Hello everybody, I was frantically answering questions related to "If it's really getting warmer than why is it so cold?" and finishing an article about burning bush for this week and arranging an AWFUL top 40 piece for the a capella boys group at DD's school. Depending if you like current pop music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkuoRGig4Cs
Listened to the song and think it has a lovely melody. the words are your typical teenage, 'I'd do anything for you baby!'
Believe me it could be much worse. they play well and the singer has a nice voice...what's the problem, they're kids, doing what teens or tweens do. I personally would encourage them for their stepping up to the plate and trying rather than critisize their song choice. JMHO
Just heard from my rheumatoligist yesterday pertaining to my MRI of this past Thursday and the news was not good. I will have to have my rotator cupl replaced but not until they can drain all the liquid and stop the inflammation. I told my doctor that the tylenoel /codeine only works for an hour and then the screaming pain starts all over again. Thank goodness he called in a prescription for vicadin . 1 every 12 hrs and no driving which will be difficult for me to do as I have a podiatrist appointment today at 3pm for a new insert to stop the pain in my left toe although I feel very little pain at this time. I took a vicadin at 9am today so I should be able to keep my much needed appointment for the insert that I HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO MONTHS to recieve.
I'm hoping after my surgery I will get some assistance from my medical coverage to help me at home? Please tell me if any of you have gone through this surgery and what I can expect including pain, therapy and recovery time and don't hold anything back as I am depending upon you and I really want to know what to expect? Love you all my friends.
P.S. Sure hope to get my watermelons started first...
I know nothing about the surgery but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish I lived closer to you, instead of across the country and then down 600 miles; I'd pop over to give you a hand. You are definitely having a hard time of it and I hope things get better for you soon,
Sheri, I'm not criticizing their choice; that's why I'm arranging it for them, so they can do something THEY choose instead of a Beatles medley or some other song they never heard of before. I'm only the arranger; i don't really get an opinion! I just want these kids to have a choice. Their music director likes the Golden Oldies which they've never heard before and don't understand.
The negotiations were very delicate ... how to approach her without saying "your boys group doesn't care for your taste and wants a piece THEY like for a change." She ended up saying "what a great use of your talents" so everything's ok. It couldn't have any references (even inferred, like "wait until tonight") to sex, or drinking, or drugs, or smoking, but guns and suicidal behavior (as long as we understand he only means it rhetorically) are fine. It's a family audience.
Debra, I know exactly what you mean about the music in the MRI machine!!! I thought I was the only one who heard that. Sometimes I hear whole MRI symphonies, but they evaporate when the thing is over.
Everybody else, take care of yourselves. That's as much as I can remember at one time. Some brain!
Ted, I have'nt had the surgery. But i had an infection in my shoulder joint that was similar. They gave me shots in it and the releif was instant. I had to do exersizes for awhile afterwards which was uncomfortable but not painful. I hope your surgery goes as well. I'll be thanking of you. Let us know how things go.
Carrie, I loved the vocals. I probably would have liked the song itself just a few months ago when I listened to music that was more intense. I don’t know if I’ve simply got bored with the sort of music I was listening to and just hit on the new, lighter sound I’m into now. Or, if the Lexapro has lightened my mood and I want music that reflects that. Whatever the reason, my music taste has changed recently. Some of the stuff I loved a short time ago seems too drama queen to me now. I’ve recently dumped most of the songs on my MP3 player and replaced them with different music. Maybe, it is like food and your taste simply change over time. It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t like cabbage or cottage cheese and you would have had to threaten me with serious bodily harm to get me to eat liver and onions. I actually get cravings for those foods now. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55631/
The plants in this link are what I think of these days when I think euonymus. (At least, I’m FAIRLY sure that is what we have. Although. Ours is a 6’ shrub. The green/white version shoots straight up like a pencil. I don’t know why “creeper” would be part of its name.) It sounds like it was a good thing PJ’s experiment with Burning Bush to get red autumn color failed. MK put this type of evergreen shrub labeled “Euonymus” in place of the ‘Burning Bush’ euonymus. Papa Jim gets green/white and green/gold variegation year around now, instead of a little red in autumn. Sounds like an even better deal after reading your article. I think even MK would give up if we had to deal with yet another invasive. The Japanese honeysuckle and seacane are bad enough.
Do me a favor, Carrie, and think about writing an article on speaking/writing proper botanical. Questions keep popping into my head, such as: “Is it still called an “evergreen” if it keeps its burgundy or variegated foliage in winter?” :-) Well, maybe, I am the only person who ever thinks about stuff like that?) ~Nadine~
Nadine, there have been several articles about why we use Latin to talk about plants, COMMUNICATE about plants, w/out getting mixed up. But I don't know if it's still called evergreen if it's variegated - I think "evergreen" might be the opposite of "deciduous."
lol. This hypothetical article would need a title like “Bizarre Gardening Questions Few Would Think to Ask.”
If I were talking to a novice gardener, I would skirt around the use of “evergreen” to describe a plant that keeps its foliage in winter if that foliage were variegated or a color other than green. Just to avoid possibly confusing a newbie gardener. For speed and simplicity, I might use it when talking to an experienced gardener knowing they would understand what I meant.
Ted, I think your about 630 miles from us. The only thing I recall about Pembrooke Pines is a really bad intersection on Flamingo Road where the police always seemed to be clearing an accident. Have you lived there long enough to know the intersection I'm referring to? I've heard they've done something to make it safer now. but it was once an intersection every driver dreaded. Drive carefully!
Vickie, has anyone come to any firm conclusions about the cause of the tremors Arkansas has been experiencing? Last I read on the subject, some were blaming natural gas extraction techniques and others were claiming the quakes were completely natural in origin.
It is raining so I’m taking another day off to recover from my GC’s visit. Jim teases that I’m just feeling old because my GD had her 17th b’day while she was here. With her and Nadine’s help, keeping track of the boys wasn’t too stressful…just exhausting. I’m learning the disadvantages to not looking your age. The boys think I should still be able to run and play with them the same way their big sister or “Aunt Nadi” does. My bones and joints aren’t deceived by the book’s cover. They know how old they are. The boys will be coming back through in a few weeks. I should be fully recovered by then. I’ve decided to let the gray in my hair show for my own protection. :-) Kay*
Until I was in my mid-late 20s, I always thought "evergreen" only meant Christmas-tree types. :-) My sister's six year old GS was with me at the office for three hours this morning. Made the mistake of giving him half a cup of hot chocolate...Oy!
Carrie, Can you not see the ground yet? Thats cruel and unusual punishment. At last my yellow and yellow and white daffys are blooming.My pink hyacinths have buds. Some of my daylillys are putting up green shoots. I bought some strawberry plants.
Now if it would warm up some,I'd plant some stuff and dig others up. It gets in the high 50,s but still to cold for these old bones.
I am now persona non grata at Walmarts. I bought a ready made salad to eat in the car.
When i got to the car,I could'nt find it. So i went back in and asked if anyone had turned a salad in. They all but accused me of trying to steal a salad. They showed a tape of me carrying a sack out. So i went back to the car and looked again The second time i found it in the bottom of the sack the strawberry plants were in. My bad!! They still did'nt have to be so snippy over a salad.LOL I was'nt trying to steal it.
My GS was in court
yesterday finally for the last forged check he wrote. Vonne did'nt tell me about it till it was over. Did'nt want me upset. He got a year in prison and a years probabation.
Yes! today i am very depressed but I'll get over it.
Kay, I remember those days well. Just keep remembering you do get to send them home.LOL And pray hard they always stay on the straight and narrow.
Carrie, I recall someone here with the user name "threegardeners," The writer of an article if I remember right. I suppose the name does indicate a shared account though. Maybe, Jim and Nadi should enter some pictures of seacane in the Invasive photo contest to try to win some free subscription months. lol. I'm paid up for the year.
Vickie, I find myself helping out my ex-SIL because my supposedly genius daughter went middle-age crazy and ran off to CA. Sometimes, I wish I were less well-informed about the dumb or crazy things my offspring do. My GD will start college next year and it looks like she will be offered scholarships based on her grades. It amazes me she is such a good kid considering the emotional rollercoaster her parents made her life. I guess miracles do happen.
Debra, sippy cups are wonderful things. At least they offer SOME damage control. There are days I wish I had taken the Auntie route, but the Granny gig does have its moments. Kay*
Yes, LeeAnne you are thinking of. (Syntax, anyone?) But in that case LeeAnne was the only subscriber, her DB and DM were also gardeners but she was the only one with a computer or a DG acct.
Definitely enter that photo contest - it's the wrong time of year to go TAKE a picture here.
Yes, Vickie, we can see the ground and we have snowdrops and shoots of other things. I always forget what is what until it sprouts more! But it's really cold today - 25*? - and it's never too late for more snow.
Thanks for the bee goodies, Debra. They are so cute! MK and PJ are teasing me about being bee obsessed, but I really like all the hard working, little ladies of the garden. If you look very carefully at the verbena pic on Practical Matters, you will see a little bumble. :-) I don't know if there are really more bees this year, or if I'm just paying more attention than I have in previous years. ~N~
Okay, after a day at the computer, I think I’ve got it right this time. What I should have said was: MK pulled out the Euonymus alatus ‘Otum’ and replaced it with a Japanese euonymus.. (Euonymus japonicus ‘Aureo-marginatus') that retains its variegated foliage well through the winter. :-) A lot of research can go into one garden writers sentence, can't it? Hats off to garden writers!
All the pics PJ or I have taken of invasive plants show their good side. At the moment, if I didn't know what was coming, , I would sing the praises of the flowering pear. It is summer photos that would heighten people's awareness. The ones that show the fast-growing limbs going at odd angles and the suckers coming up all around it. Amymone,(MK's GD) planted it and she swears she got it from the Arbor Day Society. She said it was from one of those fund raising things where they send you seedling trees for contributions of a certain amount. She maintains since it came from the Arbor Day Society it CAN'T be a "bad" tree. Hm-m-m, maybe I can teach her to use a bow saw this summer. If I did that, I think she would want to learn to use the chainsaw the next summer. :-)
PJ did take a photo of sea cane that shows both the good and the bad. I'll see if he will put it in the running. I'm told sea cane is a major problem in CA. ~Nadine~
The flowering pear issue is confusing! I'm not convinced what we have is even a Bradford. I think the tree Amy planted has reverted to species. I've encountered thorns while pruning. http://ipetrus.blogspot.com/2007/02/pyrus-calleryana-aka-bradford-pear.html
Yesterday's wind and rain was hard on ours. There are petals all over the ground. I wish someone had taken a pre-storm photo. It gives such an incredible spring display convincing people they need to give their tree up will be difficult. Kay*
Japanese euonymus is on Steve Bender’s list of the 5 most awful plants to have in your southern front yard.
Steve Bender: The Grumpy Gardener http://grumpygardener.southernliving.com/grumpy_gardener/2009/05/five-awful-plants-for-the-front-of-your-house.html
He says the Japanese variegated euonymus has all the subtlety of a Bourbon Street working girl’s wardrobe. :-) That is true, but sometimes you want something over-the-top. Especially when there are visually impaired people around. Visual subtlety tends to be lost on them. I’ve never had any of the disease problems most complain of or any problems with it reverting to green. Kay claims you usually see the disease problems only when they are massed, like as foundation plants. I just have a few as windbreaks for sitting on my little patio. As far as I know, it isn’t an invasive type of euonymus…..just the mark of a low-brow southern gardener. In my defense, it is in the side yard and Kay has an impressive engagement ring. . :-) (Jim)
Agree with Mr. Grump about the Redtip Photinia. First thing I did when I got this house was to dig 'em up. Mine were unattractive and they too often get unwieldy. Agree Cypress is too big for most yards, but I still like them. Understand about the Bradfords being big and fragile. Those are the reasons I don't have one, but I still like them. Otherwise, I'd put one in right away. :-) Privet may have problems, too, but I still like them, especially the variegated. But I really really really LIKE the Golden Euonymus. Have one in the side strip. It was freeze burned a little over the winter, it is still one of my favorite shrubs. So I'm tasteless and trashy. Eh, so what. There are LOTS worse things to be and I don't have to keep up with someone else's hypocritical and pretentious standards. LOL
Anyone fortunate enough to have Kay consent to marry him in the first place would have been accepted even if he DID choose to give her a gen-yew-eye-en old-fashioned pop top as an engagement ring. She might even have considered it endearing...as long as the big honker stone came right afterward. :-D
I have a beautiful blue sapphire engagement ring which I adore and which NEVER EVER gets in the way so I never take it off. It cost $350. At first DH felt bad that it cost so little but I adored it so, that I finally convinced him I DIDN'T want something bigger and louder.
There was a pearl in a setting with a few tiny diamond chips Kay loved. I considered pushing tradition aside and getting her that. If I had it to do over again, I probably would. Pearls are the only “jewel” she truly enjoys. It would have shown I was thinking of her and not just romancing by the numbers.
However, we were facing serious challenges at the time we became engaged that I felt needed the symbolism of the traditional big rock that cost several months pay. We had just gotten back together after not even speaking to each other for months and I knew I would probably be shipping out to Saudi soon. Long distance relationships are tough at the best of times and it wasn’t the best of times. I was leaving her to deal with a serious situation alone. “Roughneck” women may be accustomed to the men in their lives being gone for extended periods. (Working six weeks on an oil rig followed by six weeks off is a normal schedule.) But, being accustomed to it and self-sufficient enough to cope doesn’t mean they like it and that it isn’t a lonely situation. Kay let me know from the beginning, in no uncertain terms, she wanted a husband who would be around. I guess the engagement ring was something of a bribe. I needed a ring that would say, “Take this as a promise of better things to come and promise me to endure the present reality just a little longer. I know you are paying a price to be mine and I’m willing to pay a high price to keep you.” In my inexperience, I was afraid a pearl and a bit of diamond dust couldn't say all that. The showy sparkley I bought her rarely sees the light of day. She usually has it and her wedding band in a "totem bag" she wears around her neck. lol. (Jim)
jim, i like the rationale. and she wears the big sparkly gem in a totem. can't get more powerful meaning than that, right? here is one of the definitions of totem: "An animal, plant, or natural object serving among certain tribal or traditional peoples as the emblem of a clan or family and sometimes revered as its founder, ancestor, or guardian." you two did create a family or clan unit, right? :-)
Tanzanite is awesome and becoming rare as the only source is now depleted. They are worth more than Emeralds, which of course top Diamonds. I used to really be a rockhound. Have had to sell most of the nice stuff I had colected. My dear Grampa started me on rocks and gemstones at the age of 8. ^_^
I've never been fond of jewelry. I wanted a plain gold band.And lots of love. I've recently seen some plain polished stones i like. But not to wear.
Love the idea of wearing the ring in a totem bag.
I've been sick again. Stayed at my DD,s a few days. Serious depression,back and chest pains.It's amazing all the negative thoughts my mind can churn out.Knowing they are'nt real but helpless to change them.
A few days ago i bought 10 lbs of oranges from these regular orange gatherers from Florida that comes thru here semi regularly. They are fresh picked and oh so sweet. I am eating several oranges a day.
Nadine swears the "Monster" energy drinks help her. She gets a little panicky when she runs low. That stuff has so much citric acid it makes me wince. (She says the Java flavors don't seem to work as well.) Who knows, maybe, Vitamin C helps with some forms of Depression. Its a little more expensive than, say, soft drinks. But, as long as she can keep it down to one or two cans of the sugar-free kind in a day and I can afford it, why not? There is a lot about Depression that is still not understood. The real experts are those who live with it.
Vickie, have you tried keeping a journal to help you figure out what helps and what hinders your Depression. Or, is it like mine and related to pain levels. I've been a grouch lately. Lots of pain and the household appliances all seem to be breaking down at once. The microwave just died! Kay quietly reminds me that humans did survive before microwaves, dishwashers and clothes dryers. But...but...but what about my microwave popcorn!
The official stand is Tanzanite is for the 24th anniversary. Kay and I have a way to go to get to our Tanzanite anniversary. Who makes up these rules anyway.? lol. The way heat makes tanzanite change color is wild. (Jim)
A high gemstone quality Tanzanite would be reduced to a much lighter color and therefore very significantly reduce its value (ie-$6000.kt reduced down to a meger-$300 or so. This is certainly not "neat"...any more so than destroying any other valuable article by caring for it inappropriately and without knowledge.
Now what isneat is the color change of the stone Alexandrite in sunlight (or natural light) as compared to incandescent.=pink to blue!!
Jim, I say make up your own rules on that one. While not in the same category, I make up my own holidays. Like Butter Crunch Ice Cream Thursdays. Or Sofa Spud Sundays. :-0 Pearls are given for a traditional anniversary at 30 years, and are given at a "modern" anniversary at 12 years. So I betcha you could make any year you want be the Tanzanite. LOL
I just read how herdsman in Tanzania noted that a surface tanzanite deposit lost its brown undertones after being struck by lightning. I thought almost all jewerly tanzanite was heat treated to get the more marketable blue-purple color. Puce is one of those colors people either adore or loathe. The violet of heat treated tanzanite is universally liked. I wonder if it is less brittle before being exposed to heat. As Kay says, when people tell her she should use more color close to the house, "I use plenty of color. Brown IS a color."
Color is a troublesome issue for us when we are working together on a space. Kay likes warm, earthtones while I like cool colors. Nadine gravitates toward pure primaries with lots of contrast. We ended up with some real gaggers before we learned to visually divide spaces and let one person's color choices rule that area. (Jim).
I'm gonna munch on some 'crow'here. I have done some additional research and indeed gem grade Tanzanites are routinly heat treated. I appologize for my above comments.
I did not know for a long time that even 'flawless' Emeralds had undergone some type of treatment.
I just like the silky feel of pearls. Jim is the magpie. He loves the shinies and sparklies, but he has that hangup some men have about wearing jewelry so it is like I'm wearing it for him. lol. A watch and wedding band is it. I bought him a simple and elegant gemstone ring for his b'day when we were dating. He wore it to our wedding, but I think that is the only time he's ever worn it.
My hands go through so much in a day, I would probably ruin any jewelry I wore full time on my hands and wrist. I like necklaces and earrings though.
My GD would love alexandrite. Do they make it into jewelry? Kay*
I eat crow a lot, Sheri. It's not too bad with tabasco sauce. :-)
I get a back massage, Carrie. If I'm really, REALLY good I get a foot massage too.
It is much more fun to drape a woman in jewels and then drape the woman on your arm. (Jim).
I wouldn't mind a BF like that. But, I think they are probably more rare than red diamonds.
I hereby declare tomorrow "Marshmallow Peep Sunday." :-)
Carrie, please tell me they didn't name your new nephew Patrick. ~N~
Men who want to take up with Boomer women and drape them on their arms are even more rare than red diamonds, Nadine. Could be it's just a characteristic of my urban area, but most of them here want women considerably younger and sleeker. Let's me out--I've never been sleek in my life!! ROFL
lol. Just no plastic mini-blinds.
Debra, I've never done sleek either. I've got the fluffy.look down though. Now, if it would only come back into fashion.
The problem with guys my age is if they like jewelry they wear it themselves. If you look in your jewelry box and find only one earring, it doesn't necessarily mean you've lost one. It is possible your BF borrowed it because it looked better than his with what he was wearing. ~Nadine~
It does, they just won't come back. The Dallas Arboretum is just a few miles down the road from my house (literally that road) and every Spring they have Dallas Blooms to show off all their gorgeous stuff.
I've been there Debra. Fantastic place. Have you been to the Azalea trail in Tyler? A worthwhile trip too.
If you store your tulips in the frig than replant them late winter,they'll rebloom.(I did'nt have the patience except once.)
I take that back Debra. Most do not come back but the Darwin tulips do. And one called Little Red Riding Hood does.
Nadine, this photo from 1987 is the thinnest I've ever been. Had dropped 45 pounds after my divorce and had gone back to Indiana for a visit (that's my brother). The pants are baggy, and NO my hair was NOT that big! :-D Its a shadow thrown up from the camera flash. I have since gained back the pounds and, obviously :-0, am considerably more lined and worn-looking. But the hair is still mostly brown even if it is thinning in front. Will try to get a current shot taken so you can see difference. LOL
It didn't last long and I was back up. LOL I probably could lose down to that weight again if I wanted to expend the continuous energy and enforce the all-the-time, all-the-time discipline necessary. But I don't. [grin]
I might be that thin if I were standing up - but if I were standing, I could get to the kitchen and see what we had for leftovers and EAT them and cook and gain weight. But for me divorce is a real weight loss plan too!
Make that WAS - no more divorces planned. I said if it weren't for me, you could get this cushy, status job in RDU and not have to worry about Medicaid etc. and he said if it weren't for you I wouldn't want a job at all, there would be no me, nothing would matter.
Carrie, that one is a keeper! If I could find one like that I would consider marriage. I've seen enough healthy, happy relationships, that I know they are a possibility and I'm not willing to settle for something less. If I don't find Mr. Right so be it. I'll have my cake without icing. :-) ~Nadine~
PJ has declared a house cleaning day. Better get back to that.
You picked right, Nadine. Too bad for me he is door #3. I just came across the wedding picture from wedding #2 - I was beautiful! The wedding was beautiful! The food was just right. The music was lovely. I had friends there. Only thing wrong was the GROOM! By #3, I got the groom right, but everything else was kind of wrong. It didn't have the same tada feeling you get when you finish something and it comes out just right. Except of course, the MARRIAGE is the most important part, and that came out JUST RIGHT!
Nadine, amen to that! PJ and Carrie's DH are men worth the hard work it takes to have icing, too. But, unless or until someone of their caliber comes along for each of us, cake can be sweet all by itself, no? LOL
If men are just icing on the cake, I want to be peanut butter cream frosting. :-) The very best icing and one with some substance to it.
Carrie, I'm a "Let's see what's behind door #3" for Kay and she was Dorr #2 for me. Our special song is "Broken Road" by Rasco Flatts. It took me a while to get her to see me as something more than Rodney's little brother. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZp6pmgbZyU
Here’s my favorite recent pic of Nadine. I caught her singing. I'm more concerned about her chronic anemia than her weight. I've seen her aunts. Hanna women just don't come in thin. I hate seeing women make themselves sick trying to fit into a one size for all mold. One of Kay's daughters had to be treated for an eating disorder. People kept telling her how much better she looked and how proud they were of her for losing the weight when she was really hurting herself. Her step-dad was a pharmacist so he caught on to what she was doing to lose the weight and got her into treatment. She still looks too thin to me, but she is at least a healthy weight.
I know the pain would be less if I lost weight. That is what keeps me trying to lose. The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program Vickie recommends is the only program that ever worked for me long term. It's a slow process though. (Jim)
Jim, MARRIAGE is the icing. :-) You and Kay definitely have icing of substance. But some of us are content to just have plain cake if marriage to the one you are with just isn't quiiiite right. LOL
That's a great shot of Nadine. She looks happy. I'm glad she moved down this-a-way.
Those few brief months in 1987 is the one and only time I have ever been what could be considered thin. Or thinnish. 33 pounds at a year old, 145 pounds at 11 and so on. Being healthy is much more important than some artificial "rule" about what is right.
Welcome back, Katiebear. I was beginning to worry about you.
PJ is going to pay for that! lol. Mostly, it’s not that he caught me singing along with the song on my MP3 player so much as my hair color. I tried to get rid of the carroty tones of my hair by darkening it. That is the color of my sister’s hair and everyone says how much she and I look alike so I thought it would work.
Her eyes are a soulful brown whereas mine are green and although she becomes as pale as I am in her northern winters, her skin will darken to a light olive with even a chaste kiss from the sun. I can stay in the sun all day and all I get is a few more freckles. The differences in eye color and skin undertone make a bigger difference than I thought they would.
I carry most of my weight in my hips. I’m sad to say that picture actually makes me look thinner than I really am. I was at a sub-shop trying to make my mind up between a meatball sub or something with fewer calories. My friend advised me with that old saying. “Moment on the lips. Lifetime on the hips.” The old man behind me spoke up. He told me to go for the meatball sub and my friend about a scientific study that big hipped women have more intelligent children. He said “Those are perfect child-bearing hips.” ROFL. I don’t plan on adding to the world’s population, but I did enjoy that meatball sub.
It drives MK up the wall that doctors give her a hard time about her weight, but say little to me. My doctor explained that from a medical prospective, it isn’t so much about how heavy a woman is. It is her waist to hip ratio. (Something about the protective powers of estrogen.) MK has lost a lot of curve from waist to hip since menopause. The doctors are concerned about her heart. I maintain an hourglass figure. lol. A BIG hourglass, admittedly, but still an hourglass. Women with small waist to hip ratios are more prone to diabetes and heart problems. My lectures from doctors focus more on exercise than diet. Moving dirt to create the wheelchair ramp is my current exercise program. :-) ~Nadine~
I'm apple shaped too. I never had a weight problem till i got depression at 30. I was always 120 lbs. seems like i just woke up one morning and i was 185. Not telling how much now. LOL As long as Kay stays real active, I think she'll do fine. Is there any heart trouble in her family?
In the 1950,s that was a normal weight (abt 120.) We all walked alot.played outside mostly. It was a different world. I always tanned easily too.
Glad you're back Katie Bear. How are you?
Thanks, Vickie. I'm doing OK. It's spring here and all the cirtus are blooming so it's very fragrant here. My jasmine is also blooming.
The dogs are shedding and the fleas are waking up. I found a great comb at Walmart and am getting lots of fur to add to the compost.
My right heel has been very painful. My doctor has made a referral to the podiatry department. I'll call them next week and see when I can see somebody. Our weather is so beautiful now that I'm hoping to wait a month or so to go up to Ca. again.
Naw, not the legs. It was the way Kay combined being smart, being honestly concerned about others and still having an attitude that caught my attention when I was a kid. I first really noticed her at my brother’s wedding rehearsal. She was doing the hippie look while everyone else was still doing the 50’s look in my conservative part of the world. She joked that I was her date for the wedding and didn’t talk down to me the way most of my brother’s friends did. The lady who was in charge of organizing the wedding was witchy. She took some sort of sadistic pleasure from needling and insulting the young women in “helpful’, backhanded ways, especially Kay and her sister. She mentioned again and again how difficult it was to make the wedding party look right being as “certain of the young ladies” were so awkwardly tall. She also made a point of very publically giving Kay the name of a local beautician who could “fix the bad dye job” her obviously incompetent hairdresser in Alabama had done. (I think the lady knew Kay’s hair was NATURALLY brindled and knew also she was self-conscious about it. Kay had been known to do some radical off-the-wall things when she was angry. My brother was taking bets on what she would look like the day of the wedding. They thought she would show up in full hippie regalia just for spite.
It was a surprise to everyone when she did everything the witch told her to do. She looked terrible and, with a smile, gave the wicked witch full credit for her new look. When my brother expressed a little disappointment that she hadn’t done anything radical to tweak the woman’s nose, Kay just smiled and said in the heavy southern drawl she still had back then, “You don’t hang fools, Sugar. There are times when it’s best just to keep feeding them out as much slack as you can find in the rope. A fool will get all tangled up and hang themselves.” My brother never quite got it, but I did.” The bride has wonderful memories of the day, even though it did end in divorce. My nieces and nephews from that marriage have these wonderful pictures of their parents and they get to double over laughing looking at their Aunt and Uncle “in the old days” when the age difference was noticeable.
It wasn’t until years later, when I was about 14; I began to notice my old friend had nice legs. lol.
Vickie, one of my BIL’s recently had a heart attack so I guess there is some history of it in Kay’s family. The doctor’s said it wasn’t his first heart attack. That concerns me. How can someone not know they are having a heart attack? I think of the times Kay has doubled over from shooting pains in her shoulder, and then waved it off a few minutes later as nothing serious. Have you ever experienced anything like that? I mean, how do you know when it is time to go to the hospital
Katie, I finally took the hair trimmers to Tater-dog. She's enough of a lab to be double coated. I was finding her hair all over the house. She hates the electric trimmer, but loves it when all the winter hair is gone. I think maybe dogs don't shed as easily when they are older. (Jim)
Photo: I was the ring bearer and about 8 at the time. Photos like this sure make you realize how far photograpy has come in 40 years.
Jim, I knew when my DH was having heart problems. I got so frustrated gettng him to a doctor and them not finding anything and telling him he either had ulcers or imagination. Even tho nitro glycern tabs helped him immediately. Unless it showed something on a ekg,It did'nt exist. He did finally have a heart attack while in ER and they operated immediately-3 bypasses. With a woman the symptoms are usually a little different. More pain in the upper back.Not so much tightness in chest. Kay might try nitro glycryn(SP) tabs to see if it would help any. If it does. someone will probably have to fight tooth and nail to get some tests done.There is a blood test now that shows certain enzymes if you are having a heart attack.
I was an EMT. I have seen heart attacks and i don't mess around.LOL
I had an aunt that was so much like Kays witchy lady, and she was a pro at it. I had to stay with her a couple weeks in the summer. She had this fairy tale bedroom upstairs with everything in pink ruffles. I had to stay downstairs in a small bedroom with no bedspread and no pictures and all grey. She tried to break me and my to be DH by going to my to be mother-in-law and telling her i was pregnant. My MIL did'nt beleive her and never told anyone. I did'nt know about it untill my SIL told me years later. One of many reasons i loved my MIL SO MUCH.
Anyway my life improved so much in my DH,s family.
Jim you were a handsome youngman. Now we need an updated picture.
I know my DH has heart problems! His new witch doctor put him on a new BP med which makes his BP lower but also makes him dizzy and cold and so forth. When we first met, he threatened to live to 90. Now he thinks he's going to go of heart attack or stroke at age 60-70. (His brother, his uncle, yadda yadda.) Grrrr, men! Not you, Jim or Ted or Sarge or any other men who are listening! How about: grrrr, man!
YOUNG man? lol. I like that. Kay doesn't like her picture taken. She turns her face away whenever a camera comes out. 50% of the photos I have of her are of the back of her head. Another 40% are profiles. I don't have a recent one in that final 10%. But, here is one I took when the GC's were visiting a few weeks ago.
Kay collects crosses of all styles and made from all sorts of materials. That is one of my favorites too. (Jim)
Thank you, Birdie. I have dyed my hair ever color imaginable over the years. It took me a long time to become comfortable in my skin, but I think I’m getting there. All but my eldest GD inherited my brindled hair and I want those children to grow up feeling more content and comfortable with their appearance than I did. Besides, Jim likes it natural and he is the only one I worry about pleasing these days.
Several of my sisters were stunning beauties. I don’t think my father intentionally meant to be cruel, but he always joked about the crane that had gotten in among his swans. I was the crane. Age is a great equalizer when it comes to appearance, however. My sisters and I laugh about all our petty jealousies and insecurities now, but things like that stay with us a long time. I don’t like face on shots because my weight has gone to my belly and my CHIN. :-0))
Vickie, I have a mitral valve prolapse, a common malformation of a heart valve. I experience arrhythmia sometimes. There isn’t anything new about that. It only gives me trouble if I exert myself too much. The problem is carrying around 50 extra pounds all the time is an exertion. I didn’t worry about it too much at first when I started gaining weight because it was right after I quit smoking. The doctors have given me a thyroid supplement and I have stopped gaining weight. But, the supplement hasn’t done anything to help me lose what I gained before being diagnosed.
Jim WAS a cutie way back when, wasn’t he. The nicest thing about marrying someone you’ve known for a long time is they always carry the images of your younger self in their heads. It colors what they currently see. :-) You always look better to one another than you look to strangers.
Carrie, I had the same problem your DH did when they first put me on cholesterol lowing drugs. They switched me to Lipitor and that dizzy sick feeling stopped and my numbers have been good ever since. You might want to push his doctor to try him on a different one. Kay*
Kay, I thought that was an ugly duckling and you make a great swan.
My grandmother saw to it i had a perm every six months or so.I still keep it pretty much permed.I was the only one in the family wth straight hair.
Kay i feel for your old thyroid problems. I'm slow anyway but then i just drug myself around with no energy.
I think that is a fascinating haircolor. It is like camelion hair. The color seems to undergo subtle changes in different light. I remember Scraps posted once about how prety you were. Sheri. Has anyone heard how she is? I miss her. Things are tough everwhere, but they are especially hard in her part of the country.
I happened to notice a "Help Wanted" sign when I went out for dog food. On impulse, I applied . It's a fetch -and-carry job at the feed and seed store. They said I was the first woman who ever applied for the job. The job interview consisted of picking up a sack of food from one side of the store and carrying it to the other. lol. I got the usual, "You are a little over-qualified, Sweetheart, but I like your spunk and we will certainly keep you in mind." Being called "Sweetheart" is a sign I'm not going to get a job in my experience. No doubt they are concerned that having a "girl" around they would have to watch their language and clean up their jokes. But, feed stores are like cafes and beauty shops when it come to gossip and local news and they really will keep me in mind. If they are hiring somewhere I am now more likely to hear about it. While I doubt they will hire me, if there is a job opening where someone's sister-in-law's brother works, I'll get a call giving me a heads up.
Vickie, MK is right. There is something fiendish in us that determines our wants. I always wanted naturally straight hair. Are you from that generation where Shirley Temple was the icon for how little girls should look?
It is full dark and the arborist crew just left. It took them perhaps an hour to get the tree down. A woman was organizing the crew. That is probably why it went so smoothly. :-) ~Nadine~
OH yes i was from Shirley Temple era. Even had a Shirley Temple doll. Grandmother had been a hair dresser and thought straight hair was outlandish. Wonder what she'd think today.
Nadine, If that jerk called you sweetheart, You defintely don't want to work for him or even go near him.
I miss scraps too. I had her phone # but have misplaced it. I could look for it online.
I think waitresses and people over 70 are considered exempt in the south when it comes to sexist speech. . Waitresses routinely call me "Honey." As in, "Would you like grits or hashbrowns with that, honey?" Kay isn't bothered by that. Of course, the same ladies usually address her as "Sugar." "Sugar Pie," on the other hand, is ALWAYS condensending. That one is reserved for children. (Jim)
OK, went to the MD, got albuterol (bronchodilator), antibiotics (just for me; she thinks what with the steroids and the inflammation I'll be more susceptible) and prednisone. She thinks I am in danger of atelectasis which means collapsed lung! Apparently you don't just get it from arrows in your lungs in romance novels, you can also get it from too much bed rest and too many sedatives (and trauma, and blah blah blah). Half of the drugs I take - the anti-pain ones and the anti-spasm ones - are considered sedating. This is scary. This might mean I just keep getting bronchitis over and over until I get pneumonia which I get over and over until I get the one that no antibiotic can kill. 14 years ago when DH and I first met he delicately asked me what effect MS had on life expectancy, and I cheerfully told him "very little," and that the only difference was that I would probably die of pneumonia instead of cancer. 14 years later I am MUCH less active and much more hunched over than I once was ... the hunching is part of the atelectasis. I list to one side which means more fluid collects on one side of my lungs which is the side that keeps getting infected (I'm presuming). YIKES.
I was thinking the same thing, Vickie. That was a routine task I did for two residents when I worked at Independent Living Apartments in Houston, an apartment complex specifically for para- and quadriplegics. I know that was still the practice in 98 when my mother was battling cancer.
Carrie, did your doctor give you breathing exercises? Shallow breathing and problems with the coughing reflex make people especially vulnerable. I know it is a Catch 22, but you want to avoid hospitals if at all possible. They are breeding grounds for certain types of pneumonia.
Hugs and prayers from everyone here. Kay*
I think the "turn q2h is deffinately still practices for immomile pts. Often, though some patients are not recognised by the staff as unable to change possition withoout assistance. Once again, here is a problem and result of short staffing in hospitals.
I know Sheri, It's so sad. When i was a teenager and worked as a nurses aide. We had 4 pt, sometimes 5. We did nightly backrubs. Bells answered promptly. Now aides have 8+ Not good.
Kay, Not just pnumonia but nasty Staph infections running around too.
Heres to mud baths in natural hot springs.
Thank you, thank you for all the germ-free hugs! At least you can't catch anything online!!! Yes, I should be moving more often than I do. I get into my music or my writing or even reading and I don't have the natural restlessness that most people have. Q2h is pretty often!
2 days ago I was in the process of 'sitting' on my little yard card cart/garden tool holder . Well I missed the target and sat more on the back edge and went right oback turning over the cart and onto my hips, head hit porch glider. I"M "OK" I guess, It took me a grueling 15 or so minutes to finallu get up. My knees dont work and now are really really sore from sitting so low that they were realy bent much tighter than usual.
Now I can barely walk as both kneees and hip joints are some kind of crazy sore. oh btw I absolutely refuse to have my upcoming decade changer of a birthday. I feel sooooooo old!
Ow, Birdie!!!!! I hate falling...I took a hard one about a month ago, tripped on the sidewalk and went flying forward. I fell hard on my right wrist and left knee. Its healed up all right except for my wrist. X rays showed no breaks so the MD thought it was a tendon pull or something. But thanks to the fibro and age, I think it's going to be a problem from here on out. Argh...if only we could keep from falling!!
That even SOUNDS painful, Sheri! Hopefully, you will have gotten through the more painful part of the healing process by your birthday. I have the big five-o coming in Nov. so I know the feeling.
I used my w/c last week to attend church because of falls. It doesn’t take much anymore to interfere with my balance. The ladies have been moving plants and I stumbled in a small hole that hadn’t been filled yet. I did it two days in a row. They’ve forbidden me to go outside until they are finished digging “man traps.” Neither was a serious fall, such as you had, Sheri, but it made things more painful than usual to walk.
Prayers for a quick recovery. (Jim)
Hugs Sheri and Jim and planti.
I'm working on getting a hovaround.
I've discovered there is a cell phone and service for people on Medicare that has no charges. If it turns out to be legitamate it sure would be helpful to me. I can walk just not far.
You guys take care.
Thanks Jim , I'll check it out tomorrow. Sounds good. I have all that extra stuff on my phone and seldom use any of it.
Caller ID is nice but certainly not necessary. If i don't know who it is I'm always nosey enough to want to know who it is anyway.I can always hang up on salesmen. I never buy anything by phone unless I've been using them for years anyway. Like Roemons(SP),Pinetree Nursery,and Homestead farms daylillys.
Guess i better amend that. I received my free bloodsugar and blood pressure monitors today. Will have to buy the strips for it. Have'nt got up the nerve to test anything yet. If I do a test I'll have to watch what i eat.ETC!!! I've been very content just guessing.
Gosh, I'm eligible for that b/c of Medicaid. Hmmmmm. Have to check that out - not that particular company but apparently Lifeline is a federal program thart provides phone assistance for disabled people and low income.
Be careful, you guys! I don't fall anymore because ALL my transfers are assisted and I have a lot of help. When I was trying to do it myself, 10-15 years ago, I'd call the fire dept. at least once or twice a month to come pick me up.
New neurologist visit yesterday. Didn't spend a lot of time with me, or do what I would call a thorough exam, which was a little off-putting. Did decide to try me on a medication to maybe help with this Teflon-coated memory. Only thing is...it's prescribed mainly for Alzheimer's. Asked him if he was telling me I was old. LOL. (but it is used for other conditions, too :-)
Carrie, are you familiar with Namenda?
Please, please, please be cautious with the new med, Debra. Just a few days ago the doctors gave a World of Warcraft friend and fellow guild member meds meant to help him with the pain of his migraines. It caused him to have some sort of psychotic episode. Fortunately, he acted on his paranoia and delusions in cyber-space. Aside from making a mess of some legal papers he submitted (He’s an attorney.) he didn’t do damage in the physical world. His wife found him unconscious over the keyboard.
I don’t know exactly what he did on the game because the episode hit its peak in the wee hours of the morning, but because of what he did on the game, he lost all his “reputation points” on WOW. He is currently trying to explain to Blizzard (the game makers and managers) what happened.
Worst of all, test are showing a mysterious gray area in his brain that wasn’t there before. He seems okay, but is not allowed to practice law at the moment. I know they say the reason meds are so expensive in this country is because of all the time and expense spent on the approval process, but I’m beginning to wonder about that. Have you researched the new drug online?
Vickie, seems like my caller ID just tells me "Out of Area" or "ID Not Provided" anyway.
Carrie, I'm afraid it would take the Fire Department with a crane to pick me up. Got to lose this extra weight!. (Jim)
I will be careful, Jim. :-) Have some kind of sensitivity to what we believe is a common inert ingredient. Can take generic form of med from one manufacturer, but not necessarily another manufacturer of the same generic med. Peculiar. So I'm faithful, almost neurotic, about reporting any oddball symptoms when starting a new one and generally take them at night, at home, doing nothing much, so a reaction doesn't impact work or driving. Diligent about checking online for side effects and such, too, so I know what might be "normal" with that med and what may be an interaction, etc.
If anyone has watched Addams Family Values, remember the scene where the kids come out of the Harmony Hut and Wednesday "smiles"? That's what my brain felt like the first couple of days on this stuff. Like there were 14 layers of shellac just stretching and crackling and crazing. Not a bad feeling, just EXTREMELY weird. We'll see if it lets the sun shine in. LOL
Please remember in your prayers (those who do) I have fallen hard & fast into a severe deep state on anhedonia.(not been taking care of myself, food, hygiene, even going outside...I just realized that my sudden drop into depression seems to coincide with the start of Trazidone . It was ordered about 5-6 weeks ago as a sleep aide instead of Restoril (dependency issues)...Well I am on another anti depressant that I don't think the 2 mix well
Bless you all my friends. I pray that you and your loved ones have not been in any of the soutnern & east coast tornadoes & storms.
Sheri, I can't take Trazadone either. In fact the doctor told me to put it down as being allergic to it. It puts me into a sort of paranoid state. Wish theyed take it off the market. There are other drugs for the same thing without all the bad side effects.
Doctors are on a fad kick right now about not givng anyone drugs that might possible be abused. So the sick and elderly get abused by being denied essential drugs. I hate doctors.We're not teeny bopers looking for a thrill.Anyone looking for thrill drugs can get them on any corner in the country.Off the bandstand now.
Hope you get to feeling better. Keep talking to us.
I'm fighting depression too. Spending as much time outdoors is helping.I am not going to withdraw into a dark hole. I refuse to.I will not.
I have completely cleaned my bathroom.and pantry.Started on my bedroom.Am washing everything washable in the house including my summer clothes. In my sparetime I'm working on my potplants and crocheting. My biggest problem is I can't sleep.Am working on my 3rd night with only a 3 hour nap. The strange thing is I'm not sleepy nor do i have trouble breathing.My ankle and knee are hurting like mad since I've been on them so much. I've wrapped my knee in an ace bandage which helps but I've only got one so the ankle is going unbound. May go to town today and get another one. If i get some sleep. This too shall pass.
Sheri, Kay experienced some wicked withdrawl symptoms when they took her off Trazodone. It may have been because she had been taking 150 mgs. which I think is a rather high dose, but it is something you might want to keep in mind if you decide to stop taking it. I foolishly took one of her Trazodone once. I did sleep, but I felt like a zombie for a few days after I woke up. I know I took far more than a doctor would have prescribed to me, but I would honestly be hesitant to take it again at any dosage. I just didn't feel right for days after I took it.
Nadine has sleep problems, but she won't take a strong sedative. She has a history of sleepwalking and firmly believes sedatives bring on sleepwalking episodes. She introduced me to SleepMax, an inexpensive melatonin and herbal sleep aid carried by Walgreens. Also, switching to a hot bath instead of a shower at bedtime helped me. . (Jim)
right, I dropped to just 1 @night and will probably take the last few every 3rd night a trazidone for a few doses, and then drop to 1 qhas been around since I was practising and that is the way we tapered our patienst next. Tues with . I have an apointment next week with my primary care Dr whom Ireally like and trust . She is Phd and PC and we really click the same age ang lots of similar life experiences.
Sheri, I'm so glad you've found a care provider you can relate to. You get much better care when a doctor is able to see you as a real person and not a diagnosis code.
Have you planned anything special for yourself to celebrate your upcoming birthday?
Vickie, when I tell doctors or nurses that I've never smoked weed or done any kind of street drugs and that I can count the number of times I've drank alcohol on one hand, I don't think many of them believe me. The medical establishment doesn't acknowledge my kind of 20-something even exist. lol. ~Nadine~
Good for you Nadine. Same here (At 70) But am guilty of smoking cigarettes for years.I quit in 1980.
Thats one of the problems with doctors. They lump everyone together into a statistic and no individuals.Thats a shame.
Sheri, Glad you found a good doc too. Is your bithday coming up also? I know Carries is.
I went to town today and had so much fun. Got a blue hydrangia,3 white butterfly bushes,light blue plumbago,yellow sedum,and 3 white double petunias. Hope the hydrangia and butterfly bushes live. They don't look good but i only paid a dollar each for them.
I paid $50 to fill my car with gas. Also had the oil changed and ended up spending $300 on front brakes.Glad they checked things out tho. They are very good to look after my car for me.For some strange reason(goats,dogs,chickens,deer,other wild critters,and mountains) I use my brakes alot up here.My neighbors just bought a motorcycle. Maybe i ought to go that way too. Than i could really be a wild granny goon.LOL
for those who asked, I will be 60 on Monday May 9th.
I am beginning to move around with less pain from my many falls over the last month or so. The rolling walker with a seat is a blessing. I was able to attend church Sunday and enjoy our cookout that we had on the huge lawn area next to our new building. It was such fun watching those who can, play volley ball.
It was just so wonderful to join in fellowship at church and watch all the younger ones play. I am so blessed to have gotten that rolling walker with a seat and all. I can be so much more mobile than just with a cane. When I work the strength back into my muscles I will be able to leave it at home ang go on the steam that God gave me!! ^_^
I received a call from Scrapps this afternoon. Her daughter Jessie had her baby (girl) about a week ago, after being in the hospital for bedrest since Around Feb. The baby was 7# at 33 weeks gestation and will go home when she reaches 35 weeks . She has a few little places that still need close observation and time to mature (heart and something else). The Dr told them that this is pretty normal.
They are really struggling financially and so they had to drop internet services. They have just gotten it back on but the $20 renewal is not affordable a this time + she thinks she will be the baby caretaker when Jessie returns to teaching and really wouldn't have much time to spend @ DG anyway.
She said Hello and to let you knopw that they were not affected by either the tornadoes or floods.
Oh, I thought of Steph all winter because of the scarf she made me last year (was it the year before?). Glad to hear she's ok and about the baby. Too many boys born in my family - the world needs one or two more girls.
I have tried numerous times to post about the unusual B-day "gift" that I received. My posts continually dissapear. so I am going to edit Elvis's not to his Dawg House friends
Please excuse his spelling edited to add Elvis's post from the Dawg House thread, after all he is a nearly 15 year old Poodle who never went to any spelling classes!
Hugs all around,
Elvis here. Momze had what she called a "significant old birfsday" on Monday.
Sombodee broke in our basement door Saturday while Momxz & Granmonz was walkin in the water at the Y. They came straight upstairs and to her bedroom jewelry armoir. All of her gold and precious jewels, rings & earings, some antique pieces nearly a hunderd years old. Also,she only took a fanny pak to the Y and so $120 was taken from her big wallet. They got her Canon EOS camera and a ver spensive zoom lense. Momz is praying for these people . Pookie and I barked and we know who did it. It looked like the people Momz has been ministering to for about 1 1/2 years, helping and encouraging them.
I jes dont understand why somebody who has been here petted me n Pookie and sposed to be Momz's friend could do something like that.
She & ;the police hab been talking bout over $20,000 dollars. that mus be a lot cause she was jus in shock for a day or so. She an some men from the church who builded her a ramp to the driveway has prayed an prayed. They ordered a real gud door for the basement and in the meantime Momz has mthe riding mower tight up against that dool. Don't think anybody can push one of them backward when in forward gear and brakes on.
Those people took 3 crosses & don't realize that they stole from God! Momz always says eberthing we hab isn't really ours it is God's, and He jes lets us use it.
Pookie might hab to take ober my writin job here. I cant see an only hear loud hollars, I leaks an has to wear a "belly band" now. Sometimes I fall trying to go down the steps to the back yard an I gets confused really easy.
Pookie is having nightmares since the bad people came. He cries in his sleep and his whole body looks like he's running for his life. We don't know what kinda people had him for his first 4 (or 5) years...he had jes got comfortable here and not acting scared. Now that is back, Poor little cousin.
He asked me to tell you that he is takin obedence classes an loves em as much as I did when
I was younger like him.
We bof are goin out back to bark real loud to the 4 winds, so...listen for us.
Yer gud buddy Elvis an my nephew (or some kind of related youngin) Pookie sure hopes eberybodies and all the aunties & burdees are doing good
Oh Sheri, I m so so sorry. It's not just the theft but the feeling of violation of your home that is so bad. I hope the stuff they took burns their hands and brains.I pray they catch them quickly and you get your things back.
Love and Hugs to Sheri,Pookie and Elvis,
Elvis, blind and nearly deaf may not have heard anything. Pookie has been getting extra love and reassurance. last night we has some pretty bas thunder and he hid under my bed just behind Elvis's bed His leash was on and I made sure he knew I was right there with him.
So sorry to hear about your experience!!! I can't imagine how violated I would feel if someone came into my home and took my stuff. How are you sleeping at night? Hope you are doing okay...
That’s a bummer, Sheri. There is a good chance some of your stuff may be recovered. Criminal types, as a rule, aren’t terribly bright. A young man broke into my van by bashing in the driver’s side window to get to a coin bank I kept in the center console for toll booths and the like. There might have been $10 in it. The police caught him the next night smashing in a car window in the same parking lot. The police even found the elaborate coin bank with my initials on it in his house. People who do stuff like that just aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.
Poor pups! (Jim)
Well, most if not all of it has been pawned or sold. to get it back, either I or the theif will have to purchase it back. I dont have that king of money (gold was $200/oz when I bought it & now nearly $1000/oz).. I do hope to get at least a couple very special pieces, if my regular Homeowners policy gives me enough to do so
I so appreciate all of the prayers and thoughts of good will for me and my 2 Poodle boys.
The seller has signed that the items belong to him or her and thus property of the pawn shop. I would have to buy them back for whatever they were pawned for. Pawn shops do work very closely with the police department. As can well be imagined, if they had to release every item that was found to be stolen, they would be out of business and broke in a heartbeat.
Prosecution of the thief is the only option for any type of retribution, + whatever your home-owner's insurance coverage compensates.
Oh No!! I just accidentally erased my entire letter ;-(
My wonderful buddy, Susan, Fruit of the Vine sent me an awesome box of goodies. It is rare for me to receive gifts or surprises, but oh how this topped the cake!! Susan sent me a Bag of dark & mint chocolate squares & the current Birds Many items are Turquoise; a bath-towel, hand knitted Turquoise & yellow washcloth Also a turquoise Aladdin travel cup to carry my turquoise packaged Seattle's best #4 coffee, Ghirardelli /dark chocolate mint squares, Lipton iced green tea, Anna's ginger thins delicate Swedish cookies, turquoise box of Puffs w/ lotion.Pkg of Lindt excellency intense orange dark chocolate squares. A Burt's Bees tip & toe collection along with a foot massager & a word finder magazine.
+ 2 lovely scented candles, 2 pare of ion sox & one fuzzy pair of hot pink socks w/ rubber dots on the sole so that I hopefully won't fall.
I don't have family gift exchanges, but this sure made me feel like I do!
Whoee!! My eyes are leakin with joy.
Thank you Susan,
Sheri / BirdieBlue
I everbodeez. I benn havin a bad time between my different arthuritis issues & fibro. Am walking with a rolling walker now, what little I walk!
Not able to do much gardening last year ;-( & expect this yr to be the same. My Ortho Drs are pushing for bilateral knee replacements and a new left hip...oh me...
I'm so sorry. Pain is so bad! I've heard it takes a year to get over having a knee replaced. My brother has a new hip but he is my little brother and was probably around 40 when he had it, and he is very stoic anyway.
Hi Sheri, Welcome, welcome! With all the bodyparts most seem to be getting. Should you all consider yourselves a million dollar group? (smile)
My house is getting an overhaul.New floors,walls painted. Its been 30 years since anythings been done. So It's about time. Sheri,Do take care of yourself.It won't be long till spring.
Hey, did ya'all notice you can post more than one picture at a time? How long has it been that way? I am so out of touch. Plus I learned yesterday at the eye doctor that my way high gabepentin dose is what's making it hard to read. Funny, with contacts and non-prescription reading glasses I read fine, but with Rx reading glasses I can barely read at all! Scary.
Yeah, isn't that awesome about the photos. I'll have to go check and see if they have that feature in the blog area.
That sounds pretty, Vickie. Is this the first time you decorated exactly as you wanted to Without a man or children to please? I don't imagine a considerate wife could paint her bedroom pink. :-)
Will you be getting any of this cold front coming down, Debra? What a bummer. Things had really started turning green. At least the daffy's weren't fooled by this false spring. I will suggest MK and PJ take their Valentine's outing to the botanical garden a little early before the cold does its damage. Then, we will have some photos to try out the new system. ~N~
It might just be the way we post. After losing a few post, we started reading the thread. Minimizing the page. Writing any response on MS Word and copying it. Maximizing the page and pasting. The minimized page might be timing out or something. That’s easy to work around. Just close out the page, instead of minimizing it. Hopefully, it is that simple. It is good to see it wasn’t Firefox. I don’t like to use IE unless I have to. It’s a memory hog and doesn’t seem to interface well with Kay’s ZoomText program.
One of the neighbors offered to try and get rid of the seacane with a new herbicide that worked for him. No doubt he was concerned our method would be an eye sore and he is afraid of snagging the tarps with his equipment when he does road work. We have sandy soil so the roadside ditch has to be re-dug periodically. At this point, I’m happy to let him try. The seacane itself poses as much of an environmental hazard as the herbicide. Seacane is nightmarish stuff if it gets into waterways. CA is fighting a real battle with it, I understand. It is especially bad in wildfire prone areas since it is extremely flammable.
I made reservations so we didn’t take our V-day outing early. It will be interesting to see what survived the cold snap at the botanical gardens. . It’s way too early to search for any chocolate basil Vort and Squatch may have left behind, but there is always something photo worthy there. We’ll finish off the day at the hospital where Kay will get to sit around and gossip while I have a MRI. Yes, indeed, I know how to show a girl a good time. ROFL. (Jim)
Jim,Are they lookng for improvement on your back? Kay I realy love to talk to people in a waiting room.People are so intresting and I think we are kinder in those settings.
Looking forward to the pictures.
Yes everything is to my tastes in the house. GS,s girlfriend s going to take pictures and post them for me.And hopefully show me how. Keep a close eye out for VORT and squatch.
Jim, DH had the steroid shots in his intrathecal space (not sure where it was; that's where my baclofen pump would go). He said agony for 2 days, pain relief for 2 days, then back to normal horrible pain since then. He says he'll try it one more time but then not.
They kept me in the MRI machine for about 45 minutes. I was a sweaty mess when they pulled me out. I have no trouble psychologically with tight, closed-in spaces. It was just plain hot in there. Those machines aren’t designed to accommodate broad-shouldered men either. I had to keep my shoulders rolled in toward my chest to fit. I was so miserable when the hospital was through with me; I gave Kay a rain check on the romantic dinner. She had to give me a rain check earlier for the picnic lunch at the botanical garden. It was raining and cold. We ended up with pizza and some funny movies. None of the movies were as funny as watching Nadine try to handle a persistent Valentine wannabe. Last time I checked she was trying to decide between telling him she had a communicable disease or that she has suddenly changed her gender preference. ROFL!!! I think it is a case of a NYC boy not understanding the ingrained southern girl instinct to always be polite. Hallmark needs to make an “I’m not interested, but I’m too polite to come right out and say that” card for southern girls ;-)
It was the first mowing day of the season. It didn’t get cold enough to knock the grass back. I’m going to need to mow where we took the Bradford pear out. It is trying with all its might to come back from roots left in the ground. I had to move an Endless summer hydrangea to make constant mowing of the area easy, but I think we would regret doing anything else. It’s predicted to rain again tomorrow. Hoping that will help the hydrangea deal with the move. .
I’m writing “The Manly Flower Garden.” for Father’s Day. (Yep, it takes me that long to write something decent for the blog.) I’ve got ‘He-Man Blue’ and “Iron Eagle” as manly irises. Can you think of any particularly macho daylilies, Debra? (Jim)
Just a quick search shows: King Kahuna, Big Guy, Tough Guy, and A Guy Named Guy Daylilies. Only the King Kahuna has photos or seems to be commercially available. But, MAN, does it ever have some BLOOMS. I am sure there are quite a few more, it's just finding the right search term to pull them up. :-)
Oh, poor Jim, and poor Nadine, too. Unrequitable love and men (or a man) who don't take a hint led this girl to the altar, with an unfortunate ending. (There was also a need for a sperm donor, but now you can pick them out.) Stand your ground, Nadine!!!