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    • Gail Norusis
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      I’m back from hot, hot, hot Kansas City.

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    • adele shanbar
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      Hey everyone……Happy Forth of July!

      We will be watching the fireworks from our nice cozy, cool chairs…..LOL

      Gail……if you were here, you would say the same thing….hot, hot, hot…..

      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      DD, I’m so sorry to hear about the cracked ribs. Colleen had a good idea about sleeping in a recliner-it does make it easier to get up-especially if the recliner can be adjusted easily. I think none of us would probably knowingly let our kids play in a dangerous place. But then sometimes something that seems innocuous can be dangerous too. That being said, it seems like common sense would tell you not to have a newly walking baby on concrete or brick. On the other hand they often land on their butt when they fall when learning to walk and as we know that is well padded with a diaper. lol
      Barbara, don’t feel bad-you didn’t fail me in any way. You have your own health and well being to worry about and that is enough for any one person.I’m continuing to pray for good news on that front. I’m kind of sorry that Joey doesn’t want the party-I think it wasn’t so much that they were newly weds but it gave you and Jerry a chance to celebrate their wedding with them and their friends since you can’t attend the ceremony in California.
      You and Jerry should celebrate that 70th birthday. I have the same event coming up in October-and i thought there would be a family trip to Disney with Jenny and the kids and Brent if possible but that’s not going to happen (she plans on going in September with the kids and the boyfriend) I’m wondering how that will work out. We are invited back out to the Jazz Fest in Sun Valley that week but that’s not my ideal way to spend the birthday-that’s more like a business obligation. We’ll see.
      Colleen, so sorry that Ethan and Kaylee can’t make the trip. I know you were looking forward to seeing them as it has been awhile. Where did the kids go in the mountains in Tennessee? Did they have fun? I know Greg would never wait an hour and a half for a table-well maybe he would if we were with a group of friends or something-but not in the general course of events.
      We did get a lot of rain last Tuesday. And they must have had a lot of rain in Iowa on Saturday as there was a lot of standing water in fields and rivers and streams were high. I’m thinking that Juniors must be trying something new as everything I have ever gotten from them was in styrofoam and dry ice. Who ships something like that to Missouri in June in a regular box? I know the Q will usually tell you to toss it and refund your money. Too bad you don’t live closer to Adele-you could hire her to make new curtains for you and get the exact color and fabric that you want.
      Well we got back from KC yesterday. Heat alerts everyday that we were there so I barely got out shopping-it was just too hot to walk around. However, I did manage to get to my favorite jewelry store to pick out an anniversary gift. How fortunate for me that this trip usually is somewhere around our anniversary. lol The day that Greg golfed there was a heat index of 110. That night we and another couple were driving in the car at 8PM going to a restaurant and it was 99 degrees out. Usually all the restaurants down there have crowded outdoor patios and this time not one person was dining outdoors. So we concentrated on indoor activities. We went to a couple museums and a lot of nice restaurants. We usually bring the kids home something from our trips and there used to be a really nice toy store just a few blocks from the hotel with unusual things but that was closed up and gone this year. We did find a different toy store in a suburb though and went there instead. Thank goodness for google! We also took a trip out to one of the casinos. At least Greg was lucky…There’s a restaurant/bar on the first floor of the hotel and one night there was a group playing down there that was singing and playing so we stayed down there and listened to them for quite awhile. All in all it was a good trip and the one nice thing was neither of us barely thought about the troubles that were waiting for us back here at home.
      Every time we travel I still feel it’s odd not to be dropping off dogs before and picking them up after. It makes me a little melancholy if I think about it too much. But at the same time it’s freeing not to have to worry about them if we are gone too much or too long. Thus all the vacillation on my part about redogging (I made that word up)lol our house.
      Adele, I hope that you are feeling better and that Amanda is getting looked at. I’ll bet your pool is quite crowded as you are now getting our heat wave.
      Anyone have plans for the 4th? We really don’t.
      Gail

    • Barbara Smith
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      Glad you had fun on your trip, Gail. I know our weather is SO hot, and I am not sure if you all are used to the kind of heat that we get. Does it go into the 90’s in your area? What we have here is bad humidity, and when we step outdoors it feels like a sauna. Jerry overheats very easily; and we really do base lots of our choices of places to go by what the weather will be like there. I can understand why no one was eating outside. I love to do that if it is offered. But it is way to hot for that here now. Glad Gregg at least did well at the casino. I just know before I go in that I am just giving the small amt. I take with me; and Jerry usually does better than me. I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me; no pun intended; but I enjoy all the lights, and I am such a people watcher. It relaxes me to just sit and watch others having fun. On another subject-the big birthday-I just feel I HAVE to do something. I have gone through such strange feelings lately; and I am so pulled to celebrate life, I just don’t really know What to do. I can’t go overseas; we are just not “travel far away” couple. And we know that the kids will take care of our kitty; and the outside puppy, but I just don’t know where to go or what to do. I do worry about being away from Auto Kitty; because he honestly has a routine and it literally upsets his tummy if he has a change in his routine with us. I bet you can relate to this DD with your kitty. And I know how much you loved your dear Rocky and we, like you, don’t know what we will do if “things” change with our current arrangement. I hope you are doing better family wise. I remember when you all had such a great trip to Disney. I, too, had planned for us all to be together for my BD; but know that will not happen. So, guess this is why I am having such a hard time, like you and Gregg.
      Joey asked if we would mind planning a Fall party instead of right now. I really think he does want us all to get together; but honestly; this is just me mind you, but I think he is unhappy about this whole wedding being held so far away from us. We are so worried about him and her; but it is like he is “accepting” the marriage; and he just keeps telling me and his daddy don’t worry, I love you, everything will be okay. Boy, I need to quit. You all must be thinking; just do or say something for pete’s sake. So sorry you guys. Life is NOT simple for our family.
      We do not have anything special planned for the holiday. Joey works that night and the next; and Lisa is only off the one day. We asked Lisa if she would like to go with Jerry and me to a local restaurant that sells “fancy” hamburgers and great onion rings and fries; but she said she would let us know. So who knows? But we do know we are picking us Jerrys Mom tomorrow and we are having spagetti; which she loves, and some soft rolls, and of course; she wants some chocolate pie lol Guess I will stick a little flag in the middle of it. Hope your Moms are doing good Adele and Colleen. Please tell them both that I said hello; and how I would love to sit and talk with them about the past. I could learn so much from them. Do either of them embroidery or do needlepoint? My grandmother taught me how; and I have my thimble and my hoop that she gave me many years ago. I wish I could see well enough to do it now. I would also love to hear some of their favorite recipes. Have they ever heard of a “butter roll”? Jerrys Dad had told me so many times of how much he missed having one to eat. He said his mother would make them for him; and I think they were a recipe from Germany, but not sure.
      DD, hope you are doing better. I agree about the recliner to sleep in. Hurt ribs are so painful, and I am so sorry. Adele, how is little Aizens tree? Has he been so busy with his acting that his horticulture is on the back burner? I always think of his tree like the little Charlie Brown tree. Jerry is so into trees that is has been a huge part of our lives. I surely need a cute grands story. You all uplift me with a story of the children or a kitty or puppy dog story. I need something now. Did the kids enjoy the cabin adventure? Bet there were some smores for them. Take care everyone. Hugs Barbara

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail!
      Glad you had a good time, and thrilled you picked out your anniversary gift. Sooooo, what does it look like??
      I am sorry about the trip to Disney getting re-arranged. I hope it goes well for the kids. Have they met the boyfriend yet? You know, I am wondering if they all know him already. In other words, is he a dad of the kids they know, or a coach, etc? If they are familiar with him, that woudl make sense as to why Jenny thinks all will go well. I know how upset you are by all this, and I sincerely hope this is a man who is a good father, and person.
      I know how you feel when you do not see the kids as regularly as you always did. Over here, Steph is on another one of her toots, and I have not seen the boys, accept Aizen, when Heather brought him by a couple of weeks ago. the summer wastes away, and the dog is using the pool more than the boys. It is what it is, as I always say. i am used to it. I don’t like it, but, I am used to it.
      I hope your Fourth will be good, and that you and Greg will plan a nice day.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      hey Barbara
      You know, Aizen’s initial tree is pretty funny. It is growing like a bush,not a tree, and I am wondering if the nursery made a mistake. I still do not care, as those Hyddrangea trees are so pretty when they flower, and all Fall long. I now have 7 of them….LOL LOL Some day, long after I am gone, you will not see the house, for the trees…..wait, isn’t tat a famous expression???? You can’t see the forest for the trees….LOL
      We are in a Mexican stand off up here…a very hot one. We have the temps and humidity you do,and it is awful.. Every once in a while we get a break with a sea breeze.
      The stand off is between me and Steph. I left her 3 separate messages, and none have been returned. I know she was mad at Bobby (who takes her food shopping on Sundays when she asks to go with him) because he woudl not make another stop for an errand of hers. So, she stopped coming over here. Then, when I called to ask when JJ’s graduation from 5th grade was, i was informed she was not inviting anyone, as if she invited one person, she had to invite all. So, i was not invited. I decided not to rock the boat, and go anyway, as I wanted the boys to be here for the pool. Well, that did not work out for me, as even though I OBEYED Her Majesty (which is rare- it would have been my nature to just go anyway), I have not had the pleasure of a Royal Visit.
      We all know she is mad at Bobby, and that is what the root of the cause is. but, I called after graduation to see how it went- no answer. Called after the last day of school to see how that went- no answer. I gave it one more try, and when she did not pick up the phone, I quit.
      She told her mother she thinks I am mad at her. Heather told her I called, and she responded by saying she missed the calls. Heather then told her….”you better call your grandmother, becasue at this point she is waiting for your call”. No call yet….LOL
      So, you asked if I do needlepoint. well, boy do I ever! the whole house is decorated in needlepoint and crewel pictures. I am working on these cool Halloween and Christmas ornaments. I made 3 for Her Royal Majesty’s birthday, 2 for Heather’s birthday, and 2 for Tillie. I even have 3 Stars of David ones for my SIL, and 2 nieces. I ahve been on a roll since no little boys have been tkaing up my time….LOL
      I am going to take pics of the ornaments after I stretch them back into shape, and will take pics of the 5 pictures I sent to be framed almost 2 weeks ago.
      you know we are all great women on here. We roll with the punches, and do the best we can, with what we have, or get. We take it in stride, and push on, no matter the challenge….daughters, DIL’s, bed bugs, storms, surgeries, divorces, and retirements. We keep going, with our sparkly clothes and give the finger to all who aggravate us, with a smile. (hope I have not offended anyone…it is the East Boston in me)
      Go Quackers!!
      Love you, Colleen, DD, Gail and Sue…..I listed everyone in alphabetic order….LOL LOL

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      We do get into the 90’s here but certainly not as much as you do. However, I know what that oppressive Tennessee heat feels like as my parents lived in Louisiana and my Mom lived in Florida after my Dad died and both those states can give Tennessee humidity a run for it’s money.
      So are you going to do the fall party for Joey and Lisa? As to your 70th think of doing something that you always wanted to do-then eliminate the things that you can no longer do because of your’s and Jerry’s physical limitations and then see what you have left. I think it would be fun to do one of those Mississippi River cruises or those other small boat cruises that go around the coastlines-both east and west. They are kind of expensive but would be a once in a lifetime thing. I know Jerry is restricted because of his back but there has to be something that you both could enjoy. One thing Jerry is lucky that he can still sleep in his bed. Our friend who will be getting his third back surgery in the fall has to sleep in a recliner right now as he can’t get comfortable anywhere else. Those back issues are just awful.
      I have never heard of a butter roll-now I am curious.
      I can’t give you any advice on Joey and Lisa. All I can say is hope that they have a wonderful life together and pray that your misgivings will not come to fruition. If I’ve learned anything from the Jenny situation is that it’s no use worrying about what your adult children are doing as they are going to go ahead and do as they please anyway. And nobody wants our advice or the wisdom of our years so you just have to button your lip. I am a bit bitter as I feel that the close relationship that I thought I had with my daughter has been broken. So I will put all my attention towards our grandchildren and making the transition easier for them.
      We have nothing planned for today. Although, I think we are going over to see the grands as we have some gifts for them from our trip.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I definitely don’t think the kids have met the boyfriend as they have not even been told yet that their parents are splitting up. And I don’t think he would be someone that they know as I have heard he is from a different town. Basically, I think Jenny is delusional to think that they are going to accept him. It’s like Greg says, it seems like she got rid of Adam and just expects to slip this guy into the slot vacated by him. I just see much future heartbreak and confusion for the kids. I worry most about Kendall as she is the oldest and the most sensitive and doesn’t really share her feelings. Plus I think this is the year she will get her bubble burst in many ways-she will be in 5th grade and up until now has still believed in Santa and the Easter bunny and all those childhood things but I would imagine this might be the year she discovers the truth-add to that having her Dad leave and I’m afraid she may lose faith in all grown ups. She is such a good kid-and being the oldest has had to give in on many things to her younger siblings and I just hope this doesn’t break her.
      You know I just realized recently that our Fridays at Jenny’s are probably coming to an end. We started going over there because Adam worked nights and she wanted the adult company for that evening at the end of the week. So that will probably change as now the new boyfriend will probably be there nights.
      Boy, that Steph can hold a grudge for a long time! Didn’t that whole thing where Bobby wouldn’t stop for her other errand happen at least a month ago? I hope she loosens up soon so that the boys can enjoy the pool. When they come as a celebration you need to get in there with them.
      I think we are going to see the kids later today. I guess Jenny is taking them to a parade this morning and then Adam will be home with them this afternoon while she goes out with her boyfriend so we will go over then. My heart still hurts for Adam but he seems to be more resigned that things are over for them. I have no idea if she plans on having the boyfriend move in when Adam moves out, but I guess we’ll find out. All I know is he sure hasn’t made it easy for us to ever like him by seemingly dating a married woman with three children with a clear conscience-however, Jenny is just as guilty as he is in that respect. I hope that she does not plan on marrying again as who knows how long it would be before she changes her mind again. All I know is we payed for one big beautiful wedding and if she ever wants another one that’s all on her. Am I bitter? Yes I am!!! Some days I’d like to wring both of their necks! And of course I am very curious to know who this homewrecker is and what he is like. I personally hope that he is an asshole so that I can intensely dislike him-but then for the sake of the kids I hope he is a nice guy. All I know is if we want to continue to see the grands we have to keep our thoughts to ourselves. Grrrrrrrr! It was so much easier when the kids were ten. lol
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I am so glad that you forgot all about what was going on at home and you just enjoyed yourselves. You two really needed it. Maybe when things start to get you down you need to get away even if it is just for a day or two.
      We wanted to have a party for Ron’s 70th birthday but my oldest planned their vacation on the day. She is really being honery here lately. So mom may have to get that way also. I do not want to but there may not be any other choice.
      They went somewhere in Pidgeon Ford. I am not sure of the exact place but will have to ask when Mandy gets back. They did have a good time but there was one person there that was not family and that started trouble. That is usually how it is when one persons friend comes and not everyone gets along with that person. It was not a bad idea for us to stay home.
      So what did you pick out for your anniversary? I bet that it is something really pretty. I hope that you will share with us what you got or maybe it is going to be a mystery. Sounds like you had a nice anniversary.
      I talked to Ethan and Kaylee today and poor Ethan is really mad at his aunt. She should not have done that. So once we get the car fixed we will go and see them. It may be after all this heat is over with. It is just miserable here. We went to the parade and the festival at the school today but neither were worth the trip. I think that it was just too hot and people did not want to come out for it. They also had a heat advisory here until tomorrow night. So it would have been too hot for some of the people.
      That is usually how I get my cakes from Juniors. I do not know why they did not send them that way this time. It was a mess and so disappointing. I called Juniors personally and talked to them about the shipping. When this woman thought that I wanted something from them she tried to push it off on QVC. She talked to her manager and found out that they do ship them. So she was a lot nice after that. Then I told her that I did not want anything I just wanted them to know how I received the cheese cake.She then seemed to be friendlier. I did get my money back so had no problem with that. I just wanted them to know what was going on so they would not do it to someone else.
      You were lucky that you found another toy store. It is so sad that all these shops are closing. They usually have such cute things there. Things that they do not sell in a big box store. It is nice to have something different.
      I am like you and Barbara. When I go to a casino I just donate money to the place and never win anything. So I have found that it does not do me any good to go in a place like that. I do like their restaurants though. They had one that had all different types of food and it was really good. They also had a desert bar in the middle of the room and you could pick whatever you wanted. It was fun and not that expensive for what all you got.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Barbara and Gail
      I have not heard of a butter roll, but, the Germans have a milk roll.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      I share your concern for the kids, and Jenny. I hope he is good to the children. I also hope they can adjust, as they do not have a choice.
      Kendall is one year behind JJ. JJ is going to middle school this year. It is a tender age, the pre-teens. It is a tough time for kids.
      My heart goes out to all of you. Everyone’s life is going to change, and your very special Friday nights will be gone.
      Oh yes, she can hold a grudge. read my post to Colleen….LOL She finally called me, and they came over with Heather yesterday- all 3 of them. The kids had a good time in the pool. It was way too hot for me to go out there- it was 105 in our yard, with high humidity. I would have vomited if I went out there. I have no idea how they could stand it. Steph ended her feud with Bobby too, as she was very nice to him when he came home, and hugged him. So the drama is done again for now.
      I hope you had a good time with the kids last night. It must be so awkward with Adam. Your heart goes out to him, and then you get so mad at Jenny and the new guy. I hope Adam is able to move on, and make a decent life for himself. The whole thing is so sad.
      I have attached a pic of the ornaments I have finished. Just in time for Steph’s birthday tomorrow. I am giving her 3 of them. Heather gets 2 and Tillie gets 2. I will start working on mine soon after I finish the 3 Star of David ones for my in-laws.
      We are supposed to get better weather tomorrow. I am dying for the humidity to stop.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that Steph is talking to everyone again. I imagine that the boys are happy also. They probably were anxious to get into the pool. It is hard to have kids that are stubborn and do not talk to you for awhile. I know exactly how it feels. We go thru that once in awhile.
      Your ornaments are really pretty.The kids will be excited to get them. It is so nice that you are doing that for them and your in-laws. They will really like them also. You are so thoughtful. It will be something that will be passed on thru the whole family.
      Did you read what I wrote to Gail about Juniors. It was funny they thought that I wanted something from them and I did not want a thing. I just wanted to tell them about how it was shipped. They should start out with a better attitude.
      We have had a sort of cool down. Ron thinks that it is going to get so cold that we will not need the air on tonight so we are all burning up and he is fine. I guess that he is. He sleeps in just his undies and we have to wear pjs. It is a lot different for a woman then it is for a man. I am thinking of turning the heater on in the bed room and let him see how the rest of us feel. lol
      I wish that there was something exciting going on around here. We are just all doing the same old thing. It would be nice if the weather would cool down a little here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Just a quick note to say to the Philosophy gals, they have a Philosophy TSV today. You might want to check it out. They have 2 hr shows thru out the day.. I can’t wait to see what they come out for the holidays. Last yr they had a set of several fragrances for the ho.days but I didn’t get in on it. They were the smaller bottles. Speaking of which, it just came on as a teaser. It’s Free Shipping day on the q, tooo..

      I started a post last night & Poof, it was gone, so I just shut down & I’ll get back to it tomorrow.

      Have a great weekend!!
      dd

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’ve tried several times now to write a post & it vanishes before I can get it sent. I get so far & it disappears. So if you’re having trouble please let me know. I have no clue what’s going on, but I’m really ticked off.
      I’m feeling a lot better now. I’m fine when I’m up & about, but still hurts when I’m getting out of bed. I did some housework today. Finishing up with the prep for the bug spray Tues. I hope they don’t keep me on tender hooks for 3-4 months. Altho I’ve harped on it so much they probably don’t want to hear me anymore.
      I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th & the weather co operated. We were supposed to have 80 for the 4th but Mother nature had other ideas. Clouds rolled in overnight & kept it cool all day. there were sprinkles early on but not all day. It’s so dry out here I doubt anyone really cared.
      I’m gonna send this before I lose it again. It’s about here where I lose it.
      Have a great week.
      dd

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      Hi Ladies,
      This site is for the birds!!! I had to sign back in when I came back on here. We lost another resident in the past week or so. I had just seen this guy at the store not that long ago. He had lived down the hall from me until he got a larger apt a couple floors down. It came as quite a shock to me & Kay, as he lived across the hall from her. I’m gonna try & find out if we can send our condolences to the family as we knew the daughter. It’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen her tho. He was a nice man. I used to call him Dracula since he slept all day & came out at night. lol. When I saw him at the store recently my mouth dropped to the floor cuz it was early afternoon & he’s not normally up at that hr. Looking back now I’m glad I stopped to talk to him as it turned out to be the last time. I was saying goodbye, even tho I didn’t know it at that time. You just never know!!

      Adele your ornaments are adorable. Are they needlepoint? I’ve never done needlepoint before. Is it hard to learn?
      I was a bad girl yesterday (Sat.). I didn’t get the Philosophy TSV, but I did get the cookbook 12 piece shower gel, sample set. and the set of two bottles of Baby Grace. I know it’s hard to get ahold of. Shame on me.
      We’re in for a mini heatwave this week. When we get one, it comes up from Ca. so it’s a dry heat as opposed to heat & humidity. You’d be laughing your butts off when I tell ya about our humidity. On the 4th, it was cloudy with 50+ % humidity. The Pacific ocean is colder than the Atlantic. We don’t have the Gulf either. Our ‘gulf’ is out of Alaska. Quite a BIG difference. I’ve seen people jump in thinking it’s warm like Fl. but they got a rude awakening! Right now I doubt the ocean temp is 70 yet. It’s usually in the 50s. Just think of it as totally opposite from what you have back there. It’s definitely NOT the tropics. And yes you can breathe deep even on the hottest days. You gotta come out some time.
      Well, I guess that’s about all for now.
      take care.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      That is good news that you are getting around better now. I hope that all the pain goes away soon. That is miserable when you ribs hurt like that. You cannot move without feeling pain.
      I am sorry to hear that you lost another neighbor. That is so sad to lose a friend. I hope that you can find his daughter so you and Kay can talk to her. She will appreciate that you made an effort to reach her.
      I did not buy any of the philosophy yesterday. I am trying to get all of my easy pay paid off before I start ordering again. I need to do some Christmas shopping soon or I will never get it done. I have tried that variety packs of flavors of philosophy and it is really nice. I gave so many bottles to my sister-in-laws at Christmas and they really liked it. SO it makes a nice gift to have on hand.
      It was really hot on the 4th here but we still went to the parade and festival in town. It was not as good as it has been in other years. They had a heat warning out and that really changed things. I guess a lot of people stayed home. The fireworks display that night was really nice though. They said that there was a lot of people that were there for that. It was still too humid for us to go so we stayed home. We were watching the fireworks on tv but they had the worse cameraman ever. He got a lot of good shots of buildings and people but not very many of the fireworks. I hope that the next time that we have fireworks they get someone else to film it.
      I like the pictures that you posted. They look so calm and peaceful. That water looks so cool and the area looks like a place that you could just sit and cool off. We do not have any cool areas by the river here. I also like the crazy cat lady. I think that my daughter and her kids will soon be able to be called that. If they ever get a place where they can have more then one cat.lol
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      It was nuts here this weekend. Heather had the boys overnight, and they decided to stay here. They had a great time with Luna in the pool, Saturday, and then again Sunday morning before breakfast. I will attach a pic of them.
      I made brownies that got devoured….LOL After the pool, Aizen had 3 brownies, and then finished his dinner. We had a great treat for dinner- Panera. We just found out Panera delivers in our area! Do you have Panera in your area? Everyone loves the broccoli cheddar soup. Accept Gary, of course- he had the chicken soup….LOL
      Steph and Jhonny took the kids to a local beach that has an amusement park attached to it- Salem Willows. I bet they are still sleeping right now!
      So, Saturday night we watched The Incredibles. GAyr was groaning, and I told him it was James Bond in a cartoon, complete with the same type of music.
      I ahve been glued to the news, praying those boys all get out of the cave, and the children separated from their parents here get back together. Any time anything happens to a child, it makes me sick.
      I think it is a great idea to put the heat on for Ron. Gary is the same over here- he wears his flannel pj’s with the air on….LOL What is up with that??
      I hope all our Quackers had a good weekend. I am still tired……a real pooped Quacker up here in Massachusetts.
      Adele
      PS… millions of boxes are arriving from CIJ. I did great with stuff for all of them this year- those oversized one size fits all blankets, and the hooded throws with animal heads. Of course, the Pooh Pouree too, for favors for Thanksgiving. I was thrilled they came out with separate sets of gift bgas for larger packages.

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      forgot the pic of the kids with Luna in the pool….

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      Hi DD
      I hope this finds you feeling better. you have done so much damage to yourself falling out of bed. I hope you find a rail you can use to help. It is awful when we keep hurting ourselves at home. The tiniest things can get us in trouble. I hurt myself when I turn around in bed all the time. I should keep quiet, as I have not done it in a while.
      the 4th was quiet here. It was way too hot and gross out there. It will be back in the 90’s again today, and the rest of the week. At least this week, the humidity will not be as bad as last week. Last week, we were hotter than Florida.
      How do your ribs feel today? Tomorrow is bug day for you, and I hope you do not harm your ribs moving things aorund. I knwo you have help, but we always end up doing things ourselves too.
      My computer has been ok, wit the site. But, I did have to sign in again the other day.
      How has Kay been doing? My friend Winnie is still in the hospital. her hip surgery was the 11th of last month. She has i an infection, and they cannot seem to find the source. She was moved form the nursing home to the hospital where she had the initial surgery last week. The infection is getting better, but it is still leaking out of her incision. They did an MRI that showed the operation area is all swollen inside, but no infection there. They said last week it was in her blood, and then changed that too. She is completely disgusted, and she in an RN. She said they really screwed this surgery up, and she is tired of being in the hospital. She hopes to come home some time this week.
      I hope you are ok, and on the mend. Thank you for always posting such pretty pictures.
      Adele
      PS…did you get anything from CIJ?

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      That was a wonderful explanation of why your coast is better then ours in the summer. you gave us a great geography lesson….LOL It was a mystery to me, as to why you did not get the gross humidity we get.
      I am so sorry about your friend. It was good that you stopped and had a nice conversation with him, as you would have felt bad when you heard he was gone. It just shows that a minute of kindness is worth everything. that old adage that every day is a gift, is so true, and we learn it over and over again.
      I love the turtle and kitten pics. How is your kitty doing? What will you do with her tomorrow?
      Thank you for the nice compliment on the ornaments. They are needlepoint, and VERY easy to do. You should try one- you would love doing them. I get these form Amazon. they are called Alice Peterson Stitch Ups. If you get them directly from the company, they are 1.00 cheaper, but then you have to pay shipping, so Amazon is cheaper in the end. Needlepoint is easy, and to do a small ornament is a great way to start.
      I hope you are having a good day. Are you following the story about the boys in the cave? I hope they get them all out by tomorrow. It is nerve wracking, and I can only imagine how their mothers feel.
      Adele
      PS…did you get your stuff for X,as presents, or now?

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      Hi Ladies,
      I seem to remember one of you likes Kirk’s Folly. Jane Traecy (?) will be hosting an hour of it on Q2 today at 7 pm. I know they used to have it on, but it left. Well, she’s back with it. Jane was wearing a necklace from Kirk’s Folly. You can catch her on the Q right now. Enjoy.

      I’m glad I was able to clear up the differences between our weather patterns. It’s cloudy & cool again today. In a couple days we’re gonna be praying for it to cool off. Thurs we’re supposed to be in the upper 90s. we’re getting that hot hot air out of Ca. It’ll be the first heatwave of the summer.

      Tomorrow is D day for me. I’ll be taking Jewell with me when I go down to Kay’s. IT’s just for 3 or 4 hrs. I’m still doing some prepping. Seems like it’ll never end. At least I can have the fans running & the windows wide open, to circulate the air in here.
      I’m pretty sure Jewell’s aware somethings afoot. I won’t take her down in the carrier, as she’s aware it means a trip to the vet or some place she doesn’t want to go to. I’ll walk her back when we return.
      Well, that’s all I have for today.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      That is so nice that the boys spent the night and played in the pool. It is really fun to have the grands spend the night. They looked like they were having a good time in the pool with Luna. That would be so much fun to have a pool and watch the kids having such a good time in it. Ron will never know the thrill of that since we will never have a pool.
      We do not have a Panera in our area. They do have them in St. Louis but we do not go there that often. We have ordered from them when we have been at Danyielles but that is the only time. Well at least Gary will eat the chicken noodle soup. The broccoli cheddar sounds really good. It is too hot around here to eat soup. I am tired of cooking. I want to just go out and get food to eat for the rest of the week.Do you get in moods like that? I cannot imagine you getting in moods like that the way you like to cook and bake.
      You are a good grandma baking brownies for the kids. I am supposed to teach Kylie how to bake zucchini bread. I guess that I will do that this week. It will be fun teaching her to bake. I just hope that she likes the bread after we bake it.
      That is funny you comparing the Incredibles to James Bond. That is one way of looking at it. Why is it guys do not like watching cartoons with the kids. Ron does not either. If it has a cartoon character in it that is about all. He turns the channel and that is that. Unless the kids are here they would throw a fit and he would have to turn it back on. I like to watch cartoons as old as I am. I watch all the Christmas cartoons that come on every year. Ron and I are a real combo.
      I cannot imagine those poor boys being in that cave for so long. It is amazing that they have survived. How many are left in there? the last I heard there are about half of them out. The leader is still in there with the rest. I imagined that he will stay in there until the last boy is out. I have heard that those kids that were taken away from their parents at the border are reunited with their families. I think that Trump signed a bill that they cannot do that again. That has been the law for many years and many different presidents. It just has never been brought up before.
      I did not ordered anything yet. They are supposed to have a week-end of all Christmas this week-end. So I will be watching and see if I can find some things that I want. I need to find something for my sils for Christmas. I usually find something from there. They always have some different things then we can find around here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hello Everyone,
      I am back from the north woods. I really like visiting Tim and Nan but I was glad to get home after being gone to two different places in two different weeks. This is also a visit where Greg and Tim mostly do things together and Nan and I do things together and then we all go out for dinner in the evening-so I am not spending much time with Greg. The weather was beautiful though-not too hot-and we did go for a few pontoon rides around the lakes. Nan and I went shopping a couple of times and I did pick up something for the kids and part of my sister’s birthday present.
      DD, I hope that you are feeling better and the spraying is all over and done. I love the box of kitties! I am the Kirk’s Folly fan and I did have the show copied.
      Colleen, did the kids go to Dollywood when they were in Pigeon Forge? Also Pigeon Forge is the place where they have that hotel that is decorated for Christmas all year round. I hope that you get to see Ethan and Kaylee before school starts again. How many hours away do they live? Could you make it in a day?
      Adele, looks like fun at your pool. You must get in there before too long. We have a Panera a couple towns away. For some reason we don’t go there much but I know Jenny loves it. I’ll bet Gary hasn’t seen any of the more modern cartoons. Most of them have like a second level of jokes for the older audiences and are quite well done. Just because it’s animated doesn’t mean it is exclusively for kids. Tell him he needs to try something new! lol
      I actually did no damage from CIJ. I think that was a weekend that we were gone but I think there is more this weekend. I am going to sit on my hands as I don’t need any more decor.
      I have to leave for a doctor’s appointment soon as I have been having swelling in my feet and ankles lately. I am not seeing my regular doctor but another in her office as my doctor i would have to wait until next week and this is kind of freaking me out.
      Wish me luck.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Sounds like you had a nice time with Nan. Did you find any interesting Christmas gifts while you were shopping? Is this where you go and sit by the water and read a book? It sounds like a really nice place to visit. It sounds like fun riding on the pontoon boat. What a relaxing time.
      They did not go anywhere but to the cottage. They did go out to eat at Paula Daans and that was about it. The told me about that Christmas Hotel and I think that there is a store that is a Christmas store there also. If we ever get a car that runs right I want to go there and visit. Then we can go and see the kids. It i is an 8 hour drive. We will make it up there one day and see the kids. They are supposed to come home for Christmas.. I want to go there way before that.
      It is supposed to be a Christmas in July week-end. I cannot wait to see what all they have. I hope that they have some really good Christmas gifts for my sils. I like getting things from them they are a lot different then what we find in the stores here.
      That is good that you got an appointment quickly. You never know what is going on when you feet swell like that. I went to the doctor yesterday and got good news. They took me off one of my diabetes meds and will take me off more if this works well. We had talked about it before but I was too nervous to do it. So I guess that it was better that we waited. Hope that you doctors visit is as good as mine was.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I hope that everything went well with the spraying the other day. It would be nice if this was the last time that they had to do that but I know that they are coming back again one more time. That has to be a pain packing all that stuff up and unpacking again. I will be glad when it is over for you.
      That is nice that you can go down to Kays and stay with her until they are done. Jewel feels comfortable at her house doesn’t she? She is such a pretty cat and seems to be so lovable. I wish that Bently was but he is a mean little thing.
      It is boring around here the weather is so hot it is too hot to go outside. Even to go get into the car it is hot. We will have to get some groceries on Friday and I am hoping I can talk someone else into doing it. That is being lazy isn’t it.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Well the heat is on, as they say. We’re gonna have 90s or high 80s for the next week or so. The guy came Tues. am & sprayed for the bugs. Jewell & I went down to Kays for the 4 hrs. Her housekeeper came to clean & was taken with Jewell. Seems like everyone is. I stayed out on the sofa last night as I couldn’t stand the odor of the bug spray in the bedroom. I have to clean up the mess & am NOT looking forward to that. Just thinking about it gags me. I haven’t figured out how I’m gonna get the bed spring & mattress down without hurting myself again.
      It sounds like it’s a good thing I’m single. I LOVE watching the old cartoons!! From Bugs Bunny to Disney to the Flintstones. I don’t like any of the new cartoons at all!! And of course all the Christmas cartoons I’ve watched since they hit the airwaves!!
      It’s CIJ all weekend, starting Friday. I don’t DARE buy anymore Christmas decorations!!
      Gail, I hope it’s nothing serious with the swelling. Could be the heat. Kay had some swelling in her feet/ankles a few months ago. She took a couple Lasix & it did the trick.

      I was able to get the email address for the daughter of our neighbor that passed away. As it turns out, the day I saw him at the store, was the he passed. So I literally said my goodbyes that day. I sent a note of condolences to her & the family from Kay & myself. So sad.
      The world just witnessed a miracle!! All the world’s prayers were answered when the last of the boys & the coach were brought out!!! I woke up at 5 am that morning & found several notifications on my phone they had been rescued. I heard right after they came out the pumps that were pumping the water out stopped & they wouldn’t have made it out. Praise the Lord they got out in the nick of time.
      Oh, I’ll know next week if or when they’ll need to come back & do another spray. It won’t be all summer long!! I HOPE!!!
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      take care, stay cool.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      I hope that you can get the mattress and box spring put back without hurting yourself.
      That was wonderful news about the boys from Thailand. I love that people came from all over the world to help and offer their expertise. It just shows what can be accomplished if we all work together.
      I love the OCD sign. Every year I swear i won’t get any more decor and then something just calls my name.
      They did give me lasix-now i have to pee every ten minutes.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      That was good news getting off the diabetes medicine. It’s always good when we can drop a med or decrease a dosage.
      They put me on lasix for the next week and those lovely compression stockings. quite a fashion statement. The problem is I’m supposed to wear them most of the time and i can’t get them on by myself. Poor Greg almost blew a gasket trying to pull them on me plus I have to pee every ten minutes so this should be a great weekend. Yikes!
      I didn’t get Christmas gifts when we were up north-I just got some just because gifts. However, I did find part of my sister’s birthday gift. I didn’t really get to read much on this last trip up north but we do go down and sit by the lake and talk.
      The trip to Melissa’s is the same amount of time it takes us to get to Kansas City so that’s not too bad. I wish that was how far Brent was-we could see him a lot more. Of course right now I couldn’t take any trips as i would have to constantly stop for bath room breaks. it would take us twice as long to get anywhere. We are supposed to go to a wedding this weekend but i don’t know if I can with the way i have to go constantly right now. Holy crap!
      I am trying to just watch and not find anything that I just have to have this CIJ weekend. I like to see the pretty things though.
      Gail

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      Hello Ladies, can tell by you alls notes that you have all been busy. Glad you and Gregg had a few days away Gail and made it home safe and sound. I always think that getting away helps, and at times I sort of dread; without really meaning that word, but I guess “convince” myself when I am in a different environment, that everything is roses back home. And then when we pull back in the drive; it all sort of comes flooding back. But then I also remember how very very happy I have felt just to make that turn off the road and see our home within view. So, keep your chin up or as you said to me to keep a stiff upper lip. Very good advice. So you are on Lasix now and TEDS stockings. THey are SO hard to get on. Check with the doc; but we used to sprinkle baby powder (just a little) inside the stockings, and it would help them go on a little easier. And scrunch them all up to the toes of the stocking, and pull a little at a time to work them up your legs. Gosh, does this bring back the thousands of times I have put them on and off patients. And do you take the lasix in the morning? So sorry you are having this problem, but it is important to get the swelling down while keeping your circulation going good too. Take care.
      DD, hope your friend in the hospital is better. That is a shame that they are having such a problem with infection. You might ask her since she is a nurse if they have done blood cultures on her to identify the germ causing the infection? Is she running fever, since they can only draw those right after a fever rises. Hope your home is finally ready for you to move back and you havent hurt yourself trying to get things back together. You and poor Jewell should be feeling so displaced by now. I love the Kirks Folly things and so does Gail. I own quite a few of her pieces; including this sparkly shawl that most would find over the top, but I love it. I have absolutely no where to wear it, but I do with my Dreamjeannes and I think it looks perfect together lol
      Colleen, I am so proud and happy that you have been able to come off one of your diabetes meds. Whoo Hoo!!!!!!!! I really think that you losing all that weight really has helped and I bet you are proud. We love each other no matter what size any of us are; thank goodness for everyone being so “nonjudgement”. It always hurt my feelings to have someone say something ugly about “fat” people when I am standing right there.
      Adele, I was surely happy to see that Steph and the boys came by to enjoy your pool. Luna knows how much fun it is to just jump right on in there. Hope the tension is better with your young ones and for you too Gail. Seems your families caught the Tenn. conflict syndrome. We excel in it down our way. But I am giving it all I can muster up to get through all of this with my chin held high and not to let myself or Jerry get too hurt through all of this, and only hope and pray our family will be healthy, happy and love each other.
      How is Gary doing Adele? By the way, your decorations are just too cute. I am going to look on amazon for some. I think it would relax me. Thanks for the idea. Take care everyone. Miss and love you guys. Barbara

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      Hi Gail,
      I feel sorry for you having to wear those compression socks. They are not comfortable and the meds that they put you on are not fun either. They have you running to the bathroom all the time and that is not fun at all.
      That was nice that you got just because gifts.Your grands will be excited to get the gifts. Will you see them soon? I cannot remember when you said that they were going to Disney World or land I cannot remember which. I just hope that the kids have fun.
      I am just looking for gifts. I want to get some from there if they have any worth buying. Last year it was hard to find anything for them or my grands. I only found something for Aliza and she really likes her Teddy. She use to carry it around a lot but not she is carrying a rabbit that her other grandpa gave her. Her dad’s parents are divorced so they have other people in their life. It is really crazy around all of them. She has too many grandparents just like her brother. It is really confusing to her and that is why I think that she is so attached to Ron. When she comes here it is just me and Ron and no other grandparents around. That has to be hard on a little one like her.
      It is a shame that you will have to miss that wedding. Maybe it will not be as bad that day and you will get to go. If not you can always just send them a nice card and they will understand. Most women understand about taking a lasix.
      It is just so hot here no one wants to go outside. Mandy had to travel for her job today. She went to Perryville today and it is an hour and a half from here. If there is not a lot of traffic. She likes when they send her to different stores they pay mileage and she gets to see different stores and people. It is funny how some dollar stores are bigger then others. I never thought of that. They usually are all alike.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. I hope with all the running to the bathroom you are doing the swelling should go down soon.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      Skinny people need to remember that they can gain a lot of weight at any time. It is hard to keep it off and it is hard and sometimes I think not worth it. But now that I am going off one of my diabetes meds it is all worth it to me.
      Did you ever find out what was wrong with you? Do they have to do more tests or did everything come back okay? I have not read anywhere the results of the test that they did. I do miss things sometimes and need to reread things. The last that I had read she had postponed your appointment and then I do not remember hearing anything else. I hope that it all came back okay.
      It is really hot here today. I have heard that it is hot up your way also. I will be so glad when the weather decides to cool down and we can sit on the deck.I miss doing that in this hot weather. We should have it closed in so we can sit out there in the summer and when it rains. It would be fun to sit out there and just watch the rain. We just need screens and a roof. We would be all set. Just a couple minor things that we need. lol
      How is Jerry’s mom doing? i hope that she is well. My mom is doing really well. She went to the eye doctor and he said that she did not have any effects from the stroke in her sight. So now she has seen all her doctors and she is doing okay. These three women Tillie, Jerry’s mom and mine are all amazing. They just keep going. Thank God that we still have them in our lives.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Will those people that helped you pack come over and help you put your bed back together. There should be someone that can help you with that.They should have someone in that building where you live that can help with the bed. Some one in maintenance or in the office that could help you. That is not right if they don’t.
      I am so glad that you found the mans daughters e-mail address It will make her feel good to see that you thought of them. That was such a blessing that you saw him that day and could talk to him. Life is so short and we never know when it is going to end. Now that was depressing. Sorry.
      That is so good that all of them boys are out of that cave. The leader that was trapped in there with them was a good man. It was so nice that he gave the boys his food instead of eating and his water. That had to be really hard on him. Thank God that they all got out okay.
      I think that all of us have OCD. That was a funny sign. I am so glad that you posted those Christmas pictures. It is so nice to see the snow and the trees. I It is just too hot here. I am sorry that the 90 are headed your way. But we have had enough of them so will not take them back.lol
      That is about all from here. Have a great night and try to find someone that will help you with the bed. Do not hurt yourself.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      I know when we go away and we are busy I tend to forget the troubles that are at home and that’s a good thing as they will still be there when we return. I like to travel and do things but it’s always good to get back home. I still am not used to getting in the car and going though without dropping the dogs off at the sitters and picking them up on the way home. It still feels odd.
      Thanks for the info on the stockings-we will try the baby powder. I could never get those things on on my own but i feel guilty that Greg has to help me. So much guilt comes with being over weight.
      I’m with Colleen wondering how things are going with your current situation. Did they ever schedule a D & C? I hope that you are doing much better.
      Things are okay here. Adam is moving to his apartment next month so we’ll see how things go with the kids from there. I was talking to the kids last night and asking about their participation in summer reading club at the library. They said they hadn’t read any books and usually they would read all that was required to get the prizes at the end. I guess that’s because their Mom has been too busy with other things to pay attention to them getting their reading done. I wish I would have known earlier maybe I could have done something to help out with that. Of course with two kids playing baseball they are gone practically every night.
      The fair is coming up and Kendall is entering in cake decorating again this year and Lachlan has a presentation with his 4H group. Their cousins and older sisters show animals from their other grandpas farm but they haven’t shown any interest in doing that yet. Maybe Lachlan will when he gets older.
      Gail

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      Hey all!
      Sorry I have been off for so long. I have been finishing the ornaments I am giving for gifts.
      Also, Winnie has not been well. She was sent back into Boston to see another surgeon on the infection, and drainage from the wound. they admitted her, again. they are doing surgery today. I have not heard yet, so it is not over as of this moment.
      I got to the framer yesterday and picked up the pics. I will take a pic of them when they are out of the wrapping. After that, i went out with my old unit from work, as it was our old supervision’s birthday.
      The kids have been coming by a lot to use the pool, and we are thrilled it is getting so much use this year. I will look at all the posts, and try to answer all the responses.
      I pray you are all ok, and your kids, grands, and pets. I hope the extermination was not too stressful, and all is well with DD, Sue, Barbara, Colleen, and Gail.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      I think the kids trip to Disney is supposed to be in the fall. Normally we would have gone with and all rented a house together but with the new boyfriend we have been uninvited I guess. lol
      It does get confusing for the kids if the grandparents are divorced and remarried-and the number of grandparents keeps increasing.
      I think we’ll be able to go to the wedding. It seems like by the afternoon I don’t have to go as much and today was better than yesterday so maybe i don’t have as much excess water today. Who knows… The only problem now is that I got my dates confused and the Boy’s League Picnic is the same day as the wedding. I thought the picnic was on a Sunday like it used to be years ago-I forgot they changed the day. Lachlan’s game is at 4:30 and the reception starts at 5. Hmmmmm. I think we may skip the game and picnic as I also hear there are three other things going on in town that day that may make parking be at a premium.
      It’s good that Mandy likes doing the traveling for the Dollar Store. Now that you said that it makes sense that some stores are bigger than others. Just like our WalMart is smaller than most others.
      Good point about the skinny people could be fat some day. That is what happened to me so I really can see things from both sides. I never imagined when I was younger that I would be fat one day-but it happened and when it does it’s really hard to change back.
      It would be nice to have a screened porch. Then you could sit outdoors in the evenings without the bugs. Mosquitoes have been bad since it was wet earlier in the summer.
      That’s such good news about your Mom. She is the energizer bunny of Moms. Isn’t it nice to know that you have her genes. I’m glad her eyesight wasn’t affected by the stroke.
      I hope your heat breaks soon. It’s going to be hot here but then tomorrow rain is supposed to come in and then things usually cool down a bit.
      Anyone heard from Adele? She’s been gone for awhile. I will check to see if she is okay.
      Gail

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      Hello everyone!!
      I read all the posts, and made myself notes, so here goes….LOL
      Tillie has not been feeling well. She has been sleeping late, and just not feeling good. she says she is 92, and she can’t feel good all the time. It scares me, as I wonder if we are coming to the end. I have to stop thinking like that. She refuses to see the doctor or go to the ER, as she says this is normal for her.
      Colleen- I have not cooked anything in a week, accept one burger, with salad, or sandwiches with salad- way too hot up here. It is better today, but will get worst again in a day.
      I love the Peanuts cartoons, and I love all the holiday ones- watch them all, while Gary groans….LOL
      So glad you are off one med. that is a huge accomplishment. Go colleen!
      Gail, I bought so much from CIJ, I think I am almost done for the holidays. My back room has 3 huge cartons from the Q, with thieving piled into them. It looks like a warehouse in there.
      I hope your grands have a great tie at the Fair, and that they all win First Prize. They are such talented kids! And adorable!!
      I hope you do get to go to the wedding. those fluid pills are brutal. It is very hard to get those stockings on. When Tillie goes to the doctor, Heather puts them on her, as there is no way my arthritic fingers can do it. I hope Barbara’s suggestion of the powder helps.
      Did the doctor say why you are swelling? When my legs swell (every dam day), I drink ice tea, hot tea, or eat fresh berries- they make me pee like crazy. I cannot tolerate the fluid pill- makes me sick.
      DD, I am so glad the initial spray is done. I pray you found someone to help you get the mattress back on the frame. I also hope you did not hurt yourself. It is awful when we can’t do things we need to do.
      I was so thrilled the boys are out of the cave. I thought it was goign to be an awful ending, and it is fabulous that it was such a success.
      I also have the OCD….LOL I went real overboard on CIJ. I got all the gifts for the business to give away(ornaments), the animal hoodies for everyone, those huge snuggle blanket/throws, the Peanuts Holiday throw that I missed last year, 2 automated trucks for Aizen, and plenty of the holiday wrapping bags. I got that beautiful beauty and the Beast ornament for Steph, and ended up giving it to her for her birthday. LOL
      Barbara, it is me with the friend who has the infection…..LOL It is my friend Winnie. They did do a culture, and when they did it yesterday, they admitted her again. She is having surgery today. I think they are replacing the joint again, or the “ball of infection”, being cleaned out, Me and her sister are confused, so we have to wait to see what happens. I have not heard anything yet, and I have my candle burning, and praying. This is getting me real worried.
      Sooooo, I am embarrassed to say, I think I have every single Halloween and Christmas ornament. The kids loved them so much, they asked me for a couple more they really liked, and I was fine with that. I love to give home made gifts. plus, I ordered 3 more witch hats so I can make one for Winnie, Joyce, and Nancy. Nancy got hers last night. I am having such a great time doing these. As they are small,you can see them to completion quickly. Plus, the design with the back and hanger already on them, is such a great idea- I think that is why they are a little pricey.
      Gary is doing ok right now. I am actually afraid to say that, for fear something will happen. he has not had a bout of colitis in a while, and I am hoping that is over. he has lost so much weight. he is about 40 lbs less than me, and that is scary…..LOL
      Has the doctor ever said what made you bleed? I pray that never happens again, and that you get to do a couple of nice trips with the hubby!!
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hi to All. It is SO hot here today. It is also Jerrys birthday, and Joey sent him the cutest little cartoon like picture to my I pad at 12:01 last night that showed this little character that looked so much like Joey, in scrubs, had a beard like he does, and lots of Happy B. day and Love you Dad with sparkles and candles; it was just too cute. We were actually still awake; one of those couldn’t go to sleep nights for both of us; so we got to see it at the time he sent it. Made Jerry laugh and said, well, this is more important to me than if he had gotten me something expensive, and I know he meant it. Joey is such a loving son; and we don’t always agree, but surely made Jerry feel good. The wedding is scheduled for the 21st. Neal actually face timed us yesterday evening for his Dad to watch him as he was seasoning steaks. He had called Jerry last week to ask how he does his, and Jerry told him to use that sharp meat tenderizer that they sell on the Q and at other places; so he had gotten one and then needed help by having Jerry watch him and tell him about the seasoning. That really makes Jerry so proud that he wanted to do it like Jerry does. He sent us a picture afterwards, and said it turned out really good.
      I haven’t mentioned my “problem” because my appt is actually this Monday. I feel so much better, and I have prayed everything is okay, and I have tried really hard to put that seed of doubt out of my mind. So, prayers for good report, and I should know more afterward. Thank you for your concern.
      I asked Lisa the other day if she is getting excited and she said yes. She never volunteers any information; so I asked how many bridesmaids (8) maid of honor (her sister) I already knew from Joey that his brothers and his best friend from here (went all through school together, started their first day together, and is a deputy sheriff), asked her colors (no answer) and then she had to go to the restroom; so that was the end of the wedding conversation. Joey, Lisa, and his friend are flying out Tuesday afternoon. Please, if you think about it on next Saturday, say a little prayer for them. Our baby Colin has had roseola; so he has been really sick. Neal didn’t tell us until he was doing much better; he said he knew it would worry us and he just didn’t want us to worry when we wouldn’t be able to help. It is times like this that is so hard. But we were able to see him up and playing last night; so we feel good now about him.
      Yes, we are all so fortunate to have these wonderful women of the past generation in our lives. THey are so sweet and know so much. I know they love you all so much for all you do for them.
      Take care everyone. I am sitting on my hands too Gail. Hope you are able to make your wedding. Take care. Barbara

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      My dear friends,
      It’s with a very heavy heart that I write this. My world has just been turned upside down. I got a call from my cousin yesterday. She doesn’t call me unless there’s been a death in the family or something serious, anyway. She asked if anyone had gotten in touch with me, & I said no. Now I’m starting to get uneasy. We have an elderly aunt, & so I was starting think maybe she had passed. But that wasn’t her. When I asked what was going on, she told me it was about Ray, my brother. She told me he was in the hospital. One of our cousins is an EMT, & he said Ray had had a very bad brain bleed, & it didn’t look good for him. She told me she thought he was in the Albany hospital, so I googled it & got the phone #. Turned out he’d been transferred to the hospital 10 miles away for neurology testing.
      I got ahold of that hospital, & they put his ex on the phone. She was the one who found him on the kitchen floor yesterday morning. He’d had a massive stroke & there was no hope. I wasn’t able to get down there, but that’s okay. I’d rather not have the memory of seeing him hooked up to all kinds of machines, & tubes everywhere. I called back later, & talked to the attending nurse, & she assured me there was no brain activity & it was inoperable.
      He had just turned 60 on the 5th.
      At 10 pm last night (Friday) he passed away. I’m numb. that’s the best way to say how I’m feeling right now.
      NEVER in a million yrs would I ever think he’d go before me. I’m the one with the heart condition & all.
      Cherri told me he had been really sick last yr, but no one told me. Come to find out the well water out at the farm tested positive for Ecoli & something else. He lost 80 lbs in 3 months. Now comes the kicker, HE REFUSED to go to the Dr.!!!!!!!! What is it with men that they refuse to go to the Dr???!!!
      It also turn out he had high blood pressure. Hypertension as the nurse called it.
      I’m heartbroken of course, but on the flip side I’m mad as he– that he refused to go to the Dr. Does that make any sense?
      Have any of you been watching the CIJ today? Lots of cute things, but no $$, I need to win that contest, lol!!!

      It’s hot again today, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the upper 90s. I won’t be going out in that heat. I did go to the store this morning before it got hot. I had to get out of the house for awhile. It was lovely walk.
      Well now that I’ve bored you I’ll sign off.
      Take care, stay cool!!
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      I am sorry to hear about your brother. That is so sad. I will remember you and your family in my prayers. It will be better for you to remember him the way he was and not the way he was in the hospital. I am sorry to hear about him.
      Well that is all from here we are getting another storm and I have to get off of here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      HI All,
      We have had some really good electrical storms here lately. We had them for two or three day and one night. Last night I tried to get on here was on for a short time and the lightening again. So had to get off. The way the lightening is striking it is scary to use any electrical appliance. I will be glad when these storms slow down.
      Gail, that makes it really hard when you have all these events at one time. Makes you wish that you could be in two places at once. It will be interesting to hear what you did. I just hope that you got to do something and had a good time. I thought that the lasix would have started to wear off a little.
      Have they said anything about the West Nile disease in your area? They said that they have found some in areas not too far from our house. So now we have to wear pest sprays to keep the bugs off. It really gets to be a worry. You have to worry about the tics and the mosquitoes. They use to spray for them but now they do not do that anymore. I do not know why.
      Adele, I am so sorry to hear that Tillie is sick. I hope that she is feeling better now. It is hard when our mom’s get sick you always worry that it is going to be worse then what it is. We are praying for her. That is good that you are not cooking. It is so hot and if you did much you would have to move out until the house cooled down again. I really hate this heat. I finally bought one thing from the CIJ shows. I got a candle for Statkins. I got the Christmas and spring ones. I was not sure about the spring ones but will see if I like them or not. I am thinking of getting my brother that Peanuts throw. He loved to watch snoopy all the time. He thought that dog was cool. So it would be nice for him to throw over his lap if he gets cold at night.
      Barbara, Tell Jerry Happy birthday from us. That was a great gift from Joey. I do not think there is a better gift to give a parent. I would just start talking about the black dresses that the girls are going to wear in the wedding. She will speak up then because no one wants to think that they are going to wear black in their wedding. I am a hateful old lady though and do not care what they think. I am getting to where I do not care anymore. I guess that is just the mood that I am in. I guess you just have to act like you do not care what they wear or how the wedding is going then she might open up and tell you all about it. Just do not let it get you down. I really think something happened to her brain after that wreck. I am praying that you get a good report on your tests. I think that it must be good news.
      DD, I am so sorry about your brother. We are praying for you and your family. I hope that you are feeling a little better now.
      Well that is about all from here. I hope that all of you have a good night.
      Colleen

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      DD,
      I am so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. I can understand how you can feel both sad and mad. You wish that he had taken better care of himself and perhaps this would not have happened. Will you be able to get to his funeral? Did he have any children? I will say some prayers for him, you and the rest of the family.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I will be praying for a good report from the doctor today.
      Eight bridesmaids is a pretty big wedding. I wonder how many are invited to the reception. Have you seen Lisa’s dress. Having put on a large wedding almost eleven years ago just be glad that you guys are not the ones paying for it. lol Never again will we do that. If anyone wants another wedding they can put it on themselves. I know I am bitter-but who can blame me?
      Tell Jerry happy belated birthday.
      Ah roseola! I remember that since Jenny had it and I had to miss Greg’s sister’s first wedding because of that. My friend was going to take our kids for the day and night but I couldn’t leave them with her as the roseola was still contagious and she had little kids of her own. So since Greg was there without his “date” he got the job of holding the “money bag” with all the envelopes.
      At least I got to attend her second wedding last year.
      I will say a prayer and wish them blessings and happiness come Saturday.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      You are right-the lasix is kind of wearing down and not so bad. Plus now I am taking half of the original amount so it’s not bad at all. Those crazy stockings are still problematic. If i lived alone i could never get them on myself as
      Greg has to put them on me and he just does not have the technique of doing it gently. Especially around my left ankle that has all those torn ligaments. I did go on Amazon and order a pair with the wider calf and they are at least more comfortable once they are on. Hopefully by the end of this week I will be done with the stockings. However, I am thinking that in the future when we take car trips or plane trips I should get some of the regular compression stockings to wear on the trips.
      I haven’t heard about west Nile around here but I haven’t restarted our newspaper since our trips either so I haven’t gotten all the local news.
      I have gotten Slatkin candles before and I liked them a lot. They had a good fragrance that lasts. Now I just use flameless candles but they don’t have scent so sometimes I use wax melts. You can get good ones from Walmart in lots of different scents.
      We ended up skipping the Boys League picnic and going to the wedding. We didn’t go to the church service just the reception. It was very nice. However, it was in a barn that they had converted to a venue for weddings and other occasions and there is no AC so it was very sticky. It is a new place so I think they will eventually have AC but just not yet. You could see they they hadn’t planned a lot of events there as some things were not done very efficiently. I kept telling Greg the different ways they could improve the place. Now I’m thinking they should hire me as their event planner. lol Anyway, we didn’t stay that late as we were hot. We just wanted to go and wish our best to the bride and groom.
      We have not been getting the storms that you have. We could probably use rain again-just not storms.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m sorry to hear about Tillie. I wish she would go to the doctor just for your peace of mind. On the other hand my MIL slept a lot too. She would doze off during the day in her recliner. I think when you get older you kind of get like a baby and sleep more-it’s kind of a natural progression. So perhaps nothing is wrong-she’s just getting older. If I have learned one thing about you over these last years it’s that you are a worrier-and if I have learned one thing about life over these past years is that worrying doesn’t stop bad things from sometimes happening so sometimes we just have to release our cares to the universe and not make ourselves sick with worry. (I know-easier said than done) lol
      How is Winnie doing now? That not being able to get rid of the infection is scary. I hope they have it fixed up now. I forgot-did she have a knee replacement or a hip?
      I can’t believe you got so much shopping done in CIJ. I basically buy for the little ones mainly now and won’t know what they really want until it gets closer to Christmas. With ToysR Us gone now Amazon will have to be the go to store along with WalMart.
      The doctor doesn’t really know why the fluid came. If it comes back there is probably an underlying cause such as heart, kidney or liver disease so it’s a wait and see what happens time coming up. Praying that it just doesn’t come back of course.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara
      Happy Birthday to Jerry!! That was great you were both still up to see the adorable e card he sent his Dad. How cute is that!
      It has been hot here too. Tomorrow we are supposed to get thunderstorms.
      Well, my friend Winnie’s infection turned real ugly. they did surgery on Friday, and she coded for 6 minutes. they said they used the paddles several times to bring he back. Gary and I drove Al into Boston, as he was having dialysis when it l all went down. She got off the breathing tube lats Saturday, and is still in ICU. They did some fancy drain thing to clean out the infection, and left her with no hip, as the infection was there.
      First they said she is no candidate for further surgery. Now they say they are going in on Wednesday to put in a hip all that has antibiotic in it. Then if all goes well, in 2 months, they will put in another hip replacement.
      We are all sick over this. She does not deserve this awful mess. Please send prayers for Winnie, as she needs them. I am so scared she will die on the table, and they will not be able to bring her back.
      I feel so bad about you, Jerry, and the wedding you will miss. i am hoping you can do something nice, just the two of you, on the wedding day, so you can take your mind off it. i am also hoping they will skype the ceremony for you to see. You are in my prayers every night. Also praying for good news at the doctor today!!!!
      Love you!
      Adele

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      My dearest friend, DD
      I am so terribly sorry about your brother. He had a brain bleed like my poor friend Maxine. Since she has been gone, I get the shudders every time I hear the word “unresponsive”. It is the saddest word in the English dictionary, and I am sure you heard it a few times. these brain bleeds are becoming more common, and it is awful to lose someone that way. You never get to say goodbye.
      I wish there was soothing clever I can think do to make you smile. How about this…..Steph posted a pic of JJ with a baby deer at some petting zoo place. Juts picture how precious that looks- a small child gently patting and holding a baby deer.
      You know, in your grief, you still post pretty pictures of holiday photos. You are a good person, and were a great sister. Your brother knows that, and he is hugging you from Heaven, like JJ hugged that baby deer.
      You are always in my prayers, as I pray for all my Quacker buddies , and all our concerns every night. You will get special prayers tonight.
      We all love you. Buy something nice for yourself on the CIJ shows. you deserve a little retail therapy, as our biddy Gail says.
      Love you!!
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      We are getting the storms tomorrow. I bet they will not be as bad as the ones you have been having. I hope they are over, as they can be real scary.
      Tillie is better. She was up here yesterday for Steph’s birthday, which we celebrated late….LOL Bobby made chicken/broccoli and ziti. She wanted a supermarket Crisco cake, so that is what she got. Accept, bobby got it form a fancy bakery in the area, as he just could not get one from the supermarket for her….LOL She loves those gross frostings, and I think it is hysterical. It was an easy day for me.
      Please read my post to Barbara for all the info on my friend Winnie. I am so scared for her, as I do not want to ahve lost 2 of my 4 best friends in less than a year.
      I hope you are all ok, and nothing has happened to your house form all the storms.
      Adele

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      Barbara…read Gail’s post and realized I forgot to say I hope little Colin is all better. It is just awful when the babies get something. I know his Dad will make sure he has all he needs to get better with lightning speed. Prayers for little Colin!
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster
      Please read my other posts for all the news. Tillie is better, and Winnie is worst. Winnie had a hip replacement. She had had a new procedure that was supposed to be less invasive, with a quick recovery. It all went sideways.
      I hope the swelling is over for you. I also hope the new compression socks are more comfortable for you. This aging thing is just not fun.
      You are so right. I worry way too much. What you said reminded me of what the Nuns used to say….”give your troubles up to God”, or something like that. you know when you think of it, it is a soothing way to look at things that make you sick with worry….let God handle it,and relax.
      My other posts have all the news of the past few days. It has been busy with Winnie’s surgery, and Steph’s birthday. I do not even ahve the 4 pics I got framed up aorund the pic in the bedroom. I did get the one up, as I just took down the clown, and put up the new one. I will take a pic of all of them, when they are all up. Steph will helps me, if I do not get to them quick enough.
      I hope this post finds you and Greg in good health. Also hope you got some shopping done for Christmas.
      I have to tell Colleen she needs to hurry and get the penuts holiday throw, as they are out of stock FASt.
      Adele

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      Colleen……hurry and get the Peanuts holiday throw, as I missed it last year!! Order it, quick like a bunny, as I used to say….LOL
      PS……Aizen was trying to get a baby bunny last night to snuggle it. he was not successful. The bunny was way faster than he was…..LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I want to thank you all for the prayers for me & my family. As you can well imagine I’m still numb from it all. I do know he’s with our mother & Jesus. I know he’s in good Hands.
      I want to believe that he felt no pain, & didn’t know what hit him.
      Adele, I’m sorry to hear about your friend Winnie. I hope she heals up quickly now that the infection has been removed. I hope your mother continues to improve. The best thing you can do it hang it on the Cross. Hand it over to the Lord & let Him take care of it.
      Say, I’ve been meaning to ask you, Adele, I know you have a recliner. Do you ever sleep in it? I know people do & I don’t mean just napping. The attending Dr. & PT asked me when I went into the ER last week if I had one. They seem to think it’d better for my back. And I sure wouldn’t fall out of it!!!
      They’re so expensive!! I’ve thought about getting one when the Q has em on as a TSV, but I haven’t yet.
      Did you guys watch the last day of CIJ yesterday? I pre-ordered some of the food items. I hope I can wait that long.

      Well, I guess that’s all for now.

      take care.
      dd

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      I knew I’d forget something; did you know Phillip Watson won’t be returning next yr for the gardening segments on the q. I got a post from him on FB & he said he’s moving on to other things. I always got a kick out of him.

      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      It is good that Greg is there to help you put your compression socks on. Those things are tough to put on and to get off. I am glad that I do not have to wear them and hope that I never have to wear them again. I wore them a long time ago after a surgery. I cannot remember why I had to wear them it was too long ago.
      I could not believe that Toys R US closed. I cannot figure out why they did. It seems like we never went into that store that it wasn’t busy. I wonder if there is any other toy stores opened. I do not like to order on line and do not know what I am going to do. I am not sure that I can get what I need on the q. I do not handle change very well. That is not good I am not old enough to be like this.
      I am glad to hear from someone that has tried the candles. I thought they looked really nice and would be nice to try. I have been using the wax and the candles the battery never do have a good smell to them. Even if they say that they do so I am just going back to the wick candles.
      That is a shame that they did not have air conditioning in there. I wonder if the whole thing broke up early. That would be hard to be in a hot room with all those people. Even if it is a barn like building. I am glad that you at least got to go and see the bride and groom.
      Our house is really full of kids right now. Owen got here today and is spending one or two nights. Then Danyielle will bring Aliza will come down and spend some time and then take Aliza and Owen home. we take the other two to meet their mom on Sunday. I think that this is going to be a long week. We have so many kids around here is it crazy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope that you do not get the lightening like we had. We really needed the rain and so that was nice. I do not mind the rain just not the lightening that can be very damaging. This has been a crazy summer.
      I am so sorry to hear about Winnie. She will be in my prayers. She must be able to stand this other surgery or they would not do it. That would not make sense. Just let us know the day before the surgery so we can pray that morning for her. It would not hurt to pray that morning. I really believe in prayer.
      I agree with you about what you told Barbara. They should go out and have a good day on the day of the wedding. They should go out to dinner or go to a movie or something. It is nothing to do with them the way they are being treated. it is a shame that he does not realize how important his parents are and that it is not right to let his wife or wife to be get away with it. I better quit before I say too much.
      Well I have 5 of the grands here tonight. The 7 yr old girl is causing trouble. She has been hitting everyone today and they are afraid to hit her back. So I had to take care of that. She is hitting them in the face and she almost knocked my 19 yr. old grand on her face. She hit her in the bend of her knee for no reason. She thought that she was being funny. Her mom laughs at things like that I do not think that it is funny for the other kids. I think that I need to go to bed. It is going to be a long week.
      Well that is about all from here. I am going to be off of here and make sure they have all calmed down. This all just happened so that is whey I brought it up. I should have just kept my mouth shut. Everyone needs to go to bed. Have a great night and if I am still sane tomorrow I will talk to you later.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      All I can say is poor Winnie. How awful to have all those complications. I will be praying very very hard that she comes through the next operation with flying colors and has a complete recovery.
      I’m glad that you got to celebrate Steph’s birthday. Also it’s good that the kids are getting a lot of use out of the pool this year.
      I’m sure glad that I didn’t have any big plans for Amazon prime day as they crashed I heard.
      However, I do love Amazon for getting things quickly and easily. And I love Etsy for finding unusual things. Internet shopping has changed my life. When I think of all the time I used to waste looking for things from store to store. Now if I go out shopping it’s just to browse for fun. Or grocery shopping-which isn’t fun-although Greg has been doing it a lot recently.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I did watch the last day of CIJ. Actually I had recorded the shows and just ff through them later. Haven’t seen much that i liked or needed this time around. Did get some flameless candles with snow scenes. I just wasn’t really in the mood for Christmas shopping this go round. I love those sides but since Greg is eating no carbs there was no point in ordering right now.
      What a cute picture of a fawn!
      I did not know about Philip Watson leaving. After ordering cottage farm a couple of times and having the plants be awful I just stopped watching any of the gardening shows. Basically I just like the outdoor solar stuff anyway but after ordering so much over time we were on solar overload here so I just never watch any of that stuff anymore. We still have lots of cute statues and things out around the pond.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      That’s funny how you don’t like shopping online and I love it! We are all different and that’s what makes the world go round! I have other friends who still like to go out to stores too-I guess I am just lazy. Or the time I would spend going out to stores I can now spend reading-something I’d rather be doing than shopping, I guess. You will have to use maybe the toy sections at Target and WalMart in the future as I don’t think there are any other big toy stores equivalent to ToysRUs anymore. WalMart has pretty good prices on toys too as i have gotten Christmas stuff there.
      I think the older people mostly left the wedding early and the younger people stayed and danced and stuff. Her bridesmaids were all in different sherbet colors-it looked very summery. The groom ended up breaking his foot playing around and chasing the little kids.
      We saw Lisa (the bride) last night and she told us about her husband’s foot. She said the place was brand new-hers was one of the first events that took place there-so they will probably get AC eventually. It will be a cool place for events if they get the AC.
      You will be worn out with all the kids there. Are Kaylee and Ethan there? How did they get there?
      Hopefully, we won’t find you tied up to a chair or something. lol I hope Kaylee gets over the hitting soon.
      I want to wish you a early happy birthday-I think it’s really tomorrow-Tell the grands that for your birthday they have to be your slaves and do everything for you. lol I’ll bet you’re really wishing Ron would have gotten that pool-so the kids could be swimming and wearing themselves out. You should have asked for it for your birthday-maybe then Ron would have reconsidered. There’s always hope. Greg wouldn’t agree about getting one until this year-but then I said we should wait as we will be spending money helping Jenny buy her house.
      Speaking of houses. We just got a letter from State Farm yesterday cancelling our homeowners insurance on our house. I thought they would raise the rates after this last claim but not cancel. We have been customers for 45 years. Right now we have policies for 4 vehicles, our house, the apartment, and the business building-so maybe we will just take all of our business elsewhere if they are cancelling our house insurance. I guess they didn’t like that there were three claims in 8 years-but what about all the other policies that we have had for years with no claims. It’s a bunch of people sitting in offices crunching numbers without access to the big picture. I understand but I am still pissed.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      What is really funny is all of my kids like to shop on line. I am the only one that doesn’t. They have ordered things for me and I just give them the money. They are really nice about doing that for me.
      I do not like to shop at Wal Mart that much so will have to do something. That is the only store that we have down here.It would be nice if we would get more stores here. We do have a K Mart that we do not have to drive all the way into St. Louis to shop at. That is unusual for us. There is no Target though. It is just a shame that all the stores are closing. Do they have any Toys R Us stores on line? I thought that maybe they would sell on line just not in a box store.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes. I have not idea what we are going to do tomorrow. The kids are getting restless and we need to do something.I wish that it was swimming in a pool in the back yard. lol
      That is really stupid that they canceled your insurance. They are going to lose a lot of business if you cancel all of that. They should because of the way they treated you. Aren’t they supposed to be the good neighbor. I never heard of a good neighbor walking out on you. I always think of that commercial whenever they say State Farm. If you decide to cancel all of that they may start calling you and changing their mind.
      Well I am going to have to get off of here. The boys are acting up now and I will have to calm them down. I thought that they were going to go to sleep but no such luck. Talk to you later.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      How are you faring today? I hope the kids are being good for your birthday.
      That’s good that your kids will order online for you. I used to have Greg do it for me but I really didn’t like having to have him do it so I just started doing it myself and now I love doing it. Of course he used a computer before i did so that may be part of the reason. It’s not much different than calling QVC and ordering or ordering from a catalog. Now I do all my Q orders online too. I never call anymore unless they are having trouble with their website.
      I am so sad that Quacker decided to make their short new Dream Jeannes in a 29 inch inseam. That sure does not seem very short to me. I just cannot order their long pants anymore as i need something closer to 27 inches. So they have lost my business for their long pants as I refuse to alter things. Plus how many people do you know who really wear heels with their jeans. In the winter i wear a tennis shoe or loafer type shoe and in the summer a flat sandal.
      ToysRUs are not online. They are totally out of business. I didn’t know they still had Kmarts most of the ones around here have closed.
      I think what happens with the insurance is someone in the corporate office looks and crunches numbers and says oh oh these people have had three claims in eight years. They are a liability and we are paying out too much-they need to be cancelled. They don’t even realize that we have done business with them for 45 years and have 6 other policies with them. So we have a call into our local office to see if anything can be done. it just would be a pain in the butt to have to change over all our policies.
      I wonder what kind of a thing that he really wants himself that Ron will surprise you with this year. I’m still hoping for that pool. lol
      Gail

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      Hi DD
      We are still praying for you, and your brother in Heaven. It is so hard to lose someone, and especially when you found out after it was over. I am sorry.
      I did get some food too- the cashews, and the set of 6 nut combos for the holidays.
      About the recliner thing. We both have one. I have re-upholstered Gary’s twice. they lats forever, but, sadly, not the material.
      Gary had to sleep in his after the shoulder surgery. However, not having his feet level with him in bed, he ended up getting very swollen legs. So swollen, that the skin started to break down. If you sleep in it occasionally, when your back is real bad, it should be fine. Please look out for your legs swelling. They are very comfy. When my back is real bad, when I get into the recliner, it stops in a few minutes.
      Well, my friend Winnie is in surgery again, even as we speak. They are going in to put in a ball in the joint that has antibiotic in it, and remove the system they have in her hip that circulates aorund her hip to take infection out. they will close up the incision today, as it remained open for that drainage thing. We are all scared she will code again. She has been in a lot of pain from them doing the compression’s, and using the paddles. I am praying she will not code again today.
      I started to do a witch ornament for Winnie. It has kept me busy today. I also made a blueberry cake. You know me- bake and needlepoint when I am stressed.
      Yesterday, with all the storms, my left foot was killing me. It was very difficult to walk. So, today, with no humidity out there, my foot is fine. Weird, huh?
      I hope you are ok. Have you heard anything about Critt? How is Kay?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Winnie’s surgery is right now. They took her down at 2:30. I baked a blueberry cake, and am doing the witch ornament I got for her. that keeps me busy.
      Read my post to DD for what they are doing.
      Well, we got over 2 inches of rain and storms all afternoon and evening. They finally stopped aorund 9pm. We had no damage, thank God.
      So, tonight I am making steak tips, with salad, and trying out that farrow stuff. It is made in Italy and looks, and cooks like rice. the Farrow has protein and more vitamins in it. I hope we like it. You just boil it, and then add whatever you like to season it. I will use a little salt and some butter, and see how it goes.
      I realized that even though it is hot, I still have to make sure Tillie and Gary eat a good meal. i noticed when Tillie does not come up, she tends to feel sick within a day. Sometimes she chooses not to come up, and I can’t do anything about that. either Bobby or Gary will have to cook the meat on the grill. I will do salads, or cut up cucumbers, etc, for a veggie to stay cool. i am responsible for all these crazies in this house…..LOL
      I am worried sick over Winnie. i pray she doe snot code again, as she was in so much pain from the pounding on her chest the last time. the chest pain was worst than the hip pain. Please say a prayer for her.
      Wow- you are going to be very busy with all the people. It will be both fun and exhausting. Make them all go to bed early…..LOL You will miss them when they all go home.
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      Please read the posts to the girls for all the info of the day. Winnie is in surgery as I write. She is such a mess, and in so much pain. She was miserable yesterday, with the bad weather we had up here. the weather even gave me a new pain- my left foot was killing me, and I could hardly walk on it. Itis fine today. Still, what I have is no where near hat Winnie is goign through.
      how are your legs doing? Has the swelling stopped? Are you still taking the diuretic?
      How has greg’s back been doing? How are the kids and Jenny?
      I order everything on line too. I had a retail therapy thing yesterday, and ordered a sitting with for the bench downstairs…..and a garden witch solar stake….and another the Witch is in pillow. Seriously? I wanted to downsize the decorations. I had a little meltdown yesterday on line…..LOL
      I hope your whether is good, and you have not been getting the storms all the rest of us have had.
      I wonder hos Sue is??????
      Did I tell you all I got quacked at the night I went out with my old co-workers? It seems like a lot of people ahve become aware of Quacker clothes lately.
      Adele

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      Gail
      I missed the wedding post. Sound slike it was a good time for all.
      Fight the cancellation. I got one after I had the “puff back”, and I fought it. They reinstated the insurance. I wrote a letter saying nobody in their right mind would like that to happen in their house, and it was not our fault. Our heating system was new, and gets cleaned every year. the stupid oil company put in the wrong size nozzle. Don’t let them win. Go get them, Gailster!
      Adele

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      Happy Birthday Colleen!!

      Adele and all your Q friends……

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      Hi Adele,
      I am praying hard for Winnie. She has already been through so much.
      Now on days when Tillie doesn’t come up do you take a dinner down to her? Even if she doesn’t have the company at least you know that she had a good meal. Is it like a half staircase that she has to walk up? Can you go up and down stairs?
      Boy, Gary has lost a lot of weight. Is that all still from when he had the food poisoning? Maybe the weight loss will help with the diabetes and be a blessing in disguise.
      I am on my last day with the lasix and the swelling is gone. Now we have to wait and see if it comes back or not. I pray that it won’t. Greg is doing pretty good. His feet are still numb from the spinal stenosis but he says if he can get by with just that and an occasional back shot he feels he is doing pretty well. I think he sees his friend Tim with all his back surgeries and hopes to be able to avoid that if possible.
      Greg’s been riding his bike quite a bit and he lost about 25 pounds on his diet so he’s feeling in pretty good shape. He still has to get his bloodwork done to see how that is.
      Jenny and the kids are doing pretty good. The kids don’t seem awfully sad maybe because it all hasn’t really sunk in yet. Jenny says she asks them if they have questions or want to talk but they say they are okay. Kendall did want to know if she was going to have the same last name. (she probably was afraid of trading Crone for Norusis) lol But Jenny just said they would all have the same last name. Jenny thinks perhaps they are not as affected since Adam always worked nights so they were not used to having the whole family together on weekday evenings. Also, Adam still comes to the house to watch them during the day while Jenny is at work so right now they see him every day.
      Adele, I am a big fan or retail therapy. I swear one could gauge my emotional health by charting my credit card bills. lol
      I have never been quacked at. I think I have only ever seen Quacker on people twice-and both times were not in my town.
      Gail

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      Hey Gailster
      the stairs are a full set, with one set being 6, then a bend on a landing, and the next set being 7. I have trouble with my shoulder on the second set of stairs. i have to use both the cane and railing to get up safely. I swear the second set railing is above regulation, as that one kills my shoulder, so I only go up and down when absolutely necessary. the left shoulder is getting worst, and I do not want a shoulder surgery, as Gary has lost a lot of mobility on his.
      We do send dinner down, but, she is getting very picky. If the meal is not soft enough, she will not eat it. If we have steak, or pork, she has trouble, even when we cut it very thin for her. We do buy a good cut of steak, so it is as soft as it can be. A lot of time she wants a sandwich or oatmeal. She eats a lot of carbs, and ice cream…..LOL….cookies, ice cream, cheesecakes, etc. God bless her!
      That is good that Greg feels better, and your legs are no longer swollen. I love good news. Also good that the kids and Jenny are ok, and seem to be dealing well with the divorce. It is good that Adam still comes to the house a lot.
      Winnie made it through the surgery with no coding. Al said all went well, and she does not have a breathing tube attached to her this time. he said she could talk, and I left her a message. If I do not hear back from her, i will call her sister later, for more info. i really do not expect her to call abck, as i bet she is very uncomfortable today. I am just thrilled that she made it through.
      Thank you for the prayers, and please keep them coming.
      the girls and Luna are here, and Heather is on her way, so I will sign off for now.
      I hope Sue is ok, as we have not heard from her in a bit.
      My retail therapy sitting witch is in Conn, per Fedex…..LOL the rest of the order is on back order, as their Halloween stock is not in yet….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Well it is crazy here. The kids are not sleeping like they should be. They want to stay up all night and then sleep half the day. They keep me us so I am sleeping right there with them. They just like to watch those crazy shows that come on at night and they laugh and have a good time. It is that cat fish. I think that the whole thing is stupid but then I am not a kid. There are some shows that they are not allowed to watch and I will tell them.
      Gail I am glad that Jenny finally told the kids about what is going on. Sounds like they are handling it really well. It is good that Adam still comes to the house and takes care of them during the day. Is he coming there or does he still live in the basement? It is really nice that they have worked it out like this. I hope that it stays that way and they will be able to be friendly to each other. We had a nice time yesterday. The kids were here and so I did not have to cook anything. Ron grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs and Danyielle made a salad and brought some potato salad. Mandy had to work so she did not do much. They got me a sugar free pie instead of a cake. They could not find one. It was a good day. Ron bought me a top this year. It was a surprise. It was really cute. He does have good taste when he decides to buy me something that he does not want.lol
      Adele, I am glad that the surgery went well for Winnie. Will keep praying for her though. Hope that this is all over for her soon. She needs to up and going to lunch with you again. I know what you mean. We have a lot of people here that we have to cook meals for. I am ready to stop cooking but it will never happen. I am glad that you have your cooking and needle point to help you thru your stress. That is good for you to have something that helps. I wish that I had your talent. It is good that you make the meals for Tillie. She would not eat right if it was not for you being there to cook meals for her. I guess it is harder for them to eat meat at their age. Mom does not eat that much meat either. She has better luck if the meat is boiled and it fall apart. Hope that does not happen to all of us. I do not like boiled meat. lol
      Well that is about all from here. I am going to try to get some sleep and keep them from coming in here and watching their crazy tv shows. I hope that everyone has a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      Sounds like crazy,busy,happy times at your house. You will be tired when everyone goes home.
      That was nice of Ron to get you that top. I would be afraid he would get me a new lawn tractor or something. Maybe the kids helped him chose your gift. He gets a gold star and an A plus. It must have been fun having the kids there for your birthday. A birthday pie is just as good as a birthday cake.
      Actually, Adam was the one who told the kids about the divorce. He has already moved out to his new place which is actually about a block away from their old house. They used to live next to Jenny’s friend Teri and she has already told Adam that on weekends that he has the kids he can bring them over to play with her boys. Adam actually told Greg that since he moved out that he and Jenny had been getting along better so I hope that continues. She always needs to remember that even if she no longer loves him her kids will always love their Dad. He is a good man and a good dad. Enya will probably move in with Adam for her last year of high school-unless she decides to stay out at her aunt’s in Washington. Have fun and I hope that you get some sleep! lol
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I would say Tillie does really good to go up and down those stairs at her age. How I wish we had not built such a large two story house now. But I know I will never get Greg to move away from this property. I would say Tillie’s food preferences are pretty typical for a woman in her 90’s. Soft and sweets! At this point in time I wouldn’t worry about it too much as long as she is eating. I know even for myself I can’t eat as much meat as I used to be able to when I was younger. I think as we age our teeth don’t work as well as before either so chewing is harder. I think I wouldn’t worry so much about getting her to eat a balanced meal as long as she is eating well in general. I know my MIL preferred casseroles or meals with hamburger meat as that was easier for her to eat.
      I will continue to pray for a speedy recovery for Winnie.
      Sue is okay. I heard from her a few days ago.
      We are in for some rainy days coming up. At least we didn’t get the storms that they had in Iowa yesterday. I hope those stay away from here.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen.
      I hope you did not get those awful storms that were on the news this morning. I knew they were in a town you go to to shop-Branson??
      It is low humidity here for one more day. I will go outsoed again today to enjoy it as it will be gross again tomorrow.
      All the kids were here yesterday accept Steph and Aizen. Even the puppy was here. The weather was perfect.
      Winnie is ok, but emotionally is having a very hard time. So far, they seem to have the infection under control. I am pryaing it stays that way. Please keep the prayers coming.
      Hope you get some sleep, and get the girls to bbq……LOL It is exhausting to have fun…..LOL
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I am so happy you did not get the storms. I was worried about all of you when I saw them on the news.
      We are getting the humidity back, and more heat too. Plus, some rain/storms over the weekend too.
      the Retail Therapy Witch arrived, with our substitute mailman, Enzo. Our mailman is on vacation, and Enzo got our route. He come sin to have his break…..LOL I will miss him , as today is the last day he will have our route. I will attach a pic of her….LOL
      I am glad Adam told the kids. I also hope Jenny and Adam will be able to keep the communication going, and the kids see they get along.
      Hope your day is going well. Quiet here for now.
      Have a good Friday!!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      That is one crazy, ugly looking witch. If you had little kids around I’ll bet they would be afraid of her. I used to have this singing dancing witch and some of the little kids loved her and others would cry when they saw her. Go figure.
      I am going to say that I don’t think Colleen is that close to Branson. Maybe a couple hours away. It is a beautiful area in Missouri where there are all sorts of theaters with entertainment and other types of attractions. It is a tourist destination. In fact we are planning a trip there in the fall to meet up with Brent. We were there maybe seven years ago or so and really enjoyed all the shows and of course The Butterfly Palace. There are lots of places where local artisans show their crafts and such too. Beautiful handmade things.
      I’m still waiting for you to get in that pool. If it was in my yard I’d figure out a way to get in and out even if I had to use a hoist. lol I’ll bet the water would feel so good on your aching bones.
      Went to Jenny’s last night and Pip was in rare form. She’s back to talking up a storm and is looking forward to starting kindergarten. Kendall’s cake for 4H looks good. She was going to decorate it with a beach scene but changed her mind and did a puppy instead. I didn’t have my phone with me so I got no picture but maybe Jenny will post one or I can have her send me one. Piper wanted me to get another dog at my house so there would be one here when she comes over. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Gail and Adele,
      Well tomorrow we go to meet my daughter and give her the kids. I will really miss them. They are so much fun to be with and we really enjoyed being with them. It is really going to be sad when they leave. We will have to take them but you know what I mean.
      That was good that Adam told the kids about the divorce. I wonder why Jenny could not do it. She must be having some issues with it. Sounds like things are better between you and Jenny also. I hope that they are.
      The top that Ron got me was not a quacker top it was a top from the dollar store. It is cute and is made really well. He does have good taste when he does buy something for me. It is just hard to get him to do that.lol
      Adele those storms were not anywhere near us. We live a long ways from Branson. It takes about 8 hours to get there. It is nice to go there once in awhile for a get away. When we get tired of being around the house. I wish that we could go there now and stay for a couple of weeks. That will not happen but we won’t go as long as we have the kids here.
      I am with Gail. I am waiting for you go go and get into the pool. I would be in there also. It would be so nice to get in that water and just relax. You need to go in the pool I do not think that the fire department would think anything of having to help you out. They would say that you had a lot of courage to get in the water and not just sit in the house. That probably did not come out right. You know what I mean. I wish that I had a pool.
      I like your witch it is so cute. I like witches though. I have dressed up like a witch a couple of times. Even put on the green make up. That was when the kids were young and I was a lot more fun. lol
      Well that is about all from here. We have to drive to Kentucky tomorrow so have to get to bed. Have a great night and rest of the week-end,
      Colleen

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      Hey Gailster
      Well, lots to tell today.
      First, I was in the ER yesterday- gout. I have nto had an attack in about 15 years. I have been using the cherry extract vitamins, and no issues for years. I think because I increased my meat due to the hair loss, that is what triggered the attack. It was my middle toe, so that confused me too, as it has always been the big toe. they gave me some pill and one more to take at home in an hour, and then indomethacin (an aspirin derivative) for pain. Most of the pain was gone by last night. Today the toe is light red, and sore. The awful pain that sent me there is gone. The pain was so bad, I was sweating, and hands trembling.
      This is what scared me the most. They asked if I thought it was gout, and even with the pain I was in, said no, as I felt the pain was not as bad as I had felt before with gout. Sooooooo, if this is what my pain tolerance has been raised to, not good. By the time I get to an ER if I have pain, it could be too late for a larger issue.
      The boys came over yesterday with Heather. JJ rolled his eyes at the witch, and Aizen screeched out an””I like her”. Go figure! With my larger Annalee witch, JJ used to freak out. he called her “scary witch”. When he came over, I had to turn her aorund so she would not “look at him”.
      I am so glad you had a good time at Jenny’s with the kids. I hope Kendall’s cake wins. Didn’t she win last year too? I hope so!
      That is funny that Piper wants a dog at your house. Kids are so funny.
      I have to tell you all….I am scared to try to get in the pool. I remember it took effort to walk around in the water, and I am afraid I will not be able to do it. Every night on the news up here, there is another drowning. I know it sounds nuts, but I am so unsteady on my feet, especially with no cane. On the other hand, I am very happy there has been is much pool usage this year. The kids have helped with the pool maintenance too, which is great for Gary.
      Bobby is cooking today. I have a sore tummy, and lost of bathroom runs. The med for gout causes diarrhea. Still better than the intense pain….LOL
      Hope your weekend is good.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen and Gail
      It sound slike Branson is a very nice place to visit. On the other hand, I am so glad it is far away from you. Do they tend to get more tornado warnings than you do? I hope you have none for the rest of the summer.
      Read the post to Gail fro all the latest news.
      It is awful here today. Rain, drizzle and very high humidity. the humidity will remain all week long. I am goign out Tuesday to meet Nancy and Gerald, and then to the hospital on Thursday for the ultrasound on the liver.
      the witch is safely bagged up until Labor Day. She will go on the bench until Halloween is over, and greet all who enter…..LOL
      My friend Winnie is getting disgusted. her incision is leaking again, and the Infectious Disease Dr made it clear she is going nowhere until the infection is gone. I am glad about that, but, not glad it is happening.
      We watched the movie Girls Night Out. It was R rated, but it did make us laugh. Jada Pincket Smith and Queen Latifah were in it. Gary did not recognize Jada. I do not think the kids would believe we watched it. I am going to keep that one quiet, as I will get razzed to death…..LOL
      Colleen- hope you had a safe trip back and forth with the kids. I bet the house will seem real quiet when you get back. Ron is a good man. Gary could never pick out a top for me. ever….LOL
      Adele

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      Sorry….the name of the movie was “Girls Trip”.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope this finds everyone fine & doing well. Well, the heat is on out here. It started today & will continue thru the week. We’re supposed to have one ‘cool’ day when it drops into the 80s.
      I suppose you’ve seen the fires that are burning everything up. It’s mostly farms, etc. It was caused by lightning. Thunderstorms pop up & that’s the 2nd biggest cause of fires.
      I started a post last night & it disappeared, so I’m try it again. The trouble is I’ve forgot what I had said. Wasn’t that horrible about that duck boat & the 17 people who lost their lives. The one lady lost her kids, husband & 9 members of her family. Soooooo sad!!! I’ll bet they pass laws about wearing life jackets on them now!!!
      Furball is curled up on the sofa next to me. We’ve been sleeping out here on the sofa for 2 weeks now. It’s so cute, if I’m on my back she’ll curl up on my stomach.
      The arrangements for my brother are still up in the air. I don’t want a funeral at the funeral home. I’d rather have a get together of the family & friends & tell stories about him. I have a set of photos of him with his dog, Thea. Yes she’s the one I told ya about earlier. That’s how I want to remember him.
      I couldn’t get ahold of our sister in Ca., so I googled the local police non-emergency # telling them the situation. I gave them all the info & later that night they called me back & told me they reached my nephew. Turns out my sister is in a nursing home. She had a stroke last spring & she had to go to a nursing home.
      I better get off here before I lose this post.
      Take care.
      dd

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      Hi DD
      I am so sorry about your sister. I will add a prayer for her. You must have been devastated by the news. I am so sorry you had to learn about it this way.
      It is gross up here too- extreme humidity, and in the 80’s. It is very overcast, which helps it not get too hot. You can cut the air out there with a knife, as they say.
      I hope they make the arrangement you want for your brother. A celebration of life is so much better for everyone who misses him terrible. As long as I have a say up here, anyone who leaves me will have a celebration of life. no need for the funeral director to go n vacation from my pain, as I say. I woudl rather spend the money on a nice meal for everyone who loved them to enjoy, with stories about what they meant to all who are there. It is a much kinder way to deal with the pain. I totally agree with you.
      That boat accident was awful. Why in the world did they take those poor people out that day? It is always about the money. That owner will be sued by everyone, and that will cost way more then deciding not to take the boat out. I hate it when decisions are made that ruin people’s lives. My heart breaks for those poor things who lost everyone. it should have never happened. imagine them saying not to worry about the life jackets? The idiot who said that survived, and the rest of the innocent people are gone. He will have to live with that for the rest of his life.
      Why are you sleeping in the living room? Is it because you are more comfy there, or due to the air conditioner? I hope you can get back into your nice bed soon. this has been a hot summer. Global warming is going to make me feel like I live in Florida.
      you have such a beautiful and friendly kitty. I bet she keeps you company every day. It is nice to shave a pet. At least i get to pet Luna when she comes to visit. When I had the gout bad on Saturday, Luna came and sat next to me. I thought that was funny.
      I hope your day goes well, and that you find something to smile about and make you feel good.
      My friend Winnie is still not good. the latest surgery where they closed the incision last week, is now leaking. The infectious disease doctor said she will not leave the hospital until the infection is all gone. I am glad for that, but, sad she is still dealing with infection. she does not deserve all this pain.
      Hope your day goes well!!
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      I think a celebration of life for your brother is an excellent idea. It will be a time for those who loved him to share stories and remember him that way. I’m sorry to hear about your sister. That is sad news on top of losing your brother.
      We are kind of in a typical summer weather pattern. Mid 80’s and sunny. The local marai corn is in so i have been enjoying that on a daily basis. I could eat sweet corn and garden tomatoes every day during the summer.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      How was the drive to Kentucky? I’m guessing that you met Stephen and Melissa halfway. I hope that you had good weather for the drive.
      I guess Adam felt more comfortable telling the kids so Jenny said go ahead. He did a good job and made it sound like an adventure and his new house would be like going to camp or something. Yes, Jenny and I seem to have hit a truce and while she hasn’t told me much still, I don’t feel like she will shut me out if I try to make a helpful comment.
      I thought you were much closer to Branson than eight hours! We are nine hours away-I thought you were two or three.
      Your house will be quiet without the kids and you will probably get some much needed rest. At least Kylie and Brook are still there. Do you know how long Stephen will be assigned in Tennessee? Speaking of Tennessee-I hope Barbara checks in soon as I think Joey’s wedding was last weekend and she also had another doctor’s visit. Hoping to hear a good report.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’ll bet the granddaughters have all seen Girl’s Trip. I do have the DVD but just haven’t watched it yet.
      I am praying that they get this infection under control for Winnie. she has been through so much.
      I will pray for good results on your liver scan. What was that about again? I have forgotten.
      I know from both Brent and my Dad that gout can be very painful. I’ve always heard it was in the big toe too-so that is unusual. I’m just glad that you are feeling better.
      I understand about the pool if you feel your footing is unsure. You don’t want to fall and not be able to get back up again. It’s too bad it couldn’t have a gradual slope into the water-then you could just sit in a chair in the shallow end. Well at least the kids and Luna are getting lots of use from it and then you get the added bonus of seeing them more often. Luna sounds like such a sweet dog-sitting by you when your toe hurt. Sometimes dogs just know who needs some extra love.
      Greg couldn’t pick out a top for me either so Ron did really good. I think Greg tried a few times-not very successfully so he then decided to gift me with jewelry or electronic stuff-he is much better at that. lol
      Here’s something funny. You know Greg has no feeling in his feet from his back stenosis. So a lot of times he’ll be working in the yard and get his shoes and socks wet and doesn’t even realize it til he feels it with his fingers. So yesterday he changed these mesh shoes that were all wet and he just wanted to put on an old pair for working outside. So he found a pair that he had left in the garage because the bottoms were muddy and he put those on. Well he’s walking out to the barn and he feels like the shoe is too tight like there’s something in it so he takes it off and out jumps a toad! What a nut! Now i would never put on a shoe that had been sitting outdoors or in the garage without turning it upside down and shaking it first but that never occurred to him. lol I’m not sure who was more surprised-the toad or Greg. lol
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I am really sorry to hear about your sister. I do agree with you about your brother’s funeral. It would be nice to just sit and talk about all the happy time that everyone had with him. It sure would make it easier for everyone there. I do not like funerals. They are hard to sit thru and they never make anyone feel better. I hope that your family listen to you and do it that way.
      Is your sister older or younger then you are? Do you just have the one sister and brother? It is hard to lose a sibling. I hope that things work out the way that you would like.
      I had not heard about the fires in your area. That is terrible that it is farm land. I hope that it does not burn too much up. That is never good when that happens. It really makes food go higher and that is not good for anyone.
      I wish that the kids cat was as nice as that. It would just as soon bite you as to lay next to you. I have no idea why that cat is that way. We have been playing with him some to try and work all the meanness out of him. We have a stick with a string on it and he likes to try and catch it. We are hoping that we can get him to calm down a little.
      Thank you for posting all the beautiful pictures. It seems like no matter what is going on you always post those pictures and cheer us up and I hope that they cheer you up also.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      We had a nice trip yesterday. It was not really hot so the trip was not so bad. It did not take as long either. We thought that it would take more then the three hours that it took. We had a nice lunch with Melissa and Stephen and then came home. It is quite here and Kylie and Brook are gone also. They are staying at friends houses.
      I was wrong about the time it takes to get to Branson. My daughter told me it takes about 4 to 5 hours. I guess that it seems longer for us because we stop a lot and get out and stretch our legs. I am not good at judging time or distance. Sorry gave the wrong amount of time.
      I am so glad that things are better between you and Jenny. Sounds like Adam really did a good job of telling the kids about the break up. It is nice that he could do that and not make them feel bad.
      Stephen will be in Tennessee for three years and then they will move him somewhere else. He has really been gaining weight. It is going to be hard for him when he has to lose it and start working out again. He is a good recruiter though. I wonder if they will have him stay there longer if he keeps doing that well. It should be interesting.
      That is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      They do get more storms then we do here. They always have. We are closer to Branson then I thought that we were. My daughter told me it was 4 to 5 hours from here to there. It is a great place to visit and they also have some really good shops there. We have got a lot of bargains there. We have had some nice vacations there.
      I am sorry to hear about you going to the emergency room. I have heard that gout can really be painful. I have never had that before. What causes it? It must be terrible to deal with and I am glad that the pain is going away. Your family sure has had their share of troubles this year. I hope that this ends soon.
      i can understand why you would be scared to get in the pool. When you do get in make sure that the kids are there and they go in with you. They will be glad to do that and they will make sure that you are safe. You have a good bunch and they will all be glad to get in with you.
      That is so nice that Bobby did the cooking. You are lucky that Bobby is with you. He seems to do the cooking for you when you need him to. He is a good son.
      It is nice that you have had so many of the kids at the house swimming this year. It seems like it has been a really hot summer. I am glad that the boys were there the other day. That is funny that JJ does not care one way or the other about the witch. It is funny what will scare a child when they are young. They do seem to get over it though as they get older.
      I am so sorry to hear about Winnie. I am still praying for her and hope that they get this all fixed for her and soon.I wonder why they cannot get the infection. You would think that the medicine would take care of it. That is terrible that this keeps happening to her.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Gail, That is exciting about Kendall’s cake. I hope that she wins.
      Colleen

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      OMG Gail!!
      Can you imagine if you had that on a video? You could have entered a contest. That is hysterical. Did Greg laugh, or was he annoyed?
      Everyone here thinks I am nuts about feeling scared for getting into the pool. I am just so “tippy” on a good day. If Bobby went in the pool, I would maybe try it, as he is very strong. I do not think any of the girls cold catch me, and definitely not the husband….LOL
      I re-scheduled the liver ultrasound, as I think a gout attack could throw it off. I had no idea it was gout, also because I have never had it any joint but the big toe. That is why I was so shocked. Honestly, I thought it was an infection from cutting the nail too close, and maybe having had nicked the skin a little.
      The reason for the live scan is my liver number went up. It usually means a fatty liver. But, the doctor wants to make sure he is not missing anything.
      Soooooo, the rheumatologist said…….”I can say with certainty to stop the Bragg’s vinegar every day.” I wonder if that also made mu numbers in the liver off. I stopped the vinegar- another reason for putting the ultrasound off for a month. My GP wants me to see the rheumatologist again for the gout.
      I know you raised an issue with the vinegar a while back, but I could not find a reason when I looked at it.
      Imagine if the dam vinegar was the cause for all this? I think I would be glad, as it is a simple fix.
      Winnie is not doing good. they thought she had a heart attack. they are now saying congestive heart failure, and have her on a breathing tube. Also giving her lots of meds for anxiety, as she is having anxiety attacks. Honestly, as she is an RN, I think it is because she knows being on a breathing tube this long can signal the end. Both myself and her sister think the doctors and nurses have their heads up their rears. More meds is not the answer- common sense is. They told her sister they want less visitors for her, so she stays calm. Seriously? She will think people gave up on her.
      Winnie;s sister was crying this am. She is scared, and feeling she is close to a melt down. Talked to her for a while, and I will call again after I finish this post.
      I saw pics on line from Sue on Facebook. they are getting flooded. I hope her street is ok.
      I saw your post to Colleen. Adam sounds like such a good Dad. the kids are blessed. Good Dad’s are rare in this day and age. I am glad you and Jenny are talking more too. You are always in my prayers.
      Talk to you later…..
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m sure things are getting back to normal at your house now.
      I’m trying to gather together some things to give to Adam. I have some kitchen towels and bath towels and some blankets so far. I think I will have some cooking utensils too. I have so many things I no longer use with the kids being grown and gone and just the two of us here. Plus we no longer entertain like we did years ago. I am getting a new microwave so he can have our old one too. He’s living in a carriage house with a very narrow staircase so he is trying to bring in cheap furniture that you can buy in a box and put together so he doesn’t have to worry about trying to get big pieces of furniture up the stairs. Heck while the kids are small he can put them on something like aerobeds when they come for the weekend. So far they think it’s fun going over to his house. I know when they get older and want to do things with friends on weekends that will change. At least during the summer they will see him daily during the week.
      Are you watching CIJ? I tried to get that TSV last year when I saw it but I was not quick enough so I was glad to see it returned. I got one for myself and had one sent to both of our kids. I love doing something like that and surprising them. They’ll probably think I’m crazy sending them Christmas stuff in July! lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in your body. It is an arthritic disease, and inherited. Both my Dad and one of my Aunts had it. Back then they did not have the medication they have today, to make the uric acid go down as fast, and they were miserable for a long time when theirs flared up.
      Please read the post to Gail, as all other info is on there.
      Steph and the boys are coming to visit tomorrow. She will climb up on my bed, and get the 4 pictures on the wall aorund the big picture in the middle. I just cannot climb up on the bed to stand there to put the pics up. That would be a very funny sight, if I did. I just hope it will not rain all day tomorrow, so the boys can go in the pool.
      It is supposed to rain this afternoon, and into tomorrow. The humidity up here is through the roof. Gary went outside with Frankie for a bit yesterday to get stuff arranged in his van, etc, and came back up all sweaty. Totally gross.
      I am glad the trip went well. Do you miss the kids already?
      Isn’t that funny about Greg and the toad in his boot? It really gave me a good chuckle.
      Hope your weather is better than ours!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I will pray hard for Winnie. I always get afraid when someone gets an infection in the hospital that won’t go away as it seems to then compromise other systems. However, I agree that limiting visitors will not lessen her anxiety. She needs some people there coaching her along. This is just so sad. I will keep praying for a recovery.
      Maybe before summer is over you can get Bobby in the pool with you. Maybe you could have him hold you and wear a life vest.
      I hope eliminating the vinegar will do the trick-that is a simple fix. Did the rheumatologist say why? I always like to know the reasons and have everything explained.
      Thanks for the update on Sue. I did her that Penn was getting lots of rain.
      Now we need to hear from little Miss Tennessee our Barbara. Hope things are good there.
      Greg laughed when he found the frog. He thought it was funny. I would have screamed. But then I would not put on a shoe that had been sitting in the garage without turning it upside down first.
      That silly Greg!
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      I only spoke with the office person, as I had to make an appointment. She was cine, and ran my question by the doctor, so I would not have to wait. She is so booked up, that my appointment is not until late August. i will go over all the foods, etc, when I get in there. I was just confused, as the foods I knew caused attacks seem to have changed over the years.
      Can you picture me, in all my chubby bots, with a life jacket in the pool, with Bobby as my protector? It would be on you tube, or, worst still, Americas Funniest Videos…..LOL
      By the way, did you see the spitting men lats night on AGT? Totally gross. the eggs make me gag. Glad they did not make it through.
      Adele
      PS…thank you for the prayers for Winnie.

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      Hi Gail,
      Things are getting back to normal and it is so quite. I really miss seeing the kids and wish that they live closer. That is not going to happen at least not for a long time. Now the kids are getting ready to go back to school. This is a crazy time for them right now.
      I am having some weird things going on with my cell phone. I am getting all types of phone calls from people that I do not know asking who I am and why I called them. My phone had been ringing all day long. I finally had to turn it off.They said that I may have to get a new phone but I do not know what good that would do. The only thing they have said but they told me that it was strange. They are not coming from the same area it is all over the place. It is just really strange.
      That is so nice that you are giving things to Adam to help him out. He will need a lot with the kids and moving into a different place. It is just so sad to see this happening to a young couple with kids. I will keep praying for them.
      I have not watched very many of the CIJ shows today. I have been making spaghetti sauce and freezing it. I still have another basket of tomatoes to cook and freeze. This has been a long day and will have to do more tomorrow. We are going to my mom’s in the morning. So that will cut down on my time to get all of this done. I hope that I do not have too many more in the garden to cook tomorrow.
      What happened with Greg and the frog? I did not read about that. I think that I have missed out on a lot when all the kids were here. It sounds like it is funny though.
      I like that tree that they had as a tsv today. It is really cute. I guess that I have the right one. It will be a nice surprise for the kids and they will be glad to get it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That is a shame that they have to put that test off for a month because of the gout. I hope that goes away soon and you do not have that problem again for awhile. It would be nice if you just stop taking that vinegar and everything will go back to normal. It is nice to have a quick fix for things.
      I am so sorry to hear about Winnie. They need to let her see her friends. I do not think that is what is upsetting her. It is always better to see a friendly face and not just the hospital staff. I do not know why doctors always think that. They are not the most calming people in the world. That is so nice that you are there for Winnies sister. She really needs you right now. I imagine that she is helping you also. Winnie is in my prayers as is her family. I will pray that you get thru this also. It is so hard to have a seriously ill friend.
      That is nice that the boys will be there tomorrow. I hope that they will get to swim and play in the pool. It is a shame that Luna will not be there to play in the pool. It is hard to get in a pool if you are worried about drowning. I just hope that one day you will get in there and find that you do not have anything to be afraid of.
      I hope that Sue is okay and she is not flooded. That is scary to have flooding where you live. I hope that it is not in her house. I really wish that we would hear from Barbara. I am getting worried about her. This is long even for her. I am hoping that her and Gary can go somewhere and just get away. That would be great for them.
      I am making spaghetti sauce to freeze for the winter. I made a lot today and will make more tomorrow. We have so many tomatoes to work with. I have another basket full and some on the counter. We will have more in the garden I am sure. I may be doing this for the rest of the summer.
      Well that is about all from here. Take care of yourself and will be praying for you and that your gout is gone for good. How is Tillie? I hope that she is feeling better.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      It would be nice if Ethan and Kaylee lived closer. I know how much you miss them and look forward to their visits. Hopefully they will move back closer on Stephen’s next assignment. I will pray for that. Thanks for the prayers for Jenny’s family. I just hope everyone will end up happy.
      That is weird what’s happening with your phone. Maybe you will make some new friends. lol
      I hope you had a nice visit with your Mom and that she is feeling well.
      The story about Greg was he put on some shoes that he had been keeping in the garage and started walking out to the barn and halfway there he realized the one shoe felt too tight so he took it off and out hopped a toad. lol
      You are a trooper making all that tomato sauce. I should probably do it too but I am just too lazy. We just try to give as many tomatoes away as we can. Greg took some to work today.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I think you would look cute with your little life jacket on.
      I did see the spitters on AGT-they are gross yet kind of funny.
      It must have been hard to let that little girl who sang Frank Sinatra go. She was so cute. Greg was watching her and wondering if he could teach Piper to do that. lol
      She must have had an old soul to relate to the Sinatra music so much at that age.
      I think we may go tonight to a local golf course where they have music on Thursday nights during the summer. Hopefully it won’t rain later on today and I get my housework done. I have been putting it off longer and longer lately. It’s a good thing there is just the two of us so it takes awhile for the dirt to show.
      Tomorrow we have an appointment with the lawyer about buying the house and selling it back to Jenny-as of course doing that has tax implications so we have to get it all figured out. Which means getting a lawyer involved and spending even more money.
      Just heard from Brent and he has not seen the new heart doctor yet. he has insurance approval so can now move forward. Isn’t that back assward now that first the insurance approves and then you see the specialist? I swear the inmates are running the asylum. I know that’s not PC but I think you all know what I mean and are not offended by it. Anyway, I hope he can now move forward and get some answers-this has really been strung out long enough.
      I hope those with all the rain are drying out.
      Gail

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      We finally have sunshine today at least the rain stopped but hear it will return. The photo I sent Adele on Facebook were from Hershey park. I told her it was east of me. I thought everyone would know about Hershey because of the chocolate. Anyway Hershey park & Zoo America were under water. At least I hear that this time they got the animals to safety. Remember the last one some animals died. They hope to reopen tomorrow. Kenobles Grove was also flooded. That is a smaller amusement park. The water has no chance to getting to my place as I am on a hill. If it gets up here better build an ark. None of the main roads here were flooded.
      I went to the doctor yesterday & did not make out well. I told you the therapy was not working on my legs. Well the doctor has a high step you must climb up on to get on his table. I got up on it before but yesterday I put my good leg up & tried to get up but my leg went out and I did not fall but just sunk down. My one leg was on the step facing up & my bad leg was down as if I were kneeling & I couldn’t move So the nurse got a chair & put it right up to me so I could scoot back onto it. So now the doctor is sending me for an EMG to check for a pinched nerve or nerve damage & for a CTscan once they get approval from insurance to try to find out what the problem is. I hate this as that scan will cost me a $200 co pay & that is a big chunk of money to me. The doctor is not happy he thinks I should not be alone as I am a risk for falls. He wanted to stick me in the hospital for the testing & then rehab but that would be even more expensive. I am fine at home.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I attached the pic of the big picture, framed and on the wall with 4 I did a long time ago. I removed the clown pic in the middle.
      Well, it poured on and off, so no pool today. Steph put up the new 4 pics around the pic in my bedroom, which I did a long time ago. The one in the bedroom shows the top of the bed headboard. That one had a floral arrangement on top of the big pic.
      They were planning on tkaing the breathing tube out of Winnie today. her sister will call me when she gets home, so I will knwo what happened. Thank you for the prayers as she needs a lot of them right now. I pray this is the first day of going in the right direction- healing.
      I hope Sue did not get flooded with all the rain from yesterday. It came up here today.
      I also hope Barbara is ok. I am hoping she went away for a few days with Jerry. that would be good for both of them.
      I bet your house smells great from the spaghetti sauce. You will have enough for the entire winter. Yum, yum! Go Colleen!!
      Hope your day is goign well, and your weather better than ours.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      Please read the post to Colleen for all the info.
      Buying the house, and selling it back to Jenny will be challenging. I hope you can work it out, without costing the 2 of you too much.
      Thatis awful about Brent, and good at the same time. I hope he can get some answers form the new specialist. We have the same thing. We have to get a referral for any specialist, from our GP. It can be aggravating. Some times you have to advocate hard for what you need.
      Have fun tonight. It is pouring up here right now. the kids got out of here in between torrential rains…..LOL
      I also loved that little cutie. there are so many good acts and then there are the hideous ones….LOL
      Have fun- hope the weather cooperates.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      So glad to hear from you. Not good to hear what happened at the doctor’s. I am so sorry for your near fall, and the damage it has caused you. I know how you feel, as the simplest things for someone else, are not so simple for us.
      I hate the high co-pays. I know they are mostly for testing. When I had the shots in my back, they went from a 300 co-pay to a 700 co-pay at one time. My insurance changed when I became 65, and that made the co-pays less, but the medications more. We just cannot win for losing, as they say. I sincerely hope when there is a change in the legislature, things may change for the positive for all of us.
      I wish I had something to say to make you feel better about the 200. I am just not coming up with anything. To say, it is a small price to pay for a solution, just does not cut it, because you could do a lot more with that 200 that would make you feel much better. I will add more prayers for you to my nightly routine.
      I am glad you have no fear of flooding, as that is beyond awful, and scary. It is still doing the on and off pour thing up here. The humidity has been unbearable.
      I have to tell you this. I have not been able to get up onto those exam tables in years. It is embarrassing, as it makes me feel like I am being judged on my weight. But, I cannot risk a sudden move that will put my back out. the doctors have been very nice about it. For some exams, I ahve to stand, and that is ok. Please do not feel bad about telling anyone you cannot get up on the table. We have to protect ourselves any way we can. I am in your corner, and do not want you to get hurt, or have to go to an assisted living place. Can you tell them you will get one of those alarm necklaces? That may make them, and you, feel more secure.
      On the other hand, I saw those assisted living places when we visited my BIL. They were really nice. they had separate small houses, and they all looked very comfy. I pray you never have to research that decision. You are a strong woman, and I know you can do whatever you set your mind to. Go Sue!!
      Love, Adele
      PS….I ahve to sew a hem for Gary on his pj’s, and a repair for Amanda, so off I go to the sewing machine.

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      Hi Ladies,
      IT’s about time I got on here & let ya know how I am. I;m fine, sort of. I’m not sick, just heartsick. No plans have been made yet for my brother. I don’t know what the hold up is, but I should be hearing something soon. It was so sudden no one was prepared for it. Emotionally or financially.
      The bug man came back this week & he didn’t spray so maybe I’ll be off the hook. I haven’t seen anymore, so I hope he got em all the first time.

      Say, I have a grrrrrrrrrrreat idea. You guys who are getting so much rain, we’ll trade ya our 90 degree temps & loooow humidity for some of that rain, to put out all the fires out here!!! And cool off!! We’re in for hotter temps this weekend, Sunday is supposed to be 100!! By mid week, we’ll be back into the 80s, more normal for us.
      Adele, I’m sorry to hear about your friend. I can’t imagine having her family around would cause her anxiety. Seems to me it’d be the other way aroundge. She shouldn’t be alone at this time. She needs friends & family close by. Maybe not all at the same time, but stagger shifts. I wonder if it’s staph infection.

      I was thinking about you putting on a life jacket to get into the pool, & have a floatation device in the pool for you to hold onto. They must have some kind of floatation devices for boaters, etc.
      I’m getting the big stare down from furball . She sits close by & watches me till I get up & get her something to eat, even tho she just ate a little while ago.
      Talk about being spoiled!!
      I was naughty this week. I ordered the VPH tree, in two colors. I back ordered the silver (shipping in Nov.), & the icy blue one for now. It looks like it would go with my tropical theme for right now.
      I went out to see Critt today. He wanted me to bring him some clothes, etc. He had a key made up for me to get into his apt, with consent
      of management. He says he’ll be in rehab for 4-6 weeks. He’s lost some weight, which is a good thing. He needs to lose a lot. He has an enlarged heart
      & the Dr. wants him to lose a lot of weight.

      Do any of you remember the Flintstones from the 60s? I’ve been playing my DVDs from my collection. With everything that’s been going on I need some relief of some kind. You probably think I’ve reverted back to my childhood, sometimes that isn’t such a bad thing. I love the old cartoons!!!
      Well, I better get off here before it disappears.
      Take care
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      I am glad that Jenny and the kids are doing okay. Sounds like Adam is handling this pretty good also. I hope that they can remain friends and that you and Jenny get back to being close like you have always been. It is nice that you are working with Jenny on the house. It will be nice for her to have her house and not have to worry about that. It is a pain to have to deal with a lawyer. I hope that it goes well.
      That is weird that the phone calls stopped as fast as they started. I do not know that it was not worth their trouble because I did not answer or what was going on.Just if you get calls like that do not answer your phone. Then they know that they have the right number. I do not know what good it does them but that is what I was told.
      That is funny about Greg with the frog in his boot. It was a surprise to find him in there. I guess that the frog was surprised also. I hope that you both got a good laugh out of it.
      That is really good news that Brent is going to be able to go and see the specialist. It will be nice for him to get this taken care of. I cannot believe how long they are taking to get a person in to see the doctor that they need to see. Will keep praying for him.
      People are getting to where they check to see if we are carrying bags before they answer their door.lol We have been giving a lot of tomatoes away and will still give them away if some one wants them. Our cucumbers are not doing well though. So no pickles this year. Ron does those. The one thing that we get so many of I do not know why Ron plants so many it is hot peppers. We have a big basket full of them right now. Not many people want them. So he will make a hot pepper relish. He has too or they will go to waste.
      Well that is about all from here. Jenny and Brent will be in our prayers.
      Have a great night
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I really like the pictures that you did. They look really nice. You did a good job of matching up those pictures. They all look like you had them made. They all go together so well.
      That is a shame that the boys did not get to play in the pool. There is still a lot more summer to come so they will get to play in it again this summer. Did you all do something fun though. The kids probably have fun just being at your house.
      I hope that they took the breathing tube out of Winnie today. It will be so nice when she gets to come home. How is her sister doing now? Sounds like she is feeling a little better about things. Winnie will be in my prayers as will all of you.
      I am still making more spaghetti sauce tomorrow. I was going to do it today but we went to my moms and we did some yard work so did not feel like doing anything. We had a rain today and it was a slow steady rain. So it really does help with the garden. So we did get mom’s yard work done before the rain started. She has a guy to cut her grass but he does not trim her bushes or any of that. So we did that.
      How are you doing? I hope that your gout is not bothering you now and you are doing okay. Hope that Gary and Tillie are doing okay also. It will be nice when everyone is feeling good again.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That was good news that you do not have to spray it again. Will he come back and check again or are they done? I hope that you will be able to get your apartment put back together soon. Did you find someone to help with the bed?
      Sounds like Critt is doing better. That is nice that you are going there and bringing him clothes. There probably no one else that will do that or he may not have many people that can do it for him. You two have been really good friends.
      We got some rain here today. It was about time we really needed it. We are going to get some cooler weather next week. It will be in the 70’s so that will be nice. We will be able to open the windows and air out the house. I would take your 90 degree weather but we are just getting out of that pattern so sorry. I do hope that you get some rain soon.
      All of those old cartoons are so good. We use to watch the Flintstones all the time. We do get the Disney channel and I do like to watch MIckey Mouse Club house. I also like the old cartoons with Tom and Jerry. It is fun to just watch things that you do not have to worry about what they are going to show or say and everything is okay.
      Luv the pictures. They are really pretty. I am getting in the mood for Christmas. Those CIJ shows have been on and then they will go off the air and I will be wanting to see more. I think that they will have a day or two with Christmas shows until December but there will not be enough.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Sue,
      Sorry to hear about your leg. I hope that it is something that they can fix without much trouble. You are a strong woman and will make it thru this. Just hang in there. Those buttons that will call help if you need them work really well. My mom has one and she has had to use it. They get to you really fast and take really good care of you.
      Will remember you in my prayers.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      Sorry no plans have been made for your brother yet. The waiting makes it so much worst.
      I am glad you got to see Critt. It looks like he is progressing, and that is good. I hope he can come home soon.
      Take a pic of your trees when you set them up. I am so happy you got something nice for yourself. You deserve a treat.
      I remember the Flintstones. We used to love them. there were a lot of good shows back in the day. I saw a new one for the Fall that is something about a guy gets “friended” by god. that looks like a nice, happy show to watch.
      I love your pictures. I am amazed at how you find new ones all the time to post for us. Thank you for tkaing the effort to do that.
      I wish we could give you some rain. It finally stopped raining, but the humidity is still gross. So, i am not going out until it is better.
      Tillie just came up for dinner, so I have to close for now. She wnats me to order soemthing for her….LOL
      Hope you have a good night!
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Not much going on out here. Just a lot of heat. Now we’re supposed to get smoky haze from all those fires in S. Oregon & N. Ca. on Sunday to go along with the 100 degree temps on Sunday & Monday. They’ve put out an alert for the excessive heat & bad air quality. I won’t be going out for the next few days.
      Yes, I’ll take pics of the trees when I get them. I won’t get the silver one until Nov.,tho. It’s on back order. I can’t wait to get the blue one tho. I can keep it out all year.
      I forgot to say the bug man put the bed back for me. It was back in its spot when I got back. That was nice of him to do that. I haven’t heard back yet if he’s coming back or not.
      Well, that’s all I have for tonight.

      Have a great weekend!!

      dd

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      Those of you on Facebook go look at Patrick’s photos from Portland, Or. DD your city is beautiful lots of interesting things. Maybe you can meet him next time he is there as he said he would be back sometime.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I am attaching a pic of Aizen’s tree, and one of the others I planted a year later. his tree is the one with the huge amount of blooms…..LOL
      Thanks for the compliments on the pictures I made! I am going to make an angel ornament for Winnie. She is in tough shape. the tube is out, but they have her on some mask thing, and she needs to be awake enough to breathe. they said she has several broken ribs. that is the first time they admitted to that. they are weaning her off some pain meds, so w she will be more aware of what is happening. the nurse told Joanne Winnie has been through a lot, and it will take time. the whole thing does not sound good to me. i am so scared she is going to die.
      Wow- you have harvested enough tomatoes to go into business selling the sauce….LOL Go Colleen!!!
      It is gross here again today. We are supposed to get thunderstorms, and then the humidity is supposed to lower.
      The gout seems to be gone. I got a letter from my insurance that they covered the med (2 of them) for gout, but will no longer cover it, as it is not on their “formulary”. Seriously?? this is getting nuts.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      Please read the post to Colleen for all the info,and pics of how much the hydrangea trees have grown.
      Those fires you get in your neck of the woods are awful. I feel so bad for all the people who lose their homes, and the rest of you that have to breathe the awful air.
      We watched a movie last night that was really good. “The Mountain between Us”. At least I think that was the name. It was on one of the movie channels, and we had recorded it, as it sounded good.
      That was very nice of the bug man to put your bed back. there are a lot of kind people in this world, and I hope you continue to run into them.
      My friend Winnie does not seem to be doing well. I am scared for her. In the next couple of days, if she does not start to improve, I fear the worst.
      I hope your friends are doing better- Critt and Kay. How has Kay been doing since she is home?
      Hope your weekend will be good. Ill be in the house all day again, as it is so gross out there.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      I am goign to check it out now.
      hope you are feeling ok, and your leg is better.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I checked out Patrick’s FB page for the pics of Portland, but at first all I saw was pics of food & drink. It wasn’t until I scrolled down that I saw the pics. He took a lot of good pics. He got lucky with the sunny weather. He needs to come back there’s more to see. Sounds like he had a great time while he was here.
      Adele, those hydrangea trees are sure pretty. Just wait till next yr, they should be even bigger with more blooms on em. I love flowers & I miss not being able to have any here. I hope & pray Winnie pulls thru. It’s hard to lose close friends.
      Hey Colleen, I’ll take a few of those tomatoes! If only we lived closer!!
      They keep saying we’re supposed to get up to 100 tomorrow, but this morning we woke up to cloudy skies & cooler temps. They weren’t looking for that.
      I hope they’re wrong again.
      I’m gonna be naughty again, & put up my summer pics on the walls. I took em down for the spraying but they don’t spray in the kitchen. I’m sick of looking at the ugly walls.
      I forgot to say, I commented on Patrick’s pics & he replied back. I said I live in Portland & was glad he enjoyed his trip out here. Go to FB & check it out.

      Jewell is getting antsy about going back to the bedroom. I find her in there snooping around, as if to say, when are we gonna move back in??
      Well, I’m gonna have a snack of pretzels & Nutella. Have you ever tried it? I love it!!
      take care.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      Aizen’s tree is really pretty this year. The other one looks good also. Will they get any bigger or is that about as big as they get? They really look good. It is so nice to have a flowering tree in the front.
      How in the world did Winnie get broken ribs? That is terrible how could that have happened. Did she fall or something? I will continue to pray for her. I am glad that the tube is out. I can understand why she is having a hard time breathing if the ribs are broken. It probably hurts every time she takes a breath. She has been thru a lot. I hope that they get this all fixed and she can come home soon.
      Our weather has cooled down some. It has been really nice. I know that will not last long but we are enjoying it right now. It is supposed to be in the 70’s this week. I hope that they are right and do not change it. You are really getting a lot of rain. We get some but we still need a lot.
      I made more spaghetti sauce today and now I need to slow down. We are going to have enough for the whole town. I need to figure out something else to do with them. I have never made Ketchup so that may be my next project. This is getting to be a lot of work. lol
      This is getting ridiculous that insurance will not pay for medicine that they use to pay for. Something needs to be done we may all have to protest. We worked hard to get this insurance and now they act like we do not deserve it. It is not right.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That is so nice that the bug man put your bed back together for you. There are some good people in the world still. How long will it be before you can move back into your room? I hope that this is the end of it. You really have had more then your share.
      If I could I would give you all the tomatoes that you could eat. We have had plenty. We are now getting a lot of zucchini and cucumbers. We did not think that we were going to get that many cucumbers. They really are growing now.
      You are really getting a lot of hot weather. I hope that it cools down soon. That is rough when you are not use to it. That is really bad about all the smoke in the air. You really will have to be careful. It is good that it does not get into the building.
      That water looks so inviting. It would be nice to just sit and dangle your feet in there and cool off. We do not live anywhere near water so it always looks so inviting.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Good Morning Everyone,
      Adele, I hope there will be good news on Winnie today.
      I see there were some butterfly pictures in your needlepoint.
      Colleen, are you tired of making all that spaghetti sauce yet? You’ll be able to open up an Italian restaurant when you are done.
      DD, those VPH trees are getting good reviews. I got the blue and sent a green to Brent and a silver to Jenny. Jenny’s has shipped and mine and Brent’s are still in process.
      Sue I hope you are well. Those copays are getting higher and higher and can add up quickly if you are having lots of testing. I was able to see Patrick’s pictures even without being on Facebook for some reason. You know last time I was at my GP’s office they had a table that they could just lower way down-all doctor’s should get those.
      Well Adam came over yesterday and we gave him a bunch of stuff; towels, blankets and some kitchen stuff and a lamp. He seems to be doing okay. He has been bringing the kids over to his house for part of the day when he watches them so they are getting used to being there and they are helping him to put the place together. Kendall got a second place ribbon on her cake so she was kind of disappointed. I guess the judges judging one table were a lot harder than the judges doing a different table and Kendall got her stuff on the hard table. So Jenny said it didn’t seem quite fair. Lachlan is showing one of his grandpa’s pigs on Friday. That should be interesting-I’m thinking he might just chicken out.
      We never did get over to listen to the music at the golf course on Thursday night. Hopefully they will do it again.
      I can’t believe it’s almost August. The kids will be going back to school soon. I know Jenny was school shopping for the kids this weekend. Kendall will be in 5th, Lachlan in 2nd and Piper in kindergarten. Yikes! Time has sure flown.
      Gail

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      HI Gail,
      That is just so nice that you gave Adam all those things to start up a house again. It must be really hard on him to go thru this again. It is nice that the kids are helping him set up the house. It will make that place feel like home also. Does he know if his older daughter is going to move in with him? It would be nice if she did for awhile.
      I do not think that my sauce is good enough for the public. The kids have to eat it here they have no choice. I may give some to the other girls and see if they like it. It won’t really matter they will take it home and I will have no idea if they like it or not. The kids will not say they do not like it here they are afraid they will hurt my feelings.
      That is good that Kendall got a ribbon so she should be proud of that. It is a shame that she had the hard judge. Well maybe next year she will win first place and she will be happy. Lachlan will have fun showing one of his grandpa’s pigs. I hope that he does not get shy and not do it. He would have a good time.
      the summer has gone by quickly. The kids have to start on the 14th of August here but Ethan and Kaylee started today. I could not get a hold of them to see how their day went. Kaylee will talk my arm off about it and Ethan will not say much of anything. Are your kids like that where one will talk about school and the other will not. Kids are funny. You will get an earful from Piper. She will have a lot to say. She is so cute.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I had to sign back in again. I hope everyone is fine. I’m doing okay. It got hot but it isn’t supposed to last long. By Wed. it’s supposed to be more normal.

      Not much going on except for the heat. The smoke they said was coming is more of a haze than a cloud of smoke. At sunset it was a gorgeous sky. I can’t smell it. Those living further south, closer to the Ca. border are having a hard time of it. Once the wind changes coming in off the Pacific it’ll push the smoke out. My friend who has a beach house says it’s in the low 60s over there. I asked her to Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease send some of it over here.
      Adele, I hope your friend is doing better. Saying prayers for her. I saw the pics of Azien on FB today. Tooooo cute!!!!

      I got a notice that my tree was shipped out. I can’t wait to see what it’s gonna look like in here.
      Well, that’s all I have tonight.
      take care & enjoy the finale of CIJ today. I’ll have it on all day.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      I’ll try this again as we are having Verizon problems again and my last note wouldn’t post.
      Every few weeks I have to sign in again too so it must be something that this site does after a certain amount of time goes by.
      I am watching CIJ too-I ordered the TSV for my front porch.
      I hope you love your blue tree as that’s the one i am getting for myself-I sent different colored ones to the kids.
      I hope those fires get put out soon-they cause so much devastation.
      I’ll bet your house looks like a tropical paradise with all those pretty pictures on your walls.
      Keeping my fingers crossed that this will post.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      We wanted to help Adam in whatever way we could and I’m sure I will not even miss the stuff that we gave him. My heart still just breaks for him. He will always be our grandkids father so I hope we will always have a special bond. He is a good father. It’s a whole new experience for him as when his first marriage broke up basically his mother stepped in and raised his two daughters so this time he’s having the experience of having to do all this single father stuff on his own. When he was stocking his kitchen he had the kid’s look in Mom’s (Jenny’s) pantry and tell him what she kept in hers so he could kind of duplicate it. I thought that was funny and such a single Dad thing to do. I think for right now Enya is going to at least spend part of the week with him and I’m glad for that.
      I’m sure your sauce is delicious and that everyone loves it!
      I’m not sure when school starts but I’ll bet it’s around the same time as yours. I think it’s a travesty that kids go back to school in mid August and don’t even get a full three months off. That’s because of all the stupid days they get off during the school year and all the days off now for teacher’s meetings-and then parents are scrambling for child care for those days. I really think it’s gotten out of hand. June, July and all of August should be summer vacation.
      Kendall won’t talk much about school, Lachlan is a typical boy and could care less, and of course Piper will tell us all about it. lol
      Enjoy the last of CIJ for this month.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      Adam will feel the same the way that you do. You have always done such good things for him and you have gotten along. He will always remember that and will want to stay close. It is just really nice that you are helping him like you are. That is funny that the kids helped him by looking in the pantry to see what their mom had in there. Sounds like he plans on cooking for them and that is really nice. They will not be eating out all the time.
      I agree with you. They go back to school and then they are out for Memorial day. They should just wait and start after then and it would be much nicer. It is not good for the kids to go back to school and then be off for teachers meetings and all this other stuff. They do not have time to just get settled in. I guess they know what they are doing but I doubt it.
      Brook is a little nervous about going back to school. She is starting a new school and she is not too interested in doing that. She has a boy friend and she thinks that he will break up with her. She is a cute girl so she will not have to worry about making friends. She will have a lot of boys that will want to talk to her also. lol
      Did you see the new camouflage tops that Quacker had? What did you think of them? I am not sure that I liked them. I do not like that style anyway. I think that they have over done it. It is time to move on. I guess that is just me though a lot of people wear it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Starting new page for August-see you all there.

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      hi DD
      The kids love Nutella- all of them.
      I always love your pictures, so post away!
      More bad news on Winnie. they had a conference with the family yesterday. they said the hip they put in is broken (the one with the antibiotics), and that her bones are breaking around it. So they want to do another surgery to put in a longer metal post to support the hip. When asked, doctor said a cardiologist will not be resent, that the new one could also break, and she could get another infection. I asked why they cannot do a scan to see the condition of the rest of the bones, prior to trying anything further, and her sister thought that was a good question. they want to do it at the end of the week, and she is not strong. Everyone is worried.
      I just do not get it, as we have the best hospitals in the country, and I have no faith in this one.
      Thank you for the compliments on the tree. the blooms are just unbelievable. I fell in love with those trees. I hope they get bigger faster than they are, as who know show many more summers we will have? LOL
      Hope your day is good! Hope Jewell gets used to going back into the bedroom.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I do love those trees too. The other one that is not Aizen’s, were planted 2 years ago. Actually, I planted 3 more of those in front (total of 4 there), and 2 more in back- one at the edge of the yard, and one where the pine tree was. Now I have them lining the property….LOL
      Please read the post to DD for the latest Winnie news. her ribs were broken when she coded during the surgery. She was down for 6 minutes, and they had to use the paddles several times, besides the compression.
      I am glad your weather got better. The humidity up here is through the roof, and thunderstorms are predicted until tonight. I looked on line, and it looks like they all will miss us at this point. It still has a long way to go.
      I finished the angel ornament. All I have to do is stretch it back into shape, and glue it together. then I can send it to Winnie. I decided to make an Angel for Joyce and Nancy, and Winnie’s sister. I think everyone needs an Angel.
      Hope your day is good, and you figure out what to do with all the tomatoes.
      Adele
      PS…I can smell the gravy up here!!

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster!
      Please read my posts to the girls on the Winnie news. not good, and not encouraging. Winnie wants to do all they suggest as she cannot stand all the pain, and not being able to walk. It is just an awful situation.
      I think a second place ribbon is great. But, I know how she feels, and that she really wanted the First place ribbon. I hope she realizes second place is also great. I think all the kids have such high expectations of themselves, and they put so much pressure on themselves. Is she still upset about it?
      I hope Lachan has a good time with the pig showing. Didn’t he do that last year too? I do not remember if he got a ribbon, or not. I ahve a vague memory about his not doing it at the last minute, or that you were afraid of that. I hope it goes well.
      Our kids start the week before Labor Day. JJ will be in Middle School this year. can you imagine?
      That was so nice to give Adam things for his house. Also good that the kids are participating in the decorating. It must make them feel so good to help their Dad,and set up their rooms over there. Adam sound slike such a good Dad. I am glad he is handling all of this well. It makes it so much easier on the kids.
      I hoe your weather is good over there-ours is awful.
      Boy, I wish my doctors had those tables up here. i went to the rheumatologist yesterday, and had to sit in the chair….LOL she will be watching my uric acid levels, and if they stay up there, prescribe a med to lower it, as it causes heart attacks and strokes if it stays high. Yuck.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I am dying to see your tree!
      I ahve been focused on Halloween again. I am trying to get friends to go out on Halloween in the afternoon (early) for lunch, and everyone wear a witch hat. I hope I can get people to go….LOL
      Thank you for the compliments on the pics on Facebook. I have not added anything n there in a while. Scroll through my friends, and see if you find Winnie. You can see her pic, I hope. She is the only Winnie I know.
      Hope your day is good, and your air better. It is awful about those poor people, and that grandmother and her grands who died. heartbreaking.
      Adele

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      Hey girls…not sure I liked the camo shorts.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Ahhhhhhhh, what a relief it is!!!! Our heatwave is over. We woke up to cloudy skies & much cooler temps. I could feel the cool air coming in off the Pacific late last night, so I knew it was over. It blew out the smoky haze, too. I didn’t have to run the AC at all. I just had the windows open & it was wonderful. I just wish I could bottle it up & send it out to all of you!!! I could make a fortune if I could sell it to all of you who need this mild weather. July was a very dry/hot month they say, but what do they expect? We could see some rain next week, but I’m not holding my breath.
      I’ve been watching the CIJ finale all day. I did order the Moose munch TSV. Since it’s made in Oregon, I thought I’d get some. Last Christmas I saw it in the local grocery store, & it was $7 a box. And they didn’t have as many flavors either. Only 3 or 4 if I remember right.
      Adele, I’m so very sorry to hear about Winnie. If she’s not able to walk how are the bones breaking around the hip replacement? It doesn’t sound good at all. If the drs are consulting with the family that doesn’t sound good either. Sending prayers for her.
      We didn’t start school till after Labor day weekend. Starting in August doesn’t seem right. Esp. mid Aug. That’s when some people take their vacations, just before school restarts. And I don’t remember having all those days off. We had holiday vacations, etc. but not so many days off for teacher stuff. And we never heard of snow days. I didn’t like those camo shirts either. I’m not too crazy about the pattern for clothing. Backpacks maybe, but that’s about all.
      My tree arrived today. It’s gorgeous. I took a couple pics of it. I didn’t plug it in yet. I took the pics of it in front of some of my tropical pics. I’m glad I got it. I can’t wait to see the silver one. I’ll take pics of it lit up when I get back to normal & don’t have a mess.
      Well, I better get off here before I lose it again.
      take care.
      dd

      the pic of the sky is 5 am one morning. I face the East so I get the sunrise, sometimes I see it but most of the time I don’t.

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