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MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 5, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9350793

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1286742/

That's where we were :-)


~M~

Hope this move works ~~

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 5, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9350805

woo hoo... I's FIRST lol

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 6, 2012
3:16 AM

Post #9351081

Thank you "M"
How is work going Susan?

Drats, go to bed with a headache, get up with a headache
Been taking high blood pressure pills, likely the weatherj!

Glad the meds are almost out of your system..got to wonder what other dangers we create ingesting pills to fix one thing to do damage to another.. Catch 22 isn't it.

Cold out there, snow yesterday melted so still seeing leaves on the ground lol

Looking at the date, 2 weeks tomorrow I leave tor Florida, so glad I'm ready for Santa and have the upcoming birthdays under control.

Seeing I'm finished with my Santa gifts I'm going to take all Suzanne's left over rag quilt blocks ( different sizes/colors) an,d make them into a blanket..won't look the prettiest ur am sure it will be warm.

What are you all up to today?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 6, 2012
5:41 AM

Post #9351138

Glad the 'move over' worked :-)
Bends my brain .. a good thing !!

Betty, the barometric pressure headaches are painful and irritating, sure do hope yours move on.
I bet that the rag quilt will be a favourite .. it'll be very colourful that's for sure!!

I am going OUT for lunch today with friends. Something I haven't been able to do since October !! Driving myself !!
You sure have it right re the 'Catch 22' and the meds we take to fix one thing, but, in so doing, we foul up something else :-(
I gotta tell ya .. I think the drug ALMOST did me in.

Lorna has a dental appt at 4pm .. thinks she may be developing an abcess in one of her teeth .. she thinks that, but, says it could also be a sinus thing. Don't know if you remember, but LAST Xmas, it was ME with the abcess on Xmas eve, put up with it until Dec. 27th and then HAD to call my dentist at home and get antibiotics .. I sure don't want that to happen to Lorna..

We have large grassy patches here .. our 25cm snowfall has dissipated .. going to be 8C today !!

Take care everyone


~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 6, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9351327

You sound like you are living life again "M"..wonderful thing!
what was the name of the drug just so I know I'll not get a prescription for it lol

Enjoy your day with the girls..know you are looking forward to be self sufficient, no need for caregivers or driver..

Don't think it's that hot here..will have to check it out..

By days end the quilt of many colors will be done, not fond of it but hey it's not mine nor am I giving it away!!!!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 6, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9351394

The drug is called 'SULPHASALAZINE' .. has a LARGE amount of aspirin in it, plus, of course Sulpha (which I now know I have a sensitivity to)
It's unlikely you'd be put on it unless your lab work looked like mine .. at the time.

Lunch was wonderful .. lots of laughing and just all around HAPPY times :-)
Getting ready now to take Lorna in to the dentist .. altho she now thinks it's a false alarm, I say, better SAFE than sorry !!

Nice to hear the quilt is done, I think it probably looks wonderful ..

Snow is melting fast .. it's 42F right now !!!

Toodles

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 6, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9351412

Glad you had a good time..right now it's only 32F here..tomorrow calling for drizzle, high of 41, flurries for Sat/Sun/Mon.

Yes, feels good to have the rag quilt done..that's 3 I've sewn for Suzanne, she is far too busy to undertake the project she THINKS she can undertake..

Now there are about 90 - 6" squares sitting left over..as they have a Christmas drive downstairs and I don't see a lot left each day, told her next week with no pressure that I'd finish up the squares and we could give it to the drive..my next week goal..lol

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2012
1:35 PM

Post #9351531

I found you, but don't have much time. Am starting bells early tonight to get in extra practice time.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 6, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9351589

Everyone is sooooo busy! Tis the season. We have a TON of snow. Poor Hubby has blowed every night this week and he does 4 houses , Seniors, single Mom and folks away plus us. He deserves a gold star !

Sounds like mending is occuring for those that need it. Good thing! Sisters friends child who had brain surgery last week went back to school yesterday. Waiting to see how she made out. She hasn't felt this well in some time so even her ill Mom is on a high. Now they are waiting for the pathology on the manderine size tumor they took out.

Working on getting all my baking done and it's too busy at work to take a day off during the week so I'm craming it in during the week after dinner and runing daughter around. Neighbor and I will do some of the thimble and whipped shortbread this weekend and I will tackle Naniamo and brownies to share with her at my own pace.
Have not shopped at all so very envious of you who have this feat accomplished.
Bye for now
Alberta Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 6, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9351635

Nice to hear from both ViAnn and AbAnn :-)
Busy as always, but, tis the season.

AbAnn .. this year I am BUYING my baking from a very nice bakery .. I just haven't got the stamina quite yet .. I can make a banana loaf or maybe a few dozen cookies, but, a 3 recipe night is out of my grasp right now .. sounds as though you'll have fun baking though.

ViAnn .. I can imagine how busy you must be .. a challenge, but, a labour of love, the BELLS sound SO wonderful.

Took 2 pics of the dog compound today .. you can see the melting that has occured .. supposedly we'll get a few inches over the weekend.
Hard to believe the yard was a sea of white just last weekend!!

Lorna has NO abscess .. it's sinus related .. whew .. she thinks it'll pass .. fingers crossed on that!!


Off to watch Corrie

~M~

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #9351887

First musical activity is Come sing Messiah tomorrow evening. Starts at 5 for rehearsal with soloists. At 6:15 we rehearse with the roughly 700 singers. Half-hour break and then at 8, we run it, finishing up around 10. Great fun and so many of the "Choir" have been going to brush-up sessions during November that it gets better every year.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9352077

I just LOVE 'Come Sing Messiah' .. have a DVD of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing it .. play it evey year, many times, but, am thinking I haven't seen 'many' bells in the production .. perhaps they are in the background, will have to pay more attention, I'm usually on the go while the music plays in the background ..

Gentle snowfall here, banana loaf in the oven. Am thinking that the bananas I am buying are ripening a lot quicker for some reason .. I seem to bake a loaf a week .. course, perhaps we aren't consuming the bananas quickly enough ... LoL

TGIF .. have an awesome weekend, I hear this is 'dubbed' XMAS TREE WEEKEND' .. :-)


~M~

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9352360

No bells. I play viola in the orchestra.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 7, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9352390

Drats, wrote a long post, gone..be back in a bit

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 7, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9352488

I think the site might be 'acting up' .. I just had to LOGIN .. I never LOGOFF ever .. good thing my wee bean could remember my password LoL ...


~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 7, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9352646

hi all... like Christmas baking?
http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook/

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9352701

It might have been acting up. I was writing a post this afternoon, just before I had to get ready for Messiah and everything seemed to flicker and my post was gone. Can't even remember for sure which thread it was for.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 8, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9352823

Thanks for the link Susan .. some nice looking recipes that's for sure!!
As above, I am buying my baking this year. Seems folks aren't all that GUNG HO for sweets anymore. I bought an assorted Macaroon tray at M&Ms yesterday, looks lovely .. and the bakery I go to has such nice trays laden with butter tarts, lemon tarts and Almond tarts .. and for a price I think is a good price.
That said, I am about to bake a blueberry pie. My brother picked some berries in August and gave me enough for a pie, I froze them and they have become a real pain in the butt in the freezer !! Because berries seem to 'shift' in position ,, I am forever hauling them back to where they should be, one time the bag opened and about a cup escaped ... grrrrrrrrrr ... so .. blueberry pie in December time :-)

C O L D here .. like a January day .. supposedly snow on the way tonight ..

The site seems less 'wonkie' this morning, perhaps there was a glitch of sorts ..

Feeling so bad re the nurse who took her life after letting those foolish Australian DJs 'prank her' into believing they were the queen and Prince Charles calling to inquire as to Kate's health .. UNCALLED for .. I can't imagine how horrrid she must have felt !!! I do so hope the DJs are reprimanded to the MAX .. I would imagine it's some sort of 'Public Mischeif' .. just way too sad !!!

Off to make a pie


~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2012
3:09 PM

Post #9353194

ViAnn... I know what you mean about forgetting which thread you're replying to. I've not been so unlucky as to lose posts, but I'm using Google Chrome and maybe that's why?

omygosh, Marilyn - I hadn't heard about the nurse who'd taken her life... how very sad, and unnecessary...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 8, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9353219

Evening all,

Long day, playing mrs Santa has exhausted me..but so nice to have visited everyone. Just too bad some I do only at Christmas and in the 90's so won't be too many of those left.

I know "M" you will understand what i mean when I say I'm so tired of dealing with pressure in shoulders and severe headaches..

Terrible thing about the nurse..heard the conversation that took place on the audio..hope pranksters get their comings to.

Waving to those I've missed..can't keep head up

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 9, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9353533

SNOW .. it started at about 5am .. looks as though it may continue most of the day, but, the temps are so nice and mild.

Glad to know your visiting is done Betty, but, as for the headaches and sore shoulders .. ugggggggggg .. know thw feeling , altho, stopping that med (sulfasalazine) took care of the headache problem ..
Perhaps you need a med review done, not all BP pills are right for everyone.
A nurse I once worked with was on 3 different ones before she was placed on THE one that worked for her.

Going to make it a lazier day here .. I overdid yesterday .. stood too long baking even though I was adamant I wouldn't DO that this year ..
WAS going to make sugar cookies, but, that can wait til another day.

Off to do some laundry

Have a great day

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9354131

Hope you relax much, much, much, Marilyn!!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 9, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9354160

Quick drop in...we are both quite the pair, should be on the couch with feet up doing nothing and here we are pushing ourselves although we know we shall pay for it...

Thought today was going to be a headache free day, was but this evening is a killer..vomiting is yukkk

I heard what I thought icy rain on the windows a bit ago, they were allying for freezing rain..now why can't it do that at 7:30 tomorrow morning?

Kitty isn't helping, knawing me while I try to sleep..Riley isn't the affectionate one so hate to shoo her away but it does hurt. Lol

Going to call dr's office in the a.m. And see what century I'm able to book an appt.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2012
8:48 PM

Post #9354241

(((((((((Betty))))))))))) sounds like a migraine - vomiting from a "so bad" headache...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 10, 2012
2:08 AM

Post #9354306

Morning all, been up for ages..sitting with coffee, enjoying the quietness of early morning. Peeked outside, no snow, no freezing rain so that is a plus..

Monday's..why can't we start with Tuesday instead. Lol

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 10, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9354365

Snowed all night here .. if I were back to being REAL ME, I would be out shovelling the patio and dog runs, BUT, I am learning there are other hands and arms that can do that for me .. Gord will do it, and, the snow is not heavy .. light and fluffy .. so .. if I think about it, I'll take a pic of the 'dog yard', and you can compare it to the one I posted a couple of days ago. Course, I may also forget to take the pic LoL

I THINK Lorna wants to go into the city to tie up a few loose ends today, and, I need to pick up some milk and fruit. No need to make supper tonight as I am taking the fam out for dinner. I won't be hosting a full on Christmas dinner for 9 this year .. I simply know I wouldn't be able to do it .. so .. I am taking all to Montanas for supper tonight .. around Xmas I'll have an open house .. cold cuts and baking (ALL ordered in)

Have a nuclear bone scan tomorrow, kinda nervous, but, it has to be done .. can't imagine being a nurse and being so afraid of needles !!
Then, Wednesday I am planning a trip to the Minnesota border to pick up a parcel .. I will have to take my bone scan appt paper with me as cars are now scanned at border crossings for radiation, and, I will be chock full of it ..

Starting the week on a Tuesday sounds GREAT to me Bettty :-)

Hope everyone has a stellar week


~M~
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 10, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9354794

Whew...Betty hope the headaches have eased. Here is a trick that has eased my migranes ...Ice pack for the neck and forhead and hands in hot water. It can help ease the pain and I learned of it when I was doing the bucket patrol a few years ago. Now I have some good drugs which mostly fix the head.

Marilyn, you are like my Mom who always is doing for others and not so good at letting others help her. Take it easy and allow folks to help , they want to. As far as the scan , they will offer you two , two ltrs of drink. Don't take it cold as by the time you finnish all that stuff you are shivering! It doesn't taste too bad and then when you get the injection you get a lovely warm sensation so all is good then. I didn't have any ill effects other than being cold and they did offer warming blankets to those of us waiting.

Susan..Baking seems to dissapear at home and if it's the Christmas baking then I have to hide it if I want any for the Christmas break, LOL.
V Ann. I can just imagine all those voices. Choir's always bring me emotions , their voices are so beautiful!

My sisters good friend with the Daughter with tumors on her brain needs all your prayers tomorrow. They are going back in to remove the 2nd tumor and depending on the tissue may rego to the original site. It was diagnosed on Friday as Stage 4 very aggressive Brain Cancer. This 15 yr old has a lot to cope with so she needs all your help, she hasn't asked for help but none the less I want all the stars on her side mid day on Tuesday, please. Her name is Kayla.

I am so remided of how blessed I am when the world spins around my small family, the good friends I have and with the support in all the corners of my life.

Alberta Ann



Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 10, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9355124

so Betty - whiplash your Dr said (on another thread)... take care of it, and be med-smart, k?!?!

AbAnn - baking disappears around here too lol My DH takes it to work, or scrarfs it down himself! Oh, and lest we forget - he's making several doz cookies to take to a Bowling League potluck next Mon, so he's baking on Sat. I'd best get my baking done before then!
I have a Church Board Potluck tomorrow, and then I have another PotLuck at work on Friday... yikes! We're PotLuck'ed out by next week LOL Of course I go to 2 of 'em, and Bob goes to 2 of 'em - only meet in the middle at the Church Board one, cuz he's invited as a "spouse of the board member" me... lol

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 11, 2012
4:07 AM

Post #9355327

Morning all, wish we could have a cookie/sweets bake day together..I'm so not good in the cookie department!

Yes, whiplash he says..did manage to sleep through the night (oh happy days) but pain is the same in my neck and shoulder blade, have feeling in my right arm and no headache yet so that is a plus..we shall see how the day progresses..am sure it takes awhile to work.

Time where everyone is out eating..our staff luncheon is next Thursday I believe at which time we close..the others will return Jan2nd but I will not return until 8th unless of course I cannot get a flight back ...wouldn't that be a terrible thing...NOT

Ann will be praying for Kayla...Christmas is the time for Miracles..know we shall be asking for them!

Time to start the car, nice having the auto starting this model of car..now if I didn't shut the heater off whe I got home...must remember not to do that.

Hope you get all you want done today...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 11, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9355331

Up and at'em here in the north country .. bone scan day, trying to ensure I am WELL hydrated so they can find a vein.
AbAnn, apparently I have to drink a 'few' glasses of fluid in the 2 hours AFTER the injection .. we'll see .. I just hope it goes well.


Betty, did your doc give you an new med for the 'whiplash' .. have used 'flexeril' quite effectively for patients with that problem .. frees up the spasm in jig time !!

Kayla will be in my heart and thoughts today .. stage 4 on the first tumour is not good news .. but, miracles DO happen .. I thought of her last evening when my 14yr old granddaughter came over and kissed and hugged me and told me she loved me .. gave me a chill, and I gave her a HUGE hug back ..

Dinner out with the fam was wonderful .. except for ONE thing .. the noisy MUSAK !! Lordie, it IS Christmas, but, there was some kind of contorted Rap/hip hop/crazy music playing, I asked if it could be turned down, it never was .. even Brooklyn and Austin thought it was crazy music.

Busy days for everyone, and Betty, there's usually ALWAYS a storm that closes down Pearson around or after Christmas, maybe Jan. 8th will be the day LoL

Off to finish my tea

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 11, 2012
12:44 PM

Post #9355708

Scan is done, piece of cake .. nothing to drink, just an IV injection, wait 2 hours and an hour long scan.
My rheumatologist will have the results for my first appt with him this coming Monday, HURRAH !!!

Thoughts are with Kayla .. and family and friends


~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 12, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9356201

AbAnn .. hoping the news from the west re Kayla is good.

On my way to the border to pick up a parcel, waiting to see just what it looks like outside, so flippin dark at 8am !!
I know it's cold, but am sure it isn't snowing.
I have a letter from the Nuclear Medicine Dept that states I have a 'tracer' in me, and I hope I fer sure do NOT set off 'bells and whistles' .. truth is, the parcel has been there for a week now and I really NEED to pick it up. Gord would go but he is off hunting today and tomorrow.

Hope everyone is happy and caught up in the Spirit of Christmas :-)

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 12, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9356222

Morning "M"

Sitting here with back pushed into the back of my chair, arm tingling but am in the the Christmas spirit.

Was -2 on my way to work but they did say we would have above normal temps for the rest of the week.

If we hear of border patrol having a manhunt going on we'll know who it is lol

annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 12, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9356407

Thanks for all your positive energy. Kayla came through the surgery very well and although is still in special ICU will be moved to regular ICU today and if she perks up as good as last time she will go home on Friday. The surgeon found Cancer cells in the other tumor but no exact type until Friday. From there she will have very nasty Chemo and radiation exact details to be determined and talked about on the following Monday. There is also a possibility they won't do anything as it is so far advanced. But it is a time for Miracles, right!!!
Some anonomous person started doing the 12 days of Christmas gifts to her. Partrige in a pear tree was first and now this morning there was Two turtle doves in a turtle basket with a box of chocolate turtles on her side stand. Her Mom is very touched and what a lovely thing to give her something to look forward too every day for a while.

On a good note there are many lovely things, gestures and kindness's being shown this family. Just this weekend Kayla's good friend wanted to take her out for a special meal so it ended up that the Shaw family's driver and car picked up Kayla, her friend and her Mom and a friend in Calgary and drove them to Banff where they had a meal at a very fancy Banff restuarant then the driver took them home. Just before this a hairdresser came over and did Kayla's hair for her covering the, forhead to nape of neck, incision with a fancy doo. They had a wonderful evening and mostly due to the kindness and generosity of other people.

Betty take care of that whiplash as it can haunt you for a long time if you don't look after it now.
Marilynn I can send you my phone number for Border rescue if you like. LOL I can just envision how nervous you will be and THAT may alert them more than the actual tracer.

Our weather was nice for one day so I was able to take my Costco humongus pointsetta home yesterday. Now we are back in the -18 temps again. We have had a snow every day for a while and it varies between a skiff to a couple of inches. I think we have more snow than anyone can remember for a long time.
Anyway will be making Almond Roca tonight and get DD in on how to so she can take over sometime.
Bye for now
Ab Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 12, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9356657

AbAnn .. good to hear things are kind of in a positive state for Kayla .. not withstanding 'chemo' .. never pleasant if she has to endure it. Hard decisions ahead.
The 12 Days of Christmas gifts sound so wonderful .. bless whoever is doing 'Angels work', And the dinner out with friends .. how awesome a memory was made for Kayla and ALL involved :-)
I think this just MADE my Christmas !!

Re the border .. OMG!!!! I went with the pre conceived notion that NOTHING would transpire .. W R O N G !!!!!!!!!!!!
Whe I pulled up to the Border Kiosk on the US side, the Guard had a small box in front of him that started to SCREAM .. (buzz loudly) .. I immediately handed him the letter from the Nuclear Diagnostic Dept. .. he looked over his glasses, took our passports, and said "Park your vehicle and come inside" .. AKKK
So, we parked, (Lorna and Myself) and out of the Rav we get .. both of us with canes (Lorna 2 canes, me one) and we make our way inside (the INNER sanctum of the US Border Patrol Office) .. 4 guards were 'at the ready' .. one holding a Geiger Counter. He pointed it at me and it went CRAZY .. screeching and clicking, he took a step back and I stood there dumb founded .. I actually thought all my hair might fall out immediately!!
I mentioned that the tech had said my levels would be low .. gone in 24-36 hours .. the guard informed me it would be TWO WEEKS !!
Next they took the SUV and drove it through an Xray machine .. then they checked me over once again ... no change ... duh !!
Finally, we were free to travel the mile to the Outlet to pick up the parcel. Got gas, and were back at the Canadian side in 15 minutes .. AND .. not a BEEP, not a ZIP ZAP ZOOM .. hello ladies and have a nice day.
I was kind of surprised at that .. kind of makes me wonder a bit re OUR National Security ?

Anywho, never a dull moment LoL

~M~

MMMMMMMMmmmmmmm Almond Roca .. sounds delish !!!!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 12, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9356784

hold on there now, Marilyn - WHY do you have a tracer in you?!?!?! I musta missed something...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 13, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #9357025

I had a 'bone scan' to see what's UP or DOWN with my old bones, especially my hips/neck.
Nothing earth shattering (thank heavens)
Have my first appointment with a rheumatologist this coming Monday, and, he'll have the results.

Gorgeous day out there (so far) just -4C, NO SNOW (as was predicted)
Gord and Murray are heading out hunting. Moose season ends this coming weekend.

May pop into town today to return a gift not given yet ... trust me long story ... a case of 'over buying' !!!

Whatever you're up to today, be safe and ENJOY !!

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 13, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9357080

Morning

-1 today in my neck of the woods..glad it's Thursday because it means I get to work from home tomorrow..still in mega pain, been changing times of pain killers so that I'm not falling asleep driving to and from home which means there is a lapse in time that I'm in mega pain..drats not good..

I'm worried about the trip to Florida as Darlene is not a driver outside of her own environment so the driving will lay with me..am sure I'll cope, just worried.

Your long store "M" about extra gift..I keep trying to have everything even, almost to the penny ..now I'm not as smart as you, returning the gift rather than buy everyone else something to even it out again..lol

you got the results quickly "M", glad it's nothing more serious!

Wow, a week tomorrow I leave for Florida..Sunday is my family gathering.sure got here quickly

Ann, how wonderful that Kayla is receiving such care and making this Christmas the best for her. Wonderful caring people out there.

You've got cold weather in your neck of the woods..saying that we're in for above normal temps the next 2 weeks..here's hoping we haven't a storm for me to travel otherwise I'll be waiting for the first clear day.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 13, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9357410

Hi All popping in.
Love the Border Story M , I had a good giggle, Thanks but sorry for your trouble!
B Whiplash is so painful I'm sorry to hear that its not easing. I was hoping that it would back off a bit for you.

If anyone is interested here is Kayla's journey on her Mom's website.

http://shannon-duke.com/

You can follow the blog, this family is so amazing and their spirit is truly inspirational.
Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 13, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9357451

Ann, thank you for the link, will go and read..
Amazes me how strong and brave some are..

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 13, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9357549

Jeepers Betty, sure hope you can find a 'happy medium' for the analgesic you're taking. Being in constant pain is NO fun at all !!
I finally was able to balance the grandkids gifts, now I am stuck re my son. We were giving him firewood for Xmas, but, he needs it now .. sigh .. so .. he has the wood, but, now nothing to open at Xmas, maybe a box of cookies would suffice LoL Doubtless it'll be a gift certificate.

Driving in Florida .. shiver .. I have done the A1A .. and survived .. I sure hope everything works out well for you ..
Hadn't realized you would be in Florida over Xmas .. I know it's a great place to be as far as decorations etc .. my Mom and Dad always commented on the flourish of colours in the Palm Trees ..

Thanks for the link AbAnn .. will give it a boo :-)

Susan, how's the job going? Must be busy ...

Off to tidy up some wrapping paper..

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 13, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9357585

Same with my boys "m"' lots of paper gifts
Greg and Kyle, snowmobile passes, yikes they are up to $210 each and the last few years not much snow/ice for snowmobiling but that is what they want, Noah a seasons pass at horseshoe valley ski hills..Jeff, he d something in mind so sent him $$$ to pick up instrument things for boys..bought Greg and Jeff tools, always a hit and their birthday gifts, crosses for all the boys and had them engraved, p.j. And sweaters, so really, not much to open..their wives on the other hand have at least 10 pressies to open..Sunday and it will all be over then everyone will be travelling to other areas..Greg and family to the Dominican, Jeff and his family, not sure where they are off to but going somewhere.

The florida trip won't be easy, taking Darlene down, I'm staying a few weeks, she is staying for 3 months, at least she hopes she will . I will fly home and return end of march to pick her up and take her home. With her husband dying Jan 3rd, then her father a few months ago and her mom falling day after Darlene's dad died and broke her hip, well, let's say we won't be celebrating Christmas!

I promised I'd book a few days near family day long weekend that I might fly to Florida to break up her ay, we'll see

I always found they in Florida to make up for no snow decorate more than we do.

Few things I could be doing tonight but heck couch feels mighty comfortable

Looking forward to working from home tomorrow

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 13, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9357586

it's +2 C right now, and very nice out - no wind at all!

It's a lovely place to work, Marilyn, but I'm really doing the work of a summer student - packing Iron Mountain boxes with stuff to keep, and taking apart binders of paperwork to recycle... and those metal coil ring bindings are Painful! "snap, snap" on my poor hands! I'm also packing/unpacking desks for people who are moving to another part of the floor. Bustling in the office, but sooooo boring!

BUT I got a lovely pressie today - a 13" poinsettia! It's a huge one! double the size of those in our church - looks like it would go out on the patio! Anyway, because it's so nice today, I brought it home.
btw - the executive vice-president bought 9 of them, for all the Assistants - I'm a Director's Assistant, so I got one.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 13, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #9357588

oh, and there's a Potluck tomorrow, and I'm on the committee so I'll be decorating the 3 board rooms we have it in - one's for desserts, one's for entrees and side dishes, and one's for miscellaneous and beverages. They're not large rooms - for meetings of 8 people, so it's going to be relatively easy. They call me "Martha Stewart" so guess who got voted in, to decorate LOL

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 14, 2012
5:14 AM

Post #9357879

Betty, you're a trooper re Darlene, she's so fortunate to have you for a friend.
I sure hope she's going to be able to 'weather' 3 months in Florida on her own. Does she know anyone there?
I'm such a chicken, I'd have to have someone i KNEW I could call if something were to happen and i needed someone.
With me it would be walking into the condo/apt and seeing a PALMETTO bug on the premises .. it happened to me in my parents condo, I about fainted .. gawd those bugs are SO big and look horrible LoL .. scared my Mom half to death as I lead the way into the condo and was first to spot the thing .. my Dad just laughed and kicked it out into the atrium !!
Thinking back though, of the 14 years my parents spent winters in Florida, they made lasting friends .. still send 2 couples, well into their 80s, Christmas cards ..
I wish you well with all involved with the vacation :-)
As for the gifts here at home .. lets just say the price NEVER dwindles DOWN LoL

Susan .. opening and closing those binders would be hard on the carpal tunnel .. best to go slow .. but MAN I know they can be TIGHT and so SHARP !!
The Poinsettia sounds lovely .. I have a small one, know that it'll be a 'Charlie Brown Poinsietta' by February LoL .. my Poinsietta's usually loose their pretty leaves and then get so gangly ..
Good luck with the pot luck .. betcha it'll be fun :-)

Off to the city ...

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 14, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9358214

I am in tears .. I have been watching the news of the MASSACRE in Conneticut ... my good grief .. such absolute horrific happenings ..
30 sweet innocents dead, and how many left to fight the memory of the day ..

My thoughts and prayers go out to all and everyone involved, but, most especially the angels that knocked on Heaven's door today !!

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 14, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9358231

Watching as well "M"' just comprehend how something like this happens!
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 14, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9358307

OMG THAT is awful! So very sad for all those affected and with the news the rest of us get to relive it time and time again. Ladies don't watch too much or you can be really hammered by the feelings this can produce.
Betty you are an Angel to help Darlene and accompany her. Enjoy the trip and I hope Darlene can heal with the warmth of the Florida sun.
Susan sounds like you are very busy and that is good. Have fun with the Pot luck.
Marilynn lots and lots of bugs in Florida, need to have a pet lizard to keep your home clear.
It's Friday here too, LOL and here comes the weekend. I'm so grateful to have a job that gives me weekends!
Weather is warming up here too.
AB Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 14, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9358324

Ann, you just want to give the children extra hugs tonight! You are right Ann about the news pulling you in..they think the shooter 20 year old had asperghers syndrome, when I think about Kyle 17 today who also has asperghers I just get sick to my stomach..been a few days no headaches, today head is just a pounding.

Glad to hear Ann that your temps are warming up, too early to be having full blown winter.

Ahh won't be that LNG we shall be thinking spring.

Wouldn't you know, calling for snow next week..couldn't it wait till I'm far enough south that they dont get snow?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 14, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9358422

it wasn't opening/shutting the binders... it was the metal coil bindings - removing them as they snapped my hands... ouch!

I have some good news about Bob - he starts his new, permanent job Monday!! He interviewed for it yesterday, and the guy got back to the agency Bob's working with and said they want him to start on Monday, doing carpentry, which is an inside job.
AND - my job has been extended until the end of January. I'm thrilled.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 14, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9358424

AND the potluck was very successful - I decorated.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9358592

We had a potluck today too - at my house. Our "Something Purple" group (used to be Red Hat, but we decided to be independent and ditched the Red Hats) had their Christmas potluck and auction of unneeded items to each other and raised $425 for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. And now my house is nice and tidy for the holidays. :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 14, 2012
9:05 PM

Post #9358660

how very awesome, Ann!! I'm sure the Children's Hospital is very appreciative!!
s'funny, but I hear a lot of Red Hatters breaking loose and going their own way - same group of ladies, just different names... Something to do with rules or $$ dues...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 15, 2012
2:05 AM

Post #9358700

Morning all, up early (still nauseated by the events of school shooting) so decided to come and have coffee with you all.

Cold out there, calling for a little bit of snow over the next few days, doubt it will amount to anything, now watch us get a blizzard!

Ann, Something Purple sounds like a fun group..don't want to stay in an organization that takes all the fun out of belonging to it...that is a fair amount you raised..hmmm is that how a person purges themselves of unwanted items, by having a bazaar?? Should. Heck to see which organizations here have them at this time of year.

Time for another coffee..my 1st stop this a.m is at 8:30 for Christmas gift delivery,hoping to be back home by noon so I can enjoy the day.

Family Christmas in Toronto tomorrow so don't want to be tired for it..theme for the day is rest and do nothing..

Enjoy your day everyone

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 15, 2012
5:21 AM

Post #9358744

I hear ya Betty re the Connecticut Massacre .. I woke up a couple of times wondering how many families lives have changed in heartbeat.
As the days wear on I am sure the story will 'flesh out' even more as far as the perpetrator of the crimes goes. I'm sure Aspergers was only the tip of the ice berg with this person.

I have been asked a few times to join a local 'Red Hats' group, just have never taken the offer up. The group I would join is made up primarily of teachers, with a smattering of nurses .
Wonderful to have raised that $$ for CEO .. it's a marvelous facility.

Good news re both you and Bob, Susan .. will make your Xmas that much Merrier :-)

Have one load of laundry in (must be HYDRO SATURDAY) and am going to go over the spec sheets I got at Sears yesterday .. I WAS going to buy one of the massive new and fancy French Door, bottom pull out fridges .. but, have decided on an 'ALL fridge', with an upright freezer to stand beside it. Saw the units yesterday at Sears, just have to do some measuring .. AND, only available in STAINLESS .. I certainly wouldn't want black, I have a black gas range and dishwasher, and, luckily a kitchen big enough to house these 2 units. Also have some 'Gord convincing' to do as well .. a challenge at the best of times LoL

Hope everyone gets some R&R this weekend !!!

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 15, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9358848

Bob & I will certainly be quietly celebrating!!

The community is having to deal with a terrible tragedy today... It sounds like he was after his mother, because she died too (at least it sounds like it...she has died also they said)

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #9358914

Yes, re Red Hats - too much money wanted for perks which we don't qualify for because we are in Canada. And initially, an attraction was virtually NO dues and no rules. We don't need it. We can still get together on a regular basis w/o supporting Red Hat International which has gone the way of big business with corporate headquarters and all that.

And we do purge our houses of unwanted items but there is a limit of 2 each though we have a toonie grab bag for wrapped mystery items. Homemade jams and jellies go well too.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 15, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #9359030

Well I feel like it should be nighttime..been on the road sice 8am..got to visit with Suzanne and her family, my brother Bernie and his wife.

Got some pretty nice pressies..

Not sure what we are eating tomorrow, understand its being catered so seeing as I'm hungry for turkey I've decided to cook a small one for me, myself and I..only thing I forgot was cranberries..will see if I've enough energy to go buy some..did remember the turnip though.

Ann, sounds as though you have a great time with the ladies..bet the mystery wrap exchange brings a lot of laughter..you are one busy lady!

Susan, what great news..while you were dreading Christmas you can now start the new year with enthusiasm..great opportunity for Bob!

"m" after all your problems with Sears and your washer you are going to give them the sale? What a trooper

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 15, 2012
2:24 PM

Post #9359225

yes Betty - we're relaxing more now, for Christmas.
Still won't be buying gifts though, and I don't have the energy/desire to make something. I know a shirt would be welcomed, but know that I can't make one in this time.
btw - I finish work Dec 21, then don't return until Jan 2, so no $$ coming in from me, and Bob's 2nd pay comes on Dec 21st. We're trying to play catch up with bills, no $$ for extras this year. Maybe next year... but then we always say that, so not counting on next year either.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 15, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9359239

But Susan, gifts don't have to be for Christmas..special treats during the coming months is just as meaningful..it's all about the specialness of it, not the gifts..

I love giving but it would not upset me in the least not to get a gift..it's seeing the smiles of those who receive that makes my Christmas..

Hear the pat a musician rom Winnipeg moved stateside last month..his child was one who was shot yesterday.

Believe Winnipeg are haing a service tonight

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 15, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9359242

siiiiiigh poor Winnipeger - wonder if I knew them...
I'll check it out.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 15, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9359280

Just a young family Susan..I almost think he taught music in one of the Winnipeg schools, perhaps from USA, worked in Winnipeg then going back home..was one of the few names given, guess it got out because parents were in touch with family and/or friends

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 16, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9359623

Still trying to come to terms with this senseless tragedy, and, have decided I just can't watch or read anymore about it.
I want to, but, in so doing I feel worse as well as SO BAD for the families whose lives have been forever changed.

Rain, rain, rain = achy bones here :-(
It's just dreary and damp and .. NOT my favourite .. SLIPPERY !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thinking of making sugar cookies today, said I wouldn't, but, I did have a pound of butter secreted away in the freezer, and, they are Gord and Lornas favourites .. the butter was out all night, should get on with it as the dough has to chill for a couple of hours.

My Rheumatologist appt (first ever) is tomorrow, wish me luck and a clear questioning mind .. my pain level has been slowly going UP the past few days. Gord will be my second pair of ears at the appt.

OK .. off to make that dough :-)

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 16, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9359629

Morning all,

"M" same weather here, it's just between the rain/snow, if temps go down it will a skating rink. Hopefully it will warm up, family Christmas in Toronto..likely we will leave around noon..I'll go with Greg and family providing all the gifts fit in the truck..not a joke..I'm grateful that once again it's been a good year so I could fill their Christmas list.

Not sure if I turned the wrong way but mega pain..sitting here with pillow behind my back, here is hoping with the pains meds I'll not feel it by the time it's time to go..

Now put on that Christmas music and sing while you bake..sure wish I was good at cookie making because I'd bake right along with you.

Here is hoping you will have more answers tomorrow..always good to have questions prepared for asking and also with so much info doctor gives we only retain so much..thank goodness Gord will be with you!i

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 16, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #9359756

Forgot about the sears thing.
Well, I'm happy with the way they finally did come around, in the end.
For some reason I seem to feel more comfortable with a store with a good reputation.
Guess I'll find out.
That said, I might go to the Brick and have a look, just such a significant purchase I sure want the best deal.

Cookie dough has been sitting chilling, time to roll it out and shape some cookies.

Drive safely Betty, hope you feel better

M

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 17, 2012
3:37 AM

Post #9360365

CATS !!!!!! GRrrrrrrrrrrr .. Smokey decided to ROUSE at 2am .. singing and purring up and down the hallway .. then he'd stop, wait til everyone was back to sleep, and start again.
Finally at 5am I got up .. he wanted food!!
So .. it's going to be a looooooong day here.

I see it snowed a teenie bit overnight, at least NO freezing rain to drive into the city through.

Have to get all my paper work in order for the appt .. I have printed off questions I want answers to ...

Hope everyone has a peaceful and calm PRE Xmas week :-)

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 17, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9361094

arrrgh cats that stay awake all night! Hopefully you'll get sleep/rest tonight!!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 18, 2012
3:48 AM

Post #9361207

Morning all,

Feels like a fall day here, can I be lucky enough to get through Friday's drive heading south without battling a blizzard? Sure hope so.

We're all your questions and concerns answered "M"?

We are now in the Christmas week, countdown is on..seems strange my just playing at entertaining myself, my Christmas being behind me..

Susan, is there a lot of Christmas buzz going on at your work? Is Bob enjoying his new job?

Should put the curling iron to this mop so best be on the run, well maybe not run, takes all my time to walk. Lol

Waving to both our Ann's as I leave this room

Gab in a bit

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 18, 2012
4:44 AM

Post #9361227

Am hoping you travel south will be without incident Betty .. just think, the more miles you get southerly, the less chance of SNOW :-)

The appt went well .. he was very thorough .. and concerned .. he has diagnosed me with 'Psoriatic Arthritis', and, according to the bone scan I had, it has taken quite the toll on a part of my spine and my right hip :-(
SO .. one med is being tapered down (the prednisone) and, I will be taking a chemotherapy drug once a week for several months. The drug is called a DMARD (Disease Modifying drug) and, unfortunately, it is quite potent. I will take it on a Saturday, and likely be 'out of commission' for 24/48 hours with flu like symptoms .. BIG decision to make to take the drug, but, NOT taking it leaves my joints open to more damage from my wonkie auto immune system.
So .. my conundrun right now is .. as I am having a family luncheon here on Sunday .. do I really want to start this drug on Saturday .. I do believe I will take it on Sunday evening before bed, hopefullly 'sleep off' the worst of the side effects before Christmas Day.
Sheesh .. who woulda thunk this could happen !!
OH .. and I am being scheduled for an MRI as well ...

Off to the 'seating clinic' with Lorna and her NEW (incorrectly made) wheelchair cushion worth many $$ .. very disappointing for her ..

Take care everyone

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 18, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9361268

OMG "M" does this disease come on so quickly, seems you were flitting around with not a health care in the world and suddenly it's gotten you rock bottom. Think I'd be taking the drug ASAP so you can sing Christmas Carols with the family..either that or take it Christmas night. You sound chipper, guess it's finally knowing what the illness is.

Sorry to hear the cushion wasn't made properly or is of poor quality.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 18, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9361526

M, hope your meds are easier on you than you think! Now that you have a diagnosis the only way is UP. Darn that an expensive specially made item to increase comfort is not right!

B wishing you a good drive and roads that are smooth.

Susan good to hear that jobs are in your future even if it's just till the end of January for you, things can change and you may end up there permantly.

VAnn, I like purple better anyway and sounds like you have a great group to call friends.

Kayla update, She got through the 2nd Brain surgery and is now scheduled for a third on Christmas day. She is so positive and far more grown than her 15 years. I attribute that to her amazing Mom.

I'm working my way through my friends and family with my small gifts/baking for them and will do that all week. Off to get back to work after lunch.
Alberta Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 18, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9361568

Alberta Ann, the very best to you and yours this Christmas.
Thanks for the update on Kayla, imagine, Christmas Day..miracles abound on the day the Lord was born..here's hoping all goes well

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 18, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9361574

Good to hear Kayla got through the second surgery. I will have her in my thoughts on Christmas day for sure.

Yep Betty, my case is a case of 'you just never know' ! .. I do know that if you start to feel run down and achy, with increased muscle and joint soreness, you should NOT ignore it, get it checked out .. blood work will show if there is a problem.
I spoke with my pharmacist today, and, I am going to start the Methotrexate on Dec. 28th .. she feels I should NOT ruin Christmas plans .. besides, it's my first dose of the drug .. and.. it has to be taken at the same time each week (same day) so, as I am usually home on a Saturday, I felt Friday would be best.
She also mentioned a lot of people do not suffer the side effects .. fingers crossed .

AbAnn .. I think the gift of baking is such a great idea .. nobody doesn't like Xmas baking :-)

The cushion .. sheesh .. it was made with a 'depression' in the very back .. no one is sure why .. but, when Lorna sits down she sinks INTO the depression and it lifts her leg a good inch off the floor. As she navigates the wchair with that foot, it NEEDS to be on the floor .. so .. it is going to be fixed .. in the New YEar ..

I feel not too bad .. as AbAnn says, the only way is up now that I know what I have .. a bitter pill to swallow at times, but, then I think of Kayla .. and others like her or younger ..

Off to rassle up something for supper :-)


~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 18, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9361579

Wish someone baked me a box of goodies, but then maybe not!! Some of the painters that come to paint on Tuesdays left chocolate goodies/homemade candies in a container..guess who ate them until they were allll gone? then I wonder why I'm putting on weight. Can't seem to eat just one or two, nope, got to eat until they are all gone!

Glad the cushion will be repaired, hate to think the money she spend was for not.

Glad you will get through Christmas festivities before taking the meds..guess they have to give you all the side effects however minimal they might react on people, lets hope no side effects for you.

Falling asleep here, head nodding lol just made a to do list for tonight and tomorrow night. Last night was wasted, fell asleep almost as soon as I got home from work..dropping off gifts tonight, likely won't get home until TV bingo starts so it will be a late night..how come on weekends when you can sleep in you don't and when you can't you so want to sleep till noon..ok maybe not noon maybe 8am
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 18, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #9361753

Thanks for the wishes all. I'm such a dummy , Kayla's surgery is tomorrow not Xmas day I guess reading through tears just isn't accurate. Anyway. She's still amazing!

Got enough baking to make us all fat!. I try to keep it in the freezer till I make up the trays that are going out or else I eat it. It is so hard to resist. Come on over and I'll put the coffee and the tea on for you all!

Going to have lunch with my on earth Fairy God Mother, aka Jag on June for those of you who remember her. We are trying a new restaurant here that has just opened. Will let you know how it goes. The week is flying by and I'm not quite ready. Need a gift for the gift exchange with my DH 's family and for the exchange at work. Should be easy just have to get out there.
Bye for now
Alberta Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 18, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9361780

Sure wish I could come over for coffee and taste those goodies!
Am sure on your luncheon date you will have time to find that special gift.

Will pray for Kayla!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 18, 2012
8:40 PM

Post #9361938

Betty - not a lot of buzz about Christmas at work, although people ARE bringing baking into our kitchens lol

Marilyn - hope you get past this "thing" you have with the flu-like symptoms!! yuck!!

thanks AbAnn re: job - I am liking it there, and seem to be simpatico with those I'm working with... :-) I won't promise myself anything though - would only disappoint if it didn't happen

Too sweet - Bob & I get to go to work together, and meet up to go home together on the bus. I start earlier to match him (he has to be at work at 6:50 am, and gets off at 3pm). As I work about 5 blocks further away, I take the bus from work and get off where he's working on an office building, and then we take the bus the rest of the way home.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 19, 2012
4:08 AM

Post #9362037

T & Ps heading west for Kayla. A brave girl.

I hear ya on putting baking in the freezer AbANN .. makes it a 'bit' less tempting (A BIT) !!!

Susan .. I'm not going to take the drug that will perhaps make me sick until Dec. 28th. Decided against taking it before Xmas. Am going to call the doc and let him know today, I'm sure he'll understand.
Nice you and Bob can 'cohort' to work and home :-)

Am thinking I MAY have a 'free day' today, course, it's only 7am, so, who knows ..

Make it a good day .. fingers crossed (toes too) for Kayla

~M~

PA.. Hi to JargonJune :-)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 19, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9362074

Prayers for Kayla this morning..may the Lord watch over the surgeons..

"M" here's hoping for a leisurely day, a painless one at that

Susan, that's a lot of togetherness lol

Sitting here, drugged up, mellow and nothing to do..maybe I can nap.

Just heard the weather forecast, originally it was to be mild weather, now storm front moving in, perhaps freezing rain Friday morning..will decide on a course of action travel wise when I get up Friday morning.



MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 19, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9362383

Betty .. we had an isolated flurry or two today, nothing that stuck, or, made the roads icy, so, I am hoping you'll be OK on Friday ~~
Do hope you were able to rest today. I did .. I got a book I have had secreted away for a bit, a Maeve Binchey book, called 'The Lilac Bus' .. kind of very easy reading. I've managed to read half of it, fell asleep once LoL

Thoughts for Kayla travelling west that's for sure .. my GD called today, just because .. made my mind flash to Kayla .. Brooklyn is SO excited re Christmas !!

Off to FINISH the Christmas shopping tomorrow. Lorna went in on her own today, Gord and I will go Thursday .. not much to get, gift certificates. See my family doc as well .. maybe he'll have my blood work results from Monday .. hope so ..
Friday I pick up the BAKING :-)
Saturday the meat and cheese and veggie tray
Sunday the family luncheon ..

And, so it goes :-)

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 19, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9362411

Hope this link works for everyone :-)


http://www.jacquielawson.com/letter/pickup/3813611455801?source=jl999

DUH .. I sent it to myself, ergo, MY name is on the card LoL (I tried)

~M~
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 19, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9362503

Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers for Kayla. I told my sister that I have let you know about her and she said that Shannon is grateful for all the good thoughts and prayer from all over. She is such a believer in the power of positive thinking and you sure get that from her website, it is so sad and at the same time they are so positive its powerful just reading her grace. She is currently resting peacefully in ICU pain free for the timebeing. She will be going home for Christmas and her family is counting their blessings for that.

My freezer is supposed to be the safe place for the baking and I make sure I put it into tupperware that I have difficulty opening when they are frozen. Need my DH's hands to open for me. It kind of prevents me just popping down for one or two treats about 100 times a day! LOL.
Got my west coast seeds catalogue today and will dream over it tonight if I can get a minute.

We are gearing up for Christmas lunch at work on Friday. Will have to run month end in the morning so that should be nuts and then I will be ready for someone to feed me. A super break coming up with going home afternoon on Friday and not back till Jan 2 ...All days between paid!! What a super company I work for.!!

Marilynn waiting a week or two to take that nasty drug shouldn't make a big difference should it? Hope the doc says that would be fine and you can enjoy the season.
Betty freezing rain is not to be fooled with, Florida is not going anywhere and will wait if you take a couple of days longer to get there.

Susan Carp Diem, sieze the day, best advice I have every had.


Bye for now
Alberta Ann

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 19, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9362594

Thanks Ann! I love that saying "Carpe Diem" and I loved the movie "Dead Poet's Society" with Robin Williams, too!

Marilyn - link works just fine - thank you for the Christmas card - pics of flowers and kids are always welcome!

Betty - we like being together... we're our own best friends and I like it that way... :-)

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9362709

Just stopping in. have been quite busy with helping at the Food Cupboard I used to run (we've been seeing between 60 and 70 families every time we are open lately), managing a construction project at home to repair a sagging floor, organizing the bell group for the Carol Sing we are leading tomorrow evening and getting my own Christmas plans made. Have finished my Christmas letter and for any who are interested, you'll find it at: Wishing all of you folks a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For those who are so inclined, I've finished our family Christmas letter and you'll find it at:
http://clients.teksavvy.com/~frederking/Xmas2012_letter.pdf

Marilyn - thank you for the Lawson card. They are always very nice.

Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 20, 2012
2:42 AM

Post #9362792

Early morning wave,
Think the temps dropped over night, feels cooler in the house and Alberta Ann won't be rushing out unless the weather is perfect.

Smiled hen I read about a zillion trips to the freezer for "just one bite" lol then before you know it nothing left.

I'm sure Kayla's family are overwhelmed abd excited all in one, to have Kayla home for Christmas surely will be their best Christmas ever.

Enjoy your time off with family, wonderful all the days will be paid.

I'm finished this afternoon, been a rough week hardly able to move and getting home and right to bed..have absolutely no idea how I'll make the trip with back as it is but must...

ViolaAnn you are a blessing to all in your community! Sad to see increase at food bank and soup kitchens this year..amazing all you are able to achieve. Renovating projects always take longer than time estimated...mess/mess and more mess! Will check out the link you provided.

"M" what is planned for today? Did you manage to get a good day in yesterday.

Guess I had better get a move on, going to bed at 5:30pm these past nights has many chores not done and tomorrow we leave.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 20, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9362806

Up since 3am .. back for 2 hours .. grrrrrrrrrrrrr .. I do so dislike insomnia ..

TOday is 'family doc day' for me .. I want/need a referral to an opthamologist as I feel the Psoriatic Arthritis is affecting my vision. I keep cleaning my glasses, but, they aren't dirty. That should take 6-8 months to get in .. very disheartening .. who knows, perhaps I'm wrong and it'll be a quicker wait (oxymoron that).
I PROMISED myself to get ALL completed today .. shopping wise .. and, I hope to do so.
With having had a day of rest yesterday, I am feeling less achy.

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling up to snuff Betty. Perhaps the trip south will loosen you up ? I sure do hope all turns out well.

Just imagine Kayla going home following so much surgery. What a gift for her and her family.

Our 'Christmas Cheer Fund' .. give out hampers to the needy, is SWAMPED this year and looking for not only food, but cash donations because their lists of what they are calling 'the WORKING POOR' are swelling .. these are families with both parents working a job at minimum wage, and, having nothing left after paying for essentials .. the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is also not seeing the dollars this year .. a sign of the times ...

ViAnn .. my how Leila has grown, and Heidi is such a cutie ... the twins have certainly sprouted as well .. lovely letter :-)

I had best get my behind on the move, want to be out of the house before 8am, go for breakfast and then some shopping and my docs appt .. then HOME T O NAP !!!!!!!!!!!!


~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 20, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9363313

No NAP .. just going to go to bed early.

Just watched the Toronto news/weather .. Holy Cow .. I guess you'll make your decision in the morning Betty .. Murphy's Law ..
Snowed 'lightly' here most of the day, but, melted as it landed .. it'll be a BROWN Christmas in Thunder Bay this year.

Was surprised there wasn't too too many folks out shopping today .. got it ALL done .. YAHOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Off to get into some kind of trouble LoL

~M~

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9363650

I didn't get here yesterday, but I posted some pics and info about the new floor on the Coffee thread for yesterday (Parking Lot).

The bells led the Carol Sing and they played awesomely. I'm very proud of them. And we got it over with, had time to enjoy the reception and took the bells and equipment (enough for two SUVs and two cars) back to our church and were home before the snow started to fly.

Today I need to hit a grocery store and I'm hoping the snow will keep most people home. We got the walls in the computer room (with the new floor) washed down yesterday and we'll start moving furniture back in tonight. There are a couple of spots on the walls where I want to do paint touch-ups - nothing major as it was painted in February.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 21, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9364141

Quick drop in,

We are 20 miles north of Tennessee, hoping we've seen the last of snow and high winds..really wasn't that bad, we were almost ahead of it everywhere we drove

Sure hoping no snow tomorrow, if we have some, well that would not be good as likely we shall hit Florida border tomorrow late afternoon.

Seeing as we are going to fort Myers we will spend another night in a hotel.

Need a bath muscles hurting

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 22, 2012
4:13 AM

Post #9364456

Hope your jpurney South is easy sailing from here on in Betty.

COLD here in Thunder Bay .. you know it's cold when the furnace comes on as well as the wood stove !!

Final preps fpr the luncheon here tomorrow .. want to clean out the fridge to make room for MORE stuff .. always makes me feel bad to think I have to clean stuff OUT when there are so many with NOTHING in their fridge, I try to donate as much as possible, but, I know much of the clutter is simply jars with a tablespoon of relish or jam left in them ..

A friend of mine in NY who teaches high school in a smaller community north of NY, wrote to tell me her school had had a 'threat' yesterday .. nothing came of it, but, it sure shook up everyone at the school ..
She has decided she will retire at 55 (2013) .. as it stands now, the door to each classroom is locked .. everyone goes through a scanner on entering the high school, and, there are security guards on each floor .. she says it's almost like working in a jail !!! Her nerves are shot.

AbANn .. any news re Kayla ? I hope she's doing as well as she can be expected to do ..

Off to do some laundry

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 22, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9364876

Hi - 3 things - apparently I've been missed in "Betty's thread"... thought I was posting in all of Betty's threads, but maybe missed one?
2nd thing - SOMEONE bought a subscription to DG for me, and now I'm signed up until June 2014!! Their angel fund signed me up until June 2013, so I'm a very happy person!!
3rd thing - I received my Christmas pressie from Joyce (Thank You!) and not sure where to post the pics... help?!?!...?

Just got back from my new Dr, who gave me results of all the tests he sent me for. All I can say is Thank You, New Dr!! I didn't realize how lax my old Dr was... and how much he missed.
1. No prob on mammogram
2. No prob on pap smear
3. no prob on my iron (although the lab didn't send any other blood tests back to my Dr and he'll research that)
4. no prob on my colon cancer test
5. however... I do have osteopenia, which is a forerunner for osteoporosis... This is something my previous Dr didn't check for, and he knows I sprained my knee 2 1/2 years ago and was in walking pain - it wasn't healing.
There is no treatment for it, but to take massive doses of Vitamin D (4,000 IU/day).
My Dr said it's not "written in stone" that this will lead to osteoporosis, but that taking Vit D and staying active is going to help.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 22, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9364905

Trust me Susan .. Vit D and Calcium are ESSENTIAL in preventing osteo .. I have learned SO much about bones and diseases of the bone over the past few months, I feel I could write a book LoL
I sent you a link via email .. an excellent discussion with 4 physicians who are trying hard to raise awareness re Osteo .

Sounds as though your new Doc is a thorough fella .. good for you :-)
Nice Xmas present a subscription to Daves .. works for me !!

Off to bed, did too much today and have our family luncheon here tomorrow ..

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 22, 2012
4:25 PM

Post #9364954

Thank you, Marilyn
It's a bit scary, but it SURE could be a lot worse. After all, all the other results are clear/normal, and I expect the reason the Dr didn't get the rest of the results is because they are normal as well. S'funny though, that the lab wouldn't send the rest of the blood tests...after all it was the Dr who requested them, and all they sent was the folic count (my iron).

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 23, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9365242

Labs are an entity unto their own I have learned.
I have had times where I have had a docs appt 2 weeks following a blood draw, the appt is specifically FOR discussion of the resulting values, and ,, FOOLED ya, only 3/4 of the results are there !!! Very disconcerting, BUT, my family doc never really worries as BAD results are sent on stat.

Glad you liked the 28 minute video re osteo .. kind of techie, medically speaking, but the gist is that awareness of this damaging disease has got to be increased. After all, the population is getting older .. and bones are thinning without proper care.
I might post it on here, have to figure that one out though LoL .. maybe after Christmas when I am in less turmoil LoL

My conundrum for the day ... Do I let the kids open their gifts today so we can SEE them doing it, or, not?
My Mom would be adamant on NO!! The 25th is the 25th and that's when it is done !!!! Well .. I sort of want to SEE their expressions .. last year I gave Brooklyn my Mom's wedding rings .. that was on the 22nd .. and she opened them. Austin also opened his iPod .. I think it's 'YES' .. LoL

Hope Betty is enjoying the sun and heat and all that Florida has to offer .. no snow shovels and winter boots that's for sure .. it's about
-20C here ... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr .. but .. with the cold, comes ... THE SUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Off n running ... hobbling :-(

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 23, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9365327

OK .. I am posting the link to one of my nursing sites that I 'keep up to date' with.
This is a 28 minutes video of 4 docs who are trying to raise awareness re Osteoporosis ..

It's a little 'medical' but easily understood, and very well worth the time spent.

~M~

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/776041?src=0_mp_cmenl_0?src=stfb

Sure hope it works

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 23, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9365580

Evening all

Settled in, mid 70's
After 2 1/2 days of driving I'm rather tired..
M hope you let the kids open their gifts..know we all opened our gifts last Sunday..after all it was our Christmas!


Susan, glad tests had good news..

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 23, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9365597

WOO HOO .. way to drive Betty :-)
So happy to see you are in the 'balmy breezes' of Fla.

YES .. we opened all our gifts .. well .. not the ones under the tree for Tuesday, but, from us and from the kids .. it was an exciting half an hour of paper flying and OOOOOOoos and AHhhhhhhhhhhs .. and the kids scurrying to try on new jammies and other clothing, perfume floating through the air, nail polish on nails .. everyone left well fed and happy ..
The whole family is headed for Punta Cana in Feb for 2 weeks, so, the gift of $$ was well rec'd ..

The dogs are exhausted, not used to all that attention .. matter of fact, so am I LoL
Was happy my body decided to make today a GOOD day ..

Happy tomorrow is the 24th .. seems to me it has taken forever for Christmas Eve/Day to get here ..
Doing some volunteer work for a few hours tomorrow .. hoping for another good body day .. to make sure, I am headed to bed ..

Take care everyone

~M~

PS AbAnn .. any news on Kayla ?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 23, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9365654

Betty - lucky you...survived the drive, AND mid-70's?!?! yikes!

Marilyn - just so everyone knows... the link is in your name, so anyone can register for free and view the video on Osteoporosis. It's well worth the look!!!!
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 24, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9366205

Hi All
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
Just trying to get ready to head to DHs family Eve gathering. Think I'm ready.

Sounds like the drive was fairly good and you arrived safely Betty.
Marilynn I vote to go for it but it looks like you already did!
Susan, good news for you how nice that kindness flowed your way and a smart Dr on top of that.

Everyone please pray for Kayla, not good, she does need a miracle now. right now not tomorrow but now.

Peace be with all of you.
Alberta Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 24, 2012
3:22 PM

Post #9366230

Prayers heading west for Kayla and family .. certainly a very special, and stressful, Christmas for this family.

I am finally READY .. just sitting and enjoying the tree .. M&Ms made supper :-)

I helped serve a full Christmas dinner to the homeless today .. makes me feel good to see the smiles on their faces ..


Wishing everyone a very blessed and Merry Christmas !!!

ENJOY

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 24, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9366240

Thank you, AbAnn! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Marilyn - how very, very lovely for you to help with a homeless Christmas dinner!!

Merry Christmas to all of you - my dear friends!!!!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 24, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9366249

Merry Christmas to you all as well

Sending prayers for Kayla..may Santa with help of the Lord drop off a miracle tonight! Her poor parents, must be beside themselves!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 25, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9366552

YAY .. it's HERE .. and I'm the only one UP !!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS ... enjoy your day ...

VERY cold here ... NO SNOW ~~~~~~~~~

HUGS

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 25, 2012
11:28 AM

Post #9366804

Waving to all

Guess you don't want to hear I just got back from the beach.. 82 degrees!! Would rather be home with family though..hard when you are trying to mention its Christmas..

Will be getting ready to cook supper shortly..

Do enjoy the day

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 25, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9366828

Merry Christmas everyone!
had a lovely morning with my best beloved (DH!) and in 3 hours people will start to arrive for Christmas dinner - best get going!!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 25, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9366852

Happy Birthday to MG99 :-)

Betty, enjoy the heat and sun and sand !!!

Like you , Susan, supper is on the cook and waiting for the 'feast participants' ... really liking my turkey roaster that sits on the counter, frees up the oven ~~~

Take care

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 25, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #9366886

Happy Birthday, MG99!!

ABAnn... prayers for Kayla...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 25, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9366906

Sending birthday wishes MG99

Susan, thanks for reminding me, prayers being said here for Kayla as well

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9366999

Happy Birthday, MG99. And sending prayers for Kayla.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Just sitting down for the first time in quite awhile. The gang has left after dinner, most of the washing up is done, the turkey carcass has been picked bare and the bones are in my turkey roaster with lots of water, carrots, celery, onions on the stove. Will let them simmer until midnight or so. First turkey I've done in 2 years.

Did I send you folks the link to my Xmas letter? Getting so I can't remember what who I sent it to.

Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 26, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9367247

Ahhhh the ANTI climacticness of it all !!
All over for another year .. nothing to be done about it except relax and breathe.

Turkey supper was a success .. the carcass is now frozen, I'll (or someone) will make soup later on down the line in January.
Hot turkey sandwiches on the agenda for tonight though.

Yikers, it has been C O L D here .. -22C this morning, feel bad for the poor dogs when they go out in the morning, doesn't take long for them to start lifting their paws up.

I was 'thinking' of heading in to the Brick/Leons to look at fridges/upright freezers, but, still in the 'mulling stages' on that one ..
The cupboards above the present fridge are going to have to be moved up one way or another, just have to figure out how much.
Luckily the width of 69" is quite sufficient .. the 2 units (side by side) will take up 65" .. right now, it's the height element holding me back .. our present fridge is 66" high. One set of fridge/freezer is 66.6", while another is 70" .. Am not wanting to lose the storage space from the cupboards, so, I am thinking a step stool will have to be used .. as it stands, I rarely go to that cupboard .. a conundrum for 2013 LoL

OH! The Keurig went over well .. and, for the first time in 18 months, I am having a cup of coffee .. must say it's quite nice too :-)
I am emptying the Kcups of their grounds and composting them, but, still have the KCup containers left behind .. non recyclable :-(
Lordie do we have a lot of teas and coffees .. takes approx 10 seconds to make a cup.
Back in the 80s when we got our very first Kenmore coffee maker for Xmas, I was SO excited .. a HUGE monolith of a thing, but, it lasted YEARS !!! Advancements abound with these machines now .. quicker and more selection, but, the 'garbage factor' is a bit disconcerting.

I best stop yaking .. have a couple of Scrabble games on the go .. my one vice .. LOVE word games !!!

Enjoy your Boxing Day ...

T & P for Kayla and family

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 26, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9367690

it's -21C now, but got to -27 before windchill /-34C after windchill last night... brrrrrrrrrr
Lots of snow, too...
I had a lovely Christmas - Bob & I enjoyed our Christmas morning together.
Most of the friends came for dinner (5pm). Guess one pulled out at the last moment, cuz Bob went to pick her up and she wasn't there... she would have been new to our group, so maybe she was shy...
BUT the rest of our friends are regulars, and they said they enjoyed the evening! One new person (Glaide) was visiting Edmonton, and returned in time to eat dinner 1 hour late, but stayed for most of the evening. She brought her beagle Sophie, and Sophie is a sweetheart!
Sorry I didn't take any pictures. I was running around getting dinner for Glaide when she arrived...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 27, 2012
4:14 AM

Post #9368185

Susan, good to hear you had a nice Christmas despite late comers :-)
Sophie sounds like a sweetie ..

Off into another COLD day here. Full moon is the 28th, perhaps the weather will change for the better after that. Happily we aren't in the mess the Eastern US is in.

Lorna is due for some blood work today, so, off to the city we go .. have some odds and ends to pick up as well in the grocery dept.

Have been wondering about Kayla. Keeping her in my prayers.

Take care


~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 27, 2012
6:36 AM

Post #9368248

Marilyn - did I sound a bit petulant? Well, guess I was... the late comer is rather a "queen" and won't get anything for herself. She wants to be served. There was a platter of turkey on the counter about 2 feet from her and a clear line to it, but both Bob & I were asked 3 times to get her some turkey... She asked me to ask Bob, then asked me, then asked again... Bob had to go to the "little boy's room" then I was helping 2 other people, and she asked "where's Bob, cuz he was supposed to cut some brown meat for me..." then asked me, and asked again when it didn't happen right away... some "queen" eh?
Then the Cherry pie got dumped on the floor when I was racing around - her Sophie got in my way, and when I whirled around to avoid her, the pie went "splat"... everyone said "follow the 5 second rule and scoop it up." I'd scooped it up into the tin pie plate and dropped it straight into the garbage, but because it was "top up", they retrieved it, and some ate it regardless. I didn't... and after they left, I tossed it again. I'd really wanted cherry pie... preferred it to the pecan torte we were given, because it's too sweet...
She'd arrived 1 hour after dinnertime, so we sat at the table another hour and never did get to the living room to relax. I felt like I was "on duty" at the table, all the time and I didn't much like it...

After dinner, Bob always gets busy on the dishes. We have a tiny kitchen/dining room area, and with the table extended for 8, there's only room for one at the sink, but it's his "Christmas offering" to me, to help. Glaide kept hounding about why he didn't sit at the table with the rest of us. She considers it rude. Finally Margaret (who's known Glaide for more years than I can count) said - "it's what Bob always does, to help out" and Glaide stopped.
She's a person that, when she pops by and Bob's watching TV, she tells him to shut it off, cuz she's visiting. Not by invitation, mind you...
btw - I didn't invite her to the dinner, she asked to be invited, and I won't turn anyone away...
Boy, I sound grumpy... but it did spoil things for me...

Today is going to be a lovely, quiet day. I'll pick Bob up at 3pm, and then we'll have some nice mincemeat pie I'll make today!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 27, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9368510

Holy Doodle Susan .. Glaide does sound like a 'Princess' .. I would have been more than a bit frazzled with her showing up an hour late, and, with a dog too !!
But, like you, if she had nowhere else to go, I would have tried to overlook and perhaps taken another blood pressure pill LoL
The cherry pie disaster is so disappointing to read about ..

Trip into the city was kind of busy, at least Canadian Tire was busy ..
Nice the banks were open, and, the ATM machines filled :-)
Glad to be home though, Lorna's folks are busy dealing with 6" of snow that fell .. I will regret saying this, but, we could sure use some !!

Off to fix up some Cod ..

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 27, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9368527

Afternoon, just talked with family, got 8" of snow, light so when the wind gets into it it's pretty bad..understand Lorna's folks are getting about the same...
did I forget to say its about 79 here..oooh aren't I terrible.

Lazy kind of day..haven't picked up a craft yet..bought that quilting machine and it's still in the box..keep saying maybe tomorrow but then I run out of energy. Just took another pain killer, yikes I need them, don't remember when I ever got a prescription and used it all up..thankfully I got enough for while I'm here and trip home then I shall have to refill.

Imagine here I sit in a lazy boy, spaghetti sauce simmering, invited a neighbor who is from bracebridge over for supper and I sit rocking away like an old grandma!

Susan, what a terrible guest..seems as though you made the best of it though..dislike overwhelming people.

Prayers for Kayla!!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 27, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #9368550

Glaide was at her family's in Edmonton but she left early to be with us. She quite enjoyed her visit with her family, but "doing" for her Mom wore her out - she's in a wheelchair and Glaide lifted the chair in/out of the car, and helped her Mom in/out of the car/chair. Guess that tired her out physically and emotionally.
She called today to say she hoped I realized just HOW tired she was... Of course I knew the 3 hour drive was tiring, but she wanted to stress how much helping her Mom wore her out... she's trying to see how to stop "them" from forcing her Mom into a "lock down". Guess that's a type of Care home where they don't leave? Her Mom keeps falling... Glaide thinks it may come to her taking it to court?!?! Don't know...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 27, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #9368552

Still no reason to expect being waited on

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 27, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9368555

no, and I don't think she should be waited on either.
She called to tell me this, and I know there are others who do this and more for their parents, but she just HAD to tell me. I suppose she was trying to excuse herself... but this is not unusual for her, either. It's why I had not invited her originally, but as I said - she invited herself.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 28, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9368901

Slay me Betty ... 79 !! Beautiful .. enjoy :-)
Has just started to snow here .. and, I can't believe I am HAPPY about it LoL, but, the temps have moderated so that we won't be in the arctic freeze !!
Full moon is tonight, supposedly referred to as 'the COLD Moon'.

Susan .. seems Glaide is a 'needy' sort of person .. hard to like someone like that ...

Well .. tonight I commence my 'chemo drug' .. kind of nervous about it, but, has to be done .. will take it before bedtime, and, hopefully NOT run into the side effects ... 50/50 chance ..
If it diffuses the pain by even 10% I'll be happy, but, apparently I may not see a decrease in discomfort until I have taken 3 doses .. am beginning to learn to live with 'WAIT TIMES' !!!

Hope everyone has a brilliant weekend :-)

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 28, 2012
6:30 AM

Post #9368904

Morning all,

Maybe you will be one of those individuals that the meds don't play havoc with..here is hoping!

Going to fleamasters (flea market) in hopes of finding treasures. Lol

Darlene is ready to go so off I go

Leaving you all with the best and the snow!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 28, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9368974

Glaide has come by to tea when I was out of work and really "down", but then she wanted crackers which I didn't have. She wanted them for the next time she came over for tea because she comes from work and hadn't had supper... She's a lovely person to be the only one who actually visited me when I was "down", but she also is wanting to be waited on hand & foot... so I'm torn about her.
She brought a candle holder for us, and earrings for me (had to put them on, so she wouldn't have hurt feelings), for Christmas, but forgot the one thing we actually asked for - mandarin oranges. When people ask "what can I bring", you'd think they'd remember that little item.
I certainly did not expect presents... our dinner was our present to our friends...

Anyway - enough about Glaide - she's coming over tonight (with mandarins lol), so my house had better be presentable, or she'll run her eyes over everything... She comments without saying a word... and I name my dust bunnies LOL

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 28, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9369223

arrrrrrrrgh - leaving in 40 minutes to pick Bob up from work, and Glaide just called to say she wants to drop by in 15 minutes. I told her I was going to be leaving soon to pick Bob up and she asked if I could give her 15 minutes. When I told her 2:50 I was leaving she said "oh you've got loads of time, I'll finish my vacuuming, and see you in 30 minutes and we can have a visit!!"
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!! How much of a visit can we have in 10 minutes?!?! "drop your vacuuming, and come NOW if you have to" is what I Should have said. Feel like leaving early and doing some grocery shopping... but it's laundry day and I'm doing that stuff...

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2012
3:07 PM

Post #9369306

Susan - she sounds like she'll take advantage of you big time. Be careful. But if it makes her happy to find dust bunnies, why not let her - or hand her a swiffer cloth and invite her to go catch them.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 28, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9369317

LOL Ann...
She came by for a visit, but knew that I couldn't visit, cuz I was heading out to pick Bob up from work.
She brought a part box of mandarins (love 'em!) a brick of cheddar cheese, and a box of Triscuit crackers (we love 'em too!), plus a box of Queen Anne chocolate cherries! She's got a good heart, and is generous, I just don't think she "hears" how she says things. Oh, and she chided me for not calling her often, in two years worth of her asking me to... she said "I guess you're just not a phoner". Funny thing is, I am... She's leaving it to me to call her in the New Year.
We've invited her to join us for New Year's Eve at the community center's "do", so she will, for 1/2 hr & a drink. She's going out for the evening with a male friend.
Anyway, she was here for 10 minutes - not enough for a visit - standing and chatting in our porch. I was able to leave in good enough time to pick Bob up, and was actually early!
Like I said - she has a good heart, but just doesn't realize how she affects some people. She's a strong willed person, used to living on her own...
ah well, to each their own, eh?!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 29, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9369654

Vive la difference they say .. takes all kinds to make our world go around :-)
Susan, as you say, Glaide has a good heart .. strong willed people tend to make me nervous though, as I am not that way in the least .. tend to walk all over me ..

Took the 'drug' last night, so far, no bad side effects, have to make it through today .. apparently a 'fatigue' will set in (or not) .. just happy the gastric stuff (which I had none of) went by me ...

LAST SATURDAY of the year .. make it a great one :-)

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 29, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9369675

Marilyn - so hope you're not feeling the side effects! yaaaaay for no gastric stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got home from driving Bob to work, now on here, and watching "Pitching In" with chef Lynn - what a cool lady! She's harvesting and cooking mussels & clams... and seaweed!!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 29, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #9369791

Morning all,

Overcast but still nice..thinking of taken a ride to a little fabric shop, looking for a few patterns but am quite comfortable just sitting!! Helped Darlene to set up to make a tie blanket with fabric she bought the other day..quick project, likely she will have it done in a few hours, rests in between.

Know you are suppose to unwind but I've come to a dead stop. Lol

"M" I'm so happy that you aren't experiencing bad side effects..yep, won't be long we'll be 2013 looking forward to spring..

Understand from home that they have had more snow..sure hoping the storms brewing will be done by the time we leave for home next week.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 29, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9369878

Glad to hear you're relaxing, Betty! btw - I didn't see your answer about whether or not you helped Dottie move... ?!?!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 29, 2012
1:02 PM

Post #9369995

Somewhere I posted that her daughter and grandaughter came to help and ours was not needed!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 29, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9370145

oh, you said they Might not need your help, but that you were gong to check... I'm so glad that they didn't need your help, and were self-sufficient.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 30, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9370342

HAPPY SUNDAY !!

WAHOO .. NO side effects except a very minor tummy upset (lasted about an hour), and, a little fatigue, likely caused by not sleeping as I was worried I was going to have a side effect LoL
Have to take the drug every Friday for several months .. so .. am going to make Saturdays my FREE day ..

Hope you're enjoying the sun and warm weather Betty .. hate to ask this, but, when is your return trip?
Temps here have risen a bit .. it tried to snow yesterday, lets just say we got a skiff ..

Off to town today to get some movies, have decided to look into attaining a PVR unit .. apparently these units allow you to fast forward through commercials when you are watching a program .. you rent them from Shaw (or Bell)
We were watching a program last evening, and, there were TWELVE commercials on at each break .. very frustrating to say the least.

Take care everyone

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 30, 2012
5:54 AM

Post #9370357

Morning all,

Can hear in your post the excitement of not being as I'll as they warn you taking these meds, hurrah/hurrah!

I will likely leave here next Thursday or Friday, all contingent on weather in the north..

It's 47 here this early am, high today in the 60's then goes back to the 80's

While its a cool day we are going out for breakfast at IHOP, flea market, kohls and hoping to include a stop at fabric shop..better part of a day!

Took my saphire sewing machine out of the box, need to try it before heading home to make sure there are no problems with it..new (to me) product on the market, kind of a plastic you put on fabric to make it waterproof and great for the beach so if we go to fabric shop I wand a few meters of fabric to make Darlene a beach bag, good way to test the machine..few different options on the machine I'll have to get used to, sewing foot goes down the minute you hit foot peddle, Am sure I will keep looking to use my hand.

That about it for my day.

Happy movie watching "M"

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 30, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9370794

Need to take out my sewing machine and finish the pj's that I started 4 years ago. I actually threw a pair away today as they were coming apart next to the seams. The waist band has been full of holes for awhile but I've been saying "just a bit longer" ...

Check out this video my sister posted on FB. She and my BIL are friends of the couple involved.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-1w48qPF5hc

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 30, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9370801

Oh my gosh !! What a neat looking 'vehicle'. We used to have a 'hand me down' Radio Flyer wagon .. painted with Tremclad MANY times, and, not just RED .. there was some Yellow chips visible too ..

Hope the sewing machine is all you hoped for Betty .. I gave Brooklyn a beach bag lined with plastic for Xmas, for the family trip south in Feb. She was so happy to get it, thinks it'll be great for damp towels and bathing suits ..

Kind of a laid back day here .. went into the city to get a couple of DVDs .. I am SO frustrated with the number, and VOLUME of the ads when watching a program ..
Last evening there were FOURTEEN commercials on in between show episodes .. I now know why I watch little TV
My son keeps wanting us to get a PVR .. and tape shows and watch them later with no commercials. Well .. the ONLY show I am 'faithful' to, and that's a loose faithful, is Coronation St., and, if you miss it for one or two days, well, no big deal.

Just realized there's about 30 hours left in 2012 ..

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 31, 2012
5:09 AM

Post #9371106

Morning all,

ViolaAnn, loved watching how they turned h dad's old vehicle into a wagon..talk about creative! Just think of all the memories that come to mind when peoplet see the red flyer !

"m" agree with your,too many commercials

Not sure what I shall get into today..calling for 80's but doesn't feel like its possible this morning..yikes, if I'm chilled this morning what on earth will I do when I get home. Lol

Enjoy your day and violaAnn, get that sewing machine out. Lol

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9371114

Betty, I DID get the sewing machine out and finished one pair of pj's so I could wear them. I have one other older pair in almost the same condition as the pair I discarded. Have one more pair nearly done in the basement except that I hadn't sewn in the sleeves yet and I can't find them. I DO have extra fabric, so will be OK if I have to cut new ones. The other pair won't get sewn until after my open house next weekend though. We have grandtwins tonight, bells on Thursday (thought if we could get one rehearsal in we'd have one in the bag in case we have to cancel because of weather). Friday, weather permitting, a party up the Valley and our open house on Saturday.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 31, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9371152

Good for you ViolaAnn, hubby will think he has married a p.j. Model once you finish the other set..nothing more relaxing and comfy than putting on new Jammie's. As always, I envy you your social calendar..busy/busy lady..now let's hope the weather cooperates.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 31, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #9371251

WEATHER !!!!!!! The bane of man, woman and BEAST .. it's -26C here !!
I am staying INSIDE .. feel bad the poor dogs HAVE to go out every so often ..
Have ordered Chinese Food for later, and, it's a toss up whether I'll be able to stay up til midnight .. I'll try though ..

ViAnn .. good you were able to make new jammies .. something about sewing and me just doesn't compute :-)
Wish it did, I tend to WANT to sew every so often ..I'll stick to mending and button replacing I guess.

I think I remember 'coolish' mornings even when we were in the Keys Betty, mind you, by 11am it was warmed up ..

Have only about 40 pages left in my book, think I'll go and finish it, almost don't want to .. it was a very good read .. and, quick :-)

Enjoy your day

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 31, 2012
11:35 AM

Post #9371425

ah - the vaunted PVR - I LOVE IT!!
Even if you don't record and play back later, you can still pause the live shows and then fast forward through the commercials, cuz it's no longer "live"! And if you pause it too long (into the show) you can rewind and then watch it, commercial free!! Bob & I switched to Telus mid-October, and are fully enjoying the PVR they gave us to sign up...and they gave us a free laptop to boot! Bob's using that one, and I have the older one given to me by a friend in the spring.
Life is good!!
It's +1C right now, and should get a bit warmer... feeling bad for Manitoba/Ontario though - you're having such bad cold & snow right now!!!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

December 31, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9371801

Thought perhaps a NEW YEAR deserves a new thread ^-^

Happy New Year everyone !!

~M~

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