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3/21/09 1:12 P

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Friends,

Spring is officially here and we need a new thread:

A Bouquet of Flerd

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3/20/09 6:51 P

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Begs the question Lis, did you read 'Friday Night Knitting Club'? I thought it was good. I haven't read the sequel.
Karin, welcome back. I love that they are holding one anothers babies. Gotta make the Auntie Uncle connections.;O)
It is sunny and windy here. Stormy. I like it.
Happy Friday to all.
Macke, some progress takes time to show. Trust that it is happening. So easy to say from here, I know.
More in a little while,
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Karin - Thanks for link. I love pictures!

Trace - Sounds like you had some good "kickin' back" time along with good family time.

Colleen - Thanks for bringing me up to date on techie lingo ... didnt realize that was called "flattening". Now I do!

Macke - Sorry about the slow process with your knee. We sure do take alot for granted when it comes to health and "flexibility". So so sad about Natasha Richardson ..

Tonight is my "Friday Night Knitting Club" gathering. I'm still enjoying my crochetting ... probably a little too much. More yarn than ideas but I'm getting there ...

Have a great weekend :)
Lisa

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3/20/09 3:59 P

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Hi all, quick check in. I've been buried in quilts and came up for air long enough to upload some pictures.

The 3 women hikers are my sisters and me. I'm in the middle. The first picture is not in HI but is my dd holding Sofia and ds holding Kaden. They're holding each others babies.

the link is www.picasaweb.google.com/karinannm/Hawaii#

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3/19/09 9:36 P

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Quick honk-in. We head back to OK tomorrow. I got a great walk in this morning---saw some deer, fed green apples to the horse, uphill and downhill and didn't see another soul.

Colleen-congrats on the loss! Hard to believe your ds is growing up so fast. He sounds like a little math wizard.

Macke--so sorry to get bad news from the physical therapist. That has to be discouraging. I thought about you as well, when I read about the tragedy in the papers. It really drives home how fragile life can be. Thank heavens you were wearing your helmet. Stay rested, Goosie, so that you have the strength to draw on when you have weeks like this.

Does anyone know how to delete the blogs from showing up when I first sign on to our page? My page is getting cluttered , and I have tried to eliminate them from showing up, but have not had any luck.

Flaps all around. Will check back in when we get home---probably day after tomorrow.
Tracy

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3/19/09 9:23 P

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Is that not what it's called?? ;oP He unloaded everything and reloaded the original programs. It is fassssst!

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3/19/09 9:01 P

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Flattening your computer????
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Moo, my dh called in to work yesterday because he was up all night flattening my computer. It works so good now. I hope yours is as well.

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3/19/09 10:58 A

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I must admit that I thought of you Macke when I heard about Natasha Richardson. Kind of puts some things in perspective.

Well, I certainly didn't get to bed at a decent time last night, I started updating drivers, etc. and it was after midnight (cue Eric Clapton) before I got in bed. I knew the weather wouldn't be conducive to exercising so I slept 'til 6. And still think I've got more tweaking to do to the stoopid computer. Should have brought it back to work I guess.

I'll check back later.

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3/19/09 10:51 A

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Just enough time this morning for a quick hello.

On the subject of redheaded cows, I too thought that they were just trying to show solidarity with Moo -- maybe even get a new cross breed named after her.

This has been a trying week-- lots of high emotion moments. I got a bad review by the physical therapist on Tuesday that was a real bummer. My knee tightened up again over last weekend so I lost ground in both extension and flexion.

Let me tell you, if losing the extra pounds was as anguishing as is the gain of every degree of flexibility, we would all be lithe and lean. And indeed, one small upside is that I have lost a pound, so I finally get to move the needle on my Sparky scale or whatever it's called.

I shouldn't complain, though, when I consider the sad fate of Natasha Richardson. I have some of Kathi's recent near-miss feeling about that situation. I was lucky enough to be wearing a helmet -- and the fracture in its shell is a pretty pointed signal that "There but for the Grace..."

Holding all in love and light. Let's each find a way to be gentle to ourselves today.

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3/19/09 10:34 A

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I finally shook it. I had to lean a tiny bit but I think I am going to take it. I am in the 140's. Yeah! Wish it was the 130's again but it will be soon. I didn't get to exercise last night because it was the HS registration 'fair' where you got to go and see what is offered. It was a good chance to figure where my ds needs to be. He will try to get into a guitar class as a relaxing break and hopefully easy grade since he will be taking advanced placement science and either geometry or algebra 2/Trig. He can take geometry over the summer online and start in the algebra2/trig class in the fall. Not sure if we want to do that. It would put him 2 years ahead of his grade and allow him to get to calculus before college. I don't want to push him but if they have a good grade in science and challenge math it seems to be the path set up for them. I am just glad that he pulled off one A and it was in math. ;o) He got B's from the others except for the one teacher where he got 2 C's which do not make me happy. It creeped me out to be back in the HS. It seems like my dd was just there. It goes in a flash!
I need to get my ds ready. He takes the splint/cast off to shower. I need to take him back because it cracked. Oh the time and trouble from one moment of anger. He will always remember it. Probably a very good lesson.
So sad about Natasha Richardson.
I will honk in later.
Hugs to all.....
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3/18/09 4:05 P

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Colleen-I lol'd at the happy cow thoughts, and Tracy, I AM a redhead, so I'm partial too. Though I would have preferred to know what the bull was...

Well, I spent my lunch yesterday continuing the reformat happiness on my laptop and was still in here 'til almost 7 pm as I couldn't just grab it and go while it was in the midst of whatever it was doing. I did get it where I want it to be, made an image with Acronis and now I'm good to go again. The next time I'll be a little bit further in the update department, etc. So much easier than reformat, reinstall EVERYTHING, and so forth. Had I known then what I accidentally discovered in this process, I wouldn't have had to reformat at all - apparently my external hard drive was causing some major issues. Oh well, it's done.

Max and I did week 2 again this morning. It felt much better than on Monday. I ran a little more than the podcast called for, but then again, I'm hoping a little muscle memory will get me to the 2.5-3.0 mile mark quicker than the whole 9 weeks. I will be 50 on my next birthday (where on earth did the time go???...and why am I not acting my age???) which is in 8 weeks, and I want to be running the distance by then. That is motivation enough to drag me out of bed on time. I didn't get to bed 'til 11:00 last night (finishing up the computer happiness) and was able to get up at 4:30 and get out the door in a (sort of) timely manner for the exercising. Tonight I shouldn't have any excuse for not getting to bed at a more decent hour. I hope...

Friday is the official start of Spring (hallelujah!) so at least in my mind things will be better, even if the actual weather doesn't cooperate fully...Later gators!

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GOODHEALTH56 Posts: 410
3/18/09 12:28 A

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Glorious day here. We had a quiet day, hanging with Poppa, sitting on the porch, surrounded by trees filled with birds singing the "welcome Spring" song, buds just opening, butterflies dancing, that wonderful yellow-green of new growth all around. The kids were elbow-deep in modeling clay, I found a book to bury myself in ( "Ellen Foster" by Kaye Gibbons--anyone else read it?), then we all took a long walk. We found a very friendly horse that we will visit again tomorrow ( this time with apples in hand), and just enjoyed walking through the tall pine trees, dappled sunlight shining through, an open field to throw a football in, etc. Lazy and slow and just as it should be.

Colleen--so glad to hear that your ds is having a better time with the bad teacher. It concerns me that he straightens up only after being reported, but at least he took heed. And then the trouble on the bus, and the punch and the broken hand! Being 13 is hard. ((hugs)) to you both.

Moo--I am partial to redheads, and it sounds like the Bovine Gods are making sure that they are represented in your herd!

Macke--how disappointing to have people prove untrustworthy. The irony of it all is, from what it sounds like, you were giving them a heads up so they could either prepare for fallout from the report or damage control in anticipation of it. What lengths do you have to go to now, to insure your organizations reputation?
To come perfectly clean about my meals and making sure I am nutritionally on track----I don't approach each meal with a nutritional plan. When I get curious about it, I log my food for a week of so, and then see where I am short. I am always fine in the protein dept., sometimes a wee bit short in calcium, and possibly a mineral or two. I take a multivitamin---and have added wheat germ to my morning cereal, as well as making sure I get three calcium servings in the day ( I love a glass of milk, so that is the easiest for me)-----and then go heavy on the fruits and veggies. I always have some sort of bean serving a day, or nuts and seeds---garbanzos in hummus, lentils in soup, black beans and rice, sunflower seeds toasted in soy sauce with cottage cheese and tomatoes, toasted walnuts in morning cereal, etc.---and grains are easy to get ( brown rice, Ammak crackers, oatmeal, etc.)---------so my challenge is just keeping enough fresh fruit and veggies on hand, and eating a wide variety of those. I also take fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules each day, along with a multivitamin. I bet that you intuitively eat healthier than you think you do. Also, I am a pretty basic cook---unless it is a special dinner---I keep it pretty simple. I try to do alot of my prep on the weekends, so I can open the refrig. and grab during the week. Soups , pasta sauces, hummus, salad dressings are made ahead of time. Beans and brown rice are cooked and frozen in simgle serving ziplocs. Probably way more info. than you wanted!

Karin--are you having post-vacation withdrawals or is it good to be home? I always wanted to live wherever I would go---it made it interesting when I traveled so much! It would take me a few days to come to terms with the fact that I couldn't just put on a new "home" or a new city and that I really was just visiting.

Bedtime calls. G'night sweet geese. Special hugs go to Penny---your spot here is being tended with much care and attention. Tracy

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3/17/09 9:28 P

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Oh, and welcome home Karin. It sounds like it was an exciting trip. I want to go!
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3/17/09 9:27 P

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Honkeydoodle,

I am going over to do the firm. First I wanted to say hi. I still have not been able to drop that pound that will put me in a new decade. I let go of it but it won't let go of me. I think it is clinging on behind me somewhere and I just can't shake it. Maybe tomorrow.
Tracy, enjoy your family time. Relax and kick back for awhile. Will you ride the horses? Does your dd ride? I hope you get some nice weather.
Macke, that would really chap my hide! Don't they realize the cost to you when you were trying to give them a heads up? That is really irritating. I hope you can find a way to smooth things over. Now you know who you can trust. Glad you are able to drive. That saved me.
Moo, now you have a cow mixture. And possible some happy cows. lol
Okay, Firm it is....
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3/17/09 11:32 A

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Penny, thoughts and prayers from WV!

Kathi's accomplishing much!

Colleen, I thought it was funny too, mainly because I had been sort of wishing we could get a Hereford bull to replace our Angus (Herefords are red & white, Angus are black) so we could have a bit more variety in the herd. Looks like I got the variety - the Heinz 57 kind-LOL.

Macke, I'm certainly trying to draft off of Karin's good fortune! Some day I will see the sun again, but I'm beginning to wonder just when that will be. We're having babies now, it just appears that they are not from the bull we thought...a rogue must have wandered in and had his way with several of the girls at just the right time last year - red babies when they should be black...***bummer about your information leak. People shouldn't say they'll keep their mouths shut if they don' t plan on doing so. That always chaps my a$$.

HI Karin (pun intended) - glad you had fun and can't wait to see your pictures!

My computer is in the process of reformat/reload/blah blah blah. Hopefully it will be finished today. I brought it to work to work on as I can rather than staying up later than necessary. So far so good. I've been rather swamped last week and yesterday, but Fearless Leader is in meetings across town most of the day today so I'm finally able to catch up a little bit.

We (Max & I) did week 2 yesterday morning of C25K (Couch to 5K from coolrunning.com) and it felt good. It was a little too ooky this morning, so I'm going to walk at lunch here in a few minutes then maybe take him for a walk when I get home. Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty nice so we'll get up and do it again. I would like to be back to running 2.5-3 miles by my 50th birthday which is in slightly less than 2 months, so I'm going to have to get with it! As I look out the window, it appears to be sunny for a change - YAY!

Hi to anybody I missed. I'll see y'all later.

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3/17/09 1:01 A

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Bedtime seems contagious tonight -- a quick check in before I crash as well.

Glad you are in safe quarters tongiht Tracy. That's a lot of driving -- and so glad you can just relax for a few days. You deserve it!

Karin, welcome home! I can't remember a time when a Flerd member was as jealously tracked or earnestly missed. And from the description you gave, the jealousy was entirely warranted! So the question is: for how many weeks will you find sand in your things?

Penny, I don't know if you are checking in on the Flerd thread, but sending you lots of love in case you are.

Had a sad thing happen at work -- I extended myself to several colleages (outside of our organization) to give them advance notice of a report that might send a shadow in their direction, and in return asked for them to keep the information confidential which of course they promised. The tally: only 1 in 4 kept their word and I now have a big information leak on my hands that could adversely affect our reputation and future business. I just hope we can get through this and then I swear I will never trust any of the 3 people ever again.

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3/16/09 11:47 P

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Welcome home, Karin! I cannot wait to see the pictures.

Quick fly-by from Alabama. The kids and I hopped in the car yesterday, spent the night in Tupelo and made it into Tuscaloosa today. It is spring break, and we planned a trip down here to see my dad and Nancy. Dh was going to join us, but decided to stay home instead. We are all pooped tonight, but I am looking forward to several days of hanging out and catching up.

So glad you are healing like you are , Macke! Great news, and being able to drive again---woohoo!

Hugs all around---got to go to bed. I will check in later---------Tracy

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3/16/09 5:39 P

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Hey all,

I'm back.

First, Lorena, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. I'm glad that he was peaceful and not in pain. Take care of yourself!

Penny, sending my good thoughts to you too. Take your time and be extra good to yourself.

We had a great time in Hawaii. How can you not? The first week on the Big Island was more of a sight seeing and relaxing week. The 3 other couples we were with aren't quite as active as we are. One couple walked with us every morning (3-5 miles) and we some of us did snorkel a couple of times. We went to Volcanoes Natl park one day. Fascinating!

The second week with my sisters and their spouses was on Kauai. I love that island. We snorkeled and hiked and kayaked and drank lots of wine in the evenings. The house we rented sits on a cliff above the ocean so we sat on our lanai and watched whales in the mornings and evenings. The beach below the house is great for surfing so we watched a lot of that too. I think I'd be way too chicken to try that. On a down note the day before we left a surfer on that beach drowned. We watched the coast guard searching late into the night with wave runners, boats and a helicopter. On Sat. morning they blocked off the walking path along the beach and brought in divers because they had spotted the body from a wave runner. Though I really didn't want to see a body I was hoping they could retrieve it. I can't imagine a loved one disappearing like that. I also couldn't believe how many people were standing watching with young children.

I haven't even looked at my pictures yet but when I get them downloaded I'll try to post some to picassa.

I'll come back when I've caught up with all the posts.

Karin

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3/16/09 12:22 A

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Hi all,

This has been a good weekend for me, as far as progress on my rehab is concerned. I "passed" SweetMan's driving test today, which means I am mobile once more! Yay!!! But I also turned a bit of a corner in terms of what I can do. I don't want to scream 5 times a day anymore.

This morning, I even went to the gym for a brief workout. I used the spinning bike to move my bad leg back and forth -- no complete rotations but I saw progress over the 20 minutes. And then I did the hand cycle -- think of rotating the pedals of a bike with your arms instead of your legs. BORING!! But it burned some calories and I felt good and virtuous, so it wasn't a total waste.

I can't wait to hear from Karin about her travels to Hawai'i. Is anyone else drafting off her good fortune? When she returns, we should extract all the (publicly appropriate) details about her trip and even get her to post some photos. Some of us didn't get vacations this year, eh?

I hope Lorena is off in some glade, or settled beside some meandering stream to help her cope with this difficult time. Sometime the drama around losing a loved one is far worse than the loss, at least that's been my experience.

Kathi, hope you are finally back to full strength. This year's viruses have seemed particularly tenacious...so I hope you are taking good care of yourself even this long after the worst of it. As for download sites, I regularly use iTunes, Amazon and eMusic and all are very smooth. You need to install a download app on your receiving computer, but all of them funnel into iTunes, which is what i use to manage my mp3 player. You could just as easily use Windows Media Player. Less easy to use Rhapsody. Hope this helps!

Katrina, your offer of comfort and hospitality to a fellow Flerder really touched my heart. Also, I remember those cut-overs from my former telecom ays. Hope yours was as clean as you thought it would be.

Colleen, good on you for sticking with the Firm or whatever else is making you reach your goal. Hard as it is to see the dh go out the door (as mine will do for most of the enxt 2 weeks) it does provide opportunity and motivation to shake it up so they notice when they come home. Sadly, mine is all about losing some exo-skeleton! But you should make it special for the two of us!

Moo, any news on the new calves up at the farm? I think we usually start to hear about the birthing about now, but I may be jumping the gun.

Tracy, I have new appreciation for the care it takes to keep a helathy vegetarian diet. Just three days a week is trying my skills. But you probably have the balance of protein and other nutrients down pat. I'd love to learn from your experience.

Lisa, I thought of you this week when a friend sent be a lovely ...well, I don't quite know how to describe it -- collar? scarf? mini-shawl? It's a furry thing that you are supposed to drape in the neck-shoulder region. Am still trying to figure it out!

Time for me to wend my way back to the sleeping zone. Sleep is the best time of my days, these days. No signals from healing limbs and a deep level of rest. Here I come!







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3/15/09 12:57 A

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Sorry I forgot to spell check....I know how to spell "because" but I continually do it backwards when typing it....and it was green bagels not gree bagels which probably don't exist.
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Hugs and Prayers to Penny.
It takes my breath away thinking of what she is going through and there is so little I can do. Life has so many truly frightful aspects to it. Often, they can appear worse than they are and I hope this will turn out to be one of those situations. Breathe.
Macke, thank you for relaying the information. I trust you are following all the rules and regulations to heal yourself?? I hope so. I know I dreaded the idea of blowing the time I had already spent healing by accidentally stepping on my foot. I think a knee would be even more vulnerable to that. So, be careful and don't do too much.
Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions for my ds. He has all B's now with the exception of that one teacher where he has two C's. I talked with the teacher and he apologized for not answering my emails and said some did not come through. The biggest thing though is that he has made my son feel comfortable in class and my ds does not feel like he is going to take his head off if he asks a question. So, onward ho. I hope things go well. My ds had one bad thing happen. He had a kid with a long history of behavior problems (and my neighbor) push and elbow and kick him on the bus because he does not like to share a bus seat and my son become frustrated and punched him. My son, who has never had any marks on his record at all, now he has 'fight' on it. Argh! The principle told me what a nice kid my son was and that he was sorry he had to suspend him for a day but it is required. He let us pick the day and said he could still turn in homework for that day and everything. Makes me upset but I understand that you cannot punch another kid on the bus no matter what. They are addressing the fact that the bus is overfull and they are three to seat and that some kids have to sit on the floor!! Not safe, not legal and other's already complained so that helps. My son went with me to the neighbors and he apologized and the mom was so nice to him. She told me that her son has adhd and creates alot of problems. We were both nice with each other, she invited me to a party so we will be fine. I just feel bad becuase yes, my son hit the kid but he was being elbowed and pushed out of his seat on an overcrowed moving bus that already had complaints and now he has a mark on his record, he was suspened for one day and HE BROKE HIS HAND!! So I think he definitely won't do that again. Plus the fact that he said the minute he hit him he felt really, really bad....and that's a good thing. Argh! We go to the orthopedic doc on Monday if we can get in. He is in an air cast with a 'boxer's fracture'. Oh to be 13.
Moo, I am sooo back on atkins. It sounds like you are up early on the farm! I get more tired on low carb diets. Max will keep you in good shape. Funny about the cows.....I think it is anyway. Surprise! Red cows.
One more pound and I am back in the next decade. I am back in my size 8's and feeling very good. I also love, love, love that firm video. The step bench is so good for the hip area. I can feel it getting smaller. I am interested in the wave they have out now.
Tracy....fellow firmer, have you seen the wave they have out? I might like that. Are you going to do anything interesting for St. Paddy's day at school? We always have gree bagels we have made at te bakery. At first the kids go OOOOHHHH but they always eat them. Are you full time? I ask that but I don't seem to catch the answer. I have focus issues.
My dh will go back to Algeria at the end of the month. He will be back in 3 weeks at which point I will stun him at the airport when I pick him up......I hope!
Lorena, I am not sure if I acknoweledged your father's passing. I am so sorry. Even when you see it coming it still hurts and brings up so many memories. I hope you are feeling comforted knowing that he is free of any pain and discomfort. Hugs to you.
Lisa, what summer plans are you making that I can enjoy hearing about? Any camping plans? How is your family doing? SIL doing okay? Your nephews must be getting older now. Are they punching anyone? (just kidding, trying to deal with it)
Katrina, how are things going with you? Any baby time?
Kathi, don't you have summers off? I can't remember. I would love to summers off and live where you do. Ahh, the Ca life. We had snow last week, sun for 2 days and rain and wind today. Fun! Ya just never know what you will get.
Karin is having some sunshine still in beautiful Hawaii? When will she be back? Not that I would rush her at all. ;o)
Okay, going to watch my ds try to play guitar with the temporary cast...
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3/14/09 9:05 P

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Does anyone have a favorite place that they download songs from? I found a song that I want to put on my MP3 player, but I've never downloaded songs off the internet and I'm willing to bet some of you have.

I had a great conversation with my sister this afternoon. I was needing a kick in the butt on doing something with my bedroom and she gave me some good ideas. It is a weird room with a sloped ceiling (you can't stand up at the end) and only one place for my big wardrobe, thus only one place for the bed, and no cohesion. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I got my bangs trimmed, my wedding ring cleaned, ideas for my bedroom, figured out why a channel wasn't working on my TV, a tax form filled out that I've been putting off. I know they sound minor, but it is good to get the little things done.

Off to accomplish something else or sit and read....
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Add my love and blessings on their way to Penny. We are here whenever you are ready. It's nice to know you can step away and your friends will just keep your place for you. Hugs.

Late night here, out of hours quick and easy customer turn up. I'm going home!
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Quick fly-by before I leave town really early tomorrow for a week away. No email there....

Thanks all for your love and support.

And adding mine to the pile of love and support for Penny. If you need someone to yell at, talk to, or otherwise whatever, I'm just a phone call away.

Love to all of you as we make our way through a crazy time for so many of us. May spring bring us more healing, hope and comfort than we may think possible.

A (mis?)quote from the day from Anne Lamott -- Grace takes us where we are, but never leaves us where it found us.

May we find ourselves and our lives filled with grace.

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Thanks, Macke, for passing on the info about Penny.
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Absolutely we will keep love and light and strength going her way and wish her the best, whatever the situation brings. Penny, if you are reading this, goose hugs are coming your way from all over the country!
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Friends,

I have some news from Penny that she asked be passed along to you. The full report after her lumpectomy showed a more complicated situation than earlier believed and she is in the middle of dealing with that news and exploring/deciding what course of action to pursue.

Penny had chosen to step back from the thread for a while as she focuses on her needs and her care plan. She asks for your love and understanding for however long she remains absent.

While it is a tough thing to do, I know we can all support her in that decision. Each of us can express ourselves here on the thread, which she may see at some point, and certainly hold her in thoughts and prayers.

Via con Dios, Miss Penny.



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Moo, I think Hugo IS a guardian angel!
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I've been sooooo busy at work lately I haven't had a chance to pop by. And my computer at home is heading for a reformat so I've been babying it along (yeeha, I just love to reformat - not). That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I managed to be 100% last weekend on the NS, but I'm still falling way behind in the exercise department. I won't go out after work now because when it's daylight and kids are out and about, Max is a righteous pain in the rear - he wants to stop and visit with all the kids who want me to stop so they can pet him. Soon.I.will.get.back.to.running!

Yay! Macke's healing!! And I don't know if I only need the sleep I get or if I just manage to survive on it. I don't know how I'd get ANYTHING done if I slept longer. I do sleep in (ok, 'til 6) at the farm. Max usually has us up by then because he thinks he'll die if he doesn't get his breakfast at 6 on the dot (and he really can tell time - he'll look meaningfully at the clock, look meaningfully at his dish, and then look at me like I'm forgetting something.

Lorena, sorry for your loss. As for the weather in the Dakotas and our Karin, I had the same thoughts, I'm sure she did too!

Penny, we're having cowbabies. One small problem, they should be black. They're red. Apparently we had a rogue bull get in with the girls and beat the Angus to the punch. No idea what this bunch is descended from...I would vote for piano but you'll be using your right arm pretty extensively. Maybe later?

Whoa Kathi - I would imagine I would be feeling grateful too. Either a Guardian Angel or Hugo-LOL was watching out for you and your DH!

Ah Katrina, let us know if the energy zaps can be eliminated, I know I would like to eliminate a few myself.

Ummmm, Lisa, what exactly is served at a West African restaurant???***Ok, from your description it sounds lovely.

To all you who collect recipes: I don't like to cook so I don't collect them. But I wish I DID like to cook. You'd think that I did considering all the gadgets I've got, but methinks I just like gadgets. ;o)

Colleen, when I fell off the wagon a couple of weeks ago after doing 100% for a week (the weekends are killer for me for some reason), I decided that I might as well go back to NS. But I DO understand the motivation when given a compliment. I think with low-carbing your body changes even if the scale doesn't. It almost seems to re-shape itself. For the better I might add...

Tracy, I don't know how on earth you do it. I can't imagine having younger children AND working AND keeping (sort of) late hours at my age. And on top of it all, you must be the favorite mom in the neighborhood!

Hi Karin!! Hope you're staying warm and enjoying the sun!

See y'all later, Fearless Leader just got in and now I've got to get busy...

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A quick fly-by for me today -- the world doesn't seem to want to slow down for me, so I'm feeling constantly behind. Colleen, you were right that life plus diminished capacity puts you in the defensive position even before you start.

Colleen, glad your little guy is getting better treatment at school. I'm sure you'll want to stay on it until the end of the year to make sure there's no backsliding. Only a few more months of this situation, so I hope your son can manage with it.

Kathi, add my relief to all the rest that you escaped being on the scene at the later moment. Close shaves are for razors not lives.

Lisa, there's a woman I see sometimes at conferences and meetings who takes her knitting with her, quietly doing her thing as she listens to the goings on. It's quaint, though some folks think it's wierd.

OK, got to move on to other things today. Hugs to all I missed.


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Wait for me!!

Where have I been? I fell off the computer for a minute....or a few days.
My ds talked with his teacher and the teacher was nice. Hmmm.....When I didn't hear back from the counselor, I emailed and said I still needed to know what to do and she told me to email the teacher and copy to her and the principle (principal?) Anyway, not as much help as I was hoping for but the apparently they spoke with him because he is helping my son get the assignments and updating the online grades so I can keep track. It is day by day right now as long as things go well.
Macke, sorry to hear about the tears. I remember that feeling. It seems like too much. It seems adding the inability to walk onto a regular day creates a bad situation. I kept telling myself it was only temporary. Helps a little. I am glad to hear you are coming along quickly.
The little guy in my class had one assessment and they want to do more in depth assessments of him so I am thrilled that the parents are following through. I wanted to hug him today because he is so lovable but I was afraid to. I don't need a black eye. He holds my hand and is very easy to work with. He just doesn't understand a lot of situations.
Tracy, are you full time? You sound as though you are enjoying yourself. :o)
Moo, I are carbs for two days and was feeling really bad about it and yesterday one of my moms asked if I was losing weight and told me I looked great and that was all it took to become very dedicated again. lol funny how that works.
My dd keeps getting a hang up caller. Often in the middle of the night. It is a blocked number so we put 'trapcall' on it and we are waiting to see who it is. I don't like that whole thing.
Penny, we had snow so the lounger wouldn't really work here but I am glad you are enjoying it. It sounds wonderful. I didn't know tofu was anti BC but I bet soy is?
Lisa, you can burn candles at this place?? Still a whistler? lol
Oh my, I have to run but hi to all.
Kathi, I understand that near miss thing. Not comfy is it? Glad you missed that.
More later,
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Trace - I love lentil soup. I'd love to have your recipe for SUPER lentil soup. Also the tortillini soup. I do the same thing with soups .. they freeze well and nice to have on hand.

Macke - Its always suprising to me how well we think we feel after recovering then how quickly we lose steam! Hang in there :)

About the West African food ... The man is from Guinea and met his wife while she was a Peace Corp volunteer. They moved to the US and started a family. The food was great .. kinda like soup/stew served over rice or fufu (love the name), which is mashed plantains which has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Peanut sauce with veggies or chicken was a good one. Looked like most of the dishes had both meat and vegetarian options. I hope it does well. It was nice to see the two owners doing the work - much more of a local feel to it.

Onward and Upward,
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Sweet geese, it is late, and I am catching up on the last few days of news. So much is happening. Lorena, thoughts are with you as you absorb the passing of your dad. I am so glad that he was able to relieve his pain, in the hospital.

Macke--you are already back at work? Goodness mercy, Woman! Your recovery really has been amazing, and much more rapid than I was expecting. Sounds like you are getting a good idea of your limits right now, and thankfully you have a SM around to herd you into bed when you overestimate! Interesting about Mollie K. I do like her cookbooks, but I find I do more reading than cooking out of them. When I get stuck for meals, and don't feel like pulling it all together, I go for a good soup. It is the culinary equivalent of a nice dress. Don't have to worry about matching it up with anything else, blouse or blazer, rice or couscous----just throw it all in the pot and enjoy. I've been making this super lentil soup that has brown rice and veggies in it---I freeze it----and keep expecting to tire of it, but never do. Will be happy to share a good veggie tortillini soup recipe as well---a salad, hunk of bread or AKmak crackers, and you are good to go.

Penny--the new lounger sounds like a good start on taking it a bit easier. I can understand the restlessness, and would imagine that it feels invigorating to get out and walk. I vote for the piano and the needlepoint (ever done bargello? Bigger stitches , cool geometric designs, easier than needlepoint for me)---and then see where that leads. Super big ((hugs)) to you as your find your rhythm.

Lisa--I still think of you as "new" at your job. Two years have gone quickly. So glad you are happy there.

Kathi--your weekend sounds eventful, and graced with good fortune.

Bedtime for me---working all week at school so I need to get to bed.
Tracy

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Macke, I'm glad SM was there to retrieve you when you ran out of steam. He really is a sweet man. Take is easy, girl!
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The end of my second day back at work and I am one whipped puppy! My day lasted 10 minutes too long yesterday -- I was making the move to the bedroom and literally ran out of gas and started crying halfway there. Poor SweetMan had to come retrieve me and gently -- oh so gently -- lead me to bed. It is funny in hindsight, and good insight on cutting the evenings a little shorter for a while yet.

Lorena, your mention of Molly Katzen brings back so many Western New York memories. The Moosewood restaurant was in Ithaca and very much the counter culture spot in the 70's and 80's. Apparently, she never told anyone from the restaurant she was writing the cookbook and a lot of folks were quite upset since the restaurant operated as a cooperative. She made a lot of enemies, one of whom went to the same graduate school I did and even years later would immediately color and sputter at the mention of her name. Here at my current campus, one of the dorms is EBF named for the second cookbook -- it used to mirror the Moosewood as a coop where all the students shared the cooking.

Mustgo fix dinner.

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Lorena, I have to go through my recipes periodically too, as I accumulate so many going through magazines, printing off web sites, etc. As well as putting recipes in sleeves in a binder, I also put smaller recipes (either ones I have typed out or are small enough cut from a magazine to fit) in a photo album with 3 or 4 up sleeves for pictures. I have them organized by category (soups, breads, desserts, etc.) so they're easier to find...relatively. This doesn't mean that ALL my recipes are organized and it certainly doesn't mean that I have tried even a fraction of them! Good intentions and all that....
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Thanks, Katrina, for the pillow offer. I'll let you know if I need to borrow a bed for the night :)

And thank you, too, Lisa.

West African food? Never had that--what was it like?

I was checking weather today, and for some reason the weather website was flashing the forecast for several cities in the Dakotas, and I couldn't help but think of Karin--Hawaii has got to be SUCH an improvement.

I'm trying to clean out my cookbooks and recipes from magazines, the web, etc. Saw a suggestion the other day (duh!) to put them in plastic sheet sleeves and into a notebook. Don't know why I couldn't think of that myself. Good way to get rid of the stack of Cooking Light etc. Am also hoping to cut my cookbook collection in half.

T-bird, do you like Molly Katzen? I love her recipes (such as the Enchanted Broccoli Forest), but I have books of hers and Moosewood's I've never even used and will probably get rid of them just to de-clutter. If you want 'em, send me your snail mail address to my home email and I'll drop them in the mail for you.

Off for a walk.

Later, goosies.

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Lorena - I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Even when we know its probably for the best, we're never quite ready for the finality of it all.

Macke - You sound awesome. I'm so glad the recovery is moving along so well. No one's going to keep you down for long, are they?!

Went to lunch at a West African restaurant today .. yum!!

Back to the salt mines,
Lisa

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Lorena, my offer of a soft place to lay your head in Georgia still stands, if you need it. Thank you for the poem, it's beautiful.

Paint or reside? That is the question. Can't put off the inevitable, we must do one or the other, the paint is peeling in places.

Doctor visits today in between estimates. Maybe there is another way to fight the energy zap? More to come.

Just a quick fly-by.
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Thank you all for your support.

Kathi--congratulations on your travel timing! Always nice to NOT be in or right-behind those accidents. And really--a free admission? In these days of "you're lucky we're here" customer service, what a nice thing for her to do!

Speaking of the creeping crud--I got to work this morning (early) but by 845 was wondering where everyone else was (I and one other guy were here). Fully HALF our department is out with some variation of the flu or other.

Counting my blessings that my immune system is holding up!

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Lorena, although it was expected, I'm sorry for your dads passing. I'm glad you were able to have some good conversations with him recently. May memories help ease the transition. Know you are held up by flerd wing updrafts.

Macke, I'm glad you are making progress so quickly. Just don't overdo because you are too anxious to get going.

We had a good trip this weekend. Physically I feel much better, even thought the creeping crud seemed to creep up on me in the evenings. We really enjoyed the art show; some amazingly talented artists - paintings and sculptures. One nice bonus: we were in line at the ticket counter behind a family that were taking a long time; we weren't annoyed, but by the time we got up to the ticket sales person, she decided we had waited too long and let us in free.

When we got back tonight as far as Santa Maria we decided to have dinner there, but it was too early so we decided to go see the movie Slum Dog Millionaire. Great movie. All my co-workers have been raving about it and now I can see why.

I got home and was reading the local newspaper and on the front page was an article about a horrendous fatal accident on the highway (166) that we went across from Hwy 101 to I-5 on (to avoid traffic). I feel sooo fortunate... the accident happened just after 8:00 on Friday...we had just been through there just a couple of hours before that...AND they had the highway closed all day on Saturday. Whew!

Sorry to leave on that note, but I feel very grateful tonight.

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Sending Lorena love and support in these new hours. All raw and restless, even when you know the end is coming. Please give yourself the latitude to grieve and find your own path through this transition.

You are loved here and in reach of many friends. Let us know what you need.

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I'm so sorry Lorena. Even though your father's passing was peaceful and pain-free, imagine it is still difficult to reconcile this final journey. I hope the days ahead bring you forgiveness, loving memories, and serenity.

And thank you for sharing the poem. Don't know why but reminded me of a favorite song, Long Trip Alone.

Congratulations Macke on your rapid recovery. I know how much focus and determination it must have taken to bring you so far along so quickly. I'm praying your recovery will continue to speed forward until you are hiking with Reckless once again.

Happy travels, Kathi. Has the rain let up? Let us know how your "mini" vacation went.

And Moo, anything new in bovine land?

Lisa, congratulations on the job anniversary! I'm so happy you've found the place where you belong. Although I must confess I miss the "adventures of Mr. Nose and Stinky Candles".

Colleen, let us know the outcome with ds teacher. Beyond belief the school had not researched his past.
Would think for liability reasons alone it would be part of policy. Scary.

Katrina, I remember massive blowups between dh and myself when the kids were small. I hope your dd appreciates both your insight and support as she works her way through these challenges.

Tracy, thinking of you. And as far as vegetarian meals go - I may have to give up tofu (a bc no, no). And just when I was getting the hang of it. Need to figure out plan B.

Yesterday I went for a long walk and paid the price last night. Still sore today so will try to take it easy. Just get so restless reading and/or watching tv, even with email sometimes. And don't have enough focus to write creatively for extended periods. Thus why I've been toying with crocheting or needle point - or maybe it is time to return to the piano.

DH bought me a lounge chair yesterday and did manage to sit and read for close to an hour. Definitely nicer sitting outside on the patio vs. being inside.

Now, what to do that won't require using my right arm?

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Congratulations, Macke, on your progress. At this rate, you'll be back to roughing it with the Beast before he has time to destroy anything you can't replace :)

Colleen, I too have Fantasia-like images of what would happen if the food bought and cooked itself, although I'd like a break as well sometimes. Hard being the only one you're cooking for--makes it way too easy to eat the easy stuff (I am not into salad as a meal). Glad your dh made it home safely. Sending mama bear energy your way in case you want a boost when you drag ds's teacher out by the roots of his hair-club implants....

I made that up. I did not get any of it from google.
The hair club part, that is. Hope the school listened to you.

Penny, I trust you are feeling better by the day. I'm sorry, I'm not sure I remember the extent of the surgery--"just" a biopsy?

Katrina: best of luck on your quest. There's a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver--I found it online to share here--there are days each of us can use this, I think.

The Journey by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

On that note: love, light and many hearty wing flaps to everyone--even Karin, off in Hawaii recharging her batteries :)

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A quick note before I go back and read a week (or two) of posts ...

My dad went into the hospital about a week and a half ago for his final stay. He passed this morning around 6 Eastern. My uncle just called with the news--not knowing my brother (who stayed with Dad last night) hadn't gotten to calling me!

I'm grateful for at least some of the wonders of modern medicine, since with his final hospital stay he was finally able to be completely pain free for the first time in months. And the cancer had spread so much there was no longer any chance of physical healing.

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Hello friends,

It's a good day here at Recoop Central. My SweetMan is home from the wider world and the sun is shining -- an old apple tree in my neighbor's yard is blooming over the fence, and several birds are just having a field day eating the honey in them. From their antics, you can tell this is a treat.

On the rehab front, I've made great progress. The last couple of days have been pretty amazing -- all of a sudden I've moved to a new level. Still have to be very careful, but each new advance of flexion on the leg beater machine isn't as difficult, and my knee/leg in general is feeling stronger. To think it hasn't even been two weeks and I'm already back to this level of functioning is pretty darned awesome.

I envy Kathi and her road trip this weekend -- sorry you aren't feeling perkier. Just remember to rest as much as you can, and enjoy the forced relaxation of the traveling itself.

Lisa, congrats on your job anniversary -- feeling you are in the right spot adds so much to one's sense of well being. I had to laugh at your two comments about crochet -- you are obsessed AND you are just beginning to explore your abilities. Those two comments create my mental image of you slowly filling up your house with a single crocheted strand that keeps growing and growing and growing! LOL

Moo, up early for Maxmoments and then off to the hills. I wonder if you just need less sleep than the rest of us -- do you retire early or make up sleep some other time -- you rise soooo early on weekdays, I get tired just imagining your routine. I protect my weekend mornings as my time to fill in any deficits.

Colleen, I laughed at the idea of groceries buying themselves. A bit of Fantasia in everyday life. So what did you find for your ds to do on this lovely day?

Penny, hope your weekend provides you refreshment from your week and lots of reasons to enjoy the chance to relax. Remember, your body is still healing so give it all the pampering you can.

Katrina, My son rarely shares the ups and downs of his relationship with his wife, but the little he has gives me a small window into "parent watching from the outside". Your instinct that small things blow up when the young parents are tired seems right on the mark.

Karin, send some of those tropical breezes my way -- hope you are having a fabulous time.

Tracy, I've been thinking of you this week as I scour the vegetarian recipes I have. Meatless meals four nights a week turns out to challenge me in new ways. The trick is to avoid all the high fat gloopy stuff like mac 'n' cheese (Yum!) and go for dense but nutritious grains and legumes. No wonder you run out of steam from time to time.

OK, off to plan a menu for our week so SweetMan can go shopping -- I cringe at the prospect of what he's turn up with! LOL

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Heading to bed so Max & I can get up, run, head to BovineLand. Wanted to pop in for inbox goodness. Nighty night.

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Just popping in to get on the thread. We're headed to S. Calif. to the western art show at the Autry Museum (and no it's not the one with the stuffed horse, although, along with prestigious and interesting art shows, it does have a whole permanent section of movie memorabilia).

Lisa, I can't believe you've been there 2 years already. Seems like you just started.

Still feeling a bit punky, but better and better. I'm glad for the weekend, but not looking forward to the drive. It's not long but we're going to run into rush hour traffic.

Sending wing waves, healing thoughts and goose pecks all directions.

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Honk honk!!

Lisa good to hear things are going well at your not so new company. Sounds like you left at the right time? Enjoy your crocheting. At first I thought it said crotcheting. .....Hmmm.....sounded interesting.
Tracy, food should make itself. That is how I feel. If it could buy itself too, well all the better. I am glad that you are enjoying work. It helps, doesn't it?
Katrina, I get it now. Still working on getting to college and wondering weather to stay home and go or move out and go. I am with you. My dd is at home and attending college. It is so expensive out there!! How lucky for you dd26 to have a mom that knows how to lend a hand. She is lucky to have you. I lost my mom when my dd was 6 months old and we never got that. I was thinking yesterday how much my mom would have loved my kids. Ouch. Enjoy your time together.
Macke, you making it?? Let us know.
Penny, maybe I can get my dh to cook tonight? I did salmon last night.....oh wait, he took over last night so technically I think I might be sunk on this one....Oh well. I am still keeping it low carb though.
I am in another pair of pants today. whoooo....
Moo, had that oatmeal this morning. Those almonds with the small amount of splenda/brown sugar is so good! I highly recommend it!
I have to make my ds do something. The sun is out and he has the day off so I need to shoo him into an activity!
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Just moving this to the top.

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Sorry, I've been awol. I've let my crocheting obsession take over .. its fun! But I'm neglecting other good things!

Sounds like folks are healing, but its never soon enough, is it?

I think of you guys all the time, even if my posting doesn't reflect that.

I'm at my 2-yr anniversary at my present company - and still thrilled to be here. Feeling very settled here - well as much as we can feel settled these days. Found out the people I left to come here have left that company to hang there own shingle. Not all of them left, but two key people and a third person. Might leave the others really up in the air. Work drama sure can drain you. So glad I don't have to deal with that uncertainty.

TGIF - Have a good weekend!

Lisa

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