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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      Well June is here. I see our weather is warming up. I knew we would go straight into summer. Hopefully the weather will stay dry for the ONP golf outing and for all the Milk Day weekend activities.
      DD those old cemeteries did have a lot of children’s graves. I guess back then if you had several children there was a good chance that not all of them would survive to adulthood. Thank goodness for modern medicine where that is concerned. I hope your good weather continues.
      Barbara, so glad that you are safe. I did hear that the Memphis area was getting bad storms one day. That is always such scary stuff!
      Yes times have sure changed since we graduated high school. I really am amazed that they could sell the “morning after” pill through a vending machine in a high school. That really is something.
      I think we all knew someone who went away for 5 months to care for a “sick aunt.” When I was in school someone else also went away to a “TB sanitarium” for several months. I always wondered if those people were ever able to reconnect with those babies as adults. As an adoptive parent these things are always very interesting to me and of course we are grateful that some people give up there children up for adoption. But there are two sides to every story. I’m glad that people are no longer branded with a Scarlet letter for having a child out of wedlock but by the same token maybe a 15 year old is not the ideal mother for a child either and in those cases i imagine the grandparents end up doing much of the parenting. I know at 15 or 16 I wouldn’t have been ready to raise a child. So there are pros and cons to each individual situation. It does seem like in Hollywood 50 percent of the people have the children before the marriage. I guess I am too practical and wanted to make sure that I was in a stable marriage before having children. Perhaps that accounts for us being married 8 years before we had kids. lol I wanted to be really sure!
      Now I am going to really scandalize you. You were talking about sneaking a cigarette or a drink. I actually smoked at home from when I was sixteen. My parents both smoked and they always talked about not doing things behind their back but being forward with it-so when i decided i wanted to smoke i told them that i was going to do it at home in front of them and they really couldn’t back down on what they told me so they kind of had to let me do it. And it’s true-if they had said no I would have done it anyway behind their backs. Of course in retrospect I wish it was something I had never done because quitting many years later was very very hard. And of course now i wonder how I ever could have done that as it is so stinky and everything smells of smoke, but when you are doing it yourself you can’t smell it. Sneaking drinks was not really that appealing since we had wine at the Sunday dinner table from a young age so there wasn’t much mystery to all of that-so maybe that ended up being a good thing. I guess my parents were a bit more permissive than many but we all turned out all right. lol
      Barbara, you are right, seeing all those cemeteries where people gave their lives for our country just makes you want to cry-and we do shed tears thinking about these things.
      Adele, I have never heard the term brings a tear to Veronese’s eyes before. Where does that come from? I tried googling it without much success.
      I know what you mean about not having time to grieve. I always felt that way about my Mom. She died toward the end of December and in the beginning of February Greg’s Mom fell and broke her shoulder so I spent the next three months nursing her and always felt that since I was so concentrated on getting her better I never took the time to properly grieve the loss of my own Mom. It was tough.
      It’s funny how you can’t stand the song Dance With My Father Again as I always thought it was a beautiful tribute by Luther Vandross to the loss of his own father. Maybe you mean that the song makes you feel sad so that’s why you dislike it.
      No funny stories from the baseball game last night. Yesterday was the kids first full day of summer vacation. Piper was wearing her rain boots at the game last night. Greg was mad at me when we left the house last night and then when we got there he wanted a soda and came to discover that he didn’t have his wallet on him. So then I was laughing and telling him that’s what happens when he leaves the house in a snit like a 16 year old teenage girl. lol I asked him what he was going to give me for buying his soda. lol Believe me he will not live this one down soon. Plus that behavior is so unlike him-it was funny.
      Gail

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    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster
      OMG….. it was supposed to be “everyone”, not Veronese. I really hate that auto correct. I have to type slower, so I see those corrections.
      I did mean I cannot stand to listen to it, as I bawl my eyes out. Thank God you all know me so well!
      My whole family smoked back then. Funny thing was, I hated the smoke. I kept my bedroom door closed, and always had my window open to try to lessen the smell. Isn’t that strange- you took it up,and I hated it.
      Mt Dad was the same way as your parents. he w always said if you want to taste something, taste it here, whee it is safe. It took all the magic out of it, which was a good thing. I liked the taste of champagne when I was little. They always gave me a tiny glass of some on New Years Eve, and I felt like a big shot.
      the sun is shining. I am so excited, i do not know what to do with myself. I think Steph and he kids are coming for a visit today- not sure. Marissa is away in Maine for a couple of days, and she has already called me 4 times today. She is so funny. She wanted to get us a wind chime- told her no, as Gary made me give away the beautiful one I had before. They keep him up at night….LOL
      Hope your day is going well….
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      LOL Adele, so glad that you explained as not knowing the meaning of that saying was driving me nuts as I am kind of a geek about those type of things. I kept thinking maybe it is a Boston saying-or an Italian saying-or a German saying-although Veronese sounds like it could be Italian. My computer does not auto correct-but my phone does which has made for some very funny text conversations with Jenny.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      I cannot tell you how much I hate the auto correct thing. You do not notice it, and bizzaro things come out. I bet arguments have started over the auto correct, perhaps even divorces….LOL
      On the other hand, we do have some very different Boston phrases. Some make sense, and some do not. We call soda, tonic. A milk shake is a frappe. I remember the weird looks we got when I chaperoned the 8th grade trip to DC, and the kids asked for tonic. Those are only 2 of our Boston phrases that I can think of off the top of my head. Oh…..gravy for spaghetti sauce, of course!
      We make our own language up here.
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Just when you think you’ve heard it all, it just gets worse, ie the stabbings last week. Today it came out that some thug stole one of the victim’s backpack & wedding ring!!! They have a clear video of him leaving the train amid the panic on the train. There were comments on FB & I put in my 2 cents, 3 letters, PIG!!! On a happier note the survivor met one of the girls he helped save. I’m gonna try to send along some of those pics. Verrrry touching pics.

      We had another lovely day today. Cloudy with some sun, & no rain.

      Well, I better get off here, I keep losing it.
      Have a great weekend.
      dd
      PS. I tried finding those pics but couldn’t find em, I’ll try again tomorrow.

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    • Colleen
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      Hi Everyone,
      Well I went to the eye doctor yesterday and he told me that I have to have cataracts removed from both eyes. They are doing the left eye on the 9th and then the other a few weeks after that. So if I disappear that is why.
      Do you have a lot of plans for this week-end? I know that you will be going to the milk days festivities.Is that the one where you and Greg go to a lot of different bbq? The gold tournament sounds like a fun time for Greg. As for you it is kind of boring and I agree one hundred percent. It is not much fun watching someone hit a little ball and then go chase it. At least some people have a lot of fun playing golf and watching it.
      It is funny that they always made excuses for these girls going away. Most of the kids knew why she was gone anyway and probably told their parents. I am sure that they also knew. It is a shame that they had to live like that. It is also a shame that these young girls keep their babies and do not know how to take care of them. I do not think bad of parents that make their kids give their babies away. They are just kids and need to grow up before they take on the care of a baby. There are so many married couples that would give these babies a good home if they were out there to adopt.
      We would not smoke in front of our parents even after we were married. I started smoking in my senior year and stopped after we were married for a couple of years. So it was not as hard for me as it was for Ron. They were not as strict with drinking. They just did not want us to drink away from home. I think that we all did though.
      I have never heard that song you are talking about. I will have to try and find it and listen to it. I can see where that would make everyone cry. I bet there were a lot of little girls that danced with their dads at some point in their lives. At a wedding or at home. My mom and dad loved to dance and they did dance at home with all of us there. Use to love to watch them dance together. I wish that we had a video of it now.
      Barbara I am so glad that you did not have any damage from the storms. We must all have Angels on our shoulders that watch over us in that type of weather. I am glad that we are all safe.
      I still have to read all the posts on the other page. I kind of have gotten behind. We did not get all the rain that we were supposed to get here either Adele. Looks like it is not going to rain at all here this week now. We did have a little shower here today but that was it. Not anything like they predicted. Hopefully we will have a good week-end also.
      Well that is about all from here. Hope that everyone has a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      I cannot believe that man stole the back pack and wedding ring of one of the men shot. I hope that the video was clear enough that they will catch him and throw him in jail for what he did. It is hard to believe that anyone would be that mean.
      How nice that the one girl went to see the man that was hurt. Sounds like they came to the aid of a couple of really nice people. She thought of him to come and see how he was doing and to thank him.
      The picture of the beach that you posted is really pretty. The one that Gail posted with the moose in the pool is funny. Guess when you live in the country you better keep you pool covered or there is not telling what you will find in it.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      DD,
      I hope they catch the guy who stole the back pack and wedding ring.
      I wish I could be on that beach from the picture that you posted. I’m always so fascinated by those places with that blue blue water. Neither the Atlantic or the Pacific ever looked like that when I saw it. I guess you need to go to a tropical island to see that. I would like to go to Bali or one of those places where you have a glass cut out in your bungalow and can see the fish below. A girl can dream!
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      I love learning about the regional differences that we all have. Years ago I had a boyfriend from Long Island and he had different names for certain things too. Also he only ever ate cheese pizza which is kind of a weird thing to do in Chicago where we like to pile on the ingredients.
      You were the smart one and never started smoking. I figured because we did that our kids wouldn’t as they didn’t like it either but Jenny did briefly and then quit and Brent still is smoking but has tried to quit-so I think he eventually will stop completely.
      Did Steph and the kids make it over? Is JJ out of school yet? Our kids had their last day on Tuesday.
      I hope that Marissa is in Maine to do something fun. How far is that from where you live? It seems that the East Coast is much more compressed than the Midwest and west.
      Gary would never be able to sleep here as we have lots of wind chimes. I know they bother a lot of people but I love them.
      Speaking of not being able to sleep. Does anyone have a husband who snores? Honestly I’m thinking of wearing noise cancelling ear phones to bed. Except then i wouldn’t be able to hear the music playing in the room that helps me relax and sleep. Sometimes I just have to get up and leave the room and sometimes I have to threaten him with putting a pillow over his head or stuffing a sock in his mouth-and his response is always-I’m not snoring. Sometimes when I am trying to get to sleep and listening to that it is like nails on a chalk board. But then I always try to put it into perspective by thinking how horrible it would be if he weren’t there bothering me with his snoring. So when the nights add up and I get too tired i just have to go sleep in another room. I have to laugh though because this is the same guy who won’t let me watch TV in bed because it keeps him from sleeping. lol
      I hope that you are still having sunny skies.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      We will be thinking about you and praying that you have a quick recovery from the cataract surgery. The eye doctor said I have cataracts too but I guess they are not bad enough for surgery yet. We still are trying to make sure that the macular degeneration moves as slowly as possible too. I will be doing lots of praying on June 9th as that is when my friend Nan has her surgery too.
      Milk Days is the day when we go to all the different barbeques. No cooking for me all day on that day. Hooray!
      You know I was pretty naive and I think I didn’t realize until much later where the girls really went when they went away. I’m sure all the parents knew though. It’s funny now that I think about it-I had a friend who got pregnant the summer between high school and college-I can still remember the name of the guy after all these years-he was from out of town and a member of a band that we went to see a bunch of times over that summer. Anyway, my friend Sue eventually went to someplace like The Cradle Society and she did write me letters while she was there and I was in college. I know she wrote me when she had the baby(can’t remember now if it was a boy or girl) but in all those letters there was never any talk about the emotional impact of all this. It was just like something she had to go through so she could continue on with her life. No one seemed to care about the emotional toll it took on the girls or wanted them to talk about it-and I was so young then and so far removed from wanting a baby or having a baby that i never talked to her about how she actually felt about it. After that year we kind of both moved on with our lives and drifted apart as I think she eventually got married and moved away and I continued with school. But now I wonder if that baby ever contacted her. I know Brent has no interest in finding his birth parents so everyone has different feeling about those things.
      I have a book sitting on my book shelf that I haven’t read yet I think it’s called The Girls That Went Away and it’s about just this topic-about the girls who were sent away to have babies. I will let you know what it said after i get around to reading it.
      We are having a nice day for the ONP golf outing so I’m sure Greg and his buddies will have a great time. Maybe they will even win.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      That is an awful story. Who steals from a victim of violence? How were these people raised? Thugs, all of them.
      Glad your day is sunny. It hasbeen sunny here for 2 days. A few clouds in the sky, and very breezy. Really beautiful day. I was out with Gary for a few minutes, and saw a pair of beautiful hawks overhead. What a sight.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      That is awful about your eyes. My eye doctor told me that everyone gets cataracts as we age, and when they get to a certain point, they have to be removed. Both Gary and I have the beginning of them. Gary’s are worst than mine. this is yet another aging thing we all have to deal with. the benefits keep coming. You know, no eye doctor ever told Tillie she has them. I find that really odd.
      Did they tell you how long the recover is? I think I remember my neighbor could not bend down for a few days, or so. Not sure if that is still true. I hope this goes easy for you. Ron will have to wait on you hand and foot, and even cook. If you are not a good patient, you will get potato soup! I hope that made you laugh….
      We are o going out with Ron and Joyce this weekend. We have not physically seen them since December. We talk to them at least 3 times a week. But, with all going on, and their 4 grands, they have something every single weekend. I have gone to lunch with Joyce on my own, but all 4 of us have not been out in a while.
      Hope you have a good weekend- I saw a pair of hawks when I was out. Such a beautiful sight. i felt blessed to see such a beautiful sight today.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      You know Gary used to snore very loudly. He lost a little more weight after last year’s kidney disaster, and I got him a Temperpedic pillow. So, I am not sure which made it better- the pillow or the weight. Possibly both. It was not a lot of weight he lost- about 10 pounds, and he is still considered very heavy, so I am leaning toward the pillow. What kind of pillows do you have? We used to have down ones.
      I think the regional differences are so entertaining, to say the least. I am also amazed at the different weather, and animals we all have in our yards. Barbara with the snakes, and Colleen with the bison, and hens.
      Rissy and her manager wee called back early last night by Yankee Candle. the person who was supposed to close the store last night, did not leave the keys for the person who was there, and they had to come home. Rissy was with her manager, as the two young women have become good friends. She has brought her by here a few times- she is a sweetie.
      I have a story to tell all of you- I will do it in another post…..
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      The Saga of Adele and the Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Jeep

      Well, ladies. I went for a new Jeep. My old one was a 2005. As luck would have it, Marissa wanted it, and we came to an agreement on a purchase price that was fair to her and us, as I have other grands, and could not justify giving her the Jeep. She was lucky, and sold her car n one day, and sold her older I phone, and then only had to come up with a small amount of money. She is thrilled. She put a lot of money into her car, and was happy to have mine, as it was well cared for, with only me as the owner, and no rust.

      On to me. I went back and forth with the dealership, and decided not to get a new one. As always happens, the deal kept getting better on Friday of last week. I had number in mind they needed to reach, and they got there, so it was on. It was Grand Cherokee Limited, white, with black interior. I was happy.

      I was not happy the next day when I went to get it. I could not get in the Jeep. We tried and tried. They moved it to a completely flat spot- no go. Plus, I cannot fight to get into a car every day, as I would eventually hurt my back or legs. They are making these so big, I was eye level with the bottom of the windshield. We tried the baby Jeeps- a Cherokee, and a Compass. No problem. But, I was miserable. I even told them in my snarkiest voice that those are the baby Jeeps they sell to someone who cannot get a real one.

      My sales team had an idea. I was with the manager and the salesman thorough all of this. They were so nice, and felt awful that I just could not get into the one I wanted. the manger said he had an Overland ( biggest Jeep of all) that had this air suspension thing, which actually lowers the Jeep so it is easy to get into. They were right. So, if I went with the bigger Jeep, it lowered itself to me, so Queen Quacker could get in. (Of course I was dressed in my sparkly Patriotic Quacker garb, which everyone was commenting on) The manger added, that this one had 4,000 miles on it, even though it was a 2017, because it was the “Managers Special”, and the owner of the dealership drove it. As such, it came with a very nice discount, and only made my payment go up about 70.00, even though the sticker price was outlandish.

      So, I had to get a bigger Jeep, and pay a little more, to be able to get into it. How sad is that? On the other hand, there is not one bell and whistle this does not have. It even parks itself. If Gary veers out of his lane, it will beep, and force him back. If he does not hit the brake early enough for a stop, the car will stop him, and beep at him. So, now if Gary drives, I can go to sleep. There is only one thing it does not do. When THE HUSBAND yells at me, a hand does not come out, to smack him silly. I did ask the nice salesman where the button was for that hand to come out, to smack you know who. I think he thought I was serious…..LOL LOL

      So, that is the entire sordid affair. I may have to lobby Jeep to have then do a disabled/elderly version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited…..LOL LOL.
      Your crazy Quacker Friend…..Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Well, we are having sunny/stormy/rainy day here today, and it just keeps jumping back and forth. But the thunder I can deal with and the rain; even when it is pouring is so much better than we have had. Would you believe that there are still thousands without electricity in Memphis? This has been for over a week now. So we are very grateful that ours was only out 15 hours so we are not complaining. I did have to clean out the freezer. I was just too afraid to eat anything in there; because even though we didn’t open the freezer the ice cream and the meats were just cool, not cold. And I know you should not ever eat anything that has partially thawed and then has been refrozen.
      Colleen, praying for you with your eye surgeries coming up. My Dad had both his eyes done too, and I remember his using drops I think (years ago) but he did really well. He had a pupil transplant in one eye due to his going blind in that eye, and that went well too, thankfully. I know my BIL has had some surgery recently on one eye for his not being able to have good vision on the side, and he always tells me and Jerry to get our eyes checked frequently. We are both due for change in our glasses; and we should go soon. So glad the eye doctor found this so he can go ahead and take care of your eyes. Are your eyes doing okay, Gail? Have you noticed any difference since you first got your diagnosis of degeneration? Hope all is going well for you.
      Your story Gail, of how your parents were smart enough to know young people will “experiment” with grown up things with or without their permission, was very smart, I think, on their part. Both my parents smoked when I was young, but had quit long before I became a teenager, and for some reason, I just wasn’t interested in smoking (I did try mabey 3 times, coughed a lot, and gave it up) and could not stand the taste of beer; so I was a real fuddy dud. Jerrys Dad had the same theory, if you want to try a cigarette or a beer, sit with me, and we will see how you like it right here at our house. He was not judgemental, and Jerry said he really thinks that is one of the reasons he started smoking so early in life, but felt his Dad was right, since he watched all his older brothers smoking, and he knew in his heart that he would too, given permission or not. I was prould when Jerry was able to quit after 3 really hard fought attempts, when Neal was little, and he told me that to this day that sometimes someone will light up one and he will just catch a whif of the smoke and he wants one so badly. So my hat is off to anyone who wants to stop and is trying. It must be SO hard.
      Adele, I had to read your story to Jerry about your car buying experience. We were laughing so hard, not at you, but with you. THis is exactly what we go through when “car shopping” and it can get so embarassing with all the “we have to have so and so” list that you can just see in the salespersons eyes that they are thinking “why me?” did I get these two. And when you said you could sleep now with all the shall we say, reminders, to Gary that he is about to mess up, Jerry said, gosh, she sounds just like you, Barbara. I would just LOVE it if you would just go to sleep and LET ME DRIVE. I am always saying to him, slow down, they are putting on the brakes ahead of us, watch that car, you are getting too close, you are going too fast, well you know. So thanks for the good laugh. We needed it.
      Gail, yes, Jerry snores! There are so many nights that I just want to push him and do at times to almost wake him up and he will stop hopefully long enough for me to get to sleep. But most times, he just picks right back up and yes, I have bought the ear plugs, but it makes it SO quiet that then I can actually “hear” myself breathing, and can’t sleep for that. I am like you, I need some type of white noise, but a gentle noise. I like you when I am just about to scream, remind myself how much I would be giving to hear him snore if he wasn’t here, but gosh I feel your pain. We have tried every position, back or side and nothing seems to help. Jerry really feels badly when he knows he has kept me awake, but at 3 am that is of little comfort.
      Are any of your grands going to camp this summer? Do they still have this?
      DD. you have really had a lot of things going on in your area. I think I was hearing something today about some rally in your area this weekend where they are expecting violence. I just don’t know what to think or say anymore. Why can we not just be good and kind to one another even if we don’t agree or have the exact same opinions about things? Hope I just misunderstood.
      Enjoy your weekend everyone. What color is your new car Adele? I was just thinking how you can color co-ordinate your Quacker outfit as you and Gary go breezing about town this weekend in you new ride. Have fun. Barbara

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      This is gonna be short as I haven’t read all your posts yet. Just wanted you to know they caught that guy who stole the backpack & wedding ring. Turns out a pizza parlor owner saw him & recognized him from the video they showed on TV. She actually knew him from him coming in asking for handouts. He’s homeless, so I’m glad he was found & arrested. Portland had a moment of silence at noon today in honor of the victims of last weeks attack. All of the buses, trains, stopped at the closest stops on their routes. A large crowd gathered at the stop where it took place. There’s a big memorial of cards, signs, flowers, people have left messages written in chalk all around the transit center. I;m gonna take the bus & go to that bus stop. Or even take the train. I’m not afraid to ride the train or bus.
      I’m gonna try & send those pics I spoke of last night. Wish me luck.
      Have a great weekend.
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      I will be praying for your friend also on the 9th. I hope when they go in there to do the surgery they find that it is not as bad as they thought. That will be a rough surgery.
      We had to watch a movie about the cataract and how they remove it. It is not as bad as it use to be. They put a small slit in your eye and they put the instrument thru remove the cataract and then they place the new lens in and it is over with. The thing they use vacuums the cataract out of your eye. So there is not as much done and a lot less chances of injury. I probably made it sound worse then it is. I will let you know how it is when it is over with.
      I guess one of the reasons we knew what was going on was one of my friends were sent here to live with her aunt. I did not meet her until after the baby was born and given up for adoption. She told me that is why she was sent here and she never did go back home to live with her mom again. I do not know that she ever forgave her mom for sending her away. I hope that your friend has a good life and is really happy. It is a shame that you two did not stay in touch with each other but that happens when you are school friends and you just grow apart.
      The book that you have sounds interesting. Let me know what you think of it after you read it. I may look for it and read it also. There is a book out about Alzheimer’s that we had to read when we worked at the nursing home. I think the name of it was About Grace it was really good and helped us to understand about that disease. I need to find it again and find the name for sure.We have so many books it is hard to find one when you want to. We need to make one of our spare rooms into a reading room. Just have all shelves in there with books. Ron would never do that he does not like to read that much.
      Well that is about all from here. Wish Greg good luck in his golf tournament.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I have to say the story about your jeep buying had me in stitches. I cannot believe that you had problems getting into it. Sounds like one of those vehicles that you have to have a step stool to get into it. The jeep that you bought sounds really nice. 4,000 miles on a car is not very much that is for sure. You really did get a lot of extras on your jeep that was really a good deal. How nice that it goes up and down so you can get in and out of it. We may all have to have one like that the way we are all falling apart.lol
      Tillie is lucky that she does not have them. They are not as hard to remove as they use to be. Read what I posted to Gail. I told her how they do it. Hopefully you will never have to have it done. Mine were getting worse because of the diabetes. So not only do you have to put up with aging but that junk too. There is one thing that makes it worth it you can see better after it is over with.
      I think that the recover is 5 weeks. You have to put drops in your eye all that time and then it is over. He said that we will have to wait for six weeks before he can do the other eye. They give you too much time to change your mind. lol I cannot believe that I have committed to this. No it will be fine and be good to get it over with.
      Sounds like you have a good week-end planned. Hope that you have a really good dinner. Do you know where you are going to go yet? You always go to such nice places. The food always sounds delicious.
      We are going to have more help then we will need. My daughter is coming with her two kids and they are going to stay for a week or two. This may be good or it may be a mess. Then my middle daughter said that she would come over and cook for us. It will be interesting to see if they all show up.lol
      Ron snores and I have to leave the bedroom some nights. If I fall asleep before he does then I am fine but if he falls asleep first then that is it. He always tells me that I am the one that snores.
      Did all of Gary’s tests come back okay? You said that the kidney one did if I remember right but what about the one that the gastro did? I have been wondering about that.
      That is so nice that your granddaughter is getting your jeep. That will be a good car for her. You just got the air fixed in it too so she will not have to worry about that. She got a good deal.
      Well that is all from here. Enjoy you new Jeep.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That is good news that they caught the guy who stole that stuff. I hope that they put him in jail. Even if he is homeless he should not have taken that stuff. That was the wrong thing to do.
      That was so nice that those two got to meet each other. Those were really touching pictures. I love the t-shirt that she made for him. He is a hero to stand up to that guy and trying to protect that girl. How nice that they had that moment of silence for the guys who died. It is so nice that they put flowers and cards where it happened.
      You cannot let things like that keep you from doing the things that you want to do. Then these idiots win. Just be careful and be aware of your surroundings.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      Cataract surgery is not as bad as it use to be. You still have to use the drops. There is only one type though so that is good. It will just be nice to have this whole thing over with.
      Sorry that your electric was out that long. Know how that feels. It is hard when you go to do something and you can’t because there is no electric. We have a generator and that works really well. It is not like having electric though. Have you seen the new ones that they have out that will keep your whole house going? They had one at the store the other day and I think that we should have checked into it. Those are really nice. They keep everything running just like the electric is on. The place where we saw them was at Rural King.
      Did they have some government agency come around and ask if you had to throw any food away? I cannot remember which one it was that came here. They would give you so much money for what you lost. This was a few years ago and they gave every one bottled water. They gave us some and we could go to the fire station and get some. That is one bad thing about living in the country you do not have water when the electric is out. I will have to ask Ron who that was that came around.
      Well that is about all from here. It is getting late and I need to get to bed. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      i am glad I gave you two a good laugh. That made another successful day for me. You know how I feel make one person laugh a day, and it is a good day. No matter what else is going on in your life.
      The Jeep is white, with a black interior. Did I tell you the seats are “cooled” if my chubby bits get too hot in the black seats? LOL LOL LOL My favorite color is orange, and the “baby Jeep” came in orange. It looked like a kid’s Jeep.
      I feel the same way as you. Most of the time, salespeople would be so annoyed with older people and disabilities. But, I have to say, these two were very kind to me, and I was surprised by that. Pleasantly surprised, I may say.
      I think everyone should all get a tattoo on their foreheads at birth, saying “be kind to one another”. Maybe then, there would be peace on this earth.
      Hope your weekend is going well!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD!
      Please be careful taking the bus over there. Say a prayer from all your Quacker friends at the Memorial for us. So terribly sad.
      I got the chills when you said every bus, train, and the entire city stood still for one moment. It affects everyone who hears the story, and of course, the family’s affected the most. Boston was a mess after the Marathon Bombing, and every time it is Marathon Day, there is a sadness over everyone. Plus, the worry it will happen again.
      Special prayers sent your way. Thank you for sharing the pictures of those who survived.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I did read your post to Gail. Things seem very different, all the way aorund with surgeries and procedures today. We are lucky for that.
      You have Minnions, like me. They will all rally to help you. We are blessed.
      I hope you have something nice scheduled for this weekend with Ron. Also hope the sun is shining for you. The sun was out, and now it is getting cloudy again.
      I have to go get in the shower for our dinner out. I will wear a bright color, as it is dark out there again.
      I hope Gail’s friend’s surgery comes out ok. So many health issues as we get older. i do nto think we ever thought all this would happen.
      Have a good one!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      For got to say, Gary’s kidney tests came out fine.
      He is going t for the gastro thing next Friday. God help me…..
      Adele

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      I am showing some signs of recovery. I am now using a cane instead of a walker. My knee has hurt the past couple of mornings as it was chilly out and it got to cold I guess. Every time it is to rain or storm it gets upset. But all in all improving.
      When my neighbor brought my mail yesterday she brought me some fresh just picked strawberries. They are so good very sweet and juicy. If I had know she was going for them I would have gotten more but was not going to send her back again. It was so kind of her to give me some of hers. She got my list and got me a few groceries today. I told her I would be okay now and will be able to get my mail. She said okay but to call if I did need something.
      Colleen there is nothing to worry about having cataracts removed. Both my parents had them done. Only thing is to put in the drops and protect the eyes from bright light. It was hard to put drops in moms eyes as she would pinch her eyes shut & not open them so you had to hold her eye open with one hand and put them in with the other. You should be able to do your daily chores. I would see no need to have people come to help. I will probably need cataract surgery in the future as the doctor said I had the start of one in one of my eyes. But that does not scare me just a part of getting older.

    • Barbara Smith
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      Just sitting here being lazy. Jerry and I are going to drive in to town shortly and eat at a Mexican restaurant that makes really great fahita’s. We will get some chips and dip also; so Jerry will need his Tums afterward. We are both just in the mood for it tonight. Sounds like a solemn service today for you, DD. Goodness, how I pray for peace all over the world.
      Adele, I have a Quacker zip up jacket that is bright pink and inside the hood and the lining is bright orange. I love it. There is no way you cannot be happy wearing these bright colors. It even has those big sparkly zipper things. So I think you will look great. I surprised myself when I bought it, but I am so glad I did.
      Joey is working this weekend. He is ordering pizza delivered during this evening for staff. Poor Jerry. He is so worried about a man who has recently moved into his Mom’s place. He is not sure where he is and he keeps trying to talk Jerry into taking him home so his wife will know he is alive. Jerry tries every time he visits his Mom that his wife knows where he is; but of course, he forgets what Jerry just told him the day before, and that makes Jerry so sad. He talked to me about us having something like this happening to us; and it is so hard for us to even talk about things like that. I really don’t know what to say.
      Gail, I will certainly keep your friend in my prayers as well as our Colleen for the surgeries. This will be a busy time for everyone.
      Take care everyone. Hope you have a wonderful evening. Barbara

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      Hi Adele,
      We are not doing much this week-end. Mostly just sitting around and watching our hair turn grey. There is not much going on right now. Next week it will be crazy here. We will have the kids here and I have to start putting the drops in my eyes. This will get to be a pain in the neck. It will be worth it in the end.
      How was your dinner out? I bet you brightened up the place with you quacker on and all the bright colors. Probably made the day seem a lot better. I like wearing bright colors when I go out. It makes people feel better. Just hope that you had a fun time.
      The sales men that worked with you on that Jeep were really nice. They sure took a lot of time finding you the right jeep for you. Not many salesmen would have done that. It is really nice that you found one that works for you and makes getting in and out easier.
      They sure made Gary wait a long time for the gastro test. I thought that they would have had that done by now. I guess that so many of us have been having tests and surgery that it is hard to keep it all straight. I am glad that his kidney is okay.
      I really hope that Gail’s friend comes out okay from this surgery. I just keep praying that they do not have to remove her stomach. That would be miserable. I will be praying for her also.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      Sounds like a good meal. Mexican food is so good but I agree sometimes you need a tums after you eat. It will be nice for you and Jerry to just go out and enjoy yourself.
      How nice that Jerry is ordering Pizza for everyone at work. They must all enjoy working with him. I never liked working on the week-ends. It seemed like Ron and I did not get to do much because on my days off he was working. We got one week-end off a month.
      It is sad when you find someone that does not remember things. You and Jerry will be fine. I know that it can really make you think though. You have your boys and each other to help you thru anything that happens in life. They will let you know that they know where you are and never let you feel alone.
      Thank you for the prayers Barbara. Thank everyone for the prayers. They always are the best medicine.
      Well that is all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      How nice that your neighbor brought you the strawberries. She seems to be a good neighbor. You are doing really good if you are already using a cane. It may make you knee a little sore at first from using the cane. The walker seems to take more of the pressure off the leg then the cane would. It will be nice when you will not need to use anything.
      Thanks for the information. I guess the problem is that I have a cataract in the other eye also. So my vision is not that good in that eye either. When they do the second one I will not need any help at all. It will take me time to adjust to just seeing out of the one eye for six weeks. That is when they will do the second of the surgeries. I hope that you do not need surgery in that eye for a long time. They seem to wait until you have to have it done. Just wish that it did not happen to both of my eyes at the same time.
      You take care of yourself and just keep doing the exercises for your knee.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue!
      So glad to hear from you. Your knee will let you know when rain is coming for a while. That eventually goes away. Everyone says it is a while year for any surgery to completely heal, and they are right. Seeing and feeling the gains you make are very encouraging. It sounds like you are doing great.
      How much longer will PT come to you? Once you go out for PT, you will feel better to. They have all kinds of machines and tools to make you stronger.
      We are all praying for you to continue to improve. You go, girl!
      How old were your parents when they had the cataract surgery? One of my neighbors recently had it, and one was a lot younger when he had it.
      Today is one of my favorite Q shows- In the Kitchen with Dave. He will be on soon.
      Hope your weather is good. We are having sunshine now, and rain is coming later today.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara!
      It sounds like that poor man has Alzheimer’s. Such a terrible disease. I never heard you talk about any of your parents having that disease. I Know (and I am sure you do to) it is inherited. Jerry’s Mom sounds perfectly lucid too. I would hope the two of you have no risk of having it. I worry about that over here, when Gary does snot remember things I have told him. His brother has Alzheimer’s, and has been in a nursing home for the past 2 years.
      Want to laugh? I have that same jacket with the pink outside, and the pretty orange ….LOL But, I wore the one that has the gold stripes on the sleeve, and collar, and has the shell, with the grommets. (I also have the stripe sweater that goes with the set.) I wore my pink zipper crops with it. I am ashamed to say, I have that set in 4 colors- black, blue, pink, and aqua.
      We had a good time last night with our friends. I had the combo plate of chicken fingers with a few ribs, with mashed potato, and carrots. I hope the stains in my shirt come out….LOL Ribs are so delicious, and so messy. Joyce had them, so of course, I had to get them too.
      Hope Jerry did not have to take too many Tums. How was your dinner out?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I hope Gail’s firmed does good too. I hope we hear good news on her soon.
      I certainly did brighten up the place….LOL
      They were really nice at the dealership. I have always liked them. they have a great guy in the service department, and he has been there forever. Bobby likes them too- all his Jeeps came form there too.
      So, toady I have to cal our sales guys to ask them a few questions. Gary and I will have to go by for some tutoring. here is a funny for you. On Sunday mornings, Gary usually goes tot he bagel place, and gets our bagels for breakfast. Every morning he has a bagel, and I have a half of a bagel. So, he called Bobby and had him get the sub-standard bagged Thomas’ bagles, that any respectable Jewish man would never eat. So, I said…afraid to drive the Jeep, are we? He says…..no, I do not want to get yelled at if I get it dirty. Really, I say?? You are afraid to drive it. Get in it, and drive around the circle, until you are comfortable in it. That is what I did. No he says, that is your car. He could have scared himself when he pointed at the touch screen, and it called Nancy…….of course, I yelled, “I told you not to put those big paws near the touch screen”…..while I laughed my butt off. I told Gary I will have to call his buddy Al, and tell him he is afraid to drive the Jeep. Al will come right over, and handle the problem….LOL LOL
      This is going to be like the change to Xfinity 1. The cable company and Bobby had to get the TV working again, when Gary touched something he was not supposed to. I think I am goign to have a lot of Gary stories with the new Jeep. this is why I have not switched him to a smart phone.
      You may see him on the evening news, or a You Tube video.
      Hope your day is goign well, and you have not seen too many more gray hairs…..
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      I hope that you all had a nice weekend.
      DD thank you for posting those pictures. The moment of silence throughout the city was very touching.
      Sue, glad you have graduated to a cane. You are moving right along. I would imagine that weather will affect that new joint for quite awhile. Those strawberries that your neighbor bought sound so delicious it makes me want some. lol Glad that she is there to get things from the store for you.
      That reminds me . Jenny has started doing that thing where you can order online from WalMart and then go pick it up and pay and they come out and load it right into the car for you. She loves it! They don’t do it in the WalMart in our town but there is another one half way between her work and home that does it so she sends her order in on Friday and picks the stuff up on her way home from work on Friday night. What a God send for a busy working mother. Plus then she doesn’t have to go to the store with the kids along as we all know what a pain that can be. She loves the service!
      Barbara, I hope all those people in your area have their power back by now.
      My eyes seem to be okay since my diagnoses. I just got my card in the mail for my next visit so I will be checked again soon.
      I never heard of a pupil transplant. I never even know that that was possible. Sometimes modern medicine amazes me.
      You know kids don’t seem to go to camp around here. I’m sure there are still summer camps around but not as many as there were years ago. When we go up north there are still some camps up there as we see the busy weekends when the parents are dropping off the kids.
      Adele, Greg is very fussy about his pillow and he really needs a new one as the one he is using is getting so flimsy. However, he will reject 20 before he finds what he likes and I now refuse to keep buying pillows that don’t get used and we have no place to store-so he needs to buy his own pillows now but i have to remind him a hundred times before he will get around to it.
      However, it’s not the pillow because he snores anywhere and everywhere. We have a split king sleep number bed and i even raise the head of the bed while he is sleeping and that still doesn’t do any good. There really is no solution-I either have to listen to it or leave the room.
      I keep on picturing you in one of those lowriders now-those cars that have the hydraulics to raise and lower them or to raise one side etc. It’s a funny visual. Why don’t you like the smaller jeeps? I never felt comfortable driving those huge SUV’s or trucks-they are just too big.
      I would imagine that the salesmen would be nice and try to work with you as they want to make a sale. I usually find the car people will try to bend over backwards to accommodate you as they realize that you can just leave and go down the street and spend your money somewhere else. They want to keep you as a customer.
      Greg always loves all the bells and whistles. One of his cars does have the cooling seats but there is a downside. The heaters on those don’t heat as fast because you have to wait for the whole system to heat up as those types of seats can’t have the heating coils in them. I don’t think Greg hardly uses that cooling feature anyway. I do love all the newer safety features though. Our favorite is that little triangle in your side view mirror that tells you if someone is in your blind spot. Those should be on every car.
      Colleen, I’ll bet you’ll be amazed at the difference when you have the first eye done. Sometimes that stuff happens so gradually that we don’t realize what we are missing.
      You talked about building a reading room-I always wanted a library so what I did recently was we have a two story foyer and on the upper level there is sort of a balcony so I took that space which is sort of open and wasted and lined it with new bookshelves and created my own little library up there. It looks cute and colorful with all the book jackets.
      Greg and his friends had a good time at the golf outing and came in 5th place so they won some prizes too.
      Greg says the same thing to me, Colleen. He says I’m the one that’s snoring-however-I am not keeping him awake. lol
      We had a good time at Milk Days. However, I got sunburned on my arms. I am normally so careful about using sunscreen because my medicine gives me hives with too much sun exposure but i didn’t think it was going to be as sunny and hot as it was. I got lucky this time and didn’t develop hives but i need to remember to be cautious. We went to Adam’s parents house during the parade and Greg’s golfing buddy afterwards and then on to Jenny’s for the evening. Gabby looked so pretty riding the float with the Queen candidates. It’s an interesting place to watch the parade from as so many of Jenny and Brent’s high school friends end up on that corner so it’s like seeing a mini reunion.
      We are having beautiful weather and of course now that the garden is planted it doesn’t look like any rain is coming. It’s either feast or famine!
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have to say Adele, your visit to the car lot was hysterical. I don’t drive anymore so I’m not familiar with all the bells & whistles on cars these days. I always got the stripped down cars, meaning they didn’t have all the electrical gadgets. I actually had to roll my windows by HAND!!!! My thought is, the more bells & whistles you have the more you have to pay out to have it fixed when something goes wrong!!

      Colleen, you should get through the surgery with no problem. Do they give you dark glasses to wear for a while till your eye heals? My friend had it done a few yrs ago & she could see better than 20/20 afterwards. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll be able to see.

      We had a cool cloudy weekend, but now we’re in for some nice weather. By mid week the rain returns tho. sigh.
      Oh, those rallies & protests weren’t as violent as expected but there was some skirmishes. The ones who said they’d be peaceful were. There’s always some that have to cause trouble!! I say call in the National Guard & let them throw a brick at one of them & see who wins!!

      Have your hubbies been tested for sleep apnea? The snoring is caused by the back of the throat collapsing & the breathing is labored, hence snoring.
      I think there’s something you can wear in your mouth that keeps the throat from collapsing. Maybe if they went to an ear, nose & throat specialist they could help them out. Just a suggestion.

      Well, that’s all from out here.
      Have a great week.
      dd
      PS here are pics of my private island….lol

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      Hi Adele
      The place where you got your car was really nice. It is hard to find them like that anymore. We do not have that many big dealerships around here we have a lot of use car places. There are more of them then any.
      Gary sounds like Ron. He could not handle the phone and probably would not be able to handle that new Jeep that you bought either. They will probably be glad to help you with your car. They can show you all kinds of new tricks and how all the new things work. If you are like me they need to write them down. I never remember anything anymore. Hope that you do not have to call Al to help Gary thru this. It must be bad if he would not go and get his bagels.
      Ron’s grey is coming in faster then mine are. I am thinking of dying my hair but do not know what color. I may just high lite it again. If the grey keeps coming in I may not have to high lite it. lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      The eye doctor told me that colors will be much brighter. So that will be nice. I have some dishes that I cannot tell what color they are. The one set I just got rid of. I kept saying that they were pink and my daughters kept saying to me mom they are yellow. My mom had the same problem before she had her surgery.
      Your library sounds really nice. Do you have a place where you can sit and read or do you bring the books downstairs to read? I would like to have a room where I can read without Ron coming in all the time talking to me. He is getting to be like the kids when they were young. Whenever I watch tv, read a book or talk on the phone he comes in to talk to me. So if I am in a room to myself he will not bother me as much. lol
      I am glad that Greg and his buddies had a good time. That is the whole point of going to a play golf. If you take it to seriously it ruins the game. Sounds like he golfs with a good bunch of guys.
      It sounds like it was a good time. Did Gabby win the crown? You were lucky that you did not break out in hives. Some medicine in not good to take if you are going to be outside in the sun. I have a medicine that if I get too hot I get light headed and feel like I am going to faint. I also have to wear a hat in the sun if I am going to be out in it for very long. Do you have to wear a hat?
      We were not supposed to have any rain today but we got a shower. So maybe it will come and surprise you like it did us. Lucky we did not have any of Ron’s tools are anything out in the yard at the time. He had just finished and put everything away.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I am not sure what they will do. Sometimes they put a patch over you eye for so many days and then sometimes they do something else. I will have to wait and see. It should be interesting.
      It is really hot here. Wish we could have your weather all summer here. It gets so hot and humid. That is what it is like right now. Hope that it cools down just a little and the humidity drops. The humidity is what gets too you.
      Mine would not go to be tested for sleep apnea. He just tells me that there is nothing wrong with him and so I just let it go. I do not see how he sleeps as loud as he snores. You would think that it would wake him up.
      That island looks inviting to me. If it had a little cabin out there to live in it would be ideal. We could all meet there and just have some quite time. Well maybe just a good time we may to busy talking for it to be quite.lol Love the beach.
      You are probably right. It just makes me nervous that someone is going to mess with my eye. It will be fine and I will see better and will be glad when the whole thing is over.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I would love to come to your tropical island. What a vacation that would be. It would be nice for a girl’s getaway for all of us. We will be sure to bring Paolo to serve drinks and wave the big fan when we get hot.
      I think Greg is probably like Ron and not willing to go in and get tested. I can see why as he is not the one who has to listen to himself. However, if it got to a point where I thought it really was apnea and dangerous I would make him go in for tests.
      Glad that there was no trouble at the demonstrations.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      When we get a new car and they explain how everything operates we never remember what they said anyway. Sometimes at first the manual is your new best friend so that you can just look things up yourself. Also, just buying a car takes the whole day anymore. There is so much going back and forth and so much just sitting there waiting.
      I don’t have a reading spot up on the balcony-I just usually take the books downstairs. However, if I wanted to stay upstairs we do have a little sitting room as part of the master bedroom so I could go there if I wanted to. Greg is still gone during the day so I have the whole house to myself anyway.
      Ron does sound just like the little kids. lol They always wanted your attention especially if you were on the phone. That was like the signal for them to need something.
      Gabby was first runner up-so she came really close.
      I don’t normally wear a hat in the sun although it really is a good idea to shield your face with one also, but hats make my head hot then. lol
      I don’t blame you for feeling nervous about someone messing with your eye-I would too-I think it’s normal to be apprehensive before any surgical procedure. I guess you just have to try and think about how much better things will be afterwards and how pretty the colors will look. Plus we will all be praying for you and you know we are excellent prayer warriors. When is your daughter coming? I’m assuming that you mean Melissa. It will be nice having her there to help out.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hello everyone.
      Somehow I was not getting the messages. I came on, and re-checked the bottom box, so I should be ok now.
      I read everyone’s posts, and hope I did not miss anything .
      It is pouring here, and will be all day too- has been raining for days again. We are supposed to get good weather next week.
      I am glad the rest of you have been seeing the sun….LOL
      Colleen,I had no idea the cataracts affected how you see colors. I bet you will see a huge difference when all is said and done. You go this week, right?
      You are right the Jeep’s today are a lot more complicated. that is one reason I waited so long. But, they are getting more complicated, not less, as years go by. Yesterday was the first day I drove it in the rain, as I went to PT and to Steph’s after. It does handle so much easier, all the way aorund.
      Gail, I hate the smaller Jeeps as they are lower to the ground, and you do not see as well in them. I like the feel of the bugger ones, as you do nto feel so small next to the huge trucks on the roads. Plus, your line of vision is better to.
      Congrats on your granddaughter coming in second. I bet she was thrilled, as well as the rest of you. She looked beautiful in her dress I saw on Facebook last week.
      DD- your pictures continue to brighten our day, especially me, as it has been raining for days aorund here.
      They told me yesterday that next week will be my last PT for my shoulders. They feel I am as far as I will go. I actually enjoyed going, as it made the shoulders feel so much better. I hope I do not regress. they did give me more exercises to do at home, after I am done. Oh well.
      I hope Barbara and Sue are good.
      I also hope I did not miss responding to any comments….let me know if I did!!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Things use to be a lot easier when you went to buy a car.They did not go back and forth with the price like they do now. At least I do not remember it being that much trouble. I am glad that I am not alone at not remembering things that they tell me. I need the manual and if that did not make it clear I would be calling them.
      It is nice to have the day to yourself and not have men in your way all the time. That is nice that you have a little sitting room off your bedroom. That gives you another place for privacy. Ron did not bother me like he does now when he worked. He has too much time on his hands. Wish he could find a part time job to help keep him busy. Maybe this is just another phase that he is going thru. At least he has stopped feeling the side of the fridge and the freezer. Thought that would never end.
      Tell Gabby congratulations. I bet she was really excited to come in first runner up. Hope that all the girls had fun doing that. My oldest sister won Miss Say With Flowers in the 50’s She was really pretty and it was fun for her.She is still pretty but older. This will be something that Gabby will be able to tell her kids and her grand kids.
      I got a straw hat and you would be surprise how cool your head will stay. You should try it and see if you can find one that will not make you too hot. You see a lot more women wearing straw hats these days. I guess we are all in the same boat.
      I really do appreciate the prayers from all of you. I really do believe in the power of prayer. They have said that the doctor that is doing the surgery says a prayer before he starts the surgery. That is really nice also.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Cataracts effect a lot of things. It is not good when you are trying to read something. I know that I miss things when I am on here and it aggravates me. I am hoping when that is fixed I will be able to read the posts better. It kind of makes me feel like a dummy.
      I have a funny for you tonight. The other day Ron and I went to the grocery store. We got done and I went to get into the car and was half way in and half way out and could not get the rest of the way in. I was hanging on for dear life with my back side hanging out of the jeep and one leg in the jeep. Ron had to come over and help me into the jeep. Now how I did that I will never know. I did twist my leg and my foot trying to get in Ron was laughing and I was just embarrassed.It just seemed like there were people all over the parking lot. Probably laughing like Ron was. It was just stupid because I could not move either way. In or out.
      Maybe I need a jeep that is lower to the ground so I do not fall out. lol Ron is looking for a mini van that is not as high up as the jeep. It would be nice to find one that was not too big but we could have more people get into it. The way things are now if we all decide to go somewhere everyone has to take their own car. Even when we go on shopping trips the grands that are older could come with us. Especially the ones that are in high school and college.
      Glad that you are getting use to your jeep. It is good that it handled really well in the rain. It is scary when it is slick out from the rain. You really made a good choice.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I am glad that Ron got over his feeling the side of the refrigerator obsession. lol That was funny though.
      Just think if he had known how to use a smart phone when you were halfway in and out of the jeep he could have taken a movie.
      Jenny and Adam used to have a van but now they both have SUV’s-Adam’s is a really big one that I think can hold all five kids if necessary.
      Piper had her first T-ball game of the season last night. Jenny is one of the coaches now. So Greg will miss all those games since he has golf league on Tuesdays. It was certainly interesting. The first inning Piper was playing in the pitcher’s position and that’s basically where all the balls go so she was very busy running around getting them and “trying” to throw to first base. lol I came home and told Greg he missed his granddaughter running the infield in the first inning. lol
      We all went out to DQ for dinner afterwards and while we were there Piper asked me if I was wearing my pajamas. lol I was wearing a very old Quacker outfit with matching top and capris. I have no idea why she thought it was pajamas-maybe the color which was bright pink or maybe the embroidery which was flowers and bugs and the sun. Some of the beading is starting to come apart after many years but it’s still a favorite as it’s very comfy. As comfy as pajamas. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I guess we all like different things in our cars. So do you have to lower and raise the car every time that you get in and out? What will they think of next. That was nice that your granddaughter was able to get your old car.
      So Jenny told me last night that when she and her girl friends went out to another friend’s bar on Saturday night after Milk Days that she was just standing there and two guys next to her got in a fight and she accidentally got punched. She said she was bleeding all over the place and they called the rescue squad to come look at her. They didn’t take her to the hospital or anything. She doesn’t look bruised but she said she did go to the dentist to make sure no teeth or roots were cracked. I guess after that happened her friend closed the bar down for the night. I sure they are worried about liability. However, now that I think about it Jenny should not have to pay for that visit to the dentist either. I will have to mention that to her. I guess they don’t know which of the two guys actually hit her. So we’ll see what happens.
      Then after I got home yesterday there was a message from my hair stylist that she had to cancel my appointment for highlights this morning and she said to give her a call on her cell. Well I just knew something had to be wrong-so when I called she said she and her friend had been in a motorcycle accident. She said she had a couple of broken ribs and so did he. Oh my gosh-they were so lucky! I feel so bad for her as she is self employed and she said she would have to get back to work as soon as possible. He works for the township so he probably has some sick time or something. She said they hit a car but I don’t know how it happened-I’m thinking maybe someone pulled out in front of them. I’m just grateful that she is okay.I’ll bet she has done my hair for 15 years or more now and she is such a sweetheart. I hope that she recovers quickly.
      Gail

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      Hey Colleen!
      there is a Jeep that has a third row of seats. They have had t it for a few years. I don’t know the name of that one. I know what you mean, it is aggravating to have multiple cars going on an outing.
      Your story about getting stuck in the Jeep is hysterical. I read it to Gary. We were dying. that is really not hard to do, as when you get your foot stuck, you are dead meat.
      When is the cataract surgery? I bet you are dying to get it over with.
      Have you heard from Christine in England? I do not think she is close to any of those troubled areas. I hope her husband does not work close to there. I have not heard from her in a while. I should send her an email to see how she is.
      Don’t feel bad about missing things on here, and don’t feel stupid about it. I miss things, and I do not have cataracts. Sometimes we read too fast, or get interrupted when we are reading, and we forget where we were.
      Gary is at the hip doctor right now, so I hope the news is not too bad. I stayed home, as I am making American Chop Suey- his favorite. you can’t cook, and go out at the same time. He would rather have his dinner than we sticking my nose in his doctor appointment….LOL
      The sun is shining up her- do you believe it??? I have not seen the sun in days.
      Hope you are good over there!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      That is awful about your hairdresser. They were very lucky, as a motorcycle accident can be deadly. I hope she gets back on her feet fats, and no other damage on her will be discovered.
      Good God. Poor Jenny. That is awful. What is wrong with people? A bar fight is so juvenile. Then, you hit the lady next to you?? Dam. She must have been shocked, and hurt. I hope all is ok with her teeth. Did they hurt her head too? she is such a sweetie. Please tell her we all feel so bad for her, and hope she is ok.
      No, I do not have to put the Jeep down. It is set to go to the lowest position on exit, even the seat goes to the lowest position, and back as far as it goes, when you shut off the Jeep. When I turn it back on, it goes into my position to drive. I love that feature- my old jeep used to do that- the one before the last one I had.
      That is too bad that Greg will not see Piper play softball. I bet there will be some very funny stories coming soon.
      Read my post to Colleen for the rest of the daily news.
      i am so excited the sun is shining. You have no idea. I have not even gone to the nursery to get the herbs to plant in my window boxes on the deck. That is how cold and rainy it has been. Hoep the sun is out at your place!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I do not think that Ron would have dared to try and take a movie. Not at that moment. Now if one of the girls were with us he would have had one of them do it. That way they would be in trouble not him.
      How cute is that. Did she do pretty good at getting the ball an throwing it to first base? I bet she really has a good time playing ball. Does Kendall play soft ball now or has she lost interest.? I agree with Adele there should be some really good stories coming from all of those games. That is nice that Jenny is coaching the team. I bet it is hard to get anyone to coach everyone is so busy these days.
      That is so funny that Piper thought you were wearing your pajamas. Kids get the funniest ideas. I guess they are getting so use to seeing people at restaurants and stores in their pjs that she just thought that you were doing it now also. The outfit you had on sounds really cute. Don’t remember seeing it must have been before my time.
      Poor Jenny. That is terrible that they hit her in the face. Hope when she goes to the dentist he says everything is alright. Those guys that were fighting should have to pay for anything that she has to do because of them hitting her. They are both at fault they should have known better then to fight in a bar. Did they get arrested? They should have.
      Gail that is terrible that you hair dresser was in that accident. Hope that she will be okay. Will add her and the person she was with on to the prayer list along with Jenny. Hope that you will let us know what happened to your friend Nan also. She is still on our prayer. Hope that her surgery goes well for her on the 9th.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele.
      When your backside is hanging in the air that is not a pretty picture. If we got a bigger one I would not be able to get in and out of it. lol. Hope that you are enjoying driving the jeep that you bought.
      Christine has been in the hospital again. She is home again now but was pretty sick. She is still having problems. Wish that she lived closer so we could help her but England is a little too far from my neighborhood. She was having trouble with the kidney that she has left. They told her that it was dehydrated. So they were giving her IVs at home but they have stopped that now. They said something about an enlarged heart but have not talk to her about that yet. Will e-mail her after I get done on here. She really needs our prayers. She will probably write to you soon.
      What did Gary do to his hip? Hope that everything is okay and he does not need a hip replacement. It just seems like we are all falling apart. It is sad that everyone is having so many problems. Gary will probably be fine. I am getting to be so negative here lately.
      My surgery is Friday. It will be nice to have it over with. I wonder what it is going to be like but I am sure with God’s help and guiding the eye doctors hands I will be fine. I really appreciate all the prayers.
      Danyielle and Melissa were both here today. They grilled a bunch of hamburgers and brats for a couple of days. So will not have to worry about cooking anything on Friday. I expect that all I will be doing is putting drops in my eyes. You have to put 4 drops a day in your eye.
      Your American Chop Suey sound really good. Gary will enjoy that after he gets home. That should cheer him up a little after being at the doctors office.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great day.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      Your surgery is the same day as Gary’s scope down the throat. Yours is a lot more concerning,a s his is very simple- just a look see. You will be in my prayers tomorrow.
      The doctor told Gary that bump on the replaced hip is scar tissue, and of no concern, unless it starts bothering him a lot more.
      That is awful about Christine. I will email her.
      If my backside were int he air, the Air Force would be scrambling fighter jets….LOL
      That is so nice that the girls came by to prepare some dinners for you for the weekend. We are blessed.
      Speaking of that, I wonder hos Sue is doing this week. I bet she will be outside, wlaking up and down her street. She is determined, and that is good for her recovery.
      Hope you do great tomorrow- prayers sent.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      Kendall never did want to play soft ball so she never signed up. Last year she did 4H and gymnastics. We’ll see what she wants to do next year. When she starts 4th grade in the fall she will be in a different school so I hope that goes okay as we know she has trouble with unfamiliar things.
      It isn’t too hard to find coaches for the T ball as those don’t even require any practices. Most teams have 3 or 4 moms coaching. Piper’s team has Jenny, Aunt Kelly and another mom from their neighborhood that they grew up with.
      That outfit was a very old Quacker outfit back from when they had the green labels. I have a lot of stuff from way back then. Most of the long sleeve shirts I never wear anymore and I need to clean my closet and get rid of them as they just take up space. I know lots of people ask for those woven shirts but i like the tee shirts better.
      I said the same thing,Colleen. Jenny should not have to pay for the rescue squad or the trip to the dentist or if her clothes got ruined from blood. I need to talk to her about that.
      I will be praying for both you and Nan tomorrow. I have been trying to call her but I don’t get an answer so I don’t know if they took a quick trip up north. I will try again later.
      We’ll see you on here when you can see okay to type again.
      I was wondering about Christine too. Thanks for the update.
      Greg’s business partner is having a hip replacement in a couple of weeks too.
      Lot’s of surgeries lately.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Glad Gary’s news from the hip doctor was positive-hope the scoping goes well also.
      We used to have a motorcycle years ago and it was fun when we were young. (and dumb) Then about five years ago Greg talked about getting another one and I talked him out of it by bringing to his attention that if you have an accident at our ages the outcome is not so good normally. I guess he thought i was right as I never heard any more about it. I sure hope Emillee will not have any lasting ill effects.
      Jenny was lucky as her face wasn’t bruised or anything but when you get hit in the mouth it can really bleed a lot. The bad thing is no one can determine which one of the two guys actually landed the punch that hit her. I never asked if the police asked her if she wanted to press any charges. I don’t know if you even can in a situation like that. I wish we had lawyer on the board. lol
      Your new Jeep sounds pretty snazzy. I hope that you just love it. When I was younger I never cared about my car that much as long as I had one to get me places. Now I like all the bells and whistles-especially the safety factors and the stuff that makes things easier.
      How are JJ and Aizen? Is JJ out of school yet? Are people asking for his autograph since he made the front page of the newspaper?
      We are finally having summer.It’s supposed to be hot this weekend.
      Gail

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      Gail I am no lawyer but would think it would be up to the bar’s insurance to pay Jenny’s bills. Like if someone is hurt in your home it is paid from homeowners insurance. Just my 2 cents. I am not sure the guys could be charged as it was an accident and not intentional. They should not have been fighting but neither wanted to hit Jenny. She was just wrong place wrong time.

      We are to get hot this weekend too. It is going from 60 to 90. What happened to all the decent weather in between? It has been rainy in the 50’s and 60’s.

      The therapist seem to think I am doing very well. I overdid yesterday so have more pain today. But it is getting better. She had me practice getting into and out of the shower and it went well. I have been afraid to try it on my own but it will feel so good to get in the shower again. I just don’t want to fall & be naked. That would be a sight that would scar a person for life.

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      Hi Gail,
      That will be tough on Kendall if she has to go to a different school. Maybe she will get thru it okay and not have any trouble since she is getting a little older.You never know what will happen when they get in school.
      I do not own anything with the green label. I may have to look in the closet at the one outfit that I bought. I am not sure what color the label was.That was a long time ago. Things and styles have really changed since I bought that one outfit.
      I hope that she is up north and there is nothing wrong. I will be praying for her and Gary tomorrow. He has that throat thing tomorrow. I really do appreciate the prayers. It is rough even if you know that everything will be fine. Your friend will be fine also.
      I worry about Christine she has so many things that are going wrong with her. This is the second time that she has been in the hospital in a short period of time. I just wish that they would figure out what is wrong with her and take care of it. She is still having trouble with her foot also. They are doing acupuncture on her foot and that is helping a little more then the other things they have done on her.
      Well that is all from here. Will write when I can.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I will be praying for Greg tomorrow. Hopefully this test will be good also and there will be no more problems. He has been having problems for quite a while. It is time things turned around for him and you.
      My backside is pretty big and they could have sent planes to investigate but did not look up in the sky. Mainly just hanging on not paying attention to the sky.lol
      Christine will be glad to hear from you. She needs all the friends that she has rallying around her right now. She is such a sweet person and is not always treated nicely by her family. She does not deserve that.
      My youngest daughter is going to make tacos tomorrow so that will be good. That will give us a break from the hamburgers. She is going to make two kinds one with hamburger and one with chicken. It is a good thing that I bought two boxes of stuff. I think that my oldest daughter is coming over also. So maybe things will go better and the kids will not fight. lol
      I appreciate the prayers. I will be praying for Gary. That was good news about his hip. I hope that things keep going that way.
      will talk to you when I can.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s been awhile since I was on here, so I hope all is fine with all of you. Colleen, I will be sending prayers & hugs for you. I know the surgery will go well & you’ll be fine!! You will be able to see better than you could ever imagine. It’ll be like getting a whole new pair of eyes when it’s all over with.

      Gail, the establishment is soley responsible for whatever takes place in it!!! I don’t know about out there, but out here any bar that serves alcohol can be sued if someone is injured or killed by a drunk driver. I would imagine the same holds for a bar fight & someone gets injured. That’s why they have insurance!! Just sayin.
      Well, our early summer has left us. We’re back to rain & cooler temps. the Rose Parade is Sat. & they’re predicting showers. they had 2 weekends that were nice, but they scheduled it for this weekend to wrap up the Rose Festival. I always thought it should kick off the festival at the beginning instead of at the end. It’s been a long time since we’ve had rain for the parade. The cooler temps are better than the hotter temps for the marchers in the parade. It’s a grueling 5 mile parade route. Last yr I believe it was really hot for the parade. the first part of last June was in the upper 90s & low 100s if I remember right. More like July.
      Well, that’s about all I have for tonight. I hope everyone pulls through their surgeries, & Dr.s appts okay. take care all
      dd

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      Hi Sue,
      You are probably right about the liability. That does pose a problem as the bar owners are long time friends of Jenny’s and perhaps she doesn’t want to put in a claim against them. But I will at least mention it to her. I imagine that is why they shut down the bar for the night right after that incident-it probably scared them.
      Sounds like things continue to go well in your recovery. How nice it will be to get back into that shower. That is the thing I think everyone misses after surgery.
      I guess we will be sharing the same hot weather.
      Have a nice weekend.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I didn’t know that Portland had a rose festival. What sorts of activities do they have? Did you ever go to it?
      We are due for a hot weekend-those tropical beaches are looking better and better.
      Gail

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      Colleen,
      Thinking about you and saying prayers and knowing that you are in good hands. I hear such positive things about modern day cataract surgery. I just read a post from a woman on the Q site who also had her vision corrected when she had hers done and she was talking about how great everything looks now.
      Was trying to call Nan for the last two days and then Greg called Tim last night on his way home from work and the reason no one was answering the phone at home was because we either had the date wrong or else they moved the operation date up and didn’t tell us. She had the surgery Wednesday morning. Everything went well but she is having a lot of pain and then had a reaction to the pain meds so they are trying to get that worked out. I feel bad now for not getting to talk to her before her surgery.
      You just take it easy and let your daughters do the work and just enjoy having them around.
      Hugs,
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      By now, your surgery is done. I pray all went well, and you are home all safe and sound.
      Your daughters are so good to come and cook for all of you. I will bet they are worried about their Mom. So, how were the tacos?
      I went to Friendly’s with Nancy yesterday, and we just had the 5.50 burgers, and of course the small, free senior sundae…..LOL
      No news yet on Gary. I am still waiting to hear from the doctor. I hope to hear soon.
      Hope you are feeling good!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      Gary is still at the hospital, and I have yet to hear anything. I am hoping for the best.
      I do love all the bells and whistles, and the safety features. I love the back-up assist thing, and still getting used to using it.
      JJ is still in school. I think they get out in the 20’s. Yesterday, they had Field Day. Talked to him last night, and he was so happy. They had a lot of fun, and he was thrilled.
      I hope Jenny does not have to pay for the EMT’s or care she received. that is just not fair. I would think the bar would have to pay for that. In my opinion, the liability on their part would be through the roof.
      It seems you cannot go anywhere, without wondering if you will get harmed these days.
      Amanda was here with me, waiting the hear about Gary. She had to go pick up her friend’s sister, so she just left. It was nice to visit with her for a while.
      Hope your weather is good. It will be raining here again, shortly. Supposed to be in the 90’s Sunday, I think.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue
      So good to hear from you, and great you are doing so well.
      It is hard on the next day, after you do a little too much the day before. You will feel better by tomorrow.
      Could you ask your neighbor to stay in your house, while you shower, just in case, for the first couple of times? At least that way, you know someone would be there to help, if need be. After a couple of times, you should be good to go on your own, with nobody there.
      So good to hear from you- go, Sue!!
      Adele

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      Colleen and all
      I just fired off am email to Christine. I will let you know what she says, if she can respond.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      So good to hear from you too.
      Dear Lord……if you get cooler temps, they will work their way over here in a few days. SO, the sunny, hot weather over here may be very short lived.
      It looks like it will rain any minute right now.
      Do you go see the parade, or watch it from the TV? If you go, I hope you have a good time.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Hope your friend , Nan, is feeling better today. Do not feel bad about not calling her. When you are able to talk to her, she will understand. Everyone knows you are not like that, and would certainly have called her before the surgery. That is just not your way.
      Prayers sent to your friend, for our buddies Colleen, Sue, and England Christine. We have a lot of peopel going through procedures right now. God must be very busy.
      Adele

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      Hello everyone
      Gary is home and good. He has some lesions in his stomach, and they will be treated by a medication similar to Omeperazole. So, that’s good news.
      They also did some biopsies, whihc is standard procedure, I hear.
      Thank you all for your prayers.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Did you guys catch the surprise 2 hr QF show this afternoon? Or evening where you live. It came on at 6PM ET instead of LOGO. I just caught it by accident.
      dd

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      Hello to All. Glad the surguries and procedures are over and prayers for everyone to have a speedy recovery. So sorry to hear about Jennny and also that Christine has been so sick again. I know she and I wrote to each other once about how she was feeling, and it just seemed that no matter how hard she was trying that she could not get the help she needed. I am really thinking of Colleen and of Gary and your close friend, Gail. I’m sure she knew you would have spoken to her before the day of surgery if you had known the right day. It means so much just to know that people are thinking of you, and praying for you. Sue, that was some good advice from Adele to have your friend stay right there for the first couple of times that you showered until you feel more comfortable in being there and having your “system” all worked out in your mind before you do it for the first time by yourself. I had a hard time with washing my hair, and to be honest with you, I think it was really months before I really did a thorough job doing it on my own. I just would run out of steam so to speak, and once I got tired it just didn’t seem to matter too much. But with each accomplishment I felt so proud that it kind of gave me the will to keep trying. Hope your pain level is tolerable, and you are making good progress.
      So terrible about your daughter being hit at her job, Gail. That is just awful. I can imagine that there are quite a few “patrons” that just don’t know when to stop, and I have seen people who somehow think they become superman or wonder woman, and if they only saw themselves as others see them. they would or should be so embarassed. Hope she is not going through a lot to fix the damage. Poor thing.
      This has been another busy week. One of our good friends called to see if we might could go eat dinner with them so we went to a local small place here in town this evening. They are really early eaters, and we had a meeting already arranged with a real estate closing atty. at 3 so they wanted to meet us in town as soon as that was over. We ended up eating around 4:30, and neither Jerry or me were too hungry but really enjoyed their company. It was so nice to just get out for a while and just visit. Their DIL took a spill off of a patio at their sons and her home a few weeks ago while they were out there making smores for the children and just enjoying the evening in general. She was hurt badly, with multiple broken bones in one foot ankle and badly spraining the other ankle. She had to have the one ankle operated on with lots of pins and screws placed, and of course the other ankle was swollen three times it’s size. They have two small girls, and her husband is an AC person. He has his hands full and so of course, our friends are helping them so they are very busy too.
      Neal spent all this week in Oakland doing more training. He is very homesick, but I think it really helps that we can skype. He used to say when he was younger and Joey and Buddy were off in foreign countries how much he would love to be able to travel like they were doing, and now he says to me that he would love to see this little town again. He said he didn’t ever think he would miss even the not so good things. LOL I said son, that it just part of growing up and learning that when we say things like, “the grass always looks greener on the other side” that there really is a meaning to it, but we just have to experience it to know what someone is really talking about.
      So glad that Gary[s tests came out good Adele. I know he and you both are relieved they are over with. Yes, it does seem like we have a lot of sickness going on within our little group right now. Prayers daily for our friends and their families.
      Well, getting late, so I better close for tonight. Miss our talks. Wish I could come on more often. You all help me. Take care all. Hugs from Tennessee, Barbara

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      Hi DD!
      I saw one piece of it, when my Mom called to order a shirt for her. I think I saw a new color in the zipper crops I wear- platinum?? O ordered them in case I do not have it. usually they tell you it is a new color- did not see the presentation on them- only saw it on line.
      Tillie got the set with the striped top, and pedal pushers, in blue.
      Did you get anything?
      It is sunny here today, and goign to e very hot the next couple of days.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara!
      So glad to hear from you.
      That is just awful about your friend’s DIL. Her having small children, and a husband in air conditioning is not good for her. Air conditioning is in high demand right now. i can’t imagine how little ones, and both feet injured. I will add a prayer for that poor thing. I hope everything heals properly, or her life will be dramatically changed.
      How is the house sale progressing? Have you had any offers yet? How is Jerry’s Mom doing? Is she still entertaining the nursing home?
      I am finding Tillie to be losing more memory. Things I tell her, a few times in the explanation, mind you, she gets confused the next day, or later that day. It is so hard with her, as I never know if she just didn’t hear me correctly, with her bad hearing. At 91, you just get concerned over everything.
      I am so glad Gary’s tests came out good. You have no idea. He has so many issues, it is good he does not have more to deal with.
      That must make you sad that Neal is home sick. Being able to actually have a conversation does make it easier, with the skype thing. But, you cannot taste the food, or hug your peeps. Who knows. Sooner or later, we may be able to do that too. You never know!
      Hope your weekend is goign well. Ours is busy. Tonight we go out with our friends Al and Winnie. Sometimes Winnie’s sister comes to, as she lost her husband 2 years ago. Then, tomorrow we meet all the old teenage friends for Chinese food mid afternoon. We are getting all our visits in, as there is no concern for ice or snow….LOL
      Hope you are having good weather, and can get out too.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi DD,
      Yes, I had that show set to copy as I heard Angel announce it a couple of times. I think it was probably posted on the home page here too. It’s also a nice surprise to get an extra Quacker show.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m so glad that Gary’s test came out well. That is a great relief for both of you I am sure.
      Those back up cameras are nice but it does take some getting used to. It is good though as I do not have the mobility in my neck that I used to have.
      Good to know that you will fill us in on how Christine is doing. She sure doesn’t seem to be able to get the care that she needs.
      I know Nan will understand why I didn’t call but that doesn’t stop me from feeling bad-like I deserted her. Anyway, we sent some flowers to the hospital and i will probably send a daily ecard. Tim said don’t even think about coming in to visit yet so we will visit when she is comfortable with having guests. Her really good friend works at that hospital and knows everyone who works there so I’m sure she’s making sure Nan gets everything that she needs.
      We didn’t go see the kids last night as Jenny went out to dinner with a group of girlfriends. When I told Greg that we wouldn’t be going over since Jenny was going out his remark was-“I hope she’s not going to the same place that she was at last weekend.” I go that’s the same thing that I was going to say. lol Great minds think alike-also people who have been married a long time.
      Greg finally got the boat in the water yesterday. Now hopefully it won’t just sit there like it did last summer. He is at a golf outing this morning. This evening we have tickets to see a show called Rock Baby Rock. We’ve actually seen it before at a different venue but I just love the kid that stars in the show as he is so talented. So we know it will be a good show. They just reopened this little summer theater up into Wisconsin a little ways from us-they have a whole summer full of really good sounding concerts so i think we’ll be going a lot this summer.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      It’s good to hear from you. I hope you will get your MIL’s house sold soon so that will be one less thing to worry about.
      That is awful about your friend’s DIL. It’s hard enough to keep up with two little boys with two good ankles. I will pray that she heals up quickly. She does have youth in her favor.
      I’m sorry that Neal is feeling homesick. Thank goodness he has Sarah and the baby with him now. He must have really missed them before they came out. It’s funny how perspective changes with time and distance. Maybe you should send him a subscription to the local newspaper or something like that so he can have a taste of home out there with him. I know that’s just a little thing-but sometimes something like that helps.
      Jenny didn’t get hit on her job. She was out with some girl friends which is kind of a Milk Day tradition and was at a friend’s bar and accidentally got hit when a fight broke out next to her. That made me laugh though because she is the accountant at an appliance store and I don’t think there are many instances of fisticuffs at the store. lol I’m picturing people brawling over a wash machine. lol
      4:30 would be an early dinner for me and Greg too as we are used to eating about seven. I would not normally be hungry at that time unless I had skipped lunch. But it always nice to get together and chat with friends.
      We wish you could stop by and chat more often too but are just always glad to hear from you when you can come on.
      We really have a special little group. I always look forward to hearing what everyone is up to.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail!
      I also hope Jenny went to another place. We all do, as we are all parents, and those of us on here who are not parents, would feel the same way. We all have to protect our Quacks , and our Quacks’ kids. (I made up another Quacker term for us…LOL)
      So, I am dressed in all yellow today- my yellow crops (pants to me), and my 3/4 yellow shirt with the fruit on the front, going diagonal, and the fruit on the back shoulder. That is my dinner out Quacker outfit for tonight.
      I have to tell you, I splurged and got myself the coolest socks in the world, since I cannot wear pretty shoes anymore. I get this Mackenzie Childs catalog, that has the coolest things, for the most outrageous prices. If I hit the lottery, I will get an entire living room of their stuff. It is kind of Quacked up furniture. Well. They had the coolest socks in this one, and I have never seen them have any clothes. They have bright designs, and in all my Quacker crop pant colors. Tonight I have the yellow and black polka dot ones on. They have black and yellow check tops, with a little ruffle on the ankle. they make my chubby bits legs look sparkly. I wish Quacker Factory owuld come out with cool socks like that!
      Greg must be glad the boat is in the water, as it is getting hot. It will be in the 90’s here for the next few days.
      Too bad you missed the game yesterday. I also hope Jenny came back in one piece.
      I got an email form Christine. She is better- had a kidney infection. I cannot believe the care she gets over there. They sent her home, with nurses coming in to monitor the IV at home. She is getting acupuncture for her foot,whihc is making it feel a little better. I feel so bad for how she has to suffer, and beg for care over there. We are really lucky in the US, with the health care we get. We all need to fight to keep it that way.
      that play sound very entertaining. Is it a local one, or does it travel to other states too?
      We are going to an Italian restaurant tonight. Tomorrow it is Chinese.
      Gary took the Jeep to CVS. He was afraid to touch anything, so he drive with it with the seat in the lowest position. I nearly died laughing, as the seat goes to the lowest position upon exiting the vehicle. It also took him a long time to start it, as he did not realize you have to step on the brake, when you touch the start button. here is the funniest thing- he was confused as to why the phone did not work. He didn’t have his phone with him. Seriously??? he had no idea the phone has to be in the Jeep for it to work. He thought the Jeep had it’s own phone…..LOL LOL LOL I almost peed myself. My poor husband is beyond “electronically challenged”, as I call him. The confused look on his face about the phone was priceless.
      Hope you have fun at the play tonight…..what will you be wearing…….not your Quacker jammies, I hope?? (That was so funny with your cutie Piper)
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      I have a few minutes to visit tonight, Ladies so wohoo! Gail, you and I must both be in the yellow mood today; because I also wore a yellow Quacker shirt, but you know how I am with anchors, so my tee had a beautiuful sparkly anchor on the front, and you also know how I am with seersucker, so I had Quacker yellow checked seersucker capri’s and my Clarks sandals on. I felt sunny even if I did have to grab a light weight Dreamjeanne denim jacket to carry with us. I get so cold inside the air conditioning. And it seems like no matter where we are seated that my seat is right UNDER the AC vent and the cold air is blowing right on my head LOL. Jerry will be sitting right next to me wiping his forehead off like we are in the middle of the Sahara. I am so glad that our car has heated seats; because I use them for me even in the summer months. One night Jerry came to pick me up since we had to park a long way from the entrance to the restaurant; and by the time he got to me you could not even see inside the car because the windows were so “frosted up” from his high AC on the inside and the humidity on the outside ha ha. Yes, I do keep a Quacker jacket in the backseat all the time.
      Hope you enjoyed the play Gail. It sounds nice. I surely wish we had things like that here. Unfortunately, the mosquito’s would absolutely eat you alive. They are the most annoying, biting, disease ridden bugs. And I know Colleen knows what I am talking about. Hope she is feeling better today. I know her family is seeing about her.
      We had a good day here today. It was in the 80’s, and Joey stayed busy on the tractor bush hogging about five acres for us. He and Lisa grilled out tonight; and we didn’t get any kind of invite; so I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but certainly don’t expect for us to get an invitation to everything, but this is the first time they have actually done a meal, and I guess I just kind of felt lost or something. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Jerry said he was glad. LOL I think I am just a hodgepodge of different feelings right now.
      I hope we are able to sell MawMaw’s home soon. Now that we have a closing atty. to take care of that for Jerry and me; we can move forward with trying to get it sold. So many things to be done. But one thing is sure; we have something everyday to do LOL
      Take care everyone, and have a great day. Hugs, Barbara

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      Hi Ladies,
      Just thought that I would let all of you know that the surgery went well.They said that I can get on the computer for a short amount of time so will not be on here long.
      Gail I am sorry that you friend is still having trouble with pain. Hopefully they will get that all worked out and she will be fine. Will keep praying for her.
      Adele I am glad that Gary is okay and he is not going to have much trouble with his stomach. I have taken omeprozall for a long time. It worked really good for me.Hope it does the same for Gary.
      Barb I am sorry to hear about your friends dl. Hope that everything works out for her. She has a rough road ahead of her with the two boys.
      Well girls that is about all for today. My eye is getting tired and so I better get off of here. Will have to have my daughter do the birthdays for me tonight.
      DD I miss the show and was really disappointed. Wish I would have known I would have taped it. I slept most of the day yesterday.
      have a great night
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hello ladies
      I have to get in the shower shortly, so I will respond to the posts later. I just had to get this off my chest.
      Yesterday I had on my pretty yellow zipper crops, and a pretty yellow shirt to match, with my cool new socks. I felt pretty good about myself. You wear sunny colors, and you feel sunny. Until I got out of the Jeep.

      A truck road by, and some guy yelled out,”Hey, a big girl”. I was pretty shocked. Actually, quite blown away. I do not think Gary heard, or he pretended not to hear. A piece of me wishes I were not as shocked, and would have given them the finger, and sworn at them. But, I chose to quietly walk-into the restaurateur, feeling less than. I did not like that feeling. I still don’t.

      I have been a huge advocate for all of us to wear our pretty things, and always get a comment on how pretty my clothes are. This was the first time anyone ever spoke to me that way, or yelled at me from a truck. Then add that I am obviously an elderly person, with a cane. Seriously??

      The current attitude in this country, that seems to be coming from the top down, is unacceptable. I hate when people are bullied, for anything- their size, age, ethnicity, or religion. Even for their views. It really made me mad. I have not spoken to Gary about it, or anyone in the family. I choose to keep this inside. I did tell my friend, and all of you. I just needed to vent.

      Nobody has the right to make anyone feel less than. Nobody. I am still going to wear my pretty clothes, in the colors I love, with my cool new socks. Gary did ask me what was wrong with me, as he felt I was very testy when we came home. I said nothing. Somehow, to dignify and verbalize what was said, would make it worst. I did not want to open it up for discussion. I know my husband, he would have said,….I told you not to wear those bright colors all the time, you stick out like a sore thumb…..LOL LOL Had he said what I think he would have said, the man could be headless this morning…..LOL LOL

      Thanks for listening.
      Adele, and her chubby, colorful happy bits….. today I am wearing black crops, with a black with gold trimmed nautical shirt. I had decided on that look yesterday, prior to the insult.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen!
      Thank God you are ok, and all is well. Our prayers were answered!!
      Adele

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      Hey Barbara!
      I hope you have great luck with a quick sale, and closing. You will all feel so much better, when it is sold and done with. But, I bet Jerry will be a little sad, as it is another ending to his childhood.
      I think it was good that they cooked too. A sign they are becoming a couple again, and stronger. Do not feel let out. It is a good sign they want to spend some time alone. Plus, maybe Lisa is afraid to invite you until she gets better at cooking.
      On the other hand, I can see how you would feel lost,as you have done all the cooking for everyone, all the time. So, what did you and Jerry do for dinner?
      We went to a Chinese restaurant with our old friends form high school. It was a lot of laughs. I was also tired….LOL Too much fun this weekend, with all the different dinners. We are all blessed to have good friends.
      Hope your night is romantic, since you two are alone……….
      Adele, who wore black with gold accents today…..LOL

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m soo sorry you had that experience Adele. That was terrible!!! The name calling, hate speech, verbal abuse is getting really bad out here. Children aren’t immune either!! they’re being verbally assaulted, as well as the adults around here. It’s always been there, but is really out in the open nowadays.
      Try to not let it get to you. that only lets them win. Keep on wearing your Quacker clothes!! Whatever makes you happy.

      Colleen, I’m glad to hear the surgery was a success. You’ll be so much happier once the eye is healed. Sorry you missed the surprise QF show. On my schedule it said LOGO was listed, but turned out QF.
      Oh, I have a cute story. A farmer over in Vancouver, Wa., has a female goat named Cracker. She recently gave birth to quadruplets. That’s a rarity for goats. anyway, he name the babies, Graham, Saltine, Ritz, & Oyster. The reporter covering the story was overcome with the cuteness of the 4 kids. As for mom she doesn’t have enough faucets so the farmer & his wife bottle feed the ones that don’t get to mom in time. And those kids are soooooo cute!!!
      Talk about cuteness OVERLOAD!!!
      I heard that most of the country will be in a massive heatwave this week. NOT here!!! We were in the 60s yesterday, with showers. Today was cloudy with sun breaks. But the rest of the week looks damp & chilly. Want to send some warmth out this way???
      I’ve been stressed out the past few days. I’ll get into it later on. I just hope I can get things straightened out this week.
      Have a great week, girls.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      What a cute story about the baby goats. By our old house we had a woman who we called the goat lady who was always calling me up and offering me one of her new baby goats. She was an interesting older lady. Greg used to go over and help her with some chores sometime. In fact one time she was upset because the guy who regularly milked the goats for her was going to a wedding and she was afraid he wouldn’t make it by for the evening milking. So she called Greg and asked him to milk for her because she was afraid her regular milker, Jeff, wouldn’t make it that night. So Greg being the nice guy that he is went over and tried to milk-so he was there for about two hours milking and getting like half a bucket and then Jeff waltzes in and sits down and squirt squirt squirt and he’s done. We always get a chuckle about Greg’s first and last milking experience. That’s what you get when you ask a city boy from the south side of Chicago to milk your goats. lol
      We are in that heat wave. It’s supposed to still be 92 at six this evening so i think we will skip the ball game tonight.
      I hope that you get whatever is stressing you out straightened out this week.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I’m sorry Joey and Lisa didn’t invite you for a barbecue. Maybe they thought you and Jerry were busy or maybe they wanted some alone time after a busy work week. I wouldn’t read too much into it. Maybe they just had enough food for two.
      It’s funny sometimes I am so hot and other times so cold. I know if we are in the car for a long trip I need to wear a 3/4 sleeved shirt rather than short sleeves because after awhile the AC is cold on the arms.
      The show was a concert not a play-I guess I didn’t mention that. This guy called Lance Lapinski puts on a fantastic show. We originally saw him in The Million Dollar Quartet where he played Jerry Lee Louis-then we saw this Rock Baby Rock show a couple of years ago and now again this Saturday. The theater is indoors-so no mosquitoes and there is AC but no indoor plumbing-more about that later.
      Hope you get the house sold soon so that you can relax about that stuff. I hope Jerry’s Mom is feeling well.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Good to hear from you. Glad your surgery went well. It will be interesting to hear how different things look.
      We sent Nan some flowers on Saturday and we did get an e-mail from her husband saying that they made her day. He said that maybe in a couple of days she will be off IV’s and beginning to take food by mouth. I know that it is just little tiny bits 8 times a day. That will be hard for her to get used to.
      Have fun with your girls. I’m sure they are taking great care of you.
      Gail

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      Oh Adele,
      How sad your experience makes me. People people people-we are all human beings with feelings. We are all the same people inside whether we are fat, thin short tall. Can’t we be decent to each other. That person said that and has no idea how hurtful those words can be-people are so insensitive. I grapple with this all the time as up until my mid forties I was thin and then the weight just piled on probably helped by a lot of prednisone and quitting smoking. I was never a big exerciser as I like reading and watching movies and other more passive pursuits so the weight gain continued until I am where i am now at at 1X or 2X depending on the clothes. However, inside I am still the person I was at a size 8-it makes no difference. I know,myself, I often use humor to make fun of myself to defuse a situation before some one says something that will be hurtful to me. We all just want to be happy no matter what our outside package looks like. I know I am not likely to lose weight so I have just decided to live in my skin but that does not mean that I cannot be hurt by the words of other people who somehow think my size makes me less than.
      How sad that someone’s unthinking words could make your evening out less enjoyable. I wish that person could know that and learn that words have consequences. Bright colors or not-it doesn’t matter we should be able to wear what we want and feel comfortable doing so. God gave us color to spread cheer. Who wants to go around looking like a crow all the time dressed in black. There is enough darkness in the world. DD is right-those that say that kind of stuff get rewarded for their insensitivity if we change our ways because of them.
      On a lighter note I love the story of Gary and the car. Maybe you should give him a quick tutorial. Maybe he thought it was a talking car-like in Knight Rider. lol I hope he could see over the steering wheel with the seat so low. God help him if he ever wants to use the GPS. lol
      This story should cheer you up. By the way-Saturday night I wore dark pink pedal pushers (Quacker) and a new Quacker shirt in black. It’s the short sleeved one with the little dangle in the front and the flower embroidery on the sleeves-so gorgeous! And black shiny Birkenstocks. So anyway we had been to a concert at this theater-called The Belfry- about 15 or so years ago and then it closed down for several years and now they are trying to bring it back to life. So we get there Saturday night and I decide to go to the bathroom before the concert. So I head to the door that says restrooms and lo and behold the ladies room is two porta potties. A lady tells me that this building has never had indoor plumbing and I’m wondering if that’s true as i sure don’t remember that from when we were there from before-and i think i would. So this place has AC but no running water? So it’s like going to an outdoor concert-indoors. I can’t believe that this is working because so many of the people who go to these concerts which are mostly older music tribute bands are older people. Maybe many of them are wearing depends. It’s something to consider when we go back. lol Anyway, so we are in line and it’s my turn to go into the porta potty and i go in and look and think how the hell am i going to get up there it’s so high!!! So I try to get up and realize that the only way I can get up there and back far enough to go is to completely take off my pants-so that’s what i do. I’m still struggling and then I notice a step stool-i noticed it when i first went in and wondered why it was there and then the light bulb went off-so I jump off the pot and bring the step stool over and can then get back far enough to use the damn thing. Meanwhile I’m trying to hold onto my pants to keep them off the floor of the damn place and hurry up as I know there is a line. So I get done and can’t get the water to work to wash my hands so i just rub them with soap and wipe them with a paper towel. So then i have to get my pants back on so I’m stumbling and crashing against the sides of the potty and thinking the people out there are probably wondering what is going on and what is taking so damn long. Oh my god I think when I came out of there I looked like I had been in a cat fight and i am apologizing profusely for taking so much time and telling them if anybody is short use the step stool straight off. What a mess! We have tickets to another concert this weekend for a Simon and Garfunkel tribute and i already have plans to have Greg stop at the gas station in town right before we get there and i will use the bathroom there and hope I don’t need to again until after the concert. As you can tell I try to avoid porta potties and have been able to for quite some time. I hope my story gave you all some chuckles. As soon as I leave the bathroom I fish out my handy dandy sanitizer and use that up to my elbows and as soon as we get home from the concert i go back into the shower. lol
      So the next morning The Belfry theater sends out a survey about your experience and the last question is what could we do in the future to improve your experience-you’ll never guess what i answered-INDOOR PLUMBING!!!!! lol
      We are having a heat wave. Temps in the 90’a all weekend until Thursday.
      From the Quacker who can sparkle and shine even with her pants down!
      Gail

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      Hi DD
      Thank you for the kind words. You are so right- they cannot win,and I cannot let their negativity affect my happy style.
      What an adorable story about the kids and their Mummy goat. I so love those feel good stories on the news.
      I saw this am that you were getting cool weather, and the rest of us are baking. We are having hot dogs for dinner- way too hot to heat up the kitchen tonight.
      I have my last PT today. i hate to go out there, as it is disgusting.
      I hope you can at least keep your windows open for a nice breeze.
      Adele

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      Got my air in so it is feeling better in here. I was a slug yesterday too hot to do anything. So now it will probably get cold again but I am sure we will have more heat waves.

      Adele don’t pay attention to those negative people. Just asking but could they have been referring to the jeep. I know our vehicles were always refered to as female and you said your jeep was big.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      Thank you for the kind words, and a great tribute to the larger women, everywhere.
      That story about going to the bathroom in the theater is priceless. I have visions of the entire unit shaking as you tried to get your pants back on, without them touching the floor. They definitely need to get indoor plumbing. I wonder if they had it, and soothing happened to shut it down- like a septic issue. I will think of this one all night, and chuckle myself to sleep. Sooooooo, shall we call you the bottomless Quacker? LOL
      The story about Greg and the goats is hysterical too. Kind of like the story of Gary thinking the Jeep had it’s own phone line. Our husbands do give us a lot of funny stories to tell.
      How is Jenny’s mouth doing? I hope she did not get charged for the ambulance ride.
      It was over 90 again here today. Tomorrow we are supposed to have thunderstorms, and then cool down to the 70’s. We shall see. But, the humidity is supposed to go up. I hate the humidity.
      I had my last PT for the shoulders today. I am now on my own. The appointment for my foot is Wednesday. I hope it is something that can be solved with PT.
      Stay cool!!
      Adele
      PS…..I love Simon and Garfunkel.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue!
      I am so glad you got your air in, as it has been disgusting out there. We are both in the middle of a heat wave. Ours is supposed to be over late tomorrow, I think. So, I bet yours is close to over too.
      How are you doing with just the cane? How are the showers coming along? I bet this week is easier than last week, and you have mastered it by now.
      Thank you for the kind words too. All us Quackers support each other, no matter what. I wish he were talking about the Jeep, but, it was the tone in which he said it, that was very negative, and said it with that nasty kind of laughter you hear from a real punk.
      Have you seen your surgeon yet? I don’t think I recall you talking about it. I know you said the nurses are pleased as well as your PT person. (I am sure it is me, not you as my brain is fried from being out today)
      Hope you are nice and cool, with your air blasting.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Sounds like you all have some interesting stories. Adele that guy in the truck was a moron. Most guys in trucks are. I remember when we were younger all they made were clothes in dark colors for people our sizes. I was so glad to find Jeanne Bice and all the bright colors and cute designs that she had. I agree with Gail we should feel good in the skin we are in and people have no right to make us feel bad. You never know that guy in the truck may not have built like a muscle man. He probably was feeling bad about how he looked and took it out on you. I think that the outfit you wore sounds really cute. Keep on wearing the bright colors and feeling good about it.
      Gail you had me almost rolling on the floor laughing. I would have been rolling on the floor but I would not be able to get back up.lol That would have been a bad situation to get into. That is weird that they had an out house in the theater. I bet they get a lot of people that tell them they need to put some plumbing in that building. That is crazy that they do not have it. Hopefully they will have it in soon.
      Barbara I would not let it bother me that Joey did not invite you to the bbq. I agree with what the other girls said about maybe they did not have enough food are just needed some alone time. We do that here. We will bbq and not invite anyone over. We are not trying to hurt anyones feelings just do not feel like having people over.( that includes the kids)
      DD if I could I would gladly send you some of this hot weather. It sure came on really fast we did not think that it would happen that fast. We will see how long it lasts.
      I am seeing much better since the surgery. I still have to wear my old glasses because the other eye still needs to be fixed. The hardest part of all of this is getting the drops out of the bottle that I have to use. The day that I had surgery they tried to put the drops in and the nurse could not get them in so they called another nurse and she could not get them out of the bottle. So finally they called the doctor over and he tried and he could only get a small drop out of it.They said that a lot of people were having trouble with the brand and they needed to switch to another company. I just hope that they do before they do my other eye. It is funny because the surgery itself does not take that long. It took about fifteen minutes. I was so glad when the whole thing was over. There is not pain during or after the surgery. The only trouble that I have had is itching. They said that I might have that so I have to wear a shield at night to keep from rubbing it. So if you have to have the surgery do not worry it is not as bad as it use to be.
      We have been having trouble with our computer again. It is the jet pack that is going bad. It is the new one that we just got. Our computer was down for two days. So we are going to take it back tomorrow.
      Well that is about all from here. One nice thing about when I had my surgery the doctor came out and asked if it would be okay if he said a prayer with me. That really help to relax me.
      Colleen Hope everyone has a good night.

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m so happy that the cataract surgery was so successful and that you are seeing better and that the whole surgery was over so quickly. All this will make it easier when you have the second one done. So they must have corrected whatever vision problems you had when they fixed the cataract also. That is the good thing about having to have the surgery is that then they can also correct vision problems. I know many people have lasik surgery to correct vision problems but i have always been kind of reluctant to do that. My friend Nan had an astigmatism and was nearsighted just like me and had the lasik surgery and no longer had to wear contacts or glasses although I think now she may wear readers. I just never had the nerve to do that so i still have contacts and glasses.
      That is very weird that everyone has so much trouble getting the drops out of the bottle. It must be a very poor bottle design or a bad dropper.
      That was good that the doctor wanting to say a prayer with you helped you to relax. You don’t hear about too many surgeons doing that but they all need God to help guide their hands.
      I thought that you just had that jet pack replaced. Maybe you got a bad one.
      I knew everyone would get a chuckle out of my Gail and the Adventure of the Giant Porta Potty story.
      lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      thank you for the kind words too. Everyone has been so supportive, and that is the Quacker way. When I told one of my friends, she said…”that’s why I don’t have a gun”….LOL
      I am so happy the surgery went well, and you cans see better. That so great news, and so nice that your doctor said a prayer for you!
      I hope you get the computer glitches worked out, as that is very aggravating. We do so much on line today. I do most of my shopping on line. Plus, all the business things too.
      Amanda just walked in to visit, so I have to go for now……
      So happy you are on the mend!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Did you ever notice that men can have a big ole beer belly and none of that ever seems to bother them.
      If anything I hope this next generation of young women learn to feel comfortable with their bodies no matter what their shape or size. Women have been taught to be so hard on themselves. There’s always the pressure to look younger and thinner and the cosmetics industry makes a bundle off of women’s insecurities.
      So what is wrong with your foot now? I must have forgotten. What kind of a doctor are you seeing for that?
      I have my twice yearly rheumatologist appointment on Wednesday.
      I saw that Amarillo is going to be 104 degrees on Friday and that’s more in Brent’s area of the country so I bet it is hot by him.
      Jenny is doing fine.
      I’m glad that you got some laughs out of my crazy porta potty story. We did see a Simon and Garfunkel tribute show a few years back with Tim and Nan. I have no idea if these will be the same guys or not. I think there are some Simon and Garfunkel songs on The Choirboys CD’s. In fact-The Belfry would be a good place for them to do a concert as most of the people attending these tribute concerts are older people.
      We are still hot here. Are you doing anything for Father’s Day? I’m not sure if we are doing anything. Maybe a cookout with the kids.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      I have not mentioned the foot much on here. All of a sudden during the winter, once in a while the ankle seems to give way, and makes the leg give out. It only happened a couple of times. then, it started to happen more- even when we were out Saturday night, when we got up to leave, it happened. I had trouble getting a referral for the doctor I wanted, so the appointment had to be re-scheduled to this week. I am hoping it is small, and can be handled with PT. My biggest fear is, that it is caused by my back. I did break that ankle when I was a young woman, around 1973.
      It is gross here today, with high humidity too. Steph and the kids are here, as well as Amanda. Everyone is in the pool.
      Heather is at the hospital. She has not been feeling well, and when tested, they said a blood test revealed a blood clot. They already did an ultrasound on her legs- nothing there. She is not sure what test they are doing today.
      How has Greg’s back been doing? I hope your annual gives you good news.
      We are supposed to gt strong thunderstorms here today, and then it will change to the 70’s.
      So, Gary is home as he can hardly walk- the other hip is killing him. The one that was not replaced- his appointment is next week for that. the whole family is falling apart up here…..LOL
      Hope your weather cools down.
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Adele, hope Heather is doing much better. That is scary. If I can be so bold, would you please make sure they have done a VQ Scan? This looks for clots in the lungs. Am not trying to make you any more worried, but many young women get clots in their legs from birth control, but since the legs have been checked the next place I would make sure they check (and probably already have) would be her lungs. Just years of experience wanting me to help any way I might can. You all do have a lot going on right now. When it rains it really does seem to pour doesn’t it? Hope Gary’s hip pain is easing up. It was so terrible for that man to hurt your feelings and be such an insensitive person. I have had my feelings hurt so many times over the years. I remember in one really big meeting with LOTS of important people present, we were deciding what company to use for our nurses that would offer them the best prices, and one of the other nurse managers who was all of a size 2 at most, up and says looking right at ME, “well, we will have to remember that obese nurses uniforms cost more; so we cannot expect the same discount for THEM” I was so embarassed I just wanted a hole to open up in the floor so I could fall in. But I put that “happy face” on and just smiled and acted like it didn’t bother me. So I am sorry, we all think you are just the right size; just like all the rest of us, and I know I am grateful for all my gray hairs, wrinkles, and chubby bits, just like I am happy for all those ladies who have smooth skin and weigh 120. I love us all; and wish everyone did.
      Gail, you porta potty story was greatl That is so hard to think that you all don’t have indoor plumbing for the show. Thank goodness for the AC. I bet the ladies in line did wonder what was going on in the rocking potty LOL I came out of the restroom at the casino one night and thankfully Jerry had gone into the one right next door and we exited at the same time. He said, Barbara stop stop and he is kind of loud; so people turned to look, and lo and behold, I had a trail of toilet paper dragging on the bottom of one of my shoes. Saw some snickering but I had to laugh myself. Just glad he caught me before I trailed all over the place with it following me everywhere I went. LOL
      So glad you are doing good Colleen and Sue. Always love it when our buddies are feeling better. Hope your eye and your knee get better each day.
      We are so muggy and hot here. You know I really was a little glad to not have gone to the BBQ at Joeys. We all did need some quiet time with one another, and I think that just living so close to each other made me think a little too much into it. You ladies are smart.
      Better go for now. We haven’t done much cooking this week; just too hot to fire up the stove or oven. We are having salad and bread; warm and crusty with some seasoned butter to slather on for dinner tonight. Then some fresh fruit. Hope everyone has a great evening. Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      We really appreciate you sharing what you know about tests that they should take if there is something wrong with one of us or our children. That was a good suggestion to have them check for clots in Heather’s lungs. It is hard to think of all of that when it is one of your family members that are sick. You are such a good and caring friend.
      People really are thoughtless. That is scary to think that she worked in a hospital where you need to be kind and thoughtful. She probably did not wear a size 2 she probably had a really good girdle on. I like that now actresses and actors are not all skinny and perfect bodies. It is about time they start showing people that look like everybody else. Even models in magazines are not always those skinny girls that look like they have not eaten for a month.
      It is hot here also. It is not comfortable to go outside at all right now. This is the type of weather that I am thank ful for air conditioning. It is hard to remember how it was before we had air conditioning in our homes. I can remember my mom making us all come in the house during the hottest part of the day and close all the blinds and turning on the fan in the attic. It seemed cool to us then but now I would not be able to stand it. Times have really changed.
      We are having left overs and sandwiches. We have a lot of left overs right now. This hot weather really came on us fast. One day it was cool and then it was 90.
      How is Jerry’s mom doing? I hope that she is better. She was sick for awhile wasn’t she. The place where you put her sounds like such a nice place.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      We did just have the jet pack replaced. We got a bad one and they have to send us a new one. It is just really aggravating to have to get another one so soon. I hope this one is better then the other one.
      That lasik surgery is kind of scary. They say it works for some people and others have worse problems after they have it done. I know that there is a news caster on our station that had it done and I notice that he is wearing glasses again. So it makes you wonder how long that works for people. I will never have that done either. That is nice that it worked for Nan. I will still have to wear glasses but not as strong as the ones that I have now.
      Are Simon and Garfunkel still around? I have not seen them in a long time. It would be weird to have someone imitating you if you are still alive and performing. They have so many of those acts now. You have seen a few of the imitators haven’t you. It seems like you have talked about different groups before. It would be fun to see the Beetle imitators. I wonder if they have the right look and the sound.
      They do have a double standard for men and women. That really is a shame because it should not matter what we look like on the outside just what we are like on the inside.
      Hope things go well for you at your appointment on Wednesday. I am getting tired of seeing doctors all the time. I got a call from the eye doctors office because I have to call my insurance company to see if I need a referral for him to do a follow up on my surgery. That is one of the dumbest things that I have ever heard of. Isn’t insurance great.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That is nice that the kids came over to visit. They are using the pool also. it is nice that it is getting some use. It would be nice if we had a pool here for the kids and for us. That is one thing that I would do is get into the pool. I keep telling Ron that I could do my exercises in a pool and it would not be so painful. He did not believe that we needed a pool for that. It never hurts to try. lol
      It seems like if you had any broken bones when you were younger they start to hurt when we get older. I have had only one broken bone in my life. It was a finger. The doctor put a thing on it and told me to hold my finger up all the time it was my middle finger so it looked like I was flipping everyone off. We went to a Catholic school so it was not fun. The nuns were not happy when the kids would laugh and make jokes and then it seemed like I was getting them in trouble all the time. That finger has arthritis in it now. The other day when they had the five easy pay day on the Q I decided that I needed to splurge so I bought the two pair of shorts and two tops. They came in twos so it was not too bad a deal. I can wear the shorts around the house now that it is so hot. I just hope that I like them when they get here.
      Hope that your appointment with the doctor goes well.Maybe they will do therapy on it and it will not hurt as bad. That is not good when it makes you almost fall. Maybe it is not from your back. It could be just that you broke it and it has arthritis in it and it is giving you trouble.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hope everyone is okay. Jerry and I just got home from our 3 month doctor appt. that is required from the insurance co. Not sure why, have learned not to ask many questions just to go with the flow. I get SO tired of being there so often. I was there two days before my stroke; and I am sure I have already told you all this; but he didn’t pick up on it and poor Neal just has so many bad feelings that he didn’t. I tell him son, not everything health wise gives us much if any notice it is about to happen. But he was so worried; I really understand. How did your appointment go today Gail? Hope everything was good and he helped you. Guess I just have my “sit and wait” bad attitude now; but am grateful to God that everything seems okay for now. Jerrys blood pressure was up. They had to take it 3 times. I asked the nurse to step out for just a minute, and as soon as she did, I grabbed his arm and said Jerry, you take some good slow deep breaths and calm down or they are going to make us go to the ER (I knew if anything would get his attention that would). I said you are just hurting from you back from having to sit straight up in that chair, and just calm down and we can get out of here. Guess he listened; because when she checked it again after about 5 minutes; it was much better. His always runs a little high, but today was worse. I try so hard to not let him put extra salt on his food; and cut back on things he should’t eat, but he sneaks things and if he wants something he gets it LOL.
      Our itty bitty is up on all fours now like a little crab scooting around. Neal sent us a picture last night. I can hardly believe that it was just a week and a half ago that he crawled for the first time. It just reminds me of how quickly our days pass. I know you all see this too; even with our little four legged babies. Speaking of that Sue; I meant to ask you before if you have a puppy dog or kitty, and if so; do you have someone to help with them? Do you feel you are making good progress with your therapy? I know it’s hard; but sticking with the routine will help in the longrun. Not preaching; just speaking from the experiences I’ve had. Hope things are going good. Hang in there.
      Adele, hope everyone in your family is doing better; including of you of course. Is your ankle any better? Sorry your family is having so many health issues right now. Prayers for everyone. Colleen, I agree about the Lasik surgery. I did consider it; but several people we know had it done and then had to go back to their glasses a few years later. I’m sure that is works really well for most; but with me; I would probably be one of the ones that had to go back. I also wanted a swimming pool, but like Ron, Jerry said no, no no. He thought of every reason in the book; none of which meant anything to me until he finallh came up with the one thing that he knew would change my mind forever. He ups and tells me that living out here in the woods that we would get snakes in a pool, and so that of course did it for me forever. He was glad he finally thought of a reason I would accept. LOL\
      Take care everyone, and have a good evening. DD, meant to say; I love your pictures. Especially the one of what looks to me like an old time store from years ago. There are small towns close by that have stores like that to this day. Barbara

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      Thank you for the kind words, and encouragement. We all have had someone tr to make us feel less than, at seem time or another. When it happens we are completely shocked. I knwo I was, as I feel pretty cool in my Quacker duds, and cool socks to boot.
      Thank-you for the info on Heather. I passed the name of that test on to her. Her doctor called yesterday, (while all of them were here) and said the other tests (Whether said they were done on the top of her body) showed nothing. So they gnat her to rest some for the next 2 weeks, and call if she does not feel well. that just does not sit well with me. I like to know for sure.
      I am glad you feel better about the BBQ at joey and Lisa’s. Some time alone is good for everyone. Plus, you know they love you, and your cooking!
      Gary has an appointment next week to look at the hip. It is the one he did not have replaced, of course. He is walking badly, and it looks like he is hurting, just form his walk. I hope this one is minor. he has had enough.
      My ankle/foot news was good today. No arthritis to speak of, and PT to get the muscles strong again. He said it was weak muscles. I seem to be getting weak, all over…..LOL LOL I was very happy with that, as doing exercises to fix soothing is way better than shots of surgery. So, that was very good news.
      We have not cooked much either. I did hot dogs on Monday, and burgers on Tuesday, with fresh sliced cucumbers for a veggie. Marissa went to Home Depot for me to get my herbs to plant this weekend. I hope I get them all in the window boxes by Sunday.
      It got cooler here today, but it is to get muggy again. Yuck.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Read my long post to Barbara for all the updated news, please. I am getting too tired to keep writing….LOL
      It was nice the kids came by, as it is such a waste to care for a pool, and nobody is in it. They’re so spoiled. the pool water temp has to be just right. they will not stay in it, if ti is too cold. They do not complain if ti is too warm.
      We have been doing real simple dinners. But, I took meat out to do a crock pot thing. It is just too hot for it. SO, I may marinate the steak tips in BBQ sauce, and just do them on the grill tomorrow.
      I am so tired form my appointment today. I really got worn out fro all the walking, and getting into funky positions for the xrays.
      Did you see AGT last night? I loved the kid who got the golden buzzer. They had a lot of cool acts on. We recorded the dance competition one, and maybe we will watch it tonight.
      the Carmichael’s are on in a few minutes- I love that show. I get such a kick out of the Dad.
      Talk tomorrow!
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone is okay. I haven’t gone back & read the latest posts so forgive me if I leave anyone out. We’ve been having chilly temps out here. Down right cold for this time of yr. We should be in the mid 70s by now, but lately we’ve been lucky if we get to 60. This time tomorrow we’re gonna get hit by a big storm that’s coming out of the Gulf of Alaska. It’s gonna pack heavy winds along the coast too. It turned out to be a nice afternoon, calm before the storm. But by Father’s day we should be in the 70s, maybe low 80s. We’ll see.
      I’ve been stressing out over a situation I have here. On June 6th I get a call from management asking if it’d be alright if they came into inspect my place. I asked if there was anything I needed to do to prepare, & she said no. so I gave permission. BIG MISTAKE!!! By law they’re supposed to give a 48 hr notice to enter, but I was being co-operative. the inspector showed up around 2 pm. She was not happy that I had things strewn over the furniture. she went around humming, & I could tell by the tone she was NOT happy & I told her “I know that tone.” After I got the furniture cleared off I watched as she inspected the rocking chair & sofa. No bugs. Then she went into the bedroom, so I had to go get Jewell off the bed. After a few minutes she called me in to ask questions. I watched as she inspected she didn’t find anything. Then as she was replacing the bed, she turned as almost an after thought, & went back to check something. GUESS WHAT! LO & Behold she found one. ONE. or so she said. She didn’t show it to me, so I have no proof there actually was one.
      So she wrote up a form for treatment. I told both her & management that there was no way I’d be ready as I have to bag up everything in 30 gallon bags before they can treat. And when they do come Jewell & I have to vacate for 4-5 hrs cuz the fumes are AWFUL!! They sprayed my place back in 2011 & I thought Jewell & I were going to die from the fumes!!!
      Well, I put in for help, but haven’t heard anything yet. She came yesterday around 2 pm & I told her I wasn’t ready & repeated that I’d told her & management I wouldn’t be ready unless I got help. So later on I found a notice of noncompliance which now goes on my record.
      I’m stressing out big time. It’s not like I’m being non compliant on purpose. I need HELP. Any & all prayers would be appreciated. Thank you!!
      Do you know there’s a QF show tomorrow? At 3 pm ET. Thursday.

      What in the world is this country coming to?? Unbelievable what happened at the ball field today!! and in SF.
      Well, I better close before I bore ya to death or lose this.
      Have a great day.
      dd

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      Hi again,
      I try to pick the pics that transport us back to a simpler time. the older homes, cars, scenes from yesteryear. I hope you enjoy them. If I repeat, just ignore it.
      dd

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      I had good news. The ankle is caused by weak muscles. So, more PT to solve the problem. I did get a brace, to use if it gets worst. I was pleased with the news, as no surgery or shots is good news. No more news on Heather, whihc I guess can be ok. Gary goes next week for the hip. Exhausting!
      Your Itty Bitty will be on his feet soon. I bet he will be tearing aorund the house, and into everything to explore his world. It is so nice to hear he is doing well, and growing at leaps and bounds. We are all blessed. I am so happy you get to enjoy his progress on skype. It is the next best thing.
      Hope your health news keeps getting better. You were so good with Jerry to calm him down. i wish I had you over here. I could use some calming down, on a good day.
      Love you, Missy Barbara!
      Adele

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      Dearest DD
      I know this is no going to help you, but, here goes. From being the mother of an exterminator, you do not see bed bugs, unless the place is INFESTED. You only see the fecal matter, which is black debris on the edges of the mattress and box spring- looks like dirt. If you do not see that on the mattress or foundation, you do not have bed bugs. Can you ask for another inspection, before you make yourself nuts with the prep?
      Also, according to the bug man……everything has to be washed, and bagged, prior to spraying. Just to put it in a bag is not enough. It s a complete nightmare to do the prep, and if you do not have the bugs, there is no need. On the o the hand, if anyone above you, below you, or Bessie you has them, you need to be treated too. bed bugs have become a nightmare.
      I hope this helped you. I a so sorry you have to go through this.
      I also love your pictures. Thank you for being a bright light in this sometimes dark world. Prayers for everyone hurt yesterday.
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      That is an awful situation. It seems funny that that inspector wouldn’t show you what she had found. I hope that you can get some help or can get a recheck like Adele suggested. They sure do not seem at all sympathetic to your plight. I will be praying that you find a solution quickly. It’s scary to think that some one else has so much control over your living situation. We are all here pulling for you.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      How awful that was for that woman to say that in that meeting. That was totally uncalled for!!! Didn’t you just want to get up and slap the smirk off of her face?! I swear we bend over backwards for political correctness except in the case of overweight people and then it seems anything is fair game.
      How cute that little Colin is scurrying around on all fours now.
      Isn’t it weird now how the insurance companies are the ones that are telling us what to do instead of the doctors. But we are at their mercy as health care is so expensive and it seems the older we get the more we need it-but then you think about all those years we payed the premiums and never used doctors or services when we were younger and healthier. I’m glad that you were able to get Jerry talked down so his blood pressure wasn’t so high.
      I thought mine would be off the charts yesterday as I drove to the doctor’s office in a deluge. I have never ever seen it rain so hard as it did on the trip yesterday. Then when I got there I had to run through the downpour to get inside so then I was soaking wet. How miserable was that.! My shirt was soaked and my hair looked like a drowned rat! So I was very stressed and sometimes I run high in the doctor’s office anyway but she said it was 120 over something so I guess I wasn’t as stressed as I felt. I had to pull over a couple of times on the trip over as the rain was just pouring down in buckets-it was awful. If I had not had an appointment I would have just turned around and went back home.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Yes Simon and Garfunkel are still around although not together. Paul Simon still does music but I don’t think Art Garfunkel does. I’m not sure what he does. We have seen a Beatles tribute group called American English and they are really quite good.
      That is funny about your finger having to be held up. Even though the teachers didn’t like it I’ll bet the students thought it was funny.
      Isn’t it weird that you have to get permission from the insurance company to have a follow up on your surgery-it used to be that the doctor could decide those things. It just seems turned around and I hate being at their mercy.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      That was good news on your ankle. I was hoping that it would not be something that required surgery-or something like my ankle where not much can be done about it.
      I hope that Gary will get good news about the other hip too. That’s horrible if he is having so much trouble walking.
      I am like you and would feel better about Heather if they could pinpoint the source of the blood clot. Did they put her on blood thinners or anything?
      That was an amazing story about that girl from AGT. I can’t even imagine being one of only two survivors out of 109 people on that plane. It would make you feel like God had a definite plan for you.
      That must have been fun with everyone over using the pool. Do you have to supply the towels or do they bring their own.
      Are you baking anything good for Father’s Day?
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Barbara
      I just read Gail’s post, and realize I for got to add a piece about that awful nurse. You are truly a southern Lady. Did anyone else in the room say something to her about her awful comment?
      I hate hateful people. they should all be ashamed of themselves.
      So, yesterday I wore dream Jeannes with the animal pockets, ad design on the hem, with a purple 2 piece set, with the glittery stars all over it. I strutted…… LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Gail
      I knew when I saw that poor woman, that she had been badly burned. We had a little boy who was burned by his father, and I knew the look of skin that had many surgeries for grafting. Very sad. Our little boy was adopted by his foster parents, and did well, in spite of the disfigurement. He had the best personality. He never had any regrowth of hair on his head. In spite of all he went through, he was a happy little thing. He is loved by the community, and his adoptive family. He is an adult- probably in his late 20’s by now.
      That woman must have had awful nightmares for many years, recalling the horrific crash. She is lucky to be alive, and it is wonderful to see she made something positive out of her awful tragedy.
      I am glad you made it to your doctor appointment in one piece. That must have been scary. Did you mention the results of your visit…..I do not think you did.
      I hope Gary gets good news too, as I am deathly afraid of his having another surgery. They said his kidneys could not handle it.
      So, I did get 2 of the 5 window boxes planted with my herbs. I did thyme, rosemary, parsley, and a lot of basil. I love to do the basil, with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and some olive oil (very little) or a vinaigrette with it. Sometimes I do a little prosciutto in the dish too. We also love Pesto Sauce with linguine.
      I have to tell you. I had so much trouble trying to pull out the old plantings. I finally gave up. It was pretty pathetic. When Frankie got back here, he pulled them out of the last 3 for me, so I can plant them tomorrow am, before it starts to rain.
      They did not give her a blood thinner, and I thought that odd too. I wonder if those blood tests can give false results??
      Oh no, they use our pool towels…..LOL We have a pile that they have been using for years. They do put them in the washer before they go home, and the dryer too,if they are still here.
      So, tonight I am using the crock pot for the last time, and then it goes away for the summer. I did a BBQ beef- a simple sauce over the beef- o had sirloin strips. It is supposed to be with chuck, but, I like it with the sirloin strips. I just cook it less- 4 to 5 hours, instead of 8. because it was so busy here today, I did the potatoes in the microwave, and adding Bush’s beans for a veggie….LOL LOL I can’t wit to hear the complaints. Hey…you cannot plant, have the shade guy here installing 3 shades up here, and one for tillie, and a big dinner. One of the 3 shades in the dining room broke, and they are on the big picture window, so I had to replace all 3. They were pretty old- about 15 years, or more, so I got my money worth. I get the Bali pleated shades- they last forever.
      Hope the sun was shining out there today!!
      It was very pretty here. the weekend will not be pretty.
      Have a good one!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      that is good news that all you have to do is exercise to strengthen you foot. That must have been a big relief. I hope that they can give Gary some exercises to do to help his hip. That must be very painful when you try to walk or anything else you might try to do. I will be praying that it is nothing more then exercises and things like that. The poor guy has been thru enough here lately but so have you.It is time for you and your family to just relax for awhile.
      If we had a pool and they told Ron that the water was too cold Ron would go and and empty it and tear it down. He is that set against pools. I would love to get one and just put it out there for the kids. Maybe he would not say as much if it was out there and all set up. I do not know who I am kidding he would have a fit.
      We still do not know what we are going to do for Father’s Day. Just Mandy and her family are coming over for the day. If it is too hot to grill I may fix jambalaya and some type of bread. I am not sure which it will be. If we get out the grill Ron will want to cook and that defeats the purpose of the whole day. So we will see what happens.
      How nice that the family adopted the little with all the burns. Can you imagine how good that made him feel. They did not care what he looked like or what his problems were they wanted him for him. I bet that is why he had such a good life and was so cheerful all the time. He knew no matter what he had loving parents and family.That is always a good story to hear. There are not that many stories like that with foster kids. You must have been really good at placing the kids that you had.
      Your dinner sounds good to me. If they were here they would have had an omelet. I am not that good at making them either. Ron does not complain about that like he does the potato soup. That makes two punishment meals that I can make. Wow this is getting better and better. The only problem is I do not like my omelets either. I will have to figure out a way for him to eat the omelet and I will eat something else. Maybe that meal should be dropped.
      I very seldom watch AGT. We watch something then and I cannot remember what it is. Probably some western that Ron likes. We watch a lot of the old shows. Especially Any Griffith. That was such a good show with little Opie and Aunt Bee. All of those shows were so good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That was not right for that woman to do that. You let her come when she should have waited. She should have give you points for that and then she knew that you could not move all that stuff yourself. She should not be allowed to do the inspections. She is not the right type of person to do that. Seems to me that you are doing all that you can to comply. I do agree with Adele I would want a recheck. She should have showed you the bug that she found. That was not right.
      Be careful when those storms come up. Hope that you will not have to leave you apartment and go out anywhere. High winds are scary they can be dangerous. I just wish that we did not have heavy winds like that. Probably not as bad as what you get there. That seems odd that it is coming from Alaska. That is the first time that I have heard that. We are way too far from Alaska for that to happen to us. Mostly our winds come from Canada or from the south.
      That is so nice that you posted the pictures that you did. They are so cute. I love to look at the pictures of the old stores and the old houses. It makes me think of the old movies that they have on tv and how big and beautiful they were on the inside.
      You are not boring us. We like to hear what everyone has to say. That is terrible that someone walks up to people playing ball and opens fire. It does not matter who they are. THey have no right to do that. I guess that the guy that did the shooting was killed.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. you will be in my prayers.

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      Hi Gail,
      It is sad that Garfunkel does not sing anymore. I really liked that duo. I know that Paul Simon had a lot of hits on his own. It would be fun to go to one of those oldies concerts where they have the actual singers there. They have them on channel 9 here but do not know where they do it other then on tv. You are lucky that Greg is so musical and loves to go and listen to the bands play.
      How is your hair dresser doing? Is she feeling better since they had the wreck? Hopefully she will be able to go back to work soon. That must be hard if you cannot work and you need to.
      This insurance is getting out of control At least when the doctors told you what you needed you just got that done and did not have all this other nonsense done to make the insurance happy. There is so much paper work involved in this now. It is all just a sham.
      You really did have a rough trip to the doctor. Hopefully it all went well and you got get news while you were there. How far do you have to drive to get to the doctor? It seems like it is a long drive from where you live to where his office is. That is the only thing that is bad when you live out in the country. You have to drive a lot when you want to go somewhere.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      You were lucky that you could get Jerry to calm down. You must have been a really good nurse. You know how to talk to people and just getting Jerry to calm down is really good. Not many wives could do that to their husbands. That was good that his BP came back down to normal.
      How cute that itty bitty is on all fours now. I bet he is getting all over the place. It is so nice that you get to see pictures of it and can talk to him. It won’t be long and he will be standing up and getting into more things. They are just so cute at that age and it is amazing how much they learn in that short of a time. Babies just amaze me anyway.
      A good answer for the snakes in the pool thing is you just put a cover over the water when you are not in it. That one takes them awhile to come up with an answer. Jerry is a lot like Ron and he will come up with one I am sure. lol I just keep trying for a pool but it will never happen. Maybe when I am old and none of the kids want to come here and swim in the pool.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      It was a sloppy wet day here today. It was abit windy but nothing like they were predicting. It was a typical Oregon storm, nothing too unusual except for the time of yr. By the weekend the rain will be loooong gone. Sunday’s supposed to be in the 80s!!
      I haven’t heard from management yet. My neighbor Critt called me & he told me another resident has had the exact same thing happen to them about the bug thing. But she’s not standing for it. She’s filing a complaint against Home Forward. I don’t know who she’s filing the complaint with tho.
      Nothing on TV tonight. Jewell’s laying here beside me taking a cat nap. She’s been clingy lately.. she comes in & gets up on my chest until I have to put her down. She gets to be a little heavy after awhile.
      Well, there isn’t much to talk about so I’ll close for now.
      dd
      PS. Did anyone catch the new host on QVC today? She was on with Mary Beth Roe on the show before the QF show. On QF she was one of the models, Mary Nelson.

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      Hi DD,
      I did see Mary the new host on the Quacker show. She hosted for a couple of items with Angel and one time she thought that she messed up and got kind of flustered and Angel was so sweet about helping her through it all. It really showed what a good person Angel is and how supportive she was trying to be to the new host. I hear there are four other new hosts besides Mary so we will be seeing lots of new faces.
      I’m looking at your pictures and it makes me think about some things. The picture of the grandfather and two kids picking watermelons is cute where the little boy can barely lift the melon. Then there’s the picture of the cows in the road. I have been driving down the road and found escaped cows wandering there several times. Then there’s the lady hanging out laundry-thank God i don’t have to do that anymore although I know some people still do because they like the smell even though they have a dryer. Not me-that’s too much work at this stage of life. And then there’s the cars at the gas station. It’s then that I wish I were in Oregon or New Jersey as those are the only two states that I know of where you don’t have to pump your own gas. For some reason the older I get the less I like pumping my own gas. Just lazy I guess. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      We actually have gone to several concerts to see some of the actual older groups. Although most of them have some people who have filled in the spots of people who either have died or are just not interested in singing again. We saw a lot of old DooWop groups for awhile there.
      I had texted my hairdresser earlier in the week and she said that she was doing better and had just been released for light work. Then she called me yesterday to see if i can come in next Saturday to get my hilites done as we had to cancel my appointment for that. We were going to do a little experiment and change them up but she said she is not up for that and will just do regular ones. I am kind of disappointed but just happy that she is starting to feel better. I just think what a tragedy that could be when a motorcycle hits a car. maybe I will learn more of the details when I go in for my hilites. I’m wondering how they are feeling about continuing to ride. I know that would make me rethink it.
      The rheumatologist is about 30 to 40 minutes away but it took me an hour to get there in all that rain. It is just for a six month recheck so everything is fine. I am having a little problem with one of the knuckles on my right hand but it is just probably osteo setting in so there is not much to be done. The main problem is that’s the finger that I use to put my contacs in and sometimes it sticks so it has made the task a bit more difficult. Isn’t getting older fun? But as I always say it’s better than the alternative. lol
      If Greg wanted to barbecue on Father’s Day that would be fine with me as he doesn’t consider that work anyway. He loves to barbecue. He finally went out fishing this morning so I hope it doesn’t decide to rain and i hope he has a good time.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Anything new on Heather? I hope this thing gets figured out soon. What were her symptoms?
      I hope that boy that you placed for adoption ended up having a happy life. Imagine a father doing that to his own son. There are so many people who are cruel to children and so many others who want children and can’t have them who would just cherish a child. I will never understand how people can do horrible things to children.
      You know we have always had a garden but never grew fresh herbs and we really should. I think I will have to mention that to Greg next year. I think maybe at least basil and dill and maybe some cilantro for Mexican dishes.
      Last night I made a chicken salad for sandwiches on croissants-I added celery, granny smith apple, craisens and walnuts and it turned out really good. Your meal sounds good-did you get any complaints. I think if i cooked and got complaints I would either go on strike or tell them if they don’t like it to make their own food. People who don’t cook every day of the year have no right to complain in my book. lol
      I’m glad that they throw the towels in the washer and dryer for you as i was wondering if you got stuck with all the laundry from that. Maybe I’ll stop over for a dip but I’ll bring my own towel and figure out some way of getting in and out of the pool. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      They did like the dinner, accept for ….guess who. Gary was convinced the BBQ sauce was hot. It was not- it was Sweet Baby ray’s. You mixed the BBQ sauce with a half cup of apricot jam, some brown sugar, and a tablespoon of mustard. Seriously? The man is beyond nuts. We all just looked at him.
      I can see Ron dismantling the entire pool with the first complaint….LOL Then, Barbara said the snakes would be in hers- yuck.
      I had a lot of good foster parents who adopted the kids in their care. It was a good thing for everyone. The kids felt loved and cared for, especially when they stayed in the home. There were a lot of times they could not, due to space, or family situations. In other words, had they adopted a child, they would no longer have space to foster, and they wanted to help more children find good homes, and be safe.
      So, today here is a nut house. The air conditioner was not keeping the house cool- that froze, and we are wait inf for them to come by. It is either a simple fan, or we have to buy a new unit, as this one has Freon, and that’s now illegal, and hard to come by. So we are hoping it has only a fan problem.
      Then, we have no hot water. The heating system stopped working. Our hot water is continuous, through the oil burner. the repair man for that is here right now. Thank God we have a contract on that, so there will be no charge for the service call. Then, I can take my shower, as I waited until I finished the planting of my herbs in the window boxes. Seriously, whose air conditioner and heating system goes on the same day??
      We are still not sure what will happen on Fathers Day. We better get moving, or we will be having potato soup.
      Hope your day is goign better than mine.
      Adele
      PS…it is about to pour.

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      Hey Gail
      Read my post to Colleen for the repair scoop over here today. I can’t win for losing today. I felt so good about getting all the herbs planted, and then, bam.
      I planted basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and one tomato plant. I am not lucky with tomatoes. I planted 3 window boxes of basil, as we use it so much all summer long. It takes a lot of leaves to do a Pesto Sauce.
      You should do some herbs. Plus, they smell so nice.
      I hope you have a good time doing your BBQ. Will Jenny and the kids come, or are they doing one too?
      I cannot tell you the things I saw, and heard over my long career. I wonder how I slept.
      Nothing new about Heather. her initial reason for all the testing was she started to get very swollen. She looked like the end of a pregnancy, with the swollen face, hands and feet/legs. Gained 10 lbs. of fluid. Her shoes did not fit. I had her go to the ER, as I was afraid it was congenital heart failure, or kidneys. She was also breathing hard, and coughing- like Gary did when his kidneys went down. They did the blood work, and tested her for the heart and kidneys, and the tests came out fine, accept for the blood test for blood clots. I never even heard of such a test, so I am still perplexed over that one. She is still swollen, but nowhere near as bad. She is supposed to just take it east for a couple of weeks, and if she feels worst, get to the hospital. I would feel much better if we had a diagnosis.
      Your chicken salad sound fabulous. I owuld love it like that. But, with all the picky people over here, doubtful that I could pull that one off. You know, every meal I get some comment about what i should have done. Some days, I swear, they are goign to wear the meal. They all look at each other, when one of them makes a comment. Like a bunch of little kids, only worst! I think they are waiting for me to throw something at them….LOL LOL Then Tillie tells me not to ask if they like the meal, and I will not get any comments. God help me……God help them. You know, it is hard to keep coming up with interesting meals, and I hate boring food every day. I used to love Fajitas. I could never make those here. I cannot go out to a Mexican place, due to Gary. Maybe I will suggest one with my friends.
      It is pouring. Very dark here. Glad we got the outside things done today. All the furniture is set up. My new bird bath is cracked- I just got it last year. Gary said he can fix it, as it is just the base, and he said we sell stuff to fix it.
      hope you have a good night.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I did catch some of the Quacker show. I saw the new host, and felt bad when she made a mistake. I do not think anyone felt bad about it, accept her. Angel was very nice about it, and tried to make her feel good. Everyone is new some time. I hope she comes back for more.
      I really hope you can talk to your management team, and have them re-inspect your place. Does that woman work for the exterminators? Does she get a commission for bed bug jobs? I hope you do not have to go through all of that for nothing.
      Read my post to Colleen and Gail, for all the info of the day. I swear, everything goes wrong here at the same time.
      It is pouring here, and will rain all night, into some time tomorrow. At least my planted herbs will get a lot of water to grow.
      Hope the rain stopped at your place. You are right- there is nothing much on TV tonight. We watch HGTV when nothing else is on. I get a kick out of the people wanting so much, for so little money.
      Hope you have a good night, and that nothing is wring with your pretty kitty. Maybe she just wants to be cuddled in the rain.
      Adele

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      Well girls after several bad days I had a good day today. I am thinking that the humidity was the cause of increased swelling and pain. Today was not so humid. I did wake up with some pain but not severe. I have been so tired because of not sleeping well so I laid down for about an hour this afternoon I fell right to sleep and slept good if not long. I woke up feeling more rested than a whole night in bed. So I hope somehow I rest as well tonight. Then I feel more like doing things. I do get tired but thankfully the PT people give me breaks between exercises so that helps. They say I am doing great that they can tell I am doing the exercises and continue what I am doing. The PT supervisor comes next week so I think that is all with them. I will most likely need to go out for more therapy. I see the doctor Thursday and am expecting to be able to drive after that. I need to find someone to drive me to that appt. yet. Anyway thought you would want an update. I hate talking about myself when so many have more serious issues. But if things continue like today I will be feeling more like normal.

      I did see the new show host and I like her. If she works with Mary Beth she has a good teacher. Angel is helpful to all. Did you read Angel’s blog about her trip to Ireland?

      Gail did you get the new butterfly shirt? I was going to until they said 100 percent cotton. I use to buy all cotton but now they shrink and go out of shape. They must be using cheaper cotton because my old ones never did that.

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      Hi DD,
      I am glad that you did not get the storms like you were supposed to. Glad that the wind was not as strong as they said they were going to be. We had a lot of rain here in the morning and then it stopped. It turned out to be a nice afternoon.
      That lady that came to inspect has to have a supervisor and so that must be who she is complaining to. They need to have someone to complain to when they are not doing the right thing. They sure are not doing right by you. I cannot understand why they are making such a big deal out of you not being able to bag all this stuff and up and get out of the apartment right away. It takes time to find help doing that. She does not sound like she is the right person for the job that she has. Hope that the woman who is signing the complaint gets some good results from it.
      Does the stormy weather bother Jewell? Maybe that is why she is so clingy. She could realize that you are upset also because of that lady. Animals have really good senses. It is good to have them around.
      I love the pictures that you posted. The dresses those ladies are wearing are so pretty. It would have been interesting to wear them but not in this hot weather. Can you imagine having to wear a hat all the time when you are out of the house. Those pictures make you think back to what things must have been like for our grandmothers.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s.I did like that new girl that was on with Mary Beth yesterday. She may turn out to be a really good host.

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      Hi Gail,
      That is good news that your hair dresser has been released to do some light work. It will be good to get your hair hilited again. Maybe the next time you need them she will be able to try the new ones. What colors were you thinking about trying? It will be surprising if they get on that motorcycle again. That must have been really scary.
      Have you talked to Brent lately? Does it sound like he is going to get to come home anytime soon? It is hard when they cannot come home for awhile. At least you can talk to him on the phone. Hope that his job is going well for him.
      How is Jenny doing? Did the dentist find anything wrong when she went to see him? Guess that the kids are enjoying their summer break. It seems like our kids get out earlier and earlier all the time and starting earlier. Kylie is still not working she has been looking for a job. I guess they are still hard to find. It usually is during the summer. She has to find a job that will work with her when she starts college in the fall.
      Seems like once arthritis starts it just keeps moving into every joint. Getting old is not for the weak that is for sure. Never knew that there were so many parts of the body that could hurt. That was not to far a drive to the doctor. It would have been nice if it was not pouring down rain.
      That is nice that Greg does not mind grilling. I do not know why it bothers Ron sometimes to do it. I think that he is just getting really crabby. He is just going to have to cheer up.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I do not see how you do it. It must be hard to cook for a picky eater. The sauce that you put on the meat sounded really good. May try that the next time that we put something in the slow cooker. I bet the meat was really tender.
      That is really nice that you had so much success finding good foster parents that adopted the kids. It is good that not all of them adopt or there would not be any homes to put the foster kids. That would be a hard job to do though. Seems like you would get so attached to the kids that stay with you it would be hard to send them away. Thank God there are people that are willing to do that.
      You really have been having a bad day today. Hope they can fix your air conditioner right away. The weather is too hot to not have one. Do you have hot water now? That is unusual that all that went out in the same day. At least the hot water is under contract and the guy came right then to fix it. Your house is going to be like brand new with all the things that you have had to fix here lately.
      It poured down rain here in the morning but by afternoon it had moved out and the sun came out. It was a really good rain and it got everything watered so we did not have to. Ron was thinking that we would have to water the garden tonight if we did not get that rain. We have dill planted in our garden and it grows really fast and it spreads. He planted a couple other herbs but am not sure now which ones that he planted. I know that he planted peppermint and that is really growing fast. He bought some beet seeds and is going to plant them also. Have no idea if they will grow here or not but we will find out. It would have been nice if he would have planted some sugar snap peas they are really good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      so glad to hear from you. You are correct. The high humidity makes arthritis, and surgeries hurt. I get very swollen with the humidity too, and you with the recent surgery would feel even worst. Do you have any air conditioning? I hope you do. If not those ones that you put in the room and the exhaust goes out the window, are so easy to do you can do it with you replaced knee. Bobby has one downstairs, as the air up here does not keep it cool enough for him downstairs. It cools his bedroom, and all of Tillie’s area too.
      Do you have any Alleve, or heavy duty aspirin products? They reduce the swelling, so they may help. Also, ice works miracles. You ice for 10 minutes on at a time.
      don’t get discouraged. You are doing great. It sound slike you are making more progress than a lot of other people do with replacement surgeries.
      You are not to ever feel your problems are less than anyone else’s. You are just as important as anyone, and we all pray for you every day. Everyone on here cares for you, and please do not ever feel like that. We get worried when we do not hear from you.
      It s grossly humid up here today. Very dark and overcast, and they are having the Tall Ships in Boston today. Are you watching it on TV? Tomorrow is supposed to be hot and humid too, with no rain. I hope your weather is better, and that you got a good night’s sleep. That makes all the difference in the world. Please keep us in the loop. We love you Sue!
      Adele

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      OMG…. my entire response to Colleen disappeared.
      here we go again……
      We had torrential rain all through the evening and into the night. today is gloomy and very humid. The old air conditioner in the wall, can at least take the humidity out of the house. If the sun comes out, we will be screwed for today.
      Enzo will e stopping by to see what is wrong with the air. The heater was fixed, in time for Bobby to take a shower last night when eh got home from work. It was the main control panel on the boiler, and I hope that is covered by the yearly contract. But, I am not lucky.
      It is hard to cook for this group. They are fine with the basics, but, the meat has to be perfectly cooked, as well as the sides. Especially for picky Bobby. For Tillie everything has to be soft. for Gary, it has to have no taste at all. So, no matter what I do one of them will roll their eyes, or make a comment that can possible threaten their further existence in this world. They are a tough group.
      I have done a lot of new crock pot recipes this year, as they are so easy on me. Everything is in one pot, no bending, and stirring. Hence the new recipes they are judging. The BBQ beef came out great- so soft it fell apart. I love BBQ flavor. Even when Bobby gets the meat already marinated, I love the BBQ beef ones the best.
      I hope Gail was able to get her hair done.
      We still have nothing planned for tomorrow. I may give Gary what he wants. he said he wants nothing, with no commotion, and no clean up. Ok. Let’s see how he feels if nobody comes, no dinner is planned, and no cake is baked. if I do that, I will say this at end of day…..”how did that work out for you?” You know that old adage…be careful what you ask for. So, yesterday he asks if I put chips on the grocery list for Sunday, and I said no, because we are not doing anything on Sunday. You had to see his face…..LOL LOL
      With my old foster parents, a lot of the foster families remained in contact with the adoptive families. they became like grandparents to them, and that was nice to see. Then, the kids realized they were loved, and never had to wonder what happened to the foster family they used to live with. that was very valuable to the older children. The good endings were always encouraging.
      Hope your weather is good! Up here, they are having “Sail Boston” today- the Tall Ships are in town.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Hopefully they will come and fix the air conditioner soon. That would be bad if you got caught in the house with no air. We are all getting to old for this stuff. Is the rain cooling things down any or just making it more humid? We had a good rain in the morning and then the sun comes out in the afternoon. It gets really hot then. It was in the 90’s today not sure what it is going to be like tomorrow. I am glad that we are cooking in the house tomorrow and not grilling. I think that we are supposed to have more rain in the morning.
      Sounds like you are better off if you just put it on the table and let them eat and not accept any complaints. Tell them that the one that complains gets to cook dinner for the next night. They may quit complaining and just eat that way. Not many people want to have to cook the meal they just want to critique it. Could you see it if our husbands had to cook seven days a week. They would just throw it on the table and say eat it.
      Adele you are so funny. It will be interesting to hear how Gary reacts if you do not do anything. I have a feeling that he did not really mean it. It sure would make it easier on you though. We are not doing much. Just one of the daughters are coming for dinner and that is it. At least he will have her here. Ron will be happy with that.
      That is really nice that the foster parents kept in touch with the kids. You are such a nice person you inspired the foster parents to be like you. You also were good at picking out the right people.You really had a hard job and a heart breaking job.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I will be saying a little prayer that the doctor will let you start driving again. It is hard to depend on other people for a ride. There are a lot of nice people that will do that but after being independent like you have been it is hard.
      You are really doing good. Just keep it up. You will moving around like normal before you know it. You must have some really good therapists. You are working really hard also. Just hang in there.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.

    • Colleen
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      The same from me. Hope all the fathers have a good day.,

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      Adele, I hope that you have hot water and AC by now.
      I’m sure you and my sister have similar stories as she was a social worker with child protective services. She never really talked about her cases much.
      I swear if I were you I would be tempted to cook for myself and if others didn’t like it i would tell them to make a sandwich. lol I hate it when trying to feed the family becomes a fight and a chore. Maybe you should listen to Tillie and just not ask if anyone likes it.
      You can come to my house house-we have fajitas, tacos and enchiladas on a regular basis.
      Years ago Greg employed a lot of people from Laos and Cambodia and sometimes this one woman would send Greg home with the most delicious home made egg rolls. I miss those as they were the best ever!
      It just dawned on me-I wonder if you guys sell muffler cement from Yale Automotive. That is part of Greg’s company. I remember Debbie talking about how her husband loved adhesives and was an expert on them and us laughing since Greg has packaged many many adhesives over the years. We always said they would get on famously. The best was when the kids were little and they packaged Ghostbusters Slime-every kid in the neighborhood would come over as we had a never ending supply of it. lol We always have a good supply of epoxy around.
      Sue, it will be nice when you can drive again. We miss having that independence.
      I did see the blog about Angel’s trip to Ireland.
      Of course a butterfly shirt is soaring my way-actually I was a piggy and ordered two colors. lol
      Don’t worry about talking about yourself. We are interested to learn how you are doing. We all talk about ourselves. Everyone’s situation is unique to them and each person’s story is important no matter how serious or ordinary. A surgery is a big deal!
      Colleen, We were just going to do a different technique with my hilites and i also wanted them a bit blonder this summer but all that will have to wait as she is not up to it yet. That’s okay-I’m just glad that she is better. The rest can wait.
      We heard from Brent yesterday when he called Greg. It’s really hot by him. He won’t be in KC for his work trip when we are there. Not sure if he will make it out this summer after all. I didn’t ask as he said some things had been pushed back at work because one guy had quit.
      Jenny is fine-the dentist didn’t find any problems. She is so busy this summer between baseball and swimming lessons they are gone almost every night and some of the ball games are at 8 o’clock. When Brent was little there were no lights on the little field so there were no games that late until they played pony league in the bigger field-so she is out late with those kids some nights.
      The concert Saturday night was good. I had Greg stop at a gas station right before we got there so I could use their rest room and I made it through the evening without having to use their dangerous portpotties. lol
      We didn’t really do anything for Father’s Day. Jenny already had different plans with the other side of the family so we just kind of hung around and Greg watched the U. S. Open on TV. And then we ordered a deep dish pizza (from the right place!) for dinner.
      Gail

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hello Girls. Been busy these last couple of weeks. We went and picked up Maw Maw and had a really great time together. Her hair is really growing and she usually wears it short; but it looks so nice I told her that I like the shoulder length on her; and if it is easy for her to wear like that; that I would keep it that length for a while. Her hair is a beautiful more white than gray color. Her face has begun to fill out. We are picking her up again on Wednesday to go to her personal doctor that she has been seeing for years with PawPaw. His office actually called us to see if we might bring her in for a yearly check up since he has been seeing her for so long he wants to still see her too if we were okay with it. I thought that was so sweet and she was happy to have heard from him. And its like I said to Jerry; I really think it is a good idea for him to continue to see her also. We will get some dinner too and bring it back here to eat. I am so happy to see her looking so good. Her memory comes and goes; but at 91; what could you expect? I just love that you all’s Moms love Quacker things and that they are so fortunate to have you Adele and Colleen to love them so much and respect them and enjoy them. What a blessing.
      Sue, you are doing GREAT on your PT. It takes a really hard working person to stay up to speed on all the exercises. I know you get tired; and I am glad to hear that you are taking little naps to help you gain your strength back. I remember being SO tired after they would leave; and believe you me, I would fall asleep easier in that recliner than in my bed. Does your Cuddles watch for you so you can get around without worrying that you can’t see him? Little furry friends just seem to know when we need extra attention and help. I was so worried at first that I might not see our kitty since he usually walks about two steps in front of me; but he all of a sudden began to walk to the side of me so I could see him better. Hope the doctor gives you good news this week; and I believe he will. I think he will be very happy with your progress. Let us know how he feels you are doing. We are right there with you wishing you good news!
      Adele; if you quit cooking, the whole family will just not know what in the world to do with themselves LOL Talk about shaking up their world; that would surely do it. I bet the complaints would immediately change. They are all; especially Gary: so fortunate to have such a great cook/baker as you are. Dare I use the word “spoiled” instead of fortunate? ha ha You could tell them that you have plenty of Quacker friends who would love to pull up a chair at your dinner table anytime. I have to agree with Colleen; you have to have a heart of gold to have done your type of work for so many years and helped so many children and families over the years. How special the foster families wanted to stay in touch with the children after they found a forever home. That is so sweet and loving. I shudder to think of the things you have seen and heard.
      DD; our son who in Northern Ca. was telling us about the heat wave out there. Sorry you are having such a hard time with the heat. Hope the swelling has gone down. By the way; how is Heather doing with her swelling? Did any doctor ever say what is causing this? So much to worry about, and really hoping all is going better. How is Brent doing, Gail? I surely hope he is able to come home for a visit soon. There is nothing quite like being able to put your arms around someone you love.
      Sad news from Jerry family. His oldest brother; who passed away about five years ago; his oldest daughter who has been taking care of my SIL for the last couple of years; had several fainting spells at her Mom’s mobile home on Saturday; but refused to let my SIL call an ambulance. She had her call her husband and even though he tried to get her to let him take her to the ER she wouldn’t let him, and he took her home where she took a couple of I think Tylenol, and laid down to rest. Well, she passed away during her nap. She was only 51. We are all just devastated. She was sweet; and always there to help everyone in her family; and has just had such a hard time since she lost her Dad. They were very close. She has had two grandbabies born in the last year; and was just pushing herself so much. The last time Jerry and I spoke to her we both asked her to please start to say “no” to some of the things that people were expecting her to help them do; and we said to one another that she was running in so many different directions and not really thinking of herself. But we certainly didn’t expect this. They all live about 8 hours from us; so we are trying to decide what we should do. I feel so bad for her husband. He had just fallen apart. He said she always took care of everything; and he doesn’t even know where or how to start without her. And they are so young. Such a sad sad thing.
      Well, hug your loved ones and we will all be grateful for our blessings. I hope everyone has a good evening. Take care. Hugs, Barbara

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      I don’t know if any of you heard, Shawn & hubby Joe, have adopted a baby girl!!! That’s why she’s been MIA the past few days. I went to her FB page & she had posted 2 pics of the baby & her & Joe. They named her Jagger Jude. (???) She’ll be gone for most of the summer with new mommy duties. I can only imagine they’re over the moon. I noticed she disappeared but I thought she was ill again. Isn’t it wonderful news? I know how hard they took it when she lost their baby a few yrs ago.

      Adele, I think your hubby & my cat, would make a purrrrrrfect pair!! She’s soooooo picky it drives me NUTS!! I’ve tried everything from the cheapest cat food to the more expensive & she turns her nose up at nearly all of it!!! I have found a few canned cat foods she’ll lap up the gravy. I don’t have to worry about her getting ahold of something that’s bad for her tho. she won’t even look at people food.
      When I was growing up, we either ate what was in front of us or we went without!!! We didn’t dare complain either!! Maybe if they were left to their own devices & had to cook for themselves they’d change their tune!!

      Colleen, how is the eye coming along? Are you finding it a big difference from before? I sure hope so.

      I hope all had a wonderful weekend with family.

      Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. It’s a shame she wouldn’t go to the ER, they probably could’ve saved her life! My guess is a heart attack. Has all the earmarks of one. women don’t share the same symptoms as men. That is young to pass away. My condolences to you & your family.
      Well, that’s all for tonight. I don’t want to bore you.
      Have a great week
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      That is good news that Jenny is okay. She could have really gotten hurt. It is a shame that the guys that were fighting are not held responsible for what they did. It is not fair to the man that owns the bar. He is just trying to make a living and not a babysitter. I can see where if he is a friend of Jenny’s she does not want to press it any further.
      That is a shame that you will not be able to see Brent in KC either. Maybe it will work out that you can go and see him in the fall. That would be nice for him. I know that you would love to see him also.
      I have to laugh just thinking about your porta potty story. I am glad that you stopped at the station instead of trying to use that thing again. Hopefully they will put a regular bathroom in there soon. I do not understand the reasoning for the porta potty. That is weird. I am glad that you enjoyed the concert. They have some good concerts there it sounds like.
      I bought the shorts from Quacker the other day. I thought as hot as it is getting I can wear them around the house and no one will see me in them except Ron. I got the two pair for the one price and also bought the two shirts. It was the one with the butterfly in the corner of the top and the other had the square neck. The butterfly shirts that you bought are really cute. They have some really cute tops right now. I wear the short sleeve tops in the winter also. Just wear a jacket over them. You may have the tops that I bought. It has a butterfly.
      I am glad that you got the pizza from the right place this time. You must have ordered it instead of Greg. Men really do have a hard time getting things straight. We did not have many at our house this year. Mandy came with Kylie and that was it. We had the jambalaya with corn bread and strawberry shortcake for after. It was just a quite day and we had a nice visit with Kylie for a change. We do not see her as much since she graduated. She has registered at college and she will go to some type of orientation in a week.
      It seems so strange for the little ones to have games that go into the night. It was the same with our kids. When they were playing it was always during the day. If in the evening it was early enough that they were done before dark.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s niece. She was too young to die. How sad for all of you and her family. We will be saying a prayer for her family and for you and Jerry.
      How nice that you spent the day with your MIL. Sounds like you had a nice day out with her. It is pretty when the hair turns completely white and there is hardly any grey. Wish that we all just turned white and did not have any grey in our hair. That is nice that her regular doctor still wants to see her. That is nice that he is doing that. It is nice that you and Jerry are taking her to see him. You two do a lot for her and try to make her life as easy as you can.
      I guess it is hot where you are. It is hot here. It has been in the 90’s and is not getting any cooler. I guess that it won’t seeing that it is now summer. We will have to water the garden soon. I cannot believe that it is so dry already. We has so much rain earlier. That is how it goes every summer. We have a lot of rain and then it starts to dry out and we have to water.
      Not a whole lot going on here. Sorry about you niece. Will be saying a prayer.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That is really good news about Shawn. She did have a miscarriage not that long ago. I remember she was having a hard time getting over that. I am glad that you told us about that. I do not blame her for staying home for most of the summer. I think that I would too if I was her. I hope that she posts on the qvc site. I am just so happy for her.
      My eye is doing really well now. I can see so much better now. The colors are so much brighter and it is easier to read on here. I will be glad when they do the other eye. Then they will test my eyes and will prescribe a new pair of glasses. It is hard to see out of the ones that I have. They are too strong for the eye that I had the surgery on and just right for the one that is still bad.
      I really like the pictures that you posted. They really do make me think of simpler times. It was nice back then things were not always in such a rush. We all had time to talk to us and to spend time with our families.
      When we were kids it was the same at our house. We had to eat what was on the table or we did not eat. So we learned to like what was given to us and not to complain. The one day a year that we all liked was on our birthdays. We got to pick the meal that we had. So those meals were always good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Dear Barbara,
      I am so sorry to hear about your niece. So young-so sad. I will never understand why these things happen.
      Glad to hear that Maw Maw is feeling well. That is so nice that her old family doctor asked to continue seeing her. You don’t hear of that much loyalty to a patient anymore.
      Brent says it has been really hot by him too. He put up an above ground pool and they are enjoying that in this hot weather.
      I’ll bet your dogs are just lazing around in the heat.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I read on the QVC boards about Shawn’s new addition. I am so happy for them as losing the baby a few years ago was so hard on her. When I read the name it made me think of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles-like they couldn’t decide which one to name her after.
      I will always remember how kind Shawn was to me. Shortly after she started I had a question about the breed of dog that was shown in a video of a product that she was showing as the dog looked so much like our Abby. I e-mailed Shawn to see if she could ask the vendor for me and she e-mailed me back with the e-mail of the vendor who promptly answered my question. I will never forget how kind she was for taking a rather frivolous question seriously and making sure I got an answer. That was probably before everyone just wanted you to go to their Facebook pages. I don’t think any of the hosts would e-mail you back anymore. I must say Angel is good about answering things too. I once wanted to know the source of a bracelet that she frequently wears and she answered me and told me where I could get one. Very sweet.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I am so glad to hear that you are having such good results from the cataract surgery. I’ll bet you are looking forward to having the other one done now so both eyes will be more clear.
      I guess the theater doesn’t have any running water as they give bottled water away. I think the building was a church years ago. So I don’t know if they would have to dig a well or if they can get hooked up to city water somewhere out there but then they would have to have all the pipes and everything put in too-I imagine it would be quite expensive.
      I have some of those sets of two shorts also. I like them. They are comfy and I like Quacker shorts as they have a long inseam. I also have that set of two shirts where one of them has the butterfly on the side like a brooch. It has a butterfly! Of course I have it! lol
      I have butterfly shirts, butterfly purses, butterfly jewelry-I need to find a pair of butterfly shoes and sandals. lol
      It must have been nice to spend some private time with Kylie. You will miss her when she starts college. How fun to see her growing up into a young woman.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen, Gail Barbara, Sue and DD
      Colleen- Thank you for the kind words about being a social worker. There were many days it was good, and bad. But, it is something that is just in you. It is more of a vocation than a job.
      I hope you had a good time with your daughter on Fathers day, and hope Ron had a good day too. Bobby ended up BBQ ing, Steph and the kids came over, because Jhonny had to work real late on Sunday. When he got here, he ate fast, and they went to see the new Cars movie. Marissa and Enzo stopped by too, after they went on a boat ride with their Dad’s. I kept my word, and did nothing…..LOL No card, no gift, no cake. That is what he wanted. At the end of the day, he says…hey, where is my card?” I reminded him he wanted nothing, and then said….so, how did that work out for you? Of course, they all gave him gifts, and did stop over, as nobody else would honor his….I want nothing wishes. his son did call him, and asked him what he was doing. Of course, no card, never a gift for him, either. It is just the way his son is. No call from those grandchildren, either. AT least this year he called in the early afternoon, instead of late at night, like an afterthought.
      I hope your eye is feeling better,and healing.
      Gail
      So glad you enjoyed the play, and found a way not to use those scary facilities….LOL
      Is your sister still a social worker, or is she now retired too? No, you rarely talk about any case, while you are there. You cannot mention it, as if it is in the news, people would knwo who you are talking about. You can just mention that you are dealing with a stressful situation, and feel bad. Not much else can be said. However, if the news is on it, people know it is yours. I used to just say, there is a lot more going on than you see on TV, as the Department could never respond to any comments, due to confidentiality, and we always looked guilty on TV.
      I will have to ask Gary if he ever ordered form Greg’s company- that is very funny!
      DD
      Always loving your pictures!!
      OMG- is your kitty related to Gary???? That is so funny.
      Thank you, we did have a nice weekend. But, yesterday was nuts. There was an “active shooter” at the Mall where Marissa works, and we were all frantic for a while trying to find her. Ill write about that later.
      Barbara
      Sorry for your loss. I saw something on that, but did not finish reading it yet. I did not finish reading your post, and Gary is out here for breakfast, so I will read it and write to you late, and add what happened here yesterday.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara
      That is awful about Jerry’s niece. To die at 51, is just way too young. What happened to her? Did she have some condition nobody knew about? My prayers go to her husband, and family.
      Wonderful news on Maw Maw. Jerry must be so harpy to see she is settling in, and doing better. Now, he does not have to worry about her anymore.
      If i stopped cooking, they would all be shocked. I have gone on strike, every once in a while, and that was really amusing.
      This was the first time I did not bake on a holiday/event, and they were pretty surprise. I just said, Gary wanted nothing, and nothing he got. LOL LOL I am betting he will never say that again.
      Ill write back to Sue, and other posts in a bit.
      Adele

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      Hey DD and Gail, and Sue
      That is what we all like about the Q. they respond to questions from their customers, and really care. that is rare today in the age of automated voice responses.
      What a nice story about the host.
      DD, I hope the weather is better in your area. We are still having humidity, although the temp has gone down some to the low 80’s.
      Sue, I hope you got good news form your doctor visit. I think it was Monday?? I hope you got cleared to drive again. That will make you feel so much better, when you can get out, and do your errands. Up here, we have Pea Pod, that will deliver your groceries form Stop and Shop supermarkets. Do you have that down there? A lot of my friends use them.
      Has the pain gone away a bit? D you notice it is worst when it rains, or is very humid? It was, and is, for me.
      Hope everyone is good!

      Here is what happened up her yesterday:
      I got a call from Bobby, while I was still in bed, saying there was an active shooter at the Saugus Mall. I called Marissa, on the store phone and cell, and got no answer. Marissa goes in very early to organize the store. Total panic set in. Called Steph for Enzo’s number to see if she was at work. Steph called Heather, as she could not remember the number, so everyone was in crazy mode. Gary was on his way to a customer, and then turned back to drive by Enzo’s house to see if the Jeep was there. Gary and Steph called back at the same time to say Marissa was still home. Both Marissa and Enzo thought Tillie died, because of all the calls from everyone in the family, at the same time.
      In the meantime, Steph did no send JJ to school, as his school is literally less than a football filed away form the Mall entrance. Schools were initially saying open, no kids allowed outside for the day, then quickly changed to lock down, as the guy with the gun could not be found.
      Soon, it was determined that it was a 16 year old, who broke into Dicks Sporting Goods, and stole a rifle. The police had seen a man with a rifle, when they arrived for the burglary call. They called in every police detail in Mass. Even had the helicopters circling, to find the kid. Somehow. he ditched the rifle, and was arrested at his home, in another city outside of Boston. As he is a juvenile, not much has been released, accept he is being charged with several crimes. They found the rifle in the evening, in a wooded area in Saugus.
      Everyone was glad all the police were right there, and nobody was hurt. But, it scared the be Jesus out of all of us. poor Aizen asked if the bad man was in his favorite store- Target. JJ would not leave his bedroom, and wanted to come over here for a while. So, I got him and took him to McDonalds to bring dinner back here for everyone. he was adamant about telling me he was not afraid. Ok, I said.
      This was my biggest fear, for both Marissa and Amanda. One works at a Mall, and one is one block away from Fenway Park. It is a fear of mine that some nut will do something, and they will be caught in a scary situation.
      So, Marissa wants to get a gun permit,and I want to drive everyone back and forth to work. Thank God today is the last day of school.
      So, that was my stressful day here yesterday. So happy to tell everyone nobody was harmed.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Not much going on out here today. It’s overcast & cool right now. but a BIG heatwave is coming our way!! It hasn’t quite reached us yet but I see on the news about how hot it is down south of here!!!
      I still haven’t been sprayed yet, they’re still working on getting someone to come in & get the apt ready for the treatment. If I can do it I;m getting rid of the bed frame, & bed, since it won’t cost me anything. I just need to find a bed to replace it!!! MINOR detail!! Say a prayer or two I can find one to replace the old (1999) bed!! Thanks.
      I’m glad your all safe, Adele. That must’ve been soooooo scary & unnerving for all of you!! they put schools in lockdown whenever there’s ‘an active shooter’ reports out here.
      Gail, I must’ve missed something, but that was interesting that a church or theater wouldn’t have indoor plumbing in this day & age. I thought outhouses were a thing of the past. LOL
      I see David’s been on Gourmet holiday both yesterday & today. that’s pretty unusual for him to on GH during the week.
      Well that’s about it for now.
      dd

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      Hi Dd
      That is a lot going on, for just one person. You have to get ready for a spray, find a new bed, and tolerate all that heat. That would certainly be enough for me.
      I know around here, if you get a new mattress, they usually give you a frame. I hope you can find that kind of deal on your side of the country.
      It was pretty hairy until we new Marissa was safe. We live in such a scary world, and it feels like it is a matter of time, until someone is in the middle of a violent mess. I pray we all never have to experience more than a fright about one.
      I hope your weather gets cooler soon. Did you see that hurricane in the south? they are saying it is way too early in the season for those.
      So, the air went out again- twice- in the last 2 days. It was down some Freon. They put some in, whihc is pretty pricey, because this stuff is no longer allowed per the EPA. So, the bottom line is this. If it leaks more again, before the end of the air season, I will have to replace the whole system (accept the duct work), to one of the newer systems. I hope I can get just one more summer out of it. It is what it is, as they say.
      I just saw the cutest news clips about little preschoolers performing, all across the country. Our hope an salvation is in the children. the little innocent children, who have no hate in their hearts for anyone. God bless them. Adults could take a lesson from them
      ‘Hope you have a cool night.
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      I’m with Adele. A lot of places will give you a metal frame when you buy your mattress and box spring from them so maybe that will work for you.
      I guess you have to think of going to this theater kind of like going to an outdoor concert in the summer where the only facilities are porta potties. They did put in AC albeit it doesn’t work very efficiently but it is better than being outdoors in the humidity and mosquitoes.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      That was scary about the active shooter. I’m so glad that they caught the kid and that Marissa was still at home. I will say an extra prayer for Marissa’s and Amanda’s safety at night. They must have all been scared them thinking that something had happened to Tillie. What a mess! I like that JJ wouldn’t come out of his room but then wanted to come to your house and then assured you that he was not afraid. I guess I would have told him it was okay to be afraid and that i was a little afraid also. How sad that our young children even have to think about things like that and that they have active shooter drills in the schools. Even when we had bomb drills as kids that never seemed very scary as a bomb coming here to the US seemed so remote back then. Now you honestly never know what crazy is carrying around a gun with bad intentions.
      That always reminds me of when Brent worked as a bouncer at a bar in New Mexico and there was a sign that people had to leave their guns and spurs at the door when they came in-the spurs part always cracked me up. Although when you think of all the cattle that there is out there I know there were lots of spur wearers.
      I’ll bet Gary will remember not to mention that he wants nothing again. I cannot believe that you did not at least bake for everyone else. I Imagine with the AC not working right baking is not at the top of your list right now. It just seems like fall and winter are better for baking.
      You know WalMart has a thing now where you can order your groceries online and they fill the order and you just have to pick it up and they load it right into the car for you. Jenny has been doing that at it works great for her-so helpful for a busy working Mom. But for those of us who are older and don’t want to walk through the whole big store that is a good idea too.
      My sister is retired now. She was going to retire and just on a whim put in an application for the new ombudsman position that Indiana started up to overlook DCFS and she was chosen for the job. She decided to take it as it was a brand new position so she would basically be creating the office. Plus since it was a pay increase and it would be at the end of her career it would influence her future social security in a positive way. So I’m thinking she retired totally between 2 and 3 years ago. If I can find it I will e-mail you an article about her career.
      Glad that everyone at your house is safe and sound.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      The air is finally fixed. For now. If it loses the Freon again, the system will have to be replaced. I am so happy it is cool again in here. So happy, that I have all my stuff out to do a blueberry buckle. then I got a call saying Steph, Heather and the kids are landing. That is a good thing….also good i am baking something today.
      I am waiting for Frankie to come, and Gary leave, so I can bake. They are a little late today. Gary does not remember ordering anything from Greg’s company. We sell more auto body supplies- for repair of cars from accidents, than part. We do sell parts, as needed. Just not as much.
      Thank you for the added prayers. I pray for their safety every night. I hate that I feel I have to do that. We heard on the news last night, that 10% of the workforce in Mass., is employed in the food service venue. I am not surprised, as eating out up here is very popular. I wonder if everyone else has as many restaurants as the Boston area does. Even Mario Batalli has come to town.
      Oh, I think Gay has finally learned his lesson. I called his bluff. I don’t think he thought I would ever do it. Just got so sick and tired of the “poor me, I do not want anything, all I want is quiet”. I was a little snarky, and t said when he asked me about a card….so, how does it feel when you have no gift from me?” Gary never gets me a gift, it is a standard joke around here.
      I think i remember Brent is not coming this summer? I am so sorry, as I knwo you were looking forward to it.
      Hope you have a good day!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I went to the eye doctor and they are doing the other eye on the 3rd of July. They really surprised me that they were doing it so soon. He said that he was really happy about the results from the surgery. He did an eye exam yesterday and said that it looked really good. It will just be nice to get this over with and not have to worry about it again.
      If it is an old church it may not have had any running water. You would think that it had a well though. If there was a fire the whole place would just burn down and that would be a mess. Maybe one day they will get running water in there. You were smart to stop at a station to use the restroom. The porta potty is not a good spot for you.
      I figured that you had that t-shirt because of the butterfly. You are right about the shorts. They are so comfortable wish that I would have bought more of them. The material that they are made of is so soft and comfy. It feels like I have a pair of pj shorts. The butterfly shoes would be a good request to send to Angel or on the place where you can put down you ideas of what you would like for them to start making. Now that they are making shoes again maybe they will do that. It would be worth a try. You do have a lot of butterfly things.
      We have a quacker in the making. My 14 yr old granddaughter wants a quacker shirt. She likes the one with the bicycle with the flowers. She wants it in grey but she wants an xxs. That would be fun to order that small a size just one time. Even if it is not for me.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That must have scared you to death when you heard about the shooter. They really caught him quickly. What a dumb thing for that kid to do. Did he actually shoot someone or just fire the gun. He needs help and hopefully he will get it. That would be scary. It was a good thing that Marissa was at home and not at the mall. Poor girl she did not know what was going on and you all scared her. That is why the kids should answer the phone when someone calls. That was smart of Steph not to send JJ to school. I am surprised that they did not just close the school. It was the last day and the kids were not going to do much anyway.Sometimes they just do not think at the schools.
      How nice that all the kids stopped by on Sunday. Bobby was being really nice bbq ing. I bet that Gary watches what he says from now on. I bet he missed all the good food that you cook and the sweets that you make also.He must have had a really stunned look on his face when there was no food cooking and not cakes or cookies or anything baking in the oven. That was a good idea. Men never think before they speak.
      Did the q get a new host with black hair. There was someone on the other morning with one of the hosts and I missed hearing who she was. I guess that they have to get a lot of new hosts since they have people quitting and all the people going on summer vacation.It is hard sometimes to get use to the new hosts but they usually turn out to be really good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Hopefully they will get the spraying done soon and you will find a new bed. Do they have a store that sells mattresses and bed frames close to you? They have those places where you can order off the internet and they deliver. I have heard that some of those places are really reasonable. My youngest daughter orders a lot of things like that off the internet. You can also order things like that from Wal-Mart. I do not know what the prices are though. We got our mattress from Big Lots. It is a store that gets the overages from other stores. I will be praying that you find something.
      I have not found that wisdom that comes with age either. I just keep looking and hoping that I find it soon.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Thank you for the tips on getting a bed & frame. I didn’t think they sold em together. I’ll check that out.
      Gail I was thinking about the outhouse, & I remembered the episode of I Love Lucy with Ernie Ford on the show. When he asked Ricky where the bathroom was & Ricky told him it was through the bedroom, Ernie replied, You mean it’s in the HOUSE? Wait till I write mama about this!!” I hope they get that issue taken care of!! I don’t like using a porta potty myself. Sooooo unsanitary!!! You don’t know what you might catch.
      Colleen, I believe you were speaking of the new host Holly(I think that’s her name). she was on the other day. Long dark hair? I saw her just that one time.

      Well, the heat is coming this weekend. We could hit 100 degrees Sat. & Sun. Right now the cool air off the Pacific is coming in, so we’re enjoying it. I wish I could bottle it & sell it during heatwaves. I could make a fortune.
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      I’ll keep ya posted on what’s happening here.
      Have a great day.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      Love the cat and the butterflies.
      That was a funny memory from Lucy. I always think of The Beverly Hillbillies calling the swimming pool the see-ment pond. lol
      The story about having to use the portapotties was bad enough but the fact that i needed a step stool to get up on it was the icing on the cake. Talk about giving a new meaning to the term “on the throne.” lol
      The southwest continues to be hot hot hot. I think about our son working in that heat constantly as the milk dryer that he works in is already at an elevated temperature. Hope they get a break in the heat soon.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      It will be nice to get the cataracts both done and over with. However, I hope you weren’t planning on going to see any fireworks on July 4th as that might not work out for you with the second surgery on the 3rd. Just think how pretty the flowers and everything else will look after both eyes are done.
      That’s a good idea. Maybe I will have to ask Angel for some butterfly shoes. I do have a pair of butterfly Birkenstocks from back when the Q sold them. I wish the Q still sold Birkies as they had such great colors and styles made just for them. You just can’t find the same prints out at retail that Birkenstock used to make just for the Q. I think that’s the line that they dropped that I miss the most. I always wonder what would happen if they ever decided to drop Quacker. I also miss Kirk’s Folly. After the Q dropped them they still sold online and then went out of business. Then after about two years they came back and have started selling online again. I guess they weren’t ready to quit working quite yet.
      I know that shirt with the bicycle and flowers. I remember Debbie loved that one. I have bought stuff in an XXS before for my sister. It does feel odd as even when I weighed less I bought size S for myself-actually I’m not sure if they even had XXS or even XS way back when. That’s one of the reasons I like shopping at the Q as they don’t charge more for plus sizes as most catalogs and stores do. I appreciate that. I must say some of The Quacker stuff just stuns me when i take it out of the bag-especially the pieces with embroidery and bling-they are so pretty!
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Greg’s business does not make auto parts. They are actually a packaging company-but they do make that muffler cement under the name Yale Automotive so I thought perhaps auto repair shops might use that.
      I guess Gary is just not a gift giver. Some people are not and they just don’t seem to “get it.” I love giving gifts and it seems like woman in general are much more prone to be the gift givers. Greg is very hit and miss-sometimes he surprises me-sometimes I have to tell him what I want-and sometimes he just tells me to get what I want. lol
      I think most big cities have tons of restaurants and bars which employ many people. Food and drink are big industries as we all need to eat and drink. lol
      They have put the freon in our AC also. This last time they put dye in it to try and track down the leak as we no way need a new unit as the one that is leaking was just replaced about 4 years ago.
      How was your visit yesterday. Is a blueberry buckle like a cobbler? I notice you make a lot of things with blueberries. My grands eat blueberries like they are going out of style-Greg likes things like blueberry pies and cakes too whereas I prefer strawberries. blueberries are good for you too.
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies, I feel like I am back among the living. The doctor gave me the okay to drive again. He said to start with short distances. So I am going to do my out patient PT at a place here. It is in a retirement community but they take out patients. It is maybe 3 miles from my house. So very close. I go on Monday for my evaluation. The pharmacy is right across the road so will get my prescriptions filled then too.

      The x rays looked good at least to my untrained eye. He said they were good. Seemed pleased with my progress. I don’t go back again until August.

      My neighbor was out when I came out this morning and he said you are walking much better.

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      Hi Colleen
      i saw in your post to Gail that your other eye will be done July3rd. I hope that does not ruin your July 4th celebrations. I also hope it will go as well as your first one did. So thankful this has been a good surgery, and no complications. You may not even need glasses anymore. You go girl.
      The school did not find out about the guy at the Mall until after the buses were rolling. Plus, that was a whole day, and the next day was the last one- JJ did go on the last day of school. He said it was a boring day….LOL I was not very clear in my initial email, as it had so much info in there, and I was a wreck that day.
      I think they do have a new host, as she was on a little while with Angel. I think DD or Gail said she was a prior model for the Q- not sure if I got that right.
      Yesterday, when the kids came, I made a Blueberry Cobbler. You knwo, I just cannot get the middle of those to cook completely. I always have a little spot in the middle of the top that is not quite done, even when I insert the tester, it doe snot show until I cut it. Has anyone had that issue before? I wonder if I should have used the convection mode??
      It is warm here, and the humidity is returning soon. Yuck. Supposed to be 90 over the weekend.
      I hope your day is going well.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I remember that I l Love Lucy segment. Those old shoes are the best.
      Did you see AGT the other night? I nearly died at the 2 guys with only chef hats on singing, with the frying pans on their private parts. Even Gary, who rarely laughs at anything, was laughing at them.
      I hope you are lucky, and are able to get a bed frame free with a mattress.
      I think your weather is coming here too we will have 90 with humidity over the weekend.
      How are your neighbors? Have you gone out together again, while the weather is not so hot out there? Any plans of celebrating the 4th together? I hope you do, so you can have a lot of laughs with your neighbors.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

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      hey Gail
      I forgot to say, Tillie got me that striped butterfly shirt- the one in grey. It matches with the new platinum zipper crops.
      I think the buckle is the same as the cobbler. you put the blueberries sin the Botox, sprinkle with sugar and a tiny bit of lour, and one tbsp of melted butter. On top goes a mixture of flour, sugar, and baking powder, with 6 tbsp of butter and milk. then you sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top- you leave some holes for the blueberries to peek out, when you put the dough mixture on top.
      What is the brand name of your air conditioner? Enzo said ours in not one of the top ones,and has a 5 to 7 year life span. Seriously? Nothing is like it used to be anymore. If we do have to replace it, we will get a Carrier next time.
      Gary does sell glues, etc, but not that named one. Those glues are more for adhesion of bumpers, etc…..I think.
      Isn’t that cool that Colleen’s grand wants a Quacker shirt? I think that is adorable.
      So, National Grid is outside, digging up the street to put in new underground electric lines. The noise is unbelievable. They started yesterday. I hope they get done by Saturday- they will work on a Saturday. I knwo it is good they are doing this, but what a mess. They will be going over the end of our driveway.
      Hope your day is going well.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue!
      Wow- that is great news!! Not only are your driving again, but, even your neighbor can see you are walking better. When you are done with the PT, you will feel like a new woman.
      You must feel so good to get your independence back again. Not being able to go out, and rive is the worst.
      I am so glad you are doing this well. All our prayers are being answered, for you, and Colleen. Go Quackers!
      Adele

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      Adele,
      go back and read your post to me. I am sitting here laughing out loud. lol lol
      So are we making blueberry buckle or having a facelift? Isn’t it expensive to ad the botox to the mixture.
      I love your auto correct-it gives me more chuckles!
      I don’t think that I said the new host was a former model-it must have been someone else. There will be lots of new hosts as I read that the Q hired five. I guess they need them now that they have three channels.
      I saw the guys with the frying pans-that was weird but funny. Who thinks up some of these crazy acts. I feel sorry for the clown people as so many people dislike clowns that they get buzzered (made up word) right away. I never really disliked clowns-I just never thought that they were very funny.
      Glad you got the butterfly shirt-it is one of the very sparkly ones. It will look pretty with the platinum crops.
      Gail

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      OMG, Gailster- I have tears in my eyes. that was hysterical. Maybe we can make as song out of it…you put the blueberries in the Botox, and stir them all up, you put the blueberries in the Botox, and stir them all up…..la da da da da……
      I needed that chuckle. It also does “form” for “from”. i usually catch those.
      I could be having a senior moment about the model/host. WHoknows?

      You know what I did today? Well, i think I said the electric company is digging up our street. All cars have to be off the street. So, bobby’s is in the driveway.
      Well……..I was busy doing computer stuff for the business. not paying much attention to what was aorund me. All of a sudden I look up, and see a strange SUV in the driveway. I check the other security cameras- nobody is getting out of the car. I look out the window- still there. I shut the back door up here off the deck, as I wonder who is creeping aorund. I am ready to cal my neighbor for back-up. I decide to call Gary and ask if he is having any delivery from a grey SUV. No, he says, and adds…..what are you doing- that is your son’s Jeep???? i quietly hung up.

      In my elderly, whack job defense…..you cannot see the front of the Jeep form the security cameras, so I did not see the Jeep emblem. Imagine if I had called the police? I would have been carted off to the funny farm. My neighbor would have laughed so hard, you would have heard him.
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      I remember that show with Ernie Ford. Some of them were funny but a lot of them were not to me. I never did like her shows that much. I must be in the minority because most people that you talk to really liked her. I do not know what it was about her.
      That is the one that I am talking about. She is the second new host that I have seen. There was the one when Angel was on and then this girl here. I wonder if they will show the others soon. So far there have been not new male hosts. It will be interesting to see if they have one or not. It does not seem like the male hosts stay as long as the women do.
      We are supposed to have a little bit of a cool down tonight and some rain is coming. There are supposed to be some storms. I really hope that they are wrong. I do not mind the rain we really need that but the storms are not something that I look forward to. You are getting our weather now. We kind of traded off for a few days.
      I am praying that things will work out okay for you there and you find a new bed soon.That always makes it harder when things like that happen so fast. Just hang in there it will all work out.
      Colleen.

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      Hi Gail,
      I will have to miss out on all the 4th of July things this year. I am hoping that Ron will go ahead and go with the kids and see the fire works and not stay home because of me. I guess that I can see the fire works on tv but they will not be as pretty as in person. Oh well next year I can see them.
      I miss the birkies that they use to sell on the Q also. The new companies that they have that replaced them are not as good as Birkies. I definitely do not like VIonic they really hurt my feet and we can get Earth brand around here. The Birkeis were something that were not readily available around here. They last forever I still have the first pair I ever bought. I imagine that you do too. The Vionics last forever because you cannot wear them.lol I think that the Q would lose a lot of customers if they stop selling Quacker. I feel that company will be around for a long time. James is involved with it now so he may keep it going if Tim decides to retire.
      I know the Quacker things are so pretty. You cannot tell when you see it on tv. Did you see the new special they have on QVC2? It is a set of Quacker tops and they are kind of cute. I am thinking of ordering them. They also have some leggings that they are going to sell. The tops are tunics and so they will look really cute together. I have not seen the whole show yet so will have to watch and decide what I am going to order.
      Well that is about all from here. I am going to watch the Quacker show at 7pm on Q2 and see what they have on there. Hope it is not just a repeat of the one last night.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      That is good news that you are driving again and gaining your independence again. You should pat yourself on the back you have done such a good job getting back to normal. The x-rays must have looked good to the doctor also are he would not have said that you are good to drive again. The power of prayer really helps also.
      Have a great day.
      Colleen

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      We just returned home this morning. I have been shamefully feeling down about not having any trip planned for this summer; and now I can only feel sad about what we have had to do. This was very hard. My neice is only five years older than our oldest son and had so much life ahead to live. I know it is at times like this that we ask ourselves “why” but I just don’t think it is meant for me to understand but for us to pray for her family. The sadness just felt like a heavy weight in the room. I think I am like you said DD, waiting to feel grown up to match all these years that say I am grown up. I go through the motions but I don’t really seem to understand much of anything.
      We are having such humidity and heat here. It is stormy off and on today and I think supposed to be this was all weekend.
      Lisa had a very nice surprise for Jerry and me today. She brought up some beef she had cooked on the grill and some onions, and peppers that she mixed in with it for us to use to make wraps or fahitas with. I was really happy and it meant a lot that she did this for us. She and Joey seem okay. I really try hard not to delve into their personal life; I just want them to be happy.
      Colleen, so glad your eye is doing good. The doctor is getting you all fixed up. It is really going to be wonderful when you can see good again with both your eyes. That was wonderful news.
      Sue, you are doing just great too. I love to hear happy news from my buddies. Doesn’t it feel great to drive again? We are so used to being independent that it is hard when we are “tied down” so to speak.
      Adele, on days like today when the humidity is so high; my cobblers won’t cook all the way through either. And I can’t make candy on really humid or cloudy days. It just won’t set up. So that might be something that is affecting your baking; I know it does mine. Jerry always starts about two weeks before his birthday saying “don’t get me anything for my birthday” and just fusses when someone does. But several years ago I had gotten him something, but I didn’t mention anything or bake anything on the day. Finally, about 9 that night he looks at me and said, “this is a first.” I said “first what” knowing full well he meant his birthday, and nothing had been made and no gift. I said, well actually I did exactly what you keep telling me to do which is nothing, and after that set in for a minute I said, of course I knew today is your birthday, and I have your gift and an ice cream cake is in the freezer. All the boys were working but they had called him during their day but he was hurt I think when he thought I had really forgotten his birthday. So he doesn’t say that to me anymore. He knows I am big at celebrating my birthday or any reason I could have an excuse for a gift. Love opening gifts; the price isn’t so important as I love opening gifts. LOL Still just a kid at heart I guess. See DD; I really am not a grown up.
      Colleen, I have that same bicycle shirt in grey. It is one of my favorites. Hard for me to find any Quacker I don’t love though.
      Better go for now. Our poor son in Las Vegas in having terrible heat. You know I worry. Take care everyone. So glad your family was safe Adele.
      Across the miles Barbara

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      Hi Adele,
      You have come up with a new blueberry cobbler. Blueberry botox. Do you eat that with ice cream to help with the freezing process? That is funny. I hate the spell check also. You must have to go back and check the spell check also. That was really funny.
      The last couple of days are always so boring. They never really do anything special. They just clean out lockers and clean up the class room. I can remember the kids never wanted to go to school then either. The only thing is they got their report cards so they went for that. I always tried to get the kids to bring a little bit of their things home at a time and then they would not have to carry all that stuff home at one time. Sometimes they would listen and then sometimes they would not. It was their decision.
      I saw the host that was on with Angel but this girl was on with another host. She had long black hair and was really thin. Did not get to see much of her. I think that DD said her name was Lisa. Do not know that much about her yet. It will be interesting to see if they stay on the Q or if they move on.
      I do not know if the middle of every cobble cooks all the way thru or not. Blueberries have so much juice in them that it may make it hard for them not to be soggy in the middle. You are so good at baking so it must be how they just turn out. We eat a lot of blueberries here also. they are so good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good evening.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Did you see Angel on the Chew today. They showed her when Mario was making his lamb chops. THey showed her and her friend a lot until they got ready to eat and then Micheal got in the way and you could not see her anymore. It was fun to see someone that we knew on the show.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone is doing well. We’re getting ready for the hottest temps so far this yr. Starting Friday we hit the 90s, then Sat. & Sun. we hit the upper 90s & maybe 100 both days. However, we don’t get the high humidity. As the temps go up the humidity goes down, esp if the heat is coming up from Ca., which it is. The Pacific ocean isn’t nearly as warm as the Gulf, either. We’ll probably have a lot of drownings due to the cold icy waters in the rivers right now. The snow is still melting so they’ll be pretty cold till Aug. The BIG thing is people don’t wear life jackets!! And when they hit that cold water, the body can’t take it & down they go.

      Adele, Botox in cobblers? That’s a new one on me!!!LOL. And here I thought it was for wrinkles. I’ve had frozen pizzas not get done in the middle, so I turn on the broiler for a couple minutes, watching it closely, & that takes care of it. watch to make sure you don’t burn it to a crisp tho!!
      I miss the Birkies too. I got a pair yrs ago that are patriotic, red/white stripes with the blue/white stars. I still have them & wear em this time of yr. I know what you mean about Vionics. They tend to turn my feet out due to the high arch support. I need it but not like that

      Sue, CONGRATS on your success. It just takes time to heal. But it sounds like your progressing right along.

      Oh, I want to clear up a mistake. the new host, Mary was on with Mary Beth when she hosted QF a couple weeks ago. I think they took turns, but I know
      that Mary did some modeling of the QF that day. That’s probably where I messed up. That day Angel was the only one that didn’t have an M in her name.
      And a couple days or so ago I saw a new host, Holly right at the end of her show. I always seem to get in on the end of a show. Never fails.

      Well, it’s gone. Two men showed up this morning to take away the old wooden bed frame, & since the bed was right there & they’d have to move it anyway, I told them to go ahead & take it out too. And as they were dismantling the frame it pretty much broke apart. They weren’t even trying to break it apart either!!! So I’m without a bed tonight. That’s okay. With the heat coming I’ll probably sleep out here on the love seat anyway. That bedroom gets unbearable when its that hot!!!!
      No, no plans for the 4th as yet. Never do anymore. I should be getting those Rasstelli burgers soon, so if it isn’t too hot, I’ll cook one.
      I guess I’m in a minority, I don’t like blueberries. I like strawberries, raspberries, black berries, so go figure.
      Well, that’s all for now
      Take care
      dd

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      DD,
      Try to stay cool in the coming heat. Glad you got the bed out of there. I guess the wood frame was ready to go anyway.
      I think I have those same Birkies from years ago. I know someone else who has them too since her birthday is the 4th of July.
      I think there’s another new host named Kourtney. Not sure of the spelling but i saw a blog by her on the Q site.
      Gail

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      Hey Sue,
      Congrats on getting your wheels back. I’ll bet after your recuperation period is over you will be so glad that you had this done. It’s just hard to be patient when we are healing as we want to jump up and be better right away-at least that’s how I always feel.
      Glad that you have a PT place to go to that is close by. You have done so well with all of this- you have a lot to be proud of as you have worked very hard. You go girl!
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I think no matter how old we get we will never understand why tragedies happen or why people die before their time. I don’t think that’s the kind of wisdom that comes with age. I think maybe only God knows why these things happen. I will send prayers for your niece’s family.
      That was so nice of Lisa to bring the dinner the other night. She probably knew that you and Jerry could use the break.
      Hey. Barbara-who doesn’t love getting a gift knowing that someone thought of them in a special way? When it comes to gifts it really is the thought that counts. I like to see that someone likes what I gave them also-it’s as much fun for the giver as it is for the giftee.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Just think how much prettier the fireworks will look next year with your new clear eyesight. That’s something to look forward to.
      I tried the Vionic and did not like them either-they rub my foot in an odd spot but I do need the arch support as I have flat feet in my old age. that’s what caused the problems with my ankle. I tried the Allegria too but they felt too tight and I just did not return for a larger size and just gave up on them.
      I did see the Quacker special on Q2. They are kind of cute.
      Darn! I missed seeing Angel on The Chew-and I knew the date too-it just slipped my mind.
      Oh well. I’ll bet she had fun. I hope she wore Quacker.
      Gail

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      Colleen,
      My Mom never liked Lucy either. I am not crazy about her myself although I can appreciate what she did. I think maybe it’s just the I Love Lucy character that I thought was silly and manipulative. However, I do feel a kindred spirit as she had RA too and you never really knew it.

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      Hi Adele,
      I think maybe you need a vacation. Botox in the buckle and a strange car in the driveway that belongs to your son. Senior moments for sure. The one good thing about senior moments is they are usually funny and give us something to laugh about.
      It will be nice to have the underground electric wires when they get all through. I wonder how long it will take them.
      I will have to check the brands of AC units that we have as we have two-one for the first floor one for the second.
      We had rain last night and now the weather has gotten cooler again.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara
      I am so terribly sorry for your niece, and all the family. It is just awful, and there are no words that will make it any better. Nobody should have to bury their child. I pray her husband and family will learn quickly as to what and how to handle their day to day lives. It is going to be such a shock and adjustment for them. A good thing it is summer, so they have more time to grieve and not worry about their studies. Just awful.
      That was funny about Jerry. I did say Happy Fathers Day to him, but, no card when he woke up. I think the biggest shocker was no Boston cream Cake. I honestly think he will never do that…”nothing for me, no thank you”, thing again. So today he tells me he needs a couple of shirts with short sleeves, as his are too small. No problem I say, I will order some for you. When they arrive, I will say…..Happy Fathers Day. LOL LOL
      I am like you, any reason for a party and baked goods, is a good day for me. I love celebrations.
      I feel bad for your son, and Gail’s. they are both in Las Vegas, and it is the hottest ever. the humidity out there is gross today. Steph and the boys are n the pool.
      That is something I never considered on the cobbler,and hot weather. Funny, as it seems a summer thing to bake.
      I hope your weather is better for the weekend!
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      I guess everyone has blueberry cobbler that doe snot quite set up in the middle. the next time, I am definitely going to use the convection setting, and see if that helps. It cannot hurt.
      The kids are so done with school at the end, they just want out. the last week of school, JJ was watching movies, and other ridiculous things, just to have the number of days required for school. Honestly, that seems like torture to me. If the kids are done with all the work, why torture then for a week with nonsense? All because they have to be in school for that certain number of days. Remember when we got out the first week of June? Those days are long gone.
      I hope your eye is better, and all healed. Just another week, until the other one is done, and then you will be good to go.
      The kids are here in the pool. When they first got here, it thundered. Thank God it cleared out, so they are in there now.
      Hope your weekend is good. We will try to see my BIL, if my SIL is not busy. It was his birthday yesterday.
      Hope you have a good weekend.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen- I have the Chew recorded, so I can see it later with Tillie. She will enjoy that.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      I am glad they took the bed out for you. One less thing to worry about. Around here, throwing out something big is a nightmare. You either have to pay for a sticker, or if it is too heavy, hire someone to come and get it. They have a 60 pound limit on lifting anything into a truck.
      I find it fascinating to ehar about the differences int he climates, all over this great country of ours. The melting of the mountain tops making the ocean out your way so cold is just not something you think of. Over here, the mountains are too far away from the ocean in Mass. You have to go to the middle of the state for mountains, or way up to NH. Our waters are not very warm, even in the middle of the summer. I remember my ankles freezing when I dipped into the ocean. It takes until July for the water to be warmer out here. June is just too chilly for a dip, according to me. I bet the younguns feel differently.
      I hope the weather breaks a little, so your place will be cooler.
      I also hope you will at east have dinner with your nice neighbors on July 4th, and watch the fireworks on TV together. Do you believe it will be in about 12 days? The seasons go by so fast. before we knwo it, it will be Fall.
      Hope you are cool, or are having some nice cool lemonade.
      Adele
      PS….did you find a bed yet?

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      Gail- do you have “on demand” over there, so you can see the Chew?
      Adele….the Botox Baker of Boston.

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      Barbara….
      i just read Gail’s post, and realized I forgot to mention how nice it was for Lisa to bring dinner. I am thrilled things are improving with the two of you. I bet you and Jerry are thrilled too.
      Sometimes I write back so fast, i miss all the important parts.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Oh, Bobby did not find it so funny. he thought I had lost my mind.
      We already have underground electric lines. But, they were not initially put in those white plastic tubes, in 1979. That is why they are doing them over. they said other streets were getting outages because they were not encased in tubes. We have been real lucky. We only lost electricity 2 times over here- once when it was real hot, and I was threatening to spend the time in the jeep until the air was back on…..LOL LOL I absolutely cannot stand the heat and humidity. It makes me sick to my stomach.
      Oh boy….they are in from the pool, so I have to go……LOL LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Barbara,
      I do not know how I missed your post. I think that I have a couple of posts between yours. I thought that my eyes were getting better. I may have to have it checked again.lol
      How nice that Lisa brought you and Jerry dinner. Hopefully she is getting back to the old Lisa and things will be good between you and her. I guess she really went thru a rough patch.I hope that things work out between her and Joey and they can finally make a life for themselves. Sounds like they are getting a good start this time. You are a good person and have stood by your son and Lisa thru this whole thing. They should be glad that you are there fro them.
      It is so hard to lose a niece like that. We will never know why it happens. I guess that we must think that her purpose on earth was over and God wanted her to come home. Sometimes that helps us thru times like these but it still is hard to understand. I am praying for her family and asking that they get the help they will need to get thru this terrible time. You and Jerry too. I know that this is hard on you two also.
      I never thought about the high humidity being a problem when you are baking.You are right though. That makes a lot of sense. Will have to think about that when baking in the summer and figure out a way for it to bake all the way thru.
      I bet that Jerry was surprised when he did not get anything for his birthday. That was good. I bet that he never said that he did not want anything again. Ron’s birthday is on the 26th of this month. I am going to take him out to dinner. That is about all that I am going to do this time. We need to clean out the closets and figure out what all he needs and start buying it. I am always buying clothes from Quacker.
      I like that shirt. I think my granddaughter will look so cute in it. Well that is about it from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      We all mess up like that. We just have senior moments. lol One nice thing about it is we all have them. So we can all laugh about them together. It is hard to keep things straight on the q here lately. Did you watch the q today. THey were having all types of trouble with their phone system and on the computer. I had tried to order a couple of things and it would not type out the receipt because they could not do it then. So canceled an ordered today when it would go thru and I would get the total right then. Their internet site was up before their phone system was. That must have been a rough day for all that work for the q.
      That is so nice that they came and took the bed away for you. Just hope that you find a new one soon and do not have to sleep on your love seat for a long period of time. Have they sprayed yet? That will be nice when they get that all over with and you can get your house back to normal. That is such a pain in the neck.
      I love the pictures that you posted. The butterflies are so pretty. We do not have any really cold water near us. We just have rivers and lakes. So they get warm as soon as the weather gets warm. It is funny how our different areas have such different climates. We have to drive a long way if we want to get to the ocean. You are lucky to live so close.
      I like the blueberries but do not like the black berries. They have too many seeds in them for me. We have black berry bushes in our yard and we just let whoever wants them pick them and eat them. Strawberries and raspberries are really good also. They say that berries are supposed to be really good for you.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      You are right the fire works will look so much brighter and it will be fun to watch. It is surprising how much brighter things are now and what things that I have been missing. It is funny because the lock and lock bowls that I have that I thought the lids were pink they are a lite lavender.I knew that was what I ordered but never thought that I got them.
      Thanks for the heads up on the Allegria shoes. I will not try them. I know that it was a waste to get the Vionic and none of my kids will take them. They do not like them either. So they will just sit here until I find someone who will wear them. I hate to just throw them away and am not sure about giving them to Good Will. Maybe they will have drive to get shoes for the homeless and I will donate them to that. They were saying that down here the Good Will store the people that work there get all the really good things so it does not help the people that it is supposed to.
      Those tops did not turn out to be tunics. I guess I saw them on the short model and they looked like a tunic. So ended up not getting them.I ended up getting the dj with the grommets on the bottom of the leg. They are the ankle ones. They probably will not fit me like an ankle pant though. My legs are short.
      Angel did have Quacker on. She had a pink v neck with design around the v. I cannot describe it but maybe Adele will when she sees it. She just smiles all the time. I thought that Clinton Kelly would have at least spoke to her while they were on air but he did not. Guess they did not have enough time. I wonder how she liked the food that they cooked.
      I guess that some of the things that she did on the show was so outrageous that it just did not seem real. She was always in trouble and that just did not seem real to me. I am glad that there are more people that felt the same way. She was good as just a comedian it was just that show.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. Oh I forgot to ask. What do you have planned for the 4th of July?
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That does sound like torture to have the kids in school for a week because they need to have that many days. If they are done they are done and they should let them go. I can see where they get bored. Our kids have been out since the middle of May.They are already putting up the announcements for when school is going to start again. They will start here Aug. 17rh. They just barely get out and they are letting them know when they will be going back.They really do not have that long to go. Just a month and about three weeks. I am not sure.
      The pool sounds really nice. It was hot here today. It was supposed to rain here but it all went around us. So it would have been nice to just jump in a pool and relax. I bet the kids were having a ball playing in the pool. Do the older grands still come and get into the pool? That is nice that they can all get in and swim.
      You will see a lot of Angel at the end of the show. They show her a lot when Mario is fixing the Lamb chops. Until Micheal gets in the way so he can eat. lol I guess he did not realize that he was blocking a celebrity. It was fun to see her. Hope you and Tillie enjoy watching the show.
      Do you have plans for the 4th? I guess that the grands will be there and it will be fun for you. It will probable just be Ron and I at home this year. Since we will not be able to do anything. Unless my daughter comes over with the older grands and they can go and watch the fire works in town. That way Ron will not have to miss out.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone’s okay. It’s hot here like they said it would be. Thankfully it’s just for a couple days. It’s like camping out sleeping out here on the love seat.
      I was wondering what was going on with qvc. I thought it was something to do with my computer. It upgrades itself from time to time & I thought it was that. So, have any of you seen the new contest on the q? It’s about Christmas in July. I’ve already signed in, & had no problems with it.
      Colleen, I wish I lived closer, I’d come & pick your blackberry bushes clean!! I LOVE blackberry jam!! I love berries on ice cream, too.

      That does seem cruel to keep the kids in school when they’re done & they have to sit thru days & days of nothing to do!! I’m not surprised notices for the start of next school yr are out already. A few yrs ago I went to Walmart the weekend of the 4th of July & they already had back to school supplies out already!! Of course I had to say, the kids just got OUT of school!! I don’t remember school supplies out till Aug., just before registering for school. Of course that’s back in the days of Fred Flintstone. LOL
      Well, that’s all for now. Not much going on today. Toooooooooooooo hot!!!
      take care.
      dd

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      Hello everyone. It is some cooler here this afternoon. We had a bad storm roll through about 5 yesterday evening. It turned as black as night from it being bright and sunny and then the wind started howling and bending the trees over almost to the ground. It was scary, but thankfully it only lasted about 30 minutes. We had torrential rain and with it coming right at “get off” time for a lot of workers; we called Joey to check on Lisa and ask that she would just sit out the storm until it passed. He reached her in time so she did just wait for it to pass over her area before she started home. I am glad to hear that you stayed out of the storm Colleen. It just seems to me that we are getting so many storms this summer. Does it to you all?
      I called to check on our SIL again today. She is tired, but said she did get a little rest last night. She is so worried that her family will put her in a nursing home. I told her that she will make herself sick with worry, and that she is in her right mind and I don’t think there is anyone that I know of that will just force someone to go into a home; it would be her choice. Her daughter’s son has already offered to see about her and help her to get to the doctors appointments and get her groceries and such. He is a sweet boy who is married and they have a baby about 6 months old now. I am kind of hoping that my SIL will just ask the young family to move in there with her so they can both help one another out. But I definitely want this to be something she thinks of of herself if possible. She just needs time to rest and be able to think right now. I know she is afraid with her husbnd gone and now her daughter. So sad.
      We haven’t made any plans so far for the 4th of July celebrations. I really want to do something this year; I feel we all need to just have some fun and to laugh, and eat and hug. I think I need hugs more now than ever. I have also really been wanting to start a journal to each of our sons from me for them to have later on. I want to tell them of things that happened to me as I was growing up, my dreams, how I changed as years went by, how much each of them meant to us; well, you get the idea. Would you believe the hardest part so far has been knowing how to begin. Jerry said he feels I am taking life too seriously, but I just want to have them all something to hold on to that is part of me. Do you all have a journal for your family or friends? But back to the 4th. Want to do some BBQ with all the fixings and a thinking about churning some homemade ice cream. Some fresh corn or the cob sounds great too.
      So glad everything is clearer on your eye Colleen. Isn’t it just amazing the wonderful things that can be done nowadays. I missed seeing Angel on the Chew too. I know she did good, but she is not pushy and I can see her standing back and not trying to be up front during the presentation. I wish Mario had given her more time though. She seems so nice and I bet she is just as friendly in person as she is on TV.
      Take care everyone, and enjoy the pool, good friends, family and hopefully good weather. Hugs, Barbara

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      Barbara, Angel is a sweetie. Always has time for everyone. When I went to QVC live audience show she was in the lobby when I walked in and came over and gave me a big hug & thanked me for coming. On the cruise she was being pull every which way by people but took time with each one. I do not know when she got to eat. I am sending you a big hug and wish I could join you on the 4th.

      I found out today my knee is not completely healed. It was hard to get in & out of the car. Since I was driving the bad leg needed to go in first & it had to bend a lot to get in those low seats. The driving part went well. Then I walked all around the grocery store getting what I needed. Then I had to bring it all home and in the house and put away. It wore me out. I just should not get tired that easy. I had planed to do some laundry when I got home but it will wait as I was just to tired. Monday I need to go for therapy & have my prescriptions filled so that will probably be another tiring day. Hopefully I will soon get back to actually doing things without being wiped out. I will be most grateful for a good nights sleep. The doctors said the nights are the worst. It sure is for me. Getting in the shower is working well. So small improvements.

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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank heaven that you are okay and had no storm damage. That was a good thing that Joey told Lisa to stay where she was at and not to try and drive home. When the weather is like that it is hard to drive. We were lucky not to get the storms here. We do need some rain though.
      That would be nice if your sil would have her grandson move in with her. then she would not have to worry about being alone and there would be someone there to help her with what ever she needed. That is just so sad that she lost her daughter like that. They are lucky that they all have each other.
      You should talk to Joey and Lisa and invite them to come and eat with you and Jerry. They will be glad to do that. They may understand that you need them around right now. A bbq sounds really nice right now. We have not done that much of it yet this summer. It has been so hot until tonight. We turned the air off and have the windows and door open. It is really cool in here right now. It is supposed to be like this for a few days and then warm up again. Hope that the storms are out of your area also.
      I wrote a journal for my daughters also. It is just one though. It would have been better if it would have been three of them. I may have to change that. When you think about the kids they are all different. There are so many different memories of each of them.
      Angel was sitting at the tasting table. Mario was cooking and they had the camera on her a lot. I just thought that Clinton Kelly would have said something to her. I figure that he knows her from QVC. She is a really nice person and you are right she would not say anything to disturb the show. It was just fun to see her.
      It was amazing how much the surgery has changed. You have to watch a movie about the procedure and what they are going to do. You are awake when they do the surgery. So you hear everything that is going on but do not notice what they are doing to your eye. It is really strange.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I wish that you lived closer too. You could have all the black berries that you wanted. You could be here for dinner also. We could fix a cobbler without the botox though. You would have to go to Adele’s for that one. lol That was so funny.
      I hope that the love seat is comfortable to sleep on. Does Jewel sleep with you? He must like that also. He is such a pretty cat. How long have you had him? I thought maybe you have had him since he was a kitten. It must be time for his hair cut soon. The weather is getting warmer. We must have your cool weather here. It has really cooled down.
      I signed up for the contest also. That would be nice to win 30,000 dollars. Just think of what we could do with that money. I always dream big but never win a contest. It is fun to dream though.,
      I do not remember having to buy so many supplies when we went to school either. They really do have a long list now days. I guess that the schools do not supply anything anymore. I guess that it is just getting too expensive for them to do that now days. I think they waste a lot of money also. That is just my opinion though.
      The pictures of the water are so pretty. It would be nice to just be sitting there on the beach with an umbrella to help to block the sun. The one pool is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lake. What a fun place to be.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      We have to figure the 4th out. It is definitely upon is. I copied a few recipes form a website that emails me daily. There were a couple of nice blueberry deserts, and a couple of casseroles that sounded interesting. one was a strawberry and blueberry trifle. I love the berry things for summer.
      I am not sure what everyone is doing. Sometimes they have a party at the apartment complex, and sometimes not. I have to check, as we have to get the food we will need next weekend.
      We still have not seen the Chew yet, as the kids were here, and I didn’t think they would have been interested in it….LOL I am dying to see it.
      I have in the kitchen with Dave on right now. I wasn’t able to go see my BIL with Gary, as my stomach went nuts in the middle of the night, and is still punky. When we went to dinner, the BBQ chicken and rib combo I got may have been done on the grill with either shrimp or lobster. I did not think of cross contamination when I ordered it. A bell should go off in my head when I see the summer shellfish combos on the menus. I tend to get sick more when I go to the “The 9” than other restaurants. A lot of our friends like it there, and I should start suggesting something else.
      The humidity lowered over here last night. We had some thunderstorms yesterday am, and no other rain. It will be in the 80’s today.
      Bobby is going to BBQ, but, i do not think I can eat any beef today. I have to keep it real simple.
      I hope you and Ron are having a good weekend.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      I love the cool pretty waterfall pictures, and your kitty, of course!
      I am glad the heat is gone from your section of the world. Now, you will be able to sleep better. The heat makes you feel so awful. it makes my legs and hands swell. If I eat the berries or watermelon, that makes some of the swelling go down.
      I am waiting for Christmas in July too. I am dying to see what the hot new toy will be. they always nail it, and it is always the one the kids like best.
      Are you watching In the kitchen with Dave? I have him on right now.
      Hope your weekend is nice and cool.
      Adele

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      Hi Barbara
      Yes, the storms have been worst, and a lot more of them. You, and the rest of the girls have been getting them, hand over fist. It has been all over the news, and it is so scary to see. Thank God you got hold of Lisa before she left work. You could have saved her life with that call.
      I am so terribly sorry about your SIL, and her family. I agree with you, if her kids moved in with her, just have a little one aorund would put some joy back into heart. Plus, she would have all that help, and she could help them with child care. The multi generation homes are a win win for everyone. We have one here to,, as you know. The old fashioned way work for some, and when it does, it is good for everyone, especially the children. They love to hear the stories we tell.
      I have not done a journal for the kids. I guess I rely on their remembering the stories we tell them. I think your journal is a great idea. that way, the memories will be clear, with no misunderstandings of their history. We should all think of starting one.
      The humidity has gone down here. Thank God. It really makes me sick, even with the air on. The floors seem sticky yesterday, and nothing was spilled on them- all the gross humidity. Yuck.
      I hope you are having a good weekend, and no storms in sight. We are waiting for the kids to get here, to use the pool.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

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      Goo Lord, Sue!!
      I cannot believe you got all that done in one day. It has only been about a month, and look what you did. Honestly, I have not heard of one person who was bale to do their own shopping, bring it home,and put it away in one day, after a full knee replacement. You are a miracle woman. Do not put so much pressure on yourself. You are doing way above what anyone can do. Yo go, girl!
      i bet you will be signing up for a marathon in a week, the way you are progressing.
      You are right, sleeping is always the worst thing to do. That takes a long time. As long as you take a little map for yourself in your recliner, you should be ok. It will come in time. Plus,if you are that active during the day,your knee is goign to let you know at night.
      I cannot say enough, that you are doing so well. I am sure you have listened to your PT people, and done all they said to do. It really shows. Congrats!!
      Go Sue!!! You are our knee replacement Quacker Shining Star!!
      Adele

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      Hey girls, i forgot to add….I think very shortly, that the school supplies will be sold the day the kids get out for the summer.
      They are trying to rush life away.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s another scorcher out here today!! I think it hit the triple digits today, 101 or so!! My poor little AC can’t keep up with it. I do see small white clouds coming in so that’s a sign the Pacific AC is on the way. Yeaaaaaa!! We have a long standing joke out here that summer doesn’t arrive till July 5th or so. It should be back to normal in the next couple of days, Monday will be 20 degrees cooler & gets cooler as the week goes on, they say!

      Barbara, your sil shouldn’t worry about the family putting her in a nursing home. It has to be HER choice, not theirs. It’s the law. Unless she’s incapacitated to the point she couldn’t communicate. I did live in care giving to the elderly for many yrs. I do hope her grandson & his family does move in with her. It would help both out & should calm her worries about being alone.
      I’m glad those storms are gone. That’d scare the crap out of me. I know I complain about the weather out here, but it doesn’t compare to those terrifying tornadoes & huge hail stones!!!
      Jewell’s laying here beside me, trying to stay cool. It’s as hot in the bedroom as it is outside, I swear!! She’s sooooooo spoiled. I got her shaved a couple months ago so her fur has grown out a little bit but she should be fine. Oh, it was so cute the first night I had to sleep out here on the loveseat. She got up on me for awhile & after awhile she stretched out her one paw, putting it on my face. I wish I could’ve gotten a pic of it but I couldn’t.

      Oh, has anyone seen Oceanfetti in Temp-tations this year? I haven’t seen it lately. I haven’t seen much of Tara on ITKWD the past few weeks. I saw her today with soup tureen.
      Well, that’s all for today.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      When it gets that hot here we turn on the air and we have fans going all the time. If we did not do that it would get hot in here. The fan helps to circulate the air around and keeps it from getting so hot. We need to get heavier curtains for the living room so it will keep some of the heat out. It is amazing how hot it can get with the sun coming in the windows.
      Jewel is so funny. She made sure that she was comfortable. She must be a lot of company for you. She seems to stay right there by you most of the time. I hope that you will have some company for the 4th. It would be nice if you could have a neighbor over for dinner. Can you see the fireworks from you window? IF they set any off it would seem as high up as you are they would be pretty to see. I know that some states do not do the fire works any longer. That is kind of a shame.
      They have not been showing Temptations that much this year. Maybe they will pick up when they start having the Christmas shows in July. She usually has some really cute things on there for the holidays. Hope they do not stop having their things on there. I know that there are a lot of people that like to buy things from them.
      The pictures that you have are so pretty. I love to watch waterfalls. Those butterflies are really pretty also. I like the one that looks like it is the same colors as the flowers. Thank you for posting the pictures. They always make me smile.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I love the berries in the summer also. They are just as good in a bowl with whipped cream on them as any other way to fix them. All the fruit tastes so good in the summer. I love peaches also. They are the best flavor and so sweet and juicy.
      That must be really hard to have to be so careful of what you eat. They should have told you that the food was cooked on the same grill as the fish. They should put that on the menu. Maybe if you ask them they can fix it on a different pan or grill. They could wash it off so they could fix your dinner. I am sure that there are others that eat there that have allergies. I would never have thought about them cooking all of that on the same grill.What would make me think that it is safe is it was bbq ed and not fried. Do they bbq the fish and lobster?
      Sorry that you got sick. That ruins a fun night out.
      It gets harder to get the family together on the 4th here. They all have plans with friends and fire work displays that they want to go to. We only have the one here and it is not as good as the ones in the city. They have a really nice display by the river downtown St. Louis. We have not gone there for years. They have a fair there also and there are a lot of people that go and it is hard to find a parking place.
      My kids do not like to watch the Chew either. They think that they are all weird. I wonder what is going on with Daphne? I really miss seeing her on teh show. I like some of the things that she cooks but they very seldom let her cook on there. She has a lot of kid friendly ideas. They never say much about her either. She is going to have another baby though. She announced it on the show. It is going to be another little girl.
      We have not done a thing this week-end. Tomorrow is Ron’s birthday so will take him out to eat. He has been wanting to go to a Mexican restaurant so will take him there. They have really good food. Hope that you will find something that you can eat and not get sick.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD!
      I have not seen a lot of Temptations lately, either. I wonder if they are doing all new pieces with the pumpkin and leaf motif, as they sold out so fast. I have not seen a lot of oceanfetti either. Not on their regular website, either. I fell in love with those beautiful Fall Harvest dishes, and the one day I was giving in to temptation, they were all out of them, and only had the pumpkin ones left. Those Fall Harvest soup bowls (in the set) were so beautiful. I wish they sold them separately.
      I hope your place is cooler by now. It is in the 80’s here, but, with little humidity, so that is good. It is coming back by mid week, I hear.
      I was so exhausted this am, I just had so much trouble getting out of bed. I wonder if the belly issue I had was more of a virus I caught, instead of the cross contamination with some shellfish, like I thought. I do not usually get this tired.
      I hope you are good, and feeling cooler!
      Adele

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      OMG, Colleen!
      Ron and Amanda share the same birthday- the 26th. Amanda is 22 today. She is in upper state NY, with her boyfriend. She is to come back tomorrow.
      I was so tired this am, i could not get out of bed until after 9. I am still not showered….LOL I will get in there in a little bit.
      I copied those recipes for Steph yesterday too, as she loves blueberries. I have to pick something that looks more Patriotic for the 4th. That is my plan, anyway. Still not sure if everyone will be here. Actually, I am not sure if I want that much of a mess,as Gary ahs to work the next day, and the day before. Maybe we will just go out for an early, quiet dinner, and then home for dessert.
      I really need to start to mention that I am allergic to shellfish. they do grill lobster and shrimp. I only get fish and chips at Friendly’s, as they do not serve lobster. If they start, I cannot get it there, either.
      I hope we all get to do what we want on the 4th. LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      that is funny that they have the same birthday. He is a little older then 22. He turned 69 this year. I took him out to eat at a Mexican restaurant that he likes. They have really good food. I have a daughter named Amanda. We call her Mandy though. How funny things are.
      One thing that I use to do when the kids were home is bake a cake and make a cake.You put white icing on it and then use rasberries. strawberries and blueberries for the stars and the strips. I have even used red licorice for the stripes. They white frosting makes the white stripes. I have use whip cream and regular icing depends on my mood.
      I do not know what we are going to do for the 4th. Ron has not said if he is going to go and pick something up for dinner or if he is going to bbq. Just picking up to eat is a better idea. Then we will not have a big mess that he will have to clean up.lol
      We did not do much today. We went out to eat and then came home and I fixed strawberry shortcake and we had that and that was the end of the birthday. Will have to get him some new t shirts but he only likes a certain kind and we are having a hard time finding them. THey probably quit making them.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh relief!!!! It’s 30 degrees cooler today from yesterday & Sat.!!! After the sun set last night you could feel the cool AC coming in from the Pacific!! By 11pm the temp had dropped to the low 70s. It really does cool off quickly once the winds change from East to West off the ocean.
      Colleen, yes I can see the fireworks from my windows. Altho there may not be as many as in yrs past, as some towns have banned them due to the fire danger.
      My friend Diane loaned me her Aerobed to sleep on till I can find a bed. She took me around to check out mattresses today. Didn’t find anything to bring home. I’ll have to check out more online & see what I can find. My biggest issue is how to get it here!!
      I think Tara was on ITKWD a couple weeks or so ago with another clearance item, a 2 bowl set with platter & spoon & she had it in the fall colors, Harvest, Pumpkin Patch, & pumpkins in Floral Lace.. but that’s all I’ve seen since yesterday. It seems she isn’t on as often as she had been. Maybe it’s just me. I haven’t seen anything new I awhile. Like you guys said maybe in July. Harvest is a gorgeous pattern!! Esp in the figural pattern.
      I think it’s neat that Ron & Amanda share the same birthday. IT’s rare that 2 different families from different parts of the country have a family member that shares the same birthday. And you met thru QF.
      Well, that’s all from out here.
      Take care.
      dd

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      Hi Colleen!
      When I have a hard time finding a brand, I look on Ebay, or just google it, to see where I can get it. Gary hates when something he wears is no longer available. I bought him new underwear, and he swears they are smaller than the other ones. They are the exact same brand, and the same size. Some times I think it is all in his head.
      Tillie loves strawberry shortcake. That is her favorite. We did not get to see Amanda yet- we call her the Panda Bear. She said she will come by when she is back from NY.
      I am also undecided on the 4th. Your cake sounds gorgeous. That was a great idea to do the licorice as the stripes. I think one in a 9×13 is the best idea yet. All the ones you see are round ones, and they do not look so much like a flag. Plus, way easier to frost and decorate.
      Kind of quiet here this week to, so far. It will be raining today, so nobody has asked to come for the pool. It is supposed to get more humid and hot after tomorrow. i hate that humidity so much. I do not knwo how anyone can live in the South. but, they are used t it. You would think I would be used to it up here. The older I get, the less I can tolerate it.
      I loved that butterfly shirt so much, I ordered another color. I got so many compliments when I was out Saturday night. Butterflies are very popular.
      Hope you are having a good day. Hope you found Ron’s favorite things.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      So glad the temperature finally broke for you.
      Those aero beds are comfy. you are lucky to have such a nice friend. i hope you find a mattress, and free delivery. There are a lot of sales on or after July 4th, so maybe you will be lucky.
      It is raining here, and supposed to be on and off all day long.
      I love your pictures. You always find such nice scenes.
      It is very funny Ron and Amanda have the same birthday. We have found very good friends on the Q- we are all blessed.
      Have a good day….
      Adele

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      Hi Everyone,
      I missed answering so many posts the last few days.
      Sue, I can’t believe how well you are doing. I get tired from getting groceries and i haven’t had knee replacement surgery. You are doing great!
      Adele, maybe Gary has the same problem that Greg and I do-our clothes seem to shrink in the closet. lol
      Barbara, they have actual journals meant for filling out to give to your kids or grandkids. They have a series of questions about your life to kind of help you shape the story. I’m sure Barnes and Noble or Amazon would have something like that.
      DD if you bought a bed from a furniture store wouldn’t they deliver it for you and set it up. They do around here.
      Colleen, Happy Birthday to Ron. I think I would just stay home and relax on the 4th right after having the surgery.
      Adele, Happy Birthday to Amanda too.
      Well everyone I have had an interesting few days. Greg was out of town last week rehearsing with the Choirboys. They were in Chicago at Tim’s house. You may remember that we were supposed to go up to Wisconsin for that week but cancelled when Nan had her surgery-but the guys all went to their house in Chicago to rehearse anyway as it had been all planned out.
      Anyway, three weeks ago I had a few days of a pain in my right temple with an eye twitch. So I thought it was weird at the time but it went away. So Wednesday it came back without the eye twitch and it was every 20 minutes or so-a sharp stab and it just didn’t feel right. So after it lasted all night Thursday i decided to try and see a doctor on Friday. Call our family doctor-no openings of course.-receptionists suggests I go to urgent care-go there they say i may have Giant Cell Arteritis I need to go to the emergency room as this can make you go permanently blind in your right eye just out of nowhere. So I go to the emergency room they check me in and run a bunch of tests and give me cat scan. Here’s the problem-the tests that they run to check for this is tests that I have run for my RA and i always run high in these tests so it really doesn’t tell them if i have inflammation or not. So anyway this ends up being an autoimmune problem so the ER doc calls my RA doc to report findings to him. Now if I had known this was an autoimmune thing I just would have called RA doc right away-but who knew something in my head could be related to something that my rheumatologist would do. Anyway, RA doc wants to talk to me and says he doesn’t think I have this but if i do and I don’t start on steroids immediately I can go immediately and irreversibly blind in the right eye. So to err on the side of caution he starts me on this high high dose of prednisone and sets up an appointment with opthamologist for Monday. See eye doc yesterday-they set up a biopsy for Thursday. Meanwhile I’m trying to get into my family doctor for preapproval for surgery and no one will call me back from over there and they are all booked up-I am a nervous wreck as I’m afraid I won’t get approved and the longer we wait on the biopsy the more there is a chance that there will be a false negative on the test as i will have been on the steroids for too long by then. If it comes back positive there is no choice but to continue steroids but if it comes back negative there’s a possibility i could still have it-So then you have to decide to keep taking these dangerously high doses of steroids or quit them and take the chance of going blind if it was a false negative. You are between a rock and a hard place. Needless to say I am a nervous wreck. Greg did come back Friday night instead of Saturday after i called him up in tears. Meanwhile we were supposed to be leaving tomorrow for Kansas City so we had to cancel that trip and that just made me cry more. I hope this post was at least a little bit understandable.
      I just don’t know what’s going to happen and what to do. I am trying to pray to get some peace and enlightenment.
      Gail
      P. S. all this started on Friday-our 44th anniversay. Sad.

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      Gailster….
      That is awful about your eye. We will all say a prayer you get in there fast enough for the prednisone not to affect the test results. I hope by now,you are on your way in there. What is the hold up for pre-approval? Did they reject the request the first time out? Dam. I will e saying a little prayer for you, all day long. This is so not fair.
      I am glad Greg got home to be with you, as being home alone with something wrong gets us all more anxious, and you need to relax before the biopsy.
      A high dose of prednisone will make you feel like you are Superwoman. Everything in the house will be cleaned, twice. Please be careful not to over do, as the prednisone make sit easy to get into that mode, then add your nerves about the biopsy.
      I hope to God you do not have that thing in your eye, and that they are wrong. I am so sorry you have to go through all of this.
      Do not lose your hope, my friend. We are all plugging for you.
      love, Adele

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      Thank You. I do have an appointment with a different doctor in the system tomorrow. it’s just so hard to get into see my family doctor is the holdup but I think i have seen this other doctor once before. it’s not just a little bit of prednisone it’s 60 mg. daily so the cure is almost worse than the disease. What a mess! Anyway, I am trying to meditate to calm down but it’s hard when your brain is racing around. I am sad that we had to cancel another trip too. Hopefully better days are ahead.
      Gail

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      Gail, I am praying for you right now that this is all going to be okay; and that you will get the treatment you need to fix whatever this is; and by this time tomorrow you will be taken care of. What a scare for you and how frustrated you have to be with all the run around you have been put through. I know to ask you not to worry is like asking the wind not to blow; because you have so much on your mind right now; but thank God you were able to have someone know this is autoimmune related; and that immediate care had to happen. I am going to close for now because I am so upset for what you are going through, but let’s get past this so you and Greg can breathe a sigh of relief and really celebrate those 44 years. Hugs and prayers, Barbara

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      Gail, I will say a prayer that all goes well with your eye. It sure does sound scary. I am glad Greg came home to you. It has to be a huge disappointment to miss your trip but it is more important to preserve your sight.

      Girls I think I finally got a therapist that can help me achieve my goals. He seems very good and we are working on stretching and weight exercises. It is very difficult but he says it has to be to work. If you only do what is easy you do not get stronger. You only do these exercises once a day 3 days a week and fewer reps. He said if I am committed to doing the work he can guarantee results. I told him I was afraid it was gone because the family doctor told me if you don’t use it you lose it. He said not so unless you have a muscle disease. My leg is a mess tonight but it will recover. I got my pain med today. The pharmacy did not have it yesterday. He prescribed a different dosage and I only take one at bedtime. As I told him my problem with not being able to rest at night. So hope that will help.

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      Thanks for all the hugs and prayers. I am having the biopsy on Thursday at one. Who knew they could biopsy an artery? But I guess they do take veins out of peoples legs to use for bypasses so they must do these things all the time.
      These high dosages of steroids make me goofy. I feel so jittery-what’s the saying like a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. lol
      Sue, I’m glad that you found a good PT person. You are really working hard and you have so much to be proud of.
      I will try to keep you all posted with what’s going on.
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      Gail, I’m sooo sorry to hear about our eye!!! I’ll be praying for a miracle. I can’t think of anything worse than losing eyesight!!! I pray your biopsy goes well & they nothing serious. Just know you have support & prayers from coast to coast.

      It’s so nice to be able to relax with the windows open for fresh air & cooler temps. There are wildfires out here tho. I think the one here was started by lightning.
      I got a call from management today & somebody is donating a twin bed. I’ll find out more about it tomorrow. I hope it’s in good shape. she didn’t know if it was just the frame or just the mattress or if it’s the whole thing.
      I guess that’s all for tonight.
      Stay safe.
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      That is really scary to find that out. I am so glad that you found out quickly and they are doing the biopsy quickly also. Have you stopped taking the steroids for a day before they do the biopsy? You have not been taking them long enough to have done that much damage to your eye. It was so good that Greg got home so fast to be by your side. I hope that he calmed you down a lot. Ron has that affect on my when he walks in the room. What would we do without them. That is a shame that you have to cancel your trip but maybe you can go another time. We will be praying here for you. I will be saying a special prayer for you at 1 tomorrow afternoon. You will have a lot of prayers coming your way. Just try to stay calm and relax as much as you can.
      Just hang in there my friend. Will talk to you later.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Isn’t it odd that those underwear are smaller the the original ones. Men have such good imaginations.lol Ron is the same way he has one brand that he likes and one style and if you get him something different he does not like it. Just like these t shirts. We have looked everywhere. The girls were going to get them for him for Christmas but could not find them either. He is just going to have to find a different kind that he likes to wear.
      It must be nice to have some peace and quite for day. I hope that you did not get bad storms and it was just rain. We are supposed to have thunder storms Thursday night and Friday.We will see they say that all the time but we do not get them. The storms can pass us by but we really need the rain. Ron has been having to water the vegetable garden.
      Wish we could have sent Tillie a strawberry shortcake. It may not have gotten there in one piece though. It may have been spoiled also. I am not sure the strawberries would stand being shipped like that.
      It is easier to decorate a sheet cake. That is what we make here. I agree a round cake does not look like a flag. They also make confetti cakes and they do not look much like the 4th of July either. You need to put something on there that would make it look like fire works. I can never figure out what to use to make a fire cracker of fountain. Will have to keep thinking about that one.
      They have really had some pretty butterfly shirts on Quacker. They have such a good design team and they really try to make things that we like. They really do listen to what we want.
      I feel so bad for Gail. I get on here so late that I just found out about it. I do believe in the power of prayer and will so many people praying for her things will be okay.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I know around here they have the fire trucks sitting by in case there is a fire. So we do feel safe. That is nice that you can see them from your window. It would be so much easier then going somewhere and trying to find a place to sit and watch them.
      That was nice that your friend lent you a bed for now. It is also nice that someone is donating a twin bed for you to have. That was nice of management to call and tell you about it. At least they are helping you that way. So that is really nice.
      Your pictures are so pretty. I would love to have a big bite out of the snow cones. They look so refreshing. It is just amazing how that water fall is coming down from so high.
      How nice to have the windows open now. It is supposed to start getting hot here on Thursday and the humidity is going to get high again. So that will not be fun. Oh well we will be in the house most of the time anyway. I have to start the drops in the eye again.
      I think about what I have to do and what Gail is going thru. I feel like a big baby. What she is going thru is so much harder then what I am going thru. She will have a lot of prayers going her way.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      No I cannot stop the steroids-they are what is stopping me from going blind if i have this disease. Plus you could never stop taking steroids in a day-you have to taper.
      Thank you for the prayers. You will be getting your surgery Monday. I will be praying that this goes as well as the first one. I have the beginnings of cataracts too so I will probably be having the same thing done eventually.
      Gail

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      DD,
      Glad that you will be getting a bed. Love those watermelon roses. I wish i could carve something like that.
      Gail
      Thank you for the prayers. I am so grateful for everyone’s friendship and support.

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      Hey Gailster!
      By now your doctor appointment is over, and I pray you have good news. I agree with Barbara- that this was found and identified as auto immune is good. Let’s hope the treatment is quick, and painless.
      I am sure we have been praying for you all night. I hope all the prayers, all across this country, from all our good Quacker friends, have worked.
      That is a lot of mg for prednisone. I think I should expect you at my door, from your walk across America by Friday ???? If you are anything like me, nobody wants to be near you by now. That steroid makes you think you are Superwoman, complete with her powers, and the temper of the Hulk. I hope I made you laugh…….
      Love ya, Gailster!!

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      Hi Sue
      That therapist sound slike just the one you need, to get stronger than you ever were, even before your knee went bad. You are committed, and strong, and you will e the Quacker Star of PT.
      I hope that med helps you sleep. Make sure you take it a half hour before you go to sleep, so it works by the time your head is on the pillow. That is the worst, when you cannot sleep.
      Did you ever try to put a pillow under the knee, like those things they put under your knees at PT? Sometimes even a little wedge can get just enough pressure off the knee, to let you rest.
      So glad you are doing better.
      Quacker is on- are you watching?
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I know exactly how you feel. Like you are jumping out of your own skin. Do you get as hot as I get on them? I am like an oven, even in winter. then add the raging temper. Gary calls it” she is on the zone”. Not pretty. On the other hand, did it do anything to your sight yet? It does work fast.
      I will be praying even harder tomorrow.
      How long before you get the info on the biopsy?
      You will deserve a really nice piece of jewelry after this is all over.
      Love ya
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      That is great news about a bed for you. I hope it is a bed, plus the frame. What nice people.
      I am glad we Quackers got some good news. Now, all we need is some good news from Gail.
      Are you watching Angel on the Q? Me and Tillie are. She is such a sweetie, she brightens your day.
      Love your great pictures. they give us all hope for a better day.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      Gary thinks your sheet cake is a great idea. He loved the Twizzlers on it for the stripes. He will be right over….LOL
      I have an idea….how about pulling apart the Twizzlers, to make the lines thinner, and making them like a bouquet, and then putting a bunch of colored jimmies in circles over them- to look like fireworks?? That just came to me…LOL Hey, the 2 of us can decorate a cake for the 4th, and put the pictures on here to share our masterpieces. Maybe we can make the Gailster smile.
      I tell you, this Gail thing is making me sick. I can imagine what she is going through. I just told Gary, and he feels awful to. He feels like he knows all my Quacker friends. We are all good friends, and do our best to help each other through all our crisis. These are the times I wished we could just walk over to each other’s houses. All we can do is pray. Our prayers are powerful, as we have an Angel in Heaven named Jeanne.
      We got some nasty thunderstorms last night, They scared Tillie. She hates them. The only good thing was, we did not have to water the window boxes.
      Hope you have a good night, and that Gail does very well tomorrow.
      Adele

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      Adele,
      You made me laugh as that is how I feel. I was doing some cleaning on Sunday and was wondering why I was so hot. Then i took a shower and my face was bright red when I got out-i guess I will have to take cold showers. lol
      It’s funny the other day i was sitting at the kitchen table paying bills and Greg was sitting there eating cheetos and the crunching was so loud that i just wanted to strangle him but i knew it was the steroids so I tried to go about my business and ignore him but I really wanted to tell him to stop eating so loud. lol However, i knew it would hurt his feelings so I controlled myself as he doesn’t really know what this feels like-but later that day i did try to explain that sometimes the meds make me unreasonably irritable and please try to understand that it is not personal.
      Greg says you should stop emailing me with ideas of new jewelry. lol Although he knows it was already promised by him if we do end up getting down to KC anyway.
      I am feeling a bit better today now that i have all the appointments done-now I just want to get it over with.
      Of course the doctor and hospital are calling to get their deductibles and estimates all paid up before hand. Remember when medicine wasn’t big business?
      All of you Quackers are the best. Who else rallies round when we need them like this group? I think Jeanne Bice is looking down from heaven and blessing you all for being such good friends to me. You have no idea how much it means to have your prayers and support-I can’t thank you enough. You are all the best!!! Quackers unite! now I’m going to watch Angel and hopefully give myself a present of some new Quacker. lol
      Hugs to all,
      Gail
      P.S. I wonder if i should ask for some botox while they are in the area? lol

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      Hey Gailster
      Gary said to tell Greg I am a dangerous jewelry consultant. When Gary used to to tick me off, (when I was still working) I would say….this could be a 4 figure piece if you do not knock it off. LOL LOL
      When I was on “the zone”, i could not stop myself. first I would give “the look” that was a warning I was annoyed. They would all just stop what they were doing, and look at me. They also made a lot of fun of my behaviors. Between the insides of you racing out of your chest, and the hot face, it was bad. Every little thing was like chalk on the blackboard. Then add the lack of sleep, as you just cannot get to sleep either. I was bad, bad, bad.
      Did you watch the show?
      hey, with the prednisone in you, if you ask for anything, they will give it to you, as they would fear for their lives…..LOL
      Prayers coming your way, my Quacker Buddy!!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I apologize. I forgot that you cannot just quit taking it. I feel bad that I made such a stupid statement. We will be praying for you. It will be all over with before you know it. We will be glad to hear from you that it is over and you are doing fine.
      Hot flashes are not fun. Those are bad when you go thru the change. Not fair that you have to go thru it again. It is a day that you just feel like sticking your head in the freezer to get some cold air.
      Well that is about all from here.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Your idea about taking the licorice apart sounds good. That would look like a fireworks. I may have to try that and see what it looks like.That was a really good idea. It would be nice to make her smile. Especially after I made that stupid statement. I should just keep my mouth shut.
      It is a good feeling to know that we have friends around us that care though. To have all the prayers being said is a big help also. It is just so nice to know all of this. It is nice to know that Jeanne is watching over all of us. She is making such a good Angel. Lee is up there also so they are both there to help us.
      We had something funny happen with our day. Snoopy came home from running around. His head looked really funny from a distance. The closer he got we figured out why he looked so strange. He had a plastic container stuck on his head. It was one of the big ones that pretzels or cheese curls come in. It was clear plastic so he could see out of it and he was just prancing around like he had really found something. Ron got it off his head and he ran off. He is such a clown. He is still a puppy though.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. We will all be praying really hard tomorrow for Gail. God Bless her.
      God Bless all the Quackers friends
      Colleen

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      Colleen,
      You don’t have to apologize. Gosh we can’t remember everything about all these different meds. Anyway, I asked the doctor yesterday and she said I should just take them on an empty stomach this one day and I will be fine. She said it’s better to take them than not to so my question was answered.
      We will all be praying for you on Monday when you get your other eye done. It’s nice that your doctor prays with you beforehand. All the Quacker colors will look so pretty when you are all done.
      Poor Snoopy. That must have looked kind of funny. I guess he found a treat and was trying to get to the bottom of the container to lick it clean. It’s a good thing it was clear so he could see where he was going. Too bad you didn’t take a photo.
      That is a good idea to peel the licorice to look like a firework. I missed where Adele wrote that. That would be cute.
      Thanks again for all the prayers.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleenie….
      Do not ever feel you say something stupid. It was a natural thing to say, as you know all meds have to stop before any kind of surgery. It is just that this is different, especially with prednisone in such a high dosage. You are the best friend, and you care so much for all of us. We love you!
      That must have been hysterical about the puppy with the container on his head. you wonder what he got himself into. Too ba dyou did nto have it on video.
      I am meeting Nancy today for lunch. I have not seen her in a few weeks. We wanted to get together before the 4th, as next week is such a huge vacation week, everything will be crowded.
      You have your surgery coming up to- Monday, I think? You will get the next round of Quacker prayers. I hope that your eye surgery will be the last one any of us have to go through for a long, long time. Our buddies have been going through a lot. At this rate, Quacker Factory will need to make a hospital gown…..LOL LOL
      I hope you are having a storm free day. Did you get any of those awful storms we saw on the news last night? I hope not.
      Have a good one….we will all be waiting to hear from Gail.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey GAil
      by now, you are in recovery.. i am praying hard, and hope the best news will come your way.
      I wrote that to Colleen, as we were chatting about not being able to figure out how to decorate a cake to look like fireworks on the top. She does a great sheet cake, and makes a flag, with the Twizzlers as stripes. I took it form there, with the Twizzlers idea….LOL
      I hope you did not get any of those nasty storms last night, as you sure did not need that on top of everything else.
      hoping to hear form you tonight.
      Love ya, girlfriend.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      I’m back. The waiting around was longer than the actual surgery. I’m starving so we will be eating soon. I think we will get something delivered. Right now I’m most upset that he had to cut off a huge chunk of my hair-and hey! I just paid good money for those hilites on Saturday. lol Plus I will probably have to skip getting my roots done this Wednesday so I will have gray roots and lopsided hair. I know-it could be much worse but we have to laugh at ourselves otherwise we would cry. lol So I will see eye doctor at end of next week-in the meantime I have an ointment to use four times a day for a week. Don’t know when I can shower and wash my hair have to find out when I call for follow up appointment tomorrow. it’s a good thing i just ordered some Philosophy dry shampoo I think. Poor Greg he had me and a crisis at work on the same day. Thank goodness for cell phones so you can get some stuff done anyway. Won’t have any results until some time next week.
      Thanks for all the prayers and concern.
      Hugs to all my Quacker pals-I love you-you are the best!!!
      Gail

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      Gail so sorry about your hair. I would feel the same way so all I can say is that it will grow back. My hair grows fast so hopefully yours will too. Mine looks awful right now but will have to wait until I can go to the hairdresser. Maybe I will call as she said once that she would come to my house if need be. I would just have her cut it for now. So may try that for now. It is awful when you cannot shower. I missed that.

      The pain medicine he prescribed for me really works. I had no pain even today. It did make me dizzy so had to use the cane when I got up during the night. I still woke up but was able to go back to sleep. So I did some laundry today & it went well so either I am improving or that medicine is a wonder drug. I have been doing therapy here as I don’t go back until Monday. He said I can do a lot at home so I don’t need to go in as often because I have a copay & he wants to keep the cost down for me. He said you do not need fancy machines to do the work and the don’t have many there. If they use something I don’t have he will tell me something else that works. One good thing is I bought ankle weights before so I do have those at home to use.

      I hope you get good news when you see the doctor.

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      Hope you are feeling so much better now that the procedure is over. Been on my little “hotline” to the good Lord so much that I have a feeling he may be telling St. Peter that those Quacker ladies are really loving and praying for their friend Gail, let’s help her through this. I know that Gregg is taking great care of you; and hope you are resting. Colleen, you have one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever had the honor to meet so don’t you EVER feel you have said anything that we don’t understand your only having the best of love and heart behind it. I wish I had a penny for the millions of times I have said or done something that didn’t turn out to be almost but not “exactly” right, I would be a very wealthy lady about now. ha ha My take on things is when someone cares enough about me to try to help me there I am grateful for the care regardless of anything. It really is the thought that counts. I am so glad you have done so well with your eye surgery and will keep on praying for you for Monday. I am so glad that now you know what to expect and I get myself so worked up over the “unknown” if I am about to have a test or some procedure that I almost make myself sick over that worry. Please just rest up afterwards and let Ron take good care of you and you will soon have probably one of the best sight among us. Do you wear glasses DD or Sue? I do. It’s time for me to have my eyes checked and for Jerry too. I tried wearing contacts when I was younger, but just couldn’t adjust.
      Sue, you are making great progress with your knee. Whoo Hoo! I know you must be feeling so much better both physically and emotionally. So glad the doctor gave you the approval to drive. Isn’t that freedom such a good feeling, even if you don’t drive a long distance just to know you can makes you know for sure he is happy with you. I remember after the stroke that it took several months that I wasn’t really able to even want to think about driving, but then it was like I needed to know that I would be able to drive again. The doctor was sort of hesitant when I asked her to let me drive, but after several sighs; she said for short trips and not alone. Then when it was the first time I was so excited until I got behind the wheel; and all those doubts came pouring in and all those doubts that what if I was driving and something happened to me and I caused some innocent person to be hurt? See what I mean Colleen? I worry TOO much, and even though I know it; I do. But with each time behind the wheel, I became more and more confident and grateful to have this independence. So happy for you.
      DD, is your bed comfy for you and your kitty; because I know that the kitty has to approve. Our Auto-Kitty doesn’t like the fact that my husband runs a fan in our bedroom like a “white noise” kind of thing and he is very happy when he’s warm. He lets us know he is unhappy by sitting at the end of the bed glaring at Jerry until he turns the fan down lower. I think it is so funny; because that is exactly what I want but the kitty takes care of the bad looks for me ha ha
      I saw that there were such bad storms up North last night; so I hope everyone is okay. We have really had a stormy summer all across the country.
      We hope to have a small get together for the 4th. There are fireworks at the Navy base in town; and we used to go when Neal was with the air ambulance helicopter since they always have to be there, but now that Neal is in Ca. we don’t fight the crowds. That is so nice you can see the beautiful fireworks from your balcony DD. We usually end up watching the big ones in New York City.
      Take care everyone, and have a good evening. Time for a few crackers and some cheese and meat tray we are snacking on for dinner. Hugs, Barbara

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I hope that they get in touch with you sooner then they said. It is rough waiting for the results. Do you know how long you will have to take the predisone?
      Hope that it will not be too much longer and they will tell you that your eye is just fine and you can start reading books again. We will be praying everyday that you are okay.
      Adele did come up with a good idea for the fireworks on a cake. I had never thought about using the licorice but that would be cute. It would be cute on cupcakes also. I am not sure if we will have any cake this year. Ron is going to do most of the cooking. That should be interesting. We are making a grocery list of all the things that he is going to cook after the surgery. He is afraid for me to get that close to the stove. I am glad that he feels that way and he will cook. They do not deliver where we live if we order anything we have to go and pick it up.
      One good thing hair grows back quickly. Maybe after you see the eye doctor he will tell you to go ahead and have your roots done. You cannot wash your hair or get in the shower right after cataract surgery. They do not want you to get water in your eye. You will figure out a way to wash it when it needs it.
      You are welcome for all the prayers and thank you for all the prayers also. We really do have good friends on here.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Thank for such kinds words. I love all of you also. It is so nice that we found such good friends on here and we keep in touch. It is just a shame that we cannot all get together. Maybe one day.
      I hope that you and Nancy have a good lunch. Just do not go where they have the shrimp and lobster. You sure do not want to get sick again. Have not gone out with the bunch of girls we go to lunch with for awhile. It will be nice to go with them again. We all seem to getting older and have a lot of issues.
      we may have to request one of the hospital gowns from quacker. I wonder how they would make the sparkles because they will not let you wear anything with any type of metal on it. Maybe they could embroidery so that way we would not have to worry. They would just have to use bright colors.
      We did not even get any rain last night. It was clear today also. I am not sure where all the storms were that they were talking about. I know that high winds hit a park where my mom lives but she said that they did not get any rain or anything else at her house. So I guess that must have been one of those hit and miss storms. We are supposed to have storms on the 4th so that will ruin a lot of peoples plans.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for the kind words. I think that all of us on here are caring women. It is nice that we all pray for each other also. I really do appreciate all the prayers that everyone has sent my way.
      it is easy to get all worked up about a surgery before hand. I am grateful for the doctor that prays before he does the surgery. We were lucky to find him. He really is a nice man. I am glad that after this I will not have to see him as often. He will have to give me a new prescription for glasses after this is all over. Then it will be just once a year for a check up. That will be so nice. Hope that he can make it for longer but with the diabetics they have to check more often.
      That would have been scary to drive again after a stroke. You really had to get your confidence back again. You did so well though and worried for nothing. That is like most people. We are women and we can accomplish anything. You are such a good person and you did just fine. That was so nice when you got to go to your son’s wedding. You are doing so well now also.
      It is supposed to rain here on the 4th so there may not be any fireworks until the next week. They have had to do that before. We were lucky again we did not have any of the storms that they were talking about. I just hope that Gail did not have them either. I forgot to ask her.
      That is funny that your cats let you know what they like and dislike. DD’s cat is so pretty. It is funny that no matter where she sleeps she sleeps with her. Animals are such good company for everyone.
      Well that is all from here. Thank you for the prayers.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster
      So sorry you lost a piece of your pretty hair. I am praying you will get good news, whihc will make it all better. The wait for the results is always the worst.
      I hope you are feeling better, and have looked through a catalog of presents appropriate for the test, worry, and losing a piece of your hair….that is at least a 4 figure piece, don’t you agree???
      I hope to hear you are feeling better today. Also hope Greg solved the crisis.
      Love you!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Sue,
      You are so determined to make a great recovery. I really admire you for that.
      I’m glad the new meds are working out. How nice that the new PT is worried about the copays. Many people don’t think about that and it can add up quickly. I’m always amazed at how much even simple procedures cost. If one had a serious illness it seems like you could owe hundreds of thousands in no time at all.
      I think I am just going to spend a quiet weekend. No plans at all.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I think we all get worked up before having an unfamiliar procedure. I guess that’s another thing we Quacker ladies have in common. All those things really help us to be able to understand one another.
      We sure do have a strong prayer support line going-I believe it really helps us all too.
      I wear contacts and glasses. Have had to since about 6th grade but didn’t get contacts until about 18. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not need glasses.
      How nice that you have Auto Kitty to get Jerry to turn down the fan so you don’t have to ask. lol That really comes in handy.
      I think we will have a quiet weekend. Greg can cook as much as he wants.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      It looks like Ron will be cooking for you and Greg will be cooking for me for a few days. I have to make a list and send him to the store though as i just can’t do that yet.
      I think all the results and everything will be slower because of the holiday but that’s okay. I called the doc this morning and he said I could shower and wash my hair but not to get the incision wet. Still haven’t figured out how to do that yet. lol Anyway, I can probably get away without washing it for another couple of days-it won’t be pretty but neither is my Frankenstein head. lol I hope I don’t scare the grands. lol
      Fortunately I have been able to read through all this as my eye is not covered. You know I love my books!
      You know if we had gone to KC I think they had bad storms that day and Greg’s golf thing might have been cancelled anyway.
      We’re still hoping to get down there maybe later in the summer. We had some storms and tornado warnings around the area Wednesday night but nothing right here. We are still supposed to get some rain tonight.
      Like I said before I think we will have a quiet weekend. Just hanging out.
      I have my Americana Quacker pulled out so I can at least dress festive even if i am just hanging out around the house.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Believe me if we get down to KC this summer i plan on rewarding myself generously at my favorite jeweler down there. lol
      Greg is laughing at me because right now i am more upset about the hair loss and my Frankenstein temple than i am about having a disease. Called my hairdresser this morning to cancel for next week as there is no way i can get my hair dyed and told her that i have been scalped so she will have to get creative whenever it is that i can get in with her. I may have a lot of outgrowth as she is so booked up because of a vacation that she is taking. what a mess!
      I took a selfie and texted it to Jenny this morning. She’s a good daughter-she said it will grow back and i still look pretty-not!
      Greg did at least have a plan to figure out his crisis. the biggest problem is that the guy that he hired so that he can semi retire is just not doing the job that he should be. he’s not taking up enough of the slack. so that could be another issue. We’ll see.
      It looks like we have a little more rain coming and then a nice day on the 4th at least for everyone’s day off. I believe we will have a quiet weekend just hanging around here. I have my Quacker Americana all ready to go so I will feel festive. I have a new shirt that i bought earlier in the spring with the Americana dogs that i haven’t even worn yet. Definitely will get that one on me.
      Are you barbecuing or baking for the 4th? it must be close to lunch as talking about food is making me hungry now. lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      I have to figure out what we are going to eat in the 4th, and this weekend. We are supposed to get storms, on and off. that makes it difficult to plan.
      I know I will make a cake, and try to make it look like a flag. Or, make a blueberry cake, and frost that.
      You are more than welcome on the kind words. i am glad we have each other too. We share a lot of info that we all seem to need, sooner or later.
      Unfortunately, it is all about surgery and recovery. It would be great if it were about vacations, and investments…..LOL
      I am so glad you did not get any of those awful storms. I hope Barbara, and Gail did not get them too. i don’t think Sue was in the way of them, nor DD.
      I just put the Chew on. I have 3 of them recorded that I need to watch. Tillie and I have still not seen the one with Angel.
      I am dying to know what Ron is going to cook for you. We will all be praying for you on Monday. you did so well on the first eye, the second one should be a piece of cake too.
      Have a good one!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      That is great that you were finally able to get a good night’s rest.
      The PT person you have sound slike a very nice person. He is helping you do the exercises at home, and keeping the weekly cost down for you. I think all the PT people are so very nice, and help all of us with costs, and getting better. Maybe it is because we all sparkle and shine.
      Our weather up here is gross- hot, overcast, and humid. We are supposed to get some storms today, tonight, and tomorrow. i hope your wetaher is better, as you always feel better when the sun is shining.
      Any plans for the 4th with your neighbor?
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      You have such an eloquent way with words. We all enjoy your posts, and up-dates on life in Tennessee.
      So, tonight I took out the American Chop Suey sauce I made a while ago, and froze. All I have to do, is heat it up, and make the macaroni. I think Steph and the boys are coming to dinner, unless she changes her mind. So, when Jhonny is done delivering the mail, he will come here for some, and then take them all home. he gets home late every night. The Post Office seems to be very busy. i wonder if it is due to all the on line shopping.
      We are waiting for a contractor to come by, and check the railings and some of the floor boards on our deck. When I was out there, there were a few near the railing that felt a little spongey- that freaked me out. The deck is made out of cedar, to prevent any bug infestation. the main supports are that pressure treated stuff, and they seem fine. So much seems to be breaking aorund here this year.
      We did not get any bad storms yet. Two nights ago, we did get thunderstorms, but, they did no damage in our neighborhood- thank God.
      So, what goodie will you be baking for the 4th? i am leaning toward a blueberry cake, with frosting to make it look like a flag.
      Hope your weather is better than out overcast, humid yucky day.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey again, Barbara…
      I forgot to say i wear glasses. I used to wear contacts, until I developed cysts under my eyelids form them. I wore them form the time I was 16, until about 10 years ago. I had to give them up. After I stopped wearing them, the cysts went away, and i have had no trouble since. Gary only wears glasses for reading.
      that must have been scary to drive again. I know when I could not drive because of my replaced knee, the first few times were freaky. It seemed I had to learn to judge all over again.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I saw that Americana dog short- it was adorable. Do not fret, my pet, they will all e looking at your cool shirt. The only one who would notice your hair is your cutie Piper, as she does not miss a trick. Why did they shave off that little piece? Did they pre-warn you, or was it a big surprise? These things get so complicated, and we are always in awe of what they do to us. We are lucky they have the procedures in place to handle everything. but, it is not easy going through them.
      I am sure nobody will notice the little piece of hair that is gone ( accept the Piper) . You have such thick hair, and a beautiful smile. Nobody will care, as long as you are there to make them smile and laugh. Are you going to Jenny’s at all during the next few days? What will be on your menu? I am taking a survey, as I am so undecided.
      I bet Greg is getting scared for your trip to the jeweler….Gary would. That is great that Greg was able to handle the crisis. Still, he must be getting aggravated with the guy he hired, as he has been disappointing him in a crisis.
      Maybe Greg can get some nice take out for you tonight- what is your favorite meal out?
      Hope you are feeling better, our sparkly Gailster!!!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I guess I missed something, yet again, but Colleen I know you wouldn’t say anything mean or unkind intentionally to anyone. Please don’t feel bad.
      Well, so far no bed. I’m supposed to get it today. It’s from a friend of a friend of a friend who is moving to Australia, he’s getting rid of everything. Not a friend of mine but of one of the management team here. If it were a friend of mine I’d be packing a bag to go myself. LOL. I think it’s a twin XL but not sure. I hope it’s in good shape.
      Gail, maybe your hairdresser can comb your hair so the ‘bare spot’ isn’t quite so obvious. Perhaps a small hair piece. When I went to beauty school, they used to use hair pieces on me for practice. I haven’t seen what they have on the market nowadays, but I’m sure they look more natural than back in the 70s. I hope you hear news soon, so you can at least know what to expect. It’s terrible to have to wait & wait for the results. The anxiety can be worse than the results. I do wear glasses, but I need to go in & have a check up. I’m noticing my vision is blurrier than ever. I even have to make the font bigger than ever. I tried contacts back in the 80s, but they didn’t work out. I couldn’t wear them in Hewlett Packard as I worked in a cleanroom & contacts aren’t allowed as they could adhere to the eye.
      I WISH I could share our beautiful weather with all of you!!! It’s absolutely perrrrrrrrect!! Pretty unusual for the 4th of July weekend. It’s gonna be in the upper 70s to low 80s all weekend.
      I don’t have any plans for the weekend, since I don’t get paid till Monday. Of course the stores are having great sales, but can’t partake & stock up for the holiday. Oh well.
      Sue, it sounds like you’re coming right along with your PT. Keep up the good work!!
      I hope I didn’t leave anyone out. Have a great 4th of July weekend with your families.
      dd
      PS Where did June go?????!!!! By the way, I got an email for BACK TO SCHOOL supplies yesterday!!!!! Seriously????

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      Hi Gail,
      It will be nice to not have to worry about cooking. It may be a surprise what they decide to cook. We went shopping today and picked up some things that would be easy for him to fix. He did go right to the taco kits so all he will have to do is cook the meat. So we may have Mexican food the whole time.lol
      That will be hard to do not getting your stitches wet. I wonder if you could put a plastic bag over where the stitches are. Maybe you could cut a piece off and put it over the stitches and tape it there with some type of tape. Hope that you can find the dry shampoo that would be best. I should ask my mom what she does. She has skin cancer on the top of her head. It is just a little spot and they have to scrape it and she cannot get it wet when she washes it. It is in a bad spot because it is on the top of her head. I will call her later and let you know what she uses.
      I agree with Adele the one that will notice it is Piper. If she is busy entertaining you she may not notice right away though. It is probably more noticeable to you because you know where it is. It is hard to let them cut our hair. I doubt very much that you look like Frankenstein. You look fine.
      When you said that about your eye the first thing I thought about was your reading. That would be terrible if you could not read anymore. Would this effect both of your eyes are just one? I really do not know anything about this so if this is a dumb question sorry.We are still praying for you and that this will be okay.
      We were supposed to get some rain and storms here but they went around us again. It was really cloudy and we thought for sure that the rain was coming. It would be nice if the weather man would get it right once in awhile. We really do need the rain though.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good afternoon and night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I really do not know for sure what we are going to have to eat. Ron is doing the cooking that day so it will be up to him. It will be interesting to see how long he sticks to this cooking thing. He will probably make it thru next week but then he will get tired of it. He really should not have to cook that long but if he will far be it from me to stop him.lol
      Well it is good that we can talk about the surgeries. That way we all find out things that they do during that time. It does ease your mind a little. It does seem like we have all had a variety of procedures done. It has been just the last couple of years. I just hope that we do not have anymore of this. It is time that it stopped.We do not need to be sick or have to go to have any type of surgery for at least 10 years. That sounds like a good amount of time.
      I am up to date on all the Chew shows. They have had some good recipes. Clinton had a good one the yesterday. He made cake balls that looked really good. He put the frosting inside the cake mix that he had rolled into balls. The icing melted in the balls and just looked really good. That would be something good to try when the grands are coming over. They would enjoy that.
      The storms went around us again today. We were supposed to have them during the morning and the sky looked like it was going to happen. But it cleared up and the sun has been out ever since. This is such weird weather.
      Well that is about all from here. Thank you for the prayers.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I try to be nice to people all the time. I do not like to say unkind words to people and really try to watch out for that. Thank you for the kind words. You are a special lady also. We are all caring and that is why we all get along so well.
      It will be nice when you get that bed to your apartment. It must be getting tiresome sleeping on the love seat. It was nice that they thought of you when it came time to give the bed away. That would be so cool to go to Australia for a visit. Do not know if I would want to live there. it gets extremely hot there part of the year. It is hot enough here for me.
      That is the way it usually goes. When you do not have any money they have all types of sales. Then after you get paid the sales are over and you would have to pay full price. I miss the good old days when we worked and had the money every week and did not worry as much about what we spent all the time. Not like now we have to watch every penny that we spend. That is one thing that is hard to get use to.
      I really like the pictures that you posted. They are so pretty. I really like to watch the hot air balloons they look so pretty in the sky. It would be interesting to fly in one but I am scared of heights and will not get into a plane do not talk about a balloon. It is terrible being a big sissy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      I love the Patriotic pictures. I got an Annalee Eagle a couple of years ago, and I cannot find where I put him….LOL LOL
      You worked in some interesting places. Which one was your favorite?
      We are getting thunderstorms shortly. It is getting real dark. I told Gary what you have for weather, and he is jealous. We may be able to stick our heads out the door, as it is going to be really gross tomorrow. So, i decided to make muffins for breakfast, early in the am. At least we will have that to look forward to- chocolate muffins- a new recipe. I wish I could have you over for coffee! You, and all my Quacker buddies.
      I wonder if Sue is getting the thunderstorms too, or maybe she already had them.
      Christmas in July starts at midnight. I may try to stay up for the first show. I hope they have a good toy for Aizen and JJ.
      Hope you have a good night. i also hope you get that bed quick, as you must be getting sore from the blow up one,
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      You will have to see if Ron makes you potato soup…..LOL LOL LOL
      It is getting pitch black over here. It looks like we are about to get a thunderstorm. I do not hear anything yet. So, I better be quick, and shut this off.
      I cannot believe there is nothing on TV tonight that is not a repeat. I will have to check the movie channels to see if there is anything good. I do have one movie recorded, so that may make the cut for tonight.
      I am glad your eyes will be all done before the 4th. Would you be able to see fireworks, or is there too much bright light for you now? You can always watch them on TV. That is how we watch them. Nice and comfy, from our recliners.
      I have been working on the needlepoint picture that has been in the making for the last 4 years. I really want to get it done.
      Are you going to stay up to see the first Christmas show tonight? I may try to stay up for it.
      I hope you have a good night, free of any storms.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I GOT THE BED this afternoon!!!! Hooooooooooooray!!! I was done with sleeping on the loveseat!!!! I’ll spend part of the weekend catching up on my sleep!! It’s a twinXL so I have a few more inches at the foot of the bed so my feet won’t hang over. I just hope I don’t roll off like I did on the aerobed. It’s not nearly as high as my old one My old one was a double pillow top so it was really high. It’s abit firm, but I plan to get a memory foam topper to go on top of it. I’m just happy I have a bed now!!
      You’ll never guess who has discovered it, LOL. I laid down for a nap & she had to explore. I felt her lay down beside me. I just hope I don’t roll over on to her during the night. It’s a lot narrower than the old one.
      Adele, I think the job I liked the best was HP. Of course there were pitfalls, but overall it was the best. I had health insurance, dental insurance, & didn’t have to worry about it. It’s the only job I had where I had it. Some of the caregiver jobs were good. I formed relationships that lasted for yrs. There were some I’d rather forget, too, & have.
      Well, CIJ is on the q right now. I need to win a lottery so I can get the h— out of here, & buy all the QF I want & Christmas décor. Like I need anymore, LOL.
      Have a great holiday girls. Good luck Colleen on your cataract surgery on Monday. You’ll be amazed when it’s all done & you can see everything again.
      dd

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      Guess who?? I couldn’t find these earlier so I had to go back & find em
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      Starting new discussion page. See you all there!

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      Hi DD!
      I am so happy you have your new bed. Good idea on the mattress topper. How about positioning the bed on one wall, so you do not have to worry about falling off? I totally get that, as some times when I rollover, I am dangerously close to the edge. What a nice holiday present for you, to have your new bed.
      I really wish every job offered health insurance to their workers. Wouldn’t that be nice? Do you still talk to the favorite people you cared for?
      Well, last night we had storm after storm come by, with a lot of rain. We did not get a lot of thunder, though. It was so humid, the windows were all steamed up. I am so grateful for the air, as I would not have been able to breathe last night.
      Today is sunny, and very humid- tomorrow will be in the 90’s. Yuck.
      Hope your day is goign well, and you got your naps in.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey DD!
      Love those pictures!
      Adele

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