Hooray for March, Daylight Savings, Saint Patrick and Easter!2016-03-01T10:42:46-05:00

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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi everyone,
      Time marches on (ha ha) and here we are in another month. Hopefully we in the northern climes will see the beginnings of spring and those in the warmer states will not get too hot yet.

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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      Adele, I hope that your back is feeling better today. That is funny about the anesthesia curing Gary’s food issues. You should have sent in a hypnotist while he was still under to suggest that he likes all foods. lol That was great of Marrissa to do all that shopping. She’s definitely a keeper! Your Minions come through again!
      We had some snow last night but nothing near the 6 inches they predicted. Hopefully we won’t get anymore.
      We watched a little bit of the Oscars-I wanted to see Chris Rock’s opening monologue. Then we turned it off and i saw it again at the end for the best actress, actor and movie. I’m sorry that they skipped Sly Stallone again. I can’t believe how thin most of those women are-they must never eat. Plus I wonder how uncomfortable those gowns are-they are probably happy to get home and put on their pajamas. Especially the women who have on those dresses that have to be taped to them so their boobs don’t show. The dresses and jewelry are pretty but like in a fairy tale kind of way as they are so outside of what most people’s real lives are like. I’d rather be in my dream jeans and tennis shoes.
      Colleen, did you see the post from a Mary G. Borjas asking if there is anyone on here from the St. Louis/St. Charles area?
      I agree the Chick’s nite in shows do seem more relaxed and fun.
      I hope they have the Irish shows too-but they no longer do all day programming for them. So much has changed in the 25 years that I have been watching. I really wonder why they decided to do away with Big Bonanza Silver. I used to love that programming. They just don’t seem to have as many new jewelry designs as they used to. I guess there is just too much competition from other online retailers. I know you are not a big jewelry person but I always enjoyed those shows a lot. Just like yesterday was a fashion day and no one even seemed to mention it. It used to be a big deal when it was a fashion day and now it’s barely mentioned in passing.
      I hope that shot will help Christine’s heel. They have been taking forever to help her-I don’t know how she has withstood the pain for so long.
      Last night we went to a visitation for a friend’s Dad who passed away. These people used to be our neighbors so our kids grew up together. The man’s son was there with his new baby and I couldn’t believe how much father, son and grandson looked alike. It was unbelievable. I wanted to line them up and take their picture together.
      Whoops! I just looked out the window and it’s snowing again. Maybe I spoke too soon. I hope we don’t get more accumulation.
      Jenny’s MIL is out in Washington again so I will have to take over her babysitting duties again while she is gone. Yesterday Kendall was there too as she was home sick with a stomach ache. I felt bad for her as she seemed uncomfortable. They weren’t sure in the morning if she was faking or not but she was very quiet while I was there so it seemed like it was for real to me. I stayed later so Jenny could stop by at the wake too. I asked Kendall if she wanted her Mom to bring home something special for her but she said no. I hope that she’s feeling better today.
      I hope the weather stays good and you get to see Owen for his birthday and little Aliza Mae. That will be a fun visit. It’s hard to believe that when I started coming on here Owen and Kendall were like 2 or 3 and Lachlan and Kaylee weren’t even born yet! We’ve been chatting a long time!
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail, and everyone!!
      I also like the dresses, but, it was just not a great show. Lady gaga, and the brief visit by the Minnions was the best. I did like the other musical numbers. Those dresses must kill them. Jimmy Kimmel’s after Oscars show was hysterical- watched it last night, as we recorded it.
      I have a pot of beef stew cooking. I added a small amount of Harissa paste for a little interest- made it a tiny bit hot. hopefully not hot enough for the picky people to figure out. I will tell them I did a little too much pepper….LOL Lets see if Gary rejects this one. Hopefully the affects of the hospital food are still with us…..
      hey girls- I have only one big Annalee Easter duck out. Do you believe it????? If I do not take Gary for his blood test tomorrow, maybe I can get my 2 small boxes out.
      I do have just about everything for the kids’ Easter baskets. My back room looks like Santa dropped by. I cannot believe it is only 3 weeks away.
      Gail your grands have been so sick this season. the poor things. JJ , Steph, and Aizen have all had a terrible cold, so they have not been over. I hope they all get better soon. the poor things. It is hard to hear they are not well. Watch out. Gail so you do not get sick.
      How is Greg doing???
      Hope the weather is good for everyone- our sun is shining. It is supposed to rain soon, but, I am not sure when.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I did some snooping tonight and found out about some of the shows that are coming on that they are not advertising. On the 3rd and 4th of this month they are having Spring Fashion Days. On Thursday they have 2 Quacker shows. One is at 4am our time and the other is at 5pm. You may want to look on the schedule thing on qvc to be sure of the times. Then on March 11th they are having Silver Jewelry sale shows. They are on most of the day. They do have a show with Jayne and Pat not sure if they will just show jewelry or not did not say. Then on the 17th they are having the St. Patricks day shows but not all day and most of them are during the late hours. They start at midnight and stay on until 5 pm. That is another one that you might have to look at the schedule thing on qvc because it is not easy to read their time charts in this book. Then on the 24th they are having a spring gemstone jewelry celebration. That looks to be on all day. So just thought I would share those dates with you if you are interested.I looked in my Insider Magazine and got all the dates and names of the shows.
      It is not right to be that thin. It would be terrible to have to be glued to your dress to keep it up. I wonder if anyone has gotten stuck and could not get out of the dress because of the glue. That would be a mess. I know that it is a special glue that they use but it still would be a little funny. Could you see having to be cut out of a designer dress. That would make you cry after they did all that work and if you had to pay for the dress. I do not think that a lot of the women do. They let them wear the dress to get their name out there.
      I will have to look for Mary’s post. It is hard to find them on the front page anymore. There is a lot on the front page now. I really do hope that shot helps Christine also. That poor woman has been going thru that for too long. They should have done something a long time ago. I just keep praying that it will just be the shot and not end up in surgery. We all need to get together and on Sunday send Christine Happy Mothers Day wishes. She really gets down on that day and I think that it would cheer her up. They do not have the cards out here yet or I would send her one. I just think that if Sunday we all sent her that message she would really feel good. I am going to try and get my girls to do it also.
      You must be getting that snow that went around us. We just got the rain. It is really cold here now also. Hope that the cold weather goes away and we do not end up with more snow. I hope that it is warm at your house tomorrow and the snow starts to melt.
      I am sorry to hear that Kendall is sick. The poor little thing she has really had problems with being sick this year. Hope this will be the end of it. I know how miserable it is to have a stomach ache.
      Sorry to hear about the man who died. I will say a prayer for the family. This is a bad time of the year to lose a loved one.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      You will have to read the post to Gail. I posted some of the shows that are coming on this month. I am not sure if you are interested or not but they are there.
      Your beef stew sounds really good. What type of bread did you make to go with it? We had potato soup and garlic bread for dinner tonight. Ron did not do anything wrong just hungry for it. He ate some without complaining. We are going to take some to Ruth and Joe tomorrow because I made too much. I do that when I make too much soup and she does it when she makes too much soup. That way we are not stuck with it for a week. Ron just wants to do it so he does not have to eat that much potato soup.lol
      Well I did not stick to my plan. I ordered two tops from Quacker. I ordered the yellow and navy top with the cherry tree on the front and the top with the scallops in blue iris. The one like Cynthia ordered. I am just hoping that I can find a pair of navy crop pants to go with the yellow and navy top. I was really doing good until they started showing those tops and I could not resist. I will have to check the mail and get the tops before Ron finds them. He will complain about me buying them. lol
      You have had a lot going on and it is hard to get the Easter stuff out when your back is hurting and you are trying to take care of Gary. You will get it out and it will be cute like always. Just give yourself time. I am getting really bossy and snotty on here. Just tell me to stop and think if I offend you. I go thru this sometimes and do not mean to.
      How long is Gary going to have to use that ice machine for his shoulder? It sounds like it really is helping him. How is your back? Hope that you are resting it a little and not doing a lot of stuff right now.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      I hope that your back is feeling better and that Gary’s recuperation is going good. Will he have to do physical therapy?
      I must ask-what is harissa paste? I never heard of it. Sounds exotic.
      You are really good having all the Easter basket stuff done already. I haven’t even thought about that yet.
      Got my hair done yesterday. I had lent my beautician some books and she gave them back to me and I left them behind. I am a dunder head! lol
      I have to babysit again today as Jenny’s MIL is in Washington. I am getting nothing done around here. Hope to make some enchiladas suizas for dinner.
      Gotta go.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      Thanks for doing all that looking for shows on the Q. I will look for that programming.
      I think most of the woman at the Oscars get their dresses and jewels loaned to them. I would love to try out some of that expensive jewelry myself.
      I got an email from Quacker-none of us won the giveaway this month. Sometime one of us has got to win. That would be so great.
      That’s such a nice idea about sending Christine Mother’s Day wishes on Sunday. I know that is a hard day for her as she is estranged from her children. Her husband must have been a real jerk. No husband should abuse his wife-or vice versa for that matter. I’m glad she had the courage to get out of that relationship. Now I just need to remember to send her the wishes. My memory is not always the best.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I have to post a reminder here on my computer so I remember to wish her Happy Mothers Day. They should have it the same day as ours then it would be easier to remember. lol.I wonder which country started celebrating mothers day first. I have never really heard. Guess I never thought about it. I will have to look at that on the internet and see what I find out.
      I think that you are right. The girls at the Oscars do get those things on loan. That would be hard to give back if you like jewelry. It is really pretty on other people. My kids all wear jewelry and lots of it. They none of them take after their mother. lol My mom and sister love jewelry so maybe they take after them.
      Is it time for elections yet? I am so tired of hearing all that garbage on tv and then listening to the commentators give their opinion of what we all heard for ourselves. I am going to have to start reading books again and hiding in the sun room. Ron watch the debates tonight and all that other garbage that they have on. He gets upset and then he wants to talk about it all. I keep telling him not to watch so much of it but you know how stubborn men are.
      I did not get an e-mail about who won the drawing this time around. You would think that one of us would win this time around. We should as much quacker as we buy.lol I think all of us buy a lot of quacker. There is not one quacker that does not have a closet full of quacker clothes. We are all hooked on it. Have you seen the new butterfly tops that they have had. It seems like they have had a lot more this year then usual. Maybe I just started to notice.
      Well that is about all from here. I have to get up early tomorrow.We are going to St. Louis for Owens birthday. It should be nice. I think that Ron and I are the only ones going. We are supposed to go out to dinner. He is going to pick the restaurant. So ti will be interesting to see what he picks. Hope it is not Mc Donalds.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      It’s funny how some people love to wear jewelry and others don’t. Jenny is not a big jewelry person. In fact she doesn’t even wear her wedding rings except when she goes out and I never take mine off. I hope my granddaughters like jewelry as I have lots to give them.
      I’m sorry, Colleen, but it’s a long time until November so you still have a lot of politics to listen to before the election. I can’t even listen to the Republican debates because there is no discussion of issues-it’s all insults and name calling and bullying. The debates are supposed to be a chance for all these guys to state their platforms so we know what they intend to do if they get elected but so far there has been none of that-so how does anyone make an informed decision. I am like you-I hate when the commentators tell you what you just heard-like they think you are too stupid to figure it out for yourself. It’s so repetitious.
      You probably notice the butterfly stuff from Quacker more now since I always talk about it. I think she’s always done a lot of butterfly and dragonfly stuff. Isn’t it funny how they never have any duck stuff though. Years ago I had a black tshirt that had Quacker written across the front of it in rhinestones. I asked Patrick if they could make another only with a little duck on it with Quacker written underneath over on the left shoulder-like a polo shirt would have the insignia. He thought it was a good idea and said he would pass it on. I would love something like that. You would think Quacker factory would do more duck things though.
      I hope that you have fun with Owen and Aliza today. I’m wondering where he would chose for dinner-if it was our grands they would choose McDonalds or Dairy Queen. Is he in second grade this year? I think he and Kendall are in the same grade.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      You would think that Julie would like jewelry because you do and mine would not like it that much because I don’t. It is strange how things work out. When you start to give your jewelry away Julie may decide to wear some of it. Your granddaughter may like it since Julie does not wear it.
      You know at first when they started debating they did talk about some of the issues. But now they are acting like little kids and who wants to watch that. I am like you I want to hear the facts. The democrats are not much better. You do not know if Hillary is really going to do anything she says she will. I have no respect since she turned her back on those soldiers in Benghazi. It scares that she could do that on a bigger scale if she is president. We have never had a president do that, that I can remember. She got a lot of people killed. Some of the comments she made afterwards really made me mad. I better quit or I will never stop.
      I never thought about the fact that the never have anything with a duck on it. That is really funny. You would think that they would have a lot of ducks in there line. I wonder if they did some type of survey at one time or another and people did not like the idea. I cannot imagine that a quacker would not like it but maybe at that time they didn’t. That was a good suggestion I hope that they listen to you.We will see.
      We had a really good time with Owen today. We gave him money and he was excited about it. Ron also gave him gum and stickers. We put the package of stickers in the card with the money. We hid the money behind the stickers and at first he thought we gave him gum and stickers. It was funny cause he just kind of looked at us and told us thanks for the gum. Then the money fell out of the card and that made him happy. We went to Steak and Shake for dinner. Do they have those in Illinois? I cannot remember if they did or not. He got a burger and fries and a large milk shake. I could not believe that he ate all of that and drank all of the shake. It was a strawberry fudge shake. We could not have eaten all of that and drank the shake also. Aliza is really growing. She weighs 8 pounds now and seems to be getting a little longer. She is really pretty. She would just smile at us every time we would talk to her. She is such a good baby. I have never seen one that is smiling when she first wakes up. When we took her out she feel asleep in the car and stayed asleep until we got back to the house. She even slept while we sang to Owen and cut his cookie. He wanted one of those big cookies with frosting on it. They even put his name on it. I was really surprised that they did that. We just really had a nice time though. We held her the whole time and she really likes to be talked to.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      How is Greg doing with finding someone to help out at work.

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi ladies,
      Its the middle of.the night where you are, butI thought I’d drop in&say Hi. I finally figured out how to get here. Now the test will come tomorrow to see if I can do it again. Lol. I’m gonna have to do this on the computer cuz I can barely see what I’m writing.
      Am watching the Q Gardenig Made with Phillip Watson & Albany. He could come & fix my garden anytime. (If I had one). Lol. I Love flowers,esp roses!!! I miss not having a flower garden.
      Good night. Talk toya later.
      Dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      Welcome to the group! It used to be when you got your notification that someone had posted on a discussion that you had also posted on you could click on the notification and it would take you right to the posting. Now it’s a more roundabout route. They said they were working on being able to click on a link awhile back but I have not seen any progress on that yet. You also used to be able to copy and paste pictures and put on videos and we can no longer do either.
      I live in northern Illinois practically on the Wisconsin border so it will be quite awhile before we will be doing any gardening. Do you live someplace warmer? I love flowers too but have sort of a brown thumb so we finally just ended up planting a garden of perennials. So far that has worked out pretty well. My husband is the gardener-he’s much better at it than I am. Did you used to do a lot of gardening? We used to have a poster, Debbie, that was our gardening expert. She just loved it and was so good at it. I used to enjoy seeing her garden pictures. Unfortunately she became ill and has not been on much of late.
      Hope that you have a good weekend. We had snow again last night.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      It sounds like you guys had a good visit with the grands. Owen was being very polite even though he didn’t see the money at first. Lachlan already remembers that the Easter eggs that they hunt here have money in them as he was asking Jenny the other day if he gets money at Gigi’s house for Easter can he use it to buy a new game for his tablet. I wish my memory was as good as their’s!
      We do have Steak and Shakes in Illinois. I think the closest one to us is in Rockford. Gosh when I was in college there was one in Bloomington that we went to all the time. I had forgotten all about that. We always pick up dinner before we go to Jenny’s on Friday. Now that Dairy Queen is open again for the summer I suppose the kids will want us to pick up dinner from there just about every week. Mainly because of the ice cream in the kids meals. lol That was nice of them to put Owen’s name on the cookie in the restaurant. Did they put a candle in it too? I remember a few years ago we took Brent and Kim out to some steakhouse for his birthday dinner and they made him sit on this saddle thing after I told them it was his birthday. I must have a picture of that somewhere-I wonder what I did with it. He was a good sport about it even though he didn’t want to do it.
      So this will be little Aliza’s first Easter. She probably has a cute outfit to wear. I forget how much little ones sleep during those first few months. Especially in the car-that’s like the magic sleeping machine. Then they get to be Piper’s age and I swear that child never sleeps-and she also never stops talking. However, I think I was like that as a kid too. I always remember people asking me-“who put a nickel in you?”Poor Jenny, she must feel like she never gets enough sleep. She really is my hero-working full time and taking care of a house and three little kids. If only they could bottle some of that energy and sell it to us! lol
      Greg did hire a guy who will be starting April first. Even though he is still doing all the work just knowing that he will be getting some relief next month has really taken a load off of his mind and he seems to be feeling better. Just as tired but feeling happier.
      I am having an RA flare recently. I hope that it will improve on it’s own without me having to go on more medicine.
      For some reason it says my battery is running low so I better post this before I run out of juice. I’m plugged in so I don’t know what the problem is.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      I sent Barbara an e-mail asking if she was okay but so far no answer. Also I hope everything is all right with Adele as we haven’t heard from her in a few days. I hope everything is all right with Gary after his shoulder surgery. Or maybe she forgot to check the box so she isn’t getting any notifications.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      OMG everyone!!!
      I was wondering why I did not get any emails on our discussion. I forgot to check that bock on the bottom.
      Welcome Dianne! What part of the country are you in? I am in Massachusetts. Close to the ocean, and north of Boston. How long have you been a Quacker?
      Gail…..all is good. Gary is doing well. the main issue is the swelling in his legs, form not lying flat in bed. they do not allow a shoulder patient to sleep in bed- something to do with the shoulder remaining in place. he also has very limited exercises to do, not to stress the joint. he cannot lift anything, with either arm either. very different from any other joint replacement we have dealt with. He only gets achy when the weather changes, which is good. All he requires is a Tylenol- cannot take aspirin based because they have him taking a prescription aspirin to prevent any blood clots.
      It is nuts here. he has at least one person coming every day- OT, PT, nurse, and home health aid to help him shower, until he can raise the arm. Today, nobody is coming, and it is heavenly.
      Colleen- sounds like you had a great visit with the new baby and Owen. They grow so fast. I bet Aliza will be in an adorable Easter outfit. Can you believe it is 3 weeks away????
      So, yesterday I made a new recipe- Madeline’s. They were a big hit. even the Home Health aid liked them….LOL I have to get another Madeline pan, as I had to use my Fall shapes pan, because they made 32, and the pan holds 16. You know Bobby, he said…”Why are some of the Madelines shaped like pumpkins and turkeys?” They were really easy, and they get this tiny crust on the outsid ethat everyone loved. Gary ate 5, and Tillie ate 3, while they were still warm.
      Gail- how is Greg doing finding another worker?
      I got the new patriotic short sleeve with the fabulous spray of stars across the top- blue and black. Has not come yet.
      Hope Barbara is ok- has anyone heard yet? No more news from Cynthia, either?
      the sun is shining today. We got 2 inches of snow last night, and it is supposed to be 70 on Wednesday. Yahoo!!!
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      HI Girls,
      Well it’s late where you are, but I’ll go ahead & tell ya about myself for those don’t know me yet.

      I’m in my 60’s, retired/disabled. I live in Oregon, a long way from all of you. I’ve lived here all my life. I was born in Portland, where I reside at the moment. I grew up
      in a small town & lived down there most of my life. We didn’t live on a farm, but was outside the city limits. When I see produce labeled “organic”, I laugh, cuz I grew
      up with a father who always put in a large garden every year. We just went out the back door to the garden. And yes, we ate straight out of the garden. We also drank
      water from the hose. And I’m STILL alive to tell the story.
      I guess that’s where I get my love of flowers & gardening. I used to have pots of roses, about 50 different varieties, but with moving & I’m unable to take care of them,
      I had to let them go. I used to plant all annuals, petunias, marigolds (mosquitos HATE them!!!), geraniums, and anything that struck my fancy. So, since I had to give up the real
      flowers, I now have a florist shop full of artificial flowers. Allergy free, no water, no dead heading, lol.
      I have a kitty cat, Jewell. She’s a rescue kitty, she’s a senior, yrs old. She’s getting groomed tomorrow (don’t tell her tho). She’s Persian/Himalayan & is SPOILD Rotten!!!!
      I collect Thomas Kinkade art. I have several of his paintings. (not the oils). I love his cottage paintings. I could envision myself walking into many of his pictures. I love old
      Victorian homes, too.
      I’ve been a quacker since the late 90s. That’s when I discovered QVC, QF, & Thomas Kinkade. I don’t get as much as I used to. Since I’m on a fixed income now, I have to
      be selective. Usually several easy pays is the only way I can do it. They’ve had several tops I’d love to have, kitties, flowers, sets of 2.

      Oh, I’m single, so I don’t have kids or grand kids (makes sense) lol. Just my fur baby.
      Right now it’s soggy out here. Lots of rain coming in. We broke all records for rainfall in Dec. & Jan. Feb. was the warmest on record. Go figure. There was some flooding
      in Dec., but hopefully there won’t be anymore. We were right behind Ca. as far as drought goes last year. It was the hottest/driest summers on record last year. We’ve made up
      for it now. We could’ve used that snow you guys got last yr & some of this yr!!
      I live about 90 minutes from the Oregon coast, & about 2 hrs from the ski resorts on Mt. Hood. I don’t ski, but I LOVE the beach!!!! If I could I’d live on a tropical island somewhere.
      I don’t travel anymore, so it’s only in my dreams. sigh.
      Well, now that I’ve bored all of you to death I’ll sign off for now.
      Have a great Sunday & I’ll talk to ya tomorrow. Lord Willing.
      dianne

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      Hi Adele,
      I had a feeling when you were MIA that you had forgotten to check the box. I will try to give a reminder when we change months but , who knows, I will probably forget to do that. lol We need reminders for our reminders!
      Your madelines sound delicious. The home health workers get an extra treat when they come to your house. So has Gary been having to sleep in a recliner then?
      That top with the flag was so pretty but I had already bought one of those patriotic believe shirts and one with balloons so I took a pass this time around. Maybe next year. And of course there was a new short sleeve one with butterflies that is now winging my way. lol
      We are looking at 60 degrees midweek also. I am excited. Except my RA has been acting up. I’m hoping it will subside without me having to add more medications. I will give it several weeks and see what happens. sometimes you will have a flare and then it will subside. Plus I had been forgetting my nightly pills sometimes so I’m hoping that getting back on schedule with that should help.
      Greg is supposed to go over to Jenny’s later and help Adam measure and buy some stuff for fixing up their basement. I’m not sure if I will go along or not. Other than that I’m not sure what our plans are as we spent all day yesterday car shopping. We were gone much longer than expected and poor Rocky was here all alone. I called Jenny to see if someone there could run by and let him out but they were all in the car on their way to see Zootopia. I’m like a big kid as I like all those Disney movies too. I hope it was good. We have tickets in a couple weeks to see this guy that we saw previously in Million Dollar Quartet. He was phenomenal-he played Jerry Lee Lewis and I swear he could play the piano standing on his head! lol
      Gotta get some breakfast.
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne,
      We used to have someone from Oregon who chatted with us regularly. She is from Medford. She has been feeling unwell so she stopped chatting and we all miss her so much. She could tell a story like no other.
      I’m with you when I see the “organic” label. We still vegetable garden that same way. A fresh tomato straight from the garden is like a little slice of heaven on earth-when you still feel the warmth of the sun on it as you take your fist bite and add a sprinkle of salt. It’s one of God’s treasures here on earth.
      I bought some Thomas Kinkade in the earlier days of the Q too. His pictures do evoke a feeling of peace and coziness. Like you could walk right into one of those cottages and sit down for tea with the occupants. Each painting seems to tell a story.
      We have two children and three grandchildren. A son named Brent and a daughter named Jenny. Our daughter lives in the same town as us and our son lives in New Mexico. He had lived there in college and for a bit after. He met his wife there and they lived there for a couple of years after they got married and then they moved back to Illinois. His wife died about two and a half years ago and he moved back in with us until last summer when he moved back to New Mexico. Needless to say we miss him. I worked in an office until we had children and at that point I stayed home and have been here ever since. We are in Illinois practically on the Wisconsin border about an hour and forty five minutes from Chicago. I have lived in Illinois for the majority of my life.
      Jewell is such a beautiful cat. We used to always have cats and dogs but when we stopped having a cat for a little while my husband became allergic so no more cats for us. I miss them. We had three dogs who are in my profile picture but we have now lost two of them to various forms of cancer. The only one left is the black and white one, Rocky, and he is sixteen and a half years old-he will be 17 May 28th.
      So that’s a little about me. Colleen and Adele will probably share their stories when they come on.
      I didn’t realize that Oregon was having a drought like California. I guess you hear more about California.
      I hope that you have a great rest of your weekend.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne
      We are all in our 60’s….LOL
      I, like you, love my garden. But, I have to get my “Minnions” to do the digging. They are my granddaughters, who I have been calling Minnions, since my back surgeries.
      I only plant annuals, because I just cannot do that much work anymore to have them die at end of season. My garden is 28 years old- we have been in this house that long. Gardens are a work in progress, for sure. I still have a couple of things I want to add this year. I do the cottage garden thing- where everything grows into each other to prevent weeding. there is no way, in God’s good earth that I could weed….LOL
      I hope you do not get any more flooding in your area. Nobody can control the water, and it can be scary. that is why I say, give me a good blizzard any day. AL least snow can be shoveled. Each of our areas of this country have their own weather problems. We worry about each other, when we hear the news that one of the state’s one of us Quackers live is getting hit.
      This is my second marriage. We both have grown kids, and grands. Together, we have 6 grands, and 2 great-grands. The great-grands are from my side only. I am an only child, and hubby, Gary, has one brother, who has Alzheimers. Very sad. My mother, who will be 90 soon, is German, and lives with us, in the in-law apartment. My Dad, was Italian. We are a multi-genrational, religious, and cultural family. We have Catholic, protestant and hubby is Jewish. My great-grands are half Dominican. That Italian/ German/ Irish/Dominican mix makes the most adoroable kids. (the x was Irish)
      that gives you a little background on my funny life….LOL
      Hubby has just had a shoulder replacement. Both of us have physical limitations, due to severe arthritis, and I have 2 curves in my back that affect all aspects of my life.
      But, I love, love, love to sparkle and shine!
      Welcome to the group.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      I cannot believe I forgot to check it again. I should have known. I thought everyone was too bust to post….LOL
      Hetaher came over with her old best friend, Angela. I have not seen her in years. They were best friends in grade school through high school. Then when we moved out here, and out of Boston, they lost touch. Angela now lives in the same Town. her mother and I were best friends, and did Girl Scouts together. Unfortunately, her mother died a few years ago, from cancer. So very sad. It was nice to see her, and when she left she said it was just like the old days.
      I think you own every butterfly top Quacker has, and I have just about every summer top with a patriotic theme. Too funny!
      How did Rocky do while you were gone so long?
      I hope the weather cooperates for you concert in a couple of weeks.
      Hope your weather is good all week. You need a break. It is going to be sunny here, and maybe 70 on Wednesday- that is good because that is the day Gary goes to the doctor. We hadonlyone visit form his peeps this weekend- OT, who came today. It was nice not to have so many people coming and going for a couple of days.
      Hope you got some quiet time, while Greg was at Jenney and Adam’s. I like when the house is quiet for a while.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Diane,
      I am glad that you found your way on here. You will be a welcome member to the group. Your cat is so pretty. She is a lot of company to you and that is nice. Is it still raining or has it stopped now. I guess that you needed the rain.
      We get our vegetables from the same place. We have a garden in the summer and go out and pick what we need. I imagine that you really miss that and your flowers. Thank heaven for artificial flowers. I have a brown thumb and am not good at growing anything. My husband is responsible for all of my flowers and veggies in the gardens. He is really good at it and has taken over the task since he retired. I also love roses and do have a few rose bushes in the yard. We also have mums and other flowers that I have no idea what they are. He has to remind me every year. We also have a weeping willow tree that is my favorite. He planted it next to the deck and that may prove to be a mistake we will see.
      I think we are all from the generation that drank water from the hose and road in a car without a seat belt and we all survived it. It is funny how things have changed that we survived. Now no one can survive it and we have all these new rules.
      I also have Thomas Kinkade pictures hanging on my wall. They are always so pretty and are of places that it would be fun to be. Can you imaging how it would be to live in one of those homes. They all look so elegant. The Victorian furniture and the houses were just so pretty.
      Well that is about all from me. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I am sorry to hear that your RA is acting up again. That is not fun to have to go on more medicine. Then you have to worry about having a reaction to the meds and all of that junk. It is not fun to start a new medicine.
      It is funny what kids remember about what they do at their grandparents. We put money in the eggs here also just not in all of them. We buy the ones that already filled as it is a lot easier the trying to fill all of them. We have to figure out what we are going to have for the baby. Maybe fix a basket with diapers and an outfit or too. I saw some clogs the other day and thought about getting her a pair of those if I can find them in her size. They were for little ones but not sure if they had them for her age group. I cannot wait to see what she will be wearing for Easter. She will be well dressed I am sure. Do you buy things for the kids on Zulily? I thought that you said once that you did. Are their things nice and worth buying from? I have never bought from them and I am starting to get e-mails from them. They have some really cute baby things.
      They did not get the cookie from Steak and Shake. They bought it at the store and we had it when we got back to the house. Just never knew that they did that before. We never by them so it is hard to know all of that.
      Young mothers have to have a lot of energy to take care of kids. Especially if they have one like Piper that does not like to sleep. Do the other two sleep like they should are do they stay up late also? It makes it really hard if you have one who likes to stay up late and then the others like to get up early in the morning. That would really mess up your sleeping schedule. They take care of the kids and work also. I do not see how they do it. I did not work until all of my kids were older. So it was not as bad.
      That was really good news that Greg found some help. At least he will have help in April. Hope that it does not take a long time to train him. That has to be a big load off your mind and his. At least he is feeling better.
      They really have some good food at DQ now. I do not remember them having sandwiches like they do now. Our DQ stays open all year long. THey have since they started serving meals. They also have a play area for the kids at the one. It is nice that the kids get an ice cream with their meal. That would win the kids over every time. Have you tried the new sandwiches they have there? We have not been there since they started selling them. Will have to go and see what they are like.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and will talk to you later. Hope that there is nothing wrong with your lap top.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Glad to see that you are back. It is hard to remember to check that box at the bottom all the time. It is just something new that we have to get use to again. Not bad though. This site is a lot different then the other one was.
      It will be better when Gary can start moving around and sleeping in a bed. Have they said how long he will have to sleep in the chair? I hope it will not be for much longer. When does he go back to the doctor? Maybe he will be able to lay down after that visit and at least the swelling will go down. Does the therapist say anything about the swelling? They should report it to the doctor when they put their progress report on the computer and send it to him. It is nice that you have that many coming in to help Gary. It is hard on you but if you keep feeding them those good snacks they will never stop coming. lol
      Will you have the family over for Easter? I am sure that the kids will help you get everything ready and you will not have to worry. Have you got your meal planned yet? I know that we will have ham and some type of salad and potato casserole. After that I have no idea. It will be interesting to see what I make. Hopefully the girls will give me some ideas. I got nothing right now. Maybe I will get some ideas form you girls when you talk about what you are fixing. Does Gary eat ham? I know that Jewish people do not eat pork if they are strict. From the sounds of things Gary is not.
      I got that blue iris top the other day and it is so soft. It is the one with the scalloped neck line with the flowers on it. I did order the yellow top with the blue bottom to it with the cherry blossom tree on it. I just need to find some navy capris dream jeannes to go with it. So far no luck. Maybe it will look good with the indigo ones. We will see after I get it. The shirt you bought is really pretty also. I have a couple of patriotic shirts already so did not buy another one. Do not need anymore.
      Well that is about all from here. Please take care of yourself and Gary. How is your back? Is your back still hurting? Just be careful.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Girls,
      Did you remember to send Christine a happy mothers day wish today? There is still time if you do it for tomorrow. She would really like to get a couple of them.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Colleen,
      Mother’s day? Did I miss something? I thought it was in May. Lol. Right now we’re having heavy down pours then they pass & move on. It isn’t steady.
      Unlike winter storms that come in & park, spring storms come in & go out quickly..
      Jewell got groomed today. There’s a grooming company that comes to you. It’s called Wash N Roll pet grooming. I schedule her whenever they’ll be
      in my area. They do a great job. They give her a lion cut, clip her claws, clean her ears & give her a bath, and a spritz to top it off. She’s not real happy
      with me at first, but she gets over it. I don’t like doing it during the cold weather, but she gets so matted that I had to. I do it in the warmer weather, esp
      during the summer.
      Thank you for the compliment. She is a beautiful cat.

      Don’t forget next weekend we spring ahead with Daylight savings time. My how time flies.
      I see there’s a QF show on tonight.
      That’s all for now
      Have a great week.
      dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I know some DQ’s stay open all winter. I think it depends on the owners. Ours closes in the winter because the owners go to Florida and I guess they don’t want to be bothered running it long distance. Ours doesn’t really have a lot of sandwiches-they don’t even have burgers which many do. Last year we were supposed to get a Dunkin Donuts, a Baskin Robbins and a Hardees and all of them ended up falling through.
      Kendall sleeps good as she is usually tired from being up and going to school. Lachlan sleeps okay but he won’t sleep in his own bed. I think he is always in with Jenny. It’s like musical beds in their house.
      I have never bought any kids clothes from Zulily but I think Jenny has. However, because of the way things are set up with them there is no returning things. And they don’t ship things right after you order them. You have to wait until the time period on the sale is over. Somewhere there is an explanation of how all that works. All that being said I have been very happy with the things that I have bought. I have bought some jewelry, some picture frames, an ottoman, and some other household things. I know you want a Kitchen Aide mixer and I have seen those on there for a hundred dollars less than the regular price. In general I have been extremely happy with my purchases from them. One time Jenny ordered a shirt for Lachlan and they sent the wrong size. She couldn’t exchange it as they were all sold out but I think they did give her a credit. Anyway, thus far my experience has been good and I have been happy with what I received. Last week I got the cutest little sign that says ” Welcome to Gigi’s” on it and I have never seen anything like that anywhere else.
      My laptop is fine. I am a dummy. I checked where it plugs into the wall but forgot to check that box on the cord that has plugs on it and it was unplugged from there. So I am up and running again.
      I did remember to send Christine Mother’s Day wishes and she e-mailed me back telling me what she has been up to. It’s interesting that it is on different days in different countries.
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne,
      Mother’s Day is in May. We were just talking about sending Mother’s Day wishes to one of our Quacker friends from the UK as Mother’s Day there is in March.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I figured that you forgot to check the box again. I will have to send you an email reminder each month. lol
      I guess between the two of us we have the butterflies and the patriotic Quacker stuff totally covered. The Bice family should send us a Christmas card every year. lol Last year I had a butterfly pinky ring made up with a diamond from a necklace that was my mothers. I never wore the necklace because it was a 16 inch chain and the pendant didn’t come off so I could change the chain out. So when we went to Kansas City which has my very favorite jewelry store I took the pendant with and had them take the stone out and make me up the ring. Our trip usually coincides with our anniversary so that’s usually where I get my gift each year. I wear a pinkie ring on both hands and have since I was about twenty-it’s kind of like my signature-plus I always wear my wedding rings on my left hand and some ring or other on my right ring finger. That’s another reason I hate when the RA acts up as the fingers swell and the rings have to come off and i have worn them so long and they are such a part of me that I miss them if I have to take them off due to swelling. I feel like I’m missing a part of myself when that happens.
      It’s always quiet around here all day anymore. We don’t have people in and out like you do at your house. Rocky does not even bark anymore since he is deaf and can’t hear the sounds that dogs would normally bark at. He did pretty well when we were gone for so long on Saturday. Sometimes he has accidents since he is older but he didn’t have any but I’m sure he was looking for me later in the day and he was probably getting hungry too as he normally would eat at 6 and we weren’t home til after 8.
      I’m looking forward to the nice weather this week. Spring is coming.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      It was nuts here this morning. We had Hetaher, Marissa, and Frankie for the business, then add the plumber (Tillie’s kitchen faucet broke), and the PT for Gary.
      So……..I could not get my bra on this morning, as my arm did not want to reach. The plumber was supposed to come in the pm. So, I had my bra in the kitchen, waiting for Heather or Marissa. Marissa was first, so she was helping me fasten it, and the plumber starts to come up the stairs. I yell…..wait a minute do not come up…..and she finishes the latching. OMG, how embarrassing was that! I bet that story will be told at my funeral.
      That must be a real pretty ring. What a nice trip for your anniversary. Take a pic and show us. I know what you mean, as there are a lot of days some rings do no fit on my fingers from the swelling too. I do not wear my jewelry around the house. Only my wedding band.
      It is amusing how we all have our favorite decorations. Every time I see a butterfly, I think of you. So this morning Amanda tagged me on Facebook, and said we need to get a plant that attracts butterflies, so they will come to the yard. I respond by telling her she may want to come to the annual trip to the nursery, and she says yes, of course. She is too funny. Of course, I thought of you for that discussion!!!
      I was up at the crack of dawn- 7:30, to get dinner in the crock pot. It needs to be done by 5:30 today, as Marissa and Hetaher will be here for dinner.
      I have a cold. Probably got it form the hospital visit with Gary. I hope he does not get it.
      My friend’s fiancé died late yesterday. Very sad. He had emphysema.
      Poor Rocky. It is hard to see our pets fail. I hated that when I had the kitties.
      It is in the high 40’s here today, and I have the kitchen window cracked open for some fresh air. I hope I don’t spread my germs.
      Hope your weather is good too!!
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne and Colleen
      I cannot see the picture of the kitty. I only see an ocean scene. Am I doing something wrong?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Gary goes back to the doctor on Wednesday. With shoulders, they do not want you in bed at all. They are afraid if you move the shoulder will come out of the socket. The PT person explained it this way. You have no control of your movements at night. The shoulder muscles have to heal around the ball, before it can be safely moved. That takes about 6 weeks. He does very minimal movements with PT- hardly moving the arm at all. The shoulder is not allowed to move at all, for fear of it coming out of that socket. Real weird. Not at all like a knee replacement, or even a hip. I remember with his hip that he could not move it above a certain point, but, you were still able to use it.
      Read the post to Gail for a good laugh.
      The swelling cannot be helped, until he gets back in bed, and the feet are above his heart. The PT guy is hoping the doctor will allow a 2 hour stay in bed to help the swelling bit he is not hopeful. I will be glad when this is all over. I cannot leave the house for more than 2hours because he cannot pull up his PJ’s when he goes to the bathroom. They have no gadget for that, because e the grabbers are too straight to help with any angles. So we are screwed on that one…..LOL
      The crew will be here for Easter. Bobby suggested he make a gravy (Italian), with ravioli’s. They all voted yes, so we will not have ham this year. That gives me a break, so I can do a nice homemade loaf of Italian bread for the dinner. We will have a nice salad, or an antipasto with it. Of course there will be at least one desert per person, the edible chocolate centerpiece, and the Pizzaghiena, of course…..LOL
      I think I will miss the ham, as we do not have it, accept on Easter. I like the vegies we have with ham, and Amanda’s favorite is mashed potato. Your dinner sounds good! You always make a good meal.
      I hope you find the right pant for your new top. I will wear a dark colored pair of dream jeannes with my bunny top. I hoe it is not too hot, as it has 3/4 sleeves.
      My back room looks like Christmas, with all the stuff for the kids’ baskets stored in there. I am so glad I got everything before his surgery.
      hope your day is going well.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Diane,
      They do celebrate Mothers day in March in England. Christine is from there. She is a really nice person also . She comes on here once in awhile. She usually is really busy and does not come on sometimes. She will be back though.
      I hope that Jewel enjoyed her grooming today. That is nice that they come to you instead of you having to go to them. Hope that she did okay with the groomers this time and was not mad at you for having it done. She is like all of our pets. A little spoiled and want to do things their way. No matter what we want. Do they have vans that will come and pick you up if you call them to take you to the store or anywhere else you need to go? We have vans that you can call and they do not charge much to take you places. It is just for seniors and no one else. It is really nice they take you to the doctor and shopping and they will come back and get you when you are done. It is really a good deal. We do not have public buses down here though. We are in the country and they do not run down here.
      Spring ahead and we lose an hour of sleep. That is not a good thing.lol Thanks for the reminder. We usually forget about that all the time. If we miss the news then we really forget. They remind you on there. They are so nice to do that.
      They have been having a lot of QF shows here lately. They really have some cute things on there too. They are supposed to have some new stuff on the show Tuesday I think that is what Angel said. It will be interesting to see what it is.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Your area sounds like ours. They are always going to put something in and it never happens. We were supposed to get a Target and a Cracker Barrel. So far all we got was a rural kind and a hobby lobby. They are going to build a Menard also which does not make sense. They will sell the same thing as rural king. We also have a Lowes so we are going to be crowded out by those types of stores. It will be interesting to see which on stays around the longest.
      Lachlan does not go to school full time yet does he? Probably when he does he will stay in his bed and sleep thru the night. None of my kids every slept with us. I guess they liked their own bed. Ron snores so loud that it would wake the neighbors.lol Danyielle had a room to herself all the time because she was the oldest. She could not stand to share a room with her sisters. It was easier to do it that way to stop the fighting.
      I may not order from them. Usually if I order things off the net I need it right away. There is not telling how long you would have to wait. I am glad that I asked about that and if they send the wrong size you are stuck with it. Since Aliza is the last one it would be hard to give the things to someone else. I cannot believe that she is almost two months already. She is growing too fast.
      How cool that you found that sign. Welcome to Gigis. I bet that was the first one that you have found. It is not a usual sign that they would print up. Glad that you found it. The kids will be impressed with it. Your butterfly ring sounds really pretty. It was nice that they could do that for you. That Jewelry store sounds like a nice one. Do they do that while you are in town or do they have to mail it to you? I really do not know much about jewelry and how long it takes to do something like that.
      Thank you for sending that to Christine. She usually is so sad during holidays like that. She is too nice a person to be treated like they treat her. I do think that one day they will be sorry for the way they treated her. Hope they do not wait until it is too late.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      That is funny that the plumber almost caught without your bra. You were lucky that you heard him coming up the steps. That could have been interesting. Hope that he got the problem fixed and does not have to come back. You really have a house full there during the week. What did you bake for all of them today? The therapist will keep coming to get the treats.lol How nice that Marissa and Heather are both there. Gary does not have to worry about the business and not having enough help.
      That is a long time before he can move the shoulder again. It does make sense though. It is nice that he has the therapist there to help him and remind not to do much. He really does not need to do much and the kids seem to be there for him. You are lucky to have so much help. It is going to make more work for you having to cook extra food for all of them but crock pots are good for that. I love mine and use it all the time.
      That is a shame that they do not have a gadget to pull his pants up. I wonder if you put a string on his bottoms and put it around his arm he could do it. It would be hard to figure out where to put the strings where he could reach them. it could be a long string with a clip on the end of it to clip to the bottoms and help him pull them up. Oh well I tried.lol
      Your Easter dinner sounds good also. It would be nice to change from the ham once in awhile. You could fix a small ham for the day before Easter and you can enjoy that. You make so many goodies for everyone. I can imagine what your back room looks like. With all the Easter things back there. I imagine that the kids all get excited about coming to your house you always have such good food and nice gifts for them. I am really cheating this year. I am getting ready made baskets from the store for the kids. They hunt the Easter eggs and to go and find all the things to put in a basket is a lot of work. Hope that we can find some good ones this year.
      I was a little disappointed in that top I bought. I wanted it so bad and then after I got it it wasn’t what I thought it would be. It is really thin and not as soft as the other top that I bought. I will put it on and see how I feel about it after it is on. I do not like to send things back. If I do not like it I will give it to my mom. See what she thinks of it. I may like it better once it is on. Will see.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good nigh.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m on here pretty late for you guys. For those who can’t see my kitty, just go to my QF page & she’ll be my cover & profile pic. If you can’t get to it, I’ll try to
      send another pic of her. Let me know. She’s gotten over her tantrum & is sitting here on the sofa with me.
      Thanks for clarifying Mother’s day for me. That’s great there’s a fellow UK Quacker on board with us. I have a pen pal in York, UK. I’ve had pen pals from the UK since the
      80s. I think one has passed on. I haven’t heard from her in quite some time. She had no family left so I have no way of finding out.
      Collen that’s too bad about the top not being what you thought it’d be. I had that happen not long ago. I’d ordered a top from D&Co. & it wasn’t what it looked like on the TV. And it was
      waaaay too big, eventho I ordered my normal size. I hate it when that happens.

      Do any of you have a Dollar Tree in your town? It’s my Favorite store!!!! They always have the cutest holiday decorations. And you don’t have to pay a fortune for it. Now that I can’t get to a MIchael’s craft store, I turned to the Dollar Tree. Micheals is where I got all my artificial flowers. Of course I was working back then. Now it’s $ Tree. I just found blue pansies there.
      Never saw them before.
      Well, that’s it for now.
      talk to ya later.
      dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      That’s interesting that you have pen pals from the UK. I always said chatting to the people on this board from all across the country is like having adult pen pals. We have learned some interesting things about the other states over time. From our other Oregon Quacker we discovered that you don’t have fire flies out there. I was amazed as I thought everyone had the experience of catching lightning bugs as a kid and putting them in a jar and watching them light up. After she told us that I did some research and discovered that there aren’t fireflies west of the Mississippi. I thought that was so interesting. So we discovered chatting on here was not only fun it was also educational.
      I’m glad Jewell is over getting groomed. I know cats don’t really care for that. How nice that you have a mobile groomer. I think that’s an excellent idea. I have to take our dog over to the groomer which I don’t mind except when the weather is bad.
      We don’t have a Dollar Tree close by here but I know they sometimes do have some cute stuff. I’m glad that you found a place close by to get your artificial flowers.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Love the story about you and the plumber. I wouldn’t worry-remember he’s a plumber-guys who are notoriously famous for showing their butt crack! lol He would have thought you and your bra half on was a normal occurrence. lol
      When you are planting your butterfly bush don’t forget to plant a few milkweed seeds to help save the monarchs. I know they are not pretty and are considered a weed but maybe you can find a little spot for them.
      So what was in the crock pot last night? You do have Grand Central Station at your house. Does Tillie come up for dinner each night or just part of the time? Is Bobby home for dinner every night. You are still feeding lots of people in that case.
      I think the hospital is one of the worst places for germs around. I always do a good hand washing or sanitizing when I leave the doctor’s or the hospital. Speaking of that Kendall was sick again yesterday-she threw up in the morning. Have not heard how she is today yet.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      What is a Rural Kind store? Is that like a Farm and Fleet or a Tractor Supply? I’ll bet they don’t have tractor Supply’s by Adele. They probably don’t have much use for horse and cow ointments etc. lol
      Yes, Lachlan is still in preschool. He was old enough for kindergarten but Jenny kept him back as she didn’t think he was mature enough.
      They mail the jewelry to me as it takes a while to make it plus it has to be approved by the owner before they send it out and he is often gone to Europe on buying trips. I have several pieces from that store and I have had some pieces made up for me. I love having one of a kind pieces as they are different and have a special meaning for me. I have two eternity bands from there. One I saw and Greg surprised me with it and the other I had made up for an anniversary.
      I do feel bad for Christine also. Her husband was a bad guy to turn her kids against her. She is lucky that she got away from him though before he injured her or worse. How can some people be so evil to those that they are supposed to love. I know it is hard for her but she seems so resiliant-like a true Quacker-she has made the best of a bad situation. Now I hope she can get some relief from that darn bone spur that has been plaguing her for so long.
      It’s another beautiful day even though the cardinal is banging. Crazy bird! He’s worse than ever this year!
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      Is the top a cotton blend? I have noticed when it is a blend, the fabric is much thinner. I also am not a fan of the thinner fabric. I like the all cotton tops.
      that is funny that you said to get a small ham, as I was thinking to get a little daisy ham…..LOL We Quackers think alike!
      I did not bake anything yesterday, and they were disappointed. It was just too confusing here. I had Marissa pick up a fresh loaf of bread on her way back- they liked that. I have not made a lot of bread lately- Gary is keeping me too busy. Over the weed, I did do the Brioche. I think I told you that- not sure. Well, the recipe makes 2 loaves, and Bobby did French toast for dinner that night, which was a huge hit. I did the Brioche to see if we liked it for Easter, because they had a way to make little bunny heads out of the rolls, if you did rolls instead of a loaf- got that form Better Homes and gardens. Although they loved the Brioche, they all said the Italian, with sesame seeds one I made, would go a lot better with the raviolis and meatballs. So, Italian it is.
      I am afraid of an egg hunt this year. It is so early, and the risk of bad weather is too great. We may had to do something inside.
      My plumber may never come back again….LOL Then, Tillie tells me the faucet is making a little nose, and I had to leave him a message. How embarrassing is that!
      My new patriotic tops came today, and the new grey color of the zipper crops- love them!! I forgot to check the fabric content of the tops- I am pretty sure they are all cotton- have not tried them on yet.
      With Gary and the pants thing- that shoulder sling is HUGE! It is big on it’s own, and has a huge block in between his body and the arm, to keep it away from his body. that is part of the problem- he cannot see around it. His OT person worked with him today, on getting the ants up- he thinks he may be able to do it. We will see- if not, she will try again.
      Tomorrow is doctor day. God help me!
      Have a good night.
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      I am going to friend you on here, so I can see your kitty.
      We have a Dollar Tree. Hubby loves that store. We also have a Christmas Tree shops- you cannot believe the stuff they have. They also have (from time to time- it is hit or miss with them) brand name foods for a much cheaper price- like Pepperidge Farm cookies, Nestles baking chips, Planters nuts) they have even more than the Dollar tree.
      I think you are about 3 hours behind us. It is just about 6 here, and I think you would be 3.
      I hope you do not get any more El Ninno storms. You have had your share of rain. and flooding. Now, when we hear about a storm in Oregon, we will be saying a prayer for you!!!
      We had a perfect day today- rare for March around here. It was in the mid 50’s.
      Hope you are having a good day_ I am going to friend you….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      It’s a good thing we don’t have a Christmas Tree here. I’d be real trouble if we did!!! I LOVE to decorate for the holidays & I’d go NUTS in a store like that!!!
      Well, it’s raining as I write. It’s gonna be wet all week they say. I feel like I’m catching a cold at the moment. All this “weather whiplash” as I call it, warm one
      day then back to chilly weather, it’s no wonder.
      Thank you for the prayers. We can use all we can get. At least we don’t have tornadoes like the Mid West. We do see funnel clouds from time to time, usually
      out in rural areas. Very rarely do they hit in down town areas. We get a lot of downed trees due to over saturated ground.
      Did you see the QF show today? It was on from 1pm to 3 pm your time. I NEED to win a lottery!! They had so many cute things I wanted but can’t afford. sigh.

      Well that’s all I have for now.
      Have a good evening
      dianne

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      Hi Gail,
      Yeah, we don’t have those fire flies, and we don’t have Cardinals either. I wish we did. I’ve never seen one in person. I’ll bet they’re beautiful.
      I’ve had a lot of pen pals over the years. Not only UK but around this country. Now I have a different type of pen pals.
      Did you see the QF show earlier today? It was on 1-3pm your time. they had so many cute tops, I NEED to win a lottery!!!! sigh.

      Feels like I’ve caught another cold. With what I call “weather whiplash”, warm one day, cool the next, I’m not surprised.
      Well, that’s all I have for now.
      talk to ya later.
      dianne

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      Hi Gail,
      Rural King is like a Lowe’s, Menard’s, Farm and Fleet. They carry a little of everything. They also carry clothes. Jeans and cowboy type shirts. It is kind of a neat store. It is really big also. I usually drive one of the cart things when we go in there. There is a lot to see and if we want to stay in there for any amount of time I ride one of those. They also have purses in there. It is just interesting. This is the first one that I have seen so wonder if they are coming here from the southern area. Will have to check and find out.
      Melissa did the same thing with Kaylee. We all think that she was ready but mom and dad did not. So she stayed home for another year. So she may have needed it and we just do not realize how much since she lives so far away. We just leave it at that.lol It is funny the similarities with the kids and the way the parents decided to keep them home.
      That does make a piece of jewelry special if it is a one of a kind. That is neat the they make them special for a customer. Greg is good about surprising you with jewelry Ron surprises me with vacuum cleaners. Nothing say I love you like a vacuum cleaner.lol
      I do not see how her kids can treat her like that. He was an evil man and did not do anything good for them either when they were together. Christine is such a good person and did not deserve to be treated like she was treated. Some men need to be put away in a cage and not let out.
      I thought that I better stop at that. I really get upset over things like that.
      Are you getting ready for Easter? Do do Easter dinner at your house or does Jenny have it at her house.? We are waiting to hear what you are fixing for dinner so we can get some ideas from you. Adele’s dinner sounds really good. She will make all kinds of fantastic desserts. ( I hope I spelled that right)
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      When I tried the top on it was a lot better then I thought. It is really cute. I may just wear it with my indigo jeans. It will look just as good with them I guess as navy. I should have gotten it first and I would not have been thinking that it would be as soft as the blue iris one that I received.lol
      Sounds like they have made a final decision on the bread. It all sounds good to me. The one with the little bunnies sounded really cute. The Italian sounds good also though. It would be a hard decision. You need to win a best Grandma that bakes everything in the group. Everything that you make sounds so good. I can imagine that the therapist were disappointed also. They did not get a treat either. You are slipping.lol You are busy and I cannot figure how you find the time to do all the baking.
      I am glad that your new clothes are so cute. You will look really cute in them. Are you going to wear them for the 4th? I have one shirt that I can only wear for the 4th. It just looks right to wear it then. It is the one with the gazebo on it. I taped the show that was on earlier so will watch it when I get done on here.
      We do our Easter egg hunt inside when it is raining outside or if it is too cool. They do not have as much fun but they do enjoy it anyway. It is funny sometime in the middle of the summer we find eggs that the kids did not find, It is a good thing that we do not put chocolate in the eggs.
      That sling must be heavy to carry around when he walks. It is nice that the therapist is working with him on the pants thing. They can do a lot of good things for a patient.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      What are you doing today? A striptease for the electrician? lol You are funny. Did you see my other posting about the plumbers butt? Hope Gary has a good doctor’s visit today.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I kind of thought that Lachlan could have gone to school this year too but I am not his parents so I stayed out of it. He has a very inquisitive mind so I think he’ll do well in school-except I think he might be the kind of kid who might question the rules if they don’t make sense to him. We’ll see. Now when Piper goes she will just not stop talking. Hmmmm-now that I think of it that’s what i always got corrected for in school too-maybe the apple does not fall far from Gigi’s tree. lol
      I must say-even though I appreciate a good vacuum cleaner Greg knows that if I need a new one I would want to choose it myself. If he gave me one for a gift he might be eating a big portion of potato soup. Of course, he likes potato soup so that would not work as a sign of displeasure in his case.
      I have Easter here but I am still thinking about what I will be serving this year. Probably ham-and after that I am still thinking about what we will have.
      The weather has been so beautiful here this week. and this weekend we will spring ahead. Yeah!
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      LOL LOL My poor plumber who has known us forever, and comes in a moment’s notice. he may not come so fast anymore. You know, one holiday season the toilet in the main bathroom broke 4 days before Christmas. We were going to the Pops that night, and our friends were coming here, before the show. I called him, and said we needed a new toilet, that day, if possible. I left for work, and then called Tillie when I got there, to see if he had said when he would come. the trip to work took 30 minutes. Tillie laughed, and told me he was here and gone, and the new toilet installed. My friends were hysterical that I could get a plumber to replace a toilet in less than an hour, 4 days before Christmas. That has been the relationship between me and the plumber for years. He does live about 2 blocks away from us. My daughter is always horrified I still us him, because he is the most expensive one in the Town. I do not think he is, and would NEVER change as who gets that kind of service????
      I can’t do a butterfly bush-cannot get one to live in the yard. I tried 3 times. We are going to do the milkweed thing. I hope that makes it.
      the crock pot dinner is always a big hit. It is so simple, and they love it. I put a layer of potato, then carrots, than an onion, cut up, then the chuck roast- salt and pepper, spread about a tablespoon of the beef base on the top of the mat, then add a can of Kitchen ready tomato, and cook all day. The vegies get so tasty form the tomato and meat juices, it make sit real yummy.
      Having trouble with Gary. the legs are so swollen the skin is breaking down, and the excess water is coming out of his skin. They are all on it- he now has to take the diuretic every day, and I have to wrap the legs up with gauze. I have a miserable cold. the stress is getting to me.
      I am lucky everyone helps, but, nobody wants to look at, or wrap those legs….LOL I am so not a nurse. I hate this stuff. LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne,
      I did see the Quacker shows yesterday and of course I had to have the butterfly top. I am known as the butterfly person on here.
      It’s funny that you mentioned not having cardinals. I have one that I would gladly box up and ship to you. We have had a male cardinal that comes and bangs against our back picture window for three or four years now. He personifies the term “bird brain.” They do that because they see their reflection and think it is a rival male in their territory. However, this one has been doing the same thing for four years and yet that other male just does not go away because it’s his reflection. He is nothing if not persistent but I can’t believe that he isn’t brain damaged after all this time. He is banging against the window as I write this. So cardinals may be pretty but they are certainly not smart.
      I hope that you are not catching cold and that you feel better today.
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne
      Look at my post to Gail for all the daily info….LOL I missed the shows, because of all the people coming and going for the husband. I did look at the items on the website, though. I like the short sleeve butterfly shirt- still thinking about that one.
      Google The Christmas Tree Shops, and you can see what they have on line. I order on line a lot, as I have trouble getting around, and standing in long lines.
      We have had sin for the past few days, and it is wonderful. I am hoping you will see the sin too. If I saw a funnel cloud, I would pass out. I would also run, screaming, if I saw all the snakes Coleen has in her yard. We have a lot of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and some bunnies in our yard. We also have coyotes- yuck! My son sees them early in the morning, when he leaves for work. They come out of my neighbors yard, because he does not have a pool, so there is no fence on his property. They walk down his driveway- can you imagine????
      Bill Roker was just saying your area is getting a huge amount of rain- we will be praying for you to be safe. The rain is coming here, but we will not get as much as you. Stay safe!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      That is a good plumber. I would keep him too. He is worth the extra money.
      Greg loves pot roast. I never thought of putting tomatoes in with it.
      I hope Gary will feel better soon. Now with the diuretics he will have to go to the bathroom more so you will have to help with that more. It’s a vicious circle. I know what you mean about not being a nurse. I never liked nursing as I never liked all the blood and stuff except somehow I was the one that always got the nursing duties but I learned that i could do stuff that i never thought that I could. My Mom had her bladder removed and I even learned how to attach that bag that collected urine. Can’t think of the proper name of it right now. But as women we just do what we have to do and sometimes we surprise ourselves.
      I hope you don’t get a bad cold. I’m sure the stress and lack of sleep don’t help. I hope that you have some new Quacker winging your way to brighten your day.
      Hang in there!
      Hugs,
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      When you get a chance reread your posting to Dianne. You wrote the word sin twice instead of sun and it really paints a different picture than what you intended. You know my crazy mind is trying to imagine what kind of sin that you are referring to so I am just sitting here chuckling outloud to myself. Thanks for the laugh!
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      I missed the plumbers butt post….lOL
      Adele

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      OMG….Dianne
      I many sun, not sin…..LOL
      Adele

      PS I am so tired between Gary and this cold, God knows what I am typing!!

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      Hi Colleen
      I am glad you like your top. I noticed that the tops on today’s show that I liked also had a cotton blend, so I did not order it.
      that sling is very cumbersome- it gets in the way of his getting through the doors. Our master bath is small, and he has to go sideways by the sink….that he insisted I bought too big….LOL
      the nurse had to come back again today, and do a dressing for Gary’s leg- the swelling has caused a skin issue. there is nothing that can be done, until he is back in bed to get those legs back to normal.
      I wear the Patriotic shirts all summer long. I have always loved the red. white, blue thing in summer. Even when I was a teenager.
      I bet we will all be having the egg hunts inside this year. The weather has been so weird. It is so hot here today, we have a lot of windows open. A nice chance to get some fresh air in here. It is supposed to rain soon- tomorrow, I think.
      Has anyone heard from Barbara, Debra, or Debbie? I worry about them.
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster…….
      I am definitely not a nurse. I have hurt him so many times, you have no idea- taking the arm brace on and off, banged into a few times, etc. We are not exactly small people, so there are times I am working on him, and “whack”, I bump into his arm. He yells, and then says….I know you are not a nurse…..LOL I then remind him how he nearly sent me through the roof when he put my sock on, after the last back surgery. the, he says….I’m a guy”. What a pair of fools we are.
      So, just a little while ago, he said he was going in his chair to stay out of my hair for a while. I already told him he cannot retire completely, or we will end up on the evening news. Film at 11:00, as they say.
      Oh yes, I will definitely never change plumbers. honestly, I do not think he is unreasonable at all. He is very good. You never have to worry about his work. Plus, he will tell me, if something I want to do, does not need to be done.
      I read some of the post to Colleen, and see the kids are as cute as ever. I have not seen the little guys, because they had colds, and do not want Gary to get it. that is funny today, because I am now sick. Even Amanda stayed away, because she was sick. She heard me on the phone today, and howled, saying it seemed to make no difference that she did not visit, as I got it anyway.
      Hope you are enjoying your sunshine!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      All we are getting is rain. They have been wrong for so long but this time around they were right.It is going to rain here all week and week-end. I am glad that someone is enjoying the sunshine. I do not remember what the sun looks like.lol
      Lachlan will be a fun kid in school. If he likes to question the rules. The kids will love him. They will also join in and the teacher will be climbing the walls. Ethan thinks that he is smarter then the teacher and roles his eyes at her when he feels that way. They get mad at him and call his mom. I thought he cannot help it he thinks that his teacher is not smart. He told me that she says things that do not make sense. Piper will be a fun one to watch in school. She will be entertaining. All the kids will be laughing and talking to her all the time. Those two kids are going to be fun in school and Jenny will hear a lot from their teachers.lol
      You would have to put a lot of hot sauce in his potato soup and then he will not do it again. If he does not like hot sauce. Ron would love it that way he loves hot sauce. He may think it makes the soup taste better. That would be just my luck. I always give Ron hints that he can give me a qvc gift card and that would work really nice. Never happens though.
      I am stuck after the ham. Mom is not supposed to eat salad because of the medicine she is on. So that takes a lot away from the meal. I guess that I will make a potato casserole and rolls and that is all I have right now. I hope that my brain is working better by then and I have a meal thought of.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Your weather is strange. We are getting rain and that is all we are getting. It is going to rain here all week and week-end. We will be really sick of rain by then. Now we will be sick of it by then and this summer we will be begging for rain. That is weird how that works.
      I can imagine how big that cast is. That is hard on a person that wants to move around a bit. He cannot put his feet up at all. That is terrible that his legs are swelling so bad. It seems like they could find away for them to put his feet up.That will not be very comfortable after awhile. It is nice that the nurse came today to take care of his leg.
      The patriotic clothes are really cute. I wear them sometimes but not all the time. Did you see the shirt that they had that had an anchor on the neckline? I think that it had stripped piece on there and then the anchor. I wish I had the number so I could give it to you and then you would know what I was talking about. I thought of you when I saw it. When I see things like that I think of you and Gail when I see butterfly things. I did finally find the capris in navy. They had them on yesterday so ordered them before they sold out. They did not have very many sizes left. So was glad that I went ahead and got them. They are the dream jeanne material.
      We will probably have to have the egg hunt inside also. Wish we could have it outside but if the weather is bad we will not be able to. I cannot wait until we see the sun again. It did try to come out once today but then changed it mind.
      That is nice that you have a plummer that will come on that short a notice. He is worth a little more money. Well at least you problem is fixed and Tillie will not have to worry about it. If she is like my mom it would drive her crazy until it was fixed.
      Well that is about all from here. Not much going on at all. Have a good evening. You are doing really good with Gary. It is hard to be able to do things like a nurse when you do not have the space.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      Tillie was getting up all night long, because she was afraid the faucet would leak all over the floor. the faucet started to leak on Friday, and I did not want to pay the extra emergency charges, when it was leaking into the sink….LOL
      I did see the anchor top, bit a lot of times the stripes do not look so good on me. Some do, and some do not.
      Since the nurse wrapped his leg, it has stopped leaking. The nurse said she sees this all the time, and a lot worst than his. Pretty sad elderly people get this, and people who have these surgeries. I will be glad when he can sleep in bed again, so this will all stop.
      I have to go to a wake on Friday and the funeral Saturday, of a dear old friend. he had a bout with ling cancer, was in remission, and had emphysema. His name was Bill. A really good man. He was my friend Maxine’s fiancé. They just never married, nor lived together. All her kids consider him their dad, and her grands their Papa. Her first husband died when we were in our 30’s- he got the flu, and when he finally went to the ER, it was too late, and he died the next day. We were all shocked that the flu could kill a healthy, young adult. Since then I freak if someone does not want to go to the doctor. He was a good man too. Whole thing is tragic.
      Ethan is hysterical. I bet he is smarter than the teachers. Has he ever been tested for being gifted? I bet his IQ is way up there. good for him, for noticing the teacher does not make sense. What did the principal say, or did your daughter not tell him or her? Kids who are gifted sometimes come off that way. They function at a different level.
      It is gloomy here ,a nd will rain later. t is still in the 60’s, and was all night long- I had my bedroom windows open all night- how nice is that??? It is not going to stay this way, after the rain comes.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I am sorry to hear about your friends fiancee. That is going to be hard for her and her family. I will remember them in my prayers. How long had they been together? Sometimes it is better if you are not married to have your own space. That is my feelings and not many people agree with me.
      Poor Tillie that must have been driving batty. That would have been a long week-end. Getting up all night to make sure that it did not run in the floor. It was probably good for her when you got it fixed she could finally get some sleep.
      That is good that the nurse got the leaking to stop. Poor Gary this is really a hard thing to go thru. It has got to be hard with his legs swelling like that and he cannot do anything about it. Just have to hope that the six weeks go by fast. It will also make a lot of work for you and worry. Just remember to take care of yourself and your back. You have to take care of it or you will really hurt yourself. Then you will not be good for him or yourself. Just hope that all the help keeps coming until the time is over and he has the cast off.
      Ethan does have a high I Q. He goes to the gifted program and does really well in there. They have a separate school that he goes to one or two days a week. They teach him all kinds of things there. He can set up his own web page and he is a wiz at math. You have to be careful when you talk to him. He can catch any mistake that we make. He is nicer to us we are old and do not know any better. He does give my daughter a run for her money. She really has to keep up with him. He loves to read. He was reading Harry Potter books a long time ago and read everyone of them. They were some big books. He can read and stays interested in them as long as he can read. He will come here and bring a book and he and I can sit and read for awhile and he is happy with that. He is a lot like my dad was. He was really smart and he did not have patience with people that he thought made dumb statements. So you know how we all bugged him when we were teenagers. There was five of us kids and he had to go thru that with all five of us.lol
      It is gloomy here also. We had rain here all day today. Now it is clearing up and we are not supposed to have any rain tomorrow. It will be back Saturday and Sunday though. This weather is crazy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I started this last night, then it disappeared, so I gave up & went to bed.
      First of all, Adele, I knew what you meant. I could clearly see it was a typo. I’m not offended by a typo. I probably make
      a lot of mistakes myself. No worries.
      I don’t know if you heard, but we had a doozy of a storm yesterday (Wed.) & last night. The coast was battered with high
      winds (hurricane force), and rain. The National Weather Service (NWS) put out high wind warnings the night before for the
      coast & inland valleys. According to todays news wind gusts got up to 100 mph along the coast. Trees downed, power outages,
      and a lot of damage from the winds. I heard the wind part of the night. Today was a lot better. Sun came out for awhile.
      But we’re in for more storms. They showed the line of storms clear out to Hawaii. We call these Pineapple Express, & I’m not
      talking the fruit. At least they’re broken up. Back in 96 we had a series of these storms come thru & we had some of the worst
      flooding on record. It was awful.

      I was naughty & ordered some QF. I tried for one of the tops, but they were all out my size or sold out altogether. sigh. I did order
      a pair of royal blue straight leg DreamJeannes, & a gingham shirt from D &co. The only way I could do it was the 5 easy pays.
      I can’t afford it otherwise.
      I have another awful cold. A nurse practitioner came to my apt, thru my health insurance, & she thinks it’s a bad case of allergies.
      So she called in some prescriptions for me. I couldn’t get anyone to go for me so I had to bundle up & go get em myself. It wasn’t
      that cold & I needed the fresh air. lol. All that wind & rain cleared out the tree pollen.
      Well, that’s all for tonight.
      Take care.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne,
      Wow! You have had some wild weather. Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage. I hope that you are feeling better today with the new medicine. I just ordered a Denim and company gingham checked tshirt in blue. For our casual lifestyle D and Co. and Quacker work best.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m glad to hear that the nurse sees that leg swelling and weeping all the time so at least you know it is something kind of common. Otherwise, if it was me I would be getting all freaked out about it. I hope the time goes quickly so Gary can lay in bed again. It’s not just the surgery it’s the recuperation too that we have to think about. Try to take care of yourself too. I know it’s hard when you’re caring for someone else. I felt so sorry for Greg when I had mono a few years back and literally couldn’t lift a finger if I tried. He went to work and had to come home and cook and clean and do laundry because about all could do was get myself out of bed and into the shower. I know what you mean about Gary not retiring fully just to stay out of your hair. Even when Greg does retire he won’t be underfoot all the time as he loves working in the yard and golfing and fishing so he has lots of things that he likes to do. Plus he has taken up guitar making in the winter months and now has his woodshop in the basement. The only bad part about that is the dust it makes all over down there-but I am not going to worry about that since no one lives down there anymore. I hope that your cold goes away so that you can see JJ and Aizen soon. The sun is shining and the bird isn’t pounding (whoops I spoke too soon-there he is). Anyway, we will lose an hour of sleep but gain an hour of daylight-so that’s a good thing.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Greg likes hot sauce too so that would not bother him if I put it in the soup. lol I’m sure you will think of something to make for Easter. I probably won’t make a final decision until next week. I do need to pick up the plastic eggs to fill and a little candy for the kids and then I need to get them each a little gift. I do that instead of a basket.
      I like to wear the patriotic stuff all summer. I just like the combination of the red white and blue colors so I figure I’ll just go with it.
      I’m glad that Ethan is doing well in the gifted classes. That’s so important that a kids mind is challenged. I know what you mean about the kids correcting you. Kendall is exactly like I was at her age and she takes things so literally-she doesn’t get it when I am kidding around about something and I can remember my parents and siblings telling me when I was at the same age-“Gail, don’t be so literal !” I guess the ability to understand humor must come a little later in life. It’s funny how kids remember everything. I said something yesterday about invisible friends and Lachlan said to me-“you had one of those-what did you do with him?” How he remembered that I had an invisible friend I don’t know-maybe Jenny told him as I don’t remember telling him. But little kids have such good memories.
      I hope that you don’t get more rain. I know they have been talking about flooding in many areas. I’m just happy to see the sun even if I do have to listen to this stupid bird whack himself against the window.
      I see the silver shows are on today. I have them copied and will flick through them to see if they have anything new or interesting.
      By the way. I see that there is an upcoming TSV of an air fryer. Does anyone know anything about these. Do they fry things without oil? It sounds kind of interesting but i know nothing about them. I have read some reviews and people seem to like them but I would like to hear how people use them. I guess i will have to watch the presentation-although I really don’t need another kitchen gadget they have sort of piqued my interest.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      It will be hard for you to find some food to fix for Greg. It sounds like he likes everything. Ron is easy he has more things that he does not like. So I can do that to him. Maybe you would have to stop dong his laundry. That was a good one. Ron did get upset about that one. He was a little nicer. He wanted some clean drawers.
      Kids do have a good memory. I think that is funny that Lachlan asked what you did with your invisible friend. That would be a hard one to answer. I guess for a child that never had one. He is so funny. Ethan does have a good sense of humor sometimes. He is serious more then the other kids are. They get mad at him because he takes some things too serious. So we just have to tell them to ignore him and move on. He is just too smart for all of us. We just do not let him know if we can help it. I cannot believe some of the things that he knows about. He has read books about the holocaust and things like that. He was reading a series of books by a woman that always titled her books when I live thru and it was always some disaster. He told us that she could not have lived thru all of that. Some of it was things that happened during different time periods that she could not have lived thru. He caught that right away. I think I told you about that once before.
      We finally had a day without rain. We did see the sun but it will all change tomorrow. Then we have more rain. It has not been as bad as it was. The flooding was not as bad and some of the areas that they said that was going to flood did not. We will see what happens this time. The flash floods are not as bad they go down fast but still can do some damage. I do not know why they build business on those sites where that happens.
      Christine was talking about that the other day. I think that she said that you have to put a little oil in them. I am not sure. If it did not use any oil at all that would be nice. Will have to watch and see what they say also. We can never have enough gadgets in the house. So it will be nice to have one more. lol I am still waiting for Ron to buy the mixer for me. That probably never will happen. They had one on QVC the other day and I missed it. It was a good price and missed the whole thing. Maybe next time.
      I finally found a new doctor. I go to see her on the 21st. I have been sick again all day to day. I hope this one is better then the other.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I hope that you are feeling better. Do they have a pharmacy that delivers? You need to find one so you do not have to go out when you are sick. I hope that it was not raining when you were out. Allergies can really be bad. Just take care of yourself.
      Your jeans sound really cute. Let me know what you think of them when you get them home. I have never bought anything in that color. I did buy a pair in wine and it was really pretty but am very careful what I wear with it. I am not good with matching colors. Your top sounds cute also. I like denim and co. They have some really cute things and at a good price. We all need something new once in a while.
      Hope that the storms are not too bad there and you do not lose your electric. Just take care of yourself and get well soon.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Yes we have been having some wild weather!!! And we’re getting even more this weekend. Lots of snow in the mts tho!! I think we ordered the same shirt but in
      different colors. I got the apple red. I’ve always wanted a red & white checkered top or a red & white striped top for summer. With the royal blue Dream Jeannes I’ll
      be patriotic for the 4th of July.
      The only pharmacy that delivers is wayyyyy on the other side of town. It didn’t hurt me yesterday. Actually I started feeling better after getting out & getting some
      fresh air. With all the wind & rain we had the pollen was pretty much cleared out. I was lucky since I got in between showers. It was sunny when I left.
      Is there anything you can do about your Cardinal? Like place an old mirror out in an area away from the window. Or place a shade of some kind over the window? At
      least until he gets the idea there isn’t a rival and goes else where? Just suggesting.
      Don’t forget to set your clocks up Sat. night.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne,
      I waffled between the blue check and the red check as I liked them both equally and ended up deferring to the blue as that has always sort of been “my” color. When I was little my Mom always dressed me in blue because of my blue eyes. I got so tired of it that for many years I stayed away from that color and then started wearing it again as an adult. I love Quacker’s royal blue and also their seafoam-two of my favorite colors of theirs. Whenever I wear any seafoam people comment on it. I was saying the other day that I love the combo of red,white and blue and wear it all summer.
      We have tried pulling the shade and it seems to make the reflection more obvious. Greg has put a covering on the outside and then he just goes to another window. We had an owl statue out there but it blew over in a strong wind and broke. Someone a couple years ago suggested rubber snakes as birds don’t like snakes so I guess we will finally have to find some and hang them around the deck. I’ll b probably forget about them and go out there and scare myself. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I am lucky-Greg does eat pretty much anything and some of the things he doesn’t like I don’t like either so that makes things easy.
      Isn’t it nice that Ethan is a reader? A kid will never be bored if they like to read. I hope the kids of today learn a love of reading with all the electronic gizmos at their disposal. I wonder if the book that he read about the holocaust was The Book Thief-that is a popular book with younger readers and is supposed to be good. I actually have it on my Nook to read sometimes. Sometimes those young adult books are very good. I still have the Harry Potter books on my to be read list. I’m glad to see so far that Kendall is a reader too. She actually asked for some of those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for Christmas. Of course the others can’t be readers as they don’t know how yet. lol Whenever I pick up one of their books and start to read out loud Lachlan will come over and sit next to me to listen. He likes to ask questions all through the book which is fine when it is he and I but doesn’t go over really well in preschool when he keeps interrupting to ask questions. lol I think the kids go to story hour at the library and do the summer reading club there so they get lots of exposure to books. Some people are just readers and some not though. I’m glad I inherited the reading bug as you are never bored if you have a book or a Nook or Kindle-nowadays. Jenny is a reader but she just doesn’t have the time right now-Brent isn’t much of a reader but Kim was-I often passed my books on to her.
      I wonder if Christine has an Air Fryer? I hope you get your Kitchen Aide mixer someday-you will love it and it will be one of the favorite things in your kitchen. They did have a good price when it was the TSV and they had such pretty colors.
      I hope that you like the new doctor. Have you had a female doctor before? Our family doctor is a woman and I really like going to a woman, now that I am used to it I don’t think I would change back to a man if I had the choice. . For so many years the doctors were only men and you didn’t have a choice. I hope that you are feeling better today. Do you think you will have to have another procedure like you did before to help you stop from being sick all the time. I know you probably don’t want to go through that again but maybe it would be worth it not to feel sick so much of the time.
      It’s time to spring forward again and now our body clocks will be all confused for the next week-but i love seeing more daylight.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      I figured Ethan was gifted, from what he said to the teacher. A gifted child is hard to parent, and teach, as they are way ahead of everyone. He will go far some day. What is he interested in?
      thank you for your prayers. It has been a hectic 2 days. Between Gary and the funeral, I was out straight. He was alone a lot yesterday and today. It is all over, so I am back in my “surgery recovering prison”….LOL He goes to the doctor on Wednesday this week.
      In all the commotion of yesterday, Heather and I had eye doctor appointments. I like my new glasses- they match better with the grey hair.
      I am reading all the posts I missed in the last 2 days.
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      I hope you feel better. What are you allergic to? I am allergic to shellfish, anchovies, seasonal, dust, etc. I have to take a Claritin D and a spray of Nasonex, every day. If I do not, by end of day, I have trouble breathing.
      I hope you did not get any damage form all that wind. Each of us have such different weather concerns. I get your storms, days aft you had them, and they are usually a lot weaker. We get the bigger ones coming up the East coast. We had rain with high wind a few days ago, but the maximum wind here was only 65, I think. Way better than what you got.
      I have the same problem. A lot of time when I see something I like, my size is gone before I can make up my mind on the color.
      I hope this email finds you a lot better. I was not on the site for a day, because I got in late yesterday, and I was exhausted. Had to go to a funeral for an old friend today. Sad when ur fiends start to go.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail
      I am pooped today, for sure. I was going to wash the kitchen floor, and decided not to. Ill get to it tomorrow, or Swiffer the floors instead, and wash the kitchen Monday. I need a little break. Going to Church, with all the up and down, is not easy. You do not want to look disrespectful. I did have to sit at one point.
      I wonder if that crazy bird will last through another season of head injuries. Sooner or later, you will find his carcass near the window.
      I saw a new butterfly shirt- did you get it? In a magazine I was reading- I think Better Homes and Gardens, they had a bathroom done in butterfly wallpaper- thought of you!!
      Gary’s legs are getting better. That bandage wrap thing they did stops the leaking. However, every time he has a shower, and has to wait for the nurse to get another bandage wrap, there are still a couple of spots that continue to flow. It is bizarre. It was freaking me out, because we could not stop it. They keep saying they see this all the time, and way worst than him. I will be so glad when he can get back into bed, and get those legs up.
      Hope your day is good- it is sunny here, and near 60.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Happy Saturday all. I’m feeling better. I got prescription strength Claritin & Flonase & a new inhaler. They all worked. Tree pollen is the culprit right now. Pollen is my biggest allergy. I love flowers but they don’t love me. Thank goodness for artificial flowers. When I went to pick up the meds the rain had stopped & was cleared up for awhile. With all the wind & rain it cleared out the pollen.
      Sometimes I’ll get a Hyacinth since their season is so short. My nose doesn’t like it but too bad.
      They had an air fryer from Chef Emeril last yr but it was too expensive for me. It used one teaspoon of oil or none at all. If ya go to QVC.com they have baking sheets that have holes in them & it lets the air circulate all the way around the food, making it crispy all the way around. Cheaper too. They usually come in sets of two in different colors.

      We’re in for another weekend of wind & rain. High wind warnings for all day Sunday. But it means a lot of snow in the mts. We should be thru these storms later this week. I hope.
      I debated between the red & blue shirt too. I’ve been a quacker since the 90s. I have a yellow seersucker blouse with big red berries on the front. I have it somewhere. Packed up with my summer stuff no doubt. Can’t wait to see the new jeans. I had a hard time choosing from all the colors, but went with the royal blue. I have a pair of capris in watermelon & a pair of leggings in turquoise. I got them a couple yrs ago. Like I said I need to win a lottery.
      Sounds like you all have big families. Are ya having em all for Easter at your homes or are you going to one of their homes? I’m alone so I don’t have any plans right now.
      One of the churches may have dinner for us. I’m getting some of those Mama Mancini’s meat balls. If they come in time I may have those for Easter. Along with asparagus,
      & either mashed potatoes, or scalloped potatoes. I love to cook but I don’t have anyone to cook for. It’s hard to cook for one. I always make too much, but I save the left overs for another meal or two later on.
      Well I guess that’s all for now.
      Going to a basketball game tonight.
      Dianne

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      Hi Dianne
      You must e a baseball fan- who is your team? we are the losing Red Sox….LOL
      It is hard to cook for one. I use the lock n lock’s to freeze our meals, as when I do soup or stew, I make a batch big enough for 2 meals. I LOVE the lock n lock’s.
      It is way too early for pollen on this side of the country. But, the weather has been so warm the trees may get confused.
      This is my family totals. I have 2 kids, and Gary has 2- all in their 40’s. Unfortunately, Gary’s daughter (adopted from his first wife-her daughter) died 3 years ago this Fall. Very sad story. He has 3 grandchildren, ages 12, 17, and 23. Mine are 19, 20, and 25(all girls). (the 20 nd 25 will be a year older in a couple of months) My great-grands are 9 and 27 months- both boys. For dinner and holidays, all kids come her, accept my step-son, who stays with his wife’s family on holidays. Long story….LOL We tried to combine families, and I was told in no uncertain words that I am not his mother. Never tried to be. Nobody could ever compete with her drama. I am just happy whenever they visit, as Gary deserves to see them- our door is always open- their choice not to come. What is ad, is that the kids would rather be here with all of us, than with their paternal grandmother, who they have openly said they do not like. A shame, really as it doe snot need to be that way. Blended families are a challenge. My motto is to keep the door open, and it is their choice whether or not to come. I sometimes have to send their Easter baskets via mail, and they live in the next town. I make it a point to give the same to all the kids, and consider them all mine. It is the only way to be, as far as I am concerned.
      you will love the royal blue. I had my royal blue sparkly zipper crops on yesterday- they fit me perfect as long pants. I am only 5ft, 1 1/2 inches tall.
      Everyone will be here for Easter- I will start taking pics of all my goodies, so you all can see. I love to bake.
      Hope you are feeling better, and that the rain stops!!!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Christine does not have a air fryer. She decided not to get one. She does not fry food. But if it only takes a tablespoon of oil that would not hurt anyone. It sounds like it would be a nice thing to have. They are really interesting. We made potato chips today and they turned out pretty good. We fried them in a pan of grease. After we did that Ron went fry crazy. He fried some hop peppers, onions and pickles. It was interesting to see what all he was trying in that pan of oil. We will have to throw it out since he fried all that other stuff in that grease. He is a mess sometimes.
      It is nice that Ethan is a reader. Lachlan is a lot like Ethan. He always questioned everything. He had an interest in everything and wanted to know how it could be. He was funny when he was younger. He could think of all kinds of things that he wanted answers to.It is good when they ask that many questions. Owen will read but not like Ethan does. He likes the simple quick things to read. He would not attempt to read a book that has a lot of chapters to it. He may develop an interest later. I really hope that he does. His mom is a reader. It will be interesting to see how the kids all turn out. Hope that I am here to see them all graduate from high school. Won’t that be cool. The Diary of a Wimpy kid is a good book. It seems like a lot of the younger kids like to read them. It is good that Kendall is reading also. Piper may be a reader since her sister and brother seem to have an interest in reading.
      I have one female doctor. She is my gynecologist. She is really good. I do not like to go to a man for that anymore. They are hard to talk to and explain what is going on. They do not have to go thru it and they do not understand. At least a female doctor knows what you are talking about.
      I am ready to go thru that procedure again for my stomach. I do not want to have a problem anymore. I do not like it and am tired of it. This doctor would be a good one or at least she will be better then the doc that I had. That doctor is not worth a dime.
      It will take us forever to get use to the time change. I do better with the falling back then I do with the springing forward. I do like my sleep.lol it is really nice to sleep when it is a rainy day like it is today. It has rained here all day long. It is supposed to be like this again tomorrow. Then it is supposed to stop. They said earlier in the week that it would rain on Monday but they have changed now. Are you still having a lot of sunshine? I cannot believe that bird is still running into your window. That poor bird has to have some brain damage by now. I hope that they rubber snakes will help to get rid of him.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good rest of the week-end.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Ethan is mostly interested in reading right now. he does like to go to museums and he likes to learn new things. He is always learning. He is not much into sports though and that bothers his dad. He wants him to play any type of sport but he just does not like it. So he will have to do the things that are more intellectual and his dad will have to get use to it. He also has made it clear that he does not want to join the army so that is not going to happen. Their daughter is more likely to want to play sports and do things like that.
      Even though you were busy at least you got out of the house for awhile. Seems like Gary did just fine on his own for a few hours. Glad that you like your new glasses. Hope that they are better then the old ones.
      You have been busy. I am glad that the funeral is over and everything can go back to normal for your friend. It will be hard on her for awhile but she will have to adjust. There is not much else a person can do. I do not like the thought of losing someone in my family. I hope that they all stick around until I am gone.
      Well not a lot going on. I wrote most everything on Gail’s post. So it is all there if you want to read it. Have a good week-end and take care of yourself and Gary. I know that you are taking care of him but not sure if you are taking care of yourself. Do not let yourself get run down.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I am glad that you are feeling better. That medicine is fast acting. That is really good because you needed something to help you. Just take care of yourself and rest when you can.
      Where are you going to the Base ball game? Which team do you root for? We are for the Cardinals they usually are a pretty good team. They had a rough year last year though. Hope they do better this year. They have won the world series a few times so that is good.
      It is raining her also. Not like it is there where you are. Those high winds are really scary.How long is this system supposed to be in your area? It is good that there is snow in the mountains. That will help you in the months when you do not get any rain. Ordering food from QVC must be a help. You do not have to go to the store if you have food coming from them. You can keep your freezer stocked. We try to do that so we do not have to worry if money is tight or if we do not want to go to the sotre.
      We are having all of our kids here for Easter. We usually have all the holiday at our house. Since the oldest had another baby she does not feel like doing all the cooking and I can understand that. It is hard to do that with a baby. She use to do every other Christmas but now she has quit. She also has to go to the babies other grandmothers for some of the holidays. That is not going over too well with me. I am use to them all coming here for the holidays.
      Your dinner sounds good that you are going to fix for Easter. It would be nice if the church has a dinner so you will not be alone for Easter. If you lived closer you could join us for dinner. We always have room for one more.
      Have fun at the game and will talk to you later.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      How was the basketball game? What team was playing. I’m trying to think of what teams Oregon has. No pro baseball or football I don’t think. Pro hockey-is that the Ducks? I’m not sure about pro basketball either. Our other poster from Oregon was not really into sports so she never talked about area teams. We root for Chicago teams all the way down the line-Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls. The only bone of contention is, my husband being a south sider is a White Sox fan and I and the kids are Cubs fans.
      I have been a Quacker since Jeanne’s first visit. I have a lot of those original blouses that I have cleaned out of the closet and am going to donate. I just never wear them anymore as I prefer the t-shirt material. Plus I always found the shirts difficult as when I had a family at home I was always in and out of dishwater so you had to stop and roll up the sleeves all the time to keep them from getting wet.
      When my Mom used to cook for one she would make a regular portion of something and then portion it up and freeze what she did not eat. That way she had some frozen homemade meals around. When i used to go down and visit her i would make some things to freeze for her too. I am with Adele-I do love those lock and lock containers.
      We don’t have a big family. Just my husband and two kids. My MIL also lived with us for 6 years before she passed away. Our son is 34 and our daughter is 33. Our son used to live around here but he now lives in New Mexico. Our daughter and her husband live in the same town as us and they have three kids 8, 5 and 3. Her husband also has two high school daughters from his first marriage but they live with their Mom and the other grandparents but still in the same town so he gets to see them a lot. We usually do Christmas and Easter here and our daughter has Thanksgiving at her house so it works out well.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope that you got a good rest last night. It’s funny how doing normal things now exhausts me and it sounds like you are the same way. The up and down of a funeral Mass is a lot and I have a hard time kneeling now too. Last week after we car shopped I was exhausted by the end of the day from just walking around and looking.
      I went on to Amazon and found some rubber snakes and these other shiny eyeball looking things that can be used to scare birds away so I am going to order some and see what happens. We will have a weirdly decorated back window and deck. lol
      Actually there were two new butterfly shirts that are winging my way. Both short sleeves! Yahooey!
      I looked at the presentation of the air fryer. It is interesting but it’s just another big thing to have to store. It would be good for someone like Brent who makes lots of prepared and fried foods. Maybe I’ll send him one for his birthday or Christmas some time.
      Well right now I am not feeling the hour of lost sleep but we’ll see how I feel tonight. It would always mess the dogs up as they expect their meals by their body clocks and not by the time clock. It always takes them a couple of weeks to adjust. However, I do love the extra daylight.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Greg made homemade potato chips a couple of times but I think he either baked them or made them in the microwave. I don’t remember because he made them when I was sick. I remember that they were good. That Ron went crazy with the frying-he even made fried pickles! Never had those-although I have seen them at fairs.
      When I was younger all they had was male obstetricians and gynies so that’s what I used. Now I just use our female family doctor for all that stuff too. It’s one stop doctoring. lol
      I’m glad that you are ready to have the procedure to fix the stomach problems again. You must be tired of being sick so much. I hope this one works for a long long time. It seems like the last one didn’t work for very long.
      Greg and his golfing buddies got out and played nine holes yesterday and boy was he tired afterwards. He mixed a drink and sat down in his chair and the next thing i knew he was snoring away.
      I think we are due for a rainy period of weather now too. As long as it doesn’t get really cold again I guess it will be okay. It seems like we will be getting the April showers in March. I do remember that the groundhog said that we would be having an early spring and thus far he is right.
      Gail

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      Hi colleen
      I am embarrassed to say it was nice to get out of here, if only for a funeral. the sun was shining, and it was so pleasant out. I have been stuck in here way too long. I have not even gone out with the girls for lunch. Dying to do that!!!
      What procedure is it for your stomach? I hope you can get it done, and feel better. There is nothing worst than a belly ache. It can ruin your whole day.
      I slept real late today- we had breakfast at 11:30. I needed that. I am not doing anything today. Tomorrow I will start my routine of cleaning again. As it is only 2 weeks to Easter, Amanda will come over on her day off, to do the Easter baskets with me. She loves to do that. Actually, I should call them Easter bags- I get those cellophane bags from Michaels or Oriental Trading, and put their stuff in them. A lot less mess. I hate the green fake grass everywhere. I actually get the edible green grass- has an apple flavor, and they eat it, instead of it being everywhere. I put a little in a small bag, and then put some a little bit of chocolate in it- some Cadbury tiny eggs- like the M&M’s. Since I do the edible centerpiece- no need for chocolate in their bags- they eat it from the table.
      Do you have one of those air fryers they had on the Q today? Is that how you made the potato chips? Do you like it? It looked interesting.
      I will get the new glasses in about a week. I needed a new prescription, especially for the close reading. I hope they work better. Glasses are so expensive. I am lucky- the eye exam part is covered by my insurance.
      I hope you feel better, and get better before Easter. You will be in my prayers.
      I feel the same way as you do. I wonder if I will see JJ graduate. Ethan will make his own hobbies, and interests. But, it will definitely not be sports. You are right- it will be intellectual. MAybe hid Dad will get interested in something he likes. You never know.
      Hoop the sun is shining for you. It is here, but we are getting rain tomorrow in the afternoon.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      So, what kind of car did you end up getting? I am a Jeep girl, for life. I made Bobby a Jeep boy. Heather would love a Jeep. She has been looking at a Jeep that one of our customers has, which he has been fixing up to sell. It is older- a 2003, I think.
      You are going to have to take a picture of the deck, after you put up the snakes and eyeballs. It is going to look like Halloween on your deck. At least you will be all set for October, and way ahead of us.
      I cannot kneel anymore. I sit through that part of the Mass. In the Church we go to, there is a bench that divides the 2 rows of benches, and it has no place to kneel- the perfect place for me to sit. I do enjoy Mass, but, it is very hard with all the standing.
      How has Brent been doing? I have not heard you mention him in a bit. I hope that means he is very, very good.
      How is Greg’s foot? Did they hire that new person at work? I have been adding a prayer that works out for him.
      It was good getting out, when the past 2 days have had such great weather. We are getting rain some time tomorrow afternoon.
      I slept late today, between the time change, and being tired. We ate breakfast at 11:30. How funny is that???
      I will be starting to plan my baking list. The Easter bake-a-thon starts late next week. I will be baking from Holy Thursday to Saturday. On Easter I will do the Italian bread for dinner, became Bobby is cooking this time. Woohaa!!
      How have the grands been- getting ready for the Easter Bunny?
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      It is not a bad thing to want to get out even if it is to a funeral. You needed a break. You have been taking care of Gary a lot here lately and you needed to get out of the house. We know that you felt bad that your friend died but it is still nice to get out of the house. Maybe you should plan a day when you can go out with the girls and Gary can stay by himself for awhile. Or plan it for a day that the nurse or therapist is going to be there. You can tell them ahead of time and then you can go and not have to worry. They will make sure that he will be okay until you get back. You need to have a break once in awhile.
      They take a scope and take it down my throat and into the bile duct. They clear it out or clean up the scar tissue. Then they take it out. I have had stents put in once. That is what they did last time. I will just have to see if that is what is wrong. I really do not like to do this stuff. It does help my stomach but sometimes I get sick to my stomach and then I have to stay in a room until they are sure that I will not get sick again. It is better when it is all over with though. We will see what the doctor says.
      We have our big St. Patrick dinner Saturday and then the next week we have Easter dinner. This is the first year it has been this close together. So Saturday I will make the corn beef and cabbage and the potato coddle and then do not know what we will have for dessert. That may be why I am having such a hard time deciding what to cook for Easter. That is too many meals for two week-ends in a row. I also have to watch out for my moms diet. It is just hard to do.
      I have never seen the edible grass. I will have to look for that. Can put that in the bowl with the Easter candy we have on the table. Sounds like we all do that. Have candy on the table for the rest of the family.
      We did have some sunshine here this afternoon. It rained just about all morning. It is supposed to rain here again tonight. I hope that they are wrong. We have had so much rain here lately. I guess we will have to take what we get though. One year we have a lot of rain and the next we do not have enough.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      I have never baked potato chips before. It was the first time we fried them also. They serve fried pickles in restaurants around here. We have had them from there but Ron did not do like they did. Well at least they did not taste like it. He just threw the pickle in the grease and let it fry. I do not think that he let if fry long enough either. I just know it tasted different. So I guess he is done frying things for awhile. He fried everything he could find. I did like the fired onions. They were good though. That was nice that Greg fix them for you. Sometimes husbands can be really nice.
      It was different back then. We did not have hardly and women doctors just male. The women were all nurses and the men did not do work like that. Now everyone is doing whatever they want and that is a good thing. Glad that we have female doctors now.
      That is nice that the weather was nice enough that the guys could play golf. They must have had a good time if he was that tired. It has been raining here so no one is able to play golf right now. It is unusual for the weather to be nice enough for that right now anyway. This year is a leap year and everything is different.
      Ron keeps saying that we are going to have another snow storm before it gets warm. He is such a pain. I am thinking that he cannot be right. We are having a lot of good weather. Except for the rain. We may have showers in March and April. Do you have any flowers coming up yet? Our Easter flowers are up and some of our rose bushes are leafing out. Hope we have roses soon.
      Did you find a car the other day? I hope that you did. Is this one for you or for Greg? I hope that you find one that you both really like. What kind are you looking for? I have to say that I really like my jeep but it is a little high to get into. I have to make sure that I grab the handle when getting in.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Did I say baseball game? I meant Basketball game. A friend has season tickets to the Portland Trail Blazers & she invites me to go every once in awhile. She splits em up with other people, &when they can’t make it she calls me. One yr I bought one of the packages they offered, but it was too expensive to keep up. It was fun while it lasted. Besides I get a better seat here at home when they televise the games.
      Another storm blew thru, but I don’t think it was as bad as they were saying. I don;t think the wind was as bad as they said. Maybe on the coast, but not here.
      Oh, the Oregon Ducks are from the University of Oregon. The basketball team was just voted #1 in the Western conference for March Madness. The football team is also good. We don’t have a professional football or baseball team. They’ve tried to get one here, but no luck.
      I think I need a QVC intervention!!!! I saw so many things on ITKWD that I wanted, but couldn’t afford. Either that or I need to win a lottery!!! So many pretty things on Carolyn’s show tonight too. Temptations, Lenox, you name it. Lock n Lock, I love it!! I have all the sets of the smallest containers, rectangle sets and the 2 holiday bowl sets w/ the bags.
      Perfect for keeping leftovers in. I love Chris Pryme. She is a character. Did you see her “blooper” on ITKWD last winter? She won David’s equivalent to the Oscars not long ago.

      Did every body survive the time change? Not me!! It’ll take me a few days to adjust. I do enjoy having the extra daylight in the evening.
      I have a Dr’s appointment tomorrow. I have quite a list of things I want to discuss with him.
      I guess that’s all for now. Sorry about the confusion.
      Have a good week everyone!!
      dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      Oh yes-the Ducks are from the University. I remember now from watching the Disney movie. I knew there was some Duck sports team in Oregon. lol I feel the same way about watching football games. I’d much rather watch them at home on TV where it’s warm, you can actually see better, it’s not a mile walk to the bathroom and the snacks are free. lol Years ago one of the vendors that my husband worked with used to give us tickets to the Sox and Cubs games and they were really good seats. Very close up. But that was a very long time ago. Last time we went to a Cubs game with a group from a charity that we work with we had nose bleed seats and it was early in the season and we almost froze to death. Luckily we all had heavy sweatshirts to wear with the charity logo on it. Once a vendor gave us tickets to watch a University of Illinois game in a skybox at the United Center. That was pretty awesome and our kids loved it. There is free food and drink in the box and a private much fancier bathroom area for the people in the boxes.
      I did not see Chris Pryme’s blooper on INKWD-what did she do? I seldom watch those programs anymore as I just do not need nor do I have space for any new kitchen stuff so I have taken myself out of the path of temptation. I love those Lenox dishes with the butterflies but I already have perfectly good dishes.
      I hope that you had a good doctor’s appointment. We all joke that sometimes if it wasn’t for the doctor’s appointments we wouldn’t have a social life.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      As short as you are how do you get in and out of the Jeep? It sounds like Colleen has one too. I go for a regular car as the SUV’s are just too high for me. And of course we are sold on cars that have all wheel drive-we wouldn’t have any other kind anymore what with the snowy country roads. Greg knows I’ve always wanted a red car so we started looking for red or maybe blue cars but they just don’t have that many as I kind of wanted another Mercedes. I used to like the sportier cars but now I go for the nice smooth ride.It was time for another car as mine was 11 years old. I usually end up keeping a car for about 10 years so I get my monies worth-plus I put on very low miles. Anyway, I drove several cars but still liked the Mercedes the best so we ended up buying a used 2015 with less than 4000 miles-only it’s black! i never thought that I would buy either a white or a black car but this one was so nice and with such low miles I really couldn’t pass it by. Greg was hoping that i would fall in love with one of their SUV’s so we could take it on trips but i told him he should trade his in and get one himself as I don’t want to drive an SUV. It’s just that when you travel with your luggage and either a guitar or golf clubs it takes up a lot of space. I’ve seen him now looking at cars online so maybe he is actually thinking about getting rid of the Audi and getting a SUV. The man has three vehicles-if only he had four more he could drive a different one each day of the week. lol
      I finally heard from Brent yesterday. He said he and the new girlfriend and her sons were going to San Antonio over Easter and they may be able to take a trip up here this summer.
      Greg’s foot is okay. He retwisted it when we were car shopping as he’s like a kid in a candy store and was so busy looking that he missed a curb.
      The new guy is supposed to come in this week to meet everyone-I hope this will all work out according to plan. I know Greg is already feeling less stressed with just the idea of getting more help in.
      Some days it just feels good to sleep in late. Obviously your body needed that. Hey! we can eat breakfast anytime we want-even if it’s for dinner. lol
      Lachlan already has plans for his Easter egg money. My Dad always taped money to the real eggs that they hid when we were kids so now I put money in the plastic eggs for the kids to find so we only hide them in the house so it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or not. I think Jenny takes them to an outdoor Easter Egg hunt at the library.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      We were talking about all the female doctors that we have today and I also noticed I see a lot more male nurses. I see a lot especially at the orthopedic doctors office although sometimes they call themselves some kind of physical therapy something or other too. Speaking of nurses I have e-mailed Barbara twice and Debbie once with no response from either so I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens next. I just hate it when people drop out of sight and you wonder what has happened to them. I hope everyone is okay.
      I am with Ron on this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got one more snow this year. I told Greg not to take the plow off the pickup just yet. One year we had a big snow mid April still. However, the groundhog did say that we would have an early spring.
      We don’t have any flowers peaking through yet. We won’t have any until May. The last frost is usually right around the end of the first week of May so we have awhile to go yet. The pond is melted and it looks like all the fish made it through the winter. Some of the koi are getting enormous! I guess they are well fed.
      I did get the new car. This one is for me as Greg has three. lol Adele had asked too so I wrote about it to her so you can read that instead of me writing it twice and boring everyone.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      What is a potato coddle? It is funny that different parts of the country call things different names. The names of food in England are even funnier. I have to ask Christine what she is making. She cooks a lot- way more than I do.
      Tonight Bobby came home early, so he mixed the meatloaf. I already had the potato’s washed, and the veggies ready in the pan to steam. So tonight’s dinner was a group effort….LOL
      Please tell me you are asleep when they do that procedure. That doe snot sound easy to have at all. But, if it helps, I guess you have to get through the bad to get to the good. It is still not easy, as you know what is coming. I will say extra prayers for you , on the day you go for that one.
      Christine finally gets the shot in her foot on Wednesday. I hope this works for her. That poor thing has been suffering a long time. So have you, with your stomach.
      I am doing the boiled dinner on Thursday. I am not sure who will be able to come. I know Marissa and Heather will be here. JJ got sent home from school today, sick, so I am not sure about them.
      I have to get my shopping list ready for this weekend, as I will need to make sure I have all the confectionary sugar, ricotta, and cream cheese. The rest is always on hand. Are you making anything sweet for Easter? Will your mother come to the house for Easter dinner?
      I have to take Tillie to the foot doctor next week. Her big toe does not look good. She had the other toenail taken off 2 years ago. They may have to do the same with this one too.
      I hate to say this, but, I am so very sick of going to the doctors- all the doctors- everybody’s doctors. It seems lately that is my only social life. I think I am feeling a little cranky today. I guess everyone has a right to have a cranky day. I hope I am in a better mood tomorrow!!! You know, I never even got out my cute Easter Annalees- I have only one big duck out. I bet if the house was decorated, I would be in better mood.
      I have to take Gary to 2 doctor appointments on Wednesday. I just want to bake a loaf of bread, or make blueberry muffins. I need my baking therapy. I have to find a way to work in something this week. It really makes me feel good to smell something good baking. It makes me smile.
      Sorry to complain. I really should not. I am lucky Gary is alive, and recovering. Other people are not so lucky. I need to go count my blessings, and get out of the cranky mood. Then add that there is nothing funny on TV tonight, to make me laugh. I may need to get to Walmart to buy a new sense of humor.
      It is raining here too, and will rain all week. That should be good for my mood.
      Hope you have sun soon. Your sun comes this way in a couple of days. I am going to eat some chocolate. That should do it.
      Hope you are in a good mood.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne!
      That is what must be wrong with me- the time change. Maybe that is why I am in a foul mood. Read my post to Colleen for all the dirt.
      That is funny. Gary thought you meant basketball, when I told him our new friend was going to a baseball game…LOL You are so right. The comfy seat at home is a far better view than any seat in the stadium. But you do not get the excitement of the crowd. Have you always enjoyed sports? I watch once in a while- mostly when our teams are in the playoffs.
      I think because of my cranky mood today, I ordered a new Tempations deep dish pie plate, and the matching platter- in strawberry. It looked so cheery, and I love Temptations. I just started getting them, and I have to say, they bake everything better. Bobby used the smaller oval dish to do the meatloaf tonight. It was a smaller package of meat- just enough for the 5 of us (Heather ate over tonight too) to finish, with no leftovers. Usually, we have been making the meatloaf in my Temptations Bundt pan. You cannot believe how good it comes out in there.
      I love ITKWD- watch it every Sunday. They all know not to Bothe me when he is on. I love his happy dance. Gary was in the next room when Dave did his happy dance, and he said, “here goes your pal again.” It is just good to watch people who are happy. Makes you smile.
      I hope you have good news at your doctor appointment tomorrow.
      Very glad the storm was not too bad. It has been a weird winter.
      hope you have a good night.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      Read my posts to Colleen and Dianne for my foul mood news, and doctor appointment social life….LOL
      My friend shave a Mercedes SUV- they love it. My Jeep is red. This is how I get in. I kind of “throw” my leg in, and then hoist the rest of my big butt in there. I am sure it amuses my neighbors. Some days when I am tied, my foot gets stuck on the rubber stuff, and I have to use my hand to get the foot in. It really should be on You Tube…..”how not to get into a Jeep”. I was thinking of getting a new one. I actually called, and asked if the new ones were higher than the old ones. They probably laughed their butts off, after they got off the phone. Gary said I need running brads, but, who can turn after you get your foot on there to get in? That seems a lot more dangerous to me. I have had Jeeps for the last 20 years. I would not feel safe in any other vehicle. I love Jeeps.
      Best of luck with the new car. Do this……..get a red ribbon, and tie it in the car somewhere. It is an old Italian thing- wards off the evil eye of people who are jealous you got a new car. My Nonna used to do that to every car, and all her new appliances. I forgot to do the appliances- probably why I had so much trouble with the last fridge.
      that is cute to put dollar bills in the eggs. Heather is the one who fills them over here. I think she does an occasional one with money, but, not all of them. I hope the kids have fun this year, and that the weather cooperates. It is so early, and way too close to St Patty’s Day.
      that is good news about Brent. I hope he does make it up for a visit. You have not seen him in a bit, and I bet you miss him awful. So glad he is happy- he deserves to be happy.
      Tell Greg to get a Jeep- a red one!!! He will love it.
      Did you see the Chew today- for got to ask Colleen if she saw it. I was laughing. It was the only thing that made me smile today. Our JJ is sick. Marissa and Heather had to pick him up at school for Steph, because I was in the shower when the school called for Steph. My poor little cutie. That means they will not visit again, because of the fear of getting Gary sick.
      I hope Greg likes the new guy. Also hope he does not re-injure that foot again. he will need it to get into a Jeep….LOL
      Hope your night is going well.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Potato coddle is an Irish dish. It is potatoes with bacon, sausage and onion. You bake it in the oven. If you want the recipe I will post it on here. I think that I have done this once before. It has been a long time ago though. My family all like it and we have it every St. Patricks day. I have to stay with Irish traditions.
      I am asleep when they do the procedure. I did wake up the first time in the middle of it. Surprised everyone that I was awake. The doctor turned and looked at me and said very calmly that I was awake and they were almost finished. Then I was out again. I guess they gave me more of the stuff to make me sleep. They also think that is why I got sick. I realized that thing down my throat and it made me gag. Just a natural reaction.
      I am really glad that she is getting that shot finally. I have been telling her to listen and not to do anything for that 48 hours. She can let things go for that long and Stewart is good about helping. She has to do what she is told this time. If she doesn’t it will not work for her. I guess I am just bossy. She is an adopted daughter so she has to put up with me being bossy,.lol
      We will go and pick up my mom on the Saturday before Easter. She will stay for a couple of days and then go home. She has been sick so she is not going to stay as long this time around. I do not blame her she wants to be close to her doctor. I give up on telling her she can call him from here and we will get her to the hospital if she has to go there. We will drive to the one she goes to. She will not listen to us though. I am thinking of ordering that coconut cake from QVC. I have been wanting to try it and this will be a good time to get it. I will also have something that is sugar free also. I can never remember the name of that cake but it looks so good. I can even decorate it for Easter and put the marshmallow bunnies on top. Maybe put some jelly beans around it. What all are you going to make. I am sure what ever it is it will be good.
      I know what you mean about doctors. They have become our new best friends. We see more of them then some of our families. lol Well here are somethings that I thought of that might cheer you up. You could be stuck at home listening to the news. Or listening to all these political s giving their speeches. Or moving all the furniture trying to get the house cleaned before this week-end. Just doing the main rooms this week and the other rooms later. I still have closets to clean and stuff like that. Ron is getting mad at the tv and is not happy with what he is hearing. It will be a lot more fun listening to the doctors then listening to that. Are you feeling better yet? I really do not know if I am helping or making things worse. Hope that you are laughing at a woman that is trapped in the news world. Please let me out of here.lol
      We are all lucky that we have our husbands and our children and grands. What would we do without them. But there are times when we need to just vent and let it all out and then move on. If we keep it all in we would explode and that would be worse.
      I hope that you get all the things that you need from the store. Your boiled dinner sounds really good. It is nice that Bobby is making the meat loaf. He is such a big help. He is good to have around.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Your new car sounds nice. I have never owned a black car. I think that we have had just about every other color. Greg sounds like Ron. He is looking for something else for me to drive he says but the thing is he is looking for something to trade for. We still have two pick up trucks and that is two too many. Ron, Greg, Jerry and Gary should all get together. I think that they are all similar in their thinking. Ron is looking for a mine caravan by dodge. I really have not say in what we get so I just do not say anything. He thinks that he is the car expert. We would have one by now if I would let him get a fixer upper. No way that is alright for him and his trucks and things that he drives but I want something that is in good shape and will go when I need it to.
      There are a lot more male nurses then there were. There are also a lot of physical therapist that work in doctors offices. They had started that when I was working at the nursing homes. The rules changed for them and they could not work as many hours that they use to work. It is sad when the government steps in and changes things for the better.lol The ones that I worked with would do extra things for people but after they changed the rules they could not do that anymore. It was just sad.
      I can remember having snow in April. The ground hog just says that we are going to have an early winter they do not say anything about winter coming back for a day or two. It is strange weather this year and anything could happen.
      I am glad that you heard from Brent. Sounds like him and the new girlfriend are doing okay. It will be nice if they can come home to visit in the summer. I know that you will be glad to see him and his new girlfriend. It is hard when they live so far away and you cannot see them when you want to. It is nice though if he is happy that is what counts. Maybe she will be the one that he decides to settle down with.
      Glad that the fish made it thru the winter. It is unusual for them to get bigger during the winter isn’t it. I do not know that much about fish but I did not think that they grew that much during that time of year. I must be wrong because yours did. I forget that the flowers do not come up as soon as they do here. It will be nice if the come up sooner since spring is supposed to be sooner. Have you seen those hens and chics that they had on qvc? We have a spot in our front yard that they would look so good. We need something that will be ground cover and not have to worry about them. They showed them in different colors. I will look around here and see if I can find any and plant them and see if it works out. I am still looking for milk weed. We will have to plant that soon. Ron already has planted the onion sets. They are always so good. He is making me hungry for fresh veggies.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and enjoy your new car. It sounds really pretty.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I did not think about basket ball. Sounds like you enjoy going to the games. It is nice to get out and have some fun at a game once in awhile. I like to watch college or high school teams they all seem to have a better time playing then the professionals. I do not watch a lot of sports either.
      That was good news that the storm was not bad. You do not need the heavy winds like that. We are having rain off and on here. The sun finally came out today. It was nice to see it again. We did have a little rain this morning so was glad when it was over. I agree about the time change. It is hard to get use to. It is hard not to feel tired all the time.
      I just have to stop myself from watching qvc. That way I do not order anything. If I watch I end up ordering. I have ordered so much quacker here lately I am going to have to clean out my closet. I am looking for close that no longer fit and things that I have not worn for a long time. I am like a hoarder with clothes. It is time to get rid of some things. It is about time for me to do that.
      I am not sure who Chris Pryme is. Is she the temptations lady or the lock n lock lady. They are both nice people and I enjoy watching them. I am looking for containers to keep all my box foods in. Get my cabinets a little more organized. I am really trying to get things in order around here. I can never find anything. So it is about time I do something.
      I hope that things go well for you at the doctors tomorrow. How is you allergies doing? Did they finally calm down? Allergies are terrible this time of the year. Well that is about all from here. If you want to read more just read the posts to Gail and Adele. We always read each other post so we do not have to repeat ourselves. So just read all of them. Did not know if we told you that or not and you can say anything to anything that we posted. If you have noticed we all do that.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Well, I went to the Dr today & we had a good discussion. He’s of the same opinion that I had a severe allergy attack too. He said he’s seen a lot of folks with them. Of course he was telling me what I shouldn’t be eating & I’m sitting there scowling & making faces. The top 5 are potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, & corn. OF course I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!! My fave come back is “So what’s to live for?”, chuckling. And we can’t leave out the junk food. (toooooooooooooo bad!!!!). Other than that I’m gonna live. He said I seemed in good spirits. I always have some kind of come back for him.
      Oh girls, QVC is having another spring garden show Tues. (today for you guys). I watch Phillip Watson whenever I can. I’m crushing on him. At my age who cares!! He always has the prettiest flowers, or trees.

      Oh, Chris Pryme is the Lock n Lock lady. She’s a character when she’s on with David. She won the “Golden Spatula” award the Sunday of the Oscars. Last yr she was on with another TSV with the 6 bowls & bags for the holidays. On this one airing, her & David were on & he put one of those bags on his head to show how big they were. He was going on about the bags & how big they were compared to his head & she was almost on the floor laughing so hard. You could hear the stage hands & crew cracking up at them both!

      Adele, my biggest weakness is Temptations. I don’t need anymore, but she coming out with more cute things & pretty colors!! I’m gonna try to take some pics of my Easter display & post em on here if I can do it. I have a small set in Oceanfetti that I got last summer, & another baker in spring colors ( lavender hot pink & green) I forget the name of it right now.

      PLEASE, PLEASE, please DO NOT GET A FIXER UPPER CAR!!!!! It will nickel & dime ya into bankruptcy & believe me it ain’t nickels or dimes!!!!!! Ya might want a fixer upper in a home but NOT a car!!! Homes are more expensive, I know, but do your research before getting a second hand car. You don;t know where they’ve been, if they’ve been in accidents, floods, heaven knows what. Take it from me!! I speak from past bitter, bitter experience. I got ahold of a car I wanted to drive over a cliff!!! For getting into those tall vehicles, get a step stool & carry it in the back. The last lady I took care of was really short & her daughter had a big rig (SUV) so they carried a small step stool for her to step onto to get in. She was in her 90s so one of us had to help her the rest of the way. Just a suggestion. ( I hope I didn’t make ya grumpy again).

      Have a good day.
      dianne

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      You did make me laugh. I am imagining you listening to all the Trump commotion, all day long. It would be enough to make you move to Canada.
      I did not see the recipe- maybe you did it on the recipe thread. I would like to try it, if you can post it. The kids love all those things, and together, they sound good.
      I am making the Pizzaghiena- the ricotta Italian meat pie. For dessert, so far, it will be Ricotta pie, mini Cream Cheese pie, Madellines, Italian Anise cookies, and maybe one more- not sure yet.
      I will add an extra prayer for your Mom. It gets concerning when they start to get sick at their ages. So far, Tillie has been ok this winter, accept for the toe thing we will handle next week.
      That must have been awful to wake up like that, in the middle of the procedure. No wonder you got sick. I have told Christine the same thing- ice and rest for 2 days after the shot. By now, she may have already had it, and is home.
      That cake would look real cute with bunnies and jelly beans around it- good idea!
      It is pouring here today. Makes you feel so stiff. It is supposed to lessen as the day goes on. Gary said he did no sleep, as the living room has a cathedral ceiling, and the rain is more noisy in there. That is where he has been sleeping in his recliner. The rest of the house is very quiet, you hardly hear anything outside. I guess it is well insulated, and with the new windows we did years ago, you hear very little rain, or wind, unless it is a huge gust.
      Hope your sun is shining, so it will shine here in a day or two! Don’t kill yourself cleaning!!!
      Adele

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      Hey Dianne!
      Of course you did not make me grumpy. You made me laugh. I can see myself, with the step stool on a rope to pull it in the Jeep….LOL With my luck, I would give myself a concussion.
      You know, I did see that segment with Dave with the bag on his head. I bought a whole lot of those, and we gave them out for Christmas presents to our customers- they loved them. We filled them with some chocolate. Big hit.
      I have had to throw out baking pans, to make room for the new Temptations. I have no idea what I will purge, to make room for that pretty new platter. The last platter I got, was the pumpkin one, and I have it on display in the dining room, as I had no room to store it….LOL Soooooooooo, I may have to put the strawberry one, on top of the pumpkin one….LOL They are so great, and I cannot believe I did not know how good they were until last year. I think Gail told me about them, and then I was hooked.
      So, did the doctor say you have that gluten thing? There are a lot of flours that are now gluten free- nut flours- to bake with. If it is the gluten thing, it is awful because you have no idea how many product have gluten. I hope it is not, for roar sake. Food allergies are awful. My doctor says to calm down a diarrhea incident, to drink Coke- the regular Coke, with the sugar and caffeine. It does work on me, and lessens an attack. Hope that helps.
      I hope you are having some sun out there. It is pouring here today.
      Did you decide to go to the senior center for Easter- I think I remember you saying something about that.
      Hope your day is bright, and cheery, and that you do not run into any grumpy old ladies….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I love learning about the different foods that Christine cooks. Sometimes it’s the same thing as us only with a different name. She does cook alot and then has to sometimes make sure that it’s something that can be reheated if Stewart is working odd hours. I’ll bet her food is delicious too.
      We don’t do any special Saint Paddy’s dinner-what does a Polish person and a Lithuanian know about Irish meals anyway. lol For years we used to go to a party at a person’s house whose parents came from Ireland and her actual birthday is on Saint Patrick’s Day and her name is Patty. lol But once their kids grew up they stopped having the party. It was crazy-there were people our age and people their kids age-the overflow went into the garage-and then the Choirboys would set up their equipment and do a concert in the family room.
      You are probably feeling cranky because you are tired and overwhelmed from everything that has been going on. We all have a right to be cranky once in awhile. It’s in our contract. lol Once you can stop and bake something you will probably feel relaxed again. I know if I have had a busy day where i did not stop and read something I can actually feel how I have missed it. We all have our stress relievers that we need to cope. But go ahead and be cranky and get it out of your system-you will feel better. And this is the place to come as we are here to listen when each other needs to vent. Plus a little retail therapy always helps too so I hope that you love your new Temptations.
      I wish I had know more about Podiatrists when my MIL lived with us. Her toenails were so thick that i couldn’t cut them myself so Greg would have to soak her feet and cut them when it needed to be done. He hated it and she wasn’t crazy about it either. After she passed someone told me that we could have taken her to the podiatrist to have that done and it would have been covered by Medicare and everything. I wish we had known that earlier. Someone should publish a handbook about all the little practical things to know about caregiving-they cover all the broad things but not many of the little day to day things that would help. I learned so much when I took care of her.
      I have to use the running boards to get into the pick up which I don’t go in much anyway. Brent had a SUV and I had to use a step stool to get into his. That was pretty funny.
      Adele, it takes a special person to want a red car-I will have to live vicariously through yours. Although they say a red car gets more speeding tickets so maybe I’m just as well without one as once in awhile I do drive over the limit on these back roads with no one else around. Shame on me!
      I didn’t see The Chew yesterday so I missed the fun.
      I hope that JJ feels better soon so that he can come over for Easter. I feel sorry for the kids when they get sick during school. That is miserable.
      They are predicting thunderstorms with the possiblity for severe weather tonight so I guess the tornado season could be starting. I hate that part of the year and feel really bad for Jenny as she has a fear of storms. She always calls here and makes sure we go in the basement if there are tornado warnings.
      Here’s something that might cheer you up. Did you think the humor in the movie Airplane was funny. If so there is a TV program called Angie Tribeca on Monday night on TBS-it has the same type of humor and is hilarious. It’s written by Steve Carrel and his wife and it actually makes us laugh out loud-it’s so silly!
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I think that’s a good idea to get that coconut cake and decorate it up for Easter. I’ll bet that will be good.
      Greg takes me with when he buys a new vehicle but then he doesn’t listen to what i say anyway. lol He already has his mind made up ahead of time. That’s okay-I don’t really mind.
      I won’t mind if Brent just takes his time with this new relationship. I don’t want him to jump into anything and get hurt again either. So I hope he takes plenty of time to get to know his girlfriend and her family.
      I didn’t see anything called hens and chicks on the Q so i really don’t know what it is. Is it some type of grass or groundcover? I like the cute name whatever it is.
      It’s much too early to plant here. Greg will probably start plants in the house next month. He also built a little greenhouse box for when they start getting bigger but it’s still too early to plant outdoors. One of my favorite times is in May. The people across the street from us have a section of their property that has hundreds of daffodils planted on it. I love driving by when they are in bloom. It is so incredibly cheerful looking.
      We’re supposed to get storms tonight. Not looking forward to that. Maybe they will pass us by.
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne,
      It’s always the good food that we are supposed to stay away from. No one ever says stay away from spinach! lol I try to live by everything in moderation but that does not always work either. Anyway, it’s good to know that you are feeling better. Your doctor sounds like he or she? – has a sense of humor about things too.
      The Temptations are pretty and they always have something new. I just totally had to stop buying kitchen stuff of all kinds as there is no place to store anything anymore and with just my husband and I home now I don’t need as much cooking stuff as I used to. it’s fun to just watch the pretty things though-so now I just do that.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      Retail therapy is the best ever. I am running out of cabinet space. The oven has Temptations in it, for storage- both ovens….LOL
      I baked blueberry muffins today. It just took the stress right out of me. I need to bake, like other people need a drink. Chocolate works too. But, I am trying to watch it and follow the WW again. In the first week, I lost 2 pounds. Have not weighed myself in 2 weeks. I have to get back on track.
      I am Italian and German, and Gary is Jewish. The kids have Irish in them, from my x. Gary loves a boiled dinner, more than anyone else. It is pretty funny. that was Marissa’s wish for her birthday dinner.
      We have 2 doctor appointments for Gary tomorrow. So, Amanda is coming Thursday, to put the baskets/bags together. I love those bags that double as a basket- a lot less mess. Plus, she will stay for dinner too. She has not been here for dinner in a while, due to working at the restaurant so much.
      my first 3 Jeeps were white, and silver. I always had red cars, and then moved to white with the Jeeps. Then, the red Jeep caught my eye. you know, the color I really love is that beautiful sparkly eggshell color of the Cadillac’s. Nobody else has that shade of a white, and I do not like Cadillac enough to get one. Gary said since we are in that line of business, if I really want it, he will have the Jeep painted that shade. I think it would look odd….LOL
      My JJ was home again today. Steph said her friend got this new inhaler for her son, who has allergies like JJ, and it works better on his cough. She may talk to their doctor about it.
      Still raining here. I will pray you do not get any tornados- they scare the be-Jesus out of me. If I ever saw one coming, I would have a heart attack. This house has no basement- it is a raised ranch.
      Hey…..have you heard anything from Barbara? I hope she is ok.
      Have a good, and safe night- that is my prayer for all of you tonight.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      How’s everybody today? Not much going on here in Oregon. But I haven’t seen the evening news yet. We’re still having showers, but there is light (sunlight) at the end of the tunnel.
      Thurs. the sun’s supposed to show up again. I’ll believe it when I see it!!!
      For those who don’t know Hens & chicks are a ground cover. They’re called succulents.(?) To me they look like a cactus. Not like those Az types. If your grandmother had potted plants, I would bet she had these. They take very little care. You can plant them anywhere & they’ll grow. The ones they had on QVC were flowering, in different colors. I never knew they bloomed.
      Colleen, That cake you were talking about is the Coconut Bombe cake, I think. It was on the Q the other day. It sure looked good. I think Sweet Endings make it.

      I don’t have silliac disease. It has more to do with glucose or blood sugar. Sigh.
      I’m gonna try to post my pics of my apt decorated for Easter. I love decorating. It’s fun for me. I should come out & help decorate your homes. You wouldn’t recognize it after I got done. Lol.
      have a good evening.
      Dianne

      P. S. Can’t find the pics. I’ll try later.

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      Hi Adele,
      I know that you probably missed it but they had the results of all the primary races today. Ron listened until he went to bed. It is a good thing that we have a tv in the bed room or we would not get along. Especially this time of year. It was just so exciting. I was ready to scream so glad that I had the tv in the living room to watch and did not hear all of it. He watched in there for awhile but then went to the bedroom. I think that he is finally figuring out that the whole thing drives me crazy.
      Here is the recipe for the potato coddle
      1pd. pork sausage links, 1/2 pd thick sliced bacon cut in 2″ pieces, 4 large potatoes,2 large onions sliced, 1/4cup chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste. 2 cups water.
      In a skillet cook the bacon pieces until they turn golden, and then drain on a paper towel. Brown sausages in bacon fat. Prick sausage in several different places. Drain on paper towel and slice into 1/4 inch pieces. Peel and slice potatoes about 1/4 inch thick. In a casserole dish alternate layers of bacon, sausage, onion and potato. seasoning the potatoes with salt and pepper sprinkle each layer with a little parsley Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet. Add water and bring to boil. Pour over the potato casserole Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove cover and for an additional 15 minutes until the top is browned and the potatoes become tender.
      I hope that all of you enjoy this as much as my family does.
      You put me to shame with all the good desserts that you make for your family. I need to make some but too lazy. I am still cleaning away here and not getting done as fast as I would like. Cleaning is for the young. But none of the young people will come over and help me. lol So I guess it is for the old too. That just is not right. Some how things have gone wrong here.
      Thank you for the prayers for mom. She really needs them. She has been sick a lot the last couple of years. Not just sick you stay at home but where she has gone to the hospital. It is hard on her. She is getting someone to come in and clean for her. I think that is a good idea. She is not getting any younger and that way someone will be there when we are not.
      The rain and storms went around us and headed up Gail’s way. Sorry about that Gail. It was nice to have a full day of sun. The wind is really strong though. I will just be glad when Saturday gets here and all the family is together.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Here is the number for the hens and chics M49070 they are really pretty. We are looking for them around here. I really want to plant them in the yard. I hope that I can find the ones that flower. Sounds like there is not much work to them. They survive on their own. Which is good because I would not want to have to water them and do all of that care. That is when I run into problems with my plants and flowers.
      That sounds so much like Ron.He shows me these cars or suv and then does not want to hear what I have to say about them. The only thing that he says is you will get use to it. So I just gave up on it and just let him go on his own. That way he can surprise. It is like getting the vacuum cleaner.
      You are right about Brent. He needs to take it slow and get to know the girl and family. He is a smart man though and he will pick the right one. He seemed to move on when he felt that the other girl was not for him. It would just be nice if the kids would just let us find the right mate for them and they would be happy.lol Never could get my girls to believe that one. Guess we raised them to be too independent.
      Ron has not planted anything in the house yet. He use too but for some reason he has not yet. He just went out and planted the onions. We usually have onions all year long. He plants the spring onions and later in the fall he plants the winter onions. He says that he is not going to plant as much this year. We will see. He said that last year and we had more veggies then we could eat. He gets started and it is like he cannot quit.
      Did you watch the show on the q with the food? They had the mac and cheese again. Had to order some for Easter dinner. Hope it will be here on time. THey had to wait list it. They kids really liked it.
      That field with daffodils would be beautiful. It must take a lot of work to plant all of those.It is nice that they do that so you can enjoy them in the summer also.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      Yah-if only the kids would let us pick their partners-but we know that would never work as who would listen to us. What’s funny about that is the girl that I would have picked for Brent from high school is Adam’s brother’s wife-so she is sort of a family member but only through our daughter’s marriage not our sons. It’s weird how things work out sometimes.
      Your ground must never get a real hard freeze if Ron can plant fall onions. I wonder if you can chop some onions and freeze them like you can green peppers to use in pasta dishes and chili’s and omelets. I would think so but i never tried as it has been a long time since we grew onions. We don’t grow nearly as many things as we used to grow. It’s nice that we have Jenny who lives close so we can give the excess vegetables to her. She’s lucky she gets eggs and meat from her inlaws and veggies from us in the summer.
      That mac and cheese from the Q is good. Our kids and grands like it alot.
      The people that grow the daffodils have beautiful landscaping. Her father was a master gardener and she learned so much from him. For the most part she designs all the landscaping and her husband does most of the work. He was the one who planted all those daffodil bulbs on her instructions. The bad part is they only bloom for a few weeks in the spring and then they are gone for the rest of the year so you have to really stop and savor them when they are flowering. They put in a koi pond after seeing ours and their’s is landscaped so beautifully with even a little gazebo out there to sit and contemplate the fish from.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I think I used that cellophane grass once in Easter baskets when the kids were little and that was it. After that they had grassless baskets. That stuff gets all over and sticks to everything. I think they used that as filler to make the baskets look choc full. I would rather put more stuff in there than have that dreaded grass all over the place. Plus the cats would sometimes chew it and then throw it up. I also liked to use buckets or other things that the kids could use as a toy rather than just a basket.
      Gosh when I think of it we have had cars of many colors over the years. Years ago i used to often inherit Greg’s old car when he got a new one. There was one-I can’t even remember the make that was red and white and I couldn’t reach the pedals or see over the wheel-I had to sit on a pillow. lol Greg also had a little red Gremlin at one time-remember those? Gosh we have had a lot of different cars over the years.
      Well we had pouring rain last night and lots of wind today. 60 m.p.h. gusts. I think there may have been some tornado sightings way west of us in Illinois. It’s quite the blustery day. We couldn’t even put out the recycling bin for the garbage pickup since it would just blow away so we’ll just have to skip it this week and hope two weeks from now it won’t be so windy-otherwise we will be overflowing.
      I e-mailed Barbara twice but never got any answer. So we are just left wondering what is going on. Hopefully, she is okay and eventually will show back up on here. There’s nothing else that I can think of to do and I don’t want to be a pest either.
      Does JJ have asthma or allergies or both? I hope that he is doing better today.
      Monday when I was babysitting Piper was having me play dress up. It was interesting me putting the clothes on my arm. lol I guess when Greg was over there Saturday she was making him play dress up too. I wish I had a picture of that. lol That child thinks her grandparents are there for her entertainment only! lol She pays us back in hugs and kisses though so that is okay.
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne,
      I hope that you can get your pictures posted. if you can’t post them as an attachment because the file is too big you can post them on your page and we can see them there. The old site had a much better way of posting pictures and you could post videos too. The new site is not as user friendly. The discussions used to have pages so you didn’t have to scroll way down to find the last posting. But we have no choice-we have to take what they have given us. For awhile when they changed we thought we were going to lose our discussions so we are just glad to still have that.
      Cold and blustery here in Illinois today. I guess spring has not come yet.
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      Guess what!!! There’s a bright orb in the sky today!!! The day started out cloudy & chilly, but the clouds parted ( like the Red Sea), & the sun appeared. Hoooooray!!! It’s supposed to be sunny the next
      few days.
      I got the meat balls today. Am tempted to open a pkg, but I don’t want to eat em up before Easter. I know it sounds strange to have meatballs for Easter, but it’s something different. I plan to have asparagus & either mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes. I’m not really that crazy about ham. It’s usually to salty for me.
      Not doing anything for St. Patrick’s Day, except wear green. That’s about all I do.
      Are any of you on Facebook? I can’t seem to find my pics that I took the other day. I could see if I can find ones from last yr. The décor is pretty much the same, I think. Except for the Temptations on display.
      If I clicked on the right pic, I’m sending another of Jewell with her “new look”. Poooor little thing.
      Well, I’m getting hungry so am gonna fix dinner.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne,
      Sorry I did not answer yesterday some how I messed your message on here. Your cat is so pretty. She looks cute with her new style. It probably does not take long for her hair to grow back out. She looks cute like that.
      We had that strange thing in the sky here also. It was so bright and scary. lol It was nice to see the sun for the day. We have not seen it for awhile.It was still chilly here though. I just hope that we have sunshine on Easter. We have our St. Patrick’s dinner on Saturday so the kids can come for dinner. Evey one loves corn beef here and the cabbage also. We have to fix three things of corn beef and three heads of cabbage. We usually do not have any left at the end of the day. There are 8 adults and six grand kids. Well only 5 that will eat the corn beef and cabbage grand kids that is. So it all goes pretty fast.
      That is the name of the cake. It looks so good. I do not want to do a lot of baking since I will be doing a lot of cooking. I am not really good at making desserts. I wish that we lived close to Adele. She bakes all the time and really makes some good food. I would be over there getting sweets from her all the time. She would have to put a price on everything she bakes.lol
      I am not on face book. Some trouble got started in our family because of that site and so I just do not go on there. I stay on this site and do not have to worry about what is being said on face book. The trouble was for one of my daughters.
      I would like to see your pictures. It is hard to for me to post on this site also. So usually I do not do it. I think I did post pictures of a snowman that my daughter made out of an old Christmas tree. It was really cute. She is very crafty.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That would not work out that well with the girl married to your daughters bil. lol I know there was one guy that I would have picked out for one of my daughters but the other two were terrible at picking out boyfriends. So they married guys that they met after high school. Thank God for that.
      Our ground usually is not frozen until late fall or early winter. We stay warmer longer here then you do there. The winter onions are different then the summer and spring onions. The winter onions are mostly the heads and not the green ones. The green part would not grow for very long. So you have to wait for the heads to get big enough to eat. They are also a little warmer ( spicy) It is strange the difference in them. We have never tried to freeze the onions before, We have frozen the tomatoes and the green peppers. I have no idea what they would taste like. We use to grow garlic and it was really good also. I do not know why we stopped.
      Jenny is really lucky. She get so many fresh foods. That is really good for the kids. We should have gotten chickens instead of guineas we would have fresh eggs. Ron wants to get rid of the guineas now. He is a pain. I like them because if anyone comes on the place they make a lot of noise and they keep the tic population down. He is just a pain. He is with them like he is with cars. He changes his mind all the time.
      I remember the Gremlins. Do you remember the Pacers? They were a strange little car. We bought one that did not have many miles on it but the inside of the top kept falling down. My girls did not like to ride in it. They were always saying they hoped that we would get rid of it before they could drive. It was funny. It had this orange stuff under the cover and it would fall off in their hair. They would get so mad at us. We kept that one for awhile and then we got another car and they were happy.Ron drove the pacer to work.
      I wonder if Barbara’s computer stopped working again. She was having trouble after Jerry down loaded and I do not remember if they got that all worked out or not. I am like you I wish that she would get on here and let us know that she is okay. Have you heard from Debbie? It would be nice to hear from here also. She is such a nice person.
      Now that picture of Greg playing dress up with Piper would have been a riot. he is funny. It is funny what a grandpa will do with the grand kids. If the kids asked when they were younger they would have laughed and said go play with your mom or your sisters. At least Ron would.
      That is a shame that they are so short lived. There is always one person in the neighborhood that can do a really good job at landscaping and make the rest of us look bad. I bet that your koi pond looks really nice also. She cannot say that she has a golf course by her pond. So yours is unique.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      No worries about getting back to me. I don’t always get back right away as you know. That cake did look delish, didn’t it?! Too much for me alone. I got the meatballs & the mini cheese cakes today. At least I can keep them in the freezer. Unfortunately I have a small freezer.
      Have you guys ever driven or rode in a Smart Car? If you thought those other cars are small, they’re big compared to the smart car!!!! A friend of mine has one & it’s tiny!!!! I call it half of a normal size car. I had a Chevy Cavalier & the smart car was half of it. It is NOT a family car!!
      Can you send me your email address again. I wrote it down somewhere & have misplaced it. Thanks.
      This may sound silly but I don’t read all the postings from the others. I feel like I’m invading someone’s privacy. I know it sounds quirky.

      That bright orb I talked about earlier is supposed to stick around till the weekend. I may faint.
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

      dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      Your kitty looks like a little lion with her new haircut. Our dog really needs a grooming-somehow I forgot to make him an appointment. I usually make him a new one when he gets done each time and for some reason last time I didn’t. Just forgetfulness, I guess.
      We don’t care if you read each other’s postings. We all do it-it sparks conversations sometimes and we all know people can read them whenever they want as it is a public site. Maybe after awhile you will feel more comfortable doing that.
      My daughter’s MIL has a Mini Cooper and that car is really tiny. Her husband gave it to her for an anniversary gift a couple of years ago.
      I think Adele is having spaghetti or something Italian for Easter so you are not the only one doing that. I figure everyone should eat what they like on a holiday. I’m not married to any one thing except I really like the traditional foods like turkey and ham.
      I am not on Facebook. My husband is but it just was never anything that I was that interested in doing. It seems like he has to wade through a lot of junk to see the parts that he really wants to see.
      I’m glad that you have sunshine. It just seems to make the day much more cheerful.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      You should have a sign made up “this property is patrolled by attack guineas or beware the watch guineas.” lol Since you like them I hope that Ron keeps them. It is nice that they eat the ticks. I hate ticks! They’re just gross! We used to have chickens at our old house and it was nice having the eggs but then you are tied down to the chickens and can’t travel. At the time our neighbors had chickens and a horse and when either of us were out of town we would trade watching each other’s animals,so that worked out okay back then. Except we had no rooster and they did and our chickens were very docile but when you went in with their rooster you had to take a stick to defend yourself because the rooster was mean! That was back when we were young. Now I wouldn’t do that-I can’t move quickly enough anymore. lol
      I do remember the Pacers. I think they were out about the same time as the Gremlins.
      I don’t know if Barbara’s computer is broken. I think she has a tablet and a smart phone so she could use those to tell us at least if she was okay. So that’s what worries me-last time when we didn’t hear anything for a long time she had a stroke-so I worry that everything is not okay. I know she didn’t post as often as the rest of us but it seemed like we heard from her at least weekly. As for Debbie-I e-mailed again but haven’t heard back yet. It’s so sad that such a great person has to deal with being sick all the time.
      Right now I’m watching the Today show and they have Irish dancers from Riverdance. They are really good. I would have cramps in my legs from dong all the stuff that they do. Oh to be young and fit again!
      You are right. Our neighbor’s don’t have a putting green next to their pond like we do. So we are unique if nothing else. I guess the pond could be considered a water hazard like on the golf course. I would venture to guess that some of his drives from the back of the property have landed in the water. lol
      It was really windy yesterday. We had some 70 mph gusts. We lost a tree in our front yard-but I would rather lose a tree than a roof.
      I’m enjoying the programming on the Q today. The Irish Days always seem so cheerful. I like to watch even if I am not buying. The TSV is selling quickly.
      Gail

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      Dianne….what is the orb?
      I never drove in a Smart car.
      Adele

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      Gail and Colleen
      I am behind in the posts- what is this about Greg dressing up with cutie Piper????
      Adele

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      Adele,
      The “orb” is the sun. lol
      I was telling Greg how Piper was making me dress up with her on Monday and then he mentioned that she had him dressing up when he was over there Saturday helping Adam. Can you say “wrapped around her little finger”?
      Gail

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      Hi Gail, and everyone!!
      I am so tired today. I thought we were talking about the orbs seen around people by psychics….LOL
      I am trying to get through all the posts I missed, and hope I do not miss anything important.
      Gary had 2 doctors visits yesterday. the shoulder is healing well- that part is very good. It is the secondary leg swelling, water retention problem. His ortho said he could get back into bed, which will stop the swelling. So last night, he was in bed. Remarkably, the legs are already a little bit smaller. But, naturally, sleeping was a problem. I am so tired, my hands feel like they are trembling. then add that the amount of people for dinner keeps growing. It was only the 4 of us. Now it is us, Marissa and Enzo, Amanda, Heather and a very old friend she has reconnected with, whom she found on Facebook. He was an old friend of hers, and still sees Bobby, every once in a while. Nice guy- named Dave.
      I was just informed Enzo’s family is coming for Easter, as well as Dave, and possibly another fiend of Heather’s. So, we went from 13 on Easter to 18. God help me. I will have to set up the folding table, going sideways into the kitchen. It should be a riot. Marissa wants Enzo’s family here on holidays, as she is tired of going from house to house. Let the baking begin!!!
      I hope you are all ok. I am still going through the posts form the last 2 days.

      GAILSTER……………Temptations has a butterfly bowl set!!!
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne!
      OMG- here is the post on the orb. How funny is this!
      We are having Italian on Easter too. The family voted, and ravioli and meatballs won over the ham. I will be making a big salad with ours. Other than that, stuffed mushrooms go well with ravioli, but, I am not sure I will have all that time. I will be making Italian bread, as my son, Bobby, is making the gravy, not me (The old fashioned Italians from Boston call it gravy, not spaghetti sauce)
      Your kitty is so pretty. I used to have cats. They all eventually died. Have not had a pet in a long time. I have always wanted a puppy, but, I really cannot walk a dog.
      So glad your sun is shining. It is shining here for now. They are expecting thunderstorms this afternoon, and a huge temperature change, with sleet or hail included. As a matter of fact, we are getting a snow storm on Monday, and when I saw the forecast of between 4 to 8 inches, I called to change my mother’s doctor appointment. Hope your weather stays nice for a while. You have had a lot of rain and wind.
      Adele
      PS I am on facebook, but I rarely go on and post anything there.

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      Hi Gail
      Read mu other posts for all the breaking news….LOL
      Your little piper is so funny. I swear, she will be in acting some day, or, possibly, costume design. I love kids with personalities as big as the world.
      JJ has allergies, and possibly asthma. His doctor keeps saying no to the asthma, but I know he has it. One clue is even when he does not have a cough, when he runs, he will cough..
      I remember the Gremlins. We never had one. My Dad was a Chrysler man, and we brought back a Mercedes when we were in Germany for those 5 years, when I was a young teen- 1963. I was 13. he loved that Mercedes- it was white, with red leather interior. I think it was a 220 SE?? Not sure if I am remembering the model numbers correctly.
      I also hate that grass. I was thrilled when I found the edible grass. It tastes a little like the Communion host, with an apple flavor. The kids love it. When I post the chocolate centerpiece picture, you will see the grass in it.
      Hope your weather stays nice for a few days. I am so glad none of you had any tornados!!!!
      Adele

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      Hi girls…..I love the daffodils. They are so pretty. I only have a few tulips, and they have not been doing well over the years. My neighbor across the street has tulips that come up every year…not mine.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I will keep your mom in my prayers. Both of our mothers are on borrowed time. We have to face they do not have a lot of time left, and that is hard. My grands think Tillie will live forever, and I keep telling them she will be 90 shortly. They do not get it. We are having a little party for her the week before her birthday.
      thank you for the recipe- it sounds amazing. read my other posts for the lowdown on Easter, and Gary’s doctor. I am making a boiled dinner today. Amanda is coming tomorrow to do the bags/baskets for Easter, so that is good. Also taking Tillie to get her hair done tomorrow am. With all the people coming and going for Gary, I feel I have lost control over the house organization/cleaning.
      I heard the results. Trump is nits, saying there will be riots if he does no get the nomination. He is starting, and encouraging conflicts. That is not a man we need in power. He does not get it, or does not care. God help us all.
      Hope your day is going well, and that your stomach is feeling better.
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      I also love decorating. I am ashamed to say, this is the first year I have only one big Annalee Bunny out, and one Easter basket. Thee were easy to reach. I am like you the house is all doen for every occasion. With Gary’s shoulder, it has put me into a tizzy. On any given day, there are from 1 to 3 people coming and going for him. This is the first tiem I have not decorated. Even when I ahd surgery, the house was oden, just not as much. And now, I am having even more company. Go figure!
      I hope your weather stays nice.
      Adele

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      Hi Everyone,
      I just got an e-mail from Barbara. She said they are okay-Jerry had the flu and she fell down and they are still knee deep in dealing with things with his Mom. She said her computer was broke and the new one they got wasn’t working right. So she said she will be back when she can. I was so relieved to hear that everyone was okay. So-mystery solved. I hope she’ll be back soon. I miss her news.
      Adele, lol-I think the things that psychics can see are auras. Dr. Gail prescribes you a good nights sleep and some baking therapy-take them both and see me in the morning. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      How’s everybody? I hope everyone’s fine. The sun’s out today but it’s far from warm. We get these East winds out of the Gorge & they are COLD!!! No matter
      how much you bundle up they cut right thru ya.
      I got my new blouse today. LOVE it!!! It’s the red & white checkered blouse from Denim & co. I’d like a couple more, actually. If only I could win a lottery.
      I can’t wait to see the new pants coming from QF.
      I’m glad you heard from your friend.
      I heard you guys are getting snow in the next few days!! WOW. I’d think it’d be done with by now. We’ll get snow in the higher elevations/mts, but not here.
      Not much going on here so I’ll close for now.
      take care
      dianne

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      Hi Gail,
      I watched the Irish shows also. They are always good. I like the guy with the Connemara jewelry. I cannot think of his name right now. He is so funny and usually will come out with his leprechaun hat. I did not see it this time around. I am still cleaning house. I have moved more furniture then I have for awhile. Ron usually will come in and help but he was loading the truck to go to the sale barn. He will sell more of his lawn mowers.He goes with his bil and they have a good time going. Sometimes he brings back more junk then he took. So he has the trailer hooked up to the truck and is ready to go.
      I have heard that Roosters can be mean. They say that chickens can be also. The guineas can be also but our are scared of their own shadows.They make a lot of noise but do not do anymore then that. That would be a good sign to put up in the yard. People would probably laugh and just come on the propriety any way. One thing they can do is run very fast. It is funny to watch them. If one of the dogs go after them they are gone in a flash except at night. They are really docile then. They are a strange bird.
      I am so glad that you heard from Barbara. I was thinking about her stroke also. Then I thought about Jerry and all of his problems. It is scary when we do not hear from one of the group for a long time. We need to work something out that if something happens to one of us that one of our family will let the others know. We should really do that so we do not worry about each other. it is just an idea. What do all of you think.
      I love to watch Irish dancers. We saw River Dance and it was really good. We had a vcr tape of them. That Flatly guy was in it and he is such a good dancer. The rest of the group were good also. They are very active dancers when they start. It is amazing how they all stay in step with each other. I am like you there is no way that I could keep up with them or even move like them. They would have to take me out in a wheel chair or a stretcher.lol
      That is funny. He needs a warning system to warn the fish that the golf ball is headed their way. The poor things would have a hard time finding shelter from the golf balls. Ron was laughing at me because I did not think that fish would grow during the winter. I just thought there would not be enough food for them that time of year. So I have my dunce cap on now and a shamed look on my face.
      I am glad that the tree did not do any damage to the house when it fell. I bet that was scary when it fell. Those winds were really strong. I am glad that you two were not hurt. This weather is so weird.
      I hope that everyone in your family is doing well. Piper is such a little character. Sounds like she is a lot of fun though,. She is more out going then Kendall. How is Kendall doing now? She had a rough year this year.
      Well that is about all from here. Happy St. Patrick’s day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      It is hard to believe that one day they will be gone. Guess when you are young like that you do not think of people dying. It is sad that they have to learn that lesson. It is hard to lose a parent.
      That was good news that Gary can lay down again and the legs are not as swollen. Did it bother you that he was in the bed? I am talking about worrying about rolling into him are hitting his arm. I was like that when Ron hurt his shoulder. He fell off a chair and broke his shoulder and did some damage to his wrist. We had a hospital bed for him for a little while but then we sent it back. It was nice for the short time that we had it though.
      You are going to have a houseful for Easter. The kids should come over and help you get ready. Well Bobby will be there to help and he is a good cook. All of your kids are good helpers. All you would have to do is ask for help and they would be there. You have a good family.
      if you get some things done that will be good but if not that will be fine also. With all that you have going on you do not need to worry about things. You are okay. Just bake what you can and cook what you can and just enjoy the day. It is good that Amanda will come and do the bags for you. That will be one less thing for you to do.I started to order the cake and then did not. I keep changing my mind. I need to do that and get it before it is too late. If I had your baking skills I would not have to worry about buying anything.
      I pray for your mom also. They are getting older and we are lucky that they have never fallen and really hurt themselves. We are really blessed to have our moms for so long. We just have to pray that they will be here for a lot longer.
      I am so tired of politics all I can do is pray that we pick the right person for president. I will never vote for Hilary Clinton. She is an evil person and has done a lot of things that she should not have done. Cannot help how I feel about her. God help our country.
      That is terrible that you are going to get more snow. Ron keeps saying that we will have another snow storm before this winter is over. We will see if we get it here or not. We can blame all of this on Ron he jinxed all of us.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Take care and do not worry about the Easter dinner. Everything will be fine.
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I cannot believe that you are getting such cold weather. It was not that cold all winter was it? Maybe it was and I just do not remember. You have a lot of strange weather like the rest of us. I cannot believe that Adele is going to get more snow. It is too late in the year for that stuff.
      I am glad that you got your new blouse today. it sounds really cute. This must be a good day for deliveries from the q. I got my navy dream jeannes today also. They were really cute also. Now I have the top to go with my yellow and navy top. it looks so good together.
      Not a whole lot going on here either. I have been cleaning all week and trying to get things done before Saturday. I still have more to do but will get it done what isn’t done will just not get done until next week. At least it will be done by Easter. With my back problems can only do one room at a time. Then I have to wear this stupid back brace. Oh well we have to do what we have to do.
      Well that is about all from here. I am getting crabby now. Have a good night.
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I took pics of my apt with the camera. It doesn’t work with the phone. I hope they go thru. If I sent 2 just disregard.

      dianne

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      I hope these go thru

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      Hi Ladies,
      It worked!!! I don’t believe it. You should see it at Christmas. I call it Christmas-land. People are astounded when they come in & see it. It’s my favorite time of yr.
      We can’t have a cranky Quacker, LOL. I hope your feeling better soon.
      With all you guys are going thru, I don’t know how ya do it!! There’s nothing harder than being a caregiver. I took care of elderly women in their homes & it was hard. Esp. when they were hard to get along with to begin with. And if the families were hard to get along with, that made it even harder. On the other hand, when the family co-operated & helped share the responsibility it made it a whole lot easier. I realize your situations are different, but caregiving is hard, no matter the situation!!!
      So, are the hubbies watching March madness? Two of our Universities got in, but I’m not sure they will get very far. I don’t know who they’re playing. University of Oregon (Ducks) & Oregon State University (Beavers) are the teams. I know you girls don’t care about sports, I was just trying to brag a little bit about our teams.
      You girls have very little time for this but I’m gonna ask anyway. Does anybody watch soaps? They’ve canceled all my faves over the past few yrs. I started out watching Dark Shadows when I was in high school. Then I didn’t watch for yrs, & yrs. I got back into it when I was doing the caregiving jobs. I think I could write better story lines than those over paid writers!!!!
      This whole bldg. is a soap opera!!!!

      Enjoy all the time you have with your parents while ya can. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 1986. I was in my 30s, but it took me yrs to get over it. Well, learn to live without her. It sure wasn’t easy.

      I watched some of the Irish shows today. A friend of mine was in Ireland last Sept when they had the Rose of Sharon shows on the Q.. I sent her an email about the Connemara mines. They were there about the same time. How ironic.
      If I tried to do that dance I’d die of a heart attack!! It’s fun to watch the kids, though.
      Well, that’s enough for now.
      dianne

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m so glad that Gary’s legs are already getting better. That’s such a good thing. How did the boiled dinner go? We had nothing Irish to eat but I was wearing a very old Quacker sweater-pink with a green shamrock on it. I told Greg that the ladies at work would probably pinch him yesterday as he was not wearing any green but he told me that he doubted that would happen. lol
      The amount at your Easter table is growing by leaps and bounds. Yet it’s nice that everyone wants to come to you also. It’s kind of a blessing (because everyone will be there) and a curse (because of all the work). Maybe you will have to use plastic plates and utensils to lessen the load. As much as I like to use the “pretty dishes” it can be an unneeded burden too. Speaking of dishes-I saw those butterfly bowls on new arrivals yesterday and I just turned my back and said “Satan be gone!” I do have my regular dishes with butterflies and some Polish stoneware with butterflies so that will have to satisfy my butterfly Jones.
      Yes, I heard the other day that you might be in for another nor’easter come Monday. I thought our upper Midwest weather was bad but you being off the Atlantic get those storms brought in by the ocean which have lots of moisture in them. They’re saying we might get some snow overnight but I don’t think there will be much accumulation. I hope not.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      The guy from Connemara marble is Stephen Walsh-I like him too-he reminds me of a little leprechaun himself as he is so energetic. I like listening to their accents-they sound so melodic to me.
      I was glad to hear from Barbara too. It seems like we had the conversation awhile ago when Debbie was on about having someone come on and tell us if something happens to one of us. I think it’s a good idea. I will tell Greg to do it. If I can remember. lol
      I have never seen Riverdance except on TV. We are going to see a show this weekend call Rock Baby Rock. It’s starring this guy called Lance Lipinsky that we saw in Million Dollar Quartet. He is an amazing piano player. He’s had an act in Vegas and is now doing this show. Google him or find him on YouTube. He’s fun to watch.
      When Greg is driving golf balls from the back of the property I never let the dogs out in the pen because sometimes he slices or hooks or whatever it’s called and the balls end up in the dog pen. I wouldn’t want Rocky to get bopped on the head with a golf ball.
      We don’t feed the fish during the winter as the pond is frozen over. We put in a bubbler to keep the water oxygenated and of course it’s deep enough where it doesn’t freeze all the way down. The fish are kind of in a semi-hibernation in the cold they don’t move much but there must be enough algae on the pond bottom for them to eat. It is kind of interesting how they manage.
      The tree wasn’t that big of a tree so it didn’t really hurt anything when it broke.It was some sort of flowering tree-I’m not exactly sure what kind.
      Kendall is doing good. She actually spent all night at a birthday sleepover a few weeks ago. And she was very proud of herself for doing that. She’s looking forward to spring break as her other grandmother takes her and her cousin Maya and her two half sisters Gabby and Enya on a shopping trip where they can pick out clothes for themselves and she buys them. It makes her feel quite grown up.
      You will have two busy weekends between Saint Patrick’s and Easter. Pace yourself!
      Gail

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      Hi Dianne,
      You sure do love Thomas KIncade and flowers! You are decorated to the nines! How cheerful it all looks and very much springtime too. You should post your Christmas decorations. I think all of us are Christmas lovers. I think it must have to do with the sparkle of Christmas and the sparkle of Quacker clothes. They are similar.
      Being a caregiver is hard. I was one for my MIL who had dementia for 6 years and it is stressful being responsible for another adult. I’m not sorry that i did it but by the time I was done i was both mentally and physically exhausted. I really had to take some time to relax and recuperate afterwards.
      I love that the two Oregon teams are Ducks and Beavers! I actually like sports but we are not watching March Madness right now. I’m sure my husband will watch on the weekend. During the week we have our regular programs that we watch or record as I’m kind of in charge of TV then. If my husband was in charge all we would watch would be sports. If you put a tiddlywinks tournament on a sports channel he would watch that! lol
      I used to watch lots of soaps-One Life to Live-which is gone now. Days of Our Lives which I no longer watch and General Hospital which I still follow. I did watch Dark Shadows years ago too but i hardly remember anything about it except that it was about vampires. I did watch Port Charles when that was on and that was about vampires too. I guess I watched that one as it was kind of a spin off of General Hospital. I think I have watched General Hospital the most and the longest. I never got into All My Children for some reason. Probably because there are only so many hours in the day. I think we all watch Dancing with the Stars which starts up again next week.
      Have a great day.
      Gail

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      Hi GAil
      So glad Barbara is ok. Glad you got through, so we do not think the worst.
      Oh yes….I need some sleep. My eyes are even burning.
      Adele

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      Dianne- great pics of a happy Easter home! Pretty spring colors- love it!!
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      We are getting form 4 to 8 inches on Sunday night, into Monday. I cannot believe it. Glad you are getting sun, as the weather works its way over here pretty soon.
      The sun is shining here, and it will end soon.
      Good that you got your pretty top already. My Temptations have not even been shipped out yet. I am hoping I have them for Easter, as the strawberry platter will look so nice on the table.
      Hope your weather stays nice!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      It is hard for Gary in the bed at night. The shouter gets sore. The OT person today, showed us how to put a support under it. I was using a pillow, and that was too high. We need to use a rolled towel. Hopefully, tonight will be better.
      It is scary about our moms. Every day, and holiday is a gift at this point.
      Well, Amanda never made it by to do the baskets. So, I am going to do it tonight, while watching TV. Everyone seems so stressed with their jobs lately. I will have a lot of help for Easters. Bobby will do the whole dinner, and I will just make the bread- Italian, braided with seeds. I just have to get up early for it to rise twice- I can get aback in the recliner, after it is in the rising bucket before I get ingot the shower. Enzo’s mother is Italian, from Italy, so she will help a lot. She is very nice, and I never see her sitting down….LOL I just have to figure out where we would have more room- the dining room or the kitchen. I have to make a “L” width the table, and folding table.
      Gary has 2 more appointment she needs to have a vascular one, and one with the wound clinic at the hospital. This just does not stop. it is because eth legs swelled so much, and the wounds appeared on them. I hope it is not at end of week, or I am dead.
      It is so scary with who will be president. I liked Chris Christy the best,, and he is gone. So, who does Ron like?
      hope your day is good,a nd weather better than ours will be this weekend. Only in new England can you go from 70 to a snowstorm in 4 days.
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      you are right about being the caregiver. Some days it gets stressful and then I remember what it would be like if she were not here at all. I would be thrilled to be stressed caring for her. Here is the funny part about Tillie- that is her name. So, I take her out for the hairdresser, and the loony tune, who is on a walker, tries to go up where the curb is. I had already said in the car, she has to go around the back of the Jeep to reach the walkway. Oh no, she tries to make a run for it. I start to yell, “Do not even think about it”. I have to yell because she is very hard of hearing, and doe snot hear a lot. Of course, she will not admit it, because she is too proud for a hearing aid. It is like taking a 3 year old out.
      A lot of times when the kids are here they tell me I yell at her. I remind them, if I do not yell she does not hear, and then she makes up the rest of what she THINKS I said. LOL this is me at leats 10tiome s a day….”Ma, what are you doing- stop that.” She tries to be helpful, but I am so afraid she is going to slip and hurt herself.
      Gary only watches March madness when we have a team involved in it. On the other hand, he does not miss a baseball or football game, if they win, or lose.
      Good news- I am not cranky today. Probably because I wore my Quacker. Always makes us smile!
      hope your day is going well.
      I love to watch The View, Steve Harvey, and the Chew, when I can. Those are my favorite daytime programs. I am usually able to see them while I am doing things around the house. I miss them if I do not get to see them- like you and the soaps. A lot of the night shows are like soaps….Grays Anatomy, Scandall, and the rest I watch.
      Adele

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      Gailster…….I cannot believe you did not get the bowls- is your mouse to the computer broken????? do I need to click it for you????? come on, you cannot let us down, and not own everything on the Q that has a butterfly.
      I had nothing green on- funny huh? Everyone loved the boiled dinner, and said how good it tasted. Seriously? All you do is boil the meat for 2 hours, add the carrots and turnip, and boil another hour, and then add potatos, and boil another hour, and finally the cabbage for another 20 minutes. Even the spices come in the packet. I do add more spice- pepper, and some of the Penzeys Spices that go with pork. (did you ever get any of the Penzeys Spices on line?) Absolutely no effort at all. Any cured meat tastes good. This time, I soaked it for 2 hours before I cooked it to get rid of some of the salt for Gary and me. Did not tell the crew that one.
      you know- maybe I should do paper plates. Martha Stewart will come and slap me.
      I cannot believe we are going from 70 to a snowstorm- that’s new England England for you.
      Have to get going to get the baskets/bags done. It is my task for tonight, while I watch TV. It should not take too long. Amanda the Panda, could not make it yesterday. I am on my own….LOL
      Adele
      PS….Tom Selleck at 10!

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      It is very windy here today and we are getting the snow too on Sunday.

      I just wanted to say I love Penzeys spices. You can get salt free options from them. If you ever need them their customer service is the best. The catalog and website has recipes too. And a free sample with every order. Lots of times they have coupons for a free spice.

      FYI Tom is not on tonight because of basketball.

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      Hi Gail,
      Glad to hear that Kendall is doing good. She is so cute. That is cute that she was proud of herself that she made it the whole night at the sleep over. That will be just the beginning of a lot of sleep overs for her. She will really enjoy them the older she gets. That is really nice that her grandma takes her shopping with the other girls. I can see where that would make her feel grown up. I bet they have a lot of fun doing that.
      The name Lance Lipinski sounds so familiar. I do not know if I have heard him on a cd or why his name sounds familiar to me. I know that I have never seen him play in person so that is not it. I love to listen to piano music. In my mind I am a fantastic piano player but in reality I cannot play a note. That is one instrument that I always wanted to learn to play. Do you play an instrument or have you ever wanted to play one? I imagine with your love of music that you probably do play or have dreamed of playing.
      That is funny that the dogs cannot go out when Greg is practicing his swing. I imagine you follow the same rule. I do not think that it would be a smart idea to go out in the back when he is playing golf. You could get little football helmets for the dog and for yourself and then you would not have to worry.lol I hope that he takes his cell phone with him so if you need him you can just call.
      Thanks for the info on the fish. I have always wondered and probably should have looked it up. The fish you have seem to have stayed really healthy over the winter months. You have taken really good care of them.
      Stephen Walsh is a character. It is hard not too smile when he is on the air. I just wish they would go back to doing the shows like they use to do for such a long time. They always had Irish musicians that would come and play music and sing and they had the table set up like you were in a pub. That always looked so cute. I do not understand why they stopped doing that. It seems like they always sold out of a lot of items. Times are really changing.
      Thank heaven that the tree was not very big. It is a shame that you lost a flowering tree though. They are so pretty.
      Well that is about all from here. I am going to have to hurry and get done on here and go to bed. I am on here late tonight. Have a good week-end and enjoy the Rock Baby show.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      It is hard to sleep when your partner is not comfortable. I hope that the towel works for Gary. The poor man has been having so many problems. It was good news about his legs also. Maybe he will be back in shape by summer. I bet he is ready to go back to work. That was always Ron’s problem he could never stay home and in bed for very long.
      I got the number for the top that I was talking about and am sending it to you. It is A213352. I think that we are talking about two different tops. This is not the one that had the stripes on the whole shirt. It only has stripes around the collar and very small and around the cuff of the sleeves. If you want to look at it I sent the number. I noticed that they still have a lot of them left. They have a small anchor at the neckline and on each sleeve.it is just really cute.
      You are right our mothers are such a gift right now. We try to remember everything that she tells us about the family so we can keep it going. It is interesting to hear the stories of the families. Hers and my dads. We need to write it all down. It is important that our children remember this stuff.
      Sounds like you will have a lot of help. That is nice that Enzo’s mom will help also. Your dinner will be so good and the bread that you are making will be fantastic. The bread that I am having is in the freezer already made and just needs to be heated. They are rolls and that is about it. Probable will do the same with the bread for Easter. I need your baking skills or someone with your baking skills to come over and bake bread for me. Your dinner sounds really good. My mom is funny she wants ham for Easter and that is what we will have. It does not matter if we took a vote and everyone said we want something else Mom would insist that we have ham and would not let it alone unless we have it. I guess that is one privilege of age. Everyone listens to you.
      Maybe Gary will not have to go to more then one or two of those visits. Especially the wound clinic. That will stop when the leg starts to get better. Are the wounds closing up? That is what is important with diabetes. I pray that all of this ends soon and you and Gary can get back to normal.
      We really do not know who to vote for. It is such an important decision. We are both just praying that we make the right choice. Just know that it will not he Hilary Clinton. I cannot believe that you are going to get some snow. It is too late in the year. Ron keeps saying that we are in for one more snow storm here sounds like he might be right.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and will talk to you later.
      Colleen

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      Oh my gosh Sue you are going to get some snow also. I keep saying that all of this is Ron’s fault. He has been saying that this was going to happen this whole time. He has jinxed everyone.lol
      I will have to look for those spiceys on the internet. I have never heard of them.

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      Hi Diane,
      I love the way that you decorated your apartment. It is really pretty. You really do a lot and it looks very festive. I bet you get a lot of compliments on your Easter decorations like you do for Christmas. We have that in common. I have a lot of Christmas things that I put out. I collect Santa’s and they are all over the house at Christmas. I also have a lot of other things that I put out. I have two trees one is just Santa’s on it and nothing else. I have been collecting the ornaments and Santa’s for a long time.
      Mine has not been watching March madness this year. My son-in-law does though. He is an Alabama fan and so he has to watch. I am not sure their team is all that good though not like their foot ball team.
      I think that we all like Stephen Walsh he is so funny. He has been coming for such a long time. I like the Irish shows anyway. I wanted to get my mom one of the sweater coats that they usually have but they did not have them this year. Maybe on the Rose of Tra Lee. I cannot remember when that starts.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Sue,
      I hope that you don’t get too much snow. I have heard of Penzey’s spices but never really looked at them. I will have to check out the website-it sounds like they have some good stuff. Greg loves all those spices and sauces. Stay safe and warm!
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I think if any new dishes would tempt me enough to buy them even though I have no place to put them it would be the Polish Stoneware. I like that they are made in Poland because of my heritage and I do have several of the pieces. I think a few even have butterflies on them. (of course) I also like the ones with flowers on them. If it’s any indication that I haven’t gone completely rogue I did buy some more butterfly clips from amazon for my bedroom curtains this week. lol
      You’re lucky you didn’t get pinched not wearing any green-or were you hoping for a little pinch from Mr. Gary? lol
      What kind of meat is in a boiled dinner? Is it corned beef? I always think of a boiled dinner as being “New England” but it sounds sort of Irish corned beef and cabbage too. Of course isn’t Boston like Chicago and has tons of Irish too? Isn’t it ironic that you live on the east coast and are allergic to shellfish? Greg and I always say if we lived on a coast we would pig out on seafood. Not a lot of fresh seafood in the rural Midwest.
      I will have to check out the Penzey website as I hear a lot about them but have never tried their stuff.
      Hey, when Martha Stewart comes over and offers to do my dishes then she can slap me for using paper plates. I say take the easy way so that you have more time to enjoy your guests. Believe me the people who would be helping you clean up will thank you. Especially your granddaughters who probably don’t care that much about presentation-it doesn’t seem to be that important to the young ones anymore. Besides, we all know that Martha has tons of assistants at her beck and call. She probably has an army of minions! lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Maybe the name Lance Lipinsky sounds familiar because of Tara Lipinski the figure skater. She and Johnny Weir now do color commentary for lots of sporting events.
      I do play the clarinet although i haven’t had it out in years. In school I was always in Choir and in the musicals. That was a lot of fun. We have my Mom’s old piano. Jenny took lessons but I never really learned to pay although I can read the music for the right hand. Greg plays by ear so he will sit down and play sometimes. I suppose if any of the gandkids want to take lessons and Jenny doesn’t want to buy a piano I would pass this one on to her-although it doesn’t hold a tuning well-but that’s okay because Greg can tune it himself.
      The old Irish shows were nice when they used to have the dancers and sometimes even Celtic Thunder but i think those days are long gone for the Q. They don’t do any shows with production value anymore. Oh well-everything changes over time.
      Gail

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      I thought I would post the phone number for Penzeys Spices 1-800-741-7787. Just call and ask for a free catalog then you can see what they offer. They do have some stores around the country but none near me so I just order online. You can call in your order too. They are located in Wisconsin. There spices are fresh and they have everything you could want.

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      Hi Ladies,
      I don’t know if any of you in the Eastern time zone knows this, but there’s a QF show on at 6 pm your time today. You may have gotten an email from QF reminding you of it. I don’t know.
      Not much on the Q today. Looks like ladies day again. Chaz Dean & co. is on most of the day. That doesn’t interest me at all. Hair, makeup, jewelry, that kind of stuff doesn’t interest me.
      How’s the weather out your way?? Today is lovely here in Portland. I better enjoy it while I can. The rain returns later on & sticks around all week. Not steady rain. Just enough to make it lousy for spring break this week. Very rarely do we have nice sunny days for the kids.

      Sue, I’m the newest member of the QF group. If you go to my page you can see the love of my life. LOL.
      Well, I gotta get busy & make out my Easter cards. I hope you all have a great weekend.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne
      I missed the Quacker show. I just turned the Q in, and they are having a special on QF set of 2 shirts- I have that set, and will check for new colors.
      that kitty is adorable. My cats used to love to sit under the Christmas tree.
      I am getting my shopping list ready for the bake-a-thon, as I call it. I will post a pic of the stuff I bake. To me, baking is like therapy.
      Today, nobody is coming. It is so nice and quiet. I washed dither kitchen floor. Nothing like the smell of lestoil- I use the spin mop, which I love.
      It is sunny today, and will change late tomorrow for the Noreaster- we are getting about 5 inches. They keep changing it.
      Hope your weekend goes well!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!!!
      nice to hear from you. My girlfriend told me about them, and I am in love with their spices. Every time I make some meat, I use one of them for flavor. Thanks for the phone number. I just order on line, as I use delivery because of my issues with standing. Someone told me there is a store somewhere in Massachusetts.
      Hope you are having fun getting ready for Easter.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue….forgot to say, that I was nearly crying without my weekly Tom fix….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      They sure had some gorgeous things on QF today. I GOTTA win the lottery!!!! I’m sorry you’re having such weird weather. We get snow in the upper elevations, but not down here, this time of yr.
      We need it up there tho. We need it for the summer run off, our water supply for the summer. Let me know how you’re doing. Take care.
      Colleen, the next Irish programming on the Q will be in Sept., Labor day weekend, maybe???
      I better go for now. I’m trying to send a few more of my Christmas décor. I LOVE to decorate!! I missed my calling I guess.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne and Colleen
      Dianne- it looks like you have some Dept 56 houses and accessories- am I right? I love them. I have a huge Halloween display of Dept. 56, and a couple for Thanksgiving, and only one for Christmas. Your place looks so festive. I love decorating. It just makes everything look happy.
      Boy am I tired- I realized I had not missed the Quacker show. I got that twin set to match with my summer crops. I could not decide between the red and pink, so I got both of them to see which one will match better with the bright pink pants. Glad you gave me a heads up on the show! Tillie ordered the dress in blue. She is too funny.

      Colleen You are so right. It is hard to sleep when your partner is not. You keep waking up, asking them what is wrong. It looks like the legs are getting a little smaller to me. The nurse comes tomorrow, and she measures them, so we will know for sure. It was nice that nobody came today. I actually got the kitchen floor washed, and my list made for the bake-a-thon.
      We will have quite the crowd. It reminds me of my childhood, when my Nonna had 3 generations at the table, and it was so noisy you could not hear yourself talk. I got the kids’ basket/bags done yesterday. So, I am moving along.
      I looked at the top- it is not the one Tillie ordered. I do like it, and you will look very pretty in it!!!
      Tillie is scaring me lately. She didn’t feel good again today, and did not want to eta anything. I hope the cabbage didn’t bother her, or I would feel bad. I am trying to attach a pic of her with her new hairstyle. hope it works!!
      I hope they are bale to elect a better candidate than trump to run . This will be an election to remember, for sure.
      hope your night is good- it will not snows here until late tomorrow night.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Martha will be coming to your house to check for butterfly dishes….LOL
      Hey- look on the Fitz and Floyd site on line. Then, put in owl teapot. It is an adorable owl teapot, with a butterfly on the top. I got one for Steph, and one for me, of course. If it is not on the Fitz and Floyd site, check Amazon. I honestly do not remember which place I got it. I may have done Amazon, for the better price. The teapot is in Steph’s Easter bag. She is going to love it.
      look at my other post, for a pic of Tillie’s new haircut.
      the dinner was corned beef. I cannot believe you do not do it in your area. I thought it was a tradition on St Pat’s day, no matter what your nationality. Maybe it is a Boston thing.
      you will love the Penzeys site. Sue is right- they always send you a little sample of something- I forgot about that.
      I never heard of being pinched if you do not wear green. I would sometimes annoy my fellow workers by wearing Italian orange….LOL
      Hope your night is good.
      Adele….waiting for the snow.

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      Hi Adele,
      Your mom’s hair looks good. I also like the top that she is wearing. I think at that age it does not take a lot to make therm feel sick. My mom feels like that once in awhile also. It takes them longer to feel better also. I wish that I knew what to do for them but guess their is not much. The doctor says that she is doing fine and not to worry so I guess that is what we will have to do, Just do what you are doing for her. You are really good to her and she is in a good home.
      Glad to hear that his legs are getting smaller. Will be interesting to hear what the nurse will say. You are probably judge of it because you are with him all the time and you have seen them at their largest and their smallest. So you may know better the if she just looked at it. Just hope that she says that they are doing fine.
      How many days will you be baking? You make so much for every holiday and birthdays. You are such a good baker. When will you make the bread? Do you have all the goodies that you are going to bake in your mind or are you still making some decisions? My mom use to make a bunny cake and it was really cute. The best that I am doing is ordering one from qvc. It will be cute though, I will add a few touches to make it look like I baked it. No my kids will know better. I may have done things like that when they were young but not anymore.
      We had snow here today also. It covered the ground and melted just about as fast as it came down. We had big flakes and it really came down. Then the sun came out and it melted. Now it is cloudy again and it will be interesting to see if it snows here again. This is some weird weather. Hope that it is done for now and hope that your snow is like ours was. Here for a little while and then it melts.
      Well that is about it from here. Have a good evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail, Adele, Dianne and Sue.,
      Sue I hope that your snow will be like ours was. It came down really hard and then the sun came out and melted it. Sure was glad to see it melt. This is not the best time of the year for snow.
      Dianne, I love your Christmas decorations. They are so pretty. It seems like we all have villages that we put out. My mom use to do ceremacs and she does not make them anymore. So those houses I treasure. The kids will take them for sure when I give them away. I know that one day I will have to do that. But not for now.
      Gail, my youngest daughter use to play the clarinet. She played in the band at school. She does not play anymore either. She gave the clarinet to Kylie but she does not play anymore either. She did not like to play it and gave up on band. She is more into acting in the plays. She gets for a part in every play they have at school. So she is pretty good.
      Sue thanks for sending that number for the spices will have to call and get the spices.
      Well girls the dinner was really good and everyone came and had fun. The baby did not like it as much though she cried a lot. She is not use to being around such a big crowd. She could not take a nap she kept waking up before she was done sleeping. She finally fell asleep when I was rocking her and slept for a long time and when she woke up it was time to go home. We made three things of corn beef, three cabbages. a bag and a half of carrots and just about everything was eaten. I forget that the boys and the older girls are eating a lot more then they use to. Ron and I had enough corn beef to eat a sandwich today and half a bowl of cabbage and carrots. We had two packages of roles and they ate all of them. Next year I will have to fix a lot more. lol We also had an Easter egg hunt. They had a good time doing that and they did let Kaylee find some of them. Owen found the golden egg. He was excited and Kaylee was not happy. So will hide it again on Easter and let her find it. The boys have both found it once so it is her turn. Owen will not be here on Sunday so that is why we had a small hunt yesterday. It was not like it will be on Easter. We will hide 56 eggs. That will keep them busy for a long time.
      Do you do an egg hunt on Easter? We use the plastic eggs and get the ones that are filled. It is easier then trying to fill them. Ron and I are still tired from the day. It was a handful. The kids were really wound up. They had not seen each other for awhile so they were having a good time.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi All,
      Sue, thanks for the Penzey’s number. The spices look interesting.
      Dianne, I love the photo of Jewell under the tree. I also like the white tree-it’s very elegant looking.
      Colleen, it always seems like the little babies get fussy when they are away from their home environment. Maybe too much stimulation from all the new sights and sounds. Anyway, it sounds like you had a big crowd and a good time and that’s what counts. My MIL always used to make a lamb cake so now that I think of it I wonder what happened to the mold that she baked it in. I’ll have to ask my SIL if she has it.
      Adele, the owl teapot didn’t show up on the Fitz and Floyd site. Maybe they are sold out. I’ll check EBay and Amazon and see if I can find a picture there. They do have corned beef and cabbage in the Midwest-I just meant that I don’t serve it as neither of us is that crazy about it. Speaking of wearing Italian orange isn’t Saint Joseph’s Day on the 19th a big Italian Day? It’s also a big day in the Polish community. I hope Tillie is feeling better. I know when they get older you worry over every little thing as you know that every moment is precious time that you have together.
      We just found out this weekend that the guy that puts on the Christmas guitar night that we have gone to for the last ten years just passed away. I thought when we saw him last December that he looked a little pale but then it just kind of skipped my mind. What a shame. He will be missed. They must be expecting a big turn out for his memorial service as it is scheduled to be at the Opera House where he had his concerts.
      We had such a great time at the concert Saturday night. I have seen this same guy play Jerry Lee Louis in The Million Dollar Quartet and now he has this history of rock and roll show. He is so talented and so charismatic-I just love him and am a big fan. His energy is off the charts-of course he is very young. On the old site I could have posted a video- I hate that I can’t do that anymore here. If you want to see him go to YouTube and type in Lance Lipinsky. Look where he does Jerry Lee Lewis. That just brings the house down. We went out to eat before the concert and Greg had barbecued boar’s ribs-that was a first. This restaurant always has some unusual stuff. They normally have some sort of wild game and also they do the sustainable dinners where they buy stuff from local farmers and growers. The food is really good.
      So we are doing something different for Easter this year. We are going to brunch at the new place that opened in the old factory building in town. Everyone wanted to do it for a change and that was fine with me. I am not so tied into tradition that i mind doing something different. Plus the little ones could care less about a big sit down dinner anyway. So we will go for brunch at 12:30 and then afterwards they can come over here to hunt their eggs and if they want to stick around we will just do hamburgers and hotdogs and chips for dinner. That will make it nice and simple for me. I like to change things up every once in awhile. I will probably buy an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen for dessert and we will be all set. I do have to get my plastic eggs and some candy this week. So I’m looking forward to this-it will be fun.
      We didn’t get any snow but maybe might get some during the week. We’ll see as it could be rain too. Our warm weather has disappeared though. I guess i can’t take my sandals out just yet.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      The Easter plan sounds great to me. Fun, and not too much crazy work. You have the best plan between all of us, so far.
      We got about 4 inches of snow. It is warmer, so it will melt fast.
      So sorry about your friend. His passing will be a loss for many people, especially the Choirboys. How is Greg doing with his friend’s loss?
      Look on Amazon for the teapot. I am pretty sure that is where I got it. Somehow I thought it was Fitz and Floyd, but, I looked on the bottom of it, and it is not Fitz and Floyd….LOL I am losing it, girls.
      St joseph day is a big Italian thing, but since all my old Italian relatives are gone, we have not done anything with it for a while. In Gloucester, they do a lot around that day- a parade with St Joseph, and the St Jospeh pastries- St Jospeh Zeppoli’s- not sure of spelling.
      it is so nice that Greg likes concerts, the theatre, and music. It gives you such interesting places to go. Gary’s only interest is TV, and food. the only play I ever got him to go to, was Phantom of the opera, when it was running on Boston. He was so disinterested, that I gave up. His only comment was that he saw a couple of guys in Bermuda shorts, and he didn’t have to get all dressed up. I donto know why I let that man continue living….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      The guy that passed away was not one of The Choirboys. He was a guy who lived in the same town as us and was once the national fingerpicking champion-I think in 1991. Every year he put on a concert at Christmas time with three other guys(it varied from year to year) who were also great guitar players. We knew him through that and through the various folk events that both he and The Choirboys played at around the area. So he was more of a casual acquaintance.
      I am lucky that Greg will go to concerts and plays. I can’t believe that Gary was so disinterested in The Phantom. To me any live event is exciting whether it be professionals or amateurs. Greg will go to just about anything (perhaps he might balk at The Vagina Monologues) lol-I usually keep track of whats going on around the area and get tickets for the things that we might like and just tell him what we are going to and when. Maybe from singing with The Paulist Choir from such a young age he learned to like a variety of things. Also his Mom used to put him in these shows all the time when he was little too so he grew up surrounded by these things.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      it is so nice when a man has well rounded interests. It makes for such nice places to go. Back in the day, when I lived in Boston, I used to attend a play, once a month. One summer I even went to the Ballet monthly with 3 girlfriends, and Heather. When the girls were little, we went to the Nutcracker every year. After I married Gary, we switched it to A Christmas Carol, which is at the North Shore Theatre every year, with the entire family, even Bobby. We went the week before Christmas, and did brunch that day before the play. I loved going to that. When Gary ended up in a wheelchair, for the first time, we stopped going. Good times. I am hoping we can resurrect the play, so JJ can go. If not, send Jhonny and Steph with him.
      What a shame that guy is gone. t sounds like he did a lot of nice concerts for people. You and Greg have a lot f of talented friends. That makes social events more entertaining. None of my friends can do any musical or acting things. We would get boo’d out of the place!
      Our snow is melting fast. they just said it will get colder tonight-yuck.
      Hope your weather is good. I am waiting for the meatloaf to be done. Simple tonight- baked potato, and green beans.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      That would be fun to make one of the lamb cakes for the grand kids. Hope that you can find the pan again. Maybe your sil will still have it unless she passed it on to her daughter. The bunny cake would not be as hard it is just two round cake pans and something to make the ears. I could not do it but it would be easy for someone that is talented.lol
      I am sorry to hear about the guitar player that died. That is so sad. He will be missed every Christmas when it is time for the concert. That is a large place for a funeral. Did they have anyone else that played at the concert or was it just him? That is kind of sad to lose such a great talent. There are not that many young people that are taking the place of the older group that has died and that is a shame also.
      The show that you went to sounded really good. Well he is young and that is good that he is doing things like that. Jerry Lee Lewis was a character. When he played his guitar and in his real life. That is the first time that I have heard of a restaurant that serves boars ribs. That sounds like from the time of the three musketeers and back in those days. What did you have? Did you have the same as Greg or did you go for the normal meal? I think that it is great that restaurants are using the fresh veggies from the farmers. It makes it really nice it helps everyone in the community. That was a good idea when they started doing that. I wonder who started it. I am really in a question mood.
      I like your idea for Easter. That would be so much better. I may mention that to the kids this week-end and see what they think. We could go out to eat and come here for the egg hunt and dessert and sandwiches if they get hungry again. That sure would cut down on the work and trying to plan a meal every year. We could just get a small ham, and bake it and have sandwiches with it and not all the other stuff that I usually make. That would be so nice. That was a good idea.
      I think that we got your snow. It was not bad though it came and went the same day. It was really nice that way. So now our snow that Ron predicted is over with. We can relax. Hope that it went around you and does not come your way again.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Did you remember that DWTS started up again last night. Monday’s are long 2 hours of the Voice and 2 hours of DWTS. I was glad to see Len back. It looks like a pretty good group of “stars” except for maybe Geraldo and poor little Doug Flutie-if i remember correctly i think he played in Chicago for a bit too.
      It is nice to go as a family to see something during the Holidays. It just makes you feel so warm and cheerful and full of holiday spirit. I hope that you can resurrect your tradition in some form. Also it’s good for the young people to experience some live theater. Sometimes it will spark a lifelong love of the theater arts.
      We are lucky to have some really nice venues around us to see concerts and plays so we don’t have to go into Chicago to see everything. There is a guy that has many connections in the music business that restored an old theater about an hour away from us. He has a lot of the old groups from our teenaged years-Herman’s Hermits, the Buckinghams, The Ides of March lots of the older groups. It’s a very charming old theater-the only problem is a very very small women’s bathroom-only two stalls if i remember correctly.
      I couldn’t believe it this morning when I woke up and I always put on the Today Show and first thing I see is another terrorist attack. I just will never understand the mentality of killing just for the sake of killing. What is wrong with the world and these people?!! I will never understand.
      I see a little bunny outside my window. I wonder if it is the Easter Bunny? Greg put a statue of a falcon out by the cardinal’s window and so far that is keeping him away. We’ll see how long it takes him to figure out it is fake-maybe never since he couldn’t figure out that the bird he saw in the window was his own reflection. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Did you watch DWTS last night? It looks like a good group.
      If I remember correctly my MIL would frost the lamb and then put on coconut to make it look like curly lamb’s wool. I’m sure they must make those cakes in bakeries too for Easter. It seems like my Dad used to buy one when we were kids.
      I had duck when Greg had the boar’s ribs. It was good and had some sort of lingonberry sauce. They have the best spicy peanut salad dressing there too.And it’s not really that spicy as I don’t like stuff really hot. (except my men!) lol-(Greg made me say that) ha ha.
      The guy that died that put on the concert always had three other guitar players at the show too. It varied who they were from year to year but they were always really good guitarists. I always liked to get tickets as close as possible so Greg could see their hands when they played. That’s what’s nice about these small venues is that you can get tickets really close up-I think we were in the second row when we saw Straight No Chaser and The Ten Tenors.
      I am looking forward to this brunch on Sunday too. It should be fun and they said there would be an Easter bunny and eggs for the kids. Plus it said there would be an ice cream Sunday bar so the kids will love that. Between that and the Easter candy they will be all sugared up that day. Piper will really be spinning in circles. I thought too about doing a ham and using it for sandwiches and then i decided to just grill hot dogs and hamburgers as Greg always likes to grill. I hope the weather is fairly decent.
      I remember when we were kids and got all dressed up for church on Easter Sunday. Remember those hats with elastic that strangled you? And wearing little white gloves and patent leather shoes with socks with ruffles. I can still distinctly remember one of my dresses. Plus I was always so happy that lent was over so i could eat candy again as that was usually what I gave up for Lent. Boy-I had a lot of will power back then.
      Well, I’m hoping that we won’t get any more snow but you just never know. At least at this time of year it will melt away fast.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Oh Adele,
      I did check Amazon and that teapot is darling. Jenny collects some owl things but i had not seen that before. On Amazon it did say it was from Fritz and Floyd so I wonder why it does not say that on the bottom? Anyway, that was a really cute find!
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      That is probably why I thought it was Fitz and Floyd. It is so adorable. The eyes look almost real. Steph is going to love it.
      Are you going to get one for Jenny?
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      I could not believe my ears this morning. I hope they get them, fast. I have the news on now, to see if there is any news on captures. It has been so busy here today, I have not seen a whole news show yet- hope to see this one. These evil things( cannot call them human) need to be stopped.
      It is great that you have that theatre near you. The North Shore Theatre is about 30 minutes away form us, but, they do not get the big broadways shows. Their Christmas Carol one is hugely popular, due to the actor who plays Scrooge. He is fabulous. But, he is getting old too, and I am not sure he will be able to continue too much longer. He has to be near 70 now.
      I agree with you, if kids get a liking for theatre, it is wonderful. Nothing on video can ever compare to live theatre.
      I saw DWTS last night, and called Tillie downstairs a few times to chuckle- one was Jeraldo. he may get the elderly vote….LOL Then, when Doug Flutie came on, he was even worst. One of the 2 of them will probably go next week.
      Great idea of Greg’s to put that statue up. I hope the crazy bird doe snot figure out it is not real.
      Adele
      PS….sun is shining!!!

    • Dianne Danielson
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      HI Ladies,
      I was just about to start this when my computer decided to update. So, did it snow a lot? I hope it didn’t. Right now we’re getting a bit of a reprieve from the rain. It’s just showers, not steady rain. It’s supposed to be fairly nice on the weekend. I’ll believe it when I see it.
      I had a scare when my Dream Jeannes didn’t show up. I tracked them & it said they were delivered, but I didn’t get them. I tried calling the office & even going down there, & no one was around. About an hour later I get a knock at my door. One of the maintenance guys handed me the bag. I was sooooo relieved. He said it was in the office & he thought I’d be looking for it. I gave him a big hug & told him he made my day!!! They sure are pretty. I love royal blue!!

      I never heard of Dept. 56? What is it? I got most of my smaller houses from (ready for it), Dollar Tree. I got my bigger ones from Thomas Kinkade when we had the galleries here in town. I got my décor from QVC, Dollar Tree, local stores, K Mart, Wall Mart, wherever I found em. Oh, how could I forget, Michaels!!! That’s where I got all the artificial flowers. I got it all when I was working. I get a few things, mostly from Dollar Tree here & there.
      Did any of you watch ITKWD Sunday? Temp-tations had a new set of dinnerware. They debuted some new patterns in the dinnerware. Floral Lace red with fire works in the pattern, Firework fetti in Old World, FL Ocean with sea shells in the pattern , and Ocean fetti in OW. I hope they come out with smaller items in these new patterns. I don’t need any more bakers!! LOL. And I don’t need a whole set of dinnerware!!!
      I have Gourmet Holiday on with Rick & Sharon. He’s such a screw ball!!

      I missed out on DWTS last night, I caught the last few minutes of it. Geraldo is gone. I saw a few of the clips on the local morning show. (smh)!!

      Well, that’s all I got for this time around.
      Have a great day
      dianne

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne
      I think Geraldo may be gone too. Either him, or Doug Flutie. I actually called Tillie downstairs to chuckle about how bad they were. Geraldo may get the elderly vote to carry him a few more rounds.
      I got my Temptations strawberry deep baking pie dish, and platter today- love them!!! I will use the tray for my chocolate edible centerpiece. Of course I will take a pic of it for you.
      Google Department 56. You can get some real good pieces, cheaper on Ebay. We have a Dollar Tree, Walmart and Kmart. Kmart is a difficult parking lot, so I never go there. We have the Christmas Tree Shops here- you would love them- great stuff, cheap. Google them- they have internet ordering. Love your pretty decorations.
      I knew you would love the royal blue color- it is the prettiest ever. Love, love, love that color, in all the tops, and bottoms. My all time favorite Quacker color, besides the tangerine/melon shades.
      So glad you are getting a break from the pouring rain.
      We got 4 inches of snow. It is melting fast, as it is a lot warmer than deep in the winter time, so that is good.
      that was one funny story about your package getting delivered to the maintenance- what nice guys to get that up to you quickly, before you cried. I would have cried, if I could not find my goodies!! the Q is great. Had you not found your package, they would have sent another. But, if it was on waitlist, you would have been in a mess. My size always ends up on waitlist.
      Hope your night is going well. Going to shut the laptop, and get in my recliner for the night.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      DWTS was really good. It is going to be hard to pick a winner this time around. Just about all of them got a good score for it being the first night. That guy that danced last did not do that good either. I do not think that he will be one of the first to go though. I thought that Kim and Jodie did a really good job. They both surprised me. The foot ball player also surprised me he was really good usually the foot ball players are not as good as the others. They are kind of clumsy. I wish that I could remember his name. It was not the one that danced last though. You have to give them credit they all try. That is a win right there.
      We do not have any bakeries around here. For some reason they do not make it here. We do have bakeries in the grocery stores but that is about it. They are not that great though. Not like a regular bakery. The one at Schnucks is the best. Did not look there for a cake though.
      Greg had to be the one to say that. We would never say that about our husbands. lol Your dinner sounds really good also. Sounds like you had a nice dinner and show. Maybe that is why Kylie became an actor. She use to go and see plays with me at the college and the high school. She really enjoyed it. She cannot sing though so that is one thing that she feels limits her. They do not sing in all plays though and I try to get her to understand that. It would be funny if she became big star.
      I wonder if those guys will keep the concert going for him. That would be nice to do that in his memory. He would be looking down smiling if they did. It would be nice if they could get a group together and do it.
      Oh my with all that sugar Piper is going to be wild. You and Greg may have to go over to their house and play dress up with her until late into the night.lol The ice cream bar sounds really nice. That is a good idea and that will keep the kids busy. I do remember getting all dressed up for Easter. Did you get the little white purse to go with the dress? We always got the hat and gloves and purse. So if we took our gloves off at church we would put them in our purse so we would not lose them. They do not dress up like that as much anymore though. We use to dress the girls up for Easter then they got to where they did not want to wear the dresses anymore. It was kind of sad.
      We were surprised about our snow the other day. They did not predict it that time so it came.lol So it is better to just look out the window to see what the weather is going to be like that day. It is supposed to rain here on Sunday. I am not happy about that tough. I hope we will get to hide the eggs before it starts. They say if it rains on Easter Sunday it will rain every week-end for the next seven week ends. Hope that they are wrong.
      That was terrible about Brussels. Those poor people. We all need to get together every country in the world and go after those people. That is the only way that it will stop. Find brave people that will tell where they are hiding. That will probably never happen though.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Did you see dwts? That one guy that is completely deaf was really good. You expect to hear someone say just kidding. This is going to be a good season and hard to pick a winner. It did not seem right without Derek on the show. They have really good dancers though. I could not believe the scores that they gave though. I do not remember that many dancers getting those high scores on the first night. It was good to see Len Goodman on there again also. He mellowed a little but he sure does tell people if he does not like the way that they dance. Do you have a favorite yet? I cannot pick one there are so many that are good. I could not believe Kim and Jodi and the way those two girls could dance. They were both just little kids on tv and they have really changed. Would never have thought that they could dance.
      How is Tillie feeling. I posted about Tille and you may not have seen it. It got lost in all the other posts that are on here. I hope that she is doing better and getting ready for Easter. have you started baking yet? I bet your house smells terrific with all that baking going on. Still waiting for our stuff to come that we got from qvc. My grands will be upset if that mac and cheese does not make it here before too long. They will go and storm UPS looking for it. I got that set from that company cannot remember their name now. They make good sides though. I will think of it when I get off of here. The cake is not here yet either. They said that they were shipped so hope that they come soon.
      That is sad about Brussels. All the innocent people that get killed and they get away. They need to find a punishment that fits the crime. It is just sad that this keeps going on and on. There has to be something to get it stopped. If we all joined together and started to fight ISIS then we could win.It would have to be more then just the USA. It would have to be everyone together. I cannot believe that our presidents is over in Cuba watching a ball game. He needs to come home we had Americans that were killed over there. He needs to be here with the American people. It is just sad.
      We have had so many things going on around here this week. I may never get ready for Easter. I will be glad when Easter is here and over with. Well not over with. It is nice when everyone is here and we have a nice time.. It is supposed to rain here for Easter so we need to find a place to hide the eggs. This should be interesting.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good evening. How is Gary doing? Is he sleeping better now?
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Dianne,
      The dollar tree has some really cute things. I like to go in there and shop around. You never know what you will find. One year they had a lot of Easter bunnies to set on shelves. I bought a bunch of them and no one can tell the difference between them and the others that I have. So decorate with them all the time. The only ones that stand out are the ones that my mom made. The kids can always pick them out.
      They have been having some really good food on that show. I watch them all the time. I do order from them they have good food and save me from having to cook a lot. I got the side dishes with the mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, dressing and broccoli rice casserole. Part of it we will have for Easter and the other we will have when it is just me and Ron. Have you ever tasted the Landes pretzels? They are really good. We got some of them at Christmas and they were gone before the day was over. We did not get them for Easter though because we got the bombe cake. Do not need that many sweets the kids will have all their Easter candy to eat. You will have to let us know how the meat balls taste. Never have tried them but they really looked good. Frankie Avalon had a lot of good food this time around also. I am not sure what they had on today but I watched the one yesterday. I have it recorded for today and will watch it when Ron goes to bed. He makes fun of everything they say and talks about the cost of everything. So I am better watching it by myself. I pay for the things off qvc so he does not have to worry about it.lol
      We all watch DWTS. It was good last night. THey had some really good dancers on there last night. This is going to be a fun season. It is going to be hard to pick the one that you want to win. There are a couple of them that are not going to be on there for very long. Geraldo is one of them. He will probably go home next week unless a lot of the older set vote for him. He is in his 70’s so it should be interesting. I could not believe that Gary Bussey stayed on the show for as long as he did. This will be an interesting year.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      No I Probably won’t get that teapot for Jenny. She is not a tea drinker-but it would make a cute decorative item-but i have given her some other owl things and she is kind of a minimalist and doesn’t like a like of decorative stuff around. I just got her a couple of cute light up pictures from Zulily.
      How is Gary doing? I hope the legs are better. Do you still have a lot of home health workers coming and going? Are you gearing up for all the baking? You are really going to have a crowd.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      It’s funny I can’t remember if we got purses or not to go with our Easter outfits. I just know i always thought that I was really snazzy. It’s funny I don’t remember getting new Christmas outfits. Maybe because whatever we wore at Christmas was hidden under a big old winter coat.
      There were a lot of pretty high scores for a first night of DWTS. The deaf model was pretty amazing. I can’t even imagine how you teach someone to dance who can’t even hear the music. Peta must be a good teacher.
      We are lucky we have a really good bakery in town. The people who own it have lived here forever so I think it might be run by a second generation now and other family members have other businesses in town too. Of course the WalMart also has a bakery but i don’t think it’s as good as the regular bakery but it’s not bad. I used to bake a lot more so for years I made my own stuff but not so much anymore. I miss eating my own stuff but don’t miss the work of making it. lol
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      How nice of the maintenance man to make sure that you got your package. Are there a lot of apartments in your building? I like that royal blue color and also the seafoam. Two of my favorite Quacker colors.
      Dept. 56 was really big in the collectable market of the 90’s. They had all sorts of elaborate villages with all the little accessories. Very nice but on the pricier side if you did a lot of collecting. My friend used to live close to a store that was all collectibles and they would have a huge display of Dept. 56 for each season. It was really kind of spectacular. Little towns that you could imagine yourself walking through.
      My sister lived in Portland many many years ago. I just remembered that! They were only out there for a couple of years though before moving back to the Midwest so i never made it out there. I do remember her saying it was kind of rainy there in general though-at least compared to here.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      Oh yes, the baking will begin tomorrow night. the first thing I have to do, is cut up all the cold cuts for the Pizzaghiena. That gets done early Friday morning. Also on Friday are the ricotta pies, and Greek Twisty cookies. Saturday are the mini cheesecakes, Anise cookies, and Madeleine’s.
      After the Chew is done, I will Swiffer the floors. I have my little cleaning schedule to keep….LOL
      I know what you mean. I was surprised Steph liked the teapot- sent her a pic before I got it, as she does the minimalist thing too. (it is a lot cuter in person) What is up with that??
      Gary’s legs are getting better. the one leg is still wrapped, and the nurse comes every other day to change it. Home health still doing the showers with him, and OT the exercises. Once the woud on the legs is healed, I think a lot will stop coming.
      It is gloomy here today. Hope your sun is shining.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi colleen
      Read the post to Gail about Gary- he is improving, so that is great.
      I totally agree- DWTS will be great this season. I was in awe of the deaf dancer. The human spirit is an amazing thing. The Chew has Ginger Z and Val on for guests today.
      Tillie is feeling better. thank God. How is your Mom doing? I hope everyone there is good. Enzo’s mother is real sick- the flu. I hope she is better by Sunday, and if not, I hope nobody here gets it. GAry and I had the flu shot. Tillie did not.
      I am not sure what we will do for the egg hunt, either. they keep changing the weather for Sunday. I will also be glad when it is all over, accept I love the baking, and the smells of the baking.
      Hope your day is going well.
      I have not ordered those sides, but, from all you girls are saying, I want to try the mac and cheese.
      Adele.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      You are making a lot of pastries. They sound so good. I got the coconut cake today and it really looks good. Ron told me to put it some where no one will get into it. Now I wonder who that would be there is only me and him here so.lol I put it in the freezer and will not get it out until Saturday so it will be thawed in time. I have to make it look like I baked it. lol Wish that I could find the eatable grass so I could put that around the cake. I am not sure that they sell it here. I will figure something out.
      Sounds like Gary is really coming along. I know that you will be glad when the parade stops coming thru the house. It is nice that they are still helping with showers. That is the hardest thing to do in the home. They have all the special equipment in the hospital and makes it easier. It is nice that they are there to help him and you do not have to worry about hm slipping and falling or hurting his shoulder. It is nice that they are there for that. We will be praying that he gets well soon.
      You should try the mac and cheese. They sell the other things with it and it is good also. It is not good when you really just want the mac and cheese. This came with dressing, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and the broccoli rice casserole.
      I will watch the Chew later tonight. After Ron goes to bed. Then I can watch it.He is such a pain if I watch something he does not want to watch. He will. make fun of it and make me mad. Which is what he wants to do he thinks that is funny. Some days I just ignore him and others I get upset with him. You wold think that I would learn after 45 years.
      I am glad to hear that Tillie is feeling better. Mom is doing okay. She is excited about getting to see all the great grands. She does not see them that often.The older girls are getting busy and do not want to come around as much. They are busy with their friends. The other two live so far away that they do not come that often and Owen has to go with his dad so we have to plan things to go with his schedule. It really makes things hard.
      Well that is about all from here. Have to answer some other mails and i am tired. It is hard to babysit a baby anymore. I am really out of practice. It is hard.
      talk to you later
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      It was important to have our little purses so we could put our gloves in it. I guess that is why I remember the purse. It is funny how we remember the Easter outfits and not Christmas. I had never thought about that before. You are right about the coats and if there was snow we had to wear boots. So it was a mess when we would all have to put the boots on over our shoes. I wonder how our mothers did it.
      You are lucky to have a bakery. The one we have at Wal Mart is not all that good. It is really a hit or miss thing. You never know if you will get something that is good or not. The deli is about the same. We ordered a veggie tray once for a baby shower and when I got it home we had to clean the veggies. It was a mess. If I had known that I would have made my own. I guess that has turned me against Wal mart.
      Have you noticed that qvc plus is never right on our guide. Dish has really messed it up. I am thinking about calling them and asking why they cannot get the times right. For some reason for the last two weeks they have had Chics night in on the wrong time and I end up with some weird show taping. I cannot believe it. Well I got it right tonight. It is set up to tape it at 10. How strange is that.
      I got the cake tonight and it looks really good. Ron thought so also. I also got the sides and they are smaller then the first ones that we got but that is okay. With all the other food we are having it will be fine. I have it on order delivery so by Christmas and Thanksgiving I will have enough. We really like their sides.
      Well that is about all from here. I cannot wait to see dwts next Monday. It should be really good. It will be interesting to see if they are all still dancing as well.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Tell me again what is the pizzaghinia? I’m pretty sure i spelled that wrong but hopefully you get my drift.
      I don’t know what is with the minimalist look. Where I like sparkle and shine Jenny dresses very conservative and classic. I wish now i had gone for the minimalist look as now my house is bursting at the seams and I am trying to pare down our possessions. I don’t know if I will ever be successful but I keep trying. lol
      Those Saint Clair side dishes from the Q are pretty good. I have bought them a few times. They come in various sizes so you have to check that part out. Enjoy your baking.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I am not that crazy about Wal Mart’s deli either. I miss not having a store with a good deli. I’ve never ordered any trays from them and maybe that’s a good thing. I think all those sides from Saint Claire at the Q are pretty good. I have ordered some of their other cakes and liked them too so I bet your cake will be good.
      I don’t get what’s going on with QVC plus either. The last few weeks I would turn on what i “thought” I had recorded just to see the Quacker show ending. I don’t know whether it’s Dish that has the schedule messed up or whether it is QVC changing it last minute. It is getting annoying though when you think you’re going to watch a Quacker show and you end up with a vacuum cleaner show. lol
      Speaking of boots. Did your Mom have those rubber boots that you actually put on over your high heels. I remember my Mom having those and I always remember i found them sort of fascinating. That was before people just changed from boots to shoes or before they made boots with high heels that you just wore all day. I guess those boots would be an antique now if I still had them. lol
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      We are going to have to try the deli at our Schnucks. I think that theirs is better. I know that the bakery is as far as donuts and cookies. We have not ordered a cake from them or any special order things from them. I have ordered meat from the meat dept. though. They will fix those Cornish hens up for me with the stuffing so all we have to do is stick them in the oven and bake them. They also will special cut meat for you but will not tenderize chicken for us. So we did not buy it from the meat counter. I figured fi I have to tenderize it myself then just as well get it from the meat section in the refrigerators. So that is what we did this last time. We should have gone to the meat market. Oh well at least we know now that they will not do it.
      I did write to Angel and told her about the guide not being right on dish. I am hoping that she will pass that on to the powers that be. I figured that she would know who to tell or she can e-mail back and tell me who to contact. This will effect her because it is her show. It is coming on at 9 instead of 10 our time. It happened to me last week and almost happened to me this time around but I caught it and recorded it. It is nice to record it in case there is something in the show that I cannot find the number and that way you can just go back and watch the show and find the item. Sometimes it is nice to get a second look. I do hope that they get it fixed though.
      She use to have them. They were strange looking. I guess that back then women had no other choice but to wear them. They were a clear color though and not like the rubber boots though. At my dads parents she would have to take her shoes off because my grandma did not want her shoes to mark up her carpet. So she would have to take them off or she would put a rug down and my mom could not walk anywhere on the carpet just on the rug. We use to have to sit on the couch and not do anything. She did not like us to mess up her house. I do not think that we ever did because we were afraid to touch anything. We would have much rather have been outside.But at Christmas time we had to stay in the house. We never wanted to go there as kids. One year something happened and my dad never went back there for a holiday again.We would rather go to my moms parents house. We had other cousins there and we had a good time. She had things for us to do and we could move around. We just all had to pick up before we went home. Which grandparents did you like to go see the most? You may have had two sets that were equally as much fun to visit. I think most kids did.
      If you are like us we pare down and then it looks like we have more space and we buy more things. Then we are right back where we were before. Danyielle is like Jenny and Adele’s daughter or grand cannot remember which she said. But the other two girls are like us. They like junk.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      You are right. It does affect Quacker sales if people keep missing that show because it is not right on the program guide. Also if I miss a show on the regular channel I can go to the web site and click on the previously on air category and at least see what was on the show. But they have nothing like that for QVC+ so if we miss a show we can’t even check what they presented.
      Here’s another question. Did either of your grandparents have plastic covers on their couch. One of my grandmothers did. And boy in the days before AC was that stuff sticky in the summer. I think I liked visiting my mother’s parents better. Of course I knew them better because we had lived with them too. Also we were the only grandchildren on that side as my mother’s brother never married-so I think they probably spoiled us more. There were other cousins at my Dad’s parents but they were all quite a bit older than me and they were all boys-so I guess me and Susan got more attention there since we were the only granddaughters. But in general I think I liked to go to my Mom’s parents a little more. For some reason when I think about it-it seems like in most cases people are closer to their Mom’s parents than their Dad’s. Interesting.
      I don’t know how I forgot that today was Good Friday and that Greg was off of work. lol He’s looking forward to the three day weekend.
      You are right. As soon as we clean something out we seem to fill the space up again but I am at least trying to get rid of things that just sit around that we never use. We’ll see how successful I end up being.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi colleen
      It is hard watching our grands. they have so much energy and we have none….LOL
      Ron sounds like he thinks he is funny. Maybe you should make fun of the news. You certainly get a lot to make fun of, with the crazy things the candidates are doing. Do you alieve their latest fight about their wives? They look like high school bullies.
      After the weekend, I may order that mac and cheese. It sounds good, and if you like it, I know I will too.
      I made 3 things today- the Pizza Ghiena, 2 ricotta cakes, and the Greek Twisty cookies. Also did the Madeline dough, that has to be refrigerated overnight. I am really pooped.
      I am so glad our mothers are feeling better.
      OMG- no Tom Selleck tonight either. What is a girl to do?????
      I loved that meringue cake they did on the Chew today, but it did not cut well. I think it would be better if they made little cookies out of it, instead of a big cake.
      Signing off as our food just arrived sandwiches form the local take out. I will get back on later to answer everyone else’s posts.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail and Colleen
      OMG….I remember those boots you wore over your hells, and other shoes too. My Italian Nonna covered her formal living room furniture in plastic. The plastic was actually made to fit the furniture like a custom made cover- matched it perfectly. I now wonder if it came that way. Tillie did it too. That is why I have only one living room, and it is used every day. I hate having a room nobody goes into. Why clean it?
      I am not a minimalist. I love to see things sparkle and shine, all over the house. I love colored crystal bowls, vases, and other decorations. Color is big in this house. I have shades of arrange, all through- accents, and main colors.
      Pizza Ghiena ( it is spelled a little different by a lot of Italians), is a big meat pie. It has a bottom crust, then layers of fresh cheese, ricotta, and Italian cold cuts- you layer to the top, and end with the cheese on top. It bales for 1 1/2 hours, and than has to completely cool before going in the fridge. It is served cold, in small pieces. In mine I have 5 pounds of cold cuts, 4 pounds of ricotta, 3 pounds of fresh cheese, and 12 eggs. You mix the ricotta with an egg per pound, and then the rest of the eggs get stirred up, (cannot think of the word….LOL I am so tired.) and gently poured over the top to sink into the pie. It gets put together in one of the big roasting/lasagna pans you bake in. It is fabulous. My cold cuts are diced up and include: salami, cappacola, prosciutto, and ham. Some people add pepperoni, but, I do not like the pepperoni in it.
      I am off to get into my chair- bet I will be out like a light in a minute. I hear Gary snoring in there…LOL
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      You are right about people missing the show. I do not understand why they do not have it to where we can see what was on the shows on QVC plus. You would think that they would want everyone to be able to see the items. They do have some shows that do not come on the regular qvc like Chics Night In. That is never on the regular channel. They have a lot of bugs that they need to fix on that channel. Hopefully they get the guide fixed on Dish. It is aggravating not to see the show when you want to.
      I do not remember either of them having the plastic. Just my one grandma would cover things with sheets when we were there. It sounds like we were holy terrors but we were not at their house. They were just not kid friendly. My aunt finally had a bunch of kids and I do not know how they were treated because we did not go there by that time. She was the grandma that would give us all the same gift. She would give us clothes that were so ugly. Lucky me I got to wear them over and over and over. I got my three sisters hand me downs. So with the differences in our age they lasted for a long time. My sisters thought it was funny that I had to keep wearing that stuff. My oldest sister would put hers in a drawer or hide it in the closet. She could get away with it because she was the oldest. Well at least that is how I felt about it.lol That is interesting that most people go to there mom’s parents house and like it there. I guess there is some type of story about the dad’s parents.lol I really do not know that but it is interesting.
      I ate half of a pepperoni stick today before I remembered. So we did better the rest of the day and had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. I do not know how we could forget about that. I hope that you did not have plans that did not include Greg.lol I do that once in awhile but now cannot do it. He is always home. Just wait until Greg retires.
      How is your ankle doing? Has the brace helped it at all? How is Gregs ankle? You two are going to have to take it easy. It is hard when it is your foot or ankle that hurts. You have to stand on your feet, Would not want to be confined to a wheel chair.
      Guess we have to get rid of the old so we can get the new things. If we didn’t we would run out of room. lol We all like to get new stuff to replace the old.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a nice evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      They are all getting a little crazy about everything. I will be glad when this election is over with. They are talking about changing the convention this year. Making it an open one or something. I have never heard of it. When do the voters get to make a choice. If they can change everything then why do we even vote. It seems unfair to do that. I need to get some ear plugs so I do not hear any of it.
      You have been doing a lot of baking. I bet your house smells terrific. All the smells of the baked goods. I did not bake a thing. I got a sugar free cheese cake and the bomb cake so that took care of the baking. I really have not been doing a lot of baking anyway so no one will think anything of it. Ron wanted me to bake a pie but with all that is going on there is no way I will have time. He should have said something earlier. Men can drive you crazy.
      I am glad that our moms are feeling better also. We will not have to worry about them over Easter. I am glad that mom will be here with us. She will not be home. She is going to stay until Monday or Tuesday and that is it. She is afraid to stay away from home any longer then that. It is hard to get use to. We use to take a trip every year just me an her, Once in awhile my oldest sister would go with us. But mostly it was just me and mom. Oh well time does change. I guess the older they get the less they will want to do. It is sad. I have to change the subject this is getting depressing. Sorry did not mean to do that.
      What is the deal with them taking Tom off two weeks in a row. There was a lot going on, on that show. Blue Bloods is one of the best shows on tv right now. Well that and dwts. There is a movie about a frog that turns into a prince on tv right now. I have never seen this before. It is strange. Ron turned it on and then went into the bedroom to watch tv. I have no idea what he is watching. Probably do not want to know. It has to do with the news.
      We did not have to deal with the plastic on the furniture. It is a good thing. There would be a bunch of kids stuck on the couch to this day. Well maybe not kids we are all older now. lol I like a lot of stuff also. It shows when you come into my house. I have stuff all over the place.
      Well I better go. I still have a few things to do and we have to go and get my mom tomorrow. Seems like we are constantly doing something.
      Have a good evening.
      Colleen
      if I go missing for a day or two it is because of my mom

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      Happy Easter Ladies,
      Hi. How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re all ready for the Easter festivities. I’m gonna fix dinner for Kay & myself. I’m having the Mama Mancini’s meatballs. ( I tried em. I couldn’t hold out till Sunday). Scalloped potatoes, and asparagus(roasted in the oven). the meatballs are REALLY GOOD!!! Of course I saw they had another variety with cheese in the middle on Gourmet Holiday earlier this week.
      For those who don’t know, my neighbor down the hall has COPD & can’t get around as good as she used to. So, I’m fixing dinner for the 2 of us.

      For a while I couldn’t figure out who Tom was until you mentioned Blue Bloods. Then I knew it was Tom Selleck. Don’t you guys have any stations that show reruns of those shows? I see them listed on more than one station here. One is WGN out of Chicago. Maybe they’re all cable stations & you don’t have cable. Hallmark channel, movies & mysteries also have his series of mystery movies on from time to time. I love Tom as well. I love it when he’s on Kelly & Michael. He’s so humble. Whatta hunk!!!
      I was over at my friends when the Chew was on & I saw that dessert being made. At one point as they were going to break, that lady’s necklace brushed the meringue. The guy next to her took a rag & was cleaning it off as they broke to commercial. Ooops

      Well, I guess we’re gonna have a soggy weekend. Easter should’ve been next weekend. We’re supposed to get up into the low to mid 70s by the middle of the week thru next weekend!!! It figures, since Oregon kids had their spring break this week. It turned out to be a nice day today.
      Bernie Sanders was here today(Portland). Thousands turned out to see him. They started lining up before sunrise to see him. He was at the sports arena we have here. It’s odd tho. He was across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wa. last weekend, then comes back to Portland today. Doesn’t make sense. (and Yes there is a Vancouver, Washington. Just across the river from here. I’ve had people think I was talking about Vancouver, BC in Canada. It’s several hundred miles from here.

      Well, you all have a wonderful time with your families. Happy Easter
      dianne

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      Oh did you know QF is on this weekend? Sat. on AM Style & on Sunday evening 8-9 pm your time?
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      Hello all my Quacker friends!!!

      Just a quick post to load the pics of what I made so far. I hope you can tell that the Edible arrangement I made (chocolate, of course) is on my new Temptations Strawberry serving plate. I took a pic of it in the dish, and with the Easter bag over it. That bag is the same ones I do the kids’ bags/baskets in every year. they are so easy to do, and a lot less fuss.

      Happy Eater to all of you,. I still have one more cookie to do- the Italian Anise cookies, and make the starter for the Italian bread for tomorrow…..and it is 4pm.

      I will go through all the posts later- please have a happy, safe, and festive day- love you guys!!!
      Adele

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      Hello…forgot one…..LOL

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      Hi Dianne
      I missed the Quacker show this morning. I will look on the Q for what they had on- have a good day tomorrow!
      Adele

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      Hi Dianne
      I love that picture of the pretty flowers. No flowers peeking up around here yet. that is awful that your Easter will be soggy. Ours is supposed to be cloudy- they are still not sure.
      How very nice of you to make dinner for your friend. You are a good friend, and neighbor.
      We have cable, and can on demand the old shows. I just like the next installment of the shows. We do watch the show on Hallmark that Tom is in- the Jesse Stone series. I agree totally- he is humble and a hunk. I love when he thinks about something, and does that sigh/breathe thing, and ruffles his brow. I am trying to teach Gary to do it. LOL I got GAry a Tom Selleck sweater, and he only wore it once. he went right back to his old, comfy one. Oh well!
      Happy cooking tomorrow. Happy Easter to you and you neighbor.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      ‘Your talk is not depressing at all. It is our reality. I am glad both of them art ok for tomorrow.
      Did you see where Dianne said Bernie was having a rally near her place? Has your state voted yet? We did a while ago. This is the strangest election ever. It will make history for years to come. Just think of how the future generations will view this craziness.
      Nobody will know that you did not bake your goodies. Just put them on a plate, and then make a mark somewhere, so it does not look perfect….LOL
      Have a great visit with your mom. I am happy for you that she will stay for a few days. A new baby, and your Mom- how great is that!
      Adele

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      Hi All,
      Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Easter! I think ours is going to be a wet one.
      Adele, you will need a vacation after all this is over with all the cooking cleaning and baking. That pizzaghenia sounds spectacular! I wonder how much it weighs when all is said and done?
      This year I have taken the path of the sloth for Easter. We are going to brunch around noon. Afterwards the kids will come here to hunt for their Easter eggs and to get their baskets which are actually gift bags. lol When everyone gets hungry again I ordered a tray of slider sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls, and bought a veggie tray and a fruit tray and bags of potato chips so that will be our supper with a DQ ice cream cake for dessert. So I am having a totally cooking free Easter. I may be able to get used to this! lol It will be different to just enjoy the day without having to worry about being in the kitchen and timing everything all out. Even when I plan a menu with a lot of things that can be made ahead you still are spending a lot of time in the kitchen-and the young grandkids could care less-they would just as soon have McDonalds. lol
      Sending wishes to all for a happy and safe Easter.
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, that the weather co operated. I had a wonderful day. I took all my stuff down to Kay’s & cooked it there. It was easier that way.
      We had a great time. I enjoyed the food & conversation. I’m glad I did it. She won’t be here much longer.

      I did have some cable issues. The box I had died. It’s been acting up for awhile now. But it steadily got worse. I’d change the channel & it’d go berserk!!! Turns out it wasn’t
      picking up the signals. So they had to send out a technician. He gave me a new, smaller box & it’s nice to be able to change the channel without seeing a blank or snowy
      screen. Seems like I had that big box for ages!!! It’s strange to look over at the TV & see a much smaller box instead of that big thing.
      The weather co-operated, sort of. Sat. was nice so the kids could have their Easter egg hunts all around town. It wasn’t too bad today. We had spotty showers & downpours in’
      different parts of town. But all we got here were a few showers. It wasn’t as bad as they were predicting. I thought it was gonna be a sogggggy day all over. But the sun is coming
      back. Mid week we’re gonna be in the upper 60s/low 70s. Maybe warmer later on. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      I took Jewell to get her rabies shot & checkup. She’s in good shape except for her teeth. They want to extract a couple but do you know what they charge?? Waaaaayyy more
      than I can afford. Almost $2,000!!!! I almost passed out!!!

      Did any of you catch QF Sunday night? I get a kick out of Albany. She’s just herself, a hoot. Again, they had some tops I’d love to get, but they always have them on when I can’t afford to, even
      on easy pay. At the end of the month. Story of my life. Probably yours too.
      Well, I guess that’s it for now.
      Have a great week.
      dianne

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      Hi Everyone,
      Hope you all had a nice Easter.
      Dianne, that was good idea to go to your friends apartment and cook the meal there. I’ll bet she appreciated it very much.
      I had copied the QF show on Sunday so I just flicked through it to see what they were selling. They do have a lot of pretty things on there.
      Dental work for pets is expensive! Actually all the vet care has gotten really expensive. We used to have three dogs and taking them all in for heartworm testing was a shock to the pocketbook. I think if we ever had that many dogs at the same time again I would think about getting pet insurance.
      We had a lovely relaxing Easter. We went for brunch at 12:30. This was the first year that this place had their brunch and it looks like they attracted a lot of people. It was nice because it was in a big banquet room so the tables weren’t all squished together. Gabby and Enya came too. They had an Easter bunny handing out eggs to the kids and they had a sundae bar where the kids could build their own sundaes. They made some interesting concoctions. After brunch we went home and Adam and Jenny dropped off Gabby and Enya at home and then came by so the kids could get their Easter baskets and hunt for their eggs. We had a relaxing afternoon watching movies and then when we got hungry again I took out the trays of sandwiches, fruits and veggies and opened the bags of chips and we all had a nice dinner. I personally vote for this method for next Easter. The little kids have no interest in a big sit down dinner and this was so easy and relaxing for me. I loved doing it!
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      That sounded like a real nice Easter. Fun, and very little heavy work. I bet everyone had a great time, especially you. I hope they have a brunch again next year. I would love to do that. Aorund here, they do have some brunches, but, the crowds are a pain, and the food is usually not as good, because of the volume they are producing.
      We all had a good day. Everyone was stuffed. Bobby’s gravy (spaghetti sauce) was fabulous, as well as the ravioli’s. I have a lot of desserts left, and tried to convince them to take more home.
      I am posting a pic of the adorable cupcakes Steph brought. You will love them. IU also added a pic of the Pizzaghiena and the Anise cookies.
      It is pouring here today. I hope the sun is shining at your place!
      Adele
      PS…the Chew just started.

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      Hi Dianne
      I am glad your dinner went well, and that your weather cooperated more than expected. It was gloomy here, then a tiny bit of sun peeked through at end of day. The kids did not do an outside Easter egg hunt, as it was too wet. They were still happy, and that is all that counts.
      I did not catch the show, and tried to see what they had on the schedule of shows for the day(yesterdays shows) , and it just would not work. So, I do not know what they featured. I will try again later.
      I cannot believe the price of fixing a cat’s teeth!!! I guess I am lucky I did not get another cat. That is just plain awful.
      Hope you see some sun today.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      the pizzaghiena weighs a tremendous amount. It is hard to get in, and out of the oven. LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Everybody,
      We had a really nice Easter and sounds like all of you did also. Dianne it was so nice of you to take dinner down to your friends so you two could enjoy the day together. The meat balls must have been a hit. Will have to try them sometime. That cake that we got was so good and the sides that we ordered were all eaten so nothing to put in the fridge. We had enough ham left to feed another family.lol I am glad that your weather was nice. I am glad that you got your cable fixed and you can watch tv now without all the other problems. We have satellite here they do not have cable this far out. I taped the QF show and will watch it later after I get off here.
      Gail, Your brunch sounded really nice. That was such a good idea. I do not know if they have a place around here that does that are not. Our dinner turned out pretty good. That cake was so good I would recommend it to everyone. It is really large also. I still have a lot left. We sent some down to Joe and Ruth. Not so with the side dishes that we bought. They were gone and they wanted more. So will have to order them again. Your day was so nice. That must have been a lot of fun with the brunch and then the egg hunt. It is nice when you can just sit and relax. We had to have our Easter egg hunt before dinner this year. The weather cooperated for the kids. They got her at 1pm and we let them hunt the eggs and not too long after they got done it started to rain. So we were grateful that it held off for that long so we did not have to hide 58 eggs in the house. That would be a mess. That was nice that Gabby and Enya got to go to brunch with all of you. We took mom home today so now it is so quite here we can hardly stand it. It will be like that for awhile. The next birthday will be April 20th. So we will all get together then. I think that it is going to be at a skating rink again. Will not put skates on this time though. Do not want Ron to have a stroke. I am glad that you had a good Easter.
      Hi Adele, Your desserts looked really good. We could all come over and eat the rest of the goodies that you have.lol You had a good Easter also. Sounds like everyone did. That pizzaghinea looks almost like a cake. I probably spelled that wrong sorry about that. Did the boys get to come over for the festivities? I bet they liked those goodies bags that you made for them. Our primaries are over with. They were about three weeks ago. I am glad that they are over here. Ron is still watching the news and it is the same old thing over and over again. It was so nice to get to spend some time with my mom. She is funny. I was going to try and write on here but every time I would start to go on here and she would start talking to me. She would do that until I would get off of here. So I gave up. Did the birthdays and did not try and do anything else. It would be interesting if she and Ron were both here together all the time. She would be chatting with me and when she got done Ron would start. Life would be different. They also chat with each other. How did it all work with the big crowd that you had? Sounds like a big Italian family get together. My bil is Italian and they have get together s like that also. We have been to a couple and they get a little crazy. They are a lot of fun though.
      Ladies I need some prayers for my daughter,s x father in law. This is my youngest daughter. He has had cancer for awhile but he is not doing good now. They do not give him much more time. So they can use all the prayers that they can get. He is ready to die he is in so much pain. Kaylee and Ethan are really not understanding what is going on and they are going to take it really hard if when this happens. So they can all use the prayers.
      Well that is about all from here. Hope that all of you have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I had a feeling that the pizzaghiena would be a heavy dish in the pan. However, it looks delicious even if you need some “muscle” to get it in and out of the oven. I’m glad that your Easter turned out well. How many people did you end up having? Those bunny cupcakes were adorable. Were they decorated with Peeps bunnies?
      There is an advantage to living in a small town where there are not many crowds. There is another place around here that has had an Easter brunch for years-actually they have a brunch every Sunday but it is a lot more expensive than the one we went to and a lot more crowded also. I think the place we went to was less crowded because it was new and also because it was in a large banquet room. As more people find out about it I’m sure it will get more crowded. They said they are planning another brunch for Mother’s Day. Anyway, I enjoyed this stress free/work free holiday so much that I would do it again next year. Perhaps we’ll start a new tradition.
      We are having sun here today. I love seeing that.
      So here’s the deal. We have a statue of a falcon, rubber snakes hanging all over the deck, scary looking predator eyeballs hung outdoors and that blankety blank blank cardinal is still out there banging on the window as I type. I wish we still had cats as they are probably the only thing that would keep the dam bird away now.
      How did your minions like their socks? I’ll bet those are cute. I just found a pair of duck socks that i had to buy in honor of QF.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I will say some prayers for your daughter’s x FIL. I will also pray for a cure for cancer. We have lost so many amazing people to this horrible disease.
      I’m glad that your Easter turned out great too. Those sides and desserts from the Q are such a big help and everyone seems to really like them too. I think it’s a good idea to stay off the skates this year. Who has the party at the skating rink? We don’t have a rink close by but a couple of the bowling alleys put on really nice kids parties.
      I’m glad that you had a good visit with your Mom. It would be nice if she would stay longer than a couple of days. But I also understand that people want to go back to their own home too where they feel the most comfortable. Does your Mom live in the home that you grew up in?
      You guys hide a lot of eggs. We hide the eggs in the house because we put money and candy in the eggs so I wouldn’t want to take the chance of losing them outside or of them getting wet if it rained. Jenny said Lachlan already spent his Easter money on some new Shopkins-so that didn’t take long.
      The kids are on spring break this week and I think Kendall is going on her shopping trip with her other grandma and her sisters Gabby and Enya and her cousin Maya today. They picked a good day as it is sunny and nice. Can’t wait to see what she gets-she does a good job of picking out her own stuff-she usually gets some cute things.
      Greg got a message from Brent yesterday-they are in the mountains by Wendy’s parents and I guess there are wildfires going on around there. I hope if it gets too close they get plenty of time to evacuate. They were originally planning on going to San Antonio but changed plans as Wendy wanted to visit her parents. I’m trying to look on the news to see if they mention the fires but so far no luck. Hopefully that means that they have them under control.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      Her x fil has been really good to her and Ethan. When his son did not pay child support he made sure that she had the things that she needed. He was really good during this whole thing.They live closer to where she lived at the time. We live so far away it was hard for us to get there when she needed us. So he would go and help her until we got there. He was a lot of help when needed.
      Ethan want a skating party. They just have one party and it is where the kids want it. I think that Ethan should have asked me first. He is just like a kid.lol They have a skating rink and games that the kids can play. They have a nice party room where the adults can sit. It is in the same as the skating rink and all of that but it is back in a corner where you are off to yourselves. So I guess it is not a room and just an area. We have family centers around and they have all kinds of things for the kids to do. They have to go carts in there also. It is a nice place for the kids. I really do not enjoy going places like that anymore but you have to show up if you are a grandparent.lol
      No mom does not live in the house where we grew up. They had moved away from there a long time ago. The area was really getting bad so they wanted to move away. Mom was home a lot by herself when dad would go away for hearings. So they moved to the country. Then when my dad died she bought a house in Washington mo. She lived in Dutzow and the house that her and dad had built was too big and was starting to need work and she could not take care of it anymore. It would flood in that area whenever we had a lot of rain. She did not live in an area that flooded but all the areas around her would flood and we could not get to her. So it was better for her to move across the river to Washington where it does not flood. Now she is close to her doctors and shopping. She is supposed to come back in the fall when she is doing better and stay longer.
      We just gave them money this year. Instead of putting them in the egg. We hid them with the money outside also. Just this year was different. If one of the sil and our daughters did not hide the eggs it would be a problem. They each take a section of the yard and they remember where the eggs are. So it all works out just right. If it was me and Ron we would have to make a map of where we hid them. We have found eggs in the house that they did not find. One was in a tea cup and had been there for a year. Ron and I hid them.lol.
      I hope that Kendall has a fun time shopping with her other grandma. You will have to tell us about all the things that she gets. She seems like she would have good taste in clothes and picking out things that she needs. It is nice that all of them will get to go.
      I hope that Brent and his girlfriend get out of the mountains before they get trapped up there. Is it close to where their cabin is located? I had not heard of any fires in that are. I will have to watch the weather channel and see how the fires are. Hope that they are out by now. The wind has been bad in a lot of places. This is just a bad year. I hope that April will be a better month. We have had the wind and rain this month so hope that April will not have as much rain. Ron has been working out in the garden and got all the weeds and stuff out. So when he is ready to plant it is ready. Our onions are really growing. We may have green onions before too long. I love to fix them with fresh spinach and garlic.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Gail I forgot. Thanks for the prayers.

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      Hi Ladies,
      We had a GLORIOUS day today. And the rest of the week looks even better!!! We could end up in the low to mid 70s by the weekend. No rain in sight for now!!!
      Hooooooray!!!

      I’m going out to an outlet mall south of here with a couple of friends tomorrow. It’ll be good to get out of here & in the sun for awhile. Don’t have any $$$ but that’s
      okay. So what else is new.
      Did you guys watch DWTS last night. I figured Geraldo would go first. That was a no brainer.
      I see Denim & co has a TSV on the Q tonight. It looks like shorts. I won’t be getting any.
      I’m not taking down my decorations yet. Easter, to me, was a week early. It just didn’t seem like Easter to me. Besides it takes me so long to get it all up, I hate taking
      it down right away.
      Oh, Jewell was sure active this morning. She was jumping on the bed, on me & I looked at the clock, it was 7 AM!!! It had to be the sun!!! So I get up after awhile, & what
      does she do?? Goes back to bed. I took a nap this afternoon. what a character!!!

      Well, that’s all I have for now.

      Oh, wait. Have any of you seen the model, Corrin on QF lately? I haven’t seen her for awhile now. Did I miss something?
      I hope she’s okay.
      Talk to ya later.
      dianne

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      Hi Dianne,
      I’m glad to hear that you are getting sunny weather. We are supposed to get thundershowers tonight and rain today and tomorrow. Your trip to the outlet mall sounds like fun. It’s always good to get out with friends whether we buy anything or not.
      I see the TSV is denim shorts. I won’t be getting them either although I do like the QF Dream Jeanne shorts. They come right down to my knee and were a god send when we were in Florida last year. I like the elastic waist on them better than the zipper and button on the TSV.
      I would leave my Easter stuff up too. It also can be considered spring decor with all the flowers and such. It’s a shame to take it down right away when it is so much work to put up.
      Aren’t cat’s funny?! They definitely march to their own drummer. It is so typical that she would go back to bed once she got you up! I think they do that stuff purposely just to make sure that you know who is really the boss. lol
      I’m not surprised that Geraldo was the first to go although I had forgotten about how bad Mischa Barton was. At least Geraldo had fun and a good attitude-Mischa just seemed like she was miserable.
      You know for some reason I think I heard that Corrin was going to become a fit model or something like that. Maybe I’m imagining that but it seems like something like that is in the back of my mind. Maybe some of the other ladies can add to that.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m glad your Mom moved to the area where it doesn’t flood now. At least she is safe from that when the heavy rains come. I hope that she can come back and stay longer in the fall.
      Well Brent was heading back to Clovis today so they are away from the fires. He said it was windy and there was lots of smoke in the air. He said the fires were about 4 miles from Wendy’s parents. The schools were closed because of the fires so I guess they were not on spring break there.
      Greg has started lots of plants indoors now. We have trays of them sitting in the picture window to get some sun. He won’t be able to plant until after the first week of May which is usually when we have our last frost. Plus the rototiller is at the shop being fixed right now and it’s too early to til anyway.
      We are having rain and storms today and tomorrow and then it will cool down again. The weather is like a roller coaster right now-up and down and back up again.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      The boys were here for Easter, and they had a good time with their Easter goodies. Aizen did him “yum, yum”, with the cookies. he loves cookies. It is so much fun to watch him enjoy something he eats.
      It was great to have that special time with your mom, and I am so happy for you that she was feeling good.
      Prayers are being sent your way for your daughter’s x-FIL. That is awful. Cancer is such a horrible disease. I hope he will not have to suffer in his last days.
      Prayers and hugs being sent across this land to you, and your family.
      Love,
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      Oh yes, the pizzaghiena is very heavy, and very filling. It is like eating a meat filled Quiche made with lots of eggs, and ricotta and fresh cheese, instead of cheddar. It is a great protein dish.
      I cannot believe that crazy bird. he has figured out they are all not real.
      The Minnions loved their socks. They were so dam cute! JJ loved the “watch your vegies grow” thing. Aizen loved the bunny, and Steph took JJ’s little bunny…..LOL… she is still a kid at heart.
      We ended up with 16 for dinner, and no extras for dessert, because e they all had to leave and go elsewhere. So, we were all cleaned up by 7pm. I was in the chair, and pooped out by the time 60 minutes was on.
      the sun finally came out today- hooray!! What a pretty day today was. It is supposed to get colder by the weekend, and then get nice again next week. the lilac bushes have some tiny leave son them.
      Hope the sun keeps shining at your place!
      Did you like DWTS?? I was not surprised Geraldo was sent home.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne
      The better weather you have, the more we get in a few days. So, keep the sun coming!
      I hope you had a good time at the new Mal you were going to. What stores did you like the best? I am amazed that there are stores I have never heard of, all across this great land of ours.
      I was no surprised that Gerald went home. I think the actress with the huge attitude should go home next- cannot remember her name.
      Your cat is funny. My cats would get u when it was light too. How are kitty’s teeth doing?
      I hope you had a lot of fun in the sun.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      I must have missed the post on the fires near Brent. I hope their place was safe, and there are no more fires. That is scary.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Dianne,
      Sounds like fun to go out with friends for the afternoon. Hope you could at least go out for lunch. That is the most fun anyway. lol I am always thinking about food here lately.It is fun to window shop just to see what is new. Sometimes it is fun to look at things that I would never buy but fun to see it in the store.
      I figured that Geraldo would go this week. He just could not dance. You have to give him e for effort. That latin dance that he did last night was not really any good. The get up he was wearing did not make sense to me. I did not see what it had to do with the whole dance routine. He did that too early in the show. That would have been better when they do one of their dress up shows.
      I will not buy the shorts either. They will show my elephant knees and do not want to do that. It would scare everyone away. I have to have them below the knee and hide the knees. I guess they would be okay to wear around the house. Would just have to go and change real quick if some one came to the door.lol
      I still have my Easter decorations up. I am not sure when I will take them down. I do not have as many as you have though. Your decorations are so pretty. You do a really good job decorating. I kept most of my decorations in the living room this year and did not decorate all the other rooms.
      Jewel was probably excited to see the sun out and wanted you to enjoy the sun with her. Your weather sounds great. We have had rain all day today and it is supposed to rain again tomorrow. It would be nice to see the sun. It has been chilly here also. Wish we had sunshine and a little warmer weather.
      That is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That must be a big relief to you knowing that he is headed back to Clovis. Is her family home still in danger from the fire? I hope they get them out before it gets anywhere near their home. Fires are so scary. They do damage to everything and there is very little left when the fire is done.
      Ron did not plant anything in trays this year. It did not work out so well for him last year so I guess he decided not to do it again this year. I guess he is going to buy the plants. He will plant the seeds for the sugar snap peas this year they grow really easy. I do not know what else we will plant. I would like to plant some butternut squash this year. I have seen a lot of recipes for that. Did you see the one that Daphne did on the chew yesterday? It looked really good. It is supposed to be low calorie. She does make some good things on there but they do not have her cook that often. I think that she should cook some more and get some experience. Maybe add some of their techniques to her style of cooking. That is just my opinion though. I have not watched the show yet will watch it when Ron goes to bed.
      Did you notice that they had the wrong time for the Quacker show again tonight. They had a camera show on the schedule instead of quacker. I went ahead and put that show on the dvr so I would get the show I wanted to watch. I wonder if we should send a notice to dish about the error they have on their schedule. I do not know if it is their mistake or qvc mistake on what they sent in. Who do you think would be the best group to notify?
      We have the same weather that you are having. It rained all day today and is supposed to rain again tomorrow. Hope that they are wrong about the weather here and there. We need some sunshine in both areas. It has been so chilly also. It is good chili weather. We do not usually fix chili this time of year. It is starting to get warmer. This si strange weather.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Sounds like you had a big crowd for Easter. That is funny about Aizen and his yum yum when he eats the cookies. He really is a cookie monster.lol The watch your garden grow that you got for JJ sounds really nice. He will get a lot of fun out of that and a good learning tool.
      That was nice that you were all cleaned up and sitting in your chair by 7pm. We were still cleaning up at that time. We did get all the paper and stuff cleaned out of the floor form the kids going crazy with their stuff. They always leave things behind. We weer four people short this year for Easter. My oldest daughter and her family could not come. Owen had to go to his dad’s so he was really missed. The boys always have so much fun hunting the eggs together. IT was such a fun day and sounds like you had a fun day also. Everyone was happy with their things and Steph ended up with a bunny.lol I got the kids baskets at Cracker Barrel this year. I cannot believe the sale that we got on them. They had some cute things in them also. It was surprising.
      How was Tillie feeling? Hope that she was well also. Mom did pretty good but wanted to go home earlier then she usually does. She is going to come back in the fall if she is in better health. We will have her back then no matter how she feels. She does not have to stay a long time but for a couple of days and that will be nice. We have all been trying to get her to spend some time with us in our homes. Then we do not have to worry about her staying at home alone.
      I think that we are all in agreement that Geraldo was the one to go home first. He sure could not dance. It was sad to see him trying to dance when he couldn’t. It will be interesting to see who goes home next. That one girl that is so tall has trouble dancing with her partner. He is too much shorter for her. She needed a taller partner. She is another one that has never danced. She is trying though. She looks so scared every-time she gets out there. She would do better if she would calm down. This group of dancers are really good though and it is going to be tough to find a winner. I do not know who my favorite is right now. Do you have a favorite?
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      It was another GORGEOUS day today. It’s supposed to last thru the weekend, I HOPE!!! I don’t mean to rub it in, if it sounds that way. We’ve had such a wet winter it’s nice to
      say the sun’s out & is warm for a change. I was on my FB page earlier & I saw a post from the Weather Channel that says more cold weather, snow is in the forecast for the
      Mid West & Northeast, the first week of April. My jaw dropped. Maybe it’ll help with those fires you talk about.

      I’m pretty tired from my big day today. We did have lunch at my favorite restaurant. McGrath’s Fish House. I discovered it several yrs ago where I was living before I
      moved up here. It took me awhile to find one up here. They just sent me an email advertising their latest specials. This time it’s endless prawns, which are my favorite!!
      Before we got there though, we drove the back roads instead of the freeways. I got to see country side I either had never seen before or hadn’t been to in several yrs. We have
      some gorgeous scenery when ya get out of the city. Right now there are so many shades of green you can’t believe it. And with the mountains with their beautiful blanket of
      snow against the blue sky is a picture postcard.

      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      Have a good day.
      dianne

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      Glad that you had fun on your day out. It’s always a good day when we are shopping and lunching with friends. It sounds like you were traveling in a beautiful area.
      I am in the Midwest and I hope we aren’t going to be getting anymore snow. The fires I was talking about were in New Mexico-so that wouldn’t help them anyway. My son lives there and they had traveled to a different part of the state to visit his girlfriend’s parents and that’s where the fires were.
      Gail

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      Hey Adele,
      What’s a watch your veggies grow thing? You really did have a large crowd. I’ll bet you were exhausted by days end. Did you end up using plastic plates and risking the wrath of Martha? I had such a good time doing nothing that I may make this the new tradition. lol
      How many more weeks until Gary gets rid of the sling and such? I’ll bet you’ll be glad when that time comes. Doesn’t it seem that time just flies now that we are older?
      I did see DWTS-was not surprised that Geraldo went. Some people just do not seem able to feel the music at all.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Brent said the fires were about 4 miles from Wendy’s parents-so I guess they will be okay as long as it doesn’t spread in their direction.
      Greg likes to start his own plants as he says it’s so expensive to buy them. This from the guy who buys drones and boats and guitars. lol I guess it’s all a matter of priorities. lol
      I think he feels that he is getting better plants if he starts them himself. However he wants to do it is okay with me.
      I missed Daphne’s butternut squash dish. I never quite know what to do with squash. Will you be picking asparagus soon? We still have a bit to wait-probably in May we will get some.
      I don’t know who to call about the wrong programming on QVC plus. Maybe Dish would be best to try first. I did see it this week because I went in and changed the DVR setting. It’s like Dish has the Quacker show on eastern time instead of Central time. I wonder if this all got messed up when the time changed? You would think that someone would have noticed the mistake by now.
      By the way-have you seen the new doctor yet? How did you like her? I hope you will finally find another good one.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Dianne,
      We had a nice day today also. It was sunny and warm. It is not going to last long for us though. It is supposed to cool down tonight and be cooler tomorrow. We will see if they are right. Your weren’t rubbing it in you were just so glad to see the sun and some warm weather. No one can blame you for that. So you just go on about your warm weather and beautiful sunshine all you want.
      Sound like you had a really nice day today. Your lunch sounds really good and your friends sound really nice. It was nice that they stayed off the high way so you could all see that beautiful scenery. I love to drive around in the spring when everything is coming out and it all looks so pretty. Then in the fall when the leaves change. The summer and the winter are not as pretty. I live in the mid west also. I hope they are wrong about the snow. That is just not fair to send us more snow now. lol
      You should have taken a picture of the scenery and posted it on here. It would be a beautiful picture. Especially with the snow capped mountains. You live in a beautiful state.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      It is good to hear that her parents are safe from the fire. That is so scary. I did not realize that it was in New Mexico. My nephew owns some land there plus the house where he lives now. I am not sure where his land is. Hope it was not near where the fires were. He does not like there so it will not be too bad. He lives in Farmington NM. He really likes it there.
      You can have a lot more fun with boats and guitars then you can with veggie plants. lol Ron usually plants seeds in all those little things to but not this year. I guess he did not have much luck last year so he is not going to try it again. We had a lot of veggies so do not know why he feels that way. Who knows about men. They do some strange things sometimes.
      Melissa’s x fil died this afternoon. It is just so sad. At least he died at home where he wanted to be. Ethan is really taking it hard and does not want to go back to that house. It is really going to be hard on him. He lost his grandma also a few years back and he still thinks about her. It is so hard on the young kids to handle. Kaylee just said well at least now he will know who we are and went back and started playing. Little ones look at things so much different then we do or her older brother, So if you think of them please say a prayer especially for Ethan.
      Our asparagus is up but not enough to eat yet. It will really start growing next month and we will be eating it by the middle of April. I think that ours was all gone by the time you started picking yours. It will be interesting to see if it will be the same this year. Our weather has been so weird that there is not telling. I worry about our plants this time around. We had that freeze the other day and I hope it did not do any damage to any of them. The Easter flowers did survive though which was nice. They always look so pretty. Ron said that he will have to start cutting the grass next week. It is really growing already. I guess because we got so much rain.
      Did you get that rain today? it rained here this morning then the sun came out this afternoon. It was so sunny and it got in the low 70″s. It is supposed to get down in the low 40’s tonight. That is crazy the way the weather goes up and down. We had a lot of wind today. Blew the chairs around on the deck. glad that nothing got broken.
      I will see the new doctor on the 6th of April. Will be glad to see her and find out what is going on with me. Hope she will help. I need to have that kidney checked again and see if the lesion has gotten any bigger. That other dimwit did not do anything.
      Well that is about all from here. Glad that Brent and his girlfriend are safe and hope that her family stays safe also. Will say a prayer for them.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi All,
      It’s April already so I am starting a new discussion page. This one snuck up on me. Dianne, we start a new discussion each month so come over there to join the new discussion. After a month this one gets too long so I start a new one each month.
      Adele, don’t forget to check the box so that you get the notifications. lol
      See you all over at the April discussion.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I am so glad your Mom did ok for Easter. Tillie is ok. She had the appointment with the foot doctor. now they are making another brace for her other foot. She hates to wear the brace, and that is what=at caused her toe to have a problem. She was told again, that she has to wear the brace, and not the l slippers. She just will not listen. She hates the brace. It does not hurt her, so that is not the issue- it is the embarrassment of a brace that gets to her.
      That is too bad that your oldest daughter could not come. I bet you all missed her.
      my favorite if the young man who is deaf. I cannot believe he can dance so well, and hears nothing. What a wonderful role model he is for others with issues. they are all really good, accept that one girl who has such an attitude.
      it is in the 70’s today, and it is going to freeze over the weekend, with snow for Sunday. Weird!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne
      What a nice day you had. I wish you would have taken a picture, so we could enjoy your pretty scenery. I love to see everyone’s pics.
      So, I may sound dumb but, what is a prawn? Is it a fish?
      I bet your part of the country is gorgeous. The mountains are always beautiful. the simple things in life are spectacular, and to have the time to enjoy them is wonderful. We always seem to be in a rush. There is beauty all around us, when we just sit for a second. Like today. It is 70 here, and the birds are singing their hearts out. They will be shocked tomorrow, as it is getting cold, and we are getting snow on Sunday. Yuck! the sounds of spring were music to my ears today.
      I hope you have a good weekend, and can go see the mountains again, before it rains.
      Have a great day!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      It is like the old fashioned terrariums, without a top. You have 4 tubes, in which you plant 4 seeds, and the tubes are clear, so you can see the root vegies grow. It is only about 8 to 10 inches wide, and about 8 inches tall. It shows them the carrot, onion, and radish growing. A real cute idea for kids who like to see things grow.
      We hope Gary will get the sling of fin 2 more weeks. the legs are healing, and there is not more leakage. the swelling is a lot less, and that is good too. I will be so glad when we can get back to normal. he had 3 people today- nurse, OT, and aide. they said he is close to being able to shower himself. There are a lot of restrictions on moving the arm. It cannot go up at all, on his own. So, that makes showering very hard.
      I will get onto the new page……
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      hey girls
      I missed the butternut squash s dish too. I missed a few segments due to appointments this week. What was in it?
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Colleen
      I am so sorry Melissa’s FIL died. How terribly sad, for all of them. It is so hard on the children. You are all in my prayers.
      The only good thing, is that he got his wish to be home. that was comforting for all of them to know. Very sad. So sorry for your loss.
      Adele

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