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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi All,
      Another month has rolled around. I hope everyone is doing well.
      I am off to the doctor tomorrow to get this cough checked out. It does seem to be somewhat better than when I made the appointment on Friday.
      I finally got the upstairs cleaned today. Everything has been on hold since I got sick and it needed it so badly.
      Greg cooked bratwursts on the grill tonight and made some new kind of potato dish with some sliced fresh garden veggies. Delicious!!!
      Hope everyone had a great weekend.
      Gail

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    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail, and everyone!!
      My laptop went nuts again, and I think I have it all back together.
      I am here, and I cannot believe it is August already.
      Gail, I hop the doctor gives you a stronger antibiotic to knock the hell out of this , so you can get back to being you.
      the nice man form Lowes is already here, working away. here is a funny for you girls…so, I am up at 6:30, in the shower. Figured I would be done before 8, and all set. Well, this is a prompt man, and he arrived at 7:45. I was in the bathroom in my chubby bits and undies….not a pretty sight, I may add. All of a sudden Tillie yells up the stairs that Lowes is here. I yell…just a minute….and run ( now my version of run with the cane, is nowhere near anyone else’s) and get into the bedroom to get my clothes on….LOL LOL While running, I yell….Ga, can you get this???? He’s on the phone with a customer. I hope this nice man does not go home, and have a funny story for his wife about a chubby lady running in her undies.
      Life is never dull around here, for sure.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      You should have told the guy from Lowe’s that you were practicing your burlesque act for next years AGT. You and Tillie can be a mother daughter act. lol
      Believe me-Greg would look into things very thoroughly before telling anyone in the family to go ahead and spend that kind of money to get something fixed with no guarantee. He is very thrifty and Jenny takes after him. She is a great bargain hunter. I’m so glad that they can go ahead and finish that basement off now so they can have the extra room. As the kids get older they will want more space to play with their friends. Jenny will usually ask her Dad about any problems that they are having in the house. Adam isn’t as handy as Greg but he is learning things from him as time goes by and is able to do many more home repairs than he could at first.
      Jenny’s FIL-Dick passed out when he was out working at the farm the other day. His wife took him to the emergency room and I guess his heart is beating too rapidly. He was supposed to have a stress test today and maybe come home tonight but Jenny said he has to stay overnight again. She said she was going to text her MIL to get more details. I know he must be worried because it’s now County Fair time and several of his grandchildren show his animals. I guess Adam’s brother is off this week so he will have to get the animals transported over to the Fair Grounds for his Dad. I know Dick loves this time of year so I am sorry that he will miss some of it but health comes first.
      Well, I went to the doctor again today. I had a breathing treatment and they sent me next door to the hospital to get chest xrays. So now I am on steroids again, two different inhalers and the xrays showed pneumonia so I am back on a different antibiotic. I have to see the doctor next week again or before if I am not feeling better. No wonder I haven’t felt well! Anyway, I hope that his round of meds will do the trick.
      The bad thing is we were supposed to leave to go up north on vacation today. So I guess that’s not going to happen. I feel bad for Greg as he will probably just go back to work. There’s no use taking the rest of the time off as I wouldn’t be able to do stuff with him anyway. I was so looking forward to shopping and going out to dinner and just visiting with my friend Nan. I haven’t seen enough of her this year and we always have such a good time together. I hope by this time next week I will be feeling my old self. I hope I didn’t make anyone else sick along the way. Poor Greg has spent half the day getting prescriptions filled for me. He really is my angel. I know he will cook me another good dinner tonight. At least I haven’t lost my appetite which I often do when I am sick. Of course missing a few meals would never hurt me. lol
      Gail

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Just gonna make this brief, I did find you again. We had some excitement Sat. There was a fire in one of the apts on the first floor. No harm done here.
      Then tonight there was a fire a block away from me. An older home converted into apts. I heard the fire trucks go barreling by out here so I looked out
      & saw the black smoke & flames shooting up from behind the bldg. they got it out in a hurry. But at one time there were 4 fire trucks at the fire, & 4 more
      out here across the street from me.
      I’m sending along a post from one of the local tv stations comparing this summer (July) to last yrs. Quite a difference. We’re back to our normal temps now. ( I have a red line under the last two sentences & I don’t know why. ).
      Well, I’ll go for now.
      I’ll let ya know how the meeting goes with the CEO tomorrow.
      dd

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    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Just gonna make this brief, I did find you again. We had some excitement Sat. There was a fire in one of the apts on the first floor. No harm done here.
      Then tonight there was a fire a block away from me. An older home converted into apts. I heard the fire trucks go barreling by out here so I looked out
      & saw the black smoke & flames shooting up from behind the bldg. they got it out in a hurry. But at one time there were 4 fire trucks at the fire, & 4 more
      out here across the street from me.
      I’m sending along a post from one of the local tv stations comparing this summer (July) to last yrs. Quite a difference. We’re back to our normal temps now. ( I have a red line under the last two sentences & I don’t know why. ).
      Well, I’ll go for now.
      I’ll let ya know how the meeting goes with the CEO tomorrow.
      dd

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    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      You always find the cutest pictures to put at the top of the page. I like the pig eating ice cream. The dogs on the rafts are so cute. The one with the goggles looks so cool. Wonder how people get their dogs to be that still on the rafts like that.
      That is a good idea to go in on the gift for Lachlan. He will like that more then anything else you could get him. It will also give you some ideas for Christmas gifts. You can get him games that he would really love to have. One of the grands has a wii u but have never seen them play on it. They are always playing on their tablets when I am around. Ethan told me the other day that he wants a phone that he can text his friends on. I do not think that I will get involved in that one. That is definitely a mom and dad gift.
      We have been looking things up on the hover boards. They did have on guy that said that they have improved them a lot and they are safe. Do not know for sure though so will keep checking. They have put something on them to cool the battery down so it does not catch on fire. That may be why they have gone up in price. I could not balance on one of those. I would fall on my face. I can hardly walk and chew gum.
      What a terrible time to get sick. Now that you are getting ready for vacation. Hope that you will get to go sometime later this month. You always have such a good time when you go. You and Nan do a lot of shopping. Is that the place where you sit by the lake and read a book or just relax? It is a good thing that you went to the doctor. You never would have gotten rid of this if you hadn’t gone. Pneumonia is horrible to deal with. My mom has had that a couple of times. Just take care of yourself and rest. What would we do without our husbands. They sure do take good care of us.
      Well that is about all from here. Rest and take care of yourself and this will go away faster. Glad that you got the medicine.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Things never work out the way we plan. Did he get all the lumber cut before the rain came? Maybe that is why he came early he wanted to get things done before it started to rain. Your house will look so nice when they get that done.
      Now you will have to let me know when you and Tillie go one AGT and do your act. That is one show that I want to see. Where is in the world do you buy tassels? I am sure that they are not at the local Wal Mart. I can just picture you and Tillie going into a store and telling them that you need some tassels. Can you imagine the look on the clerks face. it would be funny if we all lived close and could all go in together and ask for them. They would have everyone in the store wondering what we were up to.lol
      It is really hot here again. I cannot believe that we cannot get out of this heat wave. We have had some rain but it does not help. It is going to be in the nineties all week again. I am ready for fall an winter. This heat has been way too much this year. We need to go to my mom’s and take her some tomatoes and cucumbers but it has been too hot to make that trip up there. Wish she would move closer to us. She never will though. SHe really likes her doctors there and does not want to change.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. I am glad that you did not do any thing to your back.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Dianne,
      That is scary to have a fire in the building. Did you all have to evacuate? It is good that it did not do any damage to the apartments where you live. How terrible that the apartments caught on fire down the road. Hope they got that fire out really fast and no one was hurt. This is a bad time of the year for fires. It seems weird to me that it is but they say that there are more fires in hot weather and really cold weather.
      You are having such good weather. It is just hot and humid here. They will have another heat advisory out again tomorrow. It is going to be in the 90’s and humid. So it will be a health hazard. I am ready for fall and winter. This has been a miserable summer this year.
      well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Sorry to hear about Jenny’s fil. Hope he gets better soon and can at least enjoy some of the things that he likes to do this time of year.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I hope Jenny’s FIL will be better too. I am waiting to talk to Jenny today to find out more details of what the problem is and what will be done.
      It’s fun to search out the pictures each month to see what I can find. I always think things with ducks are appropriate for this site. The other day Zulily had one thing with tons of different rubber ducks dressed like I had never seen them before. I wished Angel could have seen it.
      You know when Jenny had Belle before we inherited her she used to take her to her friends pool all the time and Belle would go on a float with Jenny. So I guess if your dogs are used to it they grow to like it. It was funny Belle was the only one of our dogs who liked going in water-even Abby who was both parts hunting dog didn’t like going in the water. Although we did have her trained that when she needed a bath we would take her into the downstairs bathroom and open the shower door and she would go right in. That shower had a hand held nozzle so it was good for washing dogs. I noticed when we went to Greg’s partners house in Idaho a couple of years ago that they had a special dog bath/shower right in their laundry room when they built their house. I thought that was the best! And Greg walked passed it a million times on the way to the garage and he never even noticed that it was there. I guess that shows the difference between what men and women think is important.
      That is a good idea about getting Wii U games for Christmas presents. I hadn’t even thought of that.
      You are smart to stay out of the phone debate with Ethan. Although kids are having them at younger ages as parents want to be able to check up on them. I am so happy to see that as much as Kendall and Lachlan like to be on their tablets or the computer they still look forward to being out playing in the summer.
      Yes, this is the place in Northern Wisconsin. Their home is on a beautiful clear lake and sometimes we sit by the lake and read and of course we shop and go out to eat. I will miss our trip a lot this year. I think we were going to go to a local outdoor concert one night and another night have a barbecue with other friends who are vacationing in the area right now. It’s sad too as this year it started out with the week being all three Choirboys and their wives. They were actually supposed to sing a concert up there on the 4th. Then Bill couldn’t come as he is having cancer treatments, now we can’t come because I have pneumonia-so it went from a party with six of us to no one being able to come.
      I’m glad that I went back to the doctor too as I just didn’t feel right. I knew something was still not as it should be. They give a different antibiotic for pneumonia than they do for the respiratory infection so that should make the difference this time around.
      Now I am on two different inhalers and each one tells you to do it a little differently so right now I have to pull out the instructions each time I use one. I have never used one before so this is all new to me.
      I’m so sad to miss our trip but I hope I will be back to normal soon. I had pushed back a dentist appointment to next week but i think I will call them this morning and push it back another week to be on the safe side. However, I do have a hair appointment next Thursday and I plan on keeping that. After all can’t let those roots grow out too much. We must keep our priorities straight. lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      Please take care of yourself. That is awful. Not just that you are sick, but now your vacation up north has to be re-scheduled. I am sure Greg is more worried about you, than losing the time away. He is a good man, and a great Dad. I bet he is also a great neighbor, and friend, if something is wrong in your house.
      It is amazing how pneumonia can sneak up on you. Did you ever get the pneumonia shot? You should get one, if you have not. They gave it to me in the hospital, at the last back surgery. I think everyone who is getting older needs one.
      How is Jenny’s FIL doing? Is it his heart, or was it heat related? If he dehydrated, it can hurt so many organs. I will add a prayer for him. I bet between all of you ( not you, recovering girl) his animals will be shown at the Fair, with no problem. Families always pitch in when these things happen.
      Do you have any chicken soup in the freezer, or a place where you can get some? The hot soup just makes you feel so much better when you are so sick. Too bad we all do not live closer, we could all take turns bringing you some soup, and goodies. Colleen could have Ron bring over the famous potato soup, which we have not heard a lot about lately…..must be because Ron is on good behavior….LOL Trying to make you chuckle!!
      I hope this post finds you better.
      Hey- I decided to order another brown tree, and find a place to keep it lit all year long. I may have to rearrange the furniture on the deck. Gary will be thrilled, I am sure.
      Heather is coming over either today, or tomorrow to help with all the clean-up. I did as much as I could yesterday, and have a huge list of what still needs to be done. That dam wood dust goes everywhere- everywhere I ran my fingers, it smelled like wood, from the cutting in here yesterday. I got the living room done- vacuumed the furniture, windex’d the glass on pictures and the TV, and polished all the furniture. Today, I am going to polish the lamps to get them back in there. I think that dust will still be in the air, and I know I will have to Swiffer that floor a few more times to get it all. I forgot how bad that was, when we had the rest of the house done years ago. It is like you have to do a spring cleaning all over again.
      Enough complaining from me……..I hope you are feeling a little better, every day. I am sure we will be adding you to our prayers!
      Adele
      PS…still raining here, and very muggy.

    • adele shanbar
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      OMG, Dianne!
      I hope there are no more fires near you. That is so scary. Are these due to no rain? We have big warnings about fir out here, due to the drought we are having. We have had rain on and off for the past 3 days, but, very spotty. Mostly overcast, and humid, with an occasional sprinkle. Not enough to help with the drought.
      I hope you are ok, and can stay comfy. This heat is bad for everyone.
      Read my post to Gail for the news on today.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen!
      I can see us now….all of us Quackers going into Joanne Fabrics to ask for coordinating tassels, one pair each, for our act on AGT. Film at 11:00, as they say….LOL
      I cannot believe how hot this summer has been. it is still overcast, with an occasional annoying shower- nothing to help with the drought. Also very humid.
      Oh no….because of the occasional showers, the wood was cut inside. So, I am back to doing a complete spring cleaning again, in at least 3 rooms. I got a lot done in the living room last night, and suffered. So, I called in the troops. Marissa is working all day, so she cannot help. Heather will be here either later today, or tomorrow. So, I made a list, and will do the things I can do while sitting. I will go slow today, and wait for help on the bigger things. Steph would come, but I do not want to ask as it is so hard to clean with a toddler around. the man form Lowes was real good. He vacuumed as much as he could, and tried to minimize the damage. He really cleaned up a lot before he left. I cannot say more nice things about him. He even vacuumed some of the kitchen floor, right next to the living room. But, that saw dust gets everywhere, especially with the air conditioner blasting- he was hot, so I had the temp way down for him. So glad it is all done, and will stay clean from now on!!!
      The 2 presents form the Q arrived yesterday for the boys. I just left them in the boxes, so they will not see them.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Colleen…..forgot to say…..PLEASE stay cool! You and Ron do not need to have heat stroke!

      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Gail and Colleen
      I forgot- what happened to Jenny’s FIL? I vaguely recall something happening?? I hope he is doing better.
      I guess I have been so overwhelmed with everything here, I am forgetting things we have posted. Oh dear….maybe it is my age showing too…LOL
      Prayers sent his way!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Oh good. The brown tree is what I wanted to stick in the corner of our covered front porch. I thought I could leave it up all year long and just change the colors for the different season. I thought it would be pretty and of course I love things that light up. Probably like most Quackers.
      That saw dust does get everywhere. I’m so sorry that you have such a big cleanup again. I hope you will be able to get lots of minion work. Do you have to clean Tillie’s part of the house too or is she able to do that herself?
      I know when Greg works on his guitars down in the basement the saw dust gets everywhere in the workshop part of the basement. He can close it off from the rest of the basement but it gets all over the boxes of decorations that are stored in that part.
      He went back to work today as I am too boring to be around since I can’t do anything. I told him he should not have told the people he was coming back and just dropped in to see if they were goofing off with him away. lol I was just kidding as he usually calls in to check if everything is going as it should when we are on trips.
      You keep on wanting to give me chicken soup but it’s just too darn hot for that. I told Jenny the main thing that I had a taste for since being sick is ice cream and marai sweet corn. And she says you sound just like my kids. lol And of course grape juice. Greg can tell right away if I am sick if he comes home from work and I am drinking grape juice as that is my go to sick drink. I figure it should have antioxidents just like red wine.
      I have not had the pneumonia shot. I knew that I should get it and the shingles shot but had just not gotten around to it yet. I imagine I will now. I think it’s a two part shot as I think Greg got the first part last year and has to go back for the second part this year.
      Did you see AGT last night. I always skip through the act where the guy swallows swords and sticks things up his nose but I know he got hurt last night. That’s why I don’t like those acts to begin with and I never watch them. I feel bad for them and I’m glad that he’s okay but I hope that they don’t go forward because I just don’t like to see that gross stuff. I was glad to see they brought the rubiks cube guy back. I guess that was the power of social media. I hope that he will get to stay this time. Sometimes the people really do know better than the judges. I know Simon from being the crabby critical judge on American idol so it’s funny to see how wowed he is by some of these AGT acts and how amazed he is by the magic. I think having a kid has made him a little softer.
      I still don’t know the details about Jenny’s FIL. It’s something to do with his heart and the electrical impulses. They are doing a procedure but Jenny couldn’t remember the name of it. He is home right now. His wife was going to that wedding in Indiana that Jenny and Adam were going to this weekend while we babysat their dogs. I know his wife is staying home now and I’m not sure if Jenny and Adam are going now either as Adam may want to stay back and help at the fair. Thank you all for the prayers for me and Dick. I hope we will both be better soon.
      You know I didn’t see any of the Blacklist last year but have them all copied. I should be using this time when I can’t do anything to binge watch those episodes before the fall season gets here again. Although those shows are pretty intense. I don’t think I could watch a bunch right in a row.
      I better go get some breakfast-I know ice cream and corn on the cob. lol Just kidding!
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      Glad you are feeling good enough for hubby to go back to work. I think that is a good sign. he would not leave you alone, if he was afraid something could happen.
      Well. here is the scoop on AGT. My hands get sweaty, and I get real nervous when that crazy man throws his wife in the air. She broke her back, and is still nuts enough to continue doing it. I shut my eyes when the sword guy is on- cannot watch him at all, or nay of the other gross acts- like the nipple guy- YUCK!! I am also glad the rubics cube guy is still in the running. he is amazing. So is the psychic woman. I loved the Italian kid who snag songs like Dean Martin. I find his chubby cousin very funny. There are so many good singing acts this year, who can choose?
      The sawdust did not do downstairs, or into the bedrooms. It stayed in the living room, kitchen, and some in the dining room. Bobby cleans for Tillie downstairs. They use the same bathroom. He is a peach. Hetaher came over today, and finished vacuuming the things my back would not longer do.
      Here is a funny for you. So, Hetaher is always late. So, I decided to use my telescoping duster to do the light in the living room- cathedral ceiling. As I am doing that, mind you, in the room I am finished cleaning……..I look at the 2 rafters, and say to my stupid self……..lets do those with this cool duster, as the dust is supposed to stay on it. Guess what? It is not a Swiffer, and the dust did not. Some little dust bunnies drifted off the rafters like snow. So, there I was with the duster, getting the dust bunnies. Also had to re-vacuum the dam floor. Heather walks in as I am finishing and yells…what the hell are you doing? Don’t ask, I say. I made another boo boo. So, Bobby has a great idea- use one of the little handles they give you in the Swiffer refill box, and duct tape it to the telescoping handle. Good idea, I say for the next time. Honestly, I am my own worst enemy.
      The ice cream sounds better than the soup. But, the corn??? doesn’t that hurt going down? I am standing by my initial idea of soup, and not the corn. LOL
      We will still be praying for Jenny and her FIL. I hope there is god news soon.
      I will be waiting to see your reaction to the Blacklist. I was disappointed with where they went with it. I will not spoil it for you. Yo have to hurry up, or the upcoming adds will give it away!
      Hope you are feleing better….this house has been spring cleaned 3 times so far this year. LOL
      Adele
      PS tonight I made linguini with pesto sauce. Have to use y up my basil harvest.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Pictures of ducks, dogs and cats are all good for this site.I do not think that there is anyone on here that does not have a dog or a cat. Well are at least had one at one time or another. That is funny that Jenny’s dog liked to go in the pool with her. Belle must have been an adventurous dog.
      I have never heard of having a dog shower in your house. That was a good idea. Sure makes it easier to bath your dog. Your were lucky that Abby would go in the shower and let you bathe her in there. Do not think that we ever had a dog that enjoyed a bath. We always had to fight with them to put them in the bath tub or a tub outside.
      Tonight Ron came in and watched Quacker with me. They showed the dj with the sparkle all down the leg and then they showed that price. Ron looked at me and said that he thought most of the dj are in the 40 dollar range. You talk about shocked. I never knew that he was paying attention. I guess he was though. They did show a few items twice in the show tonight. I wonder if it is because some of the hosts laugh and clown around with Angel and the others stick to showing the clothes. I could not believe the host ( Sandy Bennett) I think said that she was wearing denim and co. on the Quacker. That really surprised me. Usually the host will wear the clothes that are on the show that they are hosting. Angel was really nice about it but she said that she was not sure what the buyer would think about it. I thought that was a little uncomfortable. Makes you wonder why she did it or why she said anything.
      They need to get Ethan interested in doing other things.He hardly ever wants to go outside to play. Now Kaylee would stay outside if they would let her. They put a little park in across from where they live and she goes over there and plays a lot. She will play with whatever kids are over there and that makes it nice. One thing that they do not have to worry about as much is strangers getting on the base. They check out everyone and and they do patrol the streets a lot. Melissa can look out her window or door and see the kids playing in the park.
      That is sad that none of you could go to Nan’s house. That must be unusual when the Choirboys have to cancel a concert. People were probably very disappointed. Maybe sometime in September you can all get together. I am sorry to hear that one of the guys has cancer. Hope that the chemo will help to get him well and back out on the road and singing.
      How are you feeling now? Hope that the medicine is working for you. Did you go to the concert or is it at a later date. Hope that you enjoy it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      OMG what a mess with all that dust from the wood in the house. At least this guy really tried to be tidy about things. Sure was a lot better then the kid that did the tile in the kitchen. So how do you like having the wood on the floor now? I bet that it is really pretty. I do not know why they got away from having wood floors but they did. It would be nice if they went back to it again.
      It is so hot today here. At least we did have some cloud coverage so it was not as bad as it could have been. We had to go to St. Louis today. My washer broke down and we had to get another one. We were lucky Danyielle was wanting to get rid of hers because Kevin had one and they did not want to let it sit in the garage. So she called us and asked if we would take hers and then we would not have to rush out and just get one and not have the time to look around. So it worked out well for both of us. So now we have one and she has one and we can look for another one when we are ready. This is a front load washer and I have been wanting one. So now I can try it out and see if we want to invest the money in one. She also gave us the dryer. They are different to use. They sure do not use as much water as the top load ones do. So will find out if I like it or not.
      i cannot believe that you did that with that duster. Then have to vacuum again. How is your back? I hope that you did not pull anything in your back. I can see why Heather was getting up set with you. Well Bobby had a good idea to tape that on the pool thing. Hope that it will work and not make more work for you.
      That was nice that your turned the air down for that man. He probably really appreciated it. You knew that you were being nice to him so he wanted to return the favor and clean up a little. lol He sounded like a nice man and a good worker cared about the customer.
      Our little Aliza is sitting up on her own now. When we go to Danyielle’s she was sitting playing her little piano. It was funny. She is so use to me coming and her mom leaving that she is not sure if she should be happy to see me or if she should cry. She finally decided to smile and play. I had to get down in the floor with her. She was sitting really close to the couch so had something to pull myself up on. If not they would have had to get the dolly and help me up out of the floor. Aliza is starting to play now also. She plays with her toys without everyone sitting there playing with her. The doctor said that she felt two places on her gums where the teeth will be coming thru soon. I guess that is why she is in so much pain. Her teeth are coming in two at a time. The poor little baby.
      I have all three presents here at the house. We have a storage container that we put them in. It is one of those plastic ones. Ron put one of the heaters on top of it so the kids will not open it. They would not take the heater down because they would get into trouble with their parents. Grandpa would not be too nice either. I still have three more grands to buy for and then the adults.
      Well that is about all from here. We need to add Gail to the prayer list and Jenny’s fil. Will do that when I am finished here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      Yes, Belle was an adventurous dog. She was 8 pounds but thought that she was 80. She was so exuberant about everything that she did-I always loved to see her running through the grass with her little ears blowing back in the wind. That’s how I always like to picture her. None of our dogs ever minded baths. Maybe that came from them being used to going to the groomers. I have seen other homes with dog showers and always kind of envied them. I’ve seen it in house plans too. Maybe because we looked at so many models and read so many plans before building this house that we saw a lot of different ideas.
      I think the men pay more attention to the prices than they do to the fashions so I’m not surprised that Ron noticed. I think those pants were more expensive because of all the rhinestones. I sure do not understand why on Chick’s Night In they often repeat the same stuff in the second half hour. I think it’s ridiculous with all the inventory that Quacker has. It is kind of boring so I copy it and just flick through it so I missed where Sandra said that she was wearing D and Co. Why wouldn’t she wear the pants that they were selling? Anyway, I didn’t see anything that interested me the other night. It’s still just too hot to be looking at long sleeves and long pants.
      It’s nice that Kaylee has a park nearby to play in. Does Ethan have some other boys to hang around with? Maybe that would get him outdoors. Although I guess when Brent was his age he and his friends liked to play Nintendo inside. But then they would go out and play with the other neighborhood boys too. They used to make up a lot of goofy games but they had a good time.
      So little Aliza is sitting up. Pretty soon she will be on the move and then the whole game changes as she explores her world. That will keep you on your toes.
      I hope that you like the front loader. I love mine. It’s easier for me to reach into plus I think it is easier on the clothes and keeps things from fading longer when they are not being beaten by the agitator. At least you can try it out this way without making the investment and decide if that is the style that you like.
      The guys hope that maybe they can do that concert next summer. Nan said the guy in charge was really nice and he had a list of other people that could step in and take over so it wasn’t too bad. So we’ll just have to pray for better health for all next year. With being sick I haven’t been anywhere or done anything is three weeks. So if I get an all clear from the doctor next week I will probably want to go somewhere or do something. It’s a good thing that I am good at amusing myself with books and TV and the computer and tablet. And thank goodness for online shopping! lol
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      That’s good that Bobby cleans for Tillie. You really have a three generation household just like the old days. Of course I guess we did too when Greg’s Mom lived with us and the kids were still here.
      Oh, I have done that famous dust bunny thing with the ceiling fans. Then you have to reclean what you just cleaned. I hate when that happens. You will have to try the swiffer on the extension pole next time to see how that works.
      I hope that you have everything cleaned up and can relax now and didn’t hurt your back in the process.
      Well, now we don’t have to worry about the sword swallower or the guy that flings his wife around anymore. Most of the time the voters do get it right. There are a lot of good singers this year. At least those who had to leave the show have now had exposure and maybe they will get a break somewhere else after being heard on TV. I would imagine that Simon would help someone that he thought was really good. He has all the connections. How do you like Nick’s man bun? I always love his sparkly shoes. He could be a Quacker with those things. I wish the judges would stop with the pouring water on each other already. How old are they-12? Howie Mandel does crack me up though-he always has.
      So last night I get a call at 9:45 and I’m thinking who the heck is this? It was Jenny coming back from the fairgrounds telling me that Maya-her niece-had just won the McHenry County Fair Junior princess pageant. She won first place and she also won most photogenic and the people’s choice-so she really cleaned up! Anyway, the family was all excited about that so Jenny couldn’t wait to tell me. So Maya is one happy little girl today. Hopefully whatever animals that she is showing will do well too. She is a little cutie pie.
      I hope that your weather is better. We are really hot and humid today but will cool down a bit tomorrow.
      Gail

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      Hey, what do you all think of today’s TSV? I keep looking at it thinking should I order that for Greg or is it just a piece of junk that does absolutely nothing.

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      Hi Colleen
      I am so glad everything from the sawdust is all cleaned up. Now, just back to regular house cleaning chores. I am lucky Heather came to help out. It is funny watching a young person do in a few minutes, what it takes us all day to do. I forgot to tell you….my eye is all red, swollen, and itchy form the sawdust. I am allergic to dust, and when I did that stupid thing yesterday, I am sure some landed on my head.
      I just came back from seeing Nancy. Her son has to go back every 3 months to have all his skin checked for anymore spots of cancer. I hope they do not find any more.
      that is great that you have some presents done. I have 2 done- thanks to you!! I would not have seen those dinosaurs if you did not say something. Speaking of that….so, I just came up the stairs, ad then I hear the UPS man, aka The Present Man. he just delivered the 3 trees I got to put outside. I got 2 white ones for Christmas, and the brown on for all year long. I hope it does not rain tomorrow, so we can get it set up with red, white, and blue lights for the rest of the summer. In September, we will switch to the Halloween colors.
      Glad you got the washer situation fixed. I have front loader- you are going to love it. You can put in bigger loads, and way less water. It worked out well for you, and your daughter.
      Poor Aliza and her teeth. It will be a while until they are all out. how cute she must be, sitting up, and playing all on her own. if I got down on my knees, the EMT’s would have been called….LOL
      My back is good- thank you. I did the ice the past couple of days, and Alleve, so it stopped any swelling from causing any problems. Heather’s help yesterday to finish also made a huge difference.
      It is not as hot here too. It is really a nice day, in the high 80’s, and the humidity is not too bad. That is going to change.
      hope your day is going well!
      Hey- it is Sue Byler’s birthday today.
      Adele

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      Happy Quacking Birthday to Sue Byler!!!!

      Love,
      Adele

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      Gail

      LOL LOL LOL I had to go look- it looks like a Kegel exercise contraption….LOL LOL

      Adele

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      hey Gailster!
      I hope you are feeling better.
      That is fabulous that Maya is the Princess. That gene pool seems to have sparkly little girls who will be stars in them. I hope we are all alive to see piper take the entire trophy list! Jenny must have been so excited. I love good news, especially about kids.
      I am very glad the sword swallower is gone. The throwers are gone too. That was way too scary, and I do not like them to encourage that crazy behavior. Who wants to see that woman ruin her life, through another fall? That is just awful. there are so many good singers, I have no idea what will happen. Hey…they saved my Italian boy last night- yahoo! I am not liking the man bun very much at all. I wish Aizen did not have one, either, as it makes him look like a girl. I wish Steph would cut his hair. But, he doe shave gorgeous curly, beautiful hair, and girl would be thrilled to have. I think that is why she is not cutting it.
      Do you watch American Gothic? I live that show. I think the mother was in on the murders.
      We are lucky to have 3 generations around here, or I would be even more busy with cleaning, and cooking. Some days I think Bobby does not feel that way….LOL Like, when he had to re-connect the surround system.
      hope you are better, Greg is cooking, and cleaning, and your weather is not too hot.
      Adele

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      Thank you everyone for the Birthday wishes.

    • adele shanbar
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      You are welcome Sue- hope your day had some fun in it, and a good piece of cake.
      Adele

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      I made the death by chocolate cake from here. So I had cake and ice cream. Gave some cake to the neighbor because I need to get rid of it. I cannot eat the whole thing.

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      Hi Gail,
      I am not sure that the TSV is meant for anyone over 25. lol It seems like that would kill you if you used it. I could see trying to squeeze that thing and it popping out and flying across the room. I guess I should have watched someone use it but did not have a chance to do that. Exercise equipment is not on my shopping list anymore. It is just too much work.
      I wonder why it happens. The only thing that I can think of is that some of the hosts talk and laugh and they take more time showing the clothes. They sure did not do much laughing and goofing off like they usually do. Did you like the quackatizer that they had last night? I am not sure that Feta cheese would be good with watermelon. It may be Kristen usually makes really good snacks but never heard of doing that with watermelon. Guess should try it before saying anything about it just seemed strange to put it on watermelon.
      I love to watch animals run. They are so graceful and look so pretty when they are doing it. That is really a good memory of Belle. She was a pretty dog. It is good to have all the good memories that we have of our dogs. I just picture all of them running and playing over the rainbow bridge. They are all happy and doing all kinds of fun things.
      There are boys around but Ethan just does not play with them that much. He says that they get on his nerves. He may have one of the kids come in and play on one of his games for awhile but when they want to go outside he does not want to go. He loves to read books also. So I think that is what he does with most of his summer. I think that my daughter should make him do other things but you know how that is. I do not know what I am talking about.
      So far I like the front loader. If Ron would quit playing with it. It was washing last night and he would not leave it alone and he hit the button to stop it and then it started all over again. He kept blaming the machine. I told him to just go in the other room and when it was done it would ding and we could go in and put the stuff in the dryer. He is like a kid with a new toy. Oh well it will keep him from running around and touching the sides of the fridge and the freezer. lol
      I could not think of the guys name to add him to the prayer list. Sorry about that. I think all the heat is frying my brain. It would be nice if it would cool down a little bit around here. It seems to just keep getting hotter and hotter. I guess that it is the humidity more then just the heat.
      Well that is about all from here. Hope that you are feeling a lot better.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Do you have some eye drops to put in your eye to help. That is not good that all that saw dust was in the house. It was nice that Heather came over and helped you finish cleaning. It is disgusting to see them do things so much faster them us. We could get things done so much faster when we were their age. When did we get old? It seems like yesterday we were doing all our chores and doing all the shopping and running around that needed to be done and now it takes a week to do the things we did in one day. Oh well I guess it happens to everyone sooner or later.
      That will be a rough 3 months for Nancy and her son. We will be praying for him and for Nancy. She is lucky to have you around to talk to and to comfort her. I cannot imagine having to go thru that twice. To lose one child to cancer and then to have another one have it also.
      I hope that you enjoy your trees. They sound really pretty. I did not get any of them. Your and Gail will be lighting up your yards all year round. That is a good idea to have them up all year round. They have a lot of different lights on them.
      I am glad that the ice and the Alleve helped with your back. That is not a lot of fun when your back hurts. You cannot do much of anything else when you are in so much pain. I forgot about my back docs appointment the other day will have to call them and see if they can get me in.They do not call and remind you of appointments so it is easy to forget about them. Well at least for me my mind is going quickly.
      I wish that you girls lived closer. We have been bringing in so many tomatoes and cucumbers everyday that we cannot eat them all. I may have to make more sauce with them. Nothing else in the garden did that good this year so do not have any green peppers or zucchini. It is really sad because we eat a lot of zucchini. Ron did make some pickles but we can only eat so many of them. There is not a lot you can do with cucumbers that I can think of. May have to look on the internet and see what they have on there.
      Well that is about all from here. Hope that your eye gets better soon.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      How exciting for Maya. I can understand why the whole family is so excited. When do they show the animals? Hope that they all win at that also.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      Your cake sounds delicious. That was nice that you gave some to your neighbor. You are welcome for the birthday wishes. It would have been fun if we could have all got together and helped you eat your cake.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I know what you mean about all the chores taking so much longer than before. It is so frustrating when I think about all I used to be able to do in a day. Now just a trip to the grocery store and loading and unloading the car and putting stuff away is all I can do in a day. It makes me sad.
      I have had salads with watermelon and feta cheese so I guess it would be similar to the appetizers. I think the bite of the feta would go well with the sweetness of the watermelon. It would be something easy to make that’s for sure.
      Well I had Greg watch the video for the TSV when he got home yesterday. Since using the inversion table makes him dizzy he thought he would go ahead and at least give this a try. The idea behind it is just to stretch out the spine-so for 35 dollars he figured what could it hurt. We can always send it back. His leg doesn’t hurt anymore but his one foot still tingles a lot and the other a little so he is going to check back in with the pain doctor. He has stopped taking the nerve pills as he says they make him too sleepy. He has a lot of problems with medicines that make him sleepy so he must be sensitive to certain ingredients.
      Well, it’s good that Ethan likes to read. That way he can always amuse himself. I know it’s hard to make them go out and play if they don’t want to. He may just be one of those kids that don’t need a lot of friends around to make them happy. Jenny had a whole slew of friends and Brent mostly just had a few close friends that he hung with so each kid is different and needs different things. Since he is so smart maybe some of the other boys just bore him and they don’t have any interests in common. I always figure as long as you have books you have tons of friends. Of course remember this is coming from the lady who had an invisible friend. lol
      I’m glad you are liking the front loader so far. I think all the men are nervous when they first see those as they think the water is going to spill out all over the floor. You are right though it is keeping him from feeling the side of the refrigerator. lol
      I think the kids have been showing different animals all week. I know Maya, Landon, Gabby and Enya are all showing animals from their grandpa’s farm. They usually do pretty good plus the kids like to do it because when the animals get auctioned off after the fair their Grandpa lets them keep the money which is a pretty good chunk of change for them.
      I am feeling better. I still have a cough but it’s a lot better than it was. I see the doctor again next week so hopefully I will get a clean bill of health and be able to get out and do something so I am not sitting around being so boring to everyone.
      Have a great weekend. The Olympics start tonight. We will probably watch the opening ceremonies.
      Gail

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      Hey Sue!
      that sounds delicious. Glad you had a good day, and shared your day with your neighbor. What sparkly Quacker did you wear for your birthday?
      Adele

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      OMG Colleen!
      I have a visual of using that thing, and it flying across the room….LOL LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Yes the whole family is pretty excited about Maya. This is the first year that they had a junior princess contest so she will always be the first winner too. I guess there was six weeks of rehearsals coming up to this and each rehearsal was a few hours so her Mom, Kelly, was wondering what she had gotten herself into what with all the traveling back and forth plus her other three kids activities too. I’m sure it all seems worth it now. These young women who work and have to get all their kids to all these activities and everything else they do are so amazing to me. At least Kelly is the preschool teacher so she has the summers off although she probably spends most of it in the car getting four kids to various activities. lol
      I am glad that the sword guy is gone too. And I thought those throwers were good but I agree with you. I hate seeing her taking the chance of breaking her back again. You wonder how she would get a medical clearance to even do that stuff again. And she talked about being so frightened all the time-maybe it’s time to move to a different career as you can’t do that kind of stuff forever anyway.
      I have never seen American Gothic although I have seen the promos. Don’t they have a different famous person on each season or am I thinking of a different show?
      I’m watching the Today show right now and Blake Shelton is on. He seems like he would be fun just to hang out with. He has a good sense of humor.
      Have a good weekend. I hope the weather will cool down and the humidity will go away.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      You can make gravy (Italain spaghetti sauce) from the fresh tomato’s. Use the recipe I gave you, but just add a little more tomato paste- and no water, as the fresh tomato is more watery. You score, them, cut them up a little and either use one of those crank handle mashers ( cant remember the name of the gadget) or your food processor. It is really good with the fresh tomato.
      I wish we were closer to- we could have a macaroni fest- I would do the huge pot of gravy for us.
      So, today we will put the brown tree together outside- it came yesterday. this ought to be good, as I got the 7 foot one, and AGAIN totally forgot we have an awning out there that needs to go in and out. What is worn with me with not remembering that size matters to fit in places? LOL
      thank God we get annoying reminders all the time around here, or we would forget our appointments too.
      Gotta go, and eat breakfast, so we can argue outside putting up the tree!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I think Blake Sheldon is a nice guy too. He seems so down to earth, and happy all the time. He would be a great neighbor.
      So…….waiting for Gary to finish his paperwork for the week, so we can put the tree together. I am like a little kid on Christmas morning. I watched the video again, and it seems simple. But, nowhere do they say how to use the remote to program the different colors, and modes. Gary has put me off twice so far. First it was, “after breakfast”, now it is “after I get my last calls done”. I may just do it myself- the only child thing is on! Plus, it is going to be 90 out there.
      That is so great that she not only won the Princess, but the first Princess. That does make it all worthwhile to her Mom who spent a lot of time in her car.
      No you have the wrong show. American Gothic is new to this summer. It is about a wealthy family from Boston, and their dysfunctional, murdering family. The actors are real good, and I have my money on one of them as the culprit- will not tell you, so you can form your own decision, and then we can compare. I saw the one we recorded last night, so I am caught up.
      Hope you are feeling better, and your weather is not hot. Today is in the low 90’s, and tomorrow we are to have bad thunderstorms. The rest of the week will be a lot better, so that is fabulous!
      Hey- Quacker is on tonight. I wonder if there will be any new Halloween top???? It was so warm last year, I did not get to wear many of mine.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      That recipe might be worth a try then. I had never had watermelon with any type of cheese. Guess it is just something that I have never thought of going together. Have you had the balsamic glaze on it? That I will have to look for. They may have it at our Schnucks stores. They have a wider variety of things.
      You will have to let us know if it helps Greg’s back or not. It will be interesting to find out. I finally saw a video of that thing and saw how it worked. I thought it was a new thing for your thighs. So had that all wrong.
      Ethan is bad about saying that some people are not very smart. We had a talk about that once when he was here. Even though he is smart he has to be tolerant of other people. They all put up with him and his attitude sometimes. He gets upset with his teachers at the regular school and rolls his eyes at them. Wish they had a school where he could go all the time and not have to worry about him learning things. He needs to be challenged.I do not think that they do that for him in regular school He does so much better when he goes to his special classes at the other school.
      That is a good experience for the kids. It is nice that they get to keep the money when the animal is auctioned off. Do any of them get attached to the animal that they have to auction? That would be hard if they did. They may be use to it since they were brought up on the farm and are use to those types of things. When will Kendall and Lacklan be old enough to do this? Do not know if there is an age limit or if they are not interested yet.
      Hope that cough goes away soon. You need to be able to go running around again. I can imagine that you really miss your grand kids. It is hard not to get to see them for awhile.
      Well that is about all from here. It looks like it is going to start raining more storms.
      Have a good evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I think that I will make some more of that sauce. It was really good and it kept really good in the freezer. It was nice to have in there and could just grab it when I needed it.
      I think that I am going to have to get off of here. It is starting to look stormy and have a few things I better do before the storm comes. I will write more when this all passes over.
      Colleen

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      Colleen you may tell me to mind my own business if you want but I would really be scared to by a hoverboard. Just yesterday a young girl (8) had one in her bedroom and it exploded and caught on fire. Her room was destroyed she lost her school clothes. Her mother was able to wrap it in a blanket and throw it out the window or they would have lost everything. I know kids want these things but do not understand the danger. So do what you want but I would hate for anything to happen to your grandson.

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      Sue, I appreciate any information that you can give me on the hover boards. I did not know that it was still happening with the hover boards. They showed that one on QVC and talked about all the improvements but they must not have improved them as much as they said. I would not want to hurt my grandson that is for sure.
      Thanks for telling me that. I really do appreciate it.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Well the thunder and lightning have stopped for awhile but we think that we will get more. It is so hot an muggy outside. That kind of makes me nervous. Hope that it cools down tomorrow and the storms are all over with.
      That would be so much fun for all of us to get together. We would all be laughing and having a good time. The macaroni sounds good with your sauce on it. I have the recipe that you gave me last year so will use that again. It was really good. Everyone in the family really liked it. May have to make some for my mom. She liked it a lot and she will never do anything like that.
      I like Blake Shelton also. I cannot remember what show I saw him on but he seemed like such a nice guy. There are a few of them that you can tell that they would be nice in person and others that you would not want to be around. It is a shame that they act like that.
      Did you get your tree put up out in the yard? It will be really pretty. That is nice that it has a remote so you can change the lights. Everyone will be liking that tree and be asking where you got it. Did you like the white ones also? They will be pretty out in the yard or are you going to put them on the deck with the brown one? I always miss the really nice things.
      That is funny that we know that we are going to have to argue with our husbands before we ever start to do something. It would be like that with Ron also. He would not want to put it up and would complain and try to get out of putting it up. I found a way to get to him though. All I have to do it to tell him that I will call the neighbor that we are friends with. Most of the time then he will get it done. The only thing I cannot do that on is the tile for the bathroom. He is supposed to come and help Ron anyway. There are just some things you just cannot win.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I don’t know what was on the salad with the watermelon and feta-maybe a raspberry vinaigrette. I will have to look at the balsamic sauce-maybe it’s just a mixture of vinegar and oil.
      The kids don’t get that attached to the animals. Mainly I think because they are not out there every day doing all the work. Plus they grew up knowing that the meat on their table usually comes from Grandpa’s farm. Kendall is probably old enough to show the animals but so far has shown no interest and she is in Girl Scouts not 4H. I think Lachlan is still too young.
      They all were at the fair last night. Jenny and Adam took the day off work. I wasn’t planning on doing the usual Friday night visit anyway until I get an all clear from the doctor. But she called me from the fair asking if we were coming over. I think she was relieved that we weren’t. That way they could stay at the fair as long as they wanted.
      They are going to a wedding in Indiana tonight so we are babysitting their dogs. The kids just like going to the hotel and using the pool.
      They have had these fashion days on the Q for the last two days but I really can’t get too excited about sweaters and jackets and boots when it’s 90 degrees out. And it won’t really even start to get that cool until October. Now I know how the people in Florida feel all year round when they are showing all that winter stuff.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Did you and Gary get the tree up without strangling each other? lol Do you have it under a covered porch? We have a covered porch on both the upper and lower floors. I thought that if I get one I would put it in the far corner of the porch away from the door so it would be nestled right in there. I hope the remote wasn’t too hard to figure out. Usually there are written instructions.
      I am feeling better. I still have a cough and I get tired easily but i think that I am on the mend. All of the medicine is gone now,but I still have two inhalers that I have to use for another couple of weeks. I had never used an inhaler before so it took a little getting used to.
      I am babysitting my granddogs this weekend as Jenny and family are going to a wedding in Indiana. I hope the weather will be nice for them.
      I watched the Olympic opening ceremonies last night. I was a little underwhelmed. You could tell that they didn’t have the same budget as some of the more recent ones. I know Chicago had been in the running to get these particular Olympics but they missed out. That would have been interesting if it was there. Anyway, I have all my Quacker Americana ready to wear so I can be patriotic and celebrate our athletes. It’s hard to believe that preseason football will be starting in a few weeks. And baseball will be going until the end of October. We still have hopes that the Cubs will be playing postseason ball but I don’t want to get too excited yet. I just bought Brent some Cubs tees from Amazon that I need to get sent out to him. That will be a nice surprise.
      I think I am going to have to use the rest of August to get caught up on the whole season of the Blacklist so I will probably skip American Gothic. That show was totally off my radar. I don’t think that I even saw any previews for it. I will have to google it.
      I hope that your tree is up and running and showing the red white and blue.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I just went back and read the recipe again and all it is is boiled down balsamic vinegar. They have that everywhere. I don’t see why you would even need it. You could try it both ways I guess.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      We got the one brown one up. It was very easy to put together, and they probably did not show how to operate the remote, because it s is so simple to do. I cannot tell you how beautiful it was last night. I had it on the patriotic colors, firefly mode. I was so amazed as to how pretty it looked at night. I got the brown to match with the deck on back. The deck is not covered, so it will be out in the weather all year long. the 2 white ones, I will put out only for the holiday season- starting on Halloween. they will go on either side of the front door, in the grass, so it will not affect the comings and goings.
      I did not watch the opening ceremonies. I do not like the Olympics, accept for the figure skating.
      I cannot wait until you get to the last few shows of the Blacklist. I will be good and keep quiet.
      I am so glad you are on the mend. It has been a long time with the cold/pneumonia you have. We were all worried. We hate to see any of us Quackers down.
      So, how are all the puppies doing? Are they being good? It must be fun to babysit a puppy.
      Gary said we are in 3rd place, with 2 games out. It would be funny is our Sox play your Cubs.
      It is gross here today- 90 and very humid. They kept saying we would get storms, and much needed rain- nothing yet.
      I am Swiffering the floors, and then I will jump in the shower. I just rearranged the furniture in my back room….LOL Gary is watching TV, of course!
      hope your weather is better than ours!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      We did get the tree up, and I am thrilled with it- read my post to Gail on it.
      I have to say that Gary barely helped. This is what I got…”this is your stupid idea, Adele, and I think it will look ridiculous.” he was mostly there for support and sarcasm. Well, he changed his tune last night. he actually admitted it looked real nice….LOL Our hubbies are a challenge! I laughed like crazy when he admitted it looked good.
      The white ones will go out on Halloween, and they will stay out just until after Christmas. The brown one out on the deck will be out all year. It was really east to get together- just like it looks on the Q. I have no complaints on that tree at all- love it!!
      I am glad you liked our recipe. Will you make it with the fresh tomato’s? Just remember not to put in any water at all, and more tomato paste.
      I hope your storms stopped. We are dying for some up here- we are in a drought. They are sr=starting water bans all over the place. We were supposed to get storms with rain today, and still nothing.
      Hope you are having a good day!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      hey Colleen and Sue
      We have had similar stories on those up here. Maybe Goggle that brand, and see what comes up??
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I hope the storms have passed. Could you send some rain up this way?
      Adele

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      Hey Gail and Colleen
      how are the animal auctions going? how is Jenny’s FIL??

      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I am so glad that you love your tree. I really want one but am still on the fence after reading the reviews from people who said the lights went wonky after awhile. I wonder if they will come out with a new version? Of course that one would probably end up being more expensive. Hmmmm!
      Well there will be no figure skating in this Olympics since it is summer time! lol We like the swimming and diving events with Greg being a former swimmer. And we like the gymnastics too. Greg likes just about any sports and I’m sure that he will be interested in golf returning to the Olympics this year. I also like the equestrian events as I did a lot of riding as a kid.
      I am tired of being sick. It has been three weeks now. That’s a long time not to do much of anything. I feel a lot better. Mostly I just still have a cough and get a little tired. I’m hoping that will start changing soon. I go back to the doctor tomorrow.
      I hope we hear from Dianne soon about her meeting with the CEO and from Barbara about how her MIL is doing.
      I am so proud of Brent’s best friend from growing up who was like a third kid in our household. When they were in high school they would spend days at a time at each other’s houses during the summers. Anyway, he just got a head wrestling coach and head of special ed job at one of the local high schools. And this was a kid who did not have a lot of advantages growing up. When they first moved here his Mom was a single Mom struggling to raise three kids without any help from an alcoholic first husband. After awhile she met and married a local guy and I think he was a life saver for those kids. He was always so great with them. After high school Todd joined the army and was one of the first guys into Iraq-he spent two tours there and six years in the army total. After he came back he went to college and got his teaching certificate. I am so happy for all that he has achieved for himself and for his family. It makes me feel good seeing the kids grow up and do well for themselves-especially when they have had a tough start in life. Also both his Mom and Dad have passed away but I hope they know what he has accomplished. His step dad is still here and he is so proud of him too.
      Jenny’s dogs are not puppies. I don’t think I would have the energy for a puppy right now. They are about 8 years old. Callie is a Westie and Mimi is a French Bulldog. They are on the couch next to be as I am typing this. They are not allowed on the couch at home but Gigi spoils the grandkids and the granddogs. lol
      I think the Red Sox and the Cubs are the only two teams left with the old stadiums. I know people go there for the ambiance but really Wrigley field is a dump compared to the new White Sox field. And of course parking there is awful since it’s in the middle of a neighborhood that was never equipped to handle the traffic generated by a ball park. When I lived in the city I lived not too far away from there at one point. We used to get really good tickets to both the Sox and Cubs from some of Greg’s vendors but they just don’t seem to do that anymore. Probably the cost of those tickets are prohibitive now.
      I guess Jenny’s FIL is doing okay. His wife did go to the wedding in Indiana and he is at home. I know he’s seeing a heart specialist sometime soon. The fair isn’t over so the auctions haven’t occurred yet. I will have to get the news from Jenny as to how the kids did as far as getting any ribbons.
      I hope they had fun at the wedding and that they have a safe trip home. I’m sure Piper will have tales to tell. lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gailster
      So glad you are feeling a little better every day. It has been a long time, and the summer is so short.
      I was also wondering about Dianne and Barbara. I hope they both have good news. Also wondering about Christine- we have not heard from her in a while, either. She was sick with the asthma she suffers from.
      that is fabulous news about Todd. So sad his Mom is not alive to see it. Does he visit with you and Greg, or just call? It is great he stays in contact with your family. I love it, when we see the kids achieve their goals, and do good. It gives life hope for the future.
      I do like the gymnastics, as I love to see the girls achieve greatness, with all the effort they put into their routines.
      Gary is a huge baseball, and football fan. Nancy loves the Red Sox, and she and Gary commiserate when they do not do well. She will call up, and sya…is Gary watching this mess?
      Maybe I got you and Colleen mixed up- does Colleen have a new puppy in her daughter’s house? Or, was it Barbara? I could swear someone has a new puppy. Oh dear…..my brain is on it’s way out…LOL
      I am trying to get all my little jobs done around here as it is In the kitchen with Dave time soon. I love his show. Did I tell you I rearranged my room- we all call it that- it is the spare bedroom that has become a den/playroom. I think I finally got it right. This time, I made a seating circle, so to speak- the couch in the middle, and the 2 chairs flanking the couch so you can sit and chat with everyone in there. I was just down there, doing one more thing. My next job is to clean the counters and mop the new wood floor. I will get one of the jobs done before the Q goes on.
      How is Brent doing? Are you having Piper withdrawals???
      That is funny that the dogs are on the couch with you- they must think they died, and went to Heaven.
      I did blueberry muffins this morning. I called Rissy to get one before she went to work, and she had to be in before the Mall opened, so she missed getting a goodie for her snack. I hope she is not too tired, and stops by to get one after.
      The weather is not as humid, and only in the high 80’s today. Tue to Fri will bein the 90’s again- yuck. Tomrorow I am going to meet Nancy and our old buddy Gerald for lunch. Glad it will not be as humid tomorrow!
      Hope you are having a good Sunday.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Jenny’s SIL who lives three doors down from them has the new puppy. lol

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      Hey Gail!
      The puppy mystery has been solved….LOL
      So, I just bought the new Temptations sets in Pumpkin and Harvest, along with the 2 sets of coordinating mugs. As I do to need 8 more mugs, I will give Heather 4 of them ( 2 of each pattern) for part of her birthday present.
      Are you watching ITKWD? OMG- I love the new leaf pattern. I am all about the Fall motifs as this house is decorated in “Early Pumpkin”. I have a pumpkin Tiffany lamp, as well as a few of those pretty hand blown glass pumpkins, here and there.
      I am thrilled with the new items from Temptations- now I have to decide what will go next in the cabinets.
      Happy Temptations Sunday!!
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      %^$#@!$$&&&***##!!!!!
      Ok, now that I got that off my chest, I’ll explain. I wrote up a letter last night, including pics, & it disappeared!! Sometimes I hate this page. Not you guys, but when I spend time to write then it disappears, I get maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!
      Ok, I’ll try to remember what I wrote.

      Colleen,
      Whatever you do DON’T get one of those hover boards!! They’re DANGEROUS!!! They explode, catch fire, & cause countless injuries. I’ve seen on the news where they explode in cars, homes, & even airports. Imagine what would’ve happened had it gotten aboard the plane. They cost several hundred $$$ too. They aren’t made for small children. they should be taken off the market. If you’re intent on getting him something, get him a regular skateboard.
      I don’t know how old he is but a hover board is too dangerous!!!

      Adele,
      I’m sooooooooo jealous!!!! Those sets of Temp-tations were gorgeous!!! I love, love ,love the Harvest sets, & the new Floral Lace pumpkin. I wanted to order a set, but I’m still paying on the set of rose dishes. Maybe someday!!! Would you adopt me? That way I could be there & see all your Temptations.

      How’s the weather? It’s been cloudy & cool today. I swear I can feel/smell fall in the air. It won’t be long girls.
      I have the Olympics on. I watch the gymnastics, swimming, diving, & track & field.

      Oh, I almost forgot. the meeting I had this week with the CEO. I was expecting a “suit”, but was pleasantly surprised. He was very approachable & nice.
      He brought a couple other guys with him, for backup, I guess. I told em they were out numbered, lol. I’d made out a list of things to talk about.
      I don’t know what good it’ll do, but he got an ear full.

      There’s more I can’t remember, I knew this would happen. If remember, I’ll let ya know. I’ll write it down on a piece of paper.
      I’ve been really busy going here & there, doing laundry, & it’s caught up with me.
      I went to the Dr. this week & he put me on a new nerve pain med. I took it last night for the first time & I’ve been in a fog all day!! I’ll have to call him & let him know it was too strong for me.
      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      dd

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      Hi Dianne,
      I have decided not to get him a hover board. He is ten so he is old enough for one. There was a boy in his neighborhood that was riding one and he really liked it. But since Sue wrote on here about the dangers and you have said something I have changed my mind. I also think that Gail and Adele said something also. He has a skate board so will have to think of something else. I really do appreciate everyone giving me advice on that thing. So will just forget about it.
      That was good that you made a list. That way you remembered everything that you wanted to say to them. I am at the age where is I do not write things down I forget. I hope that it all works out for you and they make the improvements that need to be made. You are helping all the people that live in the building. It is funny that he had to bring reinforcements.
      I like the pictures that you have posted. The one with the guy standing by the snow is fascinating. That was a lot of snow. Don’t water falls have a calming effect on you. I know that they do me. They are so pretty.
      Hope that they get that medicine worked out for you. It in not fun to be in a fog all day long. Hope that it works out.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      You are so funny. Gary was there for sarcasm and criticism. Ron is like that with a lot of things. Gary it is trees but with Ron it the washing machine. He sits in a chair and watches the thing work. Then he tells me all the faults there are. He decided that he does not like the machine. This time I put my foot down and told him that the machine was not for him that I like it and am going to keep using it. It sounds like potato soup will be on the menu soon if he does not stop. I bet that was hard on Gary to admit that he was wrong. Even though he did not say it in so many words it is what he meant. Wonder if he will feel different when you put the white ones up.
      Your muffins sound really good. Maybe Rissy will made it over this evening to get one. It will taste just as good in the evening as it would in the morning. I am going to make blue berry turn overs tomorrow. I should have made some tonight so I could take them to Owen tomorrow. I am babysitting for Aliza and Owen again tomorrow. I do not mind babysitting for them it is just that long drive that bothers me.
      If we could we would send you some of this rain. We had it for one day and then that was all. I do not know if we will have anymore or not. Well at least soon. This weather has been crazy. Hope we get some snow this winter. We could use it.
      Well that is about all from here. How is your eye? I hope that the redness has gone and you are doing better. That is terrible that they had to cut that wood in the house when you have an alergy.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      I can just hear Piper telling you all about the wedding. She may act it out for you. She is going to have a lot to talk to you about. She went to the fair and to a wedding and she has not talked to you yet. She will never be able to stop talking. lol She is such a cutie.
      I did watch some of the shows but did not buy anything either. It is just too hot. Today was a little cooler though but it is going to warm up again. Did you get any of the storms up your way?
      Sounds like you are starting to feel better. Have you gone back to the doctor yet? Hope that the cough is gone soon. You have to be getting tired of coughing all the time. You also need to be able to have some grand kid time again. You will be having withdrawals soon.lol
      We have not watch any of the Olympics yet. Ron does not seem all that interested about any of this. It is a shame that they do not have the crowd that they usually have at other Olympics. It is rough when you have an illness that is going around and people are afraid that they will get it. They should have found something to spray to keep them off the fields where the Olympics are. Guess that it is too new though to have done that. Christine was telling me that the USA has won a few medals. That is nice.
      That is such good news about Todd. At least his step father is around to let him know how proud that he is of him. He has really accomplished a lot. Hope that he enjoys his new positions. That is a really good success story. There are still kids around that are doing well.
      That is funny that you are spoiling your grand dogs. They will be disappointed when they go home and cannot sit on the furniture there. Have they picked up the dogs yet? You will miss them when they are gone. You will miss them sitting with you on the couch.
      I thought that they were going to build a new stadium for the Cubs. Guess I am thinking of a different team. The Cardinals are doing so bad that it is hard to watch them. So I am rooting for the Cubs and hope that they make it to the world series. They do deserve to win it has been such a long time. That curse has to be over with.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      Have you heard of a segue? (seg-way)? It has 2 wheels & you stand on it. I don’t know how much they are, but they don’t explode or catch fire ( that I know of).People use em to get around on. Look em up.
      dd

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      Hi Colleen,
      I just googled segways. I thought they had a handle to hang onto, but they’re more like a unicycle, but with 2 wheels. The ones I remember, you’d stand on it & steer it with the handles. There was more control of it. The one I saw on Google was a mini segway. it’s up to you of course. Sorry if I mislead you.
      dd

    • Barbara Smith
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      Well, I can FINALLY say “hello” to everyone. Seems forever since we chatted. I so hope you all are doing good. Gail, sorry about your persistent cough. Ugg! Be well real soon. Had a scare with Jerry almost getting sick; but I think his was mostly exhaustion. His Mom is still in Rehab. She is clear in her mind one day and then has times of confusion the next. So we are definitely taking this one day at a time. We had a “family meeting” to talk about how she is doing, and a little about options for later. Jerry still very much wants her to be able to return home where she wants to be; but I try to “gently” talk to him about we have to keep open minds and do what is best for her. I wish I could say that I know I could manage his Mom (her physical needs in particular), but she needs help with everything. I was so tired after just a few days and so was Jerry with his poor back, that I know that she will require lots of help. So we have so many things to think about. It is such a shame that we can’t call on anyone else to take turns with us; but we know that we cannot. One thing the Rehab has already told Jerry is that we are in no way capable of providing her the 24 hour care she needs. So we are keeping his oldest brother informed each day (he has had to have eye surgery and has only been able to make limited visits to see his Mom), and ultimately he will be the one making the final decisions. Prayers please. We all need it.
      No baby yet, but I feel it will be soon. Neal was so funny. He calls just about everyday, and he gave us a call on Saturday, with his usual “what are you all doing?” I told him that I had made his Dad promise me that he was taking a day off to do nothing but rest, and that he was asleep in the recliner, and I was reading a book. I could sense he really wanted an invite, but even though I knew Jerry would love to see them, I just wanted to make sure Jerry really did do nothing that day but rest. So I asked him what were they doing the next day, and he said, nothing, so I asked would they like to come over and I would fix something for dinner and we could visit. He said they would love to, but “didn’t thing you were cooking anymore, thought you had retired from cooking since they moved out” I couldn’t help but laugh at him. So you all know that it has been a while since I did a meal around here. I said son, there has been so much going on with MawMaw that I haven’t had the time or the strength to cook. So I told him I would bake a ham, potato salad, fresh corn, and chocolate pies, I thought he was going to cry LOL It’s been a while since our son has had a home cooked meal. ha ha Well, they came over and we all had a great time. I did tell you all that Sarah broke her right foot, didn’t I? Well, the ortho doctor has taken her off work for three months, and so she had been off for 4 weeks already. It worked out perfectly for her to get ready for the baby. Even though she is home everyday, since she can’t drive with the boot on her foot; still no cooking for her. She just must not like cooking at all. She really looked good yesterday. Just all belly. She said last week the doctor did another ultrasound, and said the baby looks good, and she estimates his weight at 7 1/2 pounds. She had not gained much weight with this pregnancy. Her ankles were not swelled hardly at all yesterday, so I think she has done really well. She is 3 cm dilated; so I know we are getting close. They had to chose a date for his to be delivered on if he wasn’t already born yet, and she and Neal chose the 16th; which when Neal told us I said I know you didn’t think anything about that date; but if he is born on that date, then that will be the 100th birthday of my Mom. She has been gone quite a while, but he knew she had passed away in August, but not that that date has this significance. Isn’t that something? But I feel our little grandbaby will be here before then. It seems like this time has just flown by. I ordered him a story book from Hallmark that Jerry and I read and record our voices reading “The Night Before Christmas” to him with a message from us for his first Christmas. I hope he will keep it forever to remember us by.
      Our neighbor couple that we do dinner with, brought us a big bowl of homemade soup and bread. They were both sick with horrible summer colds, and I am sorry to say, but we gave it to the outside doggies for supper. We were so afraid that we would get sick from eating something that sick folks prepared for us. It was just a shame; because it was so thoughtful of them, but with both of us being run down already, we thought about it all day, and kept fighting with our conscious what to do, and finally I just said, no, I will return the favor one day to them, but I am just afraid to eat it. Jerry and I both still feel guilty about doing it, but we did.
      I have barely had a chance to watch the Q so no shopping for me lately. I am glad I had already gotten me some new Dreamjeannes earlier this summer, and 2 pair of capri’s so I was okay with all that I already have. I am still pulling things out of the closet with tags on it. I really don’t think that Jerry believes me when I wear something he hasn’t seen and I tell him I have had this for quite a while, but it is the truth.
      I will close for now, and hope to be back sooner than this time. I feel so blessed in so many ways. I really can’t complain about anything. I would love to be able to just take a few days and get away for awhile, but now is just a time for family things, and I am so happy that things are going as well as they are. Believe you me, I know it could be MUCH worse. Hugs to all my Quacker buddies! Tennessee Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      I am sorry to hear that Jerry’s mom is having problems.The people in rehab are right. You and Jerry cannot handle his mom if she needs a lot of help. Is Jerry’s oldest brother one of the good ones are is he one of the greedy ones? I hope that he is one of the good ones and you can all work this out. If something happens that she has to go and live in a home Jerry has nothing to feel guilty about. He really did a good job at keeping her at home. You did also. Jerry could not have done this without your help. I think that you were right to make Jerry rest for a day and night.It probably did him a lot of good. Gives him time to think about things also. It will be hard to take her out of her home but if she cannot stay at home by herself or with you and Jerry she needs to be somewhere she can get the care she needs. There is no way that you or Jerry could pick her up if she fell at your house. Neither one of you are able. Maybe she will go into one of those assisted living places. She can have her own space until she cannot do anything for herself. I will be praying for all of you.
      Your dinner that you fixed for Neal and Sarah sounds really good. The baby should be coming soon. They do take their time and come when they are ready. I imagine that Sarah is ready to have the baby. It is hard to be pregnant during the hot summer. She had to go thru the whole summer being pregnant. It is going to be so nice when the baby comes.
      You did the right thing with the soup. You and Jerry have enough going on without getting sick. Your really do not want to be sick when the baby comes. You have to be there to spoil him. It is so special to hold them when they are first born and sit and rock them in the rocking chair in the room. They are just so precious and you and Jerry are going to make great grandparents.
      We did one of those books for one of the grand kids and hid mom put it up for him. He would listen to it a lot when he was little and then when he got older she just put it up so he would have it. I think it is a good idea to give the kids things like that. That way they will remember us.
      Well that is about all from here. Take care and I will be praying for you.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      Thank-you for telling me about those. I will look them up and see what I think. He may really like that. I will just hint around and see if he has ever heard of that. It may be something that he may enjoy a lot more. You did not mislead me. I will look it up and see what I think .I appreciate that you took the time to look it up for me.
      Thanks again
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Dianne!
      I am glad you are ok. We were all worried about you. Sorry your back is acting up. That happens to me, when I have to much housework to do, or do things I really have no business doing. But, then who will do it? LOL Gary take Neurontin for his nerve pain- is that what the doctor gave you? He takes it at night, as it does make you sleepy. he needs it for the neuropathy in his feet from diabetes.
      Of course I will adopt you! Now I have to figure out what I can throw out/purge to fit the new Fall Temptations in there. I love them. They are so great to use, and look so festive. This house is more fall colors, so they match with everything. By the way…..no Fall here! The next few days, including today, will be in the 90’s with high humidity. By the time I go out on the deck, I will need a sweater. I would NEVER move to Florida, or anywhere else it is hot all the time.
      I hope you get some good news from your meeting with the CEO. I am sure you did a great presentation, and will do so much good for your community. All your neighbors will be grateful for the work you are doing, to make it a better place to live. You go, girl!! Let us know what happens.
      Have a nice, cool day!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      It was funny that Gary admitted the tree is pretty. He and Ron are so much alike. So, what is Ron’s objection to the washer? I am picturing him sitting in front of it, doing an in depth analysis of it’s every move….LOL
      I am so glad I did not call the doctor for medicine for my eye. It was just the dust, as it cleared up, and didn’t affect my other eye. It juts showed Gary why I am so obsessed with removing the dust, as it affects me. The wood floor in the living room was the best thing ever- it is so easy to just Swiffer it now. I don’t dust the furniture every week, as I hate to dust furniture. Plus, all the reaching and bending gets me. I do it every 2 to 3 weeks, at the most. When it gets to 3 weeks, it gets bad in the bedroom, and then has to be done. It is my least favorite activity.
      Rissy never made it over to get a muffin. Maybe next time. I am having the last one for breakfast today.
      Did you have fun with the kids, babysitting? How are Aliza’s little teeth coming? I bet she is adorable, and knows you now.
      It is gross here, and will be all week. I saw Nancy and Gerald yesterday, and we had a lot of laughs. tomorrow I have to go to the doctor for the dizziness thing- hate to go, as it is gross out there.
      Hope you are cooler than we are.
      Adele

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      Hi Barbara
      So good to hear from you. Sorry that Jerry’s Mom is still in the rehab. It is such an awful decision to make, when you know you have your own limitations, and cannot care for her 24/7. That is why I spoke to the nursing staff the first day they came here, after Gary’s shoulder surgery to let them know I have my own limitations in giving Gary the care he needed, and that was only temporary. I hope you can find a good place for her, that you will all be comfortable with, if that need arises. It is just awful when an elderly person breaks a hip. I yell at Tillie about that all the time. She tries to do things she has no business doing, and then we get into an argument about it. She thinks she can do things, and I tell her one slip, and she will be done. She just cannot take those chances.
      Yesterday, Tillie was lamenting that her life is awful, because she has trouble with her belly eating things lately.(vegies, meat) So, I remind her that our neighbor has Alzheimer’s, as well as Gary’s brother, and how at the age of 90, she is still in her home, doing for herself, and that is a huge thing to be grateful for. Tillie is really very lucky, but she does not see it that way. She sees herself as getting older, and not being able to do the things she did when she was young. Then, I point out her daughter’s limitations, and laugh. I tell her….did you ever think you would live long enough to see me with a cane? We are blessed. She just needs an occasional reminder.
      I have not cooked much either. It has been way too hot around here. It was not too bad over the weekend, and I made cookie s and muffins. Nothing is planned for the rest of the week. Today we are doing hamburgers on the BBQ. I mix the hamburger with salt and pepper, some breadcrumbs, and egg, and a little grated Romano cheese, and parsley, and make patties, and then freeze them for later use. Today is the later use. the last time I took them out, Gary refused to cook them as he said it was too hot out there, so I had to put on the oven broiler. We will see what happens….LOL
      It will not be long, and you will be holding your Itty Bitty, singing songs, and putting him to sleep. Best feeling ever!! We cannto wait to see a pic of the little cutie.
      Stay cool!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Dianne,
      I’m glad that your meeting went well. Hopefully they paid attention and you will get the changes that you requested.
      I hate when I have something all typed out and it just disappears into cyberspace. At least know that you are not all alone. It happens to all of us now and again.
      Weather is hot and muggy. Thank goodness for AC.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      Did they ever determine why your MIL was having so much pain? I will definitely be praying for her. From the sounds of things it seems like she may be headed toward an assisted living community. It sounds like she needs too much care to be able to go back to her own home. Ultimately it’s better for her to be in a place where help is available right away if she takes a tumble or something. I had told Greg that I would take care of his Mom until she was no longer mobile and at that point I couldn’t handle all the lifting and things involved and that’s how we decided when it was time to make other living arrangements for her. But I did do all the other things for five years-showering her and dressing her and getting her to all the places that she needed to go to. You do what you can and when helping becomes physically impossible you have to make other plans. You should never feel guilty about the decisions that need to be made. I know what you mean about having someone else to share the responsibilities. Greg’s other siblings were no where to be found when it came to helping out. Except for his one brother that would take his Mom for a few weeks in the summer when his wife was off of teaching school. Believe me those weeks were a God send as they gave me a little time to rest and recuperate. Taking care of an elderly person especially one with some dementia becomes very stressful over time because it’s such a big responsibility and you worry about the person’s safety all the time. I know after five years I was wound tight as a drum. So do what you have to do and take all the help that you can get and don’t make yourselves sick about it. That’s my advice from someone who has been there and done that.
      I think we recorded the same Hallmark book for Kendall when she was a baby.
      I find it interesting that now a days the thing to do is to induce the young women if they go past their due dates. It’s probably one of those things that will change again in another 10 or 15 years.
      You know I always wonder how these young women who don’t cook manage to eat. I always wonder if they are eating pizza and McDonalds every night. I would think that you would want to cook just for self preservation. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef but it would be nice to know some of the basics-how to roast a chicken or how to make a meatloaf. Cooking doesn’t have to be that complicated.
      I hope the next time we hear from you that you are snuggling your new little grandson.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Well I went back to my babysitting duties today. I must say the kids wore me out. I’m surprised that i did not come home and take a nap.
      I got an all clear from the doctor. I still have a cough but my lungs sound clearer now. I just have to keep using the inhalers for the next couple of weeks until they are all gone. I’m hoping to feel a little better and stronger every day.
      I’m going back next month to get the pneumonia shot that’s for sure. Better late than never.
      So I’m babysitting today and Piper is saying how she and Kendall and her Mom are Queens and her Dad and Lachlan are Kings. So I ask well what are Gigi and Grandpa? And Kendall pipes up and says-you guys are the servants. lol That just cracked me up. For some reason I thought someone would say that. But then Piper was nice enough to say that we could be a prince and a princess.
      The Cubs were talking about building a new field a couple of years ago but there is so much resistance from the fans who think Wrigley Field is an iconic venue. I do understand their feelings but really it would be nice for them to have a new field because the place is really an ancient dump. It’s old and smelly and they just keep patching it up. Also it would be nice to have it somewhere that they could have a big parking lot as it is so congested around there and there is no parking. But I don’t see them moving it any time soon.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Enjoy your new Temptations. I don’t watch INKWD anymore. I just had to stop watching the cooking shows as my kitchen has run out of storage space for gadgets, and dishes and appliances. Plus the last couple of years I just have lost interest in cooking. I do it because I have to but I no longer enjoy looking at cookbooks and finding new recipes and trying out new things like I used to. I’m wondering if it isn’t because the whole grocery shopping thing wears me out now. It seems like by the time I’ve shopped and put everything away I’m just so tired now. It used to be that was just part of a day and i could still do other things but now shopping is a whole days chore. And between that and all the cleaning taking longer I just have lost interest and put off the shopping for as long as possible between trips. By the same token I just could not just serve Greg cereal or popcorn for dinner. He is easy but not that easy. lol
      Well, I’m getting sleepy and I have to get up and go get a haircut and my roots done tomorrow so I will sign off for now.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      That was good news from the doctor. It was nice that you got to go back and babysit again. I can imagine how excited the kids were to see you. Did they talk your ear off about the wedding and the fair? That is funny that Kendall said that you were the servants. Piper did come to your rescue and made you a princess and Greg a prince. Kids can say the funniest things.
      I do not blame you for getting that shot. I am thinking about getting one also. It just seems like more people are getting pneumonia now. Maybe it is because older people always did get it easier. We are just now finding that out.
      Maybe if the Cubs make it to the play offs they will start talking about a new stadium again. The new ones that the Cardinals have now is really nice. I have not heard how the Cubs are doing lately. I imagine that they are still doing pretty good. They have to be doing better then the Cardinals. I think that they are the worse team this year. It is almost like watching the Rams. Ron is funny the other day he said that he has decided what foot ball team to root for. Any team that is playing against the Rams. So that will be a lot of teams to root for.lol
      I am babysitting for Aliza again tomorrow. She is bringing her to our house though.Her and Amanda and the older kids are going swimming. I guess it is their big fun thing to do before they go back to school. It is hard to believe that they are going back to school next week. I think that they all will be back at school Wednesday. Kylie is excited because it is her senior year. The other kids do not want to go back. When do the kids go back in your area? Summer just flew by this year. None of the kids got to spend a week with us this summer. I guess we can always hope for next summer.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. Hope that your energy comes back soon.

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      Hi Adele,
      The washer spins too many times and he cannot balance it. So that has to be the washers fault because it sure is not his. He has a level sitting on top of it to make sure that it is level and it looks level to me. But what do I know I am just a woman and do not do that stuff like he does. Potato soup is coming soon to this house.
      I am glad that your eye is okay now. It is a good thing that you did not have to call the doctor. That is one job that I do not like either dusting. Where does all that dust come from? You dust one day and the next day you have dust on the furniture. We use to live on a gravel road and it would be so dusty that you could hardly stand it. They have paved the road though and so it is not as bad.
      I am glad that you like you new floor. Sounds like it is much easier to take care of. We have carpet throughout the house and now wish we would have thought that out better. It would be nice to have hard wood floors in the dining room and the living room. They also put white tile in our kitchen and that was a big mistake. Ron drags dirt and mud in all the time. He works in the garden or goes outside to feed the animals and get junk on his feet. On a while floor it shows up really well.
      I had a good time with Aliza Monday. I also watched Owen. Aliza is doing so much on her own now. She can hold her bottle if she wants to and she will for about 5 seconds. Then she decides that you are not paying enough attention to her and she lets go. She is coming here tomorrow and we are watching her while her mom and my other daughter take the kids swimming. It is just too hot for Aliza to go to the river with them They are going to a place called Johnsons shut ins. It is a nice place to swim and they have life guards and everything there. It will be interesting to see how she does here. She has never stayed at our house without her mom.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. It is really hot and humid here also. When is it going to stop.

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      Hi Girls,
      I really need some prayers. I have been to the lab twice already and they still do not know what is wrong. My white blood cell count is really high. So tomorrow I have to go back and have more blood work done and chest x-rays. I do have anemia again but they are going to try an iron tablet for awhile before sending me to have the IV again. So if you have time pleas say a prayer I really need them this time.
      Thank all of you for being there when needed.
      Colleen

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      Will be saying lots of prayers.

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      My stupid laptop is down. I hope Greg can fix it.Can’T SEE WHAT I’m writing when posting with tablet. Not good.

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      Hi Colleen,
      Greg fixed my laptop so I am back in business again. About every three months it goes all black for some reason and then he has to do something with it.
      I will definitely be praying hard that they find what’s wrong and that it is a simple fix. I know this is scary for you. It’s hard when something is off and the doctors don’t know why.
      Am I wrong or did the Rams move back to California? Maybe I’m imagining this.
      How was babysitting Aliza while everyone went swimming. It was nice that they brought her to you this time. It was funny the kids were disappointed in the pool at the Holiday Inn at the wedding. They are used to going to water parks with all the slides and stuff so I guess just a motel pool seemed pretty tame by comparison. lol Our kids start school Wednesday too. It will be Lachlan’s first day of kindergarten. How time flies. Piper will go to preschool two mornings I think. I hope Kendall can transition back into going to school without having more stomach problems. I don’t think she had a problem all summer while she was home. I don’t think it’s from anything that happens at school. I think she’s just kind of a homebody and is more comfortable at home where everything and everyone is familiar. I’m hoping things will get easier as she gets older and friends become more important in her life.
      I think the pneumonia and shingles shots are recommended for everyone over 65 and I definitely am. I just had not gotten around to getting them as I would rather get them in the doctor’s office than at the pharmacy. Plus I wanted to talk to the doctor before getting them as I am allergic to the flu shot so I want to be sure that it’s okay to get them and I want to make sure that my meds don’t show any contraindications. Because of the immunosuppresant I like to be cautious about shots or other meds.
      I will be saying lots of prayers that your white blood count will be back to normal.
      Hugs,
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      I am glad that Greg got your lap top fixed. Could you send him to our house so he can fix ours. lol We have not had as much trouble since we have turned the air on. Maybe it was getting to hot where we have it setting. We may have to move it out.
      Yes the Rams did move to California. That is why Ron is rooting for any team that plays against them. They cost St. Louis a lot of money before they moved. They wanted a new stadium and all the plans that were made and they hired an architect to draw up some plans and everything else. That guy that owns them is a real jerk. Most people here were glad to see them leave. We also think that our government officials are nuts for doing all that for a team that they did not know for sure if they were going to stay or not.
      Aliza was a little crabby. Those teeth are right at the top of the gums and her poor little mouth is so sore. Ron said that he thinks the one tooth is breaking thru but she would not let us look to make sure. It will be nice when they do come thru. The poor little thing is so sore from that. Other then that she was pretty good. She does not crawl but she rolls all over the place. She get all over the place. She was rolling towards the doorway to the dining room We had to stop here there. I am wondering if she is going to just keep rolling until she walks or what she is going to do.
      It is hard to believe that Lachlan and Kaylee are both going to start school this year. Melissa is really going to be lonely with her at school and Stephen gone. I think that is why she held her back a year. She did not want to be alone at home all day. She would probably keep both of them at home if she could. It will be interesting to see how the two of them make out when they start school You will have to let us know how Lachlan likes it.
      I will be praying for Kendall. She has such a hard time with going to school. It is a shame that they cannot figure out what makes her so stressed out at school. There has to be something that bothers her. Maybe one day she will tell someone what is wrong but until then there is nothing you can do. It just really makes me feel bad for her.
      Thank for the prayers. Today was the seventh vial of blood that they have taken in the last two weeks. I feel like a pin cushion. They are supposed to call me tomorrow about the x-rays and then I am not sure when the results from the blood work will come in. It is hard to just sit and wait.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      Your computer might have been getting too hot before the AC was on. I know Greg had a laptop that he had to raise up off the table to keep air flowing underneath it.
      So it doesn’t sound like they are getting another football team in Saint Louis now so you will have to root for the KC Chiefs. I remember years ago when the Rams were out west they had some decent teams. Speaking of football-the Bears had their first preseason game last night. It’s just too early and too hot for football. Plus the preseason games are kind of boring as they are just trying all the new people out to see what cuts that they have to make.
      Speaking of sports, I must say our female gymnasts are pretty awesome!
      I think that’s funny when the baby starts rolling around to get places. They amazingly can cover a lot of territory just by rolling until they get stuck in a spot and get frustrated. They are usually pretty proud of themselves too. It’s cute.
      Melissa may be surprised and find that she likes it when both kids are in school. I found that I could get a lot more done when they were at school and then I had all the time after they got home to do stuff with them-instead of trying to get household chores in while they were home. It’s always an adjustment when things change within the family-but i try to find the positive side of it if possible. Jenny kept Lachlan back the extra year because she didn’t think he was mature enough last year to start kindergarten for the full day. Hey! I just realized that today is his birthday. He is having a Scooby Doo party on Saturday. That should be wild! I think Jenny rented a bouncy house so there will be a bunch of kids literally bouncing off the walls. lol
      I don’t think there is anything specific about school that bothers Kendall. I think she is just more comfortable at home around people that she knows. I’m hoping as she grows older and her friends become more important that she will just grow out of it. Jenny was shy as a little kid and now she is not the least bit shy so things can change.
      I see why you feel like a pincushion after all that bloodwork. That’s what it was like when I had mono. I kept having to switch arms to get poked. Did you feel sick or did they just find the high white cells during normal bloodwork? Now did they take xrays because of the bloodwork or was that something separate? Anyway, I hope everything comes back fine. It is hard to wait for the results when you are so worried about the possibilities. I just wish you could get results right away.
      I am continuing to pray really hard that everything turns out well. We Quackers are good prayers.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail and Colleen
      Sounds like you have a great party to attend this weekend- have fun Gail!
      I hope Kendall does better this year. It is heartbreaking to see a child be sad in school. She is on my prayer list.
      Colleen- I hope you have had a call from your doctor, and at least have some results back. We are all rooting for you, and praying all will be ok.
      I hope you are cool- it is 105 in my back yard, and the humidity is through the roof. Gross.
      Love you guys!

      By the way, I keep getting asked to add my name and email every time I respond to a post. Is that happening to anyone else? Plus, the robot thing too.

      Adele

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      Hello to Everyone. I am surely hoping and praying for good results from all your tests, Colleen. You know, I have always felt that the waiting for the results is the hardest part (at least for me) because my mind just runs wild from one possibility to another, and I end up scaring myself half to death. So I know you have done all that they said for you to do (sorry about all the sticks), and now we will just wait for some good news to come your way. If all the prayers and well wishes that are coming your way from all of us could be the deciding factor; I know you would be hearing nothing BUT good news. You have been so kind to all of us when we have been going through the things in our lives, and I know in my heart you are such a good person. So let’s just think happy thoughts, and put on a sparkly Quacker outfit and let yourself shine!
      No baby for us yet. Sarah is 3 cm dilated and I think she said 70% effaced; so the baby doctor said it could be tomorrow or next week. They have next Tuesday set up for induction of the baby. I am really not happy about that; but am keeping my mouth shut. Jerry up and says “well, that little boy knows when it’s time to come; so why in the world are you all setting up a date to make him be born?” Neal said that is how they do things “nowadays” so I asked Jerry to just understand things are done a little differently now. Jerry said “bologna” and went and made himself a sandwich! LOL I am wondering now if they will let us keep him ha ha. Neal is so nervous; but trys to not act like it. I keep trying to assure him to just pray for a safe delivery and know that God will be watching over Sarah and the baby. He really loves them both, I can tell.
      Well, on the other hand, here is some news on Joey and Lisa. Joey was off work last night, and we knew that Lisa had come out to “fix him some dinner” and then Joey calls us about 10 last night, and says, “Mom, you and Dad need to go outside and see the meteor shower! Lisa and I are watching it, and it is really something to see” He is such a loving son, and Jerry just looks at me like, say something, and I was not going to so I told him, “thanks for calling us, we will go outside and watch it too” and we did go out for about 20 minutes. It was quite a show. But now we know that she is really trying to win Joey back. He told us that he has been honest with her, and that he tells her that she needs to go on with her life and find someone she can be happy with, but I really feel like she just will not let him go. So, there again, I am just keeping my mouth shut. I pray that they will find peace and happiness in both their lives. Sometimes, I think Joey needs to take a Travel Nurse assignment, and move completely away from here for at least six months. That would at least make Lisa have to get by without seeing him for some months, and mabey she would find someone else. Joey dates other girls, and has been honest with Lisa about this, and she “says” she understands. But as women, we all know that is not the case.
      Now, an update on Jerrys Mom. She is doing really well. She has started walking some, but spends most of the time in the wheelchair or bed. She goes to physical therapy twice a day, and has begun to eat in the dining hall. She really seems to be enjoying talking to some of the other residents, and sort of “competes” with them on how well they and able to do their PT. No one can believe she is 89. She is still confused at times. The people there have told us that there is no way she could stay alone again, and that they understand that Jerry and I are not physically able to do all the things that have to be done for her ourselves. They are all talking about assisted living, but no one tells us how you go about even finding some where, or what is available or anything. So we are hoping we can convince them that she will do so much better (which we truly believe) if they would give her several more weeks of PT to help strengthen her; and that would give us time to get with Jerry’s oldest brother, and he can tell us what and how to do what we should be doing now. We have so many questions, and like I told the ladies there the other day, we don’t want to walk in here one day and you all tell us, well her time here is up, so you have to pick her up tomorrow, and do whatever. She has stopped packing her bag to go home; and she laughs and talks when we are there (and we go everyday for several hours). What really scares me is that this fall was a wake up call for us and her, and we might not be so lucky the next time, and I know in my heart that there will be a next time.
      Adele, I haven’t been doing much baking at all except those two chocolate cream pies for Neal, Sarah, Joey and Jerry that day. I miss the smell of something baking, but just don’t have the time. It seems you told us once that you bake when you are worried or nervous; and so do I. It seems to comfort me to have my hands all up in some dough, and spooning out cookies on the tray to go in the oven.
      Gail, I am so glad you are feeling better. You know, I have had a reaction to the flu vaccine; so I am very careful too. I know since I don’t have my spleen that I need the pneumonia shot and I have taken it several times, but it always makes me nervous when they first give it to me. What kind of reaction did you have? I started ringing in my ears really loudly, and became really dizzy. Scared me. They said it was something in the liquid that they put the virus in and not the virus itself that I reacted to. Pneumonia is a really serious illness, and lasts forever once you have it. It has taken me months to gain my strength back when I have had it before. So just don’t push yourself to quickly. Get lots of rest. Okay, I’ll quit preaching like you don’t already know all of this ha ha
      Well, I simply must break down and do laundry today. I ordered one of those laundry carts off the Q that rolls and it is so nice. I have convinced Mr. Smith to just toss his laundry in there and then when I am ready for wash day I just roll it into the laundry room. It was getting to my back having to carry that load and dropping things along the way. It is cute, it has a funny saying on the side, and to the life of me I can’t remember what it says!
      Take care everyone. I am thinking and praying for all of you. Your little grands sound so sweet in their getting back to school, and I love the story of how the baby is rolling instead of crawling. I bet she can cover quite a distance in a short time that way. One of our sons when he was little didn’t crawl, but just scooted on his little hind end. It was so funny to watch him. Have a good weekend Hugs, Barbara

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      Adele,
      Nope not happening to me.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I’m with you and Jerry about the inducing if the person goes beyond their due date. I can’t figure out why they are so quick to do that-I’m sure there’s some medical reason. I will have to ask Jenny as several of her friends were induced. I know now with all the ultrasounds and other tests that they can tell if the baby is big enough but that doesn’t seem to be a good reason. Sometimes I think it’s because the doctors like to schedule these things at 9 in the morning instead of coming in in the middle of the night.
      I’m so excited for you-soon you will meet your grandson.
      As for Joey and Lisa-maybe it would be good if he were assigned somewhere else for awhile and she could learn to be on her own. Sometimes a person will cling to what they know because they are afraid of heading out on their own but it might be the best thing for her to realize that she can make it all by herself. She would be taking a big emotional step forward. Also, on the nights when she wants to come out and cook Joey dinner maybe he should be “unavailable.” Maybe letting her do that is sending her a message that there is still hope for them. I know he doesn’t want to be cruel and hurt her but sometimes it just can’t be helped-rip the bandage off and get it over with.
      I agree with you about Jerry’s MIL’s fall being a wake up call. It was the same way here. When Greg’s Mom fell when we were out and we realized that even though we left her with the phone right by her and our cell phone number she didn’t know how to use the phone anymore by that point. That’s when we realized that she could no longer be left alone.
      As to looking into assisted living-even without the decision making brother you guys could start to do some research. I think the place where she is now might have some sort of placement specialist that could give you some ideas of available places and services. You could do some online research and even tour some places to get an idea of what might be out there and to get the ball rolling. Hopefully they would not just discharge her without some kind of plan in place. It will be a learning experience.
      When I had the reaction to the flu shot my arm swelled all up and I got hives. It happened twice and after that the family doctor said I should skip it.
      Did you say the baby’s name will be Connor or am I imagining things? lol
      Gail

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      Adele are you sure you are signed in. It sounds to me like you are not.

      Gail Jenny had photo of Lachlan on Facebook wishing him a Happy Birthday. So I wished him a Happy Birthday.

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      Hi Sue!
      I am going to go sign in again. I hope that is the issue. I remember that happened to someone else before, and me too. I did sign in a couple of days ago, and I have no idea why I keep getting knocked out- if that is it. I hope it is, as this is annoying.
      thanks Sue!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue,
      That was nice of you to wish Lachlan happy birthday. He is 6 today.

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      Adele,
      For some reason every once in a while the site will sign me out and I just have to resign in. I don’t know if it’s a time thing or maybe it’s when the computer updates or something like that. Anyway, just sign in and you should be good until the next time it happens.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      It seems awfully hot to have a preseason game. That would make it hard for the new players to play and do any good. They are starting these practices too early. They start before the season is over for another sport. It is not like it use to be. There was always time between seasons before the next sport started. Now they all just run together.
      Tell Lachlan Happy Birthday You will all have a good time tomorrow at his party. It is fun to watch the little kids at a birthday party. They have such a good time. It is nice that they will have the bouncy house again. Kids really seem to like those things.
      The Rams did have a really good team when they were in California. The guy that owns them quit putting money in getting really good players after they were here for awhile. I do not think that we will be getting another football team for a long time. I am not sure that the people care one way or another right now. Maybe later they will try for a team again but we really got burnt with this team.
      I think Melissa will be surprised also. She will be able to go grocery shopping without having any one with her. They will not be filling her cart with all the junk food that they can find. She can finish doing something without having to stop and check on the kids to see what they are doing. The shopping was the best thing that I could do without kids along. She will find that she can take her time and buy things that she wants to cook for a meal and not be in a hurry to get out of the store.
      They found the problem when they were doing regular blood work. I have had high white cell blood count before but not for this long. Usually it would go back to normal right away. So do not know why it is acting up now. I hope to find out soon. Guess I will just have to believe that everything is fine until I hear different. Easier said then done.
      I hope that you have a fun day at the party and have a great week-end.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail, forgot to thank-you for the prayers. I really do appreciate it.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      I agree with Gail about Joey and Lisa. She is just hanging on because he is familiar. He cannot keep letting her come over and cook for him. She will think that she stands a chance. It may be really hard for him but he is going to have to be the one to cut the cord. Lisa will never do that herself.
      We forgot about the starts last night. We missed the whole thing. It is so dark out here so it would have been a good show. Probably like where you live. The stars seem to shine brighter and so does the moon.
      Thank you Barbara for the words of encouragement. I do not understand why they tell you that there is a problem and then make you wait for such a long time to give you the results. I am like you it is easy to think the worse while you are waiting.
      They are going awfully fast with taking the baby and not just waiting. Most first babies are late anyway. It is such an exciting time right now. Waiting for the call to say that Sarah is in the hospital and the baby is on the way. Then the one that says that the baby is here. I am so excited for you and Jerry. You are going to have such a good time spoiling this new grand child. I can see you holding the baby in your arms for the first time. There is nothing like it.
      It will be hard to put Jerry’s mom in a nursing home but it will be better in the long run. You should be able to talk to someone there at rehab on places to put his mom. I know one thing the first thing you check on when you go in is if there is a urine smell. If there is they do not pay enough attention to the people there and it is not a good place to put any family member. Always go twice to check on a place and go at a time when you do not have an appointment. The first time they will show you around but the second time is the time to go without letting them know. I wish we would have done that before putting my dad in the home that we put him in. I knew some of the girls that worked in the therapy department and so went on what they said. I had worked with them at the nursing home that I worked at. So just check it out really good.
      It is too hot to bake right now. Even with the air on it is hot in here at certain times of the day. With the oven on it would be unbearable. It would be nice if they had something to bake in like the slow cooker is to cook in. It does not heat up the house and it is quick and easy.
      I wondered if those carts were any good. It would be nice to just roll the laundry to the laundry room instead of having to carry it. It is hard to teach husbands to use new things that we buy. You may have to leave his clothes on the floor while you go and do the laundry. When he starts to run out of clothes he will throw them in the cart.lol I did that to Ron once when we were arguing about something. I am mean to him though.
      Well that is about all from here. Will be praying for Jerry’s mom and that the baby comes soon. I hope that I did not say too much about the place that you put his mom. I just worked at one and know some of the signs of neglect.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I have not had that happen to me lately. I have never had the robot thing come up. I did find out what that is though. It is for computers that automatically come on a computer and send things. Like some of the junk mail that we get in our e-mail box. They do not want that to get started on here. If that makes any sense.
      It is really hot here also. I cannot believe that it is this hot still. Even with the air on it is hot. I have quit stopped watching the weather it just makes me hotter.
      Thank you for the prayers. I am hoping that they give me some answers soon. It is not fun sitting around waiting. I have to be right by the phone to get the answers or it is hard to get them on the phone again. They said that they are having trouble with their phone system. I hope they get it fixed soon.
      I sure am glad to hear from you. Was getting a little worried. Glad that you are doing okay.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and a good week-end.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I forgot about shopping without kids. That is definitely a perk of them being in school. Hopefully Melissa will be so happy with all the things that she can get done that she will forget about missing the kids. She’s kind of crafty too so maybe she will have more time to work on her projects.
      I agree with you-the sports seasons have gotten so long they are still playing baseball in October and playing basketball and hockey in June. They just all meld into each other. It’s probably all about the money.
      I hope that you won’t have to wait all weekend for those results. That would be pure torture. I am continuing to send up prayers.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      We are all praying for good results for you. That is aggravating that their phone system is having trouble.
      How are you feeling today? Up here it is very gloomy, which is keeping the temps down today. It is not as humid as yesterday, either. tomorrow will be back in the 90’s. We are supposed to have showers, ad have had none- just the gloomy sky.
      I attached 2 pics of the hydrangea trees. The one with the bigger blooms is a lime hydrangea tree, and was just planted, on the last corner of the property- also planted one out back, so I can see it from the deck. It is a little bigger than the ones I planted last year, as I was tying to match the height of the ones from last year. The other one, form last year, is a pink hydrangea. Aizen’s tree, that is still a lot smaller, because it was nearly killed by the snow 2 years ago, is a lime hydrangea- realized it this year…LOL So, there are 2 kinds of the tree planted in the front yard.
      I had a lot of dizzy issues this week. I went to the ear nose throat doctor on Wednesday. he manipulated my chubby old body to make me dizzy, so he could get an accurate diagnosis. Well, he is going with the crystals in the right ear. After I left the office, I was really miserable, due to being more dizzy from what he did. I was glad I had Gary with me, as I would not have been able to drive back home. He gave me exercises to do every night, before I go to bed for 15 minutes. I have to sit on the edge of the bed, lay down, and wait until I stop being dizzy- then sit up, and wait until I stop being dizzy- then repeat the moves for 15 minutes. Well. I barely made 8 rotations, before I had to stop- got so sick I felt like I would fall, and vomit. Called the doctor, who said that is what happens, and that it should get better. If these exercises do not work, I have to go to the doctor ,with a neck brace, and he will again manipulate my chubby self, until the crystals move back, or I vomit, which ever comes first….LOL I am pleased to say, the exercises are working, and I am up to 10 minutes of them, without having to stop. It is my back that is actually making me stop right now. I am so happy they are working, as I did not want to submit to further torture. So, I am good. Thank God. I pray the same will happened for you!!
      Since Sue reminded me about the signing in again, it seems I am good on here again- thank you Sue!!!
      I do not know why we all have to sign back in every once in a while.
      Hope you are feeling better, and not too hot.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail and Sue
      You were both so right! It looks like I am good on here again.

      OMG, Barbara!! I wrote a long email back to you , and it is not on here. I will try to remember everything I said and do it again. I bet it was because of the not signed in thing.

      Adele

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      Ok Missy Barbara….here goes on the second time around…..
      I hope by now your Itty Bitty is here, all safe and sound. Inducing is very common. I was induced with Heather, as she was 2 weeks late. It made the pains come hard, and fast- went form 0 to 90 in seconds, and then she was here. Hetaher was induced with Amanda, 3 times, and the first 2 did not take- it was miserable. I hope your DIL has an easy time.
      Now to Joey and Lisa. Your son is such a nice, kind young man, and his continuing to e kind to her, may bite him in the butt. Sooner or later, she is going to get angry he is dating other women. So, this is my question- why was she not as nice to him when they were together? Too little too late. It is a real shame. She is thinking she will be able to get him back. Do you think there is any chance of that happening? I hope Joey finds a nice woman, much like his Mom. He deserves a good marriage, and a good woman. On the other hand, if he truly still loves her, maybe in the end it will all work out. We just never know how these things will play themselves out. We can just pray for the best outcome.
      I think it is wonderful that your MIL is having such a good time with the others in the nursing home. She got her spunk back, and that is a good sign. I also feel her living in either assisted living or a nursing home, will be the best going forward. Then, Jerry will not have to worry d so much, and can relax a little. He can still go see her, meet all her new friends, and take her out, and not worry every day and night,if she does not answer the phone. It would be a win, win solution for everyone. I hope Jerry’s oldest brother will agree to what is best for her in the long run.
      Oh yes, I do love to bake when I am stressed, and worried. The smells of baking just make it a happy, comfy home, no matter the reason. It is therapy. Also good when it is chilly, as the house feels so much cozier when it smells good. I know we both enjoy baking everyone their favorite goodie, and seeing them come by to get some. Just the other day, Marissa came by for the last chociolate chip cookie, as she waited way too long for a bunch of them. She has been working a lot.
      That is a neat laundry basket you got for the Q. I love their new gadgets that make our lives easier. My new Temptations came. We had our coffee in the new mugs this morning. I had to “purge” my cabinets again, to fit in the new pieces I got. the dining room table is full of the “give aways” again.
      I semed to have missed the post on Gail’s shot reaction- what happened?? I have to make sure I am always signed in. Gail mentioned the computer up-dates as a possible reason I got knocked out again,a nd I do remebr up-dates being done this week.
      Hope your Itty Bitty is here, and you are crying while holding that bundle of joy! I also hope your DIL reezes right through the delivery, and all is good.
      Love,
      Adele

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      Happy 6th birthday to Lachan! I hope the weather is not too hot to enjoy the outside activities.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Melissa does not think about things like that. She is just worried that she will miss the kids when she is by herself. She really could do a lot more of her crafts if the kids were gone for the day. She still makes tutu’s but she only does it for the kids in the family. She is not selling them anymore. She also use to do spray tans but gave that up also. She just make up her mind what she wants to do when she grows up.lol She is really good at making crafts and I wish that I had her talent.
      I always remember going to the grocery for the first time by myself. It was so nice. I did not have to rush thru the store or down a certain isle so they would not ask for everything. I could do my Christmas shopping without them anywhere around. I guess that is terrible that is what I remember the most. Now there are times when I think that it would be nice to have a child under foot. Oh well time marches on.
      Well I am still waiting for the results. There is never a chance that they will call me with the results right away. They are just slow. The only thing that I can think of is they might want to give me all the results at one time. We will see.
      How was Lachlan’s party? Did they get to play outside? I hope so it is hard when you have all the kids running around the house driving you crazy. The noise is worse then anything.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I finally made the sauce today. It turned out pretty good. I got four containers of it to freeze and we had some on spaghetti tonight for dinner. We will make some more when there are more tomatoes. I did it different this time around though. I just cut the tomatoes and put them in the pan instead of putting them in the thing to chop them. They just cooked a little longer and then the other way but it was not as much work.
      We had rain today and are supposed to have more tomorrow. I hope we just get the rain and not the storms. I do not like storms. It did cool down a little here but do not know for how long. Will just have to wait and see.
      That is terrible to have dizzy spells like that. I am glad that you did not vomit with it. It was lucky for you that Gary was with you. That would not have been good if you tried to drive home. I am happy that you are not getting as dizzy from doing the exercises. That had to be miserable. Don’t you just feel like slapping the doctors when they tell you that it is dong what it is supposed to do. You are feeling sick and dizzy and you did not need to hear that. I have never heard about the crystals. What are they? That is interesting.
      Your trees are really pretty. I did not know that they bloomed that much. Those blooms are so pretty. What made you decide to plant those trees? I had never seen them before. At least I do not remember if I have. Do they have different colors besides the white? They would be pretty in a pink or a purple. You could have all kinds of colors in your yard. I know it sounds like Easter eggs.
      I really do not feel bad just stressed. I want to find out what is going on and then how to deal with it. If I know what is wrong and what can be done I am fine. I can handle that. It is just the not knowing and having to wait to find out.
      I hope that you keep feeling better everyday. I will be praying for you also. I really do appreciate you and Gail and Barbara saying prayers for me. We have some really good prayer warriors in our group. Thanks again.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Colleen does your doctor have a website? Mine does and I just need to sign in to get my test results. That way is faster then waiting for them to call. I always think no news is good news because if it was bad they would want you to start medicine or something right away.

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      Hope everyone has had a good day. Jerry and I spent most of the day with his Mom. She was very sleepy when Jerry was visiting her yesterday, and that worried him; but I told him that I felt it was just from her working so much with her PT. He had taken her some ice cream from the Dairy Queen, and she did wake up and ate that then she fell back asleep ha ha. We will learn this week what their recommendation is for her now. She still has some confusion, and I really feel that this is how she will be from now on. Gail, the doctors found a small old fracture scar on her pelvis; but they said there is no telling when that occurred, but it definitely did not happen when she fell this time. I think it probably happened when that man knocked her down during the attack on her. Her face is looking so much better; most of the bruising has gone. She actually had more bruising from the nurses trying to get an IV in her than she had from breaking her nose. Did I tell you that Jerry cuts her hair? He does a really good job; and she only wants him to do it.
      We are still waiting for the “baby is on the way” call. But I really feel that he will be born on her induction date on this Tuesday. We are so excited. I woke up early this morning thinking about how this is the last weekend for them to be just two, and this time next weekend they will be a family of three. My, how their lives are about to change, and all for the better. I think most of the happiest days of my life occurred when ours were little. Just watching them do their little cute things and their expressions, smiles, even the times I would see their little chin quiver if they were upset over something is just etched in my mind. I know that Jerry and I will soon have the new experiences of seeing this through our children’s children, and I am really looking forward to all the wonder that is a child. I know that we are so out of touch on so many things, but it’s like I told Jerry, I feel we will be okay since we both know how to love a little one, and I think once you have that, everything else will somehow fall into place.

      You all are so right about Joey and Lisa. She uses Joey as her “crutch” and is really holding him back from going on with his life. I know he knows her better than we do, and he has assured us that there is nothing “loving” going on between them. She has not come out this weekend, but he is working all weekend. I personally feel that he needs to be unavailable to her at all next weekend. And if she should come out to visit that he should politely, but firmly, tell her that no, this is not a good time for a visit, and no, she cannot just stay and play with the dogs. That she really needs to make arrangements for Bandit (her Bloodhound) to live somewhere else so she can see him whenever she wants to. She doesn’t provide food or vet care for him; so I think she is taking advantage of Joey and then reaping all the rewards. I feel that he really has to be more direct and not be available to her to really get the message to her. He doesn’t just drop over to her apartment, and I don’t feel she should be able to just drop over to his home. I never thought I would feel this way about Lisa; but I do, and I am so ready for this to be over once and for all.

      It is really hot here. We are getting off and on storms and they say this will be happening for about a week. I think it goes to Colleen first and then comes our way. By the way, Adele, I just love the seasonal Temptations. I so wish I had cabinet space for pieces for each season. I just don’t have enough room. I would just love to get my closets purged out. I know good and well that I will not wear half of what I have bought. I really don’t know what I was thinking; because I tried everything on when it came in and felt it looked good at the time, and now when I put most of the pieces on (except the Quacker pieces and a few Denim and Co pieces) I just don’t like the way I look in it. And even when I think I look okay; if I see a photo of me wearing what I think looks good on me I go “what in the world made me think I looked good in this?” I see the models and everything looks good on them on TV. Mabey I just need to weigh about 120 pounds, and then things would look different. LOL There is not much chance of that. I’m really not sad or anything about my weight, just get “discouraged” sometimes about how I would like to feel like I don’t have to add that X behind my size number. Okay, I need to get off the “weight wagon”. Marie Osmond just came on trying to make people think that all you have to do is eat that cardboard and you will lose that 50 pounds, and then she is constantly on the Q selling that exercise equipment. ha ha

      Just got the funniest feeling – mabey the next time we chat, I will be a new Grandmother!!!!!!!!!! Take care everyone. Thanks for all the good wishes, and Colleen, I’m still praying for you and all those who need our prayers. Hugs to All, Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      If thinking back on having small children is one of the happiest times of your life you will love being a grandparent.
      It’s actually better, as your only job is to love your grandchild without having the responsibility of worrying about bringing them up right. You have so much love and fun ahead of you.
      Gail

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      Sue,
      I agree. Good idea about the website. I forgot about that. I always go there and check my blood test results.

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      Hi Colleen,
      Lachlan’s party was good. I was afraid it was going to rain but it cleared up. The kids were outside in the bouncy house and blowing bubbles and playing on the swingset. The bouncy house was pretty big and they got it Friday night and got to keep it until Sunday. I guess they had no other rental on it and were doing something else so they just left it there all weekend-so they got some extra time with it for free essentially.
      When the kids came in the house to eat it did get noisy just like you said. I did get a chance to talk to Jenny’s MIL about her husband. He is doing good and other than that one day when his heart was racing and they did a conversion he has been fine. The stress test showed no damage-but they did put him on a beta blocker as a precaution and he does have an appointment with a cardiologist. Right now they are thinking it might have been stress overwork and dehydration combined. So hopefully the cardiologist will find nothing wrong. I know Jenny’s MIL is planning on going to Washington again in September for a long stay with her daughter so I’m sure she wants to know her husband will be okay while she is gone.
      Just from going to the party yesterday I was really tired out. Even though I really didn’t do anything I had to come home and take a nap. lol I guess the effects of pneumonia last for awhile. Then we went out to a local bar that has good sandwiches to get some dinner. They had a band setting up in there which was unusual for that place. We left right about the time the band started to play. I’ll bet it was loud as it isn’t that big of a place. But I texted Jenny in case she and Adam wanted to go up town and listen while Enya was there to baby sit. Don’t know if they went or not.
      Gail

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      Adele,
      The trees/bushes look beautiful. They are so full of flowers.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen!
      that is a good name for us the Prayer Warriors. As we all age, we get these weird things nobody ever heard of before. Tillie has permanent Vertigo, but the medication for it works for her- probably because she has it all the time. hers is form the little hairs in your ears disappearing- near the ear drum. Once those hairs disappear, vertigo sets in, as they also keep you from getting dizzy.
      The crystals are in a kind of jelly substance that is in your inner ears. The crystals are normal there, and supposed to be there. If they escape the jell substance, then they give you vertigo. It can happen form a bad virus/cold, or an injury/bang (head), or concussion. they usually go back on their own. I guess this has gone on too long, so them it gets treated with medication (did not work for me), or the exercises. Our friend Ron had this too. his exercise was to hang his head over the side of the bed. I guess depending on where yours escaped form, and is, the exercise is different. We are into day 5 of the exercises, and last night on day 4, I only got dizzy coming back up to the upright position. he also told me it will be up and down on improvement- good days and bad days. I am just so glad this only happens when I lie down or get up, or roll over in bed. It would be awful if it were in the daytime. the only time it was in the day, was when I was outside in the sun or heat- that made me dizzy, and nauseous. But, I do not do good in the heat, on a good day.
      I am glad you had enough sauce to freeze. We are all getting ready for winter. I heard somewhere that this winter will be a bad one. I hope I heard wrong.
      The trees do come in a few colors. I have 2 of the colors- the lime and pink ones. the lime ones have much larger blooms. Gary calls them my “pom pom trees”. Google them- hydrandea trees. I fell in love with them, when I saw a few around the neighborhood. I had to take a pic of one to ask at the nursery, as I had no idea what it was. They do not get very tall.
      We had thunderstorms all last night, with some heavy rain, but not much. Not enough to make a difference!
      Hope your day is good!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      That is a good idea about the doctor’s website. Some doctors load the results right away, and some do not until they talk to you. My friend can see hers right away, and I cannot. Weird hwo they all have different policies.
      I hope Colleen’s will be like my friends’.
      Hope you are cool!
      Adele

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      Hey Barbara!
      I bet the next time you are on, you will be a grandmother. What a feeling of complete love. Itty Bitty will never be able to do anything wrong in your eyes. Even when their parents are upset about it. We will all be waiting to hear what you have to say.
      I hope your MIL gets a little better, so she will be more aware, and able to socialize more. She seems to love to have conversations, and friends and family around her. That is so endearing that jerry cuts her hair, and brings her ice cream. He will have so many good memories some day.
      I think Lisa is leaving the dog there, as an excuse to come over whenever she wants. The dog is her last attachment to Joey, and the house. I hope he will see that, and be able to tell her to find another home for the dog.
      I love pumpkins. I actually use my pumpkin Temptations all year long. This house’s main decorating color is orange. there is a little pop of peach/orange in every room- some more than others. I decided a couple of years ago that pumpkins and leaves were no longer relegated to only the Fall, as I love them too much. So far, nobody has commented….LOL I do have a red, white and blue Temptations baker, and a couple of summer trays from them, besides the Fall ones, so I do mix things up a bit. I figure it this way- we are too old to wait for once a year for our favorite things.
      Do not stress about your weight. Remember what Jeanne used to tell us- if you cannot lose it, decorate it. Our kids, and friends want to be with us because we are fun, loving, and enjoyable to be around. They do not care if we are chubby. plus, you have a much better cushion to rock that new baby to sleep- think of it as a nice cushy bed. I used to love to put Aizen to sleep. I miss that time with him.
      I hope you are cooler than us. It is 100 in the back yard, and very humid again.
      Heather came to visit for a while today. We had a cup of tea, and chatted. Then she went downstairs to see Tillie for a bit, as Tillie can only make the stairs once a day, and we are having her favorite for dinner tonight- Chinese take out. She does not want to miss that!
      Stay cool! Make ice cream- that is my new thing, since it is so hot. My next batch will be coffee ice cream.
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      I do love those trees. Would they do well in your area? You should get one. Maybe your crazy cardinal will fly into the tree, instead of your window.
      Glad you had a good time at the party. You are definitely correct, my dear, once you get pneumonia, it takes a while to get your strength back. GAry had it a few winters ago, and it was tough getting back to normal. It takes a lot out of you.
      I hope you are cooler than I am.
      Adele
      PS…Chinese take out tonight- no cooking until it is cooler!!!

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      Hi Ladies,
      Just a quick note to let ya know I’m alive & well. I’ve been engrossed with the Summer Olympics. I’m abit of a sports nut. Not crazy tho. I enjoy the
      summer games more than the winter games. I’m not into skiing. I watch the ice dancing/skating & that’s about it. I think it has more to do with seeing those young dudes in their swimming trunks, & six packs. LOL.
      Looks like we’ve joined the rest of the country in the heat. We’re having a heatwave of our own. For awhile there we thought maybe summer was a distant memory, but she came back with a vengeance!! We were in the 90s Friday & Sat., but it was a few degrees cooler today. By mid week, into next weekend we could be in the upper 90s, maybe triple digits. UGH!!!! Hopefully it won’t last long. I really feel for you guys out there. I hope your all okay.

      The local medical school came here for eye exams on Sat. I got mine done. I don’t have glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetes. Whew.
      I haven’t read all the posts, so if I’m leaving anything out forgive me.
      I love, love, love the new Temp-tations new patterns. They’re not that new, just embossed. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to get something small.
      I don’t need any more bake ware. The FL pumpkin is gorgeous!!!

      Congrats on your new grandbaby!!! I hope everything went well for her.
      Sending prayers to everyone who requested prayer.
      Take care. I’ll be back later on in the week.

      dd

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      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the info. I do not think my doctors office has that set up yet. They are a new office and they are still trying to get things worked out. I will check on it when I go into the office next time. It would be nice to get my results sooner.
      Thanks again
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      We did an easy dinner last night too. Ham and cheese with garden tomatoes on onion rolls, chips and watermelon. I was tired after finally getting around to cleaning the downstairs. Greg cleaned the bathroom and washed the kitchen floor for me but it still wore me out but it needed it so bad I couldn’t stand it anymore. Things like cleaning fall by the wayside when you have been sick.
      I imagine if those bushes could withstand your winters they could withstand ours. I don’t know how Greg would feel about adding more bushes around here. We have lots of trees and bushes throughout the property.
      So when you get Chinese take out what does Gary eat as he is so picky and lots of the dishes have vegetables in them. He probably likes sweet and sour chicken-no veggies.
      It is going to be cooler here this week. Low eighties-if the humidity goes down that is tolerable.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      That is so sweet of Jerry to cut his moms hair. They have really bonded since she was attacked. I hope that Jerry and his brother can work all of this out. It is sad that she will have to leave her home but she is enjoying being around people she may really like better then she thought. She will have people around to talk to and she will not ever be alone. That is nice that you two bring her ice cream when you go to visit. That probably was the high light of her day. If she stays in an assisted living place like that she will have people around and she will make friends.
      Another thing that Joey can do is when she wants to see her dog he could bring him up to your house and let her see the dog there. Then they will not be alone and she will know that there is no chance of them getting back together. She may have problems finding a place to take her dog if she cannot find a place that accepts pets. She must have had one before she met Joey though.
      I hope that the baby is here by now and they did not have to induce labor. I am just so excited for you. You will have a lot more grand kids coming I am sure and each one is a treasure. It is so amazing all the things that they learn their first 5 years. It is just fun to watch them.
      We are getting the rain now. It has been raining since yesterday. We did not get the storms though. It also brought cooler weather with it and that was a blessing. It has just been too hot here for a long period of time. It has been a long time since we have had weather this hot for this long. I am ready for some snow. Just snow though. No ice or sleet that we can do without. I am really getting picky now.lol
      I am like that also. I have some things in my closet and I never wear it. I have some really nice jackets and never wear them. It is hard to pair them up with other clothes.I do have a pair of royal blue capris that I got from Quacker and I have not worn them yet because I have no idea what to wear with them. I cannot find a color that I think will go with them. I know that yellow will but there has to be another color then that. I should have sent them back but I waited too late.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      We are watching a lot of the Olympics too but there are only so many hours in a day. One really could watch 24/7 trying to see it all. I missed the equestrian events which bums me out.
      You are right-those male swimmers have well chiseled bodies. My husband was a former swimmer so he looked like that many moons ago-of course many moons ago I weighed 105 pounds too. lol How things change but beauty really is only skin deep-it’s the inside beauty that counts.
      You are lucky that your eye tests came back good. I have the beginnings of both cataracts and macular degeneration. Oh the joys of getting older.
      Enjoy the games. They are special as they only come around every four years.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      My mom suffers from vertigo. She would get dizzy enough that she would fall. They said it was age with her also. So I guess that is another thing we can look forward to. We should be left with something when we get older. We lose our hearing and the sense of taste and smell. We get all kinds of things wrong where we have to watch what we eat. The things we cannot eat or the things that we can taste. They say the two things that you can taste most as you get older is salt and sugar. The two things that I cannot have.
      Well things are getting better. At least you are not dizzy laying down anymore. That would be hard at night. I sleep in the recliner a lot of nights because I cannot lay down flat. I think that it may be from the acid reflux that bothers me more then anything else. I am really in a crabby mood today. Everything I say is negative. I think I should go back to bed and sleep more. Ron woke me up too early.
      They are really pretty trees. Flowering trees are always so pretty. Have you ever planted a banana tree? Ron saw one in a seed catalog once and bought one. It is really getting big this year. It never grows bananas but it has really pretty leaves on it and it grows really big. It takes a long time for it to get very big. We have to cut it down every year and then cover what is left of it with hay for the winter and it comes back every year. It is an interesting tree that is for sure.
      It has been raining here for two days. We did not get the thunder storms but we sure got the rain. There are some flash flooding in some places but not as bad as in Louisiana. They really have bad floods there when there is too much rain. I just hope that they do not have the trouble that they had the last time that they had a flood. This has been a crazy summer. It is either really hot and dry or it is raining and flooding. We should not be short of water now we have had so much. I will have to call my oldest daughter and see if it is flooding around where she lives. They have a low spot on the road that leads to her house but it is down further and does not usually stop us from getting there. It also goes over the highway and that is a mess.
      That is about all from here. Have a good day
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That was a good deal on the bouncy house. Sounds like the kids had a good time. It was nice that they got to play outside and not have to stay in the house the whole time. That really gets rowdy when they have to stay in the house. They are kids so they are going to get loud. I am getting old and crabby. Well maybe I have been like this for awhile. I hope that Jenny and Adam got to go out for awhile that evening. They probably needed a break. It is nice that Adam’s girls are at an age where they can babysit.
      Maybe it will be a one time thing with Jenny’s fil. He may have gotten too hot and that had a lot to do with it. It is good that it did not happen more then the one time. He will have to be careful when it is so hot and not do as much at one time. Her mil will be gone for a whole month. That is a long time to be away from home. I guess that her daughter needs her. That would be a hard choice to make and a long time to be away from home.
      You have been really sick. It is no wonder that you are tired. Pneumonia takes a lot out of you. Are you done with your inhalers? Does that make a difference now are is your breathing almost back to normal? We should all get those shots. It is getting to where we catch things that we never did before.
      Has it been raining up your way? We have had rain for two days now. We really needed the rain. The only bad thing is if you want to go to the garden you have to put boots on or you will sink in the mud. Well if you do not sink you will lose your shoe. Mud does not feel good gushing thru your toes. Our tomatoes are slowing down a little now but the cucumbers just keep coming up. We have more of them then we know what to do with. We have been giving them to anyone that wants them. Even if they do not want them we are giving them away. It will not be long and people will be locking their doors when they see us coming. My sil said that she as a lot of zucchini if we want some of them. Will have to get some so I can make bread and bars. If it stays cool for awhile I can start baking them right away and have them for later in the year. I like to make a lot and then freeze it until we want it. I also give it to family for Christmas.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day and take care rest when you feel the need.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I do like the pictures that you posted. I love the snow scenes they are so pretty. I really like snow it is pretty when it falls and is in the trees. We do not get a lot of snow every winter but when we do it is nice. I think that Gail and Adele get more then their share of the snow.
      We have not watched much of the Olympics this time around. It just seems like we are watching something that we wanted to see or we just do not think of it. Use to be when the Olympics were being played that they carried it on a lot of channels but this year I have noticed that they have not done that. I think of all the channels we have it is only on one channel. We did get to see the American swimmer take the gold medal. I think that he took a few of them. Phelps I think his last name is. He is really doing good he is just a good swimmer.
      We are finally getting the rain that we need. It has been so hot and dry. It is cooler here now also. I guess that your cooler weather came our way. We could use it. Just do not go out if you do not have to with it being so hot. It is hard on a person to go out in the heat.
      How nice that they come to where you live for eye exams. You are lucky that you have such good eyes. Wish I could say the same. I have diabetic now I forgot what they call it. I also have cataracts so my eyes are shot. Diabetic retinopathy I know that I spelled it wrong but hope you know what I mean. My spell check on here will not give me the right spelling either. My brain is gone today. Maybe it will come back when the day is over or I take a nap.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      Tillie has the vertigo too. But, she takes meclizine and that stops it for her. Her issue is different- it is form losing the little hairs in your inner ear.
      I hope your daughter doe snot have any flooding where she is. We had a little rain, but not even an inch, in all those thunderstorms that went through over the weekend. It is gross out here again, and will be all week.
      I have never thought of planting a banana tree, as I would think it could not live up here. I bet it cannot give you bananas, because you have to cut it back so much each year. Post a pic of it, so we can all see. I bet it is pretty.
      I would guess you feel negative, because you do not feel good today. So, for waking you up so early, is it a potato soup night? I do not feel good on days I do not sleep enough too. I hate those nights you just cannot get into a good sleep. You feel cranky the next day.
      getting older brings so many things, and they never warned us about them. Some are amusing, and some are not.
      JJ is with his friend, at a cabin in Maine. Steph, Jhonny and Aizen are going today, to spend 3 days with them. Steph asked me to make linguini with pesto sauce to take with her, and I will be doing that later. They come back on Thursday, as Jhonny could only get 3 days off, and JJ comes back with his friend on Saturday. Steph said JJ’s friend’s mother has been sending her pics of how much fun the boys have been having. I am glad he is enjoying himself.
      Hope you are a little cooler than me! Take a nice nap, and warn Ron not to wake you up!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail
      The hydrangea trees get to be about 10 to 15 feet high, from the mature ones I see around here. not too big, but, they do go wide when in full bloom.
      Gary eats pork fried rice, chicken chow mein, chicken fingers, frined shrimp, and boneless ribs. that is the extent of his Chinese palette. He does love the rice.
      You just cannot keep up with housework when you do nto feel good. It will not work, even if you try. If you can do a tiny bit a day, to make yourself feel better about it, that is all you should do. Baby steps. I cannot see you vacuuming, or cleaning a bathroom- too much bending and pushing. I think it would make youout of breathe fast. It really stinks when we cannot do what we want, or need to do. But, your health is more important than the house. As my mother always say, the house will be there a lot longed than you. She is right. Too bad your grands are nto old enough to drive, so they become Minnions. Can you visualize a Piper Minnion??? She would come to clean in a tu tu, and dance aournd the house for you.
      I hope you are feeling better. Take it easy, or this will linger way too long.
      I wish you cooler weather than we are having- it is gross here again this week. Yuck, is all I can say.
      Adele

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      Hey Dianne….can you send that waterfall to my backyard????
      I am glad you had a second to post, so we all know you are ok. We were worried.
      I hope you are enjoying the Olympics. So, have you seen anyone who looks like my favorite Tom Selleck? LOL LOL
      Glad you are good- stay cool. The rest of us have been in the heat for a while, and still not over. We are having a drought up here. Very strange, with all the intense weather all over this country.
      Hope you stay cool, and happy!!!
      Adele

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      Happy News from Tennessee! Baby is here and he and Mom (and Dad) are doing great. He was born yesterday morning at 9:54 and Sarah had a good, quick labor. She woke Neal up about 4 and told him it was time; they went to the hospital and she went from 5 cm to 9 cm in about an hour. Neal called us at first and said he was told they would labor about 5-8 hours, and he called us back about 30 minutes later and said, well, now they say it seems like it will be sooner; so off Jerry and I went. We were just about to walk out the door when he called us the second time. When we go there we met her parents in the waiting room, and we were the only two couples waiting for a baby. So we visited for about an hour, Neal texted us to update us, and we sent them a picture on the phone of the 4 grandparents anxiously awaiting the baby’s arrival, and then Neal comes through the doors telling us the baby is here and he and Mom are doing just great. Everything you all have told me about how wonderful, special, and tender it will be to see and hold him the first time was exactly right. He is the most perfect, beautiful little boy, and to hug our son while holding HIS son was a moment I will remember always. If any of you do facebook, there are pictures of him on Susan Edwards Memphis page (Sarah’s Mom) that she posted. And you will also see me holding him. She has a real fancy camera and she took lots of pictures. It was a very, very special day. If I didn’t know that Sarah had just had a baby, I would have never believed she did. She looked great. Her coloring was so good, and even her hair looked good. I remember I looked like I had been run over by a truck ha ha. Poor Neal was so nervous, but tried so hard not to show it. He is really proud. They got a little sleep last night, and I told him that that is one of the challenges of a little one is for the baby to adjust them to his little schedule and for them to adjust Colin to their schedule, and somewhere is the middle of it all; things will come together. So I just wanted to share the wonderful news with all my good friends who have been on this journey with me. The kids are due to come home tomorrow; so I am planning on frying some chicken, making potatoes au gratin, rolls, green beans and pie for them and take over for their dinner tomorrow evening. As much as I know we will want to stay for a good while, I am going to try to make us just have a short visit; because I know they will need to try to get some rest, and get the baby all settled in. But I do plan to stay long enough to hold him while Mom and Dad enjoy their meal and then Jerry and I can clean up the kitchen for them and scoot away. Now, I can join you all in the precious little things our grandchildren do and say. Take care everyone. Hugs, Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      Congratulations grandma. I know that you are so excited about the baby being here. We are just so happy for you. This is a wonderful time for all of you. What a nice thing for you and Jerry to do. Take them a meal and then watch the baby so they can eat. They will appreciate that a lot. I bet your heart just melted when you held that little guy in your arms. They are so precious.
      I am so glad that you came on here to let us know. Just enjoy your grandson.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      The water did get out of its banks but did not go onto the road. She lives on a hill so it does not effect her as much. The people that live closer to the bottom of the road in the subdivision has to go up the hill to go out the other way to go anywhere. It is hard to explain how this road goes. It is close to the Meramac River and the road is Meramac Bottom road. So it does have a couple of low spots that can flood. They usually do. My daughter Mandy said that the roads were clear though. So there will be no problem.
      I wish that we could send some rain your way. We have had rain here for two and a half days now. We will see if it rains tomorrow or if it stops. They are talking about it being cloudy all day tomorrow. It was not that hot today but tonight it has been really muggy. We had the air off for a couple of days but had to turn it back on tonight.
      Sounds like JJ is having a great time. It is nice that Steph and Adam and Aizan will get to go up there also and spend some time.When does JJ go back to school? Our kids all go back to school on Wednesday. I hope that it is not really hot that day. It probably will be though. They keep starting earlier and earlier every year. What happened to starting after Labor day.
      Isn’t it great news about Barbara. I am so glad that her grandson is here. She sounded really happy. She got to experience the feeling of having a grandchild. I can just see her face when she was holding the baby.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I think Jenny’s MIL stays a long time when she goes to her daughters to help out when her SIL gets deployed. Plus her three sons live here but her daughter lives in Washington state and I think it’s a different closeness we have with our daughters. Our sons have their wives or girlfriends but our daughters are like grown up good friends. She has gone before and stayed for a couple months. Her husband might go out for a short while but he then needs to get back to his farm animals.
      We haven’t really had much rain lately-not like you. We are finally getting tomatoes, cukes and green peppers in abundance now. We are enjoying that immensely.
      Babysat yesterday and was so tired when I got home. I fell asleep on the couch after dinner. I was tired even though Piper also fell asleep when I was there. The kids go back to school tomorrow so next Monday it will be just me and Pip.
      Adam’s birthday was yesterday and for a present Piper did him and interpretive dance. How funny!
      Jenny’s niece Isla stepped on a fishing lure in the garage and had to go to the ER to get it out. Poor little thing.
      When I was in the ER up north one time they have a whole board of all the lures that they have taken out of people who come up there to fish. I remember when we were up there one time when I was a kid-one of the boys from the camp where my brother worked was fishing with my Dad and accidentally hooked him right in the hand and he had to go to the ER and have it taken out. That’s why I am always nervous when people are casting-I’m always picturing someone standing too close and getting hooked-especially if it’s a bunch of kids.
      I hope that you finally have gotten those test results. If they don’t come soon I would call the office as they sometimes forget to call you back.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I had a feeling that Gary would lean toward the plainer Chinese dishes. Brent is like that too. Not a big fan of the veggies.
      You’re right too bad I don’t have Minions. Right now our grandchildren think of their parents and grandparents as their Minions.
      I try to do baby steps but I get impatient with myself. I’m sure we all know how that feels.
      How nice that JJ got to go away with a friend and that the rest of the family can join him for a few days. Maine always sounded like it would be similar to our north woods. One of these days we must get out east. I have been north south and west but never east.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Congratulations on little baby Colin coming into your lives. I am so excited for you. Taking over the dinner is a good idea as people are hungry but too busy with the new little one to cook. Give him a squeeze from all of us and tell him welcome to the world.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      OMG Missy Nanna Barbara!!!
      Congrats to everyone. As soon as I am done writing you, I will go n Facebook to peek at the new precious Itty Bitty. I have tears in my eyes. A new baby is such a joy, and gift to everyone.
      Now you know what we meant by the overwhelming feeling when you hold a grandbaby. Is it not amazing that it is more intense than holding your own child? All the love, and none of the daily worry and responsibility make it so special. We are just free to love them to pieces.
      I am so glad everything went well, and quickly, and that Sarah had no complications. Wonderful news!! Enjoy!
      What a nice plan for their first day home. It will be appreciated. You two will make great grandparents.
      Love,
      Adele

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      Hey Barbara
      I could not find a Susan Edwards who has new baby pics. There were a couple of Susan Edwards’, but nobody I could see with a Sarah, or new babies.
      Is there another way to get to her page? A middle name that she has, maybe? Or, her town?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen!
      It is great Barbara’s first grandbaby is here, all safe and sound. Their plans on bringing over dinner and cleaning up are so nice. She is such a sweetie.
      I tried to see the Facebook post, but, I do not think I had the right ones. None had recent baby pics.
      I wish you could send some rain up here. It is supposed to storm later today, but no real rain is expected- just hit and miss, and we have been on the miss side. I have to go to the doctor later on, so I hope the storms will not be too bad while I am out. Just an annual check for my knee doctor. I have not seen him yet- the shots were done by another doctor in the practice, who does the shots.
      Any news on your blood work yet? I hope you have something by now. The waiting is the worst.
      I am glad your daughter is not flooded. Those floods are awful. I feel so bad for all those poor people. They all need our prayers. I cannot imagine that happening.
      Hope your weather is better than ours!
      Adele

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      Good lord, ladies!
      I had no idea fishing lures were so dangerous.
      Adele

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      Adele I could not find the facebook page either. Maybe she has it set to private and only friends and family can see it.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster!
      I think you would say that Maine, Vermont, and NH are like your north woods area. Massachusetts is like that in the western part of the state- the Berkshire’s. New englad is really very pretty. If you ever come out here, I would be thrilled, as anywhere you decided to go, would be no more than a 2 to 3 hour drive for us to get together.
      Fabulous news that Babrabra’s Itty Bitty has arrived. What a nice plan, and meal Barbara has planned for their first night home.
      It is gross here again, and supposed to be stormy when I go to see my knee doctor this afternoon. Thank God my hair is curly,as it will not make much of a difference in how I look…LOL
      I have so much zucchini from a good customer of Gary’s and planned to make some muffins and breads. Just seems too hot to put the oven on, even though we have the air. It is supposed to get better tomorrow, so I have baking plans the end of the week.
      Hey- did you ever make zucchini and eggs? It is an old Italian thing. You slice the zucchini in thin slices, and fry them in butter, until soft. Then add the whisked eggs- you end up with kind of a scrambled egg with zucchini dish. It makes a fabulous hot sandwich. The Italians do that with red peppers, and also with potato and eggs, for 3 different hot sandwich dinners. Of course, Gary would never think of tasting those.
      When I have challenging house cleaning weeks, (a lot) I concentrate on just swiffeirng the floors, and let the rest go. It is so hard to do things when you do no feel good. Plus, Windex does wonders to do a quick clean up, everywhere. I should own stock in both products. I bet your house is cleaner than you think- do not worry about it. Just get better. Halloween is coming!!
      Hope your weather is good enough to sit outside.

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      Hello girls!
      I forgot to say….JJ goes back to school on the 29th. Marissa goes back to college the day after Labor Day. I hope it is cooler by then.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue!
      You may be right. Did you see the couple of older women? neither seemed to have anyone named Sarah in their pics.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I see there’s a QF 2hr show later tonight, & another 2hr show tomorrow. Tonight’s show starts @ 1 AM ET, & tomorrow’s show starts at 3 PM ET.

      CONGRATS Barbara!!!! I’m sure you’re all on cloud 99 with your new grandson!!!
      Not much going on out here, yet. Right now we’re just comfortable. In a couple days not so much!! We’re in for the hottest temps so far this summer.
      Hopefully not for long. I wish I could send you guys our weather. The temps we’re having right now is perrrrrrrrrrfect!! I really feel for you!!!
      I cooked up some fried chicken & made some potato salad for the hot days. NO cooking when it gets that hot!!
      Still enjoying the games. I’ll go into with drawl when they’re over!! lol
      that’s all for now.
      take care.
      dd

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      Hi Dianne
      After my doctor appointment, I went to Home Goods, and got a couple of witch mugs, and 4 pumpkin soup bowls, in great anticipation of Fall.
      So glad your weather is better than ours. It sprinkled today- they said we were getting huge storms, and we got nothing again. They went further up north. At least that gave me a chance to go to Home Goods. I tell you, the store was so hot, I left there sweating. I could not wait to get back in the car. Nothing can keep up with the humidity and heat. Ours will break soon.
      Have a good time watching the Olympics!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I’ve never heard of Home Goods. Is it like Target or WalMart? We don’t have HG out here. Take a pic of your new purchases so we can see
      what they look like. I hate going into a hot store!! Yuck!!!!
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      I think that you are right about girls always closer to their moms. I cannot say much about boys because I have never had one. We do a lot with our daughters now then when they were younger. When they are younger they do not think that we are cool. We just get in their way. Now we are more like friends and they want us with them to go places and do things with them. They even ask our advice. How things have changed.lol
      We did not get any green peppers this year. We mostly had tomatoes and cucumbers. Our veggies are slowing down now. I did make some spaghetti sauce and put it in the freezer. So we will have that for this winter and it will be good. I just wish that there was a way to keep cucumbers besides making pickles. There are not a lot of recipes though. Ron wants to try and freeze them but do not think that they would be any good when you thawed them out. They would be all soggy. We probably would not eat them.
      I did finally hear from the doctor. I have a uti. My chest x-rays were clear and she really did not know much about the blood work except that my white count was normal this time. I really would like to find out why my white count goes up and down like that. I have to go to the doctor next month so will ask her then. I am taking iron tablets and will find out if that is all that she thinks that I will have to take. It would be nice. I want to thank you for the prayers and everybody else they really helped. The Quacker prayer warriors really did help.
      That is so funny that Piper did a dance for her dad for his birthday. She is so cute. She is going to be a performer when she gets older. She really likes to dance and and model clothes. That will be nice when you only have to watch Piper and you two can have some one on one time. One thing for sure she will keep you entertained.
      I babysat for Aliza today. She was laying in the floor and she rolled her ball and it came to me so I rolled it back and she rolled it back to me. I was really surprised that she would do that. We did it for a few minutes and then you know how they are at that age they lose interest. Now this is probably normal but it is the first time I have had one of the little ones like her do that. It might be because of Owen. He probably does things like that with her. You can tell that she is my granddaughter.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. Is your cough finally gone? I agree with Adele just let the house go until you feel like doing a lot of that. You need to take care of yourself adn not wear yourself out.

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      Hi Adele,
      I wrote all about the blood work and the x-ray on Gail’s post so if you want to read that. We have had so much going on here. It is so much fun to be with Aliza. I wrote to Gail about playing ball but forgot to write about this. Aliza was a little fussy and so I picked her up and she did not want to get back down. So I held her and she sat there until she went sound to sleep. That was so sweet it has been a long time since a baby fell asleep in my arms. When the family would all get together and they wanted the kids to go to sleep they would give the baby’s to me to rock and put to sleep. So you know what they all thought about me, I am boring and they would rather sleep then sit in my lap and have to listen to me sing to them.lol
      I hope that you made it to and from the doctors without getting caught in the rain. Our rain finally stopped this afternoon and it has been nice here. It was so good to see the sun. Even if we did not see it until late this afternoon.
      I like to fix zucchini and potatoes in butter and add some onions and it tastes really good. If my sil brings me some zucchini I will try fixing it with eggs and see if Ron likes that. I am pretty lucky with him he will eat just about everything. Good thing that I have the potato soup to fall back on.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Love the pictures. You always find the cutest pictures. These are really nice that you posted today. Thank you for posting them. They do brighten up my day.
      We have been having cooler weather here but it will warm up by next week The kids are lucky that it is not really hot for their first day of school. I guess it does not make a difference though they have air in the schools now.
      It is almost time for the Quacker show so guess I will get off of here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m glad that everything turned out well except for the UTI and that can be taken care of pretty easily. Did they put you on an antibiotic for that? I would suppose the white count goes up when we have an infection as the white blood cells are trying to fight it off. At least I think I remember that from biology or anatomy or some subject. You’re welcome for the prayers. We want all our Quackers to remain healthy and happy. We have hung around together for a long time now-and even though we have never met in person we are all the best of friends.
      Last year we had not many peppers but we are getting them this year. I am with you-the cucumbers would be soggy if you froze them. We just eat as much as we can while they are fresh and we give them to Jenny too as Piper loves her cucumbers.
      How cute about Aliza rolling the ball to you. She must have learned that from Owen. I’ll bet you were surprised when she did that.
      Well, I can’t wait to hear about the kids first day of school today. Especially Lachlan as it will be his first time going all day. I know it’s quite an adjustment. I hope both he and Kendall have a good year. I’m not sure when Piper starts preschool but I’m sure she’ll have a lot to say about it. lol
      Gail
      P.S. I still have a cough but I feel like it’s less and less every day so I hope that’s a good thing. I still have quite a bit left to use on the inhaler and the doctor told me to use it until it’s gone so I guess it’s pretty normal for the cough to linger for a bit to get the lungs all cleared out. I still get a bit tired but I’m hoping that will get better over the next couple of weeks too.
      I went to get my teeth cleaned yesterday and managed to get through that without a coughing fit-just a few little coughs so that was a good thing. The dentist said he had another patient with a summer pneumonia this year too so I’m not the only one.

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      Hi Adele,
      I think many people take fall driving trips to see the leaves in Vermont and New Hampshire and Maine. I remember our old neighbors did that once as it was something she always wanted to do and she said it was lovely. I’m hoping as Greg cuts back on work more we can take more driving than flying trips. One of my favorite trips was when we took two weeks and drove to NM. You can see much more when driving and when you have unlimited time you can stop off and see side things that interest you along the way. I just think that is a lot of fun. If we ever do a trip like that out east we will make sure to try and hook up with you guys.
      We are not big zucchini eaters here for some reason. I like it sauteed with a mixture of other veggies but we don’t do it a lot and we don’t grow it. I like veggies mixed in with eggs. I often order a vegetarian omelet in a restaurant. Gary doesn’t know what he’s missing.
      When you mentioned that about the Windex it made me think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the father that used Windex for everything including cuts. lol
      I hope your weather cools off. We are supposed to be only in the 70’s by the weekend. That will feel good!
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      You have no idea how much I laughed at that movie, as it reminded me of myself, with my Windex quick cleaning. I was devastated when the counter people told me not to use Windex on my counters. I had to get a different spray cleaner.
      The Fall is the busiest wedding times. You have to book 2 years ahead to get the country type places- barns, etc. I know this because of Heather. She wanted a barn- did not get one, as we did not have enough time. her and her husband were buying a house, and wanted to be married before they got one- we had 3 months to do a wedding. So, the restaurant had Fall decorations- I brought in pumpkins, a small bale of hay for the gift table, and scarecrows. It was the best we could do, for the time frame given. The guests were ordered to wear dungarees, and the bride was in dungarees, and a bluish green suede blazer. The groom wore a plaid shirt, of course, with dungarees and boots. the girls were flower girls, and were in dungaree skirts, and jackets, and carried baskets of fall flowers.
      The day of the wedding was a huge Nor’easter- pouring rain. Two hours before the wedding, I got a call from the 3 piece country band, saying they could not make it as they were flooded, and all their equipment was in the flood in their basement. I called my neighbor, who was a DJ, and he was already booked. But, he called a friend of his, who had a wedding at night, and could do a 3 hour stint for us. The guy thought we were kidding, and called my neighbor to verify he was not going on a wild goose chase. He was fabulous, by the way. I ordered everyone to be quiet, and not tell Heather, before she got to the restaurant, as I did not want her day ruined. It was pretty stressful. But, then, nothing that happens around here happens without some kind of a hitch.
      Everyone said they had a ball, and they never had so much fun at a wedding before. I was just glad we had music. Her aunt was dancing on the table. It was pretty funny. Her MIL’s table ended up with a water leak over them- that did not go over well. LOL Just another day in my very amusing life.
      Well, it is 90 again, and I have to fire up the oven. I may do it after dinner, when the humidity is supposed to go away for a few days.
      Hope you are cooler than I am- hey- how is your foot, and how is Greg feeling? How about his buddy who has been ill??
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      I never thought of adding potato and onion- that combo sounds good.
      A UTI really makes you feel sick. I am so glad they did not find anything else. Now, you just have to get a little better each day. I take a cranberry vitamin every day, per suggestion of the visiting nurse who came her after my last surgery. I had a UTI from the catheter being in for so many days.
      I was lucky- no rain on me! I even went to Home Goods, and got some pumpkin soup bowls.
      It is so much fun for the baby to fall asleep in your arms. Watching them sleep is so peaceful, and snuggly.
      It is hot again here- 90, and humid. The humidity is supposed to be gone this afternoon- we will see.
      Read my post to Gail, so you can have a chuckle about Heather’s second wedding.
      I hope you are feeling better, and Ron is not on potato soup. Gary would never eat anything yummy like zucchini. He will eat the zucchini bread, though. LOL
      Have a good one!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen and Gail
      I love those Piper stories. She is such an amusing and entertaining child. God bless her!
      Gail- that must have been an awful dentist appointment. A cough is miserable in a dentist’s chair. I hope you are feeling a little better today. It take such a long time to get over a bout of pneumonia. The symptoms last forever.
      Colleen- that is so adorable baby Aliza was rolling the ball to you. These are the memories we will have forever.
      have a good one!
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      Home Goods is a branch of TJ Maxx- do you have one of those? They sell items for the house at a discount. Even some furniture. It is hit and miss, and you never know what is there.
      I took a pic of the soup bowl, and the oversize witch mug- they only had 2 mugs, or I would have got them for the girls too.
      I am so looking forward to Fall….LOL I have had it with the heat!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I think that is what I had heard also in biology. My mind does not go that far back anymore so cannot be sure but if you think that you heard that then it must be right. I am just wondering if I had that infection when I was going to the other doctor. He would have never found it unless the government told him he could run more tests.lol They did send me an antibiotic to take. I started it today. What I meant by my comment is that you have a much better memory then I do. I really have to watch how I word things. We are all really good friends. We can talk to each other about anything and no one judges you. We also do not have anyone talking about the other one on here. That is what I like the most about this. We are friends and so many other sites will say things about each other. Never could join one of those groups.
      Is Shawn Killinger pregnant? The last couple of times that I have seen her on the q she is wearing dresses that make her look like she is. I really hope that she is since she wants a baby so badly. It is hard to want a child and not be able to have one.
      I cannot wait to hear from our grand kids also. I will call them tomorrow as they will be busy talking to their moms. I am afraid to talk to Kaylee. She may not be so happy about going to school. She really did not want to go. I think that Melissa should have put in school last year. It is too late to be worrying about that now. Kylie will be all excited because it is her last year. So will have a lot of conversations with all of them. It is a shame that we cannot get all of them together and talk to them then.
      That will be one interesting conversation when Piper starts school. She will talk your ear off. I can imagine how excited she will be. Will her aunt be her teacher like she was for Lachlan?
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I did not know that they made cranberry vitamins. I may have to try taking them. It may help with the UTI’s that I get. I do not get them as often anymore but it would be nice to never have another one.
      There is always a hitch when there is a wedding. That would put you in a panic mode when you lose the band. It was so nice that the dj you knew could recommend some one for you. The dungarees were interesting thing to wear to a wedding. They have all kinds of interesting things that they are doing for weddings now. It is not like when we go married. You wore a dress or a wedding gown. Is Heather married now? She has had some really rough times. Your really did come up with some good ideas on what to do when you were in the restaurant. Sounds like you really decorated it nice. It was better then the barn.
      Well I cannot stay mad at Ron when he brings food home so I do not have to cook. He bought some Chinese food so I do have to be nice to him for a few days. lol He is still on probation though.lol
      Well that is about all from here.Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      OK, fess up girls, how many of you bought out QF today?? LOL. I’d seen a lot of the tops before & most of em were out of my size. Not that I could afford any anyway.
      Thanks Adele, for explaining what HG is. I do think we have TJ Maxx around here, somewhere. I saw your pic of the bowl & mug. they look cute.
      I’m sooooooooooo jealous of you having the Temp-tations fall patterns. I LOVE the embossed pattern better than the painted on patterns. I do have the napkin holder/salt& pepper shaker set in fall fetti. And I love the new FL Pumpkin pattern.

      Colleen, I’ve heard drinking cranberry juice is good for UTIs. Drinking more water should help. Any fluids should flush out the kidneys/bladder. I’m going on my past experiences with the elderly who would get them.
      I thought Shawn looked pregnant this week also. I know little Amy is.

      I think we’re all ready for fall to show up, & cool everybody off. I see some of the trees around here are starting to turn already. Could be cause we need rain, but I’ve seen this happen in yrs before. the nights start cooling off earlier.
      We’re heating up for a few days, starting tomorrow. Hottest temps of the yr. I’ve already cooked up some chicken, made a potato salad, jello, so I won’t have to cook.
      I have an idea, when I don’t have much to talk about, I’ll send pics so you know I’m okay. OK.
      dd

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      Hi Colleen,
      I know what you mean. We have all always gotten along really well on here. Not like some other places where you see people snipping at each other. We have been really lucky and I guess that’s why we have all been on here chatting for so long-because we have a good time. I must say, I still miss Debbie-she always had a good story to tell about her adventures. I haven’t heard from her since the beginning of summer-I will have to try e-mailing her again.
      You know-I watch Shawn’s accessories show on Fridays and I never even payed attention to what she looked like. I haven’t seen anything on the boards and if she was there would probably be a mention somewhere on there. I know Kerstin just adopted a little boy but that’s about it.
      Yes, Kaylee and Lachlan were both kept back a year. I hope they both adjust well to kindergarten. They will probably like it.
      Gosh-Kylie is a senior this year. Does she have any plans for after graduation? It’s so hard to decide what to do next as even though you are graduated you are still young and are expected to make decisions that affect the rest of your life. In this day and age 17 and 18 isn’t really that grown up.
      Yes, Aunt Kelly will be Piper’s teacher. Or maybe Piper will be Aunt Kelly’s teacher. lol
      I see Ron brought you home Chinese. Do you have a good carryout restaurant in your area. Ours is okay but I really like the Chinese food from the restaurant in the next town better-but it’s too far to go for carryout. It’s always nice to get a break from the cooking. We have been barbecuing a lot and just eating fresh veggies and dip and corn on the cob so cooking is pretty easy this time of year.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Wow, that sounds like quite a wedding. I see people dancing on the tables at weddings on AFV but have never seen it in real life. You must have a partying family. I know that the fall has caught up with June for wedding popularity. It sounds like you made it nice even though you couldn’t get the barn. Who would ever think their band would get flooded out. But it sounds like everyone had a good time with the venue and the casual dress and all. So what did the mother of the bride wear to an event like that?
      The wedding that Jenny went to a couple of weeks ago was in a barn. It was also a vegetarian wedding. Ever been to one of those? We went to my nephew’s wedding in Atlanta a few years ago. They had rented a house out in the country. The wedding and reception were outside and the food was all vegetarian. Greg was not too enthused about that ahead of time but he didn’t go home hungry. Instead of a band he had a lot of friends who were musicians so people just got up and entertained and his Dad was like the Master of Ceremonies. I think some people recited poetry too. I think Greg might have sung some too. It was interesting.
      My foot is the same. It doesn’t hurt as much as it used to but i need to wear the brace if I do a lot of walking. It will be like that forever unless I get the surgery to freeze my ankle. Greg’s leg is better. I think he stopped taking the nerve pills for his feet. he needs to go back and see that pain doctor. Just has not gotten around to it. His friend is still undergoing his cancer treatments. We don’t hear that much as he lives in Long Island-much closer to you than to us.
      Haven’t heard how the first day of school went yet. There was a picture on Facebook of Piper waiting for her brother and sister to get home from school. I didn’t see it-Greg just told me about it.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen!
      No they got a divorce. It was a real shame, as he was good for her. her current boyfriend reminds me a lot of him- Dave. Dave is a really good guy, and really good for her. The kids all like him, even Steph, and she is the worst. So,if she likes him, he has to be great…LOL
      I hope you can find the vitamins, and that they will help. They helped me. I even have Gary taking them for his kidneys.
      How did the kids do in school?
      I attached a muffin I made this morning- got the recipe from the King Arthur site- “The Shipyard Gallery’s Zucchini Muffin”. Gary has no idea he had so much zucchini, nuts, and raisins….LOL
      The weather here is better today- the humidity finally broke, and I hope it stays that way for a while. It is in the 80’s today.
      Hope your day is going well, and Ron continues to bring home dinner!
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      We always love to hear from you, and you do have a lot to say. You have suggestions, and ideas for all of us, and we all welcome your additions to any discussion. We also love your pictures.
      I hate that they keep coming out with prettier Fall Temptations- I keep giving my other ones to the kids. I love, love the newest Fall ones- they are the prettiest ones ever!!!
      Our weather is finally better. But, it is all over the news about the drought up here. I figure our produce prices are going to go through the roof.
      I hope it doe snot get too hot for you. That is a great idea to pre-cook some food, so you will not make your place hot.
      I got the black and brown shirt with the apples, and pumpkin on the shoulders. I love the Americana apple on the shoulder. The sizes went out quick.
      I hope your day is going well!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I hope the first day of school went well. Have you heard yet today? Imagine, Colleen’s is in her senior year??? Wow.
      It was a funny wedding, for sure. Everyone did have a lot of laughs. I wore dungarees, a pretty cami, with a tweed fitted jacket that had a little fringe around the hem and sleeves. I was about 70 pounds lighter back then….LOL…before the back issues hit. I was so stressed that day, you have no idea- all because of the music. What band leaves their equipment in the basement, during a storm that bad? I often wondered if they just didn’t want to travel that day- they came from NH.
      I never went to a fun wedding, before Heather’s. All the ones I have gone to were very formal. I love the pretty country ones, and nobody I know has ever had one. Gary hates weddings, because he has to get dressed up.
      Hope you are feeling better- how is the cough this week? I am glad Greg is doing better. You both cannot be down at the same time.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Sitting here watching the ladies diving competition on the games. Well, the heat is on here. Unusual for this late in the month for it to get this hot. It
      usually hits the last of July or first part of Aug. Hopefully its the last time too. I could use that pool the ladies are diving into!!! If only…
      Jewelry is on the Q today, boring.
      I have a question for you ladies. Do you get phone calls from places, & phone #s you don’t recognize? In the past couple days I’ve gotten calls from the
      East coast, Delaware, & today Florida. I don’t know anyone in either state. And when I Google them they come up as spam & fraud. When I click on the map it shows private homes. The one yesterday was a home (nice one at that) that had a for sale sign in front of it. Nice neighborhood. Then today was
      a nice home in Jacksonville, Fl. Maybe wrong # but I find it strange it’s 2 days in a row from the East coast.
      Including some pics of fall. Never fear, it’s on the way. (I hope). :))))
      dd

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      Dianne
      Please tell the Quacker site that is happening, in case someone is suing the site to contact people. I have not had any such calls….yet. I applaud you for looking into it further y Goggling their addresses that came up on your phone- good for you! You may want to let your local police know too, as syber crime is the new way for the criminals to go.
      I am on the do not call list. But, I still get occasional calls, and I am not nice at all when I do get them.
      Tillie was glued to the jewelry shows today….LOL
      Love the Fall pics- got hot again this afternoon, as the humidity went right back up.
      Hope your night is going well!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I miss Debbie also. She was so much fun on here. She would make everyone laugh. I hope that she is feeling better. She always had some good stories about her dog. It was funny when she would talk about her dog eating money and she would wait til he pooped it out and would put it back together. I had to laugh at that one. She always had some interesting things that happened to her.
      I read that about Kerstin. That was so sweet that she adopted that baby and all of the family was sitting around with the baby and they all looked so happy. She really seems to be a nice person. I wonder if Shawn would say anything until she is sure that the baby is going to be alright since she lost the last one. I really hope that she is pregnant. She wants to be so badly and it would be nice if it did happen for her.
      Kaylee ended up loving school. She really likes her teacher and she has made a friend. She makes friends really fast she always has. So she will be fine or at least it looks that way. Kylie wants to be a doctor. She keeps saying that she wants to go to medical school in New York but we have some good medical schools right here in St. Louis. I think that she would be better here then to try and go off somewhere. She does make good grades so we will see what happens. She has talked about being a doctor for a long time. She said that she wanted to be in research she was going to find a cure for diabetes. I think that she has given up on that though and wants to be an MD. I just hope that it all works out for her.
      We have a couple of good Chinese restaurants around here. We have to drive to a different town but they usually pack it so it will stay hot. We are getting to where we have a lot of restaurants. Probably more of them then businesses or factories.
      It will be interesting to hear all about Pipers first day of school. She will have some things to tell about it I am sure. Her aunt will know what to expect with her so it will be okay. A challenge but okay.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen.
      p.s. have you talked to your grand kids yet about how they like school?

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      Hi Adele,
      I would, but I don’t know how to contact QF, & frankly I wouldn’t know what to say. I’m not really sure these calls have anything to do with QF. And as for the police, no crime has been committed. I haven’t been defrauded out of any $$. I didn’t send these yo-yos any $, I haven’t even talked to anyone. Just be alert for strange phone #s on your cell phone caller ID. If it doesn’t look familiar, don’t answer. If they’re ligit they’ll leave a voice mail stating who they
      are & what their business is for calling.
      I’m not a computer geek, but I do know how to Google. LOL. I type in ‘reverse phone number’ & it goes to a list of sites. I click on reverse phone number/white pages. Type in the phone # in the bar & it comes up where the call originates from. And next to that, is a google map. Click that & a pic of the place where the call originated. Sometimes it is a business, sometimes it isn’t. But like I said if they’re on the up & up, they’ll leave a message.

      I would love to get a set of Temptations fall muffin/cup cake pans. What I’d REALLY like is to have one of each. I wish they’d come out with a set of
      one of each pattern for fall. This way I’d have to buy both sets & give away 2 of em. Never satisfied.
      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      talk to ya later.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      At least her boyfriend is a really nice guy and the kids like him. That makes it better if they do. Danyielle is lucky that Owen likes her boyfriend. He likes to do things with him and he comes in from his dads and goes right to Kevin and talks to him.
      The muffins look really good. Is that powdered sugar on top of them? They really look good. My sil is going to send some zucchini over so I can start making some bars. I will give them out to the family for Christmas. Ron’s sisters and their kids really like that. It may be all they get this year.lol
      Our grands did pretty good at school Kaylee who said that she did not want to go loves school. My oldest grand is really happy to be in school. She is in drama club and they had their first meeting today after school. She will in the first play when they have it. My second oldest really liked school also. She was afraid to go to school because she did not know what high school would be like. Well she really ended up liking it a lot. This is probably getting boring but it is like that when you have too many grands.lol Owen likes his teacher but does not want to go back tomorrow. Ethan loves school of course. He loves to learn new things. One good thing Kaylee does not have the same teacher that Ethan had when he was in kindergarten. They are going to try and keep her out of classes that he was in. They will be comparing her to her brother.
      It will be interesting to hear how JJ likes school when he goes back. When do they go back to school? I think that our kids start way too early. It is still so hot this time of year but they have to put up with it. I guess it will be awhile before Aizen will be going to school. It will be fun to hear about him like it is going to be hearing about Piper.
      It is starting to get hot here. I am sick of the hot weather.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I use to get e-mails about QVC having a contest and wanting me to enter. I did call them about that and they said that it was fraud. So I told the girl that I thought that maybe it was but wanted to be sure. She said that they would check into it. Even if those people that called you on the phone did not do anything to you they may get someone that does not realize that it is a scam. If you report it at least the police will be aware of it. You could probably tell them over the phone and not have them even come to your house. It is just nice to make them aware of these things. It just depends how you feel about doing that.
      What beautiful pictures. I love that wreath. It does not look that hard to make but looks are deceiving.lol What beautiful waterfall. The fall colors are so pretty also. Do you have a lot of color in the leaves in the fall? I know that we do here and they do on the east coast. We like to look at all the fall colors.
      That was smart to cook ahead. It gets so hot in the house when you have to cook. We are going to grill outside tomorrow. It will be nice not to cook in the house. That gets tiresome.
      Well that is about all from here. I agree we enjoy hearing from you and whatever you want to talk about.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      We get calls on our landline from strange numbers all the time. I just let the answering machine pick them up and the ones that are junk never leave a message. We are on a do not call list but that doesn’t seem to bother some of these people who are up to no good. I really don’t think it has anything to do with the Quacker site. Usually those people come on here and post weird things and I usually report them right away. They have gotten really good at keeping them off of here.
      Sometimes I google the numbers that call and they are usually reported as some kind of scammers. I just never pick up a number that I don’t know. Yes we are dinosaurs with a landline but we can’t really get rid of it as cell phone service can be spotty out here. I don’t get many junk calls on my cell phone. Usually just wrong numbers.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m so happy to hear that Kaylee is liking school. I have not heard from our kids yet. Will see them tonight.
      So Kylie wants to be a doctor. That’s a good goal to pursue. We will always need doctors. I suppose if she would get a scholarship she would go to wherever the school was that offered that as college and med school will be quite expensive. Since she’s a senior I was wondering if she has a boyfriend or if she dates? Adam’s oldest has had a boyfriend since last year. But who knows how long something like that will last.
      I mentioned this on the book thread but you may not have seen it. I read Patrick Taylor is coming out with another book in October. I’ve forgotten what the name will be. However, I did notice that it is being co-written by him and someone else. I don’t know why that is-maybe he is getting up in years. I see a lot of that co-writing now. I don’t know if it’s some kind trend. You would think it would be hard for two people to write a book together.
      Looks like we are in for some storms. It’s getting dark outside. That should make it nice and humid today. After that though we are going to be in the 70’s for a few days. Hooray!
      Have a nice weekend.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I have not heard about the grands yet. Usually Jenny calls me on the way home from work but she hasn’t this week for some reason. Maybe too busy trying to get everyone organized.
      Gosh we have been to weddings at farms, at beaches, in backyards lots of different places. Jenny’s wedding was a bit more formal-it was at a country club but the views were spectacular. It was actually a lot of fun too. Greg’s group has sung at a lot of wedding ceremonies over time and a couple of times he has sung solo too.
      That’s funny that Gary doesn’t like weddings because he has to get dressed up. He sounds like a little boy. lol I remember my nephew didn’t want to come to our wedding as he was afraid that he couldn’t wear his tennis shoes. I told him I didn’t care but they ended up staying with their other grandparents which I’m sure was a lot more fun anyway.
      My cough is still here. I think it’s getting less and less but it still has not completely gone away. It really is taking a long time. I’ll be glad when I can say it’s completely gone.
      We are getting storms today and tomorrow and then tomorrow it will cool off to the 70’s. I heard the apple orchard is opening soon which means fall is coming. I really feel like I missed half the summer this year. I really missed that trip up north.
      Gail

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      OMG DD!!!

      That is the coolest thing I have ever heard of! That is a very valuable piece of information. I hope I remember how to do it….LOL Thank you so much, I think you just helped a lot of people with these calls.
      In our area, the police want a heads up of calls to elderly people wanting money, even if we have nto given any. They all seem to have cyber crime units now. Pretty sad.
      Wow- you ar ehot out there- we even heard iton our news last night. We are in the high 80’s today, with humidity again. Better weather is coming next week, and I keep hoping.
      I am like you- I wish we could order one piece, and not have to get a whole set. That new pattern is so pretty. I would love to get just a square baking dish.
      Hope you are cool!
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen!
      It is not boring to hear about the kids at all!! I love to hear what they are up to. I read in Gail’s post that Kylie wants to be a doctor. I think that is fabulous. I hope we all live long enough to see it happen. I hope Owen did ok today.
      It is really good when the kids like their Mom’s new boyfriend, and that they are good men. You never have to worry at all. We are blessed….at least right now….LOL
      What are zucchini bars? Give us the recipe! We all love zucchini. I made the zucchini pie Gail posted last year a lot. Or, was that yours?
      Aizen is going to be devastated when JJ goes back to school. It will be real sad, and hopefully not make Steph nuts. He goes back the 29th.
      It is still gross here, so I decided to have take out tonight. Hopefully, it will not be as bad tomorrow.
      Have a good night!
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      I am dying to hear how Piper does all alone. She is such a funny kid. I love to hear the things she says.
      Gary is like a little boy, in every way. All our friends razz him about his food issues, and his “schedule of activities”. We have an assigned time to go to bed. Right after the news. We are not allowed to go before that, even if he is sound asleep in his chair.
      I hope your storms are not so bad that you lose any electricity no air would be awful with all this heat. I would end up in the Jeep if that happened up here.
      You did miss half the summer. Between being sick, and the heat, it went right by. I missed it because of the heat. My nose did not go out there at all….let alone the rest of me. I am praying they are right on next week, and that the weather will finally break.
      Have a good night!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Kylie does not date anyone. She is staying focused on going to med school. She is kind of like Danyielle was when she was in school. She new she wanted to go to college and have something to do with fashion and she stuck with that the way thru high school. She go out with a couple of guys to prom and things like that but as far as getting serious she waited until she got into college. Even though she knew Justin before they went to college. She did go to prom with him but she made it clear that she was going to college and she had time for nothing else. I think that Kylie is a lot like that. It is a shame my other two girls were not as determined.
      It will be interesting to see what he comes out with next. I wish that it would be more about the Irish doctor but I doubt that will be it. I will have to watch for it. I have to go on the discussion about what we have been reading and post what I have done. I was going to do that last night but forgot about that. I will do it tonight. I wonder who he is co writing with. That should be interesting also.
      I hope that you do not get really bad storms there. We had rain here but the storms went around us. We are supposed to have tomorrow. I hope that all are okay and that your electric did not go out. Were you with Jenny when it was storming? I know that you had said that she does not like storms. Hope that you had a good time with the kids tonight.
      Sounds like it is going to start to cool down for everyone next week. We are supposed to have a cool down also. I hope that they are right. We could all use a cool down.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and week-end
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      It must have been Gail that made the zucchini pie. I have never made one that I remember. I usually make the bars and the bread. I will post the recipe tomorrow when I am on here. I have to dig the recipe out of the box. That may take awhile.lol
      It would be nice if we were all around to hear what all of the grands end up doing with their lives. We have no idea what Aliza is going to be like. She is not big enough to tell. She will be a tomboy that is for sure. The way Owen is treating her already. She will be chasing after him wanting to do what he is doing. He may let her when he is at home by himself but not when his friends are around. That will be something to see.
      That is sad that JJ will go back to school and Aizen will have to stay home. He will get lonely. I always feel sorry for the youngest. They get to see all of their brothers and sisters go to school and for some of them it is a long time before they get to go. They have to stay at home with mom and watch her clean house and do laundry.I bet that is exciting for them. My youngest was 6 yrs younger then my middle daughter so she got to spend a lot of time with me.
      We grilled tonight. It rained during the early part of the day and then the sun came out. It is still humid but we are supposed to get more rain tomorrow and the humidity is supposed to drop then. I hope that they are right. It is time for fall and winter to kick in. We have had enough heat for this year.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and week-end.
      Colleen

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      Hi Dianne,
      I misread the e-mail about the calls that you got. I thought that they said something about Quacket or QVC I did not know that you did not talk to them. We are like Gail we do not answer the phone unless we recognized the number. You never know who it is and we usually do not want to deal with them. So we let it alone.
      I cannot believe how hot it is getting where you are. You usually have the really nice weather. Did you ever hear from that guy that came to your apartment to talk to you about your complaints. I was just wondering if they have done anything about what you said or did they just ignore it. I hope that they are doing something.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and week-end.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Oh no, the humidity went even higher today. We just cannot catch a break. The temp went down, and the humidity up, so I will still not sit outside for today. So, since I am stuck in again, I will Swiffer the floors today. That is at least an easy thing to do.
      I wonder what our little ones will be like too. Aizen seems to have one big personality. He is way more out there than JJ is. JJ is kind of quiet.
      I think it was Gail’s recipe for the zucchini pie. It was a hit around here. I may have to make a cake tomorrow, as we are trying to celebrate Heather’s birthday- it was the 18th. We just cannot get everyone together with all these “Mall/retail” schedules. Heather is on a diet, with no cake in it. But, Bobby and Gary want cake….LOL Heather wants some strawberries. I could get off easy, accept for Gary and Bobby.
      I hope Gail did not have bad storms. Hope your weather is better for the weekend.
      Adele

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      Colleen and Dianne- that my fault on the calls Dianne got. I thought they had something to do with the areas we all live in, and someone was trying to pretend they were us, from viewing our site here. LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      That’s good that Kylie is focused on her academics. Sometimes when the boys enter the picture we women tend to get sidetracked and put aside our goals. You are very proud of her I am sure. I hope she gets a scholarship somewhere. That would be great.
      I looked up the Patrick Taylor book on Amazon. It doesn’t show another author on there so I don’t know what the heck I read. I wish I could remember where I saw that but I get a million book newsletters. It releases October 4th and it’s called An Irish Country Love Story and has all the usual characters.
      The kids did good in school this week. Kendall saw all her old friends and Lachlan said he made some new ones. Jenny said he came home the first day with his lunch still in his back pack and when she asked him about it he said he didn’t know it was there. But he just took hot lunch so he didn’t go hungry. I guess he’s having some trouble opening those little milk cartons that they get so Jenny asked Adam if he could bring some home from work(since he works at the dairy) so Lachlan can practice opening them. We told him all he has to do is raise his hand and ask someone to help him but I guess he’s still learning the ropes. It has to be so overwhelming just starting out in school until you learn what’s going on.
      We had tons of lightening last night but no storm until this morning and then it just rained really hard.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      You know I was thinking. I’ve read on the Q boards that there is a Temptations web site. I wonder if you can get individual pieces from there? I do understand as sometimes you don’t want a whole three or four piece set but just one piece of a certain size. Anyway, it’s worth a peek.
      That’s so funny about Gary’s schedule. That wouldn’t work here as Greg goes to bed at nine and I stay up much later. Of course I think he goes to bed and turns the TV on and watches sports until he falls asleep. lol Even on the weekends he goes to bed early as he often has an early tee time. He is such a party animal. lol
      Actually, I guess Piper is getting spoiled getting all the attention with Kendall and Lachlan in school. I know it never bothered me when I was home and Bruce and Susan were in school. That just meant I got all my grandmother’s or mother’s attention. I thought that was a good thing.
      Last night we picked up Subway to bring to Jenny’s. She phones in the order and Greg and I pick it up on the way over to her house. So Piper was standing in the front of the family room and announcing that now she was going to make a speech. Where does she get this stuff? Then she announced that she sometimes wanted to be a butterfly and fly all over the world. Now whose grand daughter is this? The butterfly legacy continues.
      Gail

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies.
      Another HOT day here, so I’m not doing any house work. The A/C can’t keep up with these hot temps. I have it blowing on me while I sit here on the sofa.
      We’re not used to these hot temps here. It’s even been hot on the coast which is highly unusual for them too. It’s supposed to start cooling off later tonight.
      Our natural A/C will be coming in from the Pacific later on. Can’t wait for it to get here.
      Gail, there is a Temp-tations web site, Temp-tations by Tara. and yes you can buy individual pieces on there. They’re always updating new pieces, etc.

      I’m glad all of you ignore unwanted phone calls. You’d be surprised at how many elderly get swindled out of their life savings by these thugs!!! they call saying their grandkids are in jail or need $$ for some reason or other, then they find out they were swindled out of their $. it’s in the news all the time around here.
      The Olympics wrap up today. I’ll be going thru with drawl for a few days. Nothing on tv!!!

      I hope all of you have a great weekend & stay cool.
      dd

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      Hello to all my fellow Quacker friends! You all know I have to start this out by saying again how happy I am over the baby. He is just the sweetest, most perfect little thing. I just want to cuddle him up and kiss him all over. Neal says he is still keeping them awake at night; but I have assured him that this is normal for the first few weeks (or months) but that everything will settle itself down with time. He will adjust to their schedules and they will adjust to his. I made Neal an offer I don’t see how he could refuse. ha ha I said I would be more than happy to take Mr. Colin for the next few months and help him adjust to night and day, and they could come visit whenever they want. I said I would take excellent care of him, and be so happy to do so, and if he doesn’t sleep at night; well, we would just play or I could rock him and tell him stories. Somehow Neal turned me down. Can you imagine that? ha ha But, I have another visit planned for tomorrow; tonight is Joey’s night. Joey is going to offer to sit up with the baby all night so Neal and Sarah can get some rest. I just think that is so sweet of him. He has a heart of gold. Can you all tell I am proud of so many things? Just look over me for now; I am just so full of love and joy that I feel like I am just going to burst with happiness. Gosh, I wish I could bottle this feeling. Tova perfume would have nothing on me.
      Your grandchildren are so sweet too. Isn’t it amazing all the little things they say and do that brings a smile to your face? But; that comes from being the good parents you all have been and passing such good values along to your children, and now they to their children. We all have a lot to be thankful for.
      I’m like you all; I would just love to live to see what our little grands become. Can you imagine all the possibilities?
      Dianne, we have a lot of those scam calls here too. We had the one of them pretending to be the tax people saying you had to call immediately or your house would be seized and your property. We called the Better Business Bureau, the Sheriffs office, and the phone company. We never answered any of their calls and they quit after the third call. There is so much scams nowadays. We just let the answering machine catch our calls of any numbers we don’t recognize and let them leave a message. We have called ID; and that helps. I feel so bad for people who get so scared by these people.
      Your weather is really warm for your area, isn’t it? That sounds more like the summer weather we always have here. Our humidity is so high, that the minute I step outdoors my glasses fog up. I say that we live in a sauna. We actually had two ceiling fans installed on our patio for our outside doggies; to help keep them cooler. Our son gave his Dad a fan that you add water to and it blows out a really fine mist when its turned on. We keep that on for the doggies too (it stands about 5 feet high) and they lay in front of it and the mist blows down on them and cools them off. I guess you can tell that we love our doggies too. Do you have any pets?
      Did you all order any Quacker this time? Have to confess; I did. I could not pass on the vest and long sleeved shirt combo. I got the pretty brownish gold colored vest and to the life of me can’t remember what design was on the tee. Then I bought Another Pair of Dreamjeannes in black. I just love how comfortable they are. I think they have some really pretty pieces on this time.
      By the way; I didn’t realize that Sarahs Moms facebook page is Susan Bray with (edwards) after the name Bray. Don’t know why she did it this way; since edwards is her married name. Guess this is the modern way of putting your married name. Sarahs page is Sarah Smith. Hope you get a chance to see the baby. On Sarahs Moms page there are a few pictures of me with the baby. I have on the black and white striped top. Do I look anything like you all pictured me? I wish I knew how to download pictures on here. I will ask Joey. Hope you can see the baby on there. Do I tell you that Sarahs Dad is afraid to hold the baby? Not Jerry, he is very comfortable holding him.
      Okay, I know you all must be thinking, does she not have anything else going on? Our close friend had a stroke this week, but he is doing good. They got him to the hospital and got the medicine to dissolve the clot and thankfully, all is good. I think I spent all night that night praying for him, and praying for all those sick and suffering.
      Gail, I am so glad you are doing better. Please, please take care, don’t get overheated. We don’t like it when our friends are under the weather. By the way, what does that mean, how can you get “under the weather” Just thought of that. I have heard that expression all my life and it really doesn’t make any sense to me.
      Better go for now. Jerrys back has been giving him a really bad time this week. As soon as things settle down a little; I want him to see a back specialist to see if anything can be done to help him. It hurts me to see him in such pain.
      Hugs to you all and take care. Tennessee MiMi

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        Congratulations on the new grandson Barbara. I am going to look for photos again. Sarah mom may have her name that way so people that knew her before she was married (like school friends) can find her on Facebook. Just a guess on my part.
        Glad you are enjoying time with the baby.
        I guess it was good I never had children as my Mom told me early on to not expect her and Dad to baby sit. I could care for my own kids and if I wanted to go somewhere I could not take the baby to just stay home. So sad as if I had children they would not have been able to spend time with their grandparents. So glad all of you ladies are so proud of your children and grandchildren and enjoy time with them. They will always remember that.

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      Hi Adele,
      I see Hallmark: Movies & Mysteries is running a marathon of Jesse Stone, tomorrow starting at 9 AM. Nice way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for the heads up for the new book by Patrick Taylor. I am glad that he is coming out with a new one. Those books are so good. I will have one of the kids look it up for me and order it when it comes in. He is such a good author. I should try reading some of his other books. I know that he has some.
      Poor Lachlan I am sorry that he did not have lunch on the first day. It is good that they gave him a hot lunch. Here if the kids do not have their lunch they give them peanut butter sandwich. I thought for one day they could just give them a lunch and let the parents send the money in for it. That is sad that he could not open his milk. I hope that he learns how to open them when Adam brings some home from work. It is so hard on kids when they first start. Sounds like Kendall is going to do okay at school this year. it is nice she is in classes with her friends. Doesn’t it seem like the younger kids are more active then the oldest one. They always seem to be shy. Melissa was an outgoing child but she was use to being around her sisters.
      That happens here also. We will get all kinds of lightning and thunder and no rain. We have had more rain here lately. We really needed it though. It is funny how it will rain and rain and then it will quit and not rain for a long time. It had been such a long time that we were really getting dry.
      It is funny because the first part of the year we did not get hardly any green peppers. Now they are blooming and we have little ones on the plants. I sure hope that we get a lot of them. We sure could use them. We are still getting tomatoes and of course cucumbers. Tomatoes have really slowed down but the cucumbers are still just growing as fast as we can pick them. We also had some cherry tomatoes this year. They grew voluntarily. We also have some type of melon that is growing out there and we are not sure what they are. It is close to the compose pile and so it is anyone’s guess. We will have to wait until it gets big enough to know what it is. It is funny when that stuff grows and you are not sure what it is.
      That is so funny that Piper was going to give a speech. Was it a good one? She is so funny. She will be the class clown and have everyone laughing in class.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      It cooled down enough this afternoon that we sat out side on the deck. We sat out in the back yard yesterday but it was a little humid still. I hope that it stays this way for awhile. We do not have the air on tonight so that is always of plus. Maybe our electric bill will be a little cheaper. lol
      Here is the recipe for the zucchini bars.
      3eggs beaten 1/34 cup sugar, 1cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla,2 cups flours, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1tsp salt,2 cups zucchini, 1 tsp baking powder,
      Beat egs and sugar until creamy. Add oil, vanilla, rest of ingredients. then add zucchini,stir in then pour into greased pan. sprinkle with topping and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

      topping
      1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
      1/2 cup sugar
      1/4 cup margarine softened.( I just melt it)
      1 cup of chopped nuts
      1/2 cup flour.
      Just mix all of the ingredients together and drop in different spots in the bars. Then put in the oven,

      I hope that made sense. I have made these so many times that it is hard for me to remember the measurements. I just put stuff in there and mixed it together. That is why I had to look for the recipe so I could give you the directions and the amounts of every thing.
      You will have some of everything for everyone to enjoy. Will you put whip cream on the strawberries? There is not that many calories in the redi whip or the cool whip. Just get the light. I hope that everyone comes over to celebrate her day. Tell her I said happy birthday.
      It was not your fault that I misread her e-mail. I thought that she had answered it and they had asked for money or said something about Quacker or QVC. I had received a thing in my e-mail about entering a contest that the q was doing but I called them to make sure it was legit and they said no. So they were going to check into it. So that is why that is what I was thinking.
      It will be nice to watch the Jesse Stone shows again. I wish they would come up with a new one. They have been showing the old ones for awhile. Tom is so good in those movies.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele, I forgot to say that I like your witch cup that you had on here. It is a shame that they did not have more of them. I liked the bowl also.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      When it is hot here we have the air on and we have some fans going. That way we get a lot cooler especially when it is really humid. I do not like to cook in the heat though.
      We are going to watch some of the closing ceremony. I hope it is better then the opening. I know that it is hard for them since they do not have a lot of money to put into it. Maybe they will have some really good shows on qvc since the Olympics are over with. The shows have been really kind of boring the last few days. Maybe it is just me.
      Well at least Tom will be on to make up for the Olympics being over with. Maybe it will make it more interesting. I have some of the Temptations pieces but not very many. They are so pretty just do not have the room. I have found that they are a lot easier to clean then a lot of dishes.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      That is all that I talk about is my new grand daughter. We really like to hear about your new grandson and you family. We all understand how you feel and all the joy that you are feeling. This is such a special time for you and Jerry and the rest of the family and you should just talk about it as much as you want. He will start to do cute little things before you know it. It is fun to share all of it with everyone here. We cannot wait to hear more.
      I did not order one thing from Quacker this time around. They had a lot of cute things on there though. I own four of those vests with the t-shirts so could not buy another one. I have the one with the ghost, the butterfly, the cardinal and the can’t remember the fourth one right now. May have to look thru the closet and see maybe it is just three. I really wanted the one with the penguin but they sold that out in my size a long time ago. I am going to have to wait for awhile before I can order anymore. I have a lot of easy pays that I need to pay off before I buy another thing. I have a lot of Christmas stuff on easy pay also. That was boring.
      I hope that Joey can post the picture of the baby on here. We would really like to see him. You should have him post a picture of you holding the baby. We would all like to see that also.
      They have those scams all over the place now. My mom gets a lot of them. My brother told her that if anyone calls her to just tell them that they will have to talk to her son and they usually hang up. She gets calls where they want to come to her house and she tells them they have to wait and talk to him. So far she has been safe.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and enjoy that grand baby.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      Don’t worry about talking about little Colin. We know you are delighted by him and are not surprised at your reaction. We all feel the same way about our grands and are so happy for you. This was a long time coming so you have a lot of stored up love to share.
      I think a lot of men have the same reaction as Sarah’s father. Greg would hold the babies just like Jerry. Actually it’s kind of funny because little kids really like Greg. Last week at Lachlan’s party all these kids that didn’t even know him would come up and ask him stuff. It’s always been like that and we find it kind of funny. Maybe they know he’s just a big kid himself.
      Tell Neal and Sarah they better get used to it as they will never have another good night’s sleep until Colin goes off to college. lol I remember those times and it seems like there was never enough time for sleep. Maybe that’s why we like to take naps now-to make up for those years of sleep deprivation.
      How nice of Joey to offer to sit with the baby overnight. All our kids are lucky as we never had any family around to help out when our kids were growing up.
      I wonder if the vest outfit you got was the one with the dog prints. I have that one from last year. I got some of those new shirts with the motif on the shoulder.
      How is Jerry’s Mom? Has she been able to see the baby?
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I think that maybe the kids can charge the lunch if they forget theirs or something. I’m not exactly sure how it works now. I will have to ask Jenny. I know they can get a free breakfast if they want.
      I like getting lots of green peppers as they can be easily cut up and frozen without even blanching and then be used in dishes throughout the winter. I think Greg grew potatoes and carrots this year. We haven’t grown those in ages. We have never had good luck with melons. They never seem to get big and ripe enough. We get these small melons from the farm stand called sugar cube and they are really good.
      I will watch some of the closing ceremonies tonight too. I copy it so I can skip over the many commercials. I wait until they are about an hour into it and then start watching it. America sure won a lot of gold medals.
      It has cooled down into the 70’s here and it feels so good. I wish it could stay like this all year round.
      Gail

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      Sue,
      I’m so sorry that your Mom felt that way. Perhaps she would have changed her mind had she ever had any grandchildren. They do have a way of melting your heart.
      Gail

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      OMG Gailster!
      So do we have her wrong? Maybe she will be a politician, and not an actress. She already knows how to command respect, and get the crowds to pay attention to her for her words of wisdom!! Piper is such a scream. You just never knw what she will do, or say. Oh yes, the love of butterflies continues.
      I am going to goggle the Temptations site before I answer another post! I wonder if Dianne knows about the site too?
      Heather is coming for her birthday dinner today. She is on the Dr. Oz diet- plain chicken breast, asparagus, and strawberries were requested. I made Whoopie Pies, so I can giver her 2, wrapped up well, so she can freeze them, for when she can have them. So, my friend Maxine asked me…..exactly on which diet will Whoopie Pies be allowed?? LOL
      I hope Lachan can get the grip he needs to open the milk cartons. Not easy for a little child, or one of us.
      Hope your day is good- ITKWD is on, as well as Jesse Stone…what is a girl to do??
      Adele

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      DD and Gailster
      Thanks a lot girls…..LOL I just got a square baker that comes with a bow I do not need- I will give that to Heather. Both Tillie and I got the adorable butter dish that comes with a salt and pepper shaker,(I got pumpkin, she got the Fall one), and a sugar and creamer for me in pumpkin.
      At least I was able to get the square baker, without a lot of additions I already have. I made my brownies in the oval baker, and it was just a little too big for the batch. I am thrilled!!!! ( so is my UPS guy)
      DD- wow- you are now getting the hot weather too. We are having rain tonight, into tomorrow. We need it ad, so I hope we get some.
      I can’t watch all Jesse Stone today, because Heather and Dave are coming soon…..and I need to get in the shower shortly. Bobby is grilling chicken and burgers, with zucchini and peppers on the grill. Whoopie pies for dessert.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      Well, I peeked at the page, and know I saw your son, DIL, and baby. Not sure I saw you. I did not see any pic with you in a black and white top, so I do not think the picture is available unless you are friends. Can you post a pic of you ad Jerry with the baby on here?
      We are all thrilled you are so happy with Colin. Now you will have a Little Pumpkin of your own, for the Fall season. I bet the Halloween costume will be adorable!!
      I think your offer was perfectly fine. LOL Isn’t that the sweetest offer for Joey to spend the night so they can sleep???? Plus, he gets to snuggle the baby all night long. How adorable is that?
      I can’t wait to hear how you felt when you held the baby, while he slept.
      Of course we will send prayers for your friend. I hope he is already getting better, and has little damage from the stroke.
      I am attaching a pic of JJ and Aizen having fun on their vaca with his friend’s parents, and his. Jhonny and Steph spent 3 nights with them, and JJ spent the entire week with his friend. They are all back- got home yesterday.
      Hope you are having a snuggle fest!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      I am so sorry you missed the experience of having children and grandchildren. It must be hard for you to hear how thrilled we are with ours, and I am sorry for that.
      Do you have any nieces or nephews to have fun with? Or, the grands of a good friend, who are like your own? I had my Mom’s best friend, who nevr had any children of her own, and always called her Auntie. She is still alive, and I keep in touch with her, as she is as much my Aunt, as my Aunts were, and maybe even more. Being genetically related does not matter, as much as the relationships do. It is our kindness that makes us all close to the others in our lives. We Quackers have that down pat!
      I hope you are having a good day, and weather that is good.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen!
      I copied the recipe, but have 3 questions- what size pan, and what temp for the oven, and do you slice the zucchini, or grate it?
      It sounds great, and I will make it this week.
      On the pics I posted, JJ is on the right, and Aizen is with Jhonny, of course…LOL
      I am glad it cooled down for you, at least for one night. Not here. The temp went down a bit, but the humidity went up higher. It is supposed to rain tonight, into tomorrow. I hope it gets better this week, as they did say it would.
      When Heather comes over, of course I will tell her Happy Birthday from all my Quacker buddies! We will be in here, in the cool, of course. I guess I will be in the yard in September…LOL
      HAve a good day watching my buddy Jesse Stone. hey- the Hallmark channel has a great new series on Sunday nights. We saw it last week, and will see it again tonight- Chesapeake Bay, I think it is called.
      Hope the grands all have a good week in school!
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen!
      Thanks- I love those cups too.
      I wish they gad enough to get one each for the girls.
      adele

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      Hi Gail,
      They get free breakfast here also. They do not want it as much as they use to though. They cannot have the cereal that they want and I am not sure if they do the pancakes anymore either. I guess they figure that they can eat what they want at home.They are all picky about what they eat.
      I hope that you get a lot of potatoes and carrots out of the garden. That sounds really good. We freeze the green peppers also. Ron has so many hot peppers that I do not know what to do with them. We have been giving them away also. He always plants enough of them for the whole county that we live in. lol At least they are just the jalapeno and not the ghost peppers again. Those peppers are so hot Ron could hardly eat them.
      We watched some of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics but then we changed the channel. You could hardly hear any of what they were singing. It was really bothering Ron so we just turned it. I had trouble so I know that it was really hard on him. I do not know if it was just us or if it was like that for everyone. They may have been having trouble with their sound system since it was raining. We have not heard what the medal count was for the US. We will have to get a paper tomorrow and see if they are in there. I think that the UK came in second for medals. That is what I had heard last.
      It has cooled down here also. Ron said that tonight he heard that it is supposed to get down in the 50’s. So we will see what happens.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Sorry that I left that out. You bake it for 30 to 35 minutes and you put it in a 15by 10 inch pan. I just go to the store and get one of those aluminum pans and put them in there. I get two batches of bars out of one mixing. I made 8 pans of it today and still have more zucchini to use. I ran out of pans and out of sugar. I use the disposable pans because I give a lot of it away. I grate the zucchini like you do if you are making cole slaw. I use one of those medal graters.
      JJ is really growing. It was hard to recognize him in the picture. Aizen looks the same. He is growing also but just not as much as JJ has. It will not be long and JJ will be back in school. The place that they went to looked really nice. I bet they all had a good time.
      It is nice here today. Tonight it is supposed to get down into the 50″. So no air on again tonight. We left it on today because we had the oven on all day with my baking and it got hot in here. Tomorrow I have to babysit Aliza so the air will be off all day. It is not supposed to be very hot again tomorrow. I hope that you weather cools down enough that you can sit on the deck and not be really hot. We have sat out for that past couple of nights.
      I have not seen that series yet. Jesse Stone was good but it is the same ones. I am hoping that they will have a new one soon. They have too since suitcase came back to work. There has to be more stories about Jesse Stone. It looked like the woman police was coming back also. They cannot just leave us hanging like that.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Praise God!! The heatwave is OVER!!! It was <20 degrees cooler today. I was actually able to do something around the house. It’ll get hot again by next weekend, but not nearly as hot as it has been.
      I just had the strangest thing show up on my computer. I got on here & there was a bar asking for my name & email address. It said it was required. And below that it had a square you had to check. It said I’m not a robot. So I did. then I went to the Be Social site & clicked on sign in. When I did that I came back to this page, & it was back to normal. I don’t remember that showing up before. Weird!!
      Well the Olympics are over now. I have the closing ceremonies on, but not paying a whole lot of attention to it. Can’t get into it this time around.
      I couldn’t even stay awake for the opening ceremonies. I was able to see the US delegation walk in, only because they were close to the beginning of
      the march of the countries.
      There was a barbeque here today. It was put on by the Beth Israel congregation across the street. A lot of people showed up which was good. I took a hamburger to Kay. She wasn’t up to going down.
      Yes, I know all about the Temp-tations web site. I’d like the butter dish & shakers in Pumpkin Patch or Harvest before they sell out. Something small. I don’t need anymore bakers or bowls. I don’t really need those things either for that matter. Lol.

      Oh, last night I opened the door to see if I could get a cross breeze to get some of that heat in the bedroom out & it worked. The temp dropped by 3 degrees in just a few minutes. In the meantime, Jewell decided to go for a walk down the hallway. By the time I realized she was out, she’d gone down the hall to Kay’s apt & was sniffing around her door. I went down & knocked on her door & told her someone wanted to say hi. Kay got a kick out of that.
      Our friend , Critt, is home now. He stopped by after he ate at the barbeque today. He wanted to see “Precious” cuz he hadn’t seen her in quite some time. then we went down to Kay’s so he could visit with her.
      Colleen, you’re right about the Q being boring lately. A lot of makeup, jewelry, clothing that’s out of my range, etc. There will be a holiday show this Thursday. All day they’ll have holiday décor, etc. I’ll look forward to that.
      That’s all for now.
      dd

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      Hi Dianne,
      Sometimes the site makes us all sign in again. It seems to be kind of random. The are you a robot thing is good as it keeps certain kinds of junk mail from being sent to the site.
      I’m glad that you found Jewell before she got very far. Can people in your building have dogs too-or just cats?
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I had the closing ceremonies on as kind of a background while I played some games on my tablet. I kind of flicked through the speech parts as i recorded it so i could skip the commercials. It was funny that everyone coming into the stadium wanted to take a selfie with Simone Biles.
      I am babysitting today too. It should be interesting with just me and The Pip since Kendall and Lachlan will be in school when I first get there. Will you have to drive into the city to babysit in the winter when the weather might be bad? I wouldn’t like that part.
      Greg grows jalapeno and other hot peppers too. One time he grew these Thai peppers that were really hot like the ghost peppers.
      Our old dogsitter texted me yesterday to see how we were doing. Maybe she wanted to know if she had any new clients yet. lol I still don’t know if we will get more dogs or not. If Greg had more time off i would like to travel more before getting any more pets. Right now I am leaving it in the hands of the universe-but I’m still not ready yet. I think I am a little burned out on people and animal care giving right now and need a little break-if that makes any sense.
      Isn’t it nice to hear how excited Barbara is about little Colin? She’s been waiting a long time for this day.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I forgot to wish Heather a Happy Birthday. Are she and her significant other both dieting?
      Your welcome for the idea about the Temptations site. lol That’s why I like to buy jewelry. Easier to store. lol
      Yesterday was so beautiful with a temp of 71 degrees. If only it could stay like that all year round I could get outside without being uncomfortable. It was really perfect.
      Well you know Piper will have to know how to make speeches when she is accepting those Oscars and Tonys. lol Right now I guess she is getting spoiled being with her Dad while the other kids are at school so she is enjoying it. He takes her to the bakery and stuff. Although I think he enjoys the trips to the bakery as much as she does. lol Her preschool doesn’t start until next week.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I have to tell you-thank God I was not up at 3am last night. We had a tornado warning. I would have freaked out. One touched down on the border of Mass. and N.H.- an EF1, so not too bad. nobody was hurt, just a lot of trees falling into houses.
      The place JJ’s friends” parents rented was really pretty. They all had a great time. I made the Linguini with Pesto Sauce for Steph to take, and I hear it was a success, which is good. Steph is not very confident of her own cooking. I guess that comes with age.
      The humidity I s supposed to drop here as the day goes on. tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful with no humidity, and at night finally cool. I may actually be bale to open some windows! We will see.
      So, in great anticipation of a baking season approaching, I ordered my supplies that are getting low from the King Arthur Company. My sourdough starter got ruined again. It is in a crock in the back of the fridge, and every once in a while I do not notice the top gets a little crooked, and them the starter dries out. I think I will have to place it in a more protected corner of the fridge.
      I hope you have a great time with Aliza today. At least your weather is much better, and you can take her outside to see your animals. Kids do love to see animals.
      I have to wash my kitchen floor today. I do not mind it, as I have that spin mop thing- best thing ever invented. I notice the one I had is no longer available- they have a newer one now. mine was one of the first ones the Q sold.
      Hope your day is good!
      Heather says thank you for the birthday t wishes- to all my Quacker friends.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      that is what happened to me last week on here, until Sue reminded me to sign in again. I think it happens when our lap tops do those up-dates, as I have to sign in again on my email accounts too. Just a thought…LOL
      I am glad your weather broke- red my post to Colleen for our weather.
      That is so cute about Precious escaping to your neighbor’s house. She knows that is where you go to visit. What a good friend you are, to take her some of the BBQ, so she can enjoy it too.
      That is good that Critt is home again, so you have more people to have fun with in your neighborhood. Was he off on vacation, visiting family, or for work? I bet you are happy he is back, as he sounds like a real nice man.
      I feel the same way as you and Colleen- I think the Q has been trying to get rid of the old stock, before the new stock comes in. We already have everything, so it is not as interesting….LOL this Fall, I may try some of the sides that you girls have ordered, as everyone says they are good. I hate to order any food, when it has been so hot, for fear of it spoiling. There is no way anything can be kept at a safe temp when it is over 90. Tillie ordered those nut rolls Paula Dean had on, and she loves them- she gave me and Gary one for up here. they are good, I must say.
      Hope your day is great!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I saw you are babysitting Missy piper today. I bet we will have some good stories tomorrow….LOL
      Your weather was perfect. we are supposed to have a perfect day tomorrow. I cannot wait! I will be out on the deck. I have to wash the floor today, so I am free to hear the birds all day tomorrow.
      Read my post to Colleen on the middle of the night tornado warning. I would have been in the street crying, had I heard it.
      yes, Heather and Dave are both dieting. he is doing o it to support her. god bless him, as he really does not have a lot to lose. If he loses any more, he will look sick. She lost 10 lbs. last week – not sure if she lost anymore . It was a weird birthday. No cake, no singing. They had chicken, asparagus, and strawberries, while we all had a Whoopie Pie. It was just plain weird. I did not make her favorite cookie, as it would have been mean. her favorite dinner is chicken broccoli and ziti- that did not happened either. Weirdest birthday ever.
      well….I better go wash the floor, as it will not wash itself….LOL
      Hope you are having a great day with Missy Piper. I bet she has you in stitches by now.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s another cool day here. Whew!!!! Sure feels good after all that heat. We’re supposed to get another 2-3 days of 90s later in the week, but from
      there on it’s back to more normal temps. More like early fall temps, which is fine by us!!!

      I live in a high rise apt bldg so Jewell couldn’t get too far away. And most of the residents do have small dogs or cats here. One lady down the hall from
      me has birds. When her door is open you can hear them chirping. Most of the pets here are service animals. Mostly companion pets.

      Adele, we get those storms every once in awhile in the winter months. Out here they call em “microbursts” where wind knocks down a lot of trees, &
      stuff goes flying. Very rarely does a funnel cloud ever hit ground & if it does, it’s an F0 or F1, causing minor damage compared to what happens out
      there. I’d be terrified too if I heard a tornado warning in the middle of the night. We have earthquakes to deal with.
      Portland sits right on top of a fault. Similar to the San Andreas fault in the San Fransisco Bay area. I guess there’s all sorts of things ya have to deal with
      no matter where you live.

      I wish my friend Critt was on a trip, vacation, or something pleasant. He’s the one who was in the hospital for an infection in his knee. He still has it, & they won’t do surgery because it would contaminate the new knee. It’s good to have him back.
      Oh by the way Jewell, aka Precious is one & the same. Critt heard me call her Precious once so now he calls her that. For those who don’t know shes my Himalyan cat.
      that’s all for now.
      Have a great week.
      dd

      PS: I’ve ordered meat from the Q & they send it overnight in dry ice & I’ve never gotten any of it thawed out. It comes in a Styrofoam container, too. Thick Styrofoam.

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      Hey DD!
      So happy you are enjoying the nice weather. We are supposed to have some tomorrow. I can hardly wait!
      Love the pictures of your Precious Jewell! She is so beautiful.
      I remember the story of your friend’s knee. It reminds me how important it is to take the antibiotic before I go to the dentist. I have to do that for the rest of my life. The doctor says bacteria attaches itself to the metal, in any replaced joint. How is he feeling, now that he is home? We will all add a prayer for his quick recovery, as infections are not fun.
      Does Jewell go crazy, when she hears the birds chirping?
      I have heard of microbursts. Every once in a while up here, if there is a bad thunder storm in the Western part of Mass, they have one. Way out in the Western part of Mass, it is more common to get a funnel cloud, once in a while. But, with all this whacky weather, everything is becoming common, everywhere.
      I hope you will remain earthquake free for the rest of your life! We have faults up here, but they are not active. We had a very mild shaking one night a couple of summers ago. It was eerie, as when it happened it had a real spooky sound that you heard with the shaking- a sound you never heard before.
      good to know about the meat deliveries. So far, I have only had hot dogs delivered, and we still have some left for the end of the summer.
      Hope you have a good night!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope that you got that floor washed so you have a free day tomorrow. Right now I’m working on laundry as I skipped it last week for some reason.
      I like the way that you’re preparing for baking season. Once again you are like the squirrel gathering her nuts. lol Between the heat and the kitchen reno there has not been the usual amount of baked goods coming out of your kitchen. I’ll bet the Minions miss those cookies and cakes.
      I’m glad that you missed the tornado warning as you cowering and crying in the street would not have been a pretty picture. Plus you would have needed to go into the basement or into an interior room with no windows-like a bathroom. I think always living in a tornado prone area I could never get used to living in a house without some sort of basement. I know in the south a lot of houses don’t have basements yet they get tornadoes there too. I remember Greg’s partner saying they don’t have many basements in Idaho but he and his wife being from the Midwest they insisted on one when they built their house.
      Well, I’m thinking Piper is kind of enjoying having all the attention while the older kids are in school. It gives her the opportunity to speak uninterrupted-and boy did she! The child has no lack of topics of conversation. I’m afraid she’s going to be like me in grade school and always get in trouble for talking in class. Hmmmm-I wonder if that’s where she gets it from now that I think about it.
      So today Jenny got home from work before Kendall and Lachlan got home from school as Aunt Kelly was picking them up. Well as soon as they got home-Finn-their cousin from two doors down was at their door. So I noticed Jenny was kind of crabby which is unusual and she kept telling Finn to go home and see his parents but he never listens to her or anyone else for that matter and I could see she was getting really irritated. So i asked her what was wrong and she said that she had a sore throat and was kind of tired because she didn’t feel well and that Finn was making a mess and wouldn’t listen to her. Well when I found that out I told Finn that Aunt Jenny was feeling sick and he was going to have to go home and boy did he listen. He was out the door in two seconds. Sometime these kids don’t follow through so the little ones don’t think they mean business. I told Jenny that now I was probably the “bad grandma” but I knew i was doing her a favor by sending him home. It’s hard enough watching your own kids when you aren’t feeling well let alone someone else’s. I think she might get the sore throat from post nasal drip like I do and she has a prescription nasal spray too so I told her she should try using it and see if that helps. I’ll check tomorrow and see if she is feeling better.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail!
      I am most certainly the squirrel gathering nuts. I am dying for the baking season to begin. I got this nice biscuit recipe form King Arthur’s recipe of the week , and I am dying to try it out. It doe snot need a rising period, so that is great.
      Well. Last night I found out I had the tornado wrong- it was in Concord Mass, not Concord NH. FREAKED me out even more. They said it was the first time we ever had night tornado in Mass, I think…..LOL As we have a raised ranch, I would have been a lunatic.
      Poor Jenny! nothing worst than going to work, and coming home to care for your kids when you are sick. A quick prayer sent out for her to feel better fast. Maybe it is just allergies. That is what I hope, as they do not get worst, just annoying. How is she today?
      Hey- someone needs to take one for the team, as they say. I posted this funny witch saying on Facebook, and it got more comments than anything else I ever posted- have Greg show you, you will get a kick out of it.
      I hope you are also feeling better. jenny too!!
      I have a free housework day- floor got done yesterday- yahoo! Tomorrow, it is the bathrooms, and Thursday, out with Nancy.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies! Nice and cooler here today. Well, I guess I should say it is not so humid, which is what really helps us down here. Glad to here you missed the really bad storms, Adele. I am terrified of tornadoes, and unfortunately, Colleen and I both live in the areas that they blow through. I gather up Auto Kittly and we go into the laundry room in the center of our home, and Jerry just sits in his recliner while I holler out “get in here Jerry!’ and he ignores me ha ha. I wear my clothes to bed if there are storm warnings for late at night. My mother always told us that you wouldn’t want to get blown outside in just your underwear (and hopefully other clothes) so I guess that is why I get so scared. I was on my way home from work one day and saw a tornado, lots of hail, thunder and lightning, winds. It was so scary. But thankfully I was right by a place where I could pull over and thats where I stayed untill it passed. It was hailing so hard that it sounded like boulders were hitting the windsheild and car. I was crying of course.
      I talked to Neal early Sunday morning and told him that we wanted to give them a chance to spend some alone time together, but wouldn’t you know it? I couldn’t stand it and Jerry and I took them supper over and I loved and loved on that baby. He smiles in his little sleep and just cuddles up to me. I thank God every day that he has allowed me to experience this love. Makes me want to cry I am so grateful.

      Sue, I have meant to ask, how is your little puppy dog doing? Good I hope. Did you know that we lost our beloved Oz after almost 20 years. He brought us so much joy. Just watching him lay belly up in the soft grass made me smile. We have a Blue Tic hound (he is actually the brother of the mascot for the University of Tenn). We didn’t buy him, I love shelter dogs, but we inherited him from our son’s girlfriend when their relationship went bad. I love him so much though. He is so gentle, even though he is big. Our son lives about 400 feet behind our home, but Dodger spends half his time up here on our back porch. I think he just get sleepy, and falls over ha ha
      I have totally lost all my desire to clean. I mean gone, caput, it’s out of here! And the homestead is beginning to show it too. You all are so good to keep your homes cleaned and mopped. My dust bunnies know each other by name. I think some of them are dating or married, because they are sure multiplying.

      Sure hope your daughter is feeling better, Gail. It seems like as soon as school starts back so does the sickness. By the way, how is your cough? I don’t want any of my Quacker friends or their loved ones not to feel good. Dianne, hope your folks are doing better too. I have a cat too. He came from the automotive department at Walmart when he was a kitten.He completely rules the house now. He is so much company to my husband and me. Just love to see him waiting for us when we come in the door. He is about 6 years old now. And he is a very good footwarmer.

      Do you all ever wish there would be some true plus sized models on the Q? I would love a size 2x to be on there all the time, and for her to model so I could really see how things look on someone closer to my size. Even some of the things on an XL just don’t look right on me. And I surely do not like to pay return shipping charges. Mabey I could write to Angel or Patrick and ask. What do you all think or am I the only “plus size” one of the group?

      Adele, I made some apple dumplings the other day. I got the recipe off the King Arthur flour website. Gosh, were they ever good. I usually wait until Fall, but just got hungry for some for Jerry and Me. I made one for Joey too, and he enjoyed his as well. I as so looking forward to the smells of Fall.

      Jerrys Mom is doing so well. She is still in Rehab, but they are recommending assisted living for her. She still forgets some things, and that is their main concern at this point. She is using a wheel chair to roll herself around when she gets tired, or a walker when she is feeling good. She walks to the dining hall to eat and play Bingo or if the church sends in singers. I kind of think she is enjoying being there myself. Jerry still goes and spends at least 2 hours a day with her, usually more. But I feel like at her age that this is good for them both, that he is creating memories that he will have forever. But if for some reason she is able to go back home, we plan to have full time caregivers; so we know she will be safe. She is still gaining weight; so I know that is good. I took her a milkshake and she just ate it up. I also took her some cookies I had baked and she hid them in her nightstand. ha ha. She told me that she was saving them for that night. So we are really happy at how well she is doing.

      Guess I better go for now. Seems the only housework I will do now is keep my kitchen and bathroom clean and do a little laundry. I have clothes in the dryer to fold and put away right now. I think the Q must be trying to get rid of a lot of things right now. If I see one more Vitamix or mattress I think I will run out the door hollering. But as they say, don’t complain, just turn it off or change channels. Take care everyone. Have a great afternoon. Barbara

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      It is so good to hear the joy in your voice. It is an amazing thing, a grandbaby. Wait until he smiles at you- your heart will melt. I miss being able to put Aizen to sleep, and smelling his cute little self. Don’t babies smell great? Not to mention how soft their tiny hands are.
      I am like you- dying for the baking and other smells of Fall. Bring it on!! I almost made those biscuits that were on the recipe of the week form King Arthur, but, I had too much company today. Joyce stopped by on her way back form the doctor. Then Heather and Dave stopped by at end of day. I do not mind at all, as I love the little unexpected visits. Way more fun than planned ones.
      I know what you mean. Some of the designs look a lot smaller on bigger boobs. Once in a while where they land looks peculiar….LOL I got the owl shirt today, and the grey pumpkin one. I need to stop, as I have no more room!!
      Hey- I saw some of your Southern Dust Bunnies make their way up north. I think they are planning a Fall, Pumpkin wedding up here….LOL I hate to clean too. But, I use it as my only method of movement every day- my cardio workout, as I clean from my sitting positions….LOL
      I am so happy Jerry’s Mom is doing better. She really needs the social aspect of the supported living situations. I hope she can stay there, as she is having a good time, and she is safe. A win, won solution for everyone.
      Gary is not doing great today. he stayed home. He has been trembling. I had him take his blood sugars, and he was real low. He has never gone low before. Ever. Called his doctor, who said stop taking the diabetes med, until he can see him next week. I would feel better if we went to the ER. He does not want to go. If this does not stop soon, I will dial 911 on him. He is sleeping in his recliner right now.
      Have a good night! Please say a tiny prayer he will be ok. He has already used up 5 of his 9 lives.
      Adele

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      Hi Barbara,
      It is so good to hear the joy that you are feeling. There is nothing like a new baby in the family. They are so precious. It is nice that you took a meal over to Sarah and Neal they probably really appreciate it. You should never miss an opportunity to see Colin. We see our grand kids every chance we have. They are all special and there is just something about them when they are babies. They let you hold them and snuggle with them. They grow out of that too fast and you miss it when they do. So enjoy it while you can.
      We do have a lot of tornadoes in our areas. I can remember when I worked at the hospital in Poplar Bluff we had a tornado go thru and we stood on the walk way between the clinic and the hospital and watched it. We were young and stupid then. It took the roof off of the house behind the hospital. The hospital was not touched so that was a blessing. I worked as an admission clerk so did not have to take care of patients at that time. I do not think that we thought about what could have happened to us if it had came at us. There would have been no where to go. They let all of us go home at different times of the day to check on our homes to be sure they were not damaged.
      It would be nice if they had a plus model. Even if the models that are short were a little heftier. They have two models that are 5’2 but they are so skinny that they are no help. When you have more weight on you and you are short your clothes do not hit at the same spot. Your tummy pulls it up a little. I wish that they would make more of the clothes with a band around the bottom. The tops that are more like sweat shirts would be better to have that band around the bottom. Not a tight band just one to make it look more finished at the bottom. I guess that made me really get started. I think that I better stop now.
      It would be nice if she could stay where she is at. They do not take permanent people at rehab though. She sounds like she is really fitting in there though. It may be nicer then she thinks being around people her age and being able to have someone around to talk to all the time. It seems like all older people like to play bingo. I guess I should not talk I am one of the older people now. lol Hope that you find a place that she will like.
      It would be nice if we did not get those dumb dust bunnies. If they would just go away we would not have to worry about cleaning that much. I do not like to clean much anymore either. Life is too short and there is a lot of other things that I would rather do. Anyway cleaning gets in the way of my morning nap and afternoon nap. How can you fit all of that in if you are cleaning.lol
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Nice day here. OMG!! Have any of you gotten an email from Temp-tations featuring the new fall dinnerware sets? They’re Harvest & Pumpkin Patch.
      The Harvest is GORGEOUSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! If I had a family & was planning to have a family gathering for Thanksgiving, I’d be right on it. I already have the Rose set from earlier this yr. I don’t need another set of dishes!! She’s coming out with so much beauuuuutiful stuff, I could easily go broke.
      Sigh.
      I agree with you about having a plus size model on the Q. The closest one is the blonde girl, Jackie. Not to be confused with the host, Jacque. And I think we’re all a bit tired of seeing the same things week in & week out. I know I am. It could’ve been due to the Olympics, but it does seem they’re showing the same stuff for weeks now. With the holidays coming up it’ll be a lot of Christmas stuff. Thurs. is all holiday, all day. Just the one day, tho. They’re having a 3 hr Gourmet Holiday segment in the late afternoon ET.

      I got some bad news today. One of my neighbors fell during the night, breaking her hip. She’s in the hospital, due to have surgery tomorrow. She won’t be back for quite awhile. They’ll put her into a rehab place before she’ll come home. She’s not in very good health, so it could be she’ll end up in an assisted living place.
      Well, I guess that’s all for now
      Take care.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that the tornado did not hit anywhere near where you live. That is such a mess when trees are down and you have all that mess to clean up. Thank God no one was hurt. That is the scariest part when you have people that have been hurt. I guess every place you live has some type of weather that wreaks havoc in the area.
      That was nice that they all had such a good time. It was nice that you made that dish for Steph to take along. I think that you are right. They do not have as much confidence when we are younger cooks as we get as we get older. Maybe because we have the attitude that if you do not like it do not eat it. lol I have had that attitude for a long time now.
      Ron went with me to watch Aliza today. She was really good. She did not cry at all today. We went out on the deck at her house and sat and just let her look around. We have to drive to St. Louis to watch her. I had to tell her that I cannot do it for awhile. My back is out again and the doc does not think that it is a good idea for me to drive all that way and then lift the baby. Ron went with me so he could lift the baby for me. Still got to hold her and snuggle. She was so good. She rolled the ball to Ron this time and he got a really big kick out of it. She had a new toy and she really liked playing with it. She goes in her bouncy seat and she really jumps a lot in that. It is fun to see her jumping up and down in that thing and laughing. Every time she jumps it plays music. It is really cute.
      Glad that you got your floor moped so you could just enjoy today. It was nice here today but is going to be hot tomorrow and then more rain. My spelling is really bad tonight. Just about every other word the little red line pops up and I have to correct it.
      It is hard to find a place in the fridge for things like that. Can you use a dish that seals so it will not come off or does it have to be kept in a crock? That would be easy to knock the lid off or off enough to ruin you starter.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Sounds like you had a nice day with Piper. She kept you entertained. I am sorry to hear that Jenny was sick. It was a good thing that you were there to chase Finn home. I think that kids are more afraid of grandmas then they are aunts. We are mean people. lol At least he went home and left Jenny alone with her kids. Her kids will probably be better and not bother her as much if they know that she is sick. I hope that she feels better tomorrow.
      Ron has ever grown Thai peppers. I may not tell him about them we will have those in the garden next year. He has brought in a basket of jalapeno peppers tonight. He has decided that he is going to can them. Glad that it is him and not me. You cannot touch anything for awhile until you got that stuff off you hands. It burns your face or anywhere you touch until you get it off your hands.
      It takes time to get ready for another dog. Ron cannot go without one for very long but I can. When he gets one it takes me awhile to warm up to them. Every time that I do something happens to them. We will probably have Austin for a long time. He does not do much but lay in the yard and go to his food dish. That is the most excitement for him during the day. Ron is already talking about getting another dog. He wants one to replace Biskit. He may have a hard time finding one like her she was one of a kind. I guess we all feel that way about our dogs.
      Ron went with me to watch Aliza this time. He did all the lifting. The doctor said that it is hurting my back to drive that far and then pick her up. So I have to stop for awhile until he gets my back to where it should be. If it is not one thing it is ten others.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I love the pictures of your cat. Jewel looks so relaxed laying on the bed. She is such a pretty cat. I also like the pictures of the old time kitchens. It makes me think of going to my grandmothers and all the fun we had there. She always had goodies for us and I can remember we would sit in the kitchen with the windows open because there was no air conditioning. It did not seem like we minded the heat that much when we were kids.
      I am sorry to hear about your neighbor that fell. That is sad that she broke her hip. Hope that things work out to where she can come back home again. It is not fun to have to go live in a nursing home. There is no place like home and that is for sure.
      I agree it does not matter where you live you always have some type of bad weather that is worse where you live. We have the bad storms and some earth quakes but not as many as you probably have. We have them probably about as much as Barbara, Adele and Gail have them. The tornadoes are enough.
      Are they giving Crit some type of medicine to help with the infection? I hope that there is something that they can do for him. That is terrible that he has a new knee and still has the infection. It is nice that he is back and getting around. That is funny that Jewell went to visit your neighbor the other day. She is so cute. It is great that it made you neighbor smile.
      I have gotten food from the q and it is always still frozen when I get it. No matter what the weather is. The only trouble that I have had is one of the sides that I ordered the lids were off of the food. It is the ones with the sweet potatoes and dressing and mac and cheese. It was still frozen though. Do not really know what to do with them but still have them in the freezer..
      That was nice that they had that bbq for all of you there. It was also nice that you brought you friend some food. It is hard when they cannot get down stairs to get some of the food. Was it just meat or did they have salads also? That was just a really nice thing for them to do.
      Well I think that I am caught up with everything now. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Yesssss, I’m back. Twice in one night, what’s wrong with me???Lol
      Say I meant to ask about those peppers you were talking about earlier. I’ve never heard of the ghost peppers. What are they? Did you know to remove the seeds to avoid the heat of them? David explained that on ITKWD one time. He said to remove the vein ? & the seeds if you don’t want the bite.

      Colleen, take your sides, still frozen, and remove them from the tinfoil pan & place them in a 11×7 Temptations baker, & bake according to the directions. I had them a couple yrs ago. Very simple. And delicious!!!
      I’m sending along some pics of the Oregon coast. Also the new Harvest set of Temptations dinnerware. They don’t show the inside of the bowls, tho. It’s the inside of the bowls that set it off!!! Breathtaking, at least I think so.
      Talk to ya later.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      I saw the Temptations-I’ll bet Adele is having a hard time resisting the pumpkin ones. I had a hard time resisting the Lenox dishes with the butterflies but I need new dishes like I need a hole in my head. lol
      I was wondering if there are mostly senior citizens in your building as many of the people that you have mentioned seem to have some limitations. And you have mentioned services coming to you like the eye checks and such. It sounds like many things have been made for the convenience of the tenants who may not be able to get out. Now if only there was a grocery store right next door. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Greg used to be like Jerry and be looking out the window during tornado warnings but then I remind him how one hit down the road in our old neighborhood and how what would I do if something happened to him while I was down hiding in the basement-so know he goes down there i think mostly out of deference to me more than anything else. If I wasn’t home he probably wouldn’t go down.
      Jenny’s feeling better and my cough is slowly getting better. Thank you for asking.
      It just warms my heart hearing you talk about your new baby grandson. It’s funny how you just can’t stay away.
      I think you find Dodger out on the back porch a lot because he knows where the goodies come from and he wants to hang with the rest of the gang. Didn’t Lisa own Ruby too? Did she take her with when she moved?
      Perhaps after your MIL sees how much she enjoys being around other people she will be easier to convince that assisted living may be the best thing for her. There are usually lots of activities going on.
      I would like to see some actual 1x and 2x models on the Q too. I don’t understand why they don’t use all size models since I’m sure their purchase records show that they have all size shoppers. There used to be more 1x models at least but then it seems like they phased them out so the largest are L or XL. Not everyone is xs or xxs which they seem to show the most.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Isn’t it interesting that now that we are all older we don’t find the need to clean as much as we would when we were younger. We’ve all realized there’s more to life than a spotless house and we want to spend more time doing the fun things. Seeing the dust bunnies just doesn’t bother us as much.
      Any of those peppers get that juice on your hands. Some people wear gloves when they clean and cut peppers. I have to be really careful because I wear contacts and you don’t want to put your finger in your eye to take the contact out until you have washed your hands a dozen times. Usually I will try and remember to take the contacts out before working with hot peppers.
      I’m so sorry that you hurt your back again and can’t pick Aliza up. At least you can still hold her and cuddle her if someone hands her to you. I didn’t know being in a car could irritate your back. I hope the chiropractor gets you back in shape quickly.
      I think I won’t be babysitting soon either as Adam has put in to change his hours. Right now he doesn’t see Kendall and Lachlan at all now that they are back in school-so he put in to start later so he can see them for awhile after they get home from school. I won’t really mind as we see them a lot anyway. Plus then I won’t have to take Gail’s days when she goes to Washington and I won’t have to go out on bad days in the winter.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the things that you will be baking. lol
      How is Gary today? Feeling better I hope. Maybe if you can’t get him to the ER he will go to urgent care if things have not improved. That’s scary when the sugar gets down that low. What can you do for him at home?
      Did you get to watch AGT last night? I hope the guy from Estonia goes home. He is kind of gross. Other than him everyone else was pretty good. I don’t know how they choose.
      Gail

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      Hey DD!
      I feel the same way you do, how many dishes can we get? I have no room for another whole set. I did get the pretty set of 3 bowls, shaped like leaves. I have to find a place to put those! I have a lot of pumpkin/ leaf motifs in this house, as Fall is my favorite, and I collect pumpkins. I have a few of those pretty hand blown glass pumpkins. I decorate mostly with the Fall colors- there is a thread of salmon shade in every room, some more than others. that is my dominant color here. Even my bedroom- it is mostly a green color, but the flowers in the quilt are salmon/orange colored. The new toppers I made for the windows in the kitchen are a light cream, also with salmon colored flowers.
      I will say a prayer for your neighbor. I hope she is doing ok.
      Gary is taking himself to the ER today, so I need a little prayer boost from my Quacker Prayer Warriors. he is not feeling good, and his symptoms are similar to when his kidneys shut down last year, but, not as bad. I hope this is something minor, but, he needs to get there. We are waiting for Frankie to come, so he can go over the day’s customers with him, and then he will go. I will stay behind to handle the business, and then if he is not home yet, get there after Frankie is back form the day’s work.
      I hope you are having a good day! Did you see AGT last night? They have so many great singers- who to choose???
      Adele

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      hi colleen
      I think that crock is designed to get some air into the starter, so it has to be kept in there. This is about the 3rd time it happened. I have to put it on another shelf, or it will still happen. It only happens in the summer, when I do not make as much bread….LOL
      Read my post to DD- Gary is going to the ER today. He is not feeling good at all. Stayed home yesterday, and is worst today. He even gets winded going down the hall. He is dizzy, trembling, headache, eyes bloodshot, low blood sugar (his never goes low) pain in lower chest, winded. Does not look like a heart attack, but, who wants to take that chance? I need a little prayer from my Prayer Warriors.
      I am sorry your back is acting up again- I will add a prayer for you!! I am glad Ron went with you, so you could still have fun with Aliza.
      Have a good one- saw AGT last night- good show!

      Adele

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      Hey DD!!
      I think we should ask the Q to take trade-ins!!! LOL LOL
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Read my posts to the girls as I am running out of time to write today. I will let you all know what the hospital says on Gary. I don’t think he is as bad as the last time- I hope. I am glad he agreed to go today. So, he must be feeling a lot worst than he is admitting to.
      I am having a hard time keeping away from my “add to cart”.
      Adele

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      Hey GAil
      I just read your post….LOL Oh yes, he is going today. I will handle the business, and then get there, if he is still there. Still not good. I was giving him OJ, and carbs to make the sugar go back up. That is the weirdest, as with a diabetic, the sugar goes up when they are stressed, not down.
      I hope he goes home too- another weirdo. With all these great singers, who will win????
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      It is kind of sad that we will not be babysitting for our grands for awhile. That is nice that Adam could change his hours so he could spend more time with his kids. It is important to be with them now. How is Jenny feeling today? Hope that she is better then she was yesterday. It is not fun to be sick like that when it is so hot outside.
      Ron canned those peppers but forgot to put the gloves on. He said that he will be careful not to touch his eye so they do not burn. He has done this enough that he should remember to wear the gloves. You know how men are though. They do not think about it until it is too late.
      I am back to going to the back doctor once a week again. I am not sure for how long. That is so discouraging. I guess it was coming though. It is hard to sit in the car and then hold the baby. Her bedroom is upstairs and having to carry her up the steps and then down is hard on the back also. The doc said that sitting in a car you put a lot of pressure on the back. It is supposed to help if you lay back a little in the seat or put a rolled up towel behind you. It takes some of the pressure off of the back. At least that is the way that I understand it.
      That will be nice not having to go out in the winter. Especially with all the snow you get in your area. We get snow but not as much. I was not looking forward to making that long drive to St. Louis either. Ron would have had to go with me and he would have complained.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am sorry to hear that Gary is in the hospital. Hope he will not have to stay for long. If this ever happens again try to give him peanut butter. I had my sugar drop once and could not get it to come back up so I call the ER and they told me to eat peanut butter. So that is what I did and it really helped. I am sorry that I did not think of that yesterday I feel bad that I did not. It is good that he went find out what to do. I hope that it does not have anything to do with his kidneys. I will be praying for him.
      I watched that AGT for the first time yesterday. Howie buzzed that young man that was dancing with his mother. Does that mean that they cannot come back or what. I could not figure out what good it did. It seemed like the rest of the panel got mad at him for doing that. He did make some good points though. It was on again tonight but they were showing the same thing they showed last night I think.
      Not much going on here. Will be praying for Gary and hoping that he will get to come home soon.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      The ghost peppers are one of the hottest peppers that you can eat. They do not take the seeds out that would take away from why they eat them. I just think that they are all a little nutty. My bil eats them because he wants to show his son and Ron that he can eat really hot stuff still. I do not think that they care though. Ron just did not grow any this year which I was glad of.
      I can see why everyone loves those dishes by temptations. I am like everyone else I have so many dishes that I have no place to put them. They would be nice to have in the fall. I would have to get rid of some of my other dishes to get any of them.
      The Oregon coast is so pretty. I can see why you like living in that state. You always post such pretty pictures. They make everyone feel good to see them. They always make me smile.
      You are right about the inside of the bowls. I saw the inside of yours when you posted them on here. They are really pretty.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I don’t mind too much not babysitting for the time being. It is a little sad but I’m kind of glad for the break and not having to go out in the winter. Plus we see the kids a lot anyway. I don’t blame you for not wanting to drive alone in the winter plus even though Ron would complain I’m sure he loves seeing his grands too.
      I never liked carrying the babies up and down the stairs in Jenny’s old house either. The new house is all on one level except for the basement so that is good. She is feeling better too. Could have been allergies.
      I hope your back will start feeling better soon.
      Ron will have to wash his hands a whole bunch of times until that pepper juice wears off.
      I see the Q has CIJ today. I wonder if it will be the same old stuff again or if there will be some new. Maybe you can find those gifts for the SIL’s today.
      I will try and explain what happens on AGT as Adele might be busy taking care of Gary. I hope he is okay. I will be praying for him.
      On Tuesday night the people perform. On Wednesday night they have the results show which tells which people are staying and which people have been voted off by the American public. Howie buzzed that act because he thought they were repetitious but at this stage in the competition the judges buzzers don’t count once they have started the live shows. The other judges didn’t agree with him but they disagree a lot of the times.
      When the show is in the early part of the season and people are just trying out if three of the judges hit their buzzers then the act is immediately dismissed. At this part of the season the buzzers don’t count but sometimes a judge will hit one just to show he’s not liking the act at all. Maybe this will help if you watch it again next week. It’s getting toward the end of the season so most of the acts that are still on there are the good ones. It’s pretty interesting to see all the talent that comes along. Of course at the beginning of the season there all all kinds of bad or goofy acts too. If you have any more questions I’ll try and explain or Adele can explain when she gets back here. I sure hope everything is okay at her house.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Hope everything is better with Gary. We are all praying for you guys.
      Gail

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      Hello everyone
      I have time for a quick post, so here goes.
      Gary is again in “renal failure”, as they call it. What that means for today, is he developed another stone, that is blocking the tube so he can urinate, putting the poisons in his system, and causing the kidney to fail. The reason his blood sugars went so low, is that because he is not urinating out the medications he takes, they are continuing to work on lowering the blood sugars, as he is not eliminating them.
      They wanted to do surgery last night, but the OR was booked until after midnight. Surgery is today, to put in a stint to open the blockage, and then have the kidney heal, before a second surgery to remove the stone, which will be much later.
      Gary had all the symptoms he had before he went down last year, and of course, was not listening to my concerns: could not walk, legs bothered him, slurred speech, swollen face and neck, winded when he came up the stairs, etc. So we had yet another chat about listening to me, when I have concerns. He kept saying the doctor said his kidneys were ok. I keep saying….ok for now, that does not mean it will not happen again.
      So, after the surgery, he will be home maybe Sat or Sun.
      All of you , please keep safe!
      I hope nobody was impacted by any tornados last night.
      Prayers to all of you- I hope you are ok- Colleen, Gail, DD, Barbara, Sue, and anyone I left out. I hope you are all healing. I will catch up on the posts tonight, I hope. Have not even seen AGT yet…LOL
      Adele

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      Hey girls!
      Gary’s surgery went well. he is back in his room. the stints will come out, and they will remove the blockage, when the kidneys are healed- about 4 to 6 weeks. please keep the prayers coming, as I am hoping there will not be more damage done to the already compromised kidneys.

      Colleen- if you didn’t understand Gail’s explanation, let me know.

      I am praying that no Quacker or any of their family members are affected by any wild weather.

      Love Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      My daughter thinks that it is a shorter drive to her house then it is to mine. So she does not come down as often. She tells me it is too far to drive. She if full of bull. So it will be awhile before I see Aliza again.
      I did not care who explained the show to me. I was just confused because it did not make sense for him to hit the buzzer if it did not mean anything. Maybe they will improve the next time they dance. I guess he did not like that the boy pushed his hair back every time that they did a dance. I thought it was cute but that was the first time I saw it. I would not like to be a judge on that show. It would be hard to buzz a little child.
      Good to hear that Jenny is feeling better. That would be miserable to be sick in this hot weather. Maybe you do not have hot weather there where you are. It has been really hot here. They say that it is supposed to cool back down again tonight. We will see what happens. It is hard to believe that weather man here lately. They get it wrong more then they get it right.
      Did you hear about the earth quake in Italy? That must have been horrible. That old town and all those old buildings. I have not heard if they found all the people yet or not. It is interesting to see how people from all over the world will come and help people when things like that happen. It shows that not all people are bad. We still have a lot of people that care.
      I am glad that she posted on here today. At least Gary is okay and back in his room. He really has been going thru a lot this year. Adele too. It is just as hard on her when she is trying to get him to go to the doctor or the ER and he will not listen.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am so glad that Gary is back in his room and doing well. It is really scary when our husbands get sick. Hope that everything goes well and he will be able to go back and have the blockage removed. We are all praying for him and will be until he is better. We will still pray for you and him after this is all over with.
      Hope that tonight you will be able to get a good nights rest. I know that it had to be hard last night Waiting for them to do something. Just remember to take care of yourself and get some rest.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Adele, I hope your husband will be feeling better real soon. Saying prayers for all of you.
      It’s another hot day here today. Another one tomorrow then it cools back to normal over the weekend, & more early fall like next week.

      My neighbor didn’t have surgery on her broken hip. Turns out she has fluid in her lung & they had to take care of that. Then they found
      cancer, so they’re doing radiation on that now. From the sounds of it I don’t believe she’ll be back any time soon if at all. She’s a heavy smoker,
      the kind you roll yourself, so there’s no filter. As a former caregiver, I dealt with a lot of different ailments of the elderly, so I can pretty much
      see when somebody’s gonna make it or not.
      This bldg. was once designated for 55 & over & the disabled, but the gov. said that was discrimination, so now they have to take in anyone.
      I wish it was still 55 +, we wouldn’t have all these druggies living here. There would be a lot less trouble.

      That earthquake was horrible. I saw an 8 yr old rescued alive from the rubble. But so many died. Was anyone affected by those tornadoes last
      night? I saw a bldg. flattened like a pancake. Makes me glad I live out here. I’m more terrified of them than earthquakes. I’ve been thru a couple
      rumblings, but nothing like Italy.

      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      Take care & I’m sending prayers to all.
      dd

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      Hi Colleen,
      I hope Danyielle is kidding when she says the distance is shorter from your house to hers than it is from her house to yours. lol
      I hope your back will feel better soon so that you can visit Aliza again. They change so much their first year-you don’t want to miss a thing. Don’t you wish they could just do something like give you a shot and fix it forever. Did you develop problems after working in nursing homes? I know it’s hard on the back lifting patients.
      The boy and his Mom who danced together won’t have a chance to improve next week as they were voted off. It is usually hard for the judges to tell the kids that they haven’t made it through to the next round. There are some really good kids on the show this year.
      I did see about the earthquake in Italy. It does give you hope for mankind when you see people from all over the world coming to help when a disaster strikes.
      Did you see anything interesting on the CIJ shows yesterday? I did get some of those microlight sets. I use them all year round in different decor and it was a good price for a set of three-I hope the battery life is good. Some of those little lights have really short battery life for some reason. Did you hear Angel say that the TSV Monday will be a two piece set. I’m wondering if that one model on the promo is wearing it but has the motif covered up with her wineglass. Just speculating. I have mixed feelings. I’m looking forward to seeing new things but hoping there won’t be too much to tempt me. lol
      Have a great weekend.
      Gail

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      Adele,
      So glad Gary went to the emergency room and got checked out. You knew things were not right. I will keep praying that the kidneys have not gotten worse. You two take care and I hope he has a speedy recovery.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      I hurt my back while I worked at the nursing home. My biggest mistake was instead of turning it in I just suffered thru it and ended up hurting it worse. I worked for a long time after I hurt my back. Finally I just said this is enough and I quit. I wish that I would have done that sooner. They told me that it was a mistake to keep working. Hind site is always better then for site. If they had a shot that would take away this pain I would be the first one in line.
      I did watch a lot of the cij yesterday on the q. I still did not find a lot of things that I wanted. One thing that I saw for Aliza was that elephant that sang do your ears hang low. It was so cute his head moved and his ears flopped. She would like that she likes things that move. That was about it. I am still looking for things for Kaylee and Ethan. Just about everything that they had was a little too young for them so will have to look elsewhere. It is hard to find things for Ethan and Kaylee. I did not order any lights. I do not know what I would do with them. I just am not really in a planning mood I guess right now. We will have to get things ready for the hay ride soon so mostly thinking about that. I need to snap out of it though because I still have a lot of presents to buy. I still have not found that special gift that I would like to get for my sils for Christmas. They just do not seem to have anything.
      I got the e-mail to be able to order it early. I guess yours had not come yet. It is okay but nothing that I need. It is a t shirt with a jacket. The jacket is nice it is a french terry I think. The shirt is stripped and one had leave on it , a pumpkin, a cardinal, and there were a few more but cannot remember what they were. They were cute but just not what I am looking for. I still laugh when I see a cardinal thinking of you with your cardinal that keeps running into the window. That is just too funny.
      I have to stop buying also. I have too many other things that I need to get right now. They will have some new things that will tempt us though I am sure.
      well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I did not know that people still smoked that type of cigarette. They are the worse type that you can smoke. The people that use to scare me is the ones that were on oxygen and they still smoked. I had visions of them blowing all of us up. People just do not think. I will keep praying for your friend. That must be miserable to have a broken hip and not be able to have it fixed. I hope that she has family that is there with her.
      I do not understand why they change things like that. 55 and older need a place of their own and they can put the younger people in a different group of apartments. That is just so stupid. I do not know if they have changed them around here or not. I have not been to any of those apartments for a long time. I think that if they are connected to a nursing home they can keep it at an age group that they want. We have a lot of those now. They also have some condos that are just for older people. A bunch of the girls that I went to water aerobics live there.
      Tornadoes can flatten a building also. There is a place to go to be safe though that makes you feel a little safer. A lot of people have basements and storm cellars to go to when there is a storm. So that is always nice.
      I love the sign about the dog and the cat. That was really funny. I wonder how they got that cat to sit still long enough to let them put that thing on their head. The water is so clear in the pictures that you sent. That is beautiful. Makes me wish we lived by a river or the ocean.
      well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      It would be nice if you post about the TSV that you include the number or a link for others to see. Just because you are not interested maybe someone else is. I saw it on Facebook but did not get the number or I would post it. I don’t know why but I never get advance order info.

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      Its A281000 if anyone wants to see it.

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      Hi Sue,
      That is not the reason I did not post the number. I just forgot to write it down. Thank you for posting in on here for everyone. I usually do post the number but this time I forgot. I apologize.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      It is too bad that you worked longer after you hurt your back and made it worse. When we are younger I don’t think we realize that these things could have lasting effects. Anyway, I hope it feels better soon and that you don’t have to wait too long to see little
      Aliza again.
      The apple orchard opened yesterday and Jenny took the kids out there. She sure didn’t waste any time.
      I saw that elephant. It is very cute. I think I bought a similar animal when Kendall was a baby.
      I’m sure that eventually you will find a set of something cute to give to your SIL’s. Hey-if worse comes to worse you can always give them poopouri! lol Actually that stuff works pretty good. I bought some for silly gifts for the family a few years ago.
      I think the same thing when I see cardinals on designs on things and people are raving about the beautiful cardinals. All I can think of is our dumb one who has thrown himself against our family room window for the last four years.
      Any plans for the weekend? Nothing going on here.
      Gail

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      Hello friends!
      I am going to do one post to all of you, an di hope I get I everything in. I will read all the posts I missed, and hope to hear all going on.
      Here is the Gary up-date. They took out the IV yesterday. His Keratins (not sure of spelling) levels started at 6 when he got to the ER. He is now at 2.5, since the stints were put in on Thursday. The doctor wants home to stay one more day, and we all hope he will come home tomorrow. The lack of hydration was again the reason. They will test his kidney after it heals, (also will remove the blockage/stone after it heals, and take the stints out)and see if he lost more functioning- that kidney is at 75%, since his last renal failure in July of 2015. He has been given the “what for” by everyone- doctors, nurses, and me, for not drinking enough fluids. It is such a simple thing to drink enough water to save what kidney function you have left. I am hoping he finally got the message.
      You we, this is how Gary thinks. he gets through an emergency, and the doctor tells him his kidneys can work at the 25% on the bad one, and the 75% on the good one, and that you can live that way. He hears this……you are fine, and have no problems- do what you want. So, when I ask abo0ut his water drinkage, I get…..”leave me alone, the doctor said I am fine”. So, my response has been , for the last few days….”How has this been working out for you?” he is a challenge, and his own worst enemy. He knows that, and I hope we can go forward from here.
      DD- love the pic of that cat. that is a really cute sign with the kitty- made me laugh. I did it again- the set of 3 leaf dishes came form Temptations- you have no idea how big they are. They are sitting in the stove, as I have no idea where I am going to put them. I may use your good idea, of using them as decorations, and then washing them when I use them to serve food. They are beautiful, and hold a huge serving of vegies, potato, or meat. Very pretty! Tillie loved her butter dish she just got.
      I am sorry you have to put up with drug addicts. That seems to happen everywhere, when they do low income housing. It is very sad. I wish we as a nation would recognize the huge drug problem we really have, and have the programs available for them to succeed in their pursuit of being clean and sober. I always say, there but for the grace of God go you and I. even when I was still working, I never met a drug addict who was not a nice person, under all the drug abuse. It is a huge problem to overcome, and I pray for anyone who has an addict in their family. It destroys everyone it touches. I know this personally, and professionally. I wish we had a solution that would work for all of them. Nobody wants to love like that, or around that. My heart goes out to you, and all your neighbors. Very sad. Here is my suggestion, for whatever it is worth. When you see an addict, give them a smile, to know they are still human, and people care. It may make all the difference in the world, for someone who feels they are “less than”, and have no value in this world.
      Colleen- I finally watched AGT last night. It was weird he did the buzzer, as it has no affect on the voting right now- now it is America’s vote, not the judges. I saw the mother and son were voted off. I think that was good, as there are very talented people on the show, and they were cute, but not fabulous. It was sad to see the little boy cry. I have no idea who will win this year, as I have so many favorites. Those Brazilian dancers are unbelievable, as well as the men’s choir who escaped the gangs in their city. Wow, is all I can say! I wish they had a 1st, 2ond, and 3rd prize.
      Gail- glad you are feeling better, as well as Jenny. It sounds like they had a great time apple picking. I wonder what will happen up here, due to the extreme drought. Have you given any more thought to getting a puppy?
      Sue- I think if you sign yourself out of the site, and go back in, it will ask if you want emails on Quacker. Maybe that would work to get the advance notices. Just a thought, as it seems every time I get signed out, it asks me if I want to be on the mailing list. I know Gail and Colleen have been lucky with bringing issues on the web site to someone, but I forgot his name….LOL I am not great about remembering names, especially when I am stressed.
      I hope Barbara is having a great time with her Itty Bitty. My friend Joyce’s DIL had her baby yesterday. A girl.
      Thank you all for your prayers- they are working!!
      Love all you guys!
      Adele

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      Hey girls!!
      I found the number it is A281000. I looked in my deleted emails, and I still had it there- I love the pumpkin one, of course!

      Colleen- is your back feeling better/ I hope this will not put you out of the Aliza loop! Our daughters come up with weird things…..the distance is less for you to her house????

      Adele

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      Colleen and Sue

      LOL LOL I guess Sue posted the number- just read that one.

      Adele

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      hey again, my Quacker buddies!
      I forgot to say I have been looking and waiting for Cheryl’s cookies to do another one like they did last year. It was a set of 5, I think, of 3 cookies in a little container, that came to about 6.00 for each one. they were great gifts for our customers, and at 6.00 each not bad for the amount we have to buy. the only one they have close to it, is bugger, and is about 10.00 each present- too high for the amount we need.
      If anyone sees a show, and they have something like it, please let me know. I even checked their on line website- nothing. They were a huge hit.
      Hope everyone’s weather is good- ours is around 90 again today, but with less humidity than yesterday. yesterday’s humidity was in the 70’s- it was disgusting!
      The mailman is delivering my “sourdough starter” today. not exactly the bread baking weather….LOL
      JJ goes to school on Wednesday this week- I thought he was going on Monday. The 2 boys are going for a haircut today. Steph is hoping they will get one, as the last time, the barber said he did not have enough time a first time haircut for Aizen. Steph made an appointment, and I hope it works out this time, as last time the barber called her and cancelled.
      Adele

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      Adele I am on Quacker Factory mailing list. I think the advance notice on the TSV comes from QVC. I use to get them but have not in some time. I like the paw print one. It and the pumpkin seem to be the favorites.

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      Hey Sue- I have no other ideas on how to get you back on those advance notices. I still cannot remember the name of the nice young man on here who can help.
      I bet Gail knows, or Colleen- when they look at this, they will probably knw in a second.
      Hope you are having a good Saturday!
      Adele

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      OMG Fellow Quackers!!

      The fabulous corduroy knot pants are back in boot cut, with 2 more colors…A281807. Last year they only had blue and black, this year they also have dark grey and brown. I got mine….LOL
      Love you guys!
      Adele

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      Hey Adele,
      I don’t want to burst your bubble. I got those knit corduroys in the black last year but i think those were either straight leg or leggings and they were nice. I was going to order these because I thought they were the same but these are boot cut and with a 29 inch inseam will be way too long on me. I wear flat shoes and sometimes those boot cut just overwhelm me. I wish they would make their shorts 28 or 27 inches. I’ve had to stop buying the long pants except the leggings because they are too long and the crops are too short. Sad.
      Also Sue, I think the people that Adele is referring to are James(the Quacker Factory) and Tiago. Now that you mention it I have stopped getting advance TSV emails too. I used to get them for several different items.
      They are probably in the same place that my Quacker email notifications are. lol

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      Hey Gail
      Those are the names- Tiago was the one I was thinking of.
      I always have to hem my pants- even the short ones. The crop pants fit me a regular long pants. So when I cut off the inches on the boot cut ones, they are not so boot cut.
      You both need to get back on the mailing list!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      If you scroll to the bottom of this page they have a place you enter your email addy & submit it. Just read what it says down there. It’s that simple.
      The home page should have a place you enter your email addy. What’s the problem?? lol

      The heat is over out here, hooooooooray!!! By this time next week we should be having showers & 30 degrees cooler. Can’t wait. we need the
      rain to help with the fires out here.

      Today is Jewells birthday. I forgot, but her vet sent b/d greeting by email this morning.
      That’s all for now.
      Have a great weekend..
      dd

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      I know James and Tiago help with the website. I am on the mailing list and get way to many e mails from Quacker Factory about daily. But I do not get advance notice of TSV’s. I still think they come from QVC and not Quacker Factory.

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      Hi DD
      Happy Birthday to Jewell! How old is she now?
      We were in the high 80’s again today, but a little less humidity. Next week will be in the 80’s all week again, with more humidity.
      I feel sorry for all the kids in schools, with no air conditioning. None of the schools have air conditioning, that I know of, up here.
      Did you see the movie on Hallmark last night with my favorite, Tom Selleck? That was the first time I saw that movie. It was a good. Of course, I cannot remember the name of it. After that movie the one they have been advertising with all the old actors came on- JH Farm, or Ranch, I believe was the name. I enjoyed both movies. I hope you got a chance to see them. I really like the Hallmark channel- no violence for a change. Just sappy plots….LOL.

      Hey Sue. You may be right about where the email come form. I showed Tillie the 2 piece shirt, and she did not like it. I bet when it is on next week, she will get one. She just does not visualize them well, if it is not on a moving/live model, and since it has not been shown, you cannot see that yet.
      Hope your day is going well!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi DD,
      Happy Birthday to Jewell. I am so impressed that you get a note from the vets office! Our vet never did anything like that. Although I did get beautiful sympathy cards when two of our dogs that we took up to the University of Wisconsin passed away. I would rather have a birthday greeting than a sympathy card for my pet any day though.
      Sue and I were just wondering why we weren’t getting the notices for advanced sales on certain TSV’s not just Quacker Facory ones but other items that the Q sells too. I tend to agree with Sue-the notices must be generated by the Q.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      So good to hear about Gary.
      I will keep my eyes open for the Cheryl’s cookies.
      Do you do the shortening on your pants. It looks terrible when I do it myself and I’m not going to be running to a tailor all the time if i could even find one. So I made a vow several years back that i would not buy pants unless the length was right as i am not spending extra money to get things shortened. That’s why when I do find pants that fit i buy them in several colors. That’s why i like the warmer months best. You can wear capris and the length doesn’t matter. Plus no shoes and socks-just sandals.
      I believe all the schools here now have AC-but they go back in mid August-they need it.
      Gail

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      Everybody have a Quacking good TSV day tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what’s new for fall.
      Gail

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      Wish I could see the shows but will be at work, my last week. So anything new and good will be gone. I do think they have an evening show I can watch maybe they will save something new until then.

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      Hi Ladies,
      Well, I guess you’ve seen the new QF TSV already. I have half an hour to go. I must apologize. I misunderstood about the emails. I get emails from
      QF & QVC all the time.
      Adele, was that TV movie on Hallmark a western? Did it star Jon Voight & James Caan?? I saw previews for a western, but didn’t watch it. I forgot.
      They’ll show it again, I’m sure.
      As for Cheryl’s cookies, they have a set of 5 Snow Globe tins w/ 40 piece treats. It’s cute. I’ve seen em on the holiday gourmet shows. There are 2 ship dates. Nov. 7th. #M51200. Dec.5th, #M51201. $59.95.
      Another set is the 72 piece bakery sampler. #M51658, ship date 11/7, $59.95
      If you log onto QVC web site type in Cheryl’s cookies, there are a bunch of offers for the holidays, & Halloween. All kinds of stuff.

      I usually wait till they come up with easy pays before ordering.

      Oh, by the way, Jewell turned 12 on Sat. She celebrated by sleeping most of the day, as usual. lol
      Our weather has returned to normal now. We could see rain showers by the end of the week. Good to clear out the air!!
      We need the rain right now.

      Well you guys have a good time watching QF today.
      Have a great week
      dd

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      Sue,
      Check out the new arrivals on QVC they show lots of new Quacker that you can order.
      Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. I know you have mixed feelings about it but it may end up being better than you are anticipating.

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      Hi DD,
      Yes, I can imagine Jewell celebrated by sleeping. lol We always used to say our cats slept 23 hours a day.
      I always forget how much later you see the TSV’s on the west coast.
      I’m glad that you will be getting rain. I hope that it is widespread and will help dampen some of the western wildfires.
      Have a great day!
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Well Greg got back from Canada yesterday. And Gary got home from the hospital. He probably would have rather been in Canada. Although they tell us that the accommodations are very spartan maybe they are just making up stories to tell me,Nan and Patti and they are really checking into a luxury spa. We never see pictures of the hotel. Plus maybe they just buy those two pieces of frozen fish at a store on the way home. Speaking of that-Canada only allows them to bring two fish home-and of course Greg left his in Tim’s freezer. He does that almost every year. All that money to go fishing and all they can bring back is two stinking fish! lol
      We went out for pizza last night. There is our favorite place in town that has been run by the same couple since the 70’s-she in the kitchen and waiting tables and he behind the bar-Bonnie and Red were a Harvard fixture. They finally retired and sold the place to a relative and this is the first time we have been out there since it changed hands. Thankfully the pizza is the same-I think the crust is a secret recipe. It looks like they are doing well since the transition so I am happy for that.
      Greg didn’t want to get up and go to work today. lol You know how that is after you’ve been gone for a week. He hired a friend of his to put in the new floor in the basement so he is here today. We were going to put in the ceramic that looks like wood but then when we went and looked we decided to put in a wood look laminate. It looks really nice and it’s not a high traffic area. Plus since we are not putting a rug in the bedroom again I figured that would be a little warmer than the tile. The ceramic was a lot more expensive and I would rather save the money there and put it into the upstairs floors and carpets that need to be redone.
      Hope that Gary is on the road to recovery.
      Piper starts preschool this week. I’m sure she will have some tales to tell.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail!
      Well, he is home, and already tried to get potato’s to eat. No potassium food for a while. So, I have sourdough bread rising for tonight. We are having Italian sausages, grilled, with the bread, and salad and cucumber. He slept almost all day yesterday, and was awake only for dinner and a few minutes in between watching TV. He could not keep his eyes open. he will not be going out to see customers today. Poor Frankie will have to handle all of them. We are screwed for tomorrow, as Frankie has jury duty. I am hoping he does not have to go- he has to call after 3, and see if he has to report.
      I am so glad Greg is safely back home. Too bad about the fish. I did see a pic of Mr. Fishie on Facebook….LOL That is fabulous that the recipe for the pizza is not changed. So many times when places change hands, everything is different.
      Soooooooooooooooooooo, how many things did you get so far?? I got the owl grey shirt, and the grey Halloween one. They are so dam cute! Of course, the pumpkin TSV is already on it’s way here. I have to wait until it ships out to get the price adjustment.
      Don’t forget to post a pic of your new floor. I hope he gets it all done today. So, what are doing for the upstairs floors?
      Marissa is on her way over to do a BJ’s run for us. She is such a good kid. She starts back at college the day after Labor Day. She is taking her classes at night this year, because they gave her another promotion, that will take affect in a couple of weeks- she will be the Assistant store manager. they really love her, almost as much as we do.
      Hope your day is going well, and Greg is out of bed….LOL Maybe still sleepy enough NOT to notice how many things you get today…
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      Love the Fall pictures. I also forget how much later you get to see the shows. Did you get the TSV 2 piece set? I got the pumpkin one, of course.
      I did see those cookies, but 10.00 per set for our customers is too high of a price. I need it to be down to 5.00, like the sets last year- too many people to buy for.
      Happy Birthday to cutie pie Jewell!
      the movie was a western, and that is the one. I just know I d not have the exact name of it. I did enjoy it. I am sure you will too. Just before it, they had on our favorite Tom Selleck- loved that one too….LOL
      Hope you are having a good day, and better weather!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!

      That is fabulous that this is your last week. Welcome to retirement. The best part is, from her forward, your schedule is yours. If the weather is awful you do not have to go out at all. Just watch it through the window. I remained friends with a lot of my work buddies. Do you have good friends there, who you will keep in contact with? We go to lunch every once in a while, and of course, Nancy and I are still best buds, and will be forever. Work is such a huge part of our lives, and it is nice when we can continue the best part- our good friends. They are really like family!
      Love you, retired Sue!!
      Adele

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      Wow, Quackers- there is a lot of new on today. How is a girl to decide?
      Have fin, ladies!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      No air here for the kids, as we are supposed to be a lot chillier than we are. Global warming may change everything.
      I do my own hems, as long as I can do them without needing the invisible seams. Since all Dream Jeannes are jeans, I can do those hems. I never learned to do the invisible ones on the sewing machine.
      Hope you are having fun!
      My bread is formed, and in it’s second rising. I am going to do them on my new Temptations trays, and see how they bake on them.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Well the fish won’t be a total loss as Tim will bring it back to Chicago with him and then will probably bring it to Greg next time that they rehearse. They just need to keep it frozen with all this traveling around.
      Greg didn’t want to get up yesterday but he did and was off to work at the usual time. He needed to get back after being gone for a week. Plus the guy who is supposed to be learning his job had neck surgery yesterday and now will be off the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping by the end of the year he will have been there long enough that Greg will feel comfortable going back to shorter days. But he needed to get back yesterday to work and pay for all the Quacker that I bought. lol
      I love when i read about people on the boards who talk about how they would never wear that “tacky” Quacker stuff. That makes me wonder why someone will always compliment me when I wear it and ask where I get it. It seems that more people like it than don’t and it always makes people smile.
      It seems like the fates are working against Aizen getting that first hair cut-or maybe Steph is secretly jinxing it.
      What store does Marissa work in? Is it something local or something I would have heard of. It’s good that the classes that she needs are offered at nights. She is one busy girl!
      Well as to the floors on the first floor. The kitchen, back hall and foyer are wood and need to be refinished so badly. We are going to tear up the carpet in the dining room and put wood in there too-and the carpet in the living room and family room needs to be replaced with new. We have just put it off and put it off because you have to move all the furniture to get the new carpet in-the refinishing is so dusty and you can’t walk on the floor for a couple of days and it’s impossible to get in and out of this house without walking on the wood floor part. so we will have to figure out how all this will get done and when we want to be bothered with all the mess and hassle. We’ll probably do it when Greg can cut back his hours more so he can be around for it.
      Yesterday when I went to babysit Piper asked me if my cough was better right when i came in the door. Who knew that she would remember that. Then she told me that Grandpa never comes to stay with her-and I tried to explain that he had to go to work but if he was at home he would come with me. That child did not stop talking from the moment I walked into the house until the time I went home. Holy cow. If congress ever needs anyone to filibuster they need to call her up. lol She goes to preschool today. I wonder if she will talk the whole time? Auntie Kelly may have a headache by the time the day is done. lol
      I hope we hear from Barbara soon about her further adventures in grandmothering.
      Oh another thing Piper told me yesterday was that I needed to buy another dog since my dog is now in the sky. How cute was that. Jenny said she mentioned something about that to her a couple days ago too.
      Harvard is having a balloon fest this weekend. I have no idea where this idea came from. It will be interesting to check it out though. They are offering tethered balloon rides-I said not for me as that’s how the Wizard ended up in Oz. lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      So, did I say that Aizen was supposed to go again yesterday, and Steph ended up babysitting for JJ’s friend, and her SIL’s Itty Bitty? needless to say, the haircut did not happen again. the universe is conspiring to have Aizen with his man bun, forever.
      The JJ goes to school tomorrow. I am on the fence as to whether or not to go to the school yard. It is such along walk from where you can park in that school yard.
      Rissy works for Yankee Candle. I think they are everywhere. Do you have them in your area? The factory is in Western Mass. I forgot where, but it is along ride. Bobby went with his x, and they had a ball there- huge store, with lots of displays, and eateries. They have 2 new candles I will get for Fall- Forbidden Apple, and Honey Clementine. I get the catalog, with the scratch and sniff things.
      I am wondering about Barbara too, as she ha snot said a word on here in a while. I am hoping she is so busy enjoying herself she has no time…LOL
      Well, between me and Tillie, the UPS man is going to cry with all the envelopes…or the poor mailman.
      I hope Greg got some good rest last night. It is awful when you are exhausted, and still have to function. I hope that guy does well enough to give Greg a break- he deserves it!
      It sounds like if you do the floors, you will have to leave the house for a couple of days. that stinks. Or do one section and then the other, which will make you completely nuts.
      Have you seen those new carpets that have small patterns in them? I have one on the stair treads that has tiny leaves in them (coming up the stairs- but, not on the landing- landing is wood) – they hide a lot of stains. I got mine form Lowes, about 4 years ago. Everyone comments on that rug when they first see it.
      OMG, Piper is such a cutie. She wants a puppy to play with, when you visit. So, today is her first day of school? I bet she will be on the debating team in high school, as well as the drama club. I can’t wait to hear the “first day of school Piper stories!” there should be some good chuckles coming soon.
      Gary is a little better. But, he is very tired, and disgusted he is not getting his strength back. He does not realize how much the kidneys do.
      Please do not go up in any of those balloons….we have seen some very awful accidents with them on the news recently. That would scare me to death, after seeing those accidents on the news.
      Hope your weather is good, and you are out picking out your new carpet colors! I am getting ready to start the Halloween decoratathon. I hope my pumpkins come before the weekend from the Q. Cannot wait to change the tree lights to orange!! LOL LOL
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      So how many of you bought out QF yesterday? I know I wanted several things for fall, but I have to win the lottery first. For that matter, we all
      need to so we can buy out QF!!! lol
      Well, it looks & feels like early fall out here. We’ve turned the corner for heat. I think & hope we’ve seen the last of the 90s for the yr. We’ll still have
      80s, but not any higher. The nights are down into the low 60s/upper 50s. Sure feels good to have cool nights.

      Thank you for all the b/day greetings for Jewell. she’s doing what she does best, napping. lol
      I’m gonna start decorating for fall Labor day weekend. I’ll take pics of it when I get it done. With my sciatica it could take awhile. I have to take down
      summer/tropical stuff first.

      Last night I had the strangest thing happen with my computer. I was gonna send out a post, but when I tried to log on to the internet I got this weird
      popup on the screen. It read “Class not registered”. I never saw that before. So I clicked onto the HP Help icon. It showed some operations I had no
      idea whaat they meant. I let it do it’s thing. When it got done I went back & tried again but no go, so I just shut it down for the night. I got up this AM
      & turned on the computer. It went straight to the internet after I signed in. Go figure. All I can figure out is that after I shut it down it continued to fix
      the problem. Computers baffle me!!!!

      I thought I was gonna have to get another one from the Q. I’ve had this one for 5 yrs, I think. I first had a Dell. It lasted me several yrs. They do have
      great deals on computers. You couldn’t get in stores. And easy pays are great too.

      well I guess that’s all for now.
      I hope you all enjoy your new outfits.. I loved all of the tops, & the TSV!!!
      dd

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      Hi DD!
      I never got that message before, so I have no idea at all. I hope your computer is ok.
      It is still in the 80’s today, with less humidity. Tomorrow is supposed to be hotter here again, and the kids start school tomorrow.
      I got a few shirts, I am embarrassed to say. I picked the ones you could wear from Fall, right through to Thanksgiving- Fall/pumpkin ones. I really do love pumpkins.
      So, tonight I am doing an easy dinner. Scrambled eggs for Gary, with toast form the bread I made yesterday. Tillie and I are having zucchini and eggs. We both love zucchini with eggs- you basically make a hot sandwich with it- sauté eggs in butter, then get some of the fluid out, as they are very watery, then add the eggs, and scramble until done- simple and good. Just add some salt and pepper as you cook them. You should try it, DD. It is yummy. That came from my Italian grandmother. She also did peppers and eggs, and potato’s and eggs.
      I hope your computer stays working, so we will hear from you!
      Adele
      PS….AGT on tonight! Did you see the cast for the next DWTS?

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hello friends. I had the LONGEST message to you all, and the computer widgets just up and poofed it all away. I wanted to just cry, because I will not be able to remember all the things that I wanted to share with you all, but here goes, I will try again. I am so happy that your fellows are feeling better. I listened to a long special about kidneys and keeping hydrated, and Adele, you are so right to stay onto Gary to drink his daily allowance of fluids. I remember from nursing that the water helps the kidneys to filter out all the bad stuff and flush it out of your system. We used to give our patients a container with measures on it that told them how much water they were drinking, and we had them keep a daily log with how much and when they were drinking, and they had to bring it with them to the doctor each time they came. Something tells me that he might not like all that. LOL I am glad that Gregs back is some better. Gosh, am I ever familiar with how much a hurt back can hold you back from even the most simple of things you do everyday. I just feel so sorry for Jerry sometimes He really shows a lot of courage with all he has to face.
      I have no idea what just happened, but my message has just gone teeny timy and I cannot even see it because it is so small, so I will close this and them try to reopen it. Barbara

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      So glad we heard from you! Also glad you are ok.
      Well, I just read your post, word for word to Gary. his response…..”They are not going to make me do that.” The man is now scared he will have to prove what he drinks….LOL
      The rest of your post completely disappeared. So, I will venture to say that your new Itty bitty is fabulous, and has already smiled at your an Jerry.
      I hope your weather is good, and all are ok- Jerry’s Mom too, of course.
      They are now talking about one of the hurricane’s coming up the coast to bother us for the holiday weekend. I told Gary we better get the cover on the pool before then, should the forecast remain the same. We were planning a BBQ for Sunday, and may have to re-think that to an inside meal. I plan to harvest my last big bunch of Basil for the (possibly) final Linguini with Pesto.
      hope you have some fun planned, Missy Barbara.
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Okay, I am back to regular sized print, so Dianne, it’s not just you having computer problems. I have absolutely no idea what that was. Jerrys’ Mom is doing good. She has times of her memory being fuzzy, like she can say her name, and her birthday, but doesn’t know what month it is, or even Jerrys Dads’ name sometimes. It really upsets Jerry, and I try to tell him that sometimes this happens after a fall. The doctors all say there is nothing physical that has caused her memory problems. She is so excited about the baby. We took her on a day trip to see him, and I think she knew Neal, but she did not know Sarah. But she loved the baby. She has told everyone at Rehab about him. He just coos and goos, and Neal was telling me the other night that he was “fixing to pitch a big one” because his little face was all red and he had scrunched his eyes together, but all I did was cuddle him, and rock him and talk to him and he just smiled and made little noises to me. Talk about a heart melt right then and there. There simply are not words to discribe how Jerry and I feel right now. I thank God everyday that he has let us experience this.
      I had a great Quacker day too. I had to get the TSV in the paw print shirt. I wanted more, but had to pace myself. Angel and the models and to me especially Jacque Gonzales just looked so pretty. You can tell they were so happy doing the show. I think they enjoy the Quacker shows so much. And Angel has such a good sense of humor; just like I feel Jeanne would want her to be. I so treasure my Quacker shirts from when Jeanne first tried out to be on QVC. I miss her so much.
      Not sure if it is stress, or just generally busyness, but Jerry and I get crossways with each other so easily now. It seems we are constantly on the run going in opposite directions, and I really feel that this is a lot of the problems. Like today, I had to go the pharmacy, stop by the bank, the post office, get us a sandwich for dinner, and he had to go by his Mom’s to check on her grass mower who was there today, go to the gas station and car wash, go see his Mom, stop and get her a milkshake and I think something else that I’ve forgotten. And this is our normal everyday activities. Oh, and by the way, today is our oldest son’s birthday, so we have calls to make this evening and Neal asked me to give him some ideas on writing a form for one of his staff meetings. He is a good boy (sorry man) and he is doing so good with the baby. He has not one bit of hesitation at changing his diapers, bathing him, cuddling with him, kissing him. Another heart melt. Sorry you all.
      That Piper. I agree, she is drama performance and debater club bound. I just love all of your grandchildrens names; they are so unique. So JJ has a man bun; how cute! Does he have curly or straight hair? Is he ready to have a hair cut? I saw a young man with the bun the other day, and his hair was so clean and shiny and looked really good on him. Now Jerry is one of those old timey hair cut guys. He is so afraid he will lose more of his hair. Our neighbor decided to shave all his hair off when he started really losing his hair, and now that I am used to seeing him bald, it looks good on him. At first, it was such a shock that I had to make myself not stare at his head LOL Speaking of hair, I need coloring and a cut too, but not sure when this will happen. I would love to be brave enough to cut my hair in a pixie type cut, but I don’t think I will ever chance it.
      So glad your decorating is done. My dryer is about on its last leg, so I feel a trip to Lowes very soon. Jerry also told me yesterday that the refrigerator we have in the shop need replacing; so hopefully there will be a Labor Day sale this weekend, and I will be able to pick them up with the 12 months same as cash program that I use to buy appliance with.
      Better close before I lose all of this, girls. Miss our chats; so hope all is well with everyone. take care, and have a good week. I know we are all anxiously awaiting our packages. Hope they don’t all come on the same day. It’s better for Jerrys heart that way and my ears ha ha Barbara

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      Good to hear from you. You and Jerry are sounding really busy. I’m so glad that you are getting to spend time with the baby just loving and cuddling him.
      Yes I think we all did some damage with Quacker Factory on Monday. Oh well, a TSV day only comes around a few times a year.
      Glad to hear your MIL is doing well. Jerry is such a good son to her.
      Tell Buddy Happy Birthday from all of your Quacker friends.
      I feel like my refrigerator is humming louder than normal the last couple of days. I hope that doesn’t mean something bad is coming or I may be making that trip to Lowe’s too.
      Gail

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      Hey Adele,
      It sounds like at the rate things are going that Aizen will be driving himself to his own first haircut. lol Maybe Steph will have to get out the clippers and do it herself.
      It’s funny how they do things. JJ will go to school for three days and then have a long weekend.
      Jenny says now that Kendall is in third grade she has Spanish homework(she is in a bilingual class where they do half the day in Spanish and half in English) and now Jenny can’t help her as she cannot read it herself. I said now when the kids get mad at you and Adam they will be talking about you in Spanish behind your back. lol It’s good though because languages are so much easier to learn when kids are young. So by the time they are done they will be fluent in English and Spanish and in this world knowing another language is a good thing.
      Piper was tired and needed a nap after her first day of school. Probably from all that talking. lol
      Oh yes we have Yankee Candle around here. They have good candles and I used to burn them all the time. Now I just use flameless candles so i don’t have to worry about remembering to blow them out as i liked to burn candles every night. So now I just put the flameless ones on timer mode and don’t have to worry about fires.
      I had to laugh when Gary was worried about having to document his fluid intake. Really, in the big scheme of things how bad could that be? At least he doesn’t have to have a pap smear or have his boobs compressed in a giant machine. lol it’s all relative, I guess.
      What pumpkins did you order from the Q? It seems this year they have not had as much fall decorations as previously. Did you watch years ago when they used to have really scary Halloween masks from Mario Chiodo-I think he does Hollywood makeup. They also had more Halloween specific decor.
      Wonder who will make the cut on AGT tonight. I really don’t understand the raves about that little girl Grace the singer songwriter. Half of the time I can’t understand what she’s singing.
      So both Maks and Derek will be back this season on DWTS. I will miss Mark not being there as he is very creative.

      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hello Barbara!
      So glad to hear you are all having a ball with the baby. Isn’t it the best? they get big so fast. The first few months are s wonderful, as everything is new to them. Seeing enjoy the pretty orange colors of a pumpkin, or Fall leaves for he first time- not to mention the Christmas tree! Such fun.
      Sorry about Jerry’s Mom. Just a head sup, which I know you would be aware of due to being an RN- check to see if the nursing home is giving her any pain meds. They make the elderly look like they have dementia, as they are so sensitive to those meds. With any luck, if they are, and you find out, and stop them, she may be back to her normal mental health. I am hoping for that, as she was so present in all she did.
      Happy Birthday to your son!
      No, JJ has short, regular man hair. It is his baby brother, Aizen who has the “man bun”, and he has gorgeous, curly thick hair. I will try to find a pic to attach, showing the man bun….LOL
      We are all personally keeping the USPS, and UPS in business. All due to Quacker Factory.
      So are you getting some of that hurricane coming up from Florida? We amy get some rain on Sunday from it. We need it desperately, so I will not complain. We may get rian tomorrow, and the humidity has risen again up here- yuck! You know how I ahte the humidity.
      So, I am having a Southern dinner tonight. Chicken and biscuits, with green beans for the vegie. But, the chicken will be baked. I got the recipe for the biscuits from King Arthur’s recipe of the week- “Never Fail Biscuits”- they bake in 10 minutes and have only 3 ingredients- flour, heavy cream, and salt. Pretty simple! Have you been baking yet? I have to, as Gary cannot have any potato right now.
      I hope you and Jerry get back to your normal selves. The stress of being out evry day visiting his mom is awful. As we all know, we get tired, as we are getting older too. I just did that with Gary in for 4 days, and it gets to you. Then add the sitting in the uncomfrortable chairs for hours.
      God bless you Barbara, I could not get in and out of the Jeep that many times in a day to do all those errands! Please be careful.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      I wonder the same thing- poor Aizen will never get that beautiful hair cut. It must be a conspiracy. Yesterday the barber called Steph and told her the parking lot was being paved, so she may want to wait until end of week. She is ready to spit. If I find a pic of the bun, I will post it.
      Jhonny speaks Spanish to the boys. Aizen says some thing sin Spanish, and Gary has a hard time understanding him, as he has a little bit of an accent…LOL JJ did the same thing, but list the accent as he got older. I think it is good for them to now Spanish, as the Hispanic population is certainly growing, all around.
      On no….JJ only goes for 2 days, as they have Friday off. How dumb is that?? I guess the figure a lot of the teachers want a long weekend, as well as the parents of the kids.
      OMG….school tuckered Piper out?? What happened? That is the funniest thing I have heard all day.
      the pumpkins I got are the metal ones, that should stand up to time- M47558. As they are not jack o lanterns, they can stay out there until Christmas. They are to be delivered today- yahoo!
      I cannot understand her either. It is great she writes her own songs, but, she is not as good as some of the others. Her voice is unusual, and I bet she will get a singing contract for sure. I just do not think she is the top singer. I think that the girl who sings opera has a better voice. I also do not like the husband and wife who do the danger act- no thank you. I keep my eyes closed for their performance.
      Hope you are having a good day!
      Adele

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      Hey girls- that is a pic of Aizen in May, and his hair is a lot longer now….LOL That was on Tillie’s 90th birthday, with his Papi, Jhonny.
      how cute is that little munchkin!
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hi everyone. Got a little bad news today, our SIL who moved to Missouri after her husband passed away a few years ago; had another stroke yesterday and is in ICU. She is 74. This is her 3rd stroke, and she just had surgery on her neck about 4 months ago. She had a really hard time getting up after the surgery, and was immobile for several weeks and when she went to rehab they got her up and about again. She seemed to be doing much better, and we had just talked a few days before. So we are worried. So she definitely needs our prayers.
      We are doing better here today (as far as our attitudes and picking at one another) are concerned. I think we are both just tired, and we were just taking it out on one another. Joey came up yesterday evening and got out the tractor and mowed about 10 acres. It looks a lot better. That always makes Jerry get in a better mood, when the yard is looking nice. LOL It is funny that your little grands are taking Spanish. Lisa has always talked to the dogs in both English and Spanish, and they understand what she is saying to them. It is so cute. Speaking of Lisa, she is not coming out as often as she was. I am so hoping that they are working out everything and she is finding happiness away from Joey. His Dad sat him down and explained to him that even though he understands how hard it is to hurt someone’s feelings, that this is both of their lives they are talking about, and that being direct is the best way to actually keep from hurting someone. It’s like I think Gail said “pulling off a bandaid” even though you know there will be pain, you quickly do it and it’s better than slowly doing it.
      Thanks for the reminder to check to make sure MawMaw is not on any pain meds, Adele. That really can make a difference.
      Aizen looks so cute in the picture. How much difference in age is between him and JJ? I bet they have a really close relationship. That is a cute story, Gail, about Piper’s first school experience. I bet she had lots to tell. I remember the first day Joey went to kindergarten, and he got off the bus. Paw Paw and I were waiting at the end of our drive to meet him, and as he took the last step off the bus he turned around and told the driver not to stop at our house again, that he had decided that “he is not going to be waiting out there in the morning and he was going to just stay home and we could be his teacher. Joey was always a big talker too and never met a stranger. I used to really worry about him talking to just anybody, but he loved people.
      Guess I better close for now. Hope everyone is having a good day. Barbara

    • adele shanbar
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      OMG Missy Barbara!
      I am laughing my butt off at what joey said to the bus driver. I bet if a bus driver wrote a compilation of all the funny things kids said, it would be a best seller. You must have died laughing!
      JJ is just 3 months shy of being 7 years older than Aizen. JJ said he had a great day at school. Aizen said he did not. Aizen told me he went to school too, and does not like it. So, I said, is it because JJ is gone all day, and he very quietly said, “ya”, with a little quiver in his cute voice. It nearly broke my heart. then he told me, “love you, bye bye”, and hung up. I was dying laughing.
      I am hoping you find out Jerry’s mom is on the pain meds, as it is such an easy fix. Jerry would be thrilled to have her back to normal again.
      That is good news that Lisa is starting to move on. good for both of them. You know, Jerry is such a great Dad, and gives those boys such good advice.
      I am sorry about your SIL. We will add a prayer for her. That is very sad. I hope you will tell us she is doing better.
      Hope you have a good night….cannot wait to hear what Little Missy Piper did today in school.
      Also hoping that Colleen is ok. I worry when she is not on here, and all the rest of us too.
      Have a good night- have to get in my chair to see who got voted off AGT.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Ladies,
      This is not going to be very long. I have some type of flu that is going around here. It is really hard to get rid of but I think that it is finally coming to an end. I have had more dry toast then I ever care to eat again. lol I do pray that none of you get this flu and that it is not going around where you live. I did not know that there was one going around until I caught it. Enough of that everyone has enough sickness in their families not to be talking about this.
      I did not buy one thing from Quacker. I was not feeling all that good and did not want to order anything. I hope that this does not mean that I have lost my will to shop again. I may go back a look at what they had and my end up buying something. I hope that you girls left me something. lol You will have to let me know what you think about the tsv.
      Adele I am glad to hear that Gary is home and doing somewhat better. You may have to watch him and write down what he is drinking without him knowing. Make it into something that both of you can do. Tell him you just want to see how that both of you are drinking in this hot weather. Just keep a list of what you drink also. Maybe he will do it so you will not show him up. lol This may work and then you can tell him things like you did not realize that you were not drinking as much as you thought. Or you can have a drink chart up. Every time one of you drink water check it off the list and so on and so forth. We had to do that with my dad and it worked.
      Barbara, That is good news that Joey and Lisa are drifting apart. They need to stay away from each other so they can find other people to spend their lives with. That is so much fun to be with the baby. They are just so precious. Enjoy every minute because it goes by really fast. I cannot believe that one day we were cuddling Aliza in our arms and the next she is sitting on the floor and moving around on her own. Not wanting to be help as much as she did before. Just enjoy him and have fun watching him grow. I hope that it is the medicine that is making Jerry’s mom forgetful. You may want to check all of her medication and see if there is anything else that she takes that may cause that. That was so cool that she got to see the baby. We will be praying for your sil.
      Hi DD,
      I love all the pictures that you posted on here. They are so pretty. I am like you. If something goes wrong with the computer then I am lost. It tells me to do something and I am thinking yea right I can really do that one. I am glad that you got it fixed and are able to get on here.
      Hi Gail, Sounds like the guys had another great trip to Canada and the fishing. Hope that you got to do some fun things while the guys were gone. That would be a good girls week. Glad that you found a few things that you liked on Quacker. I cannot believe that Piper got tired at school the first day. That must have shocked the whole family that she was so tired. It will be interesting to see how her Aunt thinks that she did in school. She may have surprised everyone and did really good. I am talking about her talking and giving speeches. lol Sounds like Kendall might have had an easier time at school this year. I sure hope so. It would be nice if she enjoyed it this year. How did Lachlan do? He seems to like school though. Hope that they all have a great year.
      Well that is about all from here. I will have to catch up on everything that is going on. It has been awhile since I have read everything. Hope everybody has a good night
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Well here we are at the end of another month. Wow where does the time go?? Seems the months fly by faster & faster all the time.
      So, Adele, how many customers do you have? Why not get one of those 72 piece sets of Cheryl’s cookies & split them up, or however many sets you’ll need. Go to your local Dollar store & get some of their holiday boxes they have & put the cookies in them? And/or a 6 lb tin of Harry London chocolates, & put a few of them in with the cookies. Just a suggestion. Or since you love to bake, make your own cookies, brownies, etc. & put them in those boxes I
      told ya about. I used to bake batches & batches of chocolate chip cookies for the crew I worked with at HP back in the day. Since I didn’t have a family to
      bake for they were my outlet. I’d make shortbread cookies & would include them. Just a suggestion. If I was closer, I could help ya out. I love to bake, even tho I don’t have a family to cook or bake for.

      Colleen, we were wondering why we hadn’t heard from ya on here. I hope you’re feeling better real soon. I hope it wasn’t food poisoning. Seems kinda early for the flu. We’re into early fall right now. Temps down into the 60s today. But it sounds like it’ll warm up for the holiday weekend. I’ll start taking down my summer things, & putting up the fall stuff pretty soon. It’s gonna take me longer with this sciatica. It’s been really bad this week.
      I saw a lot of things on QF this week that I wanted for the fall season. I think I have something for every season except fall.

      Did I tell you ladies we lost one of our residents this week? He was a sweet guy. He had cancer & it finally took him. He’d been doing chemo for
      quite sometime. When we had that vision clinic here that time he was just ahead of me so when I was done with each station, he’d be just coming out of the station ahead of me. He’s say Hi, beautiful, & I jokingly said You really do need glasses don’t ya? He laughed. It’s sad he died alone. they think he
      passed in his sleep. Someone became concerned when they hadn’t seen him for a few days. They called in the authorities, & found him.

      I’m sorry to hear about your sil, Barbara. Sending prayers for her.
      Well, we’ll be into a new month, don’t believe it!!
      talk to ya later. sending prayers to everyone!!
      dd

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      Hi DD!
      I did think of getting a larger set of them, and splitting them up. But, that set they had last year was so cute, and they ended up with a little trinket box for themselves too. We give out at least 50 gifts each year. We give the owner of the shops a gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts, the girls in the office will get one of the Lenox ornaments- got those already- and we try to give the guys in most shops a little something too. so, it gets pricey. But, I think a think you on Christmas is important, and you never know if your tiny gift is the only one they receive.
      It is drizzly here today, a lot cooler, but very humid, so the air is still on. We may get some of the remnants from that hurricane in Florida- they keep changing the forecast.
      If we lived closer, we could have a bake-a-thon….LOL
      I am sorry about your neighbor. You will certainly miss his warm hello. Everyone needs to be told they are beautiful. What a nice man he must have been. Such a shame he is gone, and had to die all alone. I pray he was not scared. So sad. how is your other lady neighbor, who you celebrate the holidays with? I hope she is doing well.
      Didyou see AGT last night? I cannot believe Tape Face got through, and not those cool male dancers, who Mel B loved. I loved to hear her scream when she watched them- that was really funny.
      Hope you are having a good day. I am making a small pot of soup tonight. I love soup, and have 2 big chicken breasts with the bone in to do it with. I thought that would be a welcome change for today.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Forgot to say. I started a new discussion for September. See you all there.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi colleen!
      I am so glad you are better, and back on here. We missed you, and were worried.
      My favorite from the Fall show is the one with the bunch of pumpkins on the front, and the Fall trees on the front. Both came in black and brown, I think, and maybe another color too. I got the Fall trees one today. I also heard UPS deliver- Tillie got it in, and this is what she said, in a very stern voice….”they are all for you, Adele. I think my Mom is mad hers is not here yet….LOL
      I will have to do something with that crazy man, and his water drinkage. That is a good suggestion.
      Do you have anything special for this weekend? It looks like we may be rained out. I hope we get some decent rain, as we need it bad up here.
      How are all the kids doing in school? I bet you miss going to see Aliza, while you were sick. You will have to catch up on where she is at now.
      I hope you continue to get better every day!!!
      Adele

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