again. My garden likes that and so do I. <BR> We've got a quarterly church meeting after the service today. At the annual meeting they have a potluck. At the quarterlies I think they hope people will speed things up so we can go ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:44:24 EST Saturday, Julyy 25 Good morning girls <em>213</em> <BR> I did not get enough sleep but woke up to a cloudy, rainy cozy morning. Two of my cats sat out in the rain til they were good and wet and came back in to sleep the day away. <em>239</em> <BR> Garden Time program is back to only half an hour.So we'll have breakfast - it's DH's french toast morning and then I'll make that Pineapple Dump Cake and who knows what else! <BR> <BR> Nina, Have a good time visiting with your Mom. <BR> <BR> Patty, How is the... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:07:34 EST Friday, 7/24 Good morning Girls, <BR> Supposed to be 88 and humid here today, maybe some rain to add to that humidity, so walked my mile in the early morning. As it was, it was 76 and humid...but I got it in. <BR> Supposed to be in the high 80's low 90's for the next 7 days...mercy that is hot. We finally got summer. Frankly, I prefer the cooler days to the hot ones... <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> I also walked the second half mile last night, so got in a mile yesterday too. <em>311</em> <... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:13:28 EST Thursday 7-23-2015 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi ladies I have been busy sewing this week again. Everyone must be busy as I have not seen much chatting. <BR> I got off my food plan and gained 2 lbs. so back on it again. That is the key, I think just getting back on my healthy food plan when certain days get crazy-eating out, eating with family, given desserts, birthdays, etc. <BR> Last night I had cod, green beans, acorn squash, and Jo's "Creamy and Crunchy Apple Slaw." <BR> Then I had a small slice of appl... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:27:26 EST Saturday, 7/18 The sky turned dark as ink, the wind picked up and the tree branches did a wild doesn't that sound like the beginning of a good book? <BR> <BR> Well that is what the weather is doing here. I didn't think it was going to storm again today...Hubby is out looking for yarn, bikes and corelle ware dishes. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we are going into town to look for kitchen flooring and new countertops and will be fun to choose, but lots of work to clear out our kitchen... <B... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:36:48 EST Monday, 7/13 Good morning Girls, <BR> Can you believe that it is already the 13th of July...can hardly believe it. <BR> <BR> Went to my class reunion Sat. Had a nice time. Met up with my best friend from grade school, and we went to see another friend in the hospital on Sun.. <BR> <BR> It is stormy here today and tomorrow. Our air conditioner quit Sat. sometime. Hot and humid in here. Today in the 80's and rain. The sky turned absolutely dark for about 10 minutes, more rain, then that storm moved on. T... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:20:08 EST Saturday, July 11 Saturday greetings! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> This is our third day of overcast weather and it is supposed to rain around 4 PM. <BR> <BR> I've been out pulling monstrous weeds and the english ivy sneaking in from my neighbor's property. Every little bit helps. There's this red viny weed that I haven't seen before the last couple of years- easy to pull up but it's smelly. <BR> <BR> Glenna, Special thoughts and prayers for you today. <BR> <BR> Patty, Are you garage saling today? I think y... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:31:11 EST Thursday, 7/9 Morning Girls, <BR> I think I have told you before that we live across the road from storage units. A nice pretty business. Anyway, sometimes they have yard sales in the corner of the driveway. <BR> <BR> Well, hubby was leaving to go to town, because we sold another bike, and he wanted to get it shipped at Fed Ex. <BR> <BR> I was taking a box out to the trash can, and saw hubby drive across the road. So I went across too. Found an older crockpot, the kind that the pot doesn't come out of th... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 11:11:42 EST A QUESTION ? <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking through JoAnn's "Open Road Cookbook", Does anyone know what the half moon face up symbol means. I looked through the book and did not find it. I may have missed it-but wondered what it meant. <BR> <BR> Nina Sun, 5 Jul 2015 14:38:58 EST 4th of July Good morning girls, <BR> Happy 4th of July. <BR> <BR> I added 2 more pics to my spark page. The pic in the white dress is before, at 247 pounds. <BR> The pic in the black dress was at about where I am now, around 199. <BR> <BR> I took some pics of my front yard, and put them on my blog, if you want to head on over there and see. <BR> <BR> We are staying home today. The cherry festival in Traverse City starts today, and it will be a madhouse. <BR> The cherry festival is a week long event he... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:11:11 EST Friday July 3, 2015 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Been a busy day. Cleaned at MIL-went to daughters to get something-then home. Washed some clothes. Defrosting my little freezer. Would be nice to have a frostless but this one work good and is perfect size for the kitchen. Then copying some recipes I tried this week from Jo's cookbooks. <BR> DH will be on the 4th July float in the parade tomorrow. It is all 4th July birthday float and it is full they said. <BR> DH sprayed our chairs and sat them in the son. ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:33:02 EST Thursday, July 2 Good morning! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Well, we're starting out with a bit of fog but the sunshine is soon to get here. <BR> <BR> Did you see that Thunder Moon last night? <BR> <BR> DS#2 will be coming down either late afternoon or evening. I have a few things to do to get his room ready but thankfully I've decluttered enough that it isn't such a chore (one of our areas where we store things). <BR> <BR> I got to thinking about when I met JoAnna Lund at Fred Meyer demonstrating Better Th... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:20:39 EST Wed. July 1, 2015 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Been busy today. Up before 6 a.m. Washing my fabric that I was sorting through yesterday. It is suppose to get to <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> 107 today. My washing machine and dryer are in the garage out in the back-not connected to the house. Must get it all done before noon. <BR> The smog is awful. I am really not suppose to live down here in this valley according to a doctor about 12 years ago. But, you take care of family ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:48:28 EST FISHERMAN'S CATCH FISHERMAN'S CATCH <BR> 6 (4-ounce) fish fillets (walleye, crappie, blue gill, or bass) <BR> 1 cup bisquick Heart Smart baking mix <BR> 1 teaspoon black pepper <BR> 3 tablespoons cornmeal <BR> 6 ounces non-alcoholic beer <BR> 2 tablespoons vegetable oil <BR> <BR> In a shallow bowl, combine baking mix, black pepper, and cornmeal. Add beer. Mix well to combine. Batter should be medium-thick consistency. Heat cooking oil in a large non-stick skillet until hot. Dip fillets one at a time, i... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:53:24 EST Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> Well it is the last day of June. My goodness how this year has flown by. Seems it has been raining every day for sometime now. And my step son just emailed that he is coming in Friday. Told me the forecast is calling for rain the next 15 days!! Whew. I told him to come on in and bring his ark! <BR> <BR> Here is the FISHERMAN'S CATCH recipe from Sept. 2008 newsletter. <BR> <BR> FISHERMAN'S CATCH <BR> 6 (4-ounce) fish fillets (walleye, crappie, blue gill, or bass) ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:51:16 EST MONDAY 29/2015 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Spent a good deal of time in the kitchen today. Sliced my raisin and sunflower bread and wrapped it by two's in plastic wrap and then froze it. Now I have bread for the month, for toast and sandwiches. <BR> <BR> Then I finished my patriotic blouse and the flower on my GD's. Will get pictures when we take them of us all. Then fixed supper. <BR> <BR> Supper-Jo's Fisherman's Catch <em>14</em> , and Salad Bar Macroni Salad <em>481</em> . Also fixed zucchini/green... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:10:41 EST Sunday, 6/28 Evening Girls, <BR> Just got back from a birthday party for 2 year old <BR> DGD. That is 3 parties in 8 days...I am pooped out. <BR> <BR> I did upload a photo of my new hairdo...if you click on the picture I think it will take you to my spark page 'then you can click on the picture to see it bigger...let me know what you really think, ok? <BR> Please...does it make my face look too fat... <BR> <BR> I am liking it more and more I think... <BR> <BR> Have a good evening. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:17:54 EST Sat. 6/27 Afternoon Girls, <BR> Just made Grape Cream Pie, from 30 meals, 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Also will be making tommy's hamburger milk gravy with green beans from a newsletter <BR> <BR> then we will have watermelon <BR> <BR> doesn't that sound good? <BR> Patty <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:31:10 EST Friday June 26 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went and helped my mom and just spent some time with her. I started kniting a dish cloth and worked on it at my mom's. <BR> <BR> Went to MIL and cleaned. It was really hot today <em>259</em> <em>259</em> , 105 degrees today. Had to raise the temp on the air conditioner so it did not run so much. We have ceiling fans so that helps. I sewed and finished my DD's patriotic blouse. Also finished my GD's Frozen costume dress for her. <BR> <BR> I am tr... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:42:41 EST Tuesday, June 23 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> Wow, it's a beautiful day here. Sun was up shining early (no morning clouds or fog). I made coffee, took a shower and got out there early to plant cucumbers, romaine lettuce, basil. More weeding and pruning and I wish the sweat dripping off me was fat, lol. The Potluck Meatloaf was wonderful! I'm happy that will be our dinner tonight, too. I looked at our forecast and it is supposed to be sunny and in the 70s and one day of 80 for the next 10 days. So good garden time. ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:12:28 EST Monday, June 22 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> How is everyone's day going? <BR> <BR> I walked this morning, came home to some chaos and got through that. After lunch I planted tomatoes and parsley and pruned and weeded. More to do out there tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I finally made the Potluck Meatloaf for dinner tonight. It's in the oven and smells so good. Had Luscious Lemon Salad with that and will have apple pie for dessert. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:12:18 EST Sunday, 6/21 Good evening girls, <BR> Fathers day party today. Had a nice time. Weather cooperated too, and it was not too hot or humid, only low 70's. <em>236</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Walked 2 miles today. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> A busy weekend. <BR> The wedding was great yesterday. It was supposed to rain, but it didn't and that was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Next Sunday, birthday party for youngest DGD. She will be 2. We always give money. Then the parents can either get them something that the... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:35:49 EST 6-20-15 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Was a fun day. This is Graffiti month here in Modesto California. So we went to another car <em>433</em> show. Not as large as last week. Then to Buffalo Wings place to eat lunch. Then DH had to go home. He is still passing the broke up kidney stones and is in some pain off and on. DD dropped her DH and daughter off at home and we went shopping for Farthers Day, Her daughter and Grandmothers birthday <em>409</em> , and Her dad's birthday <em>410</em> & 4th... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:34:06 EST Friday, June 19 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> What has everyone been cooking lately? <BR> <BR> We are having such nice weather. I need to get a few plant starts planted tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I walked this morning and then stopped at the grocery store for a few items. Can you get fat free cream cheese or fat free sour cream where you are? Our stores aren't carrying them so I use low fat. Thankfully I found a quart jar of Kraft fat free mayonnaise. <BR> <BR> Then I did a cookathon from Family & Friends: Backyard S... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:43:19 EST Monday, June 15 Good morning friends <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> How is your week starting out? <BR> <BR> I just came back from a walk and I'm taking a break with a cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> We haven't been out to the pizza place for quite awhile and we have a 15% off coupon that expires so we might do that for dinner. I get salad bar. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'm working with a group at church on a project. <BR> <BR> Nina, I'm glad you and your hubby were able to get out to the car show. I imagine it w... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:47:31 EST Sunday, 6/14 Oh my heavens, <BR> I just wrote the date here and realized that it is our anniversary...we have forgotten <BR> <BR> We had pork steak, asparagus grilled on the George Foreman grill and watermelon for supper...yummy <BR> <BR> I put a pic on my blog of what I am working on..3 pair of socks. Maybe some of them will be finished this week. <BR> <BR> Have a good evening girls <BR> <BR> Patty Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:18:52 EST Saturday 13/2015 Hi ladies <BR> <BR> Patty-so glad your arm is doing better. <BR> <BR> Jan & Patty-it would be lots of fun to walk together. I have not exercised much this last week. <BR> <BR> Cut out a blouse and sewed it up today. Also finished my plastic bag holder. Will have to take pictures and post them. Ran out of time today and had to fix DH supper. <BR> <BR> Going to Graffiti Day tomorrow. There are over 1,000 restored older cars here. They have this even every year here. They had the para... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:24:58 EST Friday 12, 2015 Hi ladies <BR> DH's kidney stone procedure went fine and he is home and doing well. He will be a little sore and cannot lift anything over 10lbs. for a month. <BR> I was at my MIL's from 11am till 4:30pm. I cleaned her apartment and the HUD guy came about 2:30. I had to wait for my SIL to pick me up. I took some more hand sewing and sewed and chatted the rest of the day. We had a good time going over old times. My SIL came to get me and had my DH with him. Was glad to see he was doing ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:42:40 EST 6/11/2015 Hi ladies <BR> Been really busy this week. Today I finished heming the rest of my DH jeans. Had 4 of them to do. Then mended my MIL's nightgown, and some underware. <BR> DH procedure to have his Kidney stone broke up by shock waves tomorrow. He will be put under and it will take 3-4 hours before he can come home. He has to be there at 10:30 am. I have to be at MIL's at 12:30 and wait for the HUD lady to come check out MIL's apartment. So many things tomorrow. <BR> Hope you all had a go... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:59:01 EST Monday, 6/8 Afternoon Girls, <BR> What's for supper? <BR> We are having <BR> pork steak <BR> sweet and sour cucumbers <BR> Riviera Strawberry Pie <em>45</em> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> makes my mouth water, just thinking about it. <BR> <BR> Been knitting on socks over the weekend...making good progress too. <BR> <BR> 76 degrees and sunshine, a little bit humid <BR> <BR> have a good evening girls. <BR> Patty Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:07:51 EST Saturday, June 6 Hi everyone <em>213</em> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> It's foggy here this morning but that will burn off. Yesterday it got to 72 degrees. Portland is expecting 90 degrees today and it's the day of the Rose Festival Grand Land Parade. <BR> <BR> We've got a potluck after church tomorrow so I'm going to bake bread to bring. <BR> <BR> For our dinner I'm making Chicken Taco Salad from H.E.L.P. and we have Dwayne's Coconut Banana Chocolate Cream Pie. <BR> <BR> Scale is going do... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:21:33 EST Wednesday, 6/3 Afternoon girls, <BR> A beautiful sunny day here, low 70's, with a nice breeze here...yay perfect day <BR> <BR> I wanted to make butterscotch brownies today so badly, but I didn't. I knew if I did, that I would not feel good for about a week while I was eating them, and dr. says cancer grows on sugar,,,yikes, so I went outside. <BR> <BR> I went out to stack wood twice today, once this morning, and again this afternoon. It is all done, and I am pooped <BR> <BR> Also cleaned out my... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:35:19 EST Tuesday, 6/2 Good morning Girls, <BR> Lots of pics on my blog this morning... <BR> I am making dishcloths and loom knitting hats still. <BR> <BR> Need to take my DD to a dr. appt. for her back this morning. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to report. <BR> <BR> Oh, I made the 3 cheese macaroni from potful yesterday, and put hot dogs in it...yummy <BR> <BR> Have a good day. <BR> Patty Tue, 2 Jun 2015 08:36:16 EST First day in June! Hi ladies <em>213</em> <BR> Is everyone looking forward to June? I love it even though our high today will be a big 60 and we have a few days of our typical rain. <BR> <BR> When I think about our group I imagine Nina is sewing or helping family, Patty is creating something wonderful out of yarn and Glenna is out in her garden or taking care of farm animals. <BR> <BR> As ever, with a new month I'm planning on eating better and losing some weight. I've increased my walking plus a lot of ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:04:52 EST Thursday, 5/28 Afternoon Girls, <BR> lunch at the senior center, then <BR> take cousin to the store...have I told you that she will be 90 next month, amazing <BR> <BR> then on to a dr. appt. re/ my hands. <BR> blood work and exrays back. <BR> <BR> doc walks in and says Patricia, we have a problem...your exrays and blood work came back fine, except for 1 thing...can't remember what he called it, but it was the inflammation in my body. It was 3 times higher than normal. Normal would be about half your age,... Thu, 28 May 2015 16:14:01 EST Tuesday 5-26-2015 Hi ladies <BR> Been a busy but fun week-end. Or at least the end of the week-end. I ended up with a dysentary on Saturday, but ok on Sunday. <BR> Monday made 13 freezer slow cooker meals at daughters house. We had not done it before. I have made extra and froze for a meal later, but not that many. <BR> We will be able to do more next time as we know now how to go about it. <BR> Today I started teaching my grand daughter to sew. She will be 9 in June. She did a good job and even made... Tue, 26 May 2015 23:02:50 EST 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