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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi All,
      With everything that has been going on I forgot to start a new discussion page. March really just snuck up on me. Huh-it marched up behind me. lol How’s that for corny. Maybe because February is a short month. So here we are in what Jeanne called murky March. I kind of like March as it means winter is almost over. Plus it’s another chance to catch a leprechaun and get his pot of gold.

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    • adele shanbar
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      I’m here…….
      thank God!
      Love all of you!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Love the pics….forgot to say that….lol
      Adele

    • Anonymous
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      I tried to post last night but not only lost my post but was kicked off the site. So I will try again.
      Barbara I don’t know if this will help but if you cannot go to the wedding could someone skype or tape it so you can see it. I know it is not the same as being there. Then maybe when they get home you could have a reception for those that could not go to Ca.
      Adele sorry to hear about Gary. I bet he will be on a very strict diet now so I don’t know how you will feed him as he probably won’t eat what he should have. I feel your pain as my mom must have been related to Gary as she was very picky.
      Gail any new news about Brent? Hope he is starting to feel better.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      So good to hear from you today. I need all the friends I can get. So does Barbara,and the rest of the girls. We are stronger together.
      Gary’s home, and he showered. the shower took all the strength out of him, as he is very tired form not sleeping in the hospital. I am sure the heart attack took a lot more out of him than he realizes.
      I have been thinking about how to fool him to eat more veggies. I will try a stir fry ( with little oil, and more wine) with red peppers, onion, garlic and baby spinach and chicken- over linguini. I will try it out and pray he likes it. Spinach cooks down so much, he may think it is parsley.
      I think that is a great idea to have a second reception here for Barbara. that would be real nice for all the people who live here who would not be able to go. Good idea, Sue.
      Love, Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Just wanted to check in on Gary Adele. Please tell him for me that he MUST follow the doctors discharge orders; and it is of utmost importance that he follow the diet that was ordered. Please also pass along to him that when I got home from the hospital; everything and I mean everything tasted just like cardboard, and my sons would fix me say oatmeal with fruit (chopped up apples) and I did like both before; but after; nothing. But I just had to force myself to chew and swallow (which considering my fluffy size was a big change) but that soon his taste will come back; and the more of the “good things” that his new food plan includes will soon change his taste buds to where he really will find that he likes it. Long way of saying, just keep trying, and what you are planning to fix sounded deliscious. Yes, he will be very tired and using small amounts of energy like to shower will make him tired right now; so take it slowly. He has been through a lot; and bouncing back will not come overnight for any of you; so YOU take care too.
      Gail, I am afraid to look for our Feb. page before I send this off in fear I will lose this note into space land. ha ha I continue to pray for your son. I am so glad he has someone he cares for to be with him; especially now. Our March came in like the lion too. We had storms and so much rain for the last two days and nights. It is not raining right now; but cloudy and looks like it is right there waiting to. Jerry and I went to the dr. yesterday for our check up and after getting myself all phyched up to go through all the labs and sitting in a room of sick folks; our doctor had an emerg. (which of course we understand) but had to reschedule us for tomorrow. At first the receptionist tried to tell us our appt. was Mar. 28 not Feb. and I said that is not possible; when we made the appt two weeks ago the recept. even joked with me about how we were getting in on the last day of the month; and how short Feb. is. So with a sheepish look she got busy trying to “work us in” this week. To say the least; Mr Smith was getting the hair up on the back of his neck. We went out to see his Mom; and she was doing good. We plan to pick her up sometime next week and go for an outing; and then come out to our home and have dinner. I am going to take her to the hairdresser and get a haircut. Her hair is just beautiful but it is getting too long and takes to long to dry. Her hair is still really full and wavy.
      Sue, that is a really good idea. I know Jerry would enjoy this too. Only one of Joey’s friends from home is able to fly out. Most of them can’t get off right at the 4th holiday; some because of seniority and such. I hope someone will skype the ceremony. It really breaks our heart; all of this. I just sit sometimes and wonder what in the world went with our family? I always knew when our sons married their first priority would be to their wife and family, but just wasn’t prepared to feel like such an outsider. By the way; how is your knee doing? Hope all is well.
      I can hear the crickets just chirping outside. SO now Colleen; that means the creepy crawlers are out. This is a hard time of year just knowing it is right around the corner for all the bad biting things. The South can be so beautiful; but I sure don’t like those things. We get lots of mosquitoes too; and all this rain seems to make them worse if it keeps on raining all spring. But the flowers will be such a beautiful sight to see; and I like Gail will be looking for me a little leprechan and his pot of gold out there. LOL
      Take care to all. Prayers for everyones loved ones; and for good health. Hugs Barbara

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      First of all, Adele, I’m so sorry to hear about Gary having a heart attack. I hope he’s better now. I agree with Barbara that he HAS to follow his Dr.s orders about diet & taking better care of himself. Even if it means no more hot dogs! They are NOT good for you. He’ll have to cut out salt, (sodium), butter, & take his meds, no matter what!! More fruits & fresh veggies. After my open heart surgery it took me quite awhile to get back to normal. That was back when I was in my 30s. It’ll be a slow recovery I’m sure. I’ll keep you guys in my prayers.
      I don’t blame you for being cranky. I would be too. I hope your tummy issues are all better now. You might want to try smoothies for Gary. Blending apples, bananas, oranges, & some veggies in it so he gets them that way. Can’t hurt to try.
      I guess I passed my inspection today. I usually get a copy of the report, but no one got a copy. There were a couple things that needed fixing that I didn’t know about, but that won’t count against me (I hope).
      I hear there’s a really bad storm heading for the East coast. it was mild here today but by late afternoon, it was stormy. I heard the snow level could be dropping down again. Down to the foothills around here. Means lots of snow on the mts. Making up for lost time. Feb. started out warm, but ended colder than normal, go figure.
      I talked to Kay yesterday, & she’s still in the hospital with pneumonia. she’s not sure when she’ll be released. but she does know she’ll be going to a different care facility to get her strength back. Right now she can barely get to the end of the bed. Her heart rate got up to 120-130, so they got to get that down also. I’m beginning to wonder if she’ll ever get back to where she can live alone.
      Are any of you going to watch the Oscars Sunday night? I quit watching yrs ago.. they’re too political now.
      Well, I guess that’s it for now. Take care all, & stay safe!!!
      dd

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    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Mike talks about his wife once in awhile. They have only shown one picture of her. When they had that funeral for Frank’s cat. His little girl was sitting with her mom and she ran up to her dad when he came in. They had been on the road. I wondered if Frank got another cat since the one he had has passed on. I had heard that they do not have much in that place from someone else. I wonder if they sell to just certain buyers that they know and do not sell to the public as much now. I know on a couple of shows they only were go on buying trips for certain people that hired them. Like Dolly Wood, museums for the civil war and places like that. That is kind of sad because there are some things that they buy that would be interesting to see.
      If Ron decides to go early again it will be potato soup for a week. I am not getting up that early again. It is a lot more interesting to see all the people in the stores and all the confusion.
      I had forgotten all about St. Pattys day this year. I do not have anything planned and need to get on the ball. I guess that the kids will be here all but Melissa and that will really be sad. I really miss her and the kids. Stephen not so much. I tell him that all the time. He took my kids away from me and I am not happy. He just laughs. he may be on the potato soup list next.lol
      I agree February did go by fast. It just seems like this year is going by fast. Wish we could slow it down a little. Aliza is growing too fast and she will not be a baby much longer. She was supposed to be here today but she is cutting her two molars and she was sick and crabby. It always was the hardest teeth for the kids when they were cutting teeth.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. Thanks for setting this page up. YOU are really good about remembering.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Mike talks about his wife once in awhile. They have only shown one picture of her. When they had that funeral for Frank’s cat. His little girl was sitting with her mom and she ran up to her dad when he came in. They had been on the road. I wondered if Frank got another cat since the one he had has passed on. I had heard that they do not have much in that place from someone else. I wonder if they sell to just certain buyers that they know and do not sell to the public as much now. I know on a couple of shows they only were go on buying trips for certain people that hired them. Like Dolly Wood, museums for the civil war and places like that. That is kind of sad because there are some things that they buy that would be interesting to see.
      If Ron decides to go early again it will be potato soup for a week. I am not getting up that early again. It is a lot more interesting to see all the people in the stores and all the confusion.
      I had forgotten all about St. Pattys day this year. I do not have anything planned and need to get on the ball. I guess that the kids will be here all but Melissa and that will really be sad. I really miss her and the kids. Stephen not so much. I tell him that all the time. He took my kids away from me and I am not happy. He just laughs. he may be on the potato soup list next.lol
      I agree February did go by fast. It just seems like this year is going by fast. Wish we could slow it down a little. Aliza is growing too fast and she will not be a baby much longer. She was supposed to be here today but she is cutting her two molars and she was sick and crabby. It always was the hardest teeth for the kids when they were cutting teeth.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. Thanks for setting this page up. You are really good about remembering.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that you are a little better today. You do have a lot of stress right now. Just try to relax and do not worry about things now. It will be hard to keep Gary on his diet but it is necessary with what he just went thru. Maybe he will be better about following his doctors advice right now since he had that scare. I hope that he is home and all settled in now.
      Just hang in there and we will all be praying for you and Gary.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      I was typing to Gail and the it posted before I was done. That is a first for me. So had to finish it and now there are two posts from me to Gail. What is going on with this site.
      That was really good advice that you gave Adele. I hope that Gary will cooperate. It is hard and you know what it will be like so you really will be able to help Adele with this.
      That is aggravating to go to the doctor and they tell you that you did not have an appointment. Especially when you know that you did. At least they worked you in and you did get to go see Jerry’s mom. It is nice that you could take her to get her hair cut. She must have had a really nice day going to your house for dinner and getting her hair cut. She is so lucky to have all that hair. If mine keeps falling out I may have to go to the hair club and get some more. lol
      I hope that they will skype the wedding for you. It would be really nice if they did. Barbara just hang in there this will get better. You know how girls are they like to act dumb sometimes but they will realize that they are acting that way and it will stop.
      I am not looking forward to all the creepy crawlers either. It is not fun when the snakes first come out. We really have to watch where we walk around here. You must be getting all the rain. We had a lot of thunder and lightening but not much rain. It all went around us. We really need the rain though. We did not get enough snow to make up for the lose of rain fall. I have not seen any of the flowers coming up yet but that will happen soon because it has been so warm here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      I hope that Kay does get to come home. It is hard to have to give up living by yourself and stay in a home. Maybe things will work out better for her. This new rehab place may do a better job for her.
      That makes it hard when they do not tell you if you passed or not. I would hate to have to wait. They should not count it against you if a couple of things need to be fixed. Aren’t they responsible for the repairs? It seems like they should be.
      I hope that the snow stays in the mountains. You do not need anymore snow on the ground where you are. I hope that you are able to get out again and it is not slick. The weather is just really crazy anymore. You never know what it will be like.
      well that is about all from here. Thanks for all the cute pictures. They always are she cheery and make me smile.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Everybody,
      Did you look at the thing that Patrick has posted on the bottom of the front page or the main page. It is about a bar in the shower. The picture is really cute and thought we could use that bar in our showers right now. lol
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      I read your post to Gary. They gave him a lot of directions on activity, but,none on food. I found that odd. But, he is supposed to go to Cardiac rehab, which seems like AA for heart issues….LOL
      Your post made me feel better, as I was concerned for his being so exhausted, and not eating. He did eat a half bagel, whihc I buttered, very lightly, not even a pat of butter on it, an egg, and his coffee.
      I am really hoping my stir fry idea will work. he has already made a face about it. God bless him.
      How are you feeling? Jerry? I hope I didn’t say anything out of line the other day, as I was in a no filter, whatsoever mood. I was just so angry that you were being hurt again. You do not deserve it, nor does Jerry. There are so many people who would die to have parents, or grandparents like you. They have no idea how lucky they are. I am praying for a solution you can live with. I think Sue’s idea of a home celebration would be real nice, and I hope that would work for all of you.
      We now have the gross weather- very ad winds, and rain. Lots of places are out of electricity, and are flooded. So far, we are good. Thank God.
      Stay away form the creepy crawlers….and those snakes. I remember the pic of a snake in a pot on your deck.
      Your cranky buddy…..Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      Thank you for the information, and good wishes. We definitely need them right now.
      I didn’t realize you had open heart surgery at that young age…or I forgot it. That must have been real scary. Do you still have to see a cardiologist? I know you talk about going to the doctor, but, I always think it is your GP.
      I am so sorry about Kay. I think you are correct- it looks like she needs more care. I hope that she will be someplace where you will be able to see her. It is miserable to lose the daily contact with such a good friend.
      How is your other friend in the building- the one with that funky name….can’t remember.
      I hope your weather is good for the weekend- ours is definitely not. We are grounded anyway, so the weather does not matter. I am just glad Gary is home, and I can still talk to him. Every day is a gift, every single day.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Thank you for the well wishes, and prayers.
      Gary is home, and ok. he is exhausted, but today is better than yesterday. I have been told by Nancy, and our Barbara, that it will be a few days until he gets his strength back. He was so tired when he came home, that he fell asleep eating. he also ate hardly anything. Today, he did have a breakfast, and ate it, so that is good. baby steps.
      This whole thing has made me realize, again, that every day is a gift. I have learned that so many times, I need no more reminders. I keep getting them. Today, I feel a little down. the nasty weather up here does not help. I told Gail that we all need to realize that one of us will be alone, sooner or later. It is just how things go. We have to protect ourselves, and get some plan together, while all of us still have our husband’s. I honestly feel if we develop some plan together (us and our hubby’s), maybe it will not devastate us when it does happen. Somehow, I feel I would be bale to think this…..”ok, we decided this is what I am going to do, and now I have to do it”. I know that sounds weird, but, I have been thinking about that since Tuesday. I think I am getting morbid….LOL Maybe in a few days, this feeling will pass, and I can enjoy every day again. Sorry for sounding so down. I need to get my Quacker sparkle back.
      Hope Mandy is loving her car! How is everyone? Is Ron behaving?
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey again, Missy Barbara
      I just read Colleen’s post, and realized I forgot to say how nice that was to take Jerry’s Mom to the hairdresser. that is such a nice outing for her, and you. It is so good she can still go out, with all that happened to her. It must make Jerry happy. I forgot- how old is she now?
      hope your day is going well.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      I will look for that bar….LOL
      Adele
      PS- it looks like they put the Q site back the way it was-yahoo!!

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      I talked to Kay earlier today & she’s in a new facility & she sounds a lot better. She’s a lot happier at this new place. She has her own private room, & says the food there is Much better. Said there’s no comparison. She seems more optimistic & her voice sounds so much better. So here’s hoping she’ll be back sooner than later. As she said she’s not starting from ground zero this time around.

      I was naughty today. I ordered 3 items from Issac M. I got a pair of the TSV in pool green, 2 T-shirts in pool green, & citron(yellow). I’ve never tried IM before so it’ll be interesting. Have any of you tried Issac M before?
      I guess I better clear up my heart issue. I was born with a hole in my left ventrical. Since open heart surgery didn’t come about until several yrs later, it wasn’t an option for me at that time, so said the Dr.s They said I’d never make it thru the surgery. So it wasn’t until I was 32 I decided I was ready to have it. On May 12th, 1982 I had it done. They had to patch up the hole with a dacron patch. The hole was bigger than they thought it was.
      From that day on I was healthier than I had ever been or thought I could be. Because they break the sternum bone & spread the rib cage to get to the heart it took a long time to heal. It was about 3 or 4 months before I was completely healed. there are some funny stories to go along with this but I won’t get into it now.
      I didn’t need to see any cardiologist until recently. It wasn’t until 2008 that I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure that I see a cardiologist on a regular basis. He put me on blood pressure, cholesterol, other meds for the heart. He put a couple stents in a couple of the arteries to make sure they didn’t become blocked. I take Plavix & a baby aspirin for that.
      So Adele, if Gary tires easily don’t be overly concerned, it’s normal. He’ll have to take it slow for awhile. He won’t like it but that’s the way it will be for awhile. I didn’t want to say that dirty word, exercise, as I wasn’t sure what the Dr. would tell him. Stents aren’t as drastic as open heart surgery, but if he isn’t careful it could lead to open heart surgery. David Letterman had quadruple bi-pass several yrs ago, to open up several of his arteries.
      Well, I guess I’ve bored all of you enough.
      Stay safe.
      dd

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    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      You will probably feel like that for a while. You have really gone thru a bad scare with Gary. It will be hard when we lose one our hubby’s but we will have to go thru it. So the best thing we can do is enjoy our lives while we can and thank God that we still have our husbands. We also have our families that are there for us whenever we need them. We sure are blessed.
      I hope that your weather is better there today. Nothing makes you feel better then the sun to be shinning. We have sunshine here today and wish that I could send it your way.
      How many stents did they have to put into Gary? It is no wonder that he is tired. At least he did eat some breakfast. It is a surprise that they did not send him a diet plan to follow. They will probably give you one when you go to cardiac rehab. I am just surprised that they are waiting that long. It is nice that you are getting some good advice from people that have gone thru this.
      You do not have to apologize for being down. You have a right for being that way. We are here to try and cheer you up and listen. You are always so good about listening to us and helping us to feel better about things. Wish that I had your talent for doing that.
      All of our kids are gone for the day. They spent the night with Danyielle last night so there is no telling when they will be back home. I am not sure if she will come home with the car today or not. She was trying to get some insurance so she can get it licensed. She went to St. Louis to try and get it done faster.
      Well that is all from here. Have a great day!
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      How nice that Kay is happier at the new place that she is at. That will make the difference on whether she gets better or not. At least the food is better and she will start to gain some weight. Hopefully they will get her home soon.
      It is nice that you got to pick the time when you wanted the surgery. It seems like things have gotten so much better in the medical field the when we were younger. When we were younger they never had done a lot with the heart. It seems like if you had any type of heart trouble they just did not know what to do for it. The younger generation are a lot better off then we were.
      You needed to order something. It is good for us all to order something once in awhile. We need something new to make us feel good. Those tops sound really cute. I have not seen them yet. I have the show on my dvr and will watch it later.
      The pictures you posted are really cute. I probably say that too much but they are so cheerful and they always put a smile on my face.
      Have a great day.
      Colleen

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      I hope this does not come out wrong but not all of us have a husband or any family. It is tough having no one so enjoy what you have but remember not all of us are so lucky.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey DD
      You are not boring at all. That is some story on your heart. I am so glad you are ok, and the surgery went well. It is amazing what they can do today.
      GAyr is sleeping in his chair. He slept until 9 :30, and when we got up, we realized we lost a huge tree behind the pool. We were very lucky it did not take the pool out, or the fence…..so far.
      Unfortunately, getting it removed is goign to be pricey. My neighbor paid about 2000 to have a big one removed, and it was not on it’s side, behind a fence. the gate is on the other side of the yard, so there is no easy access. My landscaper is coming by tomorrow to see what needs to be done, and who has to be called for the removal. He said he already had 20 calls for trees at 10:00 am. Not sure if it will be worth an insurance claim, as they will jack my rates up if I make them, and I will pay more every year. Oh well. Nobody died, and nobody was hurt. It is what it is, as they say.
      I am so glad you heard from KAy, and that she is feeling better. I hope she will be able to come home soon. Still praying for her.
      Thank you for letting me know Gary will be tired a lot. At least he is alive.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Soooooo, God gave me something else to worry about…..LOL Our huge Christmas tree went down in the storm last night. I attached a pic on DD’s post.
      The kids are all upset, as they all watched that tree grow, and loved it. Lots of birds flew in and out of it all day long, as it is the view from my kitchen window. I hope the birds find another tree to safely nest in. So sad. The view from my window looks so strange now.
      Thank you for the kind words. You do always give all of us comfort, prayers, and lighten our loads!! Never feel you do not help by the nice posts you write. We are all blessed to have each other.
      We have had a lot of damage up here. Lots of people are without power. the winds are still strong,but nowhere as strong as last night. I am afraid the tree will roll, and then we will have a bigger mess. Nothing I can do about it. So, i need to relax. At least there is a new Hallmark movie on tonight. I di see Blue Bloods last night too.
      Love all you guys!!!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      Of course it did not come out wrong. I totally know what you mean. I was alone raising my kids from 1974, until I married Gary in 1999, so I know what you mean. It can be very lonely. I am not looking forward to that again. I pray Gary lives for a few more years, as I will miss him terribly. He dires me crazy around food, but, he is a good man.
      You have to see me sit here today, and try to plan “heart healthy meals” he will eat. Not easy. I had a little chat with him, that with all these new rules (not to mention the diabetic ones), he has to cut me some slack and eat what is presented for dinner. I would never make anything gross, but, I do not want to hurt him with food he is not supposed to have.
      So far, the menu is :
      Sunday – roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and corn
      Monday- lentil soup with sourdough bread, with added seeds for heart health
      Tuesday- turkey and dumplings (from the leftover turkey)
      Wednesday- leftover lentil soup, and maybe rye, wheat, or oatmeal bread
      Thursday- not sure….LOL
      wish you could join us for dinner too.
      Did you have any damage from the storm??
      Love ya, Sue!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Well you can give the girls a saw and they can cut limbs off of the tree to take home with them. That way they will have a remembrance of the tree. Then if they had friends that loved that tree they can come and get some of it also. That way most of the tree will be gone and you will not have to worry about it. lol.. This will never happen but it is nice to dream.
      That is terrible that you have had to put up with all the strong winds. It is a good thing that they have slowed down a bit and did not blow that tree onto your deck. That is horrible that when you are without electric. Thank God that you are not one of them without electric. You did not need that right now. We have been hearing on the news about all the bad weather up your way. I hope that it is about to slow down and moving on. This weather is crazy.
      It is nice that you watched a new Hall Mark movie and a Blue Bloods. That will make you happy to see Tom again. He has such a handsome smile. He is the type of neighbor that I would like to have.
      Mandy is now driving her car around. She is so happy and she did it all on her own. Her no good husband had to have his father buy him a car. She had bragging rights when she saw him. We are just so proud of her.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s hope that Gary is doing better tonight and is eating the way that he is supposed to. The meals that you are making sound really good and healthy

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      Mandy must be thrilled. Good for her. I wish I could see the smile on her face! You all must have been so proud- love it!!!
      I think that is a great idea on the tree. I will not suggest it, as the crazy loons may try, and then the tree would fall on them….LOL
      Guess what! Gary tried my sweet potato, and he liked it. That is one of the things on the list that is very good for hearts and arteries.
      So far, the wind is gone, and the tree remained in place. I hope we can get it taken away quick. But, I am sure they are doing trees in order of importance, and this one is not in the way, and poses no danger to anyone, accept our pool….LOL
      We are getting a little snow tonight. A storm on Wednesday. I hope the tree is gone by then.
      Have a good night- I will watch some of the Oscars, but we still have some shows to watch they we recorded.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Sue, you’re not alone. I, too, am alone. No husband, boyfriend, family is scattered, no children. Don’t ever feel like you’re all alone, you have us!!! Sometimes I do get lonely, then I hear on the news how a woman gets murdered by an ex. then I’m really glad I’m alone. I’ve been unattached most of my life, so I’ve accepted it. I can go where I want, when I want to, I don’t have to answer to someone.

      Adele, I hope the weather there has calmed down by now. I’m sorry about the tree, altho I’m glad it didn’t hit your house, or damage the pool. I hope Gary accepts his ‘new’ life. It won’t be easy but he needs to get used to it. Your menu sounded wonderful. I’ll eat it if he doesn’t, lol.
      Our weather was nice & mild this weekend. It sounds like spring will be paying a short visit this week. the temps are getting warmer. Yayyyy! Did anyone watch the Oscars? I flipped over towards the end, but didn’t watch the whole thing.. So phony.
      Today is easy pay day. Everything is 5 pay or better. I got a pair of QF shorts, & straight leg dream Jeannes.
      Well, it’s getting late so I’ll go now.
      Have a great week
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      You made a big step today with Gary. I am glad that he likes sweet potatoes. They are really supposed to be good for you. They are good for a diabetic also. I eat them a lot. If we go out to eat at Coltons that is what I get instead of a white potato. Just have to leave all the extra stuff off of it.
      I am so glad that the wind is gone and that your tree is not going anywhere. I hope that they remove it soon so it does not end up in your pool. It is hard to have to repair things like that. Especially this time of the year. You would probably have to get a new pool if that big tree rolled into it.
      I better get off of here. It is starting to storm here. I hope that it goes by quickly.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hello Everyone,
      Well we had several days in the 50’s and now it’s back to reality. Snow tonight and temps back in the 30’s for the foreseeable future. It was fun while it lasted.
      DD, I did catch a little bit of the Oscars. I wasn’t that excited as we hadn’t seen any of the movies or performances that were nominated. I am shallow-I tune in to see the dresses and jewelry. lol Of course I watched a bit of it and then fell asleep. lol
      I do have a few things from Isaac-they are nice. Mostly sweaters as he has some pretty ones. I hope you like what you purchased.
      Well said to Sue, we do have each other for support and for someone to talk to. I’m glad you were able to get your heart repaired as that must have life changing for you. Do they ever have to check to see if the dacron parch is holding? That makes you a little bit of a bionic woman. Love the picture of the dog lost in the sheep. he didn’t do that great of a job of herding them. lol Although, I have seen films of some of those dogs walking across the sheep’s backs and it is fascinating to watch them work a herd. They are so focused. Now I’m thinking that maybe I will have to order one of those beautiful butterfly cakes for my 70th birthday next fall. My God I’m getting old-how is it that in my head i still feel 25? Although my body tells me different-way different!
      Sue, I can’t speak for anyone else but I know how lucky I am to have family and I thank the Lord for my blessings every day. I don’t think I ever forget how fortunate I have been during my life. Thank you for asking about Brent. The latest news that we got this weekend was he got results back on the stomach cat scan and his kidneys are ( and I quote) loaded with stones. I have been doing some reading and this can be linked to the thyroid issue-I don’t know if the doctors will make an association or not. He does have gout which also can be associated with kidney stones. I still believe that when all is said and done that all of his issues are going to be linked together in some way-it’s just too coincidental otherwise. He needs a doctor with some Sherlock Holmes skills.
      Did you get any of those bad winds? I heard that some places in Penn. did but they weren’t that specific.
      Also that was a good idea about Barbara and Jerry having a reception at home. If the wedding is in the summer (I thought Barbara may have mentioned something about the 4th) they could have a big outdoor barbecue bash. They could rent a tent and even porta potties if they don’t want all that traffic through their house. Lisa could even wear her dress again if she wanted to. It could be a lot of fun for everyone.
      Colleen, I forgot when they had the funeral for Frank’s cat. I saw that so I must have seen Mike’s wife. I know Robbie brought over his kids one time-it seems like he had a bunch of girls. I think those guys would be lost without Danielle-I kind of think she keeps everything running. I agree with you. I bet they must do a lot of buying on consignment for individuals or businesses. Although it kind of looks like the Nashville store might have more stuff inside.
      Congrats to Mandy for getting the car. She has so much to be proud of and now she has the independence of her own transportation. She is moving along beautifully. I know it isn’t easy.
      Barbara, I hate it when you get yourself all psyched up for the doctor’s appointment and then it’s cancelled. Grrrr! I hope you at least got a lunch out for compensation.
      You know Sue had such a good idea about having a party at home for Joey and Lisa. I hope maybe you will consider that. I think it could be great fun and then you and Jerry would really feel a part of the celebration. Sorry-I swear I am a frustrated closet wedding planner. Somehow I missed my calling in life. It should have told me something early in life when i was always asked to plan the different parties in high school-somehow I missed my calling. lol It’s a little late now.
      Adele, I hear that another storm is expected in your area on Wednesday. You guys just cannot catch a break. We are supposed to get snow tonight-first rain-then sleet then snow. Lovely! This always happens right after all the snow is melted and when the robins reappear. Had Gary not ever tried a sweet potato before? I’m glad he liked it. I think they are delicious. You can even grill slices in the summer. Whenever we are in a restaurant where they are offered I always get them.
      Did you all hear that this season’s DWTS is going to be ten athletes and just be on for four weeks? I wonder if the shortened season is due to American Idol coming back as it will not be on Fox this time but I think ABC which I think is the channel that DWTS is on. We are going to be so busy judging as we watch The Voice and will watch Idol too. I always actually preferred Idol to The Voice for some reason. Although Idol may lose some viewers because of Ryan Seacrest.
      Speaking of singing the group we saw Saturday night was wonderful. It’s a five man a cappella group who do things similar to Pentatonix. I can’t believe the music the one guy can make just with his throat. The bass could sing incredibly low and the other three had beautiful voices. They are called Voice Play and if you ever get the chance to see them do so. They go into the audience and pull a guy on stage at one point and make believer that he is auditioning for their sixth member and they make him do all this stuff. The guy was a great sport and really played along. I think Greg was secretly wishing it was him. lol Especially when they were doing this Paul Simon song and the guy didn’t know the words and Greg was sitting next to me singing them all under his breath. lol Usually i get aisle seats but this time I bought the tickets too late to do that. The only bad part of the evening was when we sat down and i sat next to the guy in the Cubs jacket who was there with his daughter. Then he said you might not want to be next to me as i am just getting over a cough but I was told to cough in my daughter’s direction. Well he wasn’t kidding. he had a juicy cough and whenever he went into his jacket pocket to blow his nose it was right next to my leg and as time went on I’m squishing myself closer and closer to Greg to get away from the germs. You know I have a thing about being on the immunosuppresant for my RA so i am very conscious about being exposed to germs. I swear when i got out of there i wanted to go home and bathe myself in an actibacterial bath. lol
      We had a nice dinner before hand. We usually go out around seven but because the show was at seven we went at five fifteen and I was surprised at how crowded the restaurant was at that time. There was only a couple spaces left in the lot. This is the second time we were at this place and we were seated in a different room. Right next to this running water wall that separates the dining room from the bar. If a person has any bladder issues they wouldn’t want to sit there as i think the running water would make you want to pee every ten minutes. lol It was a lovely dinner though and i liked the water wall. it was like being by our pond.
      I hope Gary is feeling a little perkier every day. What do they do in cardiac rehab?
      Gail

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      Yes Gail we had a lot of damaging wind & after 5 days of rain the ground is wet so trees were also uprooted. In one part of the state (not here) a school bus was blown over. No students were on board just the driver. I did not lose power but it was out a lot of places. I did lose cable & they must have been working on it today as it was out again. We are expecting snow tomorrow night & Wed. I think the highest amount will be to the west. We are in the 3-6 inch range.
      I know all of you are there for me & I have friends all over the country. Problem is none of you are close by to help with what I need. When I need rides to the doctor or hospital when they tell me I cannot drive myself I have a problem finding someone. I have to go next Monday to the hospital for a colonoscopy & they said I would be drowsy & cannot drive. I am dreading it anyway. So I found a friend to take me & she called last night & both her & her husband have the flu so hope she is better in a week. Also if it snows we do not want to drive over the seven mountains as it is a mess in bad weather but the said I needed to go over there. Only good thing is we plan to go to dinner when I am done. I will be starving as I am on a clear liquid diet the day before and my procedure is not until 1:45PM the next day so a day & a half with no food. Then I have to drink that nasty stuff & water & be in the bathroom.
      Gail it sounds like they are finding some of Brents problems. I bet you are right & it is all linked together.
      Adele sorry about the tree. You are lucky it did not take out any power lines. We have a huge tree down from my deck & if it ever falls this way it will take out the entire building. Hopefully it goes the other way if it does as no buildings in the way that way.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      i am glad your weather is not torturing you over there. You got the good weather this winter, and we got the bad. We have to share, you know!
      I know it is easy for me to say, but you and Sue are like family to me. I have no siblings, just my Quacker girls. I will bet we are closer than a lot of biological sisters are!
      Love your pictures. the baby animals are always sweet. I feel bad for my birds, who no longer have thier nests safely tucked away in the big pine that fell.
      Hope you have a good night!
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      I heard on the news tonight that the storm we are getting from Wednesday, into Thursday, is coming from your area. thank you for sharing….LOL
      I am attaching the pic of the sourdough bread, and the lentil soup I made for dinner. Gary loves bread, so that is never an issue. he liked the soup too, so that was good.
      I hope you did no lose electricity.
      My landscaper came by this morning. he said if they can cut it up, and get rid of it, they will. he is calling a tree company too, and if they are cheaper than his men, he will tell me. He said I have been a cumbersome of his for years, and he wants to get me the best price on the tree removal. I thought that was really nice of them. He said it will not move as half of the root base is still in the ground, so that will hold it where it fell. I am really lucky it did no damage to the house or pool.
      Have a good and safe night!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      that play/concert sounded like ti was fabulous. I can see Greg singing along to the songs he loves. the restaurant sounds good too. You two had a successful date night. Go Gail and Greg!
      Well, Gary has never tasted a sweet potato. Can you imagine? That is one veggie I have not put on the grill. I will now.
      There are a lot of people up here who still do not have electricity. We are getting the storm on Wednesday, into Thursday. I wonder if Sue will get it first. We are supposed to get from 4 to 8 inches of snow. I hope the people will get their electricity back before Wednesday.
      I think Colleen was getting a storm today, as she had to sign off quickly. We are all getting blasted, from coast to coast. DD is the only one who has been spared.
      I wonder if Barbara will get bad weather this week too. I am not sure if this next one is coming up the coast, or across the land. Sometimes they do both, and merge. Then, we really get blasted.
      I am glad they have not found anything too awful with Brent. they can break up the stones with a laser. I hope all the tests will hurry up and get back. You all have been waiting way too long to find out what is wrong, and be able to get a whole treatment plan that works.
      Hope you have a good night.
      Adele….still praying for Brent

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      Is that tree in front of your house healthy? If it shows some damage, talk to your landlord or the city. If it is on city property they will get rid of it. you would not want to be without electricity. That would be awful. trees are beautiful, and I love them, but they do a lot of damage if they fall
      you and I have had the worst weather this year. Now, I have the answer to my post to Gail- i was wondering if the storm was goign to get you first, and it will. We get it the day after you.
      I am sad about my tree too- thank you for caring about it. I know it sound silly, but I look at that tree all day long. It is outside the kitchen window, and even when I am on line, that’s my view from here. Oh well. A tree is not as important as friends and family. If God takes the tree, but leaves Gary and Tillie, I am blessed.
      Did you see Blue Bloods? I loved the dinner at the end, as it reminded me of here. If one person knows something, we all know in less than a day. I really love that show. Have you seen Kevin Saves the World? I love that show. I love shows that have good endings, and are uplifting. We all need some of that.
      I hope you get to the colonoscopy. The prep is awful. Do not listen to the directions- start it earlier than after dinner, or you will be int he bathroom all night long. I hope it all goes well. You will definitely enjoy your lunch with your friend afterwards. You will have to tell us what kind of restaurant you went to, and what you had.
      Have a good night.
      Remember…..we love you, Sue!
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      we all think a lot of you. We will be here for you as much as we can. It would be nice if we all lived closer and could help each other out. It is a shame that we are not. We could really all have a great time.
      I did not watch the Oscars here. It was not the best show on the air. I do not know who half the actors and actresses are anymore. The movies they had this year did not appeal to me so did not go. I would like to go to the Fox Theater and see some good plays or musicals. They really have a lot of good ones there. We do have a college group that put on good plays but I do not get the schedule anymore. I need to get a new one and have them start sending them again.
      I am glad that your weather is better then it was. We have warm weather for a few days and then it gets cold again. It will be cold for a couple of days and then it gets warm again. We usually get the warm weather and Gail gets all the cold and snow. We are not that far from Illinois but Gail lives up further in the state of Illinois.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      We got the rain and the storms and you are getting all the snow. It is not what we had planned. We meant for you to get the rain and we would get the snow. I do not know why the weather does not cooperate. Hope that you do not get snowed in.
      It seem like they show Mike and Robbie but they never show their wives. They also show pictures of the kids and Robbie’s kids when they went to the store to be watched by Mike and Frank. Maybe the wives do not want to be seen on tv. They do talk about them though. Which is really nice. They are supposed to have had a new Pickers on tonight. We did not get to watch it but are recording it on the dvr. Will watch it tomorrow. You are right about Danyielle. She does everything for them. She even gets them off on their trips. It is funny because she does some of Frank’s packing. He was asking if she made sure that all of his vitamins were packed and some other stuff. If I was her I would be telling him to pack his own bags.
      One thing that she can say to her soon to be x is she did this on her own. Nobody bought the car for her or will be paying her insurance. His dad bought him a car and pays for the insurance for the car. How sad is that the guy is in his 40’s and his dad is still paying his bills. I just feel so good for Mandy. Just hope that she does not try and get a place too fast and end up trying to go too fast.
      That group that you went to see sounds really good. It is a shame that Gary did not get pulled up on the stage. They may have asked him to sing more songs with them. We will be watching for them to come and perform around here somewhere. Danyielle and I can go and get tickets and see them. I do not blame you for being worried about sitting next to someone that is sick. Especially since you cannot have a flu shot. Hopefully you will be fine. That was nice that you and Greg got to go out for dinner and a show. That always makes for a good evening. What restaurant did you go to?
      DWTS is not going to be as good this time around. It is going to be on for such a short time. I did not know that they switched Idol to the same channel. One of them will have to go to a different night. I hope that they do not change dancing that would be upsetting. That is such a fun show to watch.
      I feel bad for Brent and his kidney stones. Melissa use to get them all the time. It does not hurt when they blast them to get rid of them. In fact she preferred that to having to pass them on her own. That is not as bad as it could be. I just hope that they do something for them right away and do not wait. He may feel a lot better after that is done. I know that after Melissa got hers taken care of she left the hospital and felt just fine. Hope that it will be the same for him.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      The bread and the soup sounds really good. I am so glad that Gary liked it. Maybe he will try a lot more things since the heart attack. That would really make you think twice. You are taking such good care of him. He is lucky to have you around and all of the kids.
      See how sharing we are here. We did not keep the rain to ourselves we sent some your way. Would all of you send us some snow. No you just kept it for yourselves. lol We had a lot of thunder and lightening and wind but that was about it. We did get some rain but no damage anywhere so that was good. Our electric wires stayed up and not trees fell to the ground. Thank God for that.
      Your landscaper sounds like such a nice man. It is good that the roots are still in the ground and you do not have to worry about it coming tumbling down any further. I did not realize that the trees were so close to your house. It looked like such a pretty tree. Maybe there will be another tree that will grow there and you will be able to look at it. Maybe you can put a bird feeder close to there and all the birds will come there and eat the food. A bird house would be nice also Then one could nest in there and you could watch the baby birds. It will not seem so empty to you.
      How is Gary doing? I hope that he is starting to feel a little stronger. It is good that he is eating and not refusing to. The way the bread and soup looked it makes me wish that I could just reach in there and take a bite. Is the bread home made? I do not know why I ask because I think that I have the answer to that one. You always make your own bread and rolls.
      So how are all the family doing? I hope that Steph and her family are doing okay. Is Heather doing better? She had been sick with something or am I thinking about someone else. It seems like I am really getting so many people confused here lately. maybe because there are so many people sick in Ron’s family that I am getting people mixed up.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I am glad that you are safe and did not have any damage where you are. It is terrible when you are without electric. You never realize how much we use electric until you do not have it. I hope that is all over with and you do not get anymore. Are you in the line for more snow? This winter is really dragging on.
      Is the place that you are having the colonoscopy that far from your house? That sounds like a long drive. It will be nice to have dinner afterwards. You will be hungry going without food for that long. That is one test that is not fun having done.
      Take care and be safe when you have to have that test.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I hope your friends feel better by next week when it is time to drive you. I also hope all the snow will be gone by then. Do you literally have to go over seven mountains. Yikes! That would not be fun for me.
      Lets face it the prep sucks but it’s nice to get the clean bill of health at the end and know it will be a long while before you have to do it again. A day and a half is a long time to go without eating. You will really enjoy your dinner afterwards.
      I hope this next batch of storms is missing you. We got about three inches overnight and are supposed to get rain mixed with snow this afternoon and evening. Maybe we will get lucky and that won’t happen. In the meantime I’m getting out the giant fan and blowing the snow down to Colleen.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      We usually DVR American Pickers too and watch them later. I am in charge of all the DVRing in this house since Greg goes to bed so early. I think Danielle probably doesn’t mind packing for Frank. She seems like she is a mother hen to them and maybe more so to Frank since he is single.
      Mandy has a lot to be proud of. In a way the Dad is not helping the soon to be ex at all-he is kind of enabling him in his bad ways. He should tell him he has to straighten out before he will help him. It sounds like Mandy is going through with a divorce then? That is good because i know sometimes people will change their minds if the guy promises to be good and they go back and the guy just does bad stuff all over again. So I’m glad Mandy is sticking to her guns and getting rid of him for good. And who knows maybe there will be a really nice man in her future. Although I’m sure she’s not thinking about that now.
      Yes, encourage her to take her time and to make sure she is earning enough to cover all the bills before she moves back out on her own. They have not been there that long so she should just take her time and get some money saved too. She is really doing so good-she is a strong determined young woman.
      We went to a newer restaurant called M. It’s the second time we have gone there. it’s supposed to be based on an old time Wisconsin supper club but it only bears a small resemblance to one as I am familiar with the old time Wisconsin supper clubs that they are trying to emulate and there is little similarity. All we care about is that the food is good and a little different. I figured it would be good as the owner runs a restaurant in another town which is excellent.
      Brent has had to pass some kidney stones before. In fact he was probably 19 or 20 when he had the first one as i remember having to take him to the ER in the middle of the night. I haven’t heard yet what they plan to do about the stones. With all the other issues the stones may not be a top priority.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Thank you for the prayers for Brent. I pray for all of us now. It’s a routine.
      Your bread looks delicious. I don’t think I have ever made a lentil soup.
      Poor Greg probably had a dilemma deciding what leftover to take to work for lunch this morning as we had spaghetti Sunday and sausage and potatoes yesterday and had leftovers from both and each one is one of his favorite dinners. it’s either feast or famine here. Sometimes we have tons of leftovers for lunches and sometimes we have none and then he has to dig into his frozen stash of stuff.
      We sometimes cut the sweet potatoes in half brush the open end with some olive oil and place them on the grill. I had never had them like that before either. A couple of years ago a friend served them at his house and we thought it was a good idea for the summer time.
      I hope all those people without electric will get it back soon. Especially with another storm coming. At least if it happens in the summer you don’t have to worry about your heat going out and your pipes bursting. That makes it even worse. I have the Q on and they are expecting a lot of snow. We had a few inches and maybe more tonight. We’ll see what happens.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      I wish I could send some snow your way, especially tomorrow. They are all freaked out up here, saying it will be the biggest (snow total wise) snow storm of the year.
      Well, the insurance company said if the tree did not damage anything it fell on, no coverage. So, I asked if they wanted me to go out there, and give it a shove, so they could pay for a tree, pool, fence and 2 sheds. Today is not a good day to “poke the bear” as they say. I then told him it is sitting on a hand made field stone retaining wall, that I could be damaged, accept you cannot see it, as the tree is on it. So, they are sending someone out to look at it. Even so, if it is less than 1000.00, I have to pay for it, as that is my deductible. Oh well.
      I was feeling lucky it did not do more damage, and according to the insurance company, that means no coverage. Seriously??
      Oh ye, the read is homemade. Today I am making the turkey and dumplings, for the leftover turkey on Sunday. I already cut up all the stuff, and just have to put it all together later.
      Gary is ok. he did go out to the school last night to see his customers at night school. He came back exhausted, and then realized he is in no condition to go out to see customers today. He goes to the doctor at 4pm. So, i think he is beginning to realize he had a heart attack.
      Heather is ok. She is over the bad ear infections she had. But, she has not called the ear, nose throat doctor yet. Her hearing was damaged from the concussion, as well as her nose. her nose got broken too- all from the abusive former boyfriend, who is still on an ankle bracelet from what he did to her.
      I am hoping we do not get blasted with snow, and the rain line moves closer to us. It all starts tomorrow in the late afternoon.
      Hope you and the family are all having a good day. What is Mandy making for dinner tonight?? How are the people in Ron’s family who are not well? still praying for all of you.
      Adele

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      Adele the snow is headed your way. It is snowing here now & continues tomorrow. You will probably get hit because closer to the coast is getting the most. Philadelphia is in for a hit.
      Gail I don’t have to go over 7 actual mountains. The 7 mountains converge in that area like the 3 rivers in Pittsburgh. It is quite a climb though & runaway truck ramps all the way down. It gets closed a lot when there are accidents in bad weather.

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      Hey Gailster….
      I wonder if you can do that with a regular white or yellow potato? I love all the veggies grilled on the bbq. the best are the red or yellow peppers. you keep turning them over until they are black. then, remove the skin, and seeds, and mix in a little olive oil, and salt and pepper- quite yummy.
      Read the post to Colleen for the tree update.
      Amanda just stopped by for a bit. She wanted some lentil soup. I think visiting was secondary. If you feed them, they will come…..LOL
      We are getting blasted tomorrow into Thursday. There are still communities where they have not had electricity. I hope they get it before tomorrow. Just awful.
      Gary is at the doctor’s right now- his primary, who is also a cardiac specialist.
      It is so gloomy here again. No sun, and dark ominous clouds.
      I hope you all have some good weather days. Spring is coming, sooner or later.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue
      We are getting ot tomorrow, into Thursday. How much are you getting?
      Wow- that is one scary roadway. I have never heard of ti, as i have never been to Penn. Is it as scary as it sounds to drive through?
      The good part to a colonoscopy is you have no discomfort after, at all. Once it is over, it is done, and they tell you right there if they found anything. If there are any polyps, they remove them immediately. No pain from that either. I hope you get all good news, as we need good news!
      Hope the snow is not too bad for you, and you do not lose electricity.
      Adele

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      Hello friends. I had written yesterday; and again….poof….off into cyber land somewhere before I could send it off. I was so upset with this thing that I just put it away hoping for better results today. LOL Hope you don’t get bad storms Sue and Adele. It seemed like it was more in your areas; and not sure how Gail is fairing. DD you seem to be getting the warmer weather but I have always said the weather changes here so quickly. But Sunday was just beautiful; so we went out and got Jerrys Mom and took her out for lunch at Cracker Barrel. She just loves to go there, and all she wanted was vegetables and their yeast rolls, and a big piece of carrot cake to take with us. She and I had so much fun just browsing and shopping in their little gift area. It has so many old time candy, and toys. They had a beautiful warm shawl on sale so I bought it for her. It is going to be nice for her year round. Then we came home and she sat and visited with us most of the afternoon. When it started to get just a little dark; she was ready to “go home”. I think she knew her bed was calling her name. She said she ate so much lunch but she insisted she eat her piece of cake before we went back. ha ha We let the staff know she had eaten it and not to expect her to eat too much dinner. They laughed and said they didn’t blame her.
      Sue, sure hope everything goes well with you for your tests. It is hard when they say some procedure will make you drowsy. But the good side of that is that you will not be uncomfortable or “aware” as by BIL laughingly said when having it done. He had such a great sense of humor; and he said it was a test he felt he didn’t need to know all the details. I am sure you will do just fine; and hope your friends are going to be feeling much better both for them and for you. I have this thing with heights; and even though they are beautiful I just don’t like driving on those steep or winding or both roads. Most people don’t think anything of it. And the advice to begin your prep earlier than it says it right. You don’t want to have to spend the night in the potty. Hope you have a wonderful meal afterwards. You have earned it.
      Gail, have they done any ultrasound to break up Brents stones? He has had so much to deal with. Does he by any chance have any pain in his big toe? Funny question I know, but just wondering about Gout. I am like you, I believe there is one something that is in the middle of connecting all the issues. Hope he is getting some good news. He needs some and so do you all. I bet Gregg was wanting to sing so badly. It’s a shame with his beautiful voice that he couldn’t go on stage. Boy, would they have been shocked.
      Jerry and I both fell asleep watching TV last night. It was about nine thirty. I think we both were just tired.
      Adele, I hope Gary is taking it easy and listening to you and his doctor. Please take care of yourself too. You are the glue that holds the family together.
      Sue, thank you for the great idea of having a party to celebrate here at our home Joeys marriage. It has really got me to thinking, and I know I need Gail to give me some of her great party ideas; since it seems like I remember she said at one time she loves to do this. I have 0 talent is this area; but most people we know are “country” and we do everything on a very relaxed comfy way. And I really hope our oldest son wife will skype the wedding and we can be there that way. So thank you.
      Take care everyone. Hugs coming your way. Barbara

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      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the explanation. Anywhere with the truck ramps is mountainous to me. They had a lot of those in Ruidoso NM when we were there last year. Hope you’re not getting too much snow and that you have power. Spring-please come soon!
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I never realized that Heather sustained such serious injuries from her ex boyfriend. Yikes! That is some serious stuff.
      How was Gary’s doctor visit?
      Greg had an interesting doctor’s visit yesterday. You know ever since he was a small boy he had a problem with eye twitching and at one point even with neck twitching. (no he doesn’t have Tourette’s) No one really knows why it started. Anyway, over time as he got older and especially after he met me it all went away with only the eye twitch coming occasionally but not really much of a problem. Well now the eye twitch is bothering him again and really the only thing medical doctors offer is something like Xanax as basically it is a stress thing and he dislikes Xanax intensely. (personally I like it as all your cares drift away) lol Anyway, he has always been into hypnotism so he went to a hypnotist yesterday to learn some relaxation techniques to stop the cycle of the tics. He came home very happy and he really feels like it will work for him. However, we have been getting lots of laughs out of the whole hypnotist thing. Like I tell him when i snap my fingers he will bark like a dog and other such nonsense. I think he should also try to find the source of the stress. Personally I think it probably has to do with the eventual sale of the business and the thought of retirement. He is a person who always has to be busy-thank goodness he does have hobbies but it still might weigh on his mind. Also he is afraid that he may have to give up golf what with the back problems and I imagine the idea of giving up something that you have done for enjoyment and relaxation for so long could be pretty stressful. Anyway, he fills like the hypnotism will work for him so that is good. Plus he found the guy who did it was very interesting. So it was a very positive experience.
      I hope your weather will not be too bad. You know probably if a tree like that fell by either Colleen, Barbara or I our hubbies would probably just saw up the tree and burn it or something like that. So living in the country does have it’s advantages when it comes to something like that. I know where you are you can’t burn it or cut it up and put it out with the trash so getting rid of it does become an issue. Too bad it wan’t on city property.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      How sweet to buy MawMaw the warm shawl. You are such a warm caring person. I’ll bet your patients just loved you. You know I honestly believe a good nurse can make all the difference in the world in a hospital stay or during a test. I will always remember the woman who was there when I had my stress test. I don’t know if she was a nurse or a technician of some sort. But she just kept encouraging me on the treadmill-telling me how close I was getting and putting her hand on the small of my back to keep me on the treadmill. That was a few years ago and I still sometimes think about her and how much she helped me and I’m actually sorry I didn’t tell her so that very day. She should have gotten employee of the week-at least in my book.
      I am with you, I don’t like driving through mountains-or over bridges for that matter. I always say I am a born and bred Flatlander-as the Wisconsinites refer to us Illinoisians. lol And proud of it!
      Brent does have gout so the stones are not a big surprise. I’m not sure what the plan is for the stones as I think they might not take precedence over the heart and stomach issues. Somehow, all these things must have a common thread. Like I said before we need a doctor who is like Sherlock Holmes to put all the pieces together.
      Oh yes Barbara, I had already started planning your event. I knew that you would want something casual so I already figured you had lots of room on your own property. I suggested renting a tent and some porta potties. Then I thought about having a barbecue like with a pig. I know around here you can hire someone to come in and do one on their special cooker. So then you just have sides like like baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, pasta salad, fruit salad. Or depending on the time of year watermelon slices.
      Instead of a cake you have cookies in the shape of a tiered wedding cake with Joey and Lisa and the wedding date piped on them. You can have a band up on a hay wagon for a stage. Okay, I am just getting too excited now. lol Anyway, you could have a big fun party instead of a stuffy formal occasion. Lisa could still wear her dress if she wanted at least for part of the time and then she could change to something comfy. You could wear a cute Quacker outfit and Jerry could wear his blue jeans.
      I’m sure in this day and age with all the electronics at everyone’s disposal someone can Skype or Face time the wedding for you. Just think 15 years ago none of that would have been possible. The wonders of technology.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara
      Well, we got moved to the 6 to 10 sow band. they keep changing it. It is only flurries right now- it will ramp up around the evening commute. I hope everyone gets home safely, all across the state.
      Gory has been good and bad. After my melt down yesterday, he has decided to let me butter his bagel. Agreed. Then, he called to register for the cardiac rehab, and told the person…”no, not doing that, no, not doing that…you have to understand about me, I will not do it.” Right now, they are drawing straws as to who will do his intake. I bet they are negotiating for combat pay. I just added to the person on the phone, that the one who meets with him needs to call me first…..LOL
      I think it will be a great idea to skype the wedding ceremony. that would be wonderful. You and Jerry could get all dressed up for the event, and make it more fun. Go Barbara and Jerry!
      What a nice day you had with Jerry’s Mom. How sweet to get her that shawl, I bet she has it on today. I am praying your DIL’s will can find it n their hearts to have as nice a relationship with you some day. I have hope. At least for today.
      Hope you are good, and are having a nice day. You will probably see our area on the evening news….LOL I hope Sue gets less snow than us.
      Adele
      PS…before you send another post, save it first. Then, you ca just cut and paste when you lose it on here.

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      Go Gail….our resident wedding planner!!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Well, not only can we not get rid of a tree, but we cannot put any grass clippings, or leaves. those can go out in the Fall, on certain collection days- about 4 a year. We are able to go to the Town recycling dump, in the summer into fall. We have a lot of trash rules up here. Only 3 items allowed a week. recycling can be 20 bins- they do not care about that. If we have something bigger than trash,you have to put a sticker on it (costs 2 to 25 dollars, depending on what it is), and only one sticker item a week. I bet all of you find that very amusing. It is rather amusing.
      That is funny about the Gregster. He has found a new hobby- hypnotism. I hope it continues to work for him, and he will not be bothered by the eye twitch. I bet he is a bit freaked by retirement. He has been very active all his life, and the prospect of being home all the time must be scary.
      heather has a lot of differences she has been dealing with since that concussion. He was slamming her head on the concrete. One of her neighbors was coming out, and they intervened, and beat the crap out of him, and called the police. Well, the little coward, who can beat a woman, peed himself. I found that pretty amusing, as he was in the courtroom the next day, in the same pants when he was arraigned. They have his ankle bracelet programmed so he cannot go to anyplace Heather goes, including our house, and our customers, as she worked for us every day back then. I hate that piece of crap. I did not like him, from the moment I saw him.
      As of now, it was raining and has begun to change to snow. It is supposed to be very heavy after dark. we also have a high wind warning. Hunkering down again…..tonight I am baking a rye bread, with the leftover lentil soup.
      Hope you are all cozy in your place!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m seeing snow on the news but I am not quite sure where it is. How did you fare?
      Some of the snow we got the other day is already melted so that’s a good thing. And this weekend we spring the clocks forward. Yippee! I love more daylight.
      We are not laughing at your in town garbage rules. It is like that here by Jenny as she is in town too. The cost of the stickers is crazy. However, do you have to pay a monthly fee for garbage service or is it covered by your taxes. We pay for our garbage pick up out in the country. And we also pay for the apartment as we have a dumpster there for the four units.
      It’s not only scary for Greg thinking about being home all the time-it’s scary for me too. lol I’m hoping that we will take more little trips when the time comes. Since we no longer have pets it will be easier to do that although I miss the dogs every day. I have a feeling that some day in the future i won’t be able to stand it any longer and will make a trip to the animal shelter. We’ll see.
      Thank goodness for that neighbor who stopped the guy beating up Heather. He is an angel. And the other guy is a total jerk. What a bully!
      Sounds like Gary wants to be a cardio rehab dropout. What do they do there anyway? I wish it would sink in that they are doing this to help him and not to punish him. He needs a kick in his stubborn butt! lol Maybe ask him to please cooperate for your sake. It would be like if you had knee surgery but didn’t want to do the rehab-maybe if you equate it to something like that.
      Hey! Home made rye bread. I love rye bread. I’ll be right over… I’m hopping on my broom right now.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail!
      Come on over. broom parking only, as everything is full of snow.
      Well, we got about a foot of snow. The dam birch tree looks like the one remaining trunk has broken, and it is sitting on the new neighbor’s shed and fence. I could scream. We think as the snow is off the branches, the tree will come up, and get off his shed. it doe snot look like it got damaged, it is just leaning on it…..I hope.
      Garbage is a huge issue in all towns. We do not have to pay a fee for garbage, as we recycle. the town sent a letter a while back, saying if people do not recycle, we will be charged a garbage fee. People must have complied, as we have heard no more on the issue.
      Oh yes, that neighbor was sent out on an errand form an Angel. If he had not come out, and intervened, Heather would have been killed.
      Cardio rehab is a whole body experience. It is a group that meets and they talk about the week, go over their foods, exercise program, specific to each person’s needs, and a little therapy mixed in. he has to go 2 times a week. This ought to be good. Picture the father on the Goldberg’s going to that, and you would have an idea of how Gary will be. I will be like Beverly, as I told them to call me, prior to his first appointment so I can give them a head’s up.
      It is a huge adjustment to Greg being around all day long. It is going to be a whole new experience for both of you. I hope it will be good.
      It is still snowing. I could scream, as that birch needs to come up off the ground.
      Hope your day is better than mine…..LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone is safe & comfy. I’ve seen pics from the Weather channel, & the news of the Nor’easter. and now they’re saying another one could hit over the weekend. what in the world is going on. We had a wet & blustery day here today.
      Did you hear the blooper on the Q tonight? It happened on Shawn’s hr show with the TSV. they took a phone call from a guy & he was going on & on about it & dropped the f bomb mid sentence. It went dead silent, Shawn & her guest went into shock, did I. She apologized & carried on. It was awkward obviously. I remember one time Leah was on with a lady & the lady got into a fight with her husband on air.

      I got an air fryer today. they were clearing em out & had em on sale & is the smaller one of all they’ve had on. I got it in turquoise so it looks happy in the kitchen. Can’t wait to try it out. there won’t be ITKWD on Sunday, it’s an all day gardening day on the q. He’s in Chicago with MCM, & Stacy at the kitchen & housewares home show.
      Did anyone order the Martha S. TSV yesterday? they looked awfully good, but they didn’t look like they’d last very long. So instead I ordered the 8Greens today instead. Maybe that will help me get healthier. lol
      Adele, I never heard of cardio rehab. Is it something new? How is Gary doing? Do you have an air fryer? Maybe you should invest in one since you don’t need to use a lot of oil.
      I haven’t read all the posts so if I don’t answer them you’ll know why.
      I talked to Kay today & she hopes to be coming home the end of next week. It’ll depend on how her therapists think she’s come along. If she’s ready to live alone, with no one there to help her.
      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      Stay safe & warm!!
      dd

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      Hey DD
      So glad Kay is doing better, and will be home next week. that is fabulous news!!!!!
      Well, in addition to the 2 trees down, and Gary, this morning we have no heat in the house. Th ER oil repair people are on the way. It is freezing in here. Bobby told me at 6:00 am when he left for work, and we called right away. Actually, I see a truck outside now, which is great. It is 56 degrees in here.
      Congrats on the air fryer. Let me know if you like it. I hope you do. That stinks that ITKWD is not on this week. I love that show!
      Cardio rehab is a group you attend 2 times a week. It has discussions on diet, an exercise program ( whihc Gary already told them he refuses to do), and group therapy added in. so, this ought to be good, as Gary does not do any of those things….LOL
      I am hoping the storm they are predicting for Monday misses us, as enough is enough up here.
      I hope that your weather continues to be good. Especially since Kay will be coming home next week. Do you and your neighbor (Critt, I think?) have any celebration planned for her return? I have not heard you mention him in a while. I hope he is ok.
      Hope your day is going well, and your place is nice and toasty warm…..
      Adele
      PS…that must have been hysterical on the Q last night. I can only imagine their faces.

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      Hi DD,
      I missed the blooper as I rarely watch the Q live. I have heard some others over the years though. I don’t know why they don’t have a five second delay. Or just do away with the phone calls completely. Most of the time they are kind of awkward anyway.
      I’m glad to hear that Kay is doing better and is looking at coming home soon.
      Tell us how you like the air fryer. I’m kind of fascinated by them but don’t really want another small appliance in the kitchen. Please tell us what you cook in it and how it turns out.
      I love the carved watermelon with the carved flowers. At one time I played around with doing that kind of stuff in the kitchen. It’s kind of fun.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I can’t believe you might get another storm. I hope your heat gets back on quickly. You will have to get Tillie all bundled up as that might be dangerous for her.
      Tell Gary if he participates in the cardio rehab it might actually make him feel better. I can’t believe he is being so stubborn about this. Do you want me to send Greg over to hypnotize him? lol It’s really too bad his kids are no help. If they were maybe between you and them you could get him to be more cooperative. Gary, the Lord helps those who help themselves. The fact that he’s being so resistant to this has me worried and he’s not even my husband. lol No one likes to make changes like these but if I thought it would give me more time on earth with my family I would force myself even if I didn’t like to do it. I am going to pray that God gives him some sort of epiphany.
      I forgot to mention how did you like the episode of The Goldbergs where Bev wanted to sell her her jackets on QCV? I told Greg that you say your family is like them. He loves The Goldbergs. I like to call him “my little tushie squishy.” lol Then it got me to wondering if your Dad was like Bev’s Dad-he’s about the sanest of the bunch-him and Erica. I like when they show the photos and home movies at the end and you get to see the real people who the characters are based on.
      I hope everything is good with Colleen. We haven’t heard from her much this week.
      Gail

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      Hey Gailster
      I missed half of the show, as I kept getting phone calls. I think I should “on demand” it, so I can see that piece about QVC. I bet that was really funny. You are right, my Dad was very much like their grandfather. He was the calm, sane voice when everyone aorund him was yelling. My Dad loved clothes, and was always dressed up in the latest. He used to go into Boston every week, by train, to Filenes Basement, and had a great relationship with the sales people, who would save things for him. He always wore those fedora’s- I think that is the correct term for those hats with the brims on them. He was a character, and devoted to his grandchildren. I do not recall one person who did not like him. Not one. He was always the parent who was the chaperone for all the CYO trips. I hated it, as my Dad was always there….LOL
      Gary needs an Epiphany like the Good Lord has never yet produced….a huge one. I am thrilled that he ate oatmeal last night. He has not had any since he was a young child. So, this week I got him to eat 4 things good for the heart: apple, lentils, sweet potato and oatmeal. That is huge for him. I am on the spinach next week. this ought to be good.
      I hope Colleen and Sue are ok. I am thinking they may not have any power, or internet with all these storms. the cable guy just left, as one of Tillie’s TV’s did not work. We also have heat again. I am still cold from no heat this morning- can’t seem to shake that cold feeling….LOL
      Hope your weather is good!! Have fun at jenny’s tonight.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Adele, I’m sorry to hear Gary is being stubborn & won’t comply with Dr.’s orders. I thought for sure this scare would help him realize life is fleeting & you never know when your number’s up. It makes it soo much harder on you. Doesn’t he realize it’s making it harder on you? Or doesn’t he care? Taking walks is good exercise. It helps the heart, gets the blood flowing, fresh air is good, too. He doesn’t have to be an athlete. What I do is walk to the store & when I get there, I make sure I walk all over the store. Same thing when I go to Wally’s. It’s probably a good thing I’m on foot as it’s good for me. I realize you have a ton of snow on the ground right now, but when it’s gone you guys should take walks around town.
      I ordered the 8greens to see if it works for me. I do eat veggies, but not as much as I probably should. Right now asparagus are plentiful & I buy up as much as I can. If I had a bigger freezer I’d freeze up a bunch. I also love spinach, but I HATE broccoli!!!!! I had to cook it every single day for the last lady I took care of. Every night she had to have carrots, & broccoli for dinner.
      It sounds like we’re in for some drier weather. I hope the same for you. I’m praying this other storm goes out to sea. Spring is coming!! I hope you got warmed up today. It’s miserable to be cold!! I can’t sleep if my hands or feet are cold.
      Have a great weekend.
      dd

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      Friday night sitting here waiting for the storms to roll our way. It was warm for a few days and now has turned really chilly again; and so the storm is coming up from the gulf. I think its missing Colleen; but not real sure. Hope so. And I am so sorry that you all are getting more snow up north. I really hope your heat is back on Adele. Gail is right, we would have someone (Jerry would be barking orders; since I would be watching him so closely to keep him from doing it himself) out cutting down your poor fallen tree with a chain saw and chips and wood flying everywhere lol You do seem to have a lot of rules about your trash. I couldn’t help but laugh; so please don’t let me offend, but you called Gary Gory in one of your notes; and it just made me laugh so hard since he is being so negative about his rehab and his eating. LOL I could just picture him with the afore mentioned chainsaw going after something healthy you have cooked or a piece of rehab equipment. ha ha You two are such a cute couple. You are definitely the yin to his yang. LOL
      And then you got me tickled Gail, by saying that Gregg would not take his Xanax; and you liked the effects of it; and I got to thinking about how the dr. had one time prescribled Zoloft for Mr. S because I was complaining to him that Jerry is SO impatient; and just can’t relax; and our doctor said he wish he could make it a rule that they put Zoloft in the water supply so everyone would just be mellow and calm and not let things get to them so bad. Well, wouldn’t you know; Jerry experienced some side effects from it and couldn’t take it. I wanted to scream then; because for the few days he was on it he was so calm and relaxed. ha ha
      I am SO happy you are going to help me with the party after the kids return home. I am really getting excited now thinking of all the possibilities. Speaking of wedding; Lisa’s sister and mother are here as of today (we were told yesterday they were coming) to go wedding dress shopping. Would you believe I wasn’t asked if I would like to go with them; but I WAS asked if Jerry and I would keep keep Ruby all weekend since Joey is working all weekend and I guess she wanted to just be free to whatever. We said yes since we love Ruby and she may not be a happy camper with not really knowing them, and all the coming and going that will be happening. We haven’t seen or heard from her mother or sister since Lisa had her accident 5 years ago now. I had already told Jerry that I am in contact with some bridal bakeries in Ca. to order a grooms cake to surprize Joey with at the wedding from his dad and me. Do you all think that is okay? So Gail and everyone else; let’s plan a Quacking good party!
      Poor Heather, that was so terrible. He is just awful to have hurt her like that. So sorry.
      Good news DD, about your friend. Surely the hospital will arrange for her to have in home care provided for at least a few weeks. And they also need to arrange for meals to be brought to her and a physical therapist and nurse to check on her. Love your Spring pictures. And the inspirational words. THey are so needed for us all.
      Sue, I have lost your brocolli salad recipe and we LOVE it. Do you mind sending it to me again? So sorry, promise I will file it in a safe place this time. How is your knee doing? Take care of it and you.
      I miss the In the Kitchen shows too. Even if I don’t order they seem to laugh a lot and make me feel good.
      Take care everyone. Gail, I see a forever friend in your future. We have gotten so attached to Auto Kitty. He has to be ahead of us everynight at bedtime. It’s like he checks on me and Jerry, and if we change up our routine he doesnt like it. ha ha He loves Jerrys Mom and she does him too. They have a golden retriever and a kitty that lives there. They go from cottage to cottage and visit with the residents. It is very sweet and so are they.
      Have a good weekend. Hugs and high fives from Tennessee, Barbara

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      Barbara, I hope this is the recipe you wanted.

      Broccoli Salad

      1 large bunch broccoli, separated into florets
      1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
      1 cup raisins
      10 to 12 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled
      Dressing
      3 tablespoons vinegar
      1/3 cup mayonnaise
      1/3 cup sugar

      in a large bowl, combine the broccoli, onion, raisins & bacon. In another bowl combine dressing ingredients. Just before serving pour dressing over broccoli mixture, toss to coat.

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      YES Sue, this is the one. Thanks so much. I have already added it to my I-Pad recipe notes; so I won’t lose it again. We think it is so yummy and I almost have to just stop myself when we go to have some; so I was really upset when I saw that I had misplaced it. I have a quiet weekend planned. We had to go do our taxes this year. That is always a terrifying experience for me. It wasn’t too bad this year; so we stopped and picked up one of those pizzas that you bring home and cook yourself. It is fresh; not frozen, and down here the name of the store is Pappa Johns Pizza. You just go through a line and tell them what you want on your pizza and they prepare it according to your likes. Everything is really fresh; even though I know it doesn’t even begin to match Adele’s homemade pizza. So that is our dinner menu for tonight, and I bought a box of girlscout cookies (thin mints) for dessert ha ha. Were any of you all girlscouts? I wasn’t but wanted to be. My brothers were in the boyscouts though and they went to so many fun places camping and all. Can you girls believe I was actually on the volleyball team (which conflicted with the girlscout schedule) and our team went to the state championships. It was so much fun, and I loved to play. I became pretty good at tennis as well and would go play tennis AFTER getting off work at 11 at night with a whole group of young people from church and some others who worked with me. At that time, you could just flip a switch on the light pole in the city park and play for hours at night. Such good memories, and such good shape ha ha
      Hope everyone is having a great weekend, safe, well, and happy. Good thoughts coming to all. Hugs and sweet tea from Barbara

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      Barbara, I am glad that was the right one. It really is good. Your pizza sounds good. I guess I will need to stay off the internet until my liquid diet is over as you all make me hungry.

      Gail I thought of you today. Do you get the Hallmark Drama channel? Today they had a rescue dog show. It was different but I enjoyed it. They had winners in different catagories like senior dog, special needs dog, best kisser, best snorer. I cannot remember all of them. Then of those 10 dogs they chose the best overall & the winner was the senior dog. That made me happy as so many do not want senior dogs. I think it is something you would enjoy.

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      Hi DD
      I was so sick yesterday, I did not come on here at all. We did take out, to a place Tillie and Bobby love. It seems every time I eat from there, I get sick. I am convinced they may use anchovy paste in their gravy(Italian red spaghetti sauce to all of you….LOL) I am allergic to shellfish, and it includes anchovies. It was not bad enough to go to the ER, or call 911. Just stomach pains, and in the bathroom, of course. I have had worst reactions, and glad it was not too bad.
      Well, we are getting another 9 inches on Monday, into Tuesday. I cold scream. I hope we do not lose another tree. We certainly do not have any drought up here.
      I love the sunset picture- absolutely gorgeous. That is a great shot you got. Have you ever considered sending a pic into your local newspaper? Our local paper prints pics form anyone who sends them in. They encourage pics to be sent in, of people, and nature/landscapes.
      I hope you like the veggies you ordered from the Q. It is hard to order food, as it is impossible to taste, of course. i do like the 4 sides they sell during the holidays.
      Gary is in denial of his heart attack. But, it has been a little better. He is realizing life is different, as he has no energy at all. He usually goes out on Sunday morning, and gets our bagels for the week. He could not do it today, as he was just not able to do the stairs this morning. So, we had English muffins for tomorrow. he is very surprised at his lack of energy, and thought it would e better by now. So, I think he is beginning to realize what happened to him. It is stressful trying to keep him in line….LOL He thinks stress caused my belly to go nuts Friday into Saturday. I bet it contributed.
      Hope you are good, and your weather too, so you can go out and do your walks. Not around here….LOL
      Adele
      PS….I miss ITKWD today.

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      Hey Barbara!
      OMG…Gory may be better than Gary. That was real funny. I miss a lot of the typos I do. Some can be real funny. So, Gory has been threatening to go out there and cut off the branches before the next storm, which is Monday night, into Tuesday. I really do not think the landscaper will get here tomorrow, as there is too much snow in the yard to do any cutting. I am praying we do not lose another tree. I have also decided to plant the pretty hydrangea trees in the 2 new vacant spots. I am hoping to get 2 that are a little bigger, as I gnat to see the one where the Christmas tree was from the kitchen window….hopefully before I die….LOL I don’t think I will be around when the trees mature!
      We are getting your storm tomorrow night. Thank you for sharing, Missy…..LOL I have planned to do a crock pot dinner tomorrow, and Tuesday will be chicken soup, with escarole, and blueberry muffins for desert. I cook the escarole separate, with a good amount of salt to limit the bitterness. I also cook the soup noodles separately. that way, they do not suck up all the liquid, and you can control the amount of carbs you eat with the soup. Do you ever add spinach or escarole to your soup? It is an Italian thing….they also add tiny meatballs, which I may or may not do. the Germans sometimes do eggs in their soup. You whisk a couple of eggs, with a tablespoon of flour, and whisk them into the boiling soup, and boil about a minute. they will resemble soft noodles, and add more protein to your soup.
      Isn’t it fun to share our ethnic food secrets?
      So, Bobby is making chicken cutlets, with rice and green beans today. He always lays them on paper towels to get some of the oil out. Gory is quite excited, as he has not had anything fried. I figure once in a great while is a treat.
      That is a funny story about the xanex and zoloft. Given my recent anxiety up here, I should get some….LOL LOL
      I am going to do some needlepoint today. I am way behind…have to finish a big picture I started a while ago, and 3 more tiny ones to put around a pic over our bed. I want to put 2 on each side of the pic already up there. the other big one goes in my den. I need to chill out and needlepoint!
      hope your day is going well…….yes, do the groom cake. Here is one idea to sparkle…..place those glittery tiny stars, (and other shapes) on each table, around the centerpieces. I like simple centerpieces…..a big candle in a hurricane glass jar, with a pretty bow tied around the bottom of the glass…then the sparklies ( can’t think of what you call them, but they look like confetti, only sparkly ones) around the centerpiece…scattered around.
      What do you think? Flowers are always pretty too, and I bet you have plenty in your yard to use.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

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      Sue…that sounds real yummy!! Thank you for posting it.
      Are you getting that storm tomorrow?? Dam, girl…..we are getting blasted with snow. I hope you got your food shopping done before the next one hits.
      Adele
      PS…how is your new knee feeling? I know my joints get real stiff before any storm lands. My friend Nancy is having her knee done the end of this month.

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      Hey Barbara
      I was a Girl Scout when I was young. I was also a Girl Scout leader for Heather’s troop. It was a lot of fun.
      Here is a good one for you……..So we did the camping thing, my way. We found a camp that had cabin’s with electricity, and showers, and a place to plug in my hair dryer, of course. We had our resident Nonna come with, and she made a HUGE pot of gravy for dinner Saturday night. As she was cooking a massive pot of spaghetti, one of the girls said this to me….”Aren’t we supposed to cook over a fire?” To which I responded….”Did you plan on eating this weekend?” LOL We even had pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Always bring an Italian grandmother camping, if you want to eat well.
      Here is another goodie from that trip……so, I was telling ghost stories. I had on my flannel nightgown, and we did get someone to light a fir in the fireplace, as it was Fall, and chilly in there. I was in front of the fireplace, the lights were out in the cabin,and I was being very animated while telling the story. the girls were hysterical, instead of being scared, to my confusion. then, one of the mother’s yelled out they could see my silhouette under the nightgown, because I had the light of the fire behind me. I have to say, the girls will never forget that scary story….LOL I still remember the sight of them laughing hysterically. They were pre-teens, so you can picture how funny they thought I was. Only me!
      Adele

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      Hey Sue and Barbara
      Forgot to say….I have not made another pizza since I burned the last one a few weeks ago. Bringing one home ready to finish in the oven is a fabulous idea.
      We can’t get the new Hallmark Drama channel with Xfinity up here. We asked, as I wanted to see the hows they have on. Maybe they will add it in the near future.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m dead tired so this will be short. Diane texted me after church this morning saying she was going for a drive with no planned destination. so I went & we ended up going back up to the gorge where that fire was. the local paper had taken an aerial tour of it & you could really see the burned out areas. There’s still snow up there & it really showed it off. On our way home we stopped off at Multnomah Falls which is sort of open. The parking lot was full, but I hopped out & took a couple pics. they’re a bit lopsided since the sun was in my eyes & I couldn’t really see what I was doing. Just point & shoot. Hiking up there isn’t allowed just yet due to the damage. the weather was gorgeous this weekend. (sorry).
      That pic was of sunrise, not a sunset. My windows face the East so any pics like that are of the sunrise, if I’m up early enough. I’m told I have a $200,000 view of Portland. People would pay a lot of $$$ for the view I have.
      We don’t get the Hallmark Drama channel either. I see the ads for it, but unless you get another package for more $ you don’t get it. that’s Comcast/Xfinity for ya.
      I’m sorry you so ill the other day, Adele. that sucks. I thought for sure that heart attack would be a wake up call for Gary. I guess not.
      Well, that’s all for now. I’ll try to send the pics I took today, but no guarantees.

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      I’ll try again. As I said lopsided, lol you can see the sun rays on the right.

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      Hi DD,
      The picture of the falls is really neat. It must have been nice to get out for a ride on such a nice day. Did you ladies get to stop for lunch or dinner?
      You know we are not big spinach eaters unless it is in a salad. My Mom never served cooked spinach. It’s funny about broccoli too as i prefer it raw with dip to cooked. I wish you could be here in the spring when we get asparagus from the garden. I never thought i could get tired of it but i find by the end of the season I am ready to freeze some up and move on to the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and corn.
      Gail

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      Sue,
      I definitely would have enjoyed that show. I think I do get that channel. I know I had seen a teaser for that show but forgot to look for it. Maybe they will repeat it. I hope some of the dogs were mixed breeds. Very few of our dogs have been pure bred-most have been crosses of two breeds but some were just general old mutts too. I always felt bad that there weren’t any kind of shows for those dogs who were not pure bred so I am glad to hear of this.
      I hope your prep goes well and the test is quick and easy. Just keep your mind on that nice dinner out afterwards.
      We’ll be thinking of you all.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Your Dad sounds like he was quite the fashion plate. It’s funny I always remember how good my Dad smelled when he walked out the door in the morning with the combination of soap from the shower, deodorant and aftershave. Consequently I’m always attracted to a good smelling man. lol (as opposed to a bad smelling man) lol-You know what I mean. It’s funny though as Greg has never been an aftershave or cologne kind of guy. I guess his other good qualities made up for his lack of perfume. lol
      Ha ha no mischief for you on CYO trips with your Dad along. Although somehow i just have a sneaking suspicion that you found mischief in other places. lol
      Gary aka Gory did pretty good with trying some new things last week. Now if he can only be inspired to do a little of the cardiac rehab. Maybe if they can convince him that he will not get so tired if he participates that will help convince him.
      Go Gary! Take some baby steps!
      Is the combination of egg and flour that the Germans put in soups kind of like a spaetzle? I love anything noodley or dumplingy. Of course i do because they are carbs. lol What carbs don’t taste good? The kind with no calories. lol Which don’t exist.
      I hope you are feeling better after the other night. Boy you really have to be careful with that shellfish allergy. I am glad i don’t have that as I love shellfish-although I would pass on the anchovy. I wonder what it is about the shellfish specifically that causes allergies. I will have to consult Dr. Google.
      Doing the needle point also may help you destress. I know I find knitting or embroidering kind of zen.
      I like your idea of camping! I could never see the appeal of sleeping on the ground without running water and heat. I always said if God intended for us to do that he wouldn’t have invented the Holiday Inn. lol
      Gail

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      Hi DD
      Those pictures are very nice. I bet that is a fabulous waterfall when there is more flow from the snow in the mountains. Waterfalls can be very dramatic, and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful views and country. Each part of the US has it’s own beauty, and it is nice to see sights we have never seen before.
      Well, we are getting blasted tonight, into tomorrow. blizzard conditions, with 8 to 14 inches of snow. The edge of the coast will get 14+. we are one town away from the coast. I am praying we do not lose another tree, as i am still waiting for the 2 that fell to be removed.
      I have a crock pot beef dinner on, and it smells nice in here already. Tomorrow I will make a chicken soup, and blueberry muffins in the morning, for a treat, die to the snow.
      I hope people do not lose their power again, as some people just got their power back yesterday. it has been a real wacky March. I hope April will be better.
      How is Kay doing? She should be coming home this week, right?
      Hope you have a good day!
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      Actually, now that you reminded me, my Dad wore Aramis. for years after, if I smelled it on someone, I would cry. Gary is like Greg, he does not wear any nice smelling scents- just the Dove soap, and Ahava body lotion….LOL
      The mixture of the egg with the very small amount of flour, is more egg than noodle. It looks like very skinny, fragile noodles- more like the egg drop soup the Chinese restaurants serve. Way more protein than carb, so that is actually better. It adds more protein instead of carb to the soup.
      I do not have anything different planned for Gary this week, accept the escarole in the soup. That should be enough for him, as he rejects anything green.
      I am so sore today- my shoulder and neck are aching. I bet it is the blizzard on it’s way to pay us a well needed visit…..LOL After all, we need more snow. Just cannot seem to live without it.
      I heard this storm is in Tenn. today. I wonder if Barbara is getting blasted with snow??? Hope they are ok, as they do not have the equipment for this mess. Places up here are already announcing they are closed tomorrow. the warehouse where we get our supplies for the customers said they are closed tomorrow. The school closings will start appearing on the evening news.
      I hope you are all ok, and enjoying some nice early spring weather……
      Adele
      PS….did you see that segment last night on the cloning of horses? It was fascinating. Scary too.

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      Hi Barbara,
      Maybe your doctor has the solution for world peace. Zoloft in the water! lol Actually that reminds me of a song (of course it does) Called Viagra in the Water by a group called Four Bitchin Babes. It’ s funny and of course risque. I’m sure it must be on You Tube if anyone wants to check it out. On our old site I could actually post the video-I miss that.
      Don’t feel bad about not going along to choose the wedding dress. My own daughter just went off and chose one herself. That’s okay as I’m sure our tastes are vastly different-I like sparkly and she likes tailored. lol
      I think the Groom’s cake is a great idea but I would check and make sure that Lisa or someone doesn’t order one too as you don’t want duplicates. I’m not sure who traditionally orders that. will have to check wedding ettiquite. lol
      You know i think if Greg wasn’t allergic to cats I would have gotten one after Rocky died just so i would have the company. Cats are so much easier than dogs and can even be left overnight if necessary as long as there is a litter box, food and lots of water. It’s funny how he got allergic as soon as we had a period of time without indoor cats. If we would have kept having them he never would have gotten allergic as i guess being around the allergans all the time kept him okay but as soon as they were gone and then reintroduced he became sensitive to them. It’s weird how that works.
      I was never a girl scout. I was a brownie for one year and begged my mother not to go back as i hated this one game thing or whatever it was that they played. I used to go with my girl friend to her Camp Fire girls meetings but I never officially joined them. I was a Cub Scout leader when Brent was young-then when they start boy scouts the leaders are all men although that may have changed now. I really wanted him to stay in and get his Eagle Badge as many of his friends did but he lost interest. My Dad would have loved that so much as he always wanted to be an Eagle Scout in the worst way but had to quit scouting to work back in the day.
      The nursing home where my MIL was had a resident retired greyhound for all the clients to interact with and of course i used to bring Rocky up to see her too. He was her favorite. The pets are so beneficial to the residents.
      Gail
      Here are some DIY centerpieces.

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      Here’s another one. You have to click on them all to get the full picture.

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      Hey Gail and Barbara
      The mason jars work too. Love them!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I see someone has been taking lessons from Valerie, lol. cute ideas. I use a Mason jar for my fall bouquets. I guess it reminds me of when my mom would can peaches, or pears every fall.
      I’m sorry to hear about the Nor’easter coming. I’ve been praying it’d turn & go out to sea before it hit land. I hope the electricity stays on. not a good time to be without it.
      There was a huge fire on the other side of town today. It was at a car wrecking place. The plume could be seen for miles away. I could see it easily. It destroyed a duplex, & an apartment complex, putting several families out of a home. It took almost all day to get the fire out. Some schools were evacuated, as well as homes in the area. They don’t know how it was started yet.
      Is anyone suffering from ‘jet lag’ from the weekend? I haven’t recovered yet.
      I totally agree with you Gail, about pets being beneficial to the elderly & those suffering from life threatening diseases. there was a post on FB the other day about hospitals allowing pets in for the owners with serious illnesses. They were asking if you agree, & I said of course.
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      Stay safe & warm!!!! Sending prayers.
      dd

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      Hey DD, and everyone
      The lights have been flickering, and I have blueberry muffins in the oven. I am scared they will go out, as they are flickering a lot- I counted 5 times in the last 30 minutes.
      You can’t believe what it looks like, and it is only 10:45. this will go on all day, and they are saying we will get 20 inches.
      That must have been a scary sight. I will say a prayer for all those people who lost their homes. I bet it was that bad because of the gas in the stored vehicles. that was just awful.
      I will sign off, so I do not lose this post. Please say a prayer we do not lose electricity…….yikes…..
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      What a beautiful transparent butterfly! I was just sitting here and all of a sudden the sky got dark and it started snowing and then just as quickly it stopped. I guess that is what they call a snow shower. We were not due to get any snow unlike our poor friend Adele out on the east coast.
      That sounds like an awful fire and those poor people who lost their homes. That has to be devastating but at least they are all safe.
      You do have a view of a lot of things from out your window.
      I find it easier to adjust to the spring change of time as we get more daylight hours out of it-but it does take a few days. I remember the dogs always had a hard time adjusting when you turned the clocks back and their mealtimes were an hour later than their stomachs were telling them it was. lol
      Yes, DD, lol I am a frustrated event planner. Somehow I missed my calling in life. We are all throwing out ideas for Barbara’s son’s at home wedding party in case they decide to do that.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope that your power stays on. It does get scary when you start getting flickers. Remember to keep checking your mom in her recliner so she doesn’t get stuck again. I can’t believe that you are getting snow again. Our winter has been a piece of cake by comparison. Remind me never to move where you get nor’easters. lol
      I’m thinking if your weather came by Barbara’s first it was probably rain or sleet as their weather is so much warmer there. Whoops I just looked out the window again and we are getting more flurries. This is very weird as it wasn’t predicted.
      I emailed Colleen but didn’t get an answer-so maybe they have no internet.
      I just happened to flick by that program with the horse cloning for a second and heard someone talking about a polo pony or something. I know Barbra Streisand has cloned two of her dogs. I think even if you cloned a dog you wouldn’t get the same dog unless every little thing you did when you raised it was the same as the first time and that would be impossible. I’ll bet the program was interesting though-what was it on?
      Speaking of animals have you seen the commercial with the manatees in tee shirts. I love manatees. We once had one that we adopted through some charity. My friend went to someplace in Florida where you can swim with the manatees. That was cool.
      I hope that your power stays on and that this is the last of your snow. You have had enough for all of us.
      Gail
      P.S. I sincerely hope that Sue is not getting this snow as I think her test is tomorrow.

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      Hi Ladies,
      Adele, I hope you didn’t lose your power. That would be awful!!
      Here’s an update to the fire. Last night at 9:45 the authorities put out another evacuation alert to surrounding neighborhoods because of particulates in the air from the fire. They said this is actually worse than the forest fire from last summer. Reason is cars have lots of chemicals, plastics, gas (of course), rubber from the tires, all sorts of things. It affected 2-4,000 people. They don’t know when they’ll be able to go back yet. Rain has returned along with winds from a different direction, so that should clear out the air. as far as I know it didn’t reach over here where I am.

      Gail, those are some really good ideas you have for the wedding reception. that way no one feels left out.

      I’m probably gonna step on toes, but with what’s coming from the news, its just too much. It sounds like someone thinks he’s still doing a reality show on TV. “You’re fired”, I’ve never heard of any leader of this country ‘fire’ so many of his staff in my whole life. I’m of the opinion he’s more like a dictator than leader of this country. I’m sorry, it’s out of control.
      I think the rescue dog show was on the new Hallmark channel. I wasn’t able to get it.
      Well, that’s all I have for now.
      Stay safe & warm.
      dd

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      hi DD
      I lost email for a while, but it is back up for now. We still have power. My daughter lost power for a couple of hours, but theirs is back on again. Thank God, as my granddaughter and the kids are there too.
      You are not pout of line at all. My friend Nancy and I call each other all day long about the anxiety we are feeling about all this commotion. We are scared Russia is controlling this guy, as he just doe snot realize our intelligence people have our backs. Both you, and I live on the coast, and it is way too scary that the leader of this country does not have our best inters ts at heart. he is only concerned with himself, and his businesses. I cannot believe the legislature (Reps and Senators) are no scared to death our country will fall apart, And they still do nothing.
      Honestly, I think the entire population of this country is very concerned for the daily crazy drama that unfolds, like a TV reality show, with consequences.
      Love your pics!!
      So sorry about those people. that is awful. Still praying for them.
      Adele

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      Gail, My test was yesterday. We drove home in snow all the way. At least the roads did not freeze until after we were home. We are not getting snow like Adele ours has been more of about an inch or so that melts if the sun comes out. Only it is so cold & windy It took forever to melt today. It finally got up to 35 today. We are to be below normal temps for a while and the wind is to be even stronger tomorrow and Thursday. We have been in the low 20’s at night & the high tomorrow is to be 31 so you can imagine the wind chills.
      Hopefully Colleen went to Adeles to get snow.
      DD you did not step on my toes I agree with you. I think he fires anyone who does not agree with him.
      If anyone finds Spring please send it my way.

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      Gail I forgot to answer you. The dogs in the show were almost all mixed breeds. The winner was a black lab/golden retriever mix. They were just rescue dogs not only the most perfect dogs. I think that is way I enjoyed it so much. I was surprised we got that channel. It must have just been added as it is not on the schedule. I was just flipping through & found it.

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      Hi again ladies,
      I’m glad I didn’t step on anyone’s toes. IT just seems like everyday there’s more chaos with him. As for the wall, it reminds me of the Berlin wall of the 60s, & we know what happened there. It split families, was run by Russia, I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to live there back then. I don’t see how building a wall will solve anything. The drug cartels are already here in this country. It’s in the news every night about big drug busts around here. If they want to get in they’ll find a way to get here. I think it’s a big waste of $$. And this ‘tweeting’ sounds like something out of a cartoon. Something Tweety bird would do in the cartoons. lol

      Adele, I hope you’ll be able to watch “This Is Us” tonight. It’s the last one of this season. boo-hoo.
      I hope you’re still okay & the storm has passed.
      Stay safe & warm
      dd

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      Sue,
      So glad the test is over and you made it there and back safely.
      I think that channel might be new to our cable too.
      Now that your test is done we can talk about food and recipes again.
      That is funny when you said Colleen went to Adele’s to get the snow. I bet even she wouldn’t want as much as Adele got and I heard there might be more coming too. Yikes!
      Actually I heard from Colleen this morning and her internet was out. Isn’t it funny all the years we did without and now that we have it we miss it when we can’t get online.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      How awful that all those people have to evacuate. Hopefully if the winds and rains come in it will clear the air.
      I’ve decided that they should make a congressional decree that the president should not be allowed to tweet because it endangers national security. Or something to stop it. A president should not be so involved in social media-but he isn’t very presidential. He is a bully which I find ironic since I think his wife’s cause is anti-bullying. His cabinet and advisors have been a revolving door. I guess if you don’t agree with him or stroke his enormous ego he just gives you the boot. You’re right-I never thought of it before but it is like the classic “you’re fired” from the TV show but the office of the president shouldn’t be like a reality TV show. I always fear that now we are the laughing stock of the world. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I just think the office of the president should have some dignity and decorum.
      I think the wall is a waste of resources too. We have much bigger problems in this country.
      In fact they just broke into the show I’m watching to show the student walk outs protesting gun violence. Maybe these kids can finally get something done that all the members of congress have been powerless to do. I’m proud of them for trying to do something which is more than government has done so far.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Hope you made it through the storm okay. Did I hear right that there might be another one coming also? Maybe it’s time to move! lol
      Yesterday evening I discovered that our refrigerator wasn’t running. Most of the stuff in the freezer was lost and when Greg got home from rehearsal we took the rest of the stuff out of the refrigerator part and threw away what was no good and put what was salvageable in the fridge in the basement. Now it’s working again so now we have to decide whether to get a new one or maybe check and clean the coils and see if this one keeps working. Greg thinks it got overheated and turned off but there’s no way to be sure. On the other hand it probably is getting older ( of course we can’t remember when we got it) so maybe it’s time to replace it as I think in this day and age a fridge isn’t made to last more than ten years. If only we were sure how old it was it would be a no brainer. I’ll bet you have been busy this winter making chocolate chip cookies for Bobby the cookie monster snow shoveler.
      Gail

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      OMG, Sue…
      it is snow Armageddon up here. We got about 15 inches, maybe more. You have to see what it looked like this am. I cold not take pics, as the windows had snow pasted on the outsides- stuck to the screens. As it is above 32, it is melting like crazy- snow is crashing off the roof. I was afraid the gutters were going with the snow….LOL
      Adele
      PS…so glad your test is all done, and you got safely home!!!!! Go Sue!!
      We may get another storm on Monday. I may cry.

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      Hey Gail!
      The lights stayed on, even though I was getting freaked by the flickering…..LOL
      The cloning was on 60 Minutes. I did not hear about Streisand and her dog. That is weird. I wonder how it worked out.
      did you see the new show Rise last night? OMG….love it!!
      With all the snow we got, I may not go out until Easter. We may get another storm on Monday. Good God. Do I live in Alaska?? We have never had 3 Noreasters in 2 weeks.
      So, did your fridge conk out in sympathy for all the people up here who lost their electricity??? I hope it remains working, until you can decide what to do. I hear a fridge lasts 7 years. I am on my 4th one in this house. My old one from 1977 is still working, in Tillie’s downstairs. Do you believe it??
      I did blueberry muffins yesterday, instead of the cookies….LOL I did not want the blueberries to go bad. I will be making him cookies in the next few days. he definitely deserves them! Gary felt guilty, as we were watching Bobby on the security cams, to make sure he was ok. I get nervous about those snow blowers, as you never know is someone falls, etc. have you noticed how anxious we get about safety issues as we get older?
      The sun is shining, and the snow is melting like crazy. It will freeze tonight.
      So, bobby asked if I was going out, as he wanted to park his Jeep behind me. I am sure you heard me laugh, all the way to DD’s place….LOL
      Gary ate escarole last night, in the chicken soup. I am so proud of him. I cook it separate, in salted water, and add it to the bowls as it is served, or it would make the soup green, and sour.
      Hope your sun is shining! Hope practice is good for Greg, and his group.
      Adele

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      Adele what saved us was these storms went up along the coast if they had shifted west we would have been clobbered too. I think we are colder than you as it did not get above freezing today & no sun just crazy wind. It is to stay cold for the next 10 days. Yes there is a 4th noreaster coming I have not heard what we are to get from it. But most everyone is praying for spring.
      Yes my test is over. They even called me yesterday to see if I had any problems & said do not hesitate to call if I have any questions. The results will come in the mail probably next week.
      Well I got to go as I am making Chili I need something to warm me up.

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      hi DD
      I totally agree on the wacky wall idea. The drugs come in by boats, more than any other way. I would like to see him build his wall over the ocean.
      The tweeting is out of control. If he does not get attention, every day, he acts out, like a 2 year old. Seriously?
      I didn’t watch This is Us yet- recorded it. I watched that new show Rise, after Rachel Maddow. Had to see her spin on yesterday’s antics….LOL
      We will try to see This is Us tonight, aorund the other shows I like. They have added some real good shows. My DVR will be working overtime.
      Have a good night!
      Adele

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      hey Sue!
      that is great news, as if there was something serious, you would already have known. Bad medical news comes fast. I am so happy for you, you have no idea! Any tests at our ages can be so anxiety ridden. I will be praying you get the best news in that letter, and no call saying they need to talk to you.
      you did get lucky with this last storm. It is warmer here. I heard many years ago that the warmer it is before a storm, the more moisture you get. I wonder if that is still true???
      I can smell your chili….yum, yum!! I have been wanting to make a nice pot of chili.
      Have a good night.
      Adele

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      Gosh Sue, I am sorry I know I was torturing you with all the recipe and food questions before your tests. Just please look over me; I am so happy your test is completed and you are able to go back to eating. I have made the brocolli salad since I got your recipe again; and it really is yummy. Thanks again. How is your knee doing? Good I hope. You and Adele have had such a hard hard winter this year. We were in the beginning of your storms but we had just tons of rain for days. Our yard was just like a wet sponge and everywhere you tried to walk would just squish because it just could not absorb any more water. Our pond completely filled up and went over the top of the bank. So we lost some of the fish we had in there. Our two hound dogs just would sit and watch them swimming through our land where Jerry dug out with his tractor a drain for water to run down to the creek. They just didn’t know what to do with them. LOL
      Gail, I am sorry your fridge is acting up. I remember when appliances lasted for years and years, and now like you said 5-10 years then buy another one. And the price is just outrageous to me. I have a front load washer and it helps me a lot not having to bend over to get clothes out. I also have it on a stand so that makes it easy for me too. But when Jerry designed our home; he put my laundry room right in the center of our home; and now he has to have the dryer vent cleaned out professionally twice a year. It would have been better if he had put my washer/dryer against a wall. I am so afraid of dryer fires. But I am like Adele said, we seem to get more worried as we get older.
      Poor Neal, Sarah, and the baby are sick with sinus problems. They are taking the baby to the doctor. Neal is working; got sick on his first day of the week back to work; so knowing him as we do, we know he will try to put off missing any work. I sure hope he and Sarah go too though. I am so worried about them being so far away and all of them sick.
      I made a big pan of lasagna yesterday; so I messaged Joey to see if they would like some. He had worked 4 nights in a row (12 hours shifts), and Lisa stopped by. She was all chatty, and showed me a picture she has on her phone of her wedding dress. It is Mermaid style with lots of tulle at the bottom. It really is beautiful. I love the idea of the party here. I would like to use mason jars and since it will be summer we have loads of zinnias we could use and tea lights all over. And you know me; I would love to have solar things all over and mabey even hanging lights in the trees. I need help with that one. Any ideas?
      Better go for now. HOpe all are good. Thanks again for your pretty pictures DD. Love your kitty feeling like I do about Mondays ha ha Barbara

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      That’s okay Barbara. I was happy to give you the recipe. It just seems when you can’t eat all they show on TV & the internet is food. I have enough fat to survive a long time but a day & a half without food I was hungry. The nurse even heard my stomach growl. My knee is fine so glad I had it done.
      Adele I ask the nurse that called yesterday did I have cause for concern & she said not at all that if this doctor sees something he doesn’t like he will tell you. They always send everything to the lab to be checked just to be sure.

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      Hi Ladies,
      Here’s an update, the people who had to evacuate due to that fire have returned to their homes, if they had one to go back to. the Red Cross is helping those who lost their homes. They also handed out cleaning supplies to help those going back to clean up after the fire. there was a lot of soot, & all kinds of gunk all over their cars, homes, garden areas. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with their gardens this summer.

      Adele, I’m so sorry about your weather woes out there. I heard #4 could hit early next week. I wish I could do more to help out. Maybe you should move out here. I know I complain ALOT but in comparison ours is mild. I don’t know how we’d react to that much snow all at one time!! We freak out over a couple inches or so. We had mild winter this yr. It’s that darn jet stream that’s doing it. It’s sending everything we should be getting up & over the mid West & east of the Rockies. Warmer weather is coming, I promise. It HAS to be coming!!!
      I have an appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow afternoon. I haven’t seen him in quite awhile.
      well, that;s all for now.
      dd

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      Hi Everybody,
      I cannot believe how many posts that I have missed. My computer was down for a week and we just got it working. I got on for awhile last night but there were so many e-mail in my inbox that it took for ever to answer them and go thru them. It will take me awhile to get caught up again.
      Gail the wedding that you planned is nice. They will have good time at Barbara’s if she follows that plan. That will be nice if you have a party for them when they get back. Your dils have a lot to learn about you and Jerry. They do not realize how great you two are. One day they will regret it.
      Sue am glad that you got to the doctor and back home okay. Hope the results are all good and you do not have to do that again. One time is enough for anyone.
      Adele, It would have been nice if we would have gotten some of the snow that you had. Just hope that you are done with it and no more will come your way. It must be taking a lot of cookies for Bobby to keep shoveling the drive and everything. I hope that Gary will start to listen to the doctor and eat and do the right things so he does not have another heart attack. Men can be so stubborn some days. Just hang in there he will finally give in and do the right thing.
      DD I am glad that Kay will be coming home next week. I know that you will be glad to see her again. She sure has had a rough time of it. It is always nice to come home and be able to relax. I did not hear about the fire. I hope that it was no where near you. I hope that your weather has been better then it had been.
      Barbara it was nice that Lisa showed you a picture of the dress. Maybe they will be skyping you during the wedding. It will be so nice if they do. Having a party at your house afterward will be really nice. Then some of their friends can come and be at the celebration. You are such a thoughtful person. Gail really can come up with some good ideas.
      Gail sorry I think that I got you and Barbara mixed up there for a minute. That would be strange to have an animal cloned. I wonder if they would act the same exact way that the original animal does. They did that with a sheep years ago and it did not work out very well. I did not know that they were doing it again.
      Well that is about all from here. I will have to read and get caught up. It will take me awhile. Hope that
      everyone has a good night,.
      Colleen

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      Colleen,
      Good to have you back! I know if my computer was down for a week there would be tons of e-mails. Mostly junk! lol
      I think they are cloning animals and things all the time now-more than we know anyway. I’m sure you have to have lots of money to do that. I hope you and Ron and the girls are all doing well.
      Gail

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      Sue,
      It sounds like it’s good news after your test. I’ll bet you were starving after a day and a half with no food! Did you get to stop for dinner with your friends or did the bad weather stop you from doing that?
      Gail

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      DD,
      Hope your doctor’s appointment went well. I hope you had good weather too since you have to go out in it.
      Glad those people are getting to return home. Too bad instead of giving them supplies they couldn’t hire a company to go in and clean all that stuff up for them. I think about that kind of stuff now. When i was young it would be no problem we would just go in and clean up but now that I am older if it was a lot of heavy cleaning I don’t think I could do it anymore.
      Those colored calla lilies are so pretty!
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      I can just picture your hound dogs looking at the fish coming over the banks and floating along through the grass. I can almost hear a conversation between them in my head as they sat there and watched. lol
      After losing all our koi to a mink last winter Greg covered the pond in this nylon mesh and it looks right now like there are fish in there. So either the mink didn’t come back or the mesh kept it out. so that makes us happy.
      I have a front loading washer on a stand too and I love it. It makes taking the laundry in and out so much easier. When we built this house we had a laundry room on the first floor but as we were going along we got to thinking about how much better a second floor laundry is as that’s where most of your dirty laundry comes from. So Greg gave me half of his closet and we have a smaller laundry room upstairs. It’s a godsend now as I could never carry all that laundry up and down the stairs.
      It looks like we need a new refrigerator now as it works part of the time only. So now the big question is another side by side or one with french doors and a bottom freezer. I’m leaning towards the latter as I find the side by side kind of narrow on the fridge side as we don’t have the widest spot in the world for the fridge. The only thing I think we would miss with a bottom freezer would be the ice in the door. So it’s decision time.
      I hope all the sick kids will get to the doctor and feel better soon.
      I think the mermaid style wedding dress seems to be very popular. Is it strapless? I’m sure it’s beautiful. I wish i could see it. It’s funny my SIL and I emailed many pictures of dresses back and forth while she was picking hers. Of course hers was for a second wedding so it wasn’t an actual wedding dress. But it was still fun.
      I know I use a lot of battery powered light strands around here at Christmas time so maybe something like that would work in the trees. I think there are also solar powered light strands. Maybe google twinkle lights for trees and see what comes up.
      The zinnias would look great in mason jars.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope the sun is shining and the snow is melting.
      Good for Gary-I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten escarole so now he’s tried something that I haven’t.
      Greg said the same thing that you did about the refrigerator. That one from 2010 is no longer working but one from 1960 probably would be. The only problem with the older one is it might not be as efficient. Nothing is made to last anymore.
      I didn’t see Rise but I did copy it as I thought it would be right up our ally as we like shows with music. So for me that is really going out on a limb as i said I wasn’t going to get invested in any more hour shows.
      You will have to make Bobby 12 dozen cookies to pay for all the snow blowing. lol
      I think as we get older we know more about all the things to worry about than we did when we were younger. Plus as we know there are more years behind us than there are in front of us we hold onto those we love so much tighter.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara
      I think it is great that Lisa stopped by to show you pics of her dress. I know that made you feel good, and it is always fun seeing bridal gowns. It sounds lovely!
      They have a lot of light strings for summer. A pretty one I recently saw on a Hallmark movie had the lights looking like small round balls. those looked very pretty on the trees they were on.
      You got all the rain, and we got the snow. It is colder today, so it is not melting as much as yesterday. It is still dripping off the roof. It was supposed to get warmer, but that changed- will be in the low 30’s, I think. We are getting another storm Monday into Tuesday., again. I am not liking Tuesdays anymore.
      Gary is off to see his customers in NH today. This will be the first time he has gone up there alone since the heart attack. Naturally, I am worried. I told him to keep in touch, so I do not call while he is driving.
      Not much being cooked today- left over chicken soup. Tomorrow, or Saturday, I will make the Whoopie Pies for St Patty’s Day. We are doing the boiled dinner on Sunday. I will do a double batch, as Bobby loves them, and it will be his goodies for all the snow blowing. Plus, Marissa went to BJ’s this am for the meat, and I had her get the movie Bobby wanted tat was just released. With all the snow, he deserves a present….LOL
      Hope the sun is shining down there!
      Adele

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      Hey Sue
      That is great news. I am thrilled for you. No more worries.
      I know they always send the tissue to the labs, just to be sure. I know you will be fine. Good medical news is the best. I will say a prayer of thanks.
      go Sue!!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      You would love the show Rise, as it is very relevant to all you and Greg do in the arts. I loved it and was hooked in the first 5 minutes of the show.
      The sun is shining, but it is chilly today, and the melting is not as fast as yesterday. I am still glad the sun is out.
      Bobby is getting his second favorite cookie I make- the Whoopie Pies. I am doing them for Sunday, along with the boiled dinner. I’ll make the pies on Saturday.
      I hope you get good news on the fridge!!
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      My email went out for quite a while. It is in right now. Hope it stays on.
      that is good news the people are back in their homes, and the fire is out. now, there is a tragedy in Florida- bridge collapse. Will the awful events ever end? Just awful t see people lose their lives, or be in distress.
      I hope you get good news form the cardiologist. At least the weather is good for an outing. That always helps.
      The sun is still shining up here. Yahoo! I keep hearing the nose of snow falling off the deck, and roof. the more that goes, the better we are.
      Love your spring pictures. they remind us winter will be over soon. We got an easy winter until this month. I bet the birds are confused.
      Have a good one!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      So glad you are back on with all of us. My email keeps going in and out since the last storm. Computers and cable are a challenge.
      Glad you are all ok at your place. I wish we could send the next snow storm back your way….it’s coming Monday into Tuesday.
      How are the kids, Mandy and Ron? Are all behaving??
      Adele
      PS checkout the new show Rise!

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      Gailster…..
      I have the french doors, with the bottom freezer, and it has the ice and water in the door. It is an LG. I did a lot of research before I got this one, as i was pretty disgusted with needing another one. LG came out on top, and I have not had any issues. My fruit and vegies stay fresh way longer than in my other one. They are great, and I cannot say enough about how much I love it. I hope it does not break!
      I did not realize koi fish cold live outside in the winter- wow!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      We are all doing fine here how about your bunch? I hope that Gary is listening to the doctor and following the diet he is supposed to. It must be hard to have to give all of the stuff up that he likes all at once but it is better to do that then to be sick all the time. You are really fixing some good meals for him. If he won’t eat them send them my way and I will. lol.
      I wish that we could take some of the snow off of your hands. We would be glad to get it. They keep saying that we are going to get some snow but it never appears. I may have to move there and play in the snow because we will never get any here.
      I can see why you are worried about Gary going off like that. I hope that he got home okay and did not do too much today. It must be hard on him to just sit and relax. Does the doctor ever say anything about him taking it easy for awhile. Just hope that he is home safe and sound now.
      We are having corn beef and cabbage Saturday. I am not sure who all will be here. I know that my daughter and her two girls will be here they are stuck with me. lol I am not sure about Danyielle she does not know if they will come or not. Oh well we will see. I have not idea what sweets we will have. Maybe some cream puffs.
      How are you feeling? YOu are always taking care of everyone else and never of yourself. I hope that you are doing okay and taking some time to rest. How is Tillie doing? I hope that there is an improvement in her eye. I guess that her new chair is working out for her.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. I will check Rise out

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      Hi Gail,
      I would go with the fridge with the french doors and the freezer on the bottom. You will have so much more room. I wish that we would have gone that way when we got ours. The side by sides just do not have enough room. That is just my opinion.
      That would be funny to just watch the dogs watching the fish go swimming down the yard. I am with you Gail I wonder what they were thinking or if they were saying anything to each other.
      You know what would be cute for the party for Lisa and Joey at Barbara’s. If they got some solar lights and made a path for them to walk down like they are walking down the isle. That would be so pretty and it would look like they are getting married all over again. I love those lights like that. Just as long as you do not have enough to make it look like a run way at the airport.lol That is what Ron did.
      How is Brent doing? I have not heard for awhile. I hope that they do something about the stones they are painful. I guess that the doctors know what they are doing. I know that they do. That poor guy has really been thru a lot. I hope that they figure this all out soon and he can start to feel better. Will he be coming home for Easter? I was hoping that Melissa and her family would be coming home but she can’t. We are supposed ot go up there in the fall I think. We will see what happens.
      I still have a lot to read to get caught up. I think that I am done for tonight. I have been getting on here too late here lately. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hey Colleen!
      Gary came home tired, but ok. We slept later today, as I was exhausted, and made him tired form my not sleeping. When i laid down, i got the dizzies again, and the left side of my neck was killing me. I could not get comfortable at all, and did a lot of tossing and turning. Just another miserable sleeping night….LOL The dizzy feelings have returned, and some days are better then others. My shoulder has been hurting too, so I increased the “strengthening” exercises for my shoulder, and that has helped a little. I do the regular ones daily, and was doing the strengthening ones once a week. I wonder if all the stress is making me more dizzy.
      Tillie’s eye is about the same- very small amount of progress. She is very discouraged.
      Gary went for a haircut, as he needed it desperately.
      Heather just arrived with Aizen, so gotta go…..LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Glad that Gary got home okay and did not have any trouble. Now you need to take care of you. What did the doctor say about you being dizzy like that? Have you talked to him about it. You need to go and find out what is going on. Maybe they can tell you and you will be okay. Sorry that your shoulder is feeling bad again. It is nice that the exercises are helping though.
      How is the weather up your way. We had a lot of rain last night and this morning and then the sun came out. Still no snow. I guess it is just not meant for us to have any. Are they still predicting more for your area? I hope that for once they are wrong. You really deserve a break from all the cold winter weather.
      I bet that you had a good time with Aizen. He is such a cute little guy. It is fun to have small ones around but pretty soon we neither one will have any little ones around. Aizen and Aliza will both be in school and grown up before we know it. It will be interesting to see what they are like when they get into school. I think that they both will be heart breakers.
      Well not much going on here. The kids are all gone for the night so Ron and I have some peace and quite. Watch out tomorrow night though. They will be back and chatty as ever.
      well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That is good that everyone got to go back to their homes. I cannot imagine losing a house in a fire. There would be nothing left and you could not save the things that you really wanted. Fire is a terrible way to lose a home and your belongings. Can you imagine all the things that you have to replace. Just the little things like can openers, pot holders and things like that . That would be things that you would not think about or even the kitchen clock. That would be so hard to replace. At least in flood somethings can be saved.
      You have a right to say what you think. That is what our country is about freedom of speech. You could not hurt any ones feeling or make them mad. You are just expressing you own opinion.
      How is Kay? Will she be coming home soon? I cannot remember when you said that she was coming home. It seems like she should be home by now. Hope that she will be home for Easter and you two can celebrate together.
      The pictures you post are so cute. Thank you for posting them.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      I did go to the doctor for the dizzy issue last year. The eye ear nose doctor said it was a crustal in the ear that came loose, and is where it is not supposed to be. I had an exercise to do, whihc I did each night before bed, but it did not make the crystal go back. They cannot do surgery on that, as you would lose your hearing. there are weeks it is not bad, and weeks it is real bad. this is a bad week. When i was on the prednisone for the back over the holidays, it went away completely, but then gradually returned. I also hear “popping” in that ear, at tomes,whihc can be annoying too. Oh well. It is what it is. I was trying to get to the neurologist, just to rule out anything else, but have not been able to as of yet. Every time I had the appointment, it snowed.
      Tillie is having skin trouble. She has a rash all over the front of her legs, and on her rear, where she sits down. I called the doctor when I saw it last week, after hours, as hat is when she showed me the rash on her rear. (I renewed her cream for the legs, and that was working) Well, I had to text him a pic, so he cold see it, as it looks infected on one side. he agreed, and prescribed an antibiotic, and said to keep her off her rear as much as possible, so it can heal. I had her lay on her bed, on her side a couple of times a day, and she does not want to do that anymore, either. She is refusing to go to the doctor, or the ER. She is being very stubborn,and says I need to let her die. Heather was here yesterday, and helped her in the shower. I cannot do that, as I can’t bend and reach to help her, and she refuses to let me get a nurse and home health aid in here. I am pretty stressed over the whole issue. I did make an appointment with her dermatologist, and she says she is not going there either.
      If someone ever saw her skin, they would think she is getting abused. She has all red spots, that look very sore. The leg spots have gotten better, and are half the size they were before. But,it is taking a long time to heal, and I am afraid she will get an infection. She is very stubborn, and refuses to “show her body to anyone”, as she says. It is a no win situation here right now.
      ‘I ruined the Whoopee Pies I made today. I didn’t boil the filling long enough, and it is way too loose. the filling is leaking out of them. I put them in the fridge, but, that did not help much either. So, the desert for tomorrow looks weird, but, tastes ok.
      Sorry for the rant. It is so hard to help a 91 year old, who refuses everything. Everyone will blame me, for not making her go to the doctor or the ER. Gary said there will come a time when she has to go, and cannot refuse, and I do not want it to get to that, as it may be too late.
      your tired buddy…..Adele

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      Adele,
      I’m so sorry that you are going through this. I was so lucky as my MIL was always very cooperative. But I do understand what it feels like to have the responsibility for someones care and well being laying on your shoulders. I don’t have any ideas yet but i will try to think of something. I’m hoping that our nurse Barbara will be able to weigh in with words of wisdom. In the meantime here are a few St. Paddy’s jokes to hopefully make you smile.

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      Hey Gail
      They did make me smile. Thank you!
      I am so dizzy it is ridiculous. I can barely move my head right now. I hope this goes by tomorrow, as we are doing dinner. I know Bobby will help. It is an easy dinner….meat in for 2 hours, then add potato and carrots and onion for one more hour, then add the cabbage for the last hour. Done.
      Heather is coming over on a few minutes to check on all the old people….the dizzy one, the heart attack one, and the rashy one…..LOL I have to keep my sense of humor.
      Adele
      PS…hope you had your corn beef and cabbage too! Happy St Patty’s Day!! Also hope Missy Barbara has something to add. Shutting off laptop for the night.

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      Hi Ladies,
      Kay came home today. She’s glad to be back home. I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t do anything special, I did wear my green flannel jammies. Of all days I had to catch a cold. No fever, just a stuffed up nose, etc. Makes me think I may have caught it after seeing the cardiologist.
      Which brings me to this. I’ll be having a catheterization next week to see what’s going on in there. Instead of going through the groin, they’ll be doing it through the artery in my wrist. I don’t think I’ll be put under for it. Just enough to relax me enough so they can do it. If they need to put any stents in he’ll
      keep me overnight to monitor it. If it all goes well, I could be home later that day. If I’m kept overnight Jewell will go over to Critt’s. she won’t be happy I’m sure. It’s good to have someone who will look after her for times like this. He loves & adores her so that helps.

      Adele, I hope your dizziness goes away. do you have a headache with it? That could be warnings of a stroke or something. I’d head to the Dr. if I were you. Doesn’t hurt to have it checked out. Could be high blood pressure, too. I hope it isn’t serious!!
      Well, I’m heading off to bed now. It’s early for me, but the more rest I get the better I’ll feel, I hope.
      take care, stay safe, & stay warm.
      dd

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      I forgot, the 3 pics of the trees, is from the Gorge fire. The local newspaper took aerial pics I told ya about. The snow really shows it up.
      I couldn’t resist the little faces on the violas. they’re soooo cute!!
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      Maybe you will be able to get to the neurologist this time around. You need to find something to help you when you feel so dizzy. That has to be very uncomfortable. It is really a pain all the things that go wrong with us as we age. Why does all of this happen? So much for the golden years.
      That has to be really uncomfortable with that rash on Tillie’s back side. I do not see how she sits on it. Hopefully the medicine that he gave her will help her. No one would ever think that you are mean to Tillie. You are so good to her and it shows in how you talk about her and all the things you do for her. The doctor knows that you are good to her. My mom can be stubborn also. She thinks that she is old enough to take care of herself and does not need our advice. We are lucky there are three of us that get on to her. I think that she listens to my brother more then she does anyone else. You just have to hang in there and do the best that you can. I have had to go to mom’s house and just tell her that she has to go to the hospital and away we go. I just kind of walk her to the door and she has no choice. I know that it is harder for you because you have all the back issues and cannot get down. You are lucky that your kids are there when you need them.
      As long as your whoopie pies taste good they are not ruined. You will just have to give everyone the evil eye to let them know that you do not want to hear any comments. With all the baking that you do for everyone they should not say a word. Did you try putting them in the freezer? Maybe that will help them to firm up a little. We had our corn beef and cabbage today and the ones who came liked it. We got the best corn beef this time around. We bought it at Aldis. It was kind of cheap also. Will have to get some more and put some in the freezer for a later date.
      No one is going to blame you for your mom. The doctor knows better and if asked he will tell them. Anyone who would take a picture of their mom’s rump just so the doctor can see what it looks like is not abusing anyone. You are just worried about your mom.
      You rant all that you need to. I know that it is hard to do things for her like you want to. Will be praying for you and that your mom will start to cooperate. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      How nice that Kay is back home again. I bet she is really glad to be there and able to see all of you again. She was in the hospital for a long time that is for sure.
      I will be praying for you and that everything goes well for you. That is the first time I have heard of them doing it thru the wrist. It seems like it will be a lot more comfortable thru the wrist. We will be praying and waiting to hear from you when you get home. How nice that Critt will be taking care of Jewell. At least she will not be alone.
      The gorge fire must have been really bad. Hopefully there will be new trees coming up and the gorge will be replenished. They say that sometimes a fire will help to clear out all the dead trees and brush.
      There is not a lot going on here. The sun was shinning here today which was good. I have given up on getting any snow. Maybe next winter.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Good news that Kay is finally home.
      How is your cold today? I hope that you are feeling better. I also hope that your heart test goes well this week. What do they check for with a catherization? I’m just not too familiar with that test. It’s just amazing that they can go through a vein to look at your heart. I wonder whoever figured out that they could even do that!
      I’m glad you have a place for Jewell to stay if you have to remain overnight. It’s comforting to know that our pets are well taken care of.
      Will be saying a prayer that all will be well.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Well I did end up with the french door fridge with the freezer on the bottom. At first Greg couldn’t understand why I wanted that but when I showed him how it puts everything in the refrigerator kind of at eye height he understood and really liked it. Jenny and i used to complain that you can’t fit big pizza box in the side by sides. lol We got a Kitchen Aide and have been very happy with the cooktop and double oven that we have from this brand. I am excited to have it delivered tomorrow. We got it from where Jenny works as they will price match the big box stores and also give us her discount so we got it for a couple hundred dollars less than we would pay elsewehere. The only thing is all my other appliances are white but this does not come in white so I had to get stainless so I guess as my other things quit I will replace them with stainless too. That’s okay if we are mismatched as I don’t think House Beautiful will be stopping by for a photo shoot any time soon. lol The fridge even has a little fresh herb keeper-not that I keep a lot of fresh herbs. lol
      I think the solar light pathway is a really neat idea! We know Barbara likes her solar lights too.
      So this weekend we learned that the family doc and the gastro doc think Brent has ulcerative colitis. it took them three months to figure out what doctor Mama Gail said almost from the beginning. Although I must say his family doc sort of thought the same thing early on but she got sidelined by the heart issues and the bad gastro doc. Now he has a different one who knows what he’s doing. I don’t know what the course of treatment will be yet-he’s supposed to get back to me but they use a lot of the same meds for UC that they use for RA so maybe he and I will take the same thing. Once they figure out the heart issues I will feel better but at least I finally feel like we are getting somewhere and are solving some things so that he can get on the road to wellness.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope the dizziness has receded as it’s hard to do anything or even think straight when you are dizzy. I’ll bet it is those ear crystals again.
      No corned beef and cabbage here for Saint Paddy’s. We actually had Thai food. We have been eating dinner out every night as without a fridge cooking is problematic. Even though we have the fridge in the basement no one wants to go up and down the stairs five times to fix a meal so it’s just been easier to eat out. I don’t mind but I will be happy to get the new fridge in too. I am excited. Does that mean I am easily amused? Actually I guess it’s kind of refreshing that a new appliance can make me excited even at my age. lol
      I wish I had some suggestions as to how to make Tillie more willing to take some help. I understand her reluctance to “show her body” but she has to understand that i don’t think any of us like to do that but sometimes we have to for our own good. Just like sometimes when you were a little girl she maybe had to give you medicine that you didn’t like the taste of for your own good. Just tell her you love her and you want to keep her in the best health possible and just to do it to ease your mind. Sometimes if i think I am doing something unpalatable for someone else it helps me. I hope she can be convinced to be more cooperative. I will be praying for some answers.
      Today is Saint Joseph’s Day-I know a lot of Italians have a big celebration. Did your Dad’s family? I can never remember if my brother’s birthday is today-St. Joseph or tomorrow the first day of spring. ( or election day) I will be so glad when that’s passed and the robo calls end.
      We went to see Gabby in The Sound of Music yesterday. The high school kids did a good job and they looked like they were having so much fun. We were supposed to go with Jenny’s family but Lachlan had been throwing up so just Adam and Kendall went and we met them there and sat together. We were all going to go out for pizza afterward so I asked Adam if he and Kendall wanted to come and bring something home for the rest of the family but he wanted to go home so just Greg and I went out for pizza. I’m glad I have some leftover pieces for lunch.
      Gail

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      Hi DD
      Those pics of the gorge are amazing. Love the beautiful flowers too!
      So glad Kay is home. You must all be thrilled to have her back where she belongs. I am guessing you have not seen her, due to your cold? I hope it is gone soon, so you can see her, if that is the case.
      I hope the stints are in quick, and do their job. Gary had his stints in through his wrist, and he said he does not remember the procedure at all.. Although he was not put out, he has no memory of it. So, I think you will be the same. Do not worry, please, as according to Gary, it was pain free, and quick.
      So, we will not hear from you for a day, or so. Maybe they have internet access in the hospital, and you can get on line to tell us how you are. We will all be saying prayers for you, my friend. We love you!!
      The dizzies are getting better every day. yesterday was a lot better than Saturday, and today is even better. I think i got some water in my ear from showering, that made that crystal thing in the ear get worst. I hope this does not happen a lot, as it really stinks. I have not had a headache with the dizzy. I will go to the ER, if I do, as that would be real scary.
      I hope you are ok today, and your cold is gone. The sun is shining here, but we are getting more snow on Wed into Thur.
      Everyone here enjoyed the dinner yesterday, so that is good. They still ate the Whoopie Pies, even though there was not a lot of cream on the inside…..LOL
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      Read my post to Dd for the latest. they ate the Whoopie Pies, and did not see what the issue was….LOL They did firm up a little in the fridge, it is just that the cream leaked out, and very little stayed in between the pies. No nice big yummy taste of cream, but, they loved them anyway. they said they tasted the same. you had to see Aizen eat his. He has to be coaxed to eta but, nobody had to coax him to eat the Whoopie Pie.
      What made me think people would think she was abused, was Aizen’s reaction to her legs. (not sure if I mentioned that before) He saw her legs, and came upstairs, saying Oma has bruises all over her, with this look of horror on his face. I had to explain to him they were not bruises, it was a rash, and nobody was hurting Oma. His little face looked like he had seen a ghost. I think we all forget how little ones perceive things. He was downstairs, when Tillie was showing Heather her legs.
      The antibiotic is clearing up her bum. Plus, I am having the plumber here today to measure for a new toilet. She has a commode over the toilet, for the bars to make it higher, and to be able to get up easier. So, I am getting rid of that contraption, as I think it is harder for her to take care of herself. Having a handicap toilet put in, and a bar on the sink to help her get up and down. She is a little upset about it, bit I explained that set up is a temporary thing, and not meant to be permanent. It needs to be easier for her to get on and off, and be able to take care of herself at the same time. Those bars stop her from being able to move enough to put the cream on. Heather has been helping her, but she really needs to be able to do it herself, and she is refusing a nurse coming to the house.
      Isn’t aging fun? Look what we have to look forward to. My friend Nancy said nobody at her house would help her, like Heather does with Tillie. Nancy said…..”we are screwed”…..LOL
      It is nice and sunny today. We are getting snow Wed into Thur….again! Help!!!!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      Read the posts to DD and Colleen for all the news of the day.
      I was more excited about the fridge than any other appliance I ever got. I think ti was because it was so cool, easy to get things in and out, had more room than ever, and keeps the food so fresh. I love my fridge so much, that all future appliances will be LG. When is yours coming?
      Did you take any pics of the show? I hope you did, so we can see too. It is so much fun to see the kids do well,and enjoy themselves.
      So, tonight is the tryouts for Peter Pan. I think we will be taking him to them, and his Papi will pick him up. I hope he gets a speaking part, but he is still very shy about talking (alone) on stage. Steph said he loves to sing, but does not like to sing in front of anyone. I think the more he is in a play, the more confidence he will have.
      My dizzy is much better, but it is still there. Way better than Saturday. Saturday was real bad. I am sure it is the crystal, as when I lie down and move to the left, it is way worst.
      That was too bad they did not go out for pizza. I get it though- he wanted to get back to his sick family. Actually, that’s very sweet of him to want to make sure they are all ok. i hope they are all ok by now.
      St Joseph’s Day is all about the St Joseph Zeppoli’s. A real yummy pastry….LOL Have not had them in years, since I left work, as Gloucester has the best ones ever.
      Hope your day is good, and your fridge is delivered today!
      Adele

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      Hey girls…..
      Tillie did not come up for dinner yesterday, so Steph took a pic of her in her recliner, with the boys. It is such a nice pic, I htought I’d let you see. She would kill me if she knew I posted it, as she is in her nightie and slippers….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      How’s everyone? Fine, I hope. Not much going on here. We were socked in with heavy fog this morning but it cleared out this afternoon. It’s supposed to be nice for the first day of spring, but later in the week it’s going to get wintery again. Just because the calendar says it’s spring doesn’t mean we’ll be warm.
      I gotta clear up something.. Kay wasn’t in the hospital all that time. She went to the hospital in Jan. was released to a care facility, ended up with pneumonia in both lungs while there, went back to the hospital for the pneumonia, then was released again to a different care facility that she liked way better!! I’m sorry if I mislead you guys.
      Adele, I understand all too well about the elderly. They can be really stubborn. I took care of elderly ladies, & some could be challenges at times.
      My cold is getting better, but quick enough.
      Well, that’s all for tonight.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that your dizzies are getting better. That has to drive you c razy. I do not see how you put up with it. It just seems like the older we get the more things go wrong.
      Little kids always have a strange reaction to things that happen. He did not realize that it was just a rash and she did not get hurt. He knows that you would not do anything to Tillie to hurt her. That is a really cute picture of Tillie with the boys. They all have nice smiles on their faces. You can tell that she was happy to see the boys. They really love her also. They are such cute boys.
      That is good news that her bum is clearing up. That will be nice for her to have a new toilet in the bathroom. Those railing are a lot of help also. You do not have to worry about them falling as much with them up there. You will not have to worry about having someone around to take care of you. Your kids and grands will there for you whenever you need them. They are there now when you need them. You are really lucky to have such a good family,.
      It rained here all day. We did need the rain though. They were saying that we would have some snow this morning but we did n’t. It is getting to where I do not expect it when they say it is coming. I cannot believe that you are getting more snow tomorrow. Enough is enough. It is just a shame that you are getting so much and we are getting so little.
      I hope that JJ gets a speaking part in Peter Pan. He may do really good if he has to practice a lot. He will just get use to saying his lines and it will not bother him. It is funny we have all these plays coming up. Gail’s is over with I guess, my grands is coming soon and then JJ will have his soon. We have some talented grands.
      I am glad that the whoopie pies were good. I think that Aizen has a sweet tooth like his uncle Bobby. They sounded good to me. I am not sure what I am going to bake for Easter. My mom cannot have sugar either so I will have to make something sugar free and something with sugar. That is a pain sometimes to do.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      I am happy for you. Getting that french door fridge was a good idea. You do not realize how small those side by sides are until you buy one. My next fridge will be a french door. It would be nice to be able to put all my food in the fridge without having to cram it in. Sounds like you really got a good deal on the fridge. It was nice that you could get the discount because of Jenny working there.
      That is really good news about Brent. It did take them a long time to figure that all out for him. Sounds like they will be able to do something for him now. They should have a solution for his heart soon also. He has really been thru a lot. It is a shame that they put him thru all of that. It is hard when you get a bad doctor in the group. Then it takes longer to figure things out. Sounds like all the prayers are being answered.
      Did Gabby have a lead in the play? It seems like she did but am not sure. I am glad that you got to go and the kids were having such a good time. It is a shame that everyone did not get to go. It would have been nice if you all got to go out for pizza. Poor Lachlan i hope that he feels better soon. That flu is really terrible this year. It is funny we all have grands that are actors in the family. It will be interesting to see if any of them go on to act after they get out of college.
      We have been getting all of the campaigning for Ill. here also. We live so close that they run ads here too. Do they run the Mo. Ads in your area? It is hard enough to listen to the people that are running in our state. We have not been getting any of the calls. We do not pick up the phone unless we know who is calling. It is so much easier and we do not have to deal with all these people calling and wanting us to vote for them.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      We had a lot of rain here today and it is foggy out right now. It will probably be like this in the morning when everyone has to go to work. I always hated to drive in the fog it is worse then driving in the rain.
      Being in those rehab places are like being in the hospital. I thought that you made it clear that Kay was in the rehab place. It is just good that she is home now. Have you talked to her since she got home? I know that you have a cold but I figured that you two have talked on the phone.
      The pictures of the flowers made me think of the problem that they are having around here now. They said that the bush honeysuckle is taking over some of the parks. They are asking for volunteers to come and help cut it down before it starts to bloom. I had never heard that honey suckle was such a problem. I guess it is a bush and not the vine. They were talking about how it was taking over the area and the wild flowers and things that grow wild in our are cannot grow because of this bush. It is really weird.
      Not a whole lot going on here. It has been raining so we did not go out today. Did you get to have any corn beef and cabbage on Saturday? We still have a lot left over and I am hoping that they eat it all. Do you have plans for Easter?Maybe you Critt and Kay can get together. That would be nice.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      You didn’t steer us wrong-I understood that Kay was back and forth between the hospital and the care facility a couple of times. It was plain as day.
      I really dislike driving in fog. Once years ago my Mom was on the way to work and she rear ended a school bus. There was no damage as she was going very slow as she couldn’t see anything and no one was hurt. Also she worked for the school system that the bus was a part of. Gosh if that happened in this day and age there would probably be lawsuits or something.
      Also our neighbor in our old house was going to work on a very foggy morning and she drove right into a freight train going across a crossing. Even though she was so familiar with the route the fog just made everything disappear. It was such a tragedy she was the most wonderful woman, the best neighbors ever and we missed her so badly.
      I hope that the cold is gone and the test goes well. We’ll be praying.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Gabby played Maria in The Sound of Music so I think that is considered the lead. It is cool that we all have kids in the family interested in theater. My goodness if Piper isn’t an actress I don’t know who would be! lol When we were there last week she warned us that we had to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day otherwise someone might pinch us. When we were going home she also said she wished we could spend the night. But then she said we would have to lay in the floor next to her bed as there was no room in her bed for us. I had to gently tell her that Gigi and Grandpa were no longer at a stage in life where they can sleep on the floor in sleeping bags. lol It’s cute that she thought we could though.
      We don’t get any Missouri campaign adds here we are too far north-just shy of the Wisconsin border. You guys are closer to the Illinois border and East Saint Louis is in Illinois so that makes sense that the adds cross the lines on the local stations.
      We don’t answer the phone either but the political calls also leave a message and then the stupid answering machine beeps until someone plays the message. Anyway, after today that will stop until, next election.
      Gail

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      Colleen,
      I forgot to say that we had honeysuckle bushes at our old house. They were already planted when we bought the house. They were along a fence line and I really disliked them and wish we could have gotten rid of them. They flower very briefly and they grow so quickly and look so wild that they have to be trimmed constantly. Now that I think of it maybe Greg finally pulled them all out or sawed them all down or something. Anyway, we didn’t like them at all they were a pain and not that pretty to boot.

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m glad to hear that both you and Tillie are doing better. That’s a cute picture of her and the boys.
      That’s a good idea to put in the handicapped toilet. That should help a lot.
      The refrigerator is supposed to be delivered today.
      I have no pictures from the play as we weren’t allowed to take any during the production and when the cast was all together sitting on the stage afterwards by the time we got my phone turned back on and got over there they were breaking up so we got no pictures.
      I hope JJ gets a speaking part too. Maybe this time he will as he won’t be getting a late start. Who puts on all these plays with these young kids? is it a park district or something? That is an advantage to living closer to a large city-they have programs with money to do these things.
      Just got a call that the fridge will be delivered between 2 and 4.
      I can’t believe you will get more snow.
      I also can’t believe there was another school shooting in Maryland. I am so proud of these young kids organizing and protesting for change. Plus they have an advantage as they can now vote at 18 so they are a bigger threat than those of us who protested the war but were just 18 or 19 but couldn’t vote until we were 21. I can’t imagine anyone being against these young people who want to feel safe in their class rooms. Now the politicians need to get their heads out of their butts and do something.
      I’m sure the whoopie pies still tasted good as attested to by the fact that everyone ate them. lol
      Can’t believe Easter is getting so close. You will probably get a snow storm for your Easter egg hunt. April Fools!
      Gail

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      Hey DD
      I hope you have been able to see Kay, and that your cold is all gone. How is she doing, now that she is home?
      I was wondering if you ever ran into elderly in their 90’s, with sores or a rash, from sitting/laying, and how they handled those? The cream the doctor prescribed is helping, but it is not going away so quickly. She is sitting on the edge of her seat, so as not to irritate the area. I knwo she is getting so disgusted by all of this. I just wish she would listen to me more, and then this would never have gotten to this level of difficulty. I can’t do anything baout that. I just pray.
      Hope your weather is sunny. We are getting another storm tomorrow.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      We are getting all your snow, that is for sure. I was going out with Nancy and Gerald Thursday, and now we can’t due to the snow. Nancy is having her knee replaced next week, and we wanted to see her before her surgery. We were going to do Monday, but it looks like it will snow on Monday too.
      JJ’s tryouts were private. No parents or other kids are present for them, and each child has an assigned time. I thought that was pretty cool, and very professional. I have not heard when decisions will be made. I think it is great that all the grands are into the theater. It is so good for them and thier self esteem.
      Tonight we are having baked chicken with baked sweet and regular potatoes, and broccoli. I bet Gary will not taste the broccoli….LOL
      I am glad everyone is good at your place. What has Mandy been cooking lately? Sue made a chili, and that made me want to make one. We have not had one this winter. Do you believe today is the first day of spring????
      Adele

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      Hey GAil
      I forgot to say that was good news on Brent yesterday. I thought of it when I was going to bed. I think all the dizzy has been getting to my brain….LOL Today is better too, but it is still there when I bend down. Yesterday, it was also there when I turned my head to the left, so that is good that it is improving.
      The insurance adjuster was here this am. He said it will be a claim, as it moved a section of my neighbor’s fence, and the rock wall is damaged on the side the Christmas tree went down. the rock wall is a retaining wall, made of field stone. At least I will get a little help, and we need to repair my neighbor’s fence.
      I hope he gets a speaking part too. I have not heard when they will decide. I thought it was so professional to have the tryout private, and by appointment. These plays are put on my the town of Saugus’ Youth Recreation Department….I think that’s what they call it….LOL
      I can’t believe there is another school shooting. What is this world coming to? I am so upset that the kids from Florida have been threatened. All we can do is pray, for all the kids in this country. I am so afraid for all of them, form Kindergarten to Graduate school. This is just not acceptable to have them worry about being safe in school. Not right!
      Can’t wait to see the pics of the new Gailster Fridge!!!!
      Adele….the Snow Queen

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      Hi everyone. Will make this short; since I don’t know what I am doing wrong, but I keep losing every note I try to send to you all. I will be right in the middle of a sentence and it goes back to the mail page. So happy about Brent, Gail, and I know you and Gary are relieved. Praying for more good news to follow on the heart issues. What was the old saying “Mother knows best” because you were right. Congrats on your new fridge too. I know you must be enjoying that “new” feeling.
      DD, am so happy that your dear friend is finally home. I know she is so happy to be in her own bed surrounded by her own things. Hope your cold is better. You always send such good photos for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for that.
      Colleen, I think you and I were always the watch all the Irish shows, and it still makes me a little sad that to me it has changed over the years. But they did have some beautiful things this year. I just love to hear the stories of Ireland and see the pictures. I would love to visit there some day, but seriously doubt that is going to happen. Did they show anything that was calling your name? I bet the models were happy to model the sweaters this year with all the snow still happening. By the way, I am feeling so bad for Sue and Adele about all the snow they are still getting. I know they must be SO ready for warmer weather. Does anyone have a more simple way to cook corned beef and cabbage? Mine takes hours. But I do love the way it tastes.
      Adele, I know Jerrys Moms skin is so fragile that she has these purple blotches especially on her legs and arms, and we use that A298836 first aid cream they sell on the Q on her and we use it too. It comes in all different fragrances including unfragranced. Jerry was having a problem with very dry skin on his shins one winter, and by chance I ordered some for that and we just got hooked on it. So just out of trying something for her fragile skin we tried some on her arms, and it surely has helped her. She gets “skin tears” easily; because her skin is like tissue paper, but we have been very lucky that she hasn’t had any infections. You are so good to take such good care of your Mom. I understand her need to maintain her “privacy” about her personal body. I remember having an inservice with the staff where I talked to them about how we as health providers see things like urine catheter bags or gowns riding up, etc. all the time; but how maintaining dignity for our patient is so important to them, and how they do not want their child or any family member seeing such a personal part of their life right out there for the world to see. So I asked them to cover the patient, cover the bags, tubes, etc. to maintain as much of their dignity as possible, brush their hair, their teeth around the tube, lubricate their lips. But she DOES need to see a gerentologist to help you in helping her. THey specialize in the aged, and can be of such help. Mabey she would buy in to it if you tell her that just like babies and children have their own special doctor; so do ones “over 80″ so she can help us learn about all she has to share with the doctor that will ultimately help you and me when we reach that special age. She would really be helping you as much; if not more; than helping just herself. Would that work” Hope so.
      Better go but praying for you all and thinking of everyone. It has been stormy here and now cold today. Who knows? Barbara

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      Hi Adele,
      Barbara has some wonderful ideas for you. I have a couple, you need to get her off her hinny. Look into a piece of egg crate foam. It allows air to flow around that area. Or get foam donut. Google medical supplies & see what they have. I was asking Diane today where she found her mother’s things, & she said Goodwill!! She finds all kinds of things like that at Goodwill. She had one of those tall toilet seats she put on her toilet so she didn’t have to go down so far. It sits about 3-4 inches on top of the toilet seat. Diane’s mother, Arline was in her 90s when I went to work for her. She had just turned 99 when she passed away. She was quite a handful let me tell ya!!!
      I called the cardiologist’s office today, & the nurse told me I needed to get some antibiotics from my primary Dr. Luckily he had an opening late this afternoon so I was able to see him today. He gave me some antibiotics, so I should be better by Friday.
      I coughed so much last night my ribs hurt today. I told the Dr. but he didn’t prescribe any cough syrup.
      My poor nose is so red & sore. I hope it heals fast.
      Well, that’s all for tonight.
      dd
      PS: I want that fridge, Gail!!

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      Hi Gail,
      That is so exciting that she played Maria. I bet she was really good at the part. I bet that her dad was really proud of her. You are right about Piper. If she does not become an actress there is no telling what she will be. That is funny that she told you that you have to wear green for St. Patricks day. They learn about the pinching really early. It is funny that it is what sticks in their mind also. I can just see you and Greg laying on the floor and then trying to get back up. It would take us all day to get back up again. That was sweet that she wanted you to spend the night in her room. It is funny that she did not think about letting you sleep in her bed.lol
      We finally got some snow this morning. It lasted for about three hours and then it was all gone. So I do not know if they counts are not. It seems like if we are going to get some snow it should stay on the ground for more then a few hours. It is so cold here today that it was surprising. You sure cannot tell that it is the the first day of spring.
      Not much else is going on here. It has been really kind of boring. I have to take care of Aliza and Owen tomorrow for awhile. That will be interesting and fun. We do not get to take care of Owen that much anymore. It seems like he is either at school or at his dads.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I like the way that they are doing the try outs for the kids. They will not be embarrassed when they do what they are asked to do. I hope that he gets a speaking part. He would be good at it. He has been doing this long enough that he will do okay.
      It is the same way at my grands school as it was at Gail’s grands school. They cannot take pictures until the play is over and that is if you can catch them all on the stage together. I sometimes will catch a couple of them off stage together and take a picture and that is about it.
      Your dinner sounds really good. We have not cooked much around here this week. We have a lot of left overs and we are eating them. I hope that Gary tried the broccoli it is really good for him and it will help him to feel better. It is one veggie that is hard to get anyone to eat.
      I read about that shooting in Maryland and it was stopped very quickly. From what I read the police man shot the kid that was doing the shooting and it did not sound like anyone was killed. It is about time that they got it stopped right away. They cannot wait until these idiots shoot a bunch of kids and then do something. That was about all that I heard about it. There will probably have a lot more on about it tomorrow.
      We had snow here today but I do not know it it counts. It snowed for about three hours and then it was all over with. The snow was gone and it started to get a little warmer. It is still in the 40’s just too warm to snow.
      Well that is about all from here. I am getting a little sick. Will talk toeveryone tomorrow.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara
      Always good to hear from you. I wonder if you missed any of those “up-dates” to your computer, and that is the reason it is losing your typing on the site. I hate doing them, as they take so much time, but we have to or things will not work correctly.
      Thank you for the info for Tillie. I will talk to her about an appointment with a gerontologist. Just like a pediatrician for the babies, the elderly have different needs too. Even if they put a band aid on Tillie after she has blood drawn, she gets bruising aorund the edge where the sticky part was.
      We are so done with the snow. they did change the amounts for today, and now we are to get just 6 inches. Imagine us saying “just” 6 inches? LOL
      I called the landscaper this am, and he promised to come by tomorrow to give prices on the removal. he apologized saying they have been swamped, and our trees are not doing damage to anything, so we are lower priority. They are straight out.
      I took down the number for the cream, and will look it up- thank you!!
      How are you and Jerry doing? The wedding plans for your party?
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      That is awful that you feel so bad. I hope the antibiotics work fast. They usually take 48 hours to feel any difference, and that is a long time when you feel so bad. Any hot soup will make you feel better, or hot tea. I know it is temporary, but at least it feels good for a bit. I feel so bad for you. It is awful to cough that much, and so uncomfortable.
      You are correct. Tillie even asked me for a donut, and I do not have one. I was going to google one this am from Amazon, as they are fast.
      Barbara had some very good ideas. the most important one may not work, as she is very difficult to get to a doctor. She says to “just let me go”, as she hates to go to a doctor. When she says that, it makes me feel awful. I tell her that, so she will not say it….LOL Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not.
      Hope you feel a little better today.
      Adel
      PS….love the spring time pics!

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      Hi Barbara,
      I heard even Tennessee is getting storms today, however I’m not sure if that includes the whole state or just the eastern part. In that case it would miss you. I hope it does. It’s bad enough that Adele and Sue are getting all the bad weather.
      Yes, it was good to hear that Brent has a diagnosis. Now they are working on finding a medication that will work for him. I know that can be a bit if trial and error.
      Good ideas for Adele. I knew that you would be able to think of some good ideas for her Mom. I knew DD would have ideas too as she worked as a caregiver for the elderly. When we put all of our minds and experiences together we can solve a lot of issues.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      Sounds like you need some chicken soup. Like Adele said at least it makes you feel good temporarily. I know my favorite thing to take now when I have all that chest congestion is Mucinex-I think it is really helpful. I hate when you cough so hard your stomach and sides get sore. I’m surprised that they didn’t prescribe some of that codeine cough medicine. When they prescribe that for me even though it works okay I hardly ever take any as I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Just me I guess. Tell Jewell she has to take good care of you as you are under the weather. I hope you will feel better soon. Love the picture of the kitty with the bow in her hair.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Now Barbara’s bug has gotten into my computer. I was writing to you and all of a sudden everything jumped and what i had already written and posted to DD showed up in the box that I was writing to you. That was weird. So I am having to start all over.
      I said at least you got some snow even for a little while. You should have taken some photos and saved them to look at when you are wishing for snow in the future.
      Brook’s play must be coming up now too. Ever since we saw the musical Greg has been walking around singing songs for The Sound of Music. lol
      Jenny was home from work sick yesterday as she caught what Lachlan had Sunday. So she kept checking in to see if the fridge was delivered yet. It ended up being such a tight fit that Greg had to take the trim off by the floor and they had to really push it under the cabinet. This was after Greg measured a hundred times too! Good thing he was home when it came. It’s really big! I am still trying to figure out how to configure the shelves. I have to shop soon as we had to get rid of all the milk and things like that. I will probably write up a list and go tomorrow.
      Hope you have fun with Aliza and Owen. it always seems the older the kids get the more things they have going on and the less we see of them.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      I liked the way they did the try outs too. Steph is not sure when she will hear what part he will have. they usually email her.
      We are getting 4 to 8 inches of the stuff you want. Can I send it UPS?? LOL
      Barbara had a cream to get for Tillie. I tried to order it form the Q, and it says out of stock. So, it must have been great, as it all gone. I did just order one of those donut pillows, and it is to arrive Friday. dd suggested that, and funny thing….Tillie asked if I had one yesterday, which I do not.
      I heard the school officer shot the kid with the gun. I am glad he did not get a chance to shoot anyone else. Such a terrible shame, all the way aorund. These are becoming way too common.
      They caught the bomber in Texas. Thank God! I can’t imagine how those poor people felt. they said he could have shipped more through the mail, and for everyone to remain cautious. What is wrong with people?
      I did the baked chicken real easy last night- used the Shake and Bake crispy chicken mix. It was really good, and it did make the outside crispy. Gary ate his sweet potato, and of course, had nothing to do with the broccoli. Today, I am doing veggie soup, so he will get spinach tonight….LOL
      Hope your day is going well, and you have fun with babysitting Aliza and her brother!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele.
      Glad that you are getting at least some insurance money from the fallen tree. I can understand why the tree guys have to deal with the emergency situations first.
      That is a nice idea of having the auditions being private. The whole program sounds like a great things for the kids who are interested in theater.
      I always give that first aid cream to Brent and Adam at Christmas as they have cracking skin on their feet and they love it so i would try that. It’s good for everyone.
      I hope you don’t get too much more snow and I hope that this storm is the last of them.
      Does anyone know what they are doing for Easter. I hope we are going to brunch again and just having sandwiches here later on. We did that the last two years and that works for me. No work involved! My favorite meal. We have been going out for dinner ever since the fridge broke and now it’s back to cooking! I need to get to the store tomorrow and get the basics as we have no milk or eggs. We do have wine though! lol
      Gail

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      Barbara:
      I forgot to say, this is how I do the corn beef and cabbage:
      Put the meat in a big stock pot, and fill about 2/3 with water- boil the meat for 2 hours, with the flavor packet added
      Add the carrots, potato and turnip(if you do the turnip) and onion (whole) boil 1 more hour
      add the cabbage, cut in 4 pieces, boil one more hour. Done!

      Gail:
      Better get to the store quick, before a storm arrives in your area.
      I looked up the cream and all it says is out of stock. Do you know the name, so I can try to get it on line?
      It is windy, but the snow has not started. It will ramp up around 4 or 5 this evening. I wonder how much Sue got from this one.
      I am cooking on Easter, of course….LOL Ham, mashed potato, corn, either roasted veggies or the broccoli/cauliflower casserole thing, and au gratin potatoes too. Of course, there will be as many desserts as there are people. The Pizzaghiena too, of course. Some people call it Italian Easter Meat Pie. Ricotta pie is always on the menu, and the Anise cookies. I will add one to 2 more cookies. I can’t believe it is less than 2 weeks to Easter. There will not be any egg hunts up here. We could loose the kids in the snow!
      Hope your day is good….I am off to make the veggie soup.
      Adele

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      Adele,
      No rushing to the store here-no snow. Thank goodness!
      I’m not sure now if this is the same stuff that Barbara is talking about or not. Try First Aid Beauty A200800,A286117,A242980 there are other things in this line too-just type in First Aid Beauty.

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      hey Gailster
      Thanks. I will look those numbers up.
      I made a new recipe for veggie soup. I hope it works.
      I sauteed an onion and 5 garlic cloves, then added a pound of hamburg to saute. Added a can of Kitchen ready Tomatoes, a big bag of baby carrots, chopped :celery/red peppers (2), and some fresh parsley leaves. Add water, and a couple of tablespoons of beef base, cook baby spinach separately in water with salt- drain, and add the baby spinach. When I saute’d the onion/garlic/hamburg, I added a squirt of Harissa Sauce, salt, pepper, basil, to taste, and “let the flavors blossom”, as The Chew says….LOL Boiling it for 2 hours, and then I will cook barley separately, and add at the end.
      I hope it goes over well, as it is a way to get Gary to eat spinach, without knowing he is eating it.
      I’ll let you all know if it was a hit or a flop.
      Still no snow…it is coming…….
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Good news, the antibiotics are working!! I was feeling better even before going to bed last night. I was able to sleep the wheezing was all but gone, so no coughing all night. I slept like a baby. I felt so much better this morning it was like the difference between night & day!! I still have a cough but it isn’t nearly as bad as it was!!!
      Adele, I would love to have some of your homemade chicken noodle soup. I’ve made some in the past but I don’t have some of the ingredients. sigh. I hope your soup works on Gary. I hope he likes it. It’s so discouraging when people don’t like what you fix for them.
      ( I know you’re not making chicken soup for him). Set a place for me at your Easter table, I’ll hop on my bunny broom & make my way out. lol
      I got my order of pot stickers today. I think I’ll try a few tonight. They had so many things on Gourmet Holiday shows this week I could easily go broke if I ordered any. they always look soooo good on the TV screen. Esp. the desserts, & Heaven help me the lobsters!!!! Oh if only I could reach thru the screen & grab a few. lol
      Say, I’ve noticed the past couple of posts I’ve written & sent, when it pops up, I notice there’s still my post in the block, even tho, it’s been sent & appears as sent. It’s weird.
      We may have had a couple of nice days but the rain has returned. They say the snow will be returning as well by the weekend. I won’t see any, but I’ll see it in the surrounding foothills which is fine with me. It’ll be cold tho. Did somebody say it’s spring?? I’d like to know WHERE???!!!
      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      stay safe & warm!!
      dd

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      Hi Barbara,
      That was happening to me a lot of the time also. To get back to where I was I click the forward arrow and it will take you back. If it does not work the first time around hit it a second time around and it should take you back to where you were and the typing will still be there. That is how it worked for me and it took me awhile to figure it all out. I hope that this made sense sometimes i do not make any sense at all.
      THey did have some really pretty Irish things this year but nothing that I could not live with out. I miss the days when they would do it for a week-end and they had to Irish band there and the dancers. I is just so sad that they have let it get so small and not have as many things on the shows.. It seems like this year they just ran them back and forth. They were on the main qvc and then had to go to qvc 2 which had to get hectic for them. I wonder if they bit off more then they can chew when they bought HSN. That was a little too much for them I think.
      I would love to have some of Adele and Sue’s snow. It is not going to happen this year that is for sure. Oh well maybe next year. Those poor girls cannot get a break from the snow. That is really bad.
      I just put my corn beef and things in my roaster and let it cook for three hours. Then like Adele does I add the cabbage. I put whole onions, peppercorns, bay leaf, carrots and cloves in mine when I cook it. I do not use the little packet that they put in with the meat.
      Have you noticed that all the weird things that happen to us when we age has a name for it now. That is telling us our skin is like crape paper when all this time I thought that my skin was just wrinkled. Now they make it sound like we are going to die from it. Now the bags under our eyes has a crazy name for it also. Just leave me and my bags and wrinkles alone. I do not need fancy names for all of this stuff.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      The wrinkled woman from MO.

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      Hi Gail,
      Brook’s play is on the 6th and 7th of April. Mandy’s birthday is also on the 7th so we will have a double celebration. I have no idea what we are going to do but we will celebrate.
      I forgot what it was like when you get the flu in a family. It is horrible they just pass it from one person to another. At least I had my flu shot so So I have not gotten it so far. I will have to just keep praying that it goes away.
      At least you got the fridge in the kitchen. That would have been a mess if you would have had to send it back. That really would have been aggravating if that happened. I just hope that you really like it.
      Aliza is really getting to be a smarty. She got a cookie and Owen wanted a bite so she finally let him have one and after he took his bite she looked at me really serious and said he took too much. Then she looked at him and gave him a dirty look. So no more bites for Owen. It was one of those big cookies and Owen got a cinnamon role. Aliza did not want a bit e of his roll she wanted her cookie. It was really funny. It did not matter how big a bite that he told her she could have there was not way she was taking it and he was not getting another bite of that cookie. She is a mess. We took them to the park for awhile and they played on the slide. We could not stay too long it was cold. She was going down the slide and all of a sudden she decided to go down head first. It was lucky that Ron saw her and caught her before she hit the ground.
      Tonight when we stopped at the store we bought this Italian creame cake and it was so good. We got it at Wal mart so if you ever go there and would like to try one go for it. You will really like it. I had never seen one before.
      Well that is about all from here. I will quit boring you with Aiza stories.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I was in a really bad mood when I heard the news this morning. There is a man in prison here and he was supposed to be given the lethal injection but they will not do it because he has this rare thing that it will hurt his veins. I was thinking what about the poor guy that he bashed his head in with a hammer. It was not too comfortable for him and I am sure that he did not want that to happen. Why would they let a man like that get away with murder especially the way that he did it. Maybe they should bash his head in and see how he likes that. The mans family are really upset and so is his girlfriend.This is a mess. What type of example are they setting for the kids that think that they can just go around and shot people and get away with it.
      Did you talk to someone in customer service and see if they know the name of it? They may know just by the number. They usually are pretty nice about looking it up for you. I have not had much trouble with them.
      I would accept the snow if you sent it. We could throw it all around the yard here. I am not sure that UPS will deliver it though. They are so picky about what they deliver. We would have to find a metal freezer box so it did not melt.lol
      I do not understand people anymore. IT also seems like everyone is so crabby. Just smile once in awhile and spread some happiness. It just seems like everyone is always frowning and not laughing anymore. That is not a good thing we need to see more smiles. One thing that the kids need to start doing is reporting people that say they are going to shoot people at school. Even if it turns out to be a hoax at least the adults know about it and cna take some type of action. We talk to our grands all the time. They said that some parents are giving their kids a door stop to shove in the door so it cannot be opened easily. They said that would make the would be shooter move on they do not want to waste time trying to open a door.
      If you want to see what the grands cat is like look at the picture of the Easter kitty and that is their cat all the time. He has attitude. Most people have attacks dogs but we have an attack cat.
      Well that is about all from here. Good luck with the soup maybe Gary will eat that.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I am so glad that you are feeling better. They will be able to do that procedure and not have to wait for you to get over your cold. It is not fun when they have to postpone because of a cold.
      If you have a lot of seasoning to put in your soup it will be good. I have been using celery seed when I do not have celery in the fridge and it works just as well. We do all different things when we decide to have soup and we do not want to go to the store and pick up the ingredients.
      You could just fly over to everyones house and we would be glad to have you over for dinner. We won’t have as many sweets as Adele but we will have plenty of food. I wish that I could bake as good as Adele does. She really knows what she is doing in the kitchen.
      I am beginning to think that the problems we are having are on the site and not our computers. I noticed that most of the things that happen just happen when I am on this site. It is really strange.
      The Easter pictures that you posted are really pretty. I really like that song the Old Rugged Cross. It is a pretty song. Thank you for posting all the pictures. They sure do brighten up my day.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD
      Love the Easter Kitty. Too funny!
      So glad you are feeling better. It is so miserable when you do not feel good. We got better together, as my dizzy period is finally over. That was too long, for both of us, not to feel our chipper little selves.
      You and your Bunny Broom would be welcome any day for dinner. I bet I would never get any of the faces that Gary makes form you.
      Tillie loved the soup, as did I. You had to see Gary’s face. H was doing that “pick around the food in your dish thing”, and said he was completely grossed out by the green stuff hanging off his spoon. Bobby looked at me, and out his head down, in anticipation of the blow up. I told Gary….”we already talked about this”, and proceeded to remind him of his promise to eat what I presented on the table, with no faces. Also reminded him I am making a huge effort to disguise what he needs to eat to keep him alive. Then, he tells me he could dig around in poop, and not be as grossed out as seeing the spinach in his dish. he did not object to the barley- he likes that in soup.
      God help me. I cooked the spinach separate, and then added it to the end of the soup. Bobby told him the spinach has no taste in the soup, it takes on the flavor of the broth. I do not know why I am trying so hard to keep this crazy man alive….which I did tell him……with the voice and deadly look my kids were afraid of when they were little. He then finished his soup, in silence.
      Gary’s bad food habits have contributed to his diabetes, kidney disease, and now heart problems. One woudl think he would do whatever is necessary to limit any further problems. He feels it is too late, and why suffer now. God help both of us. He is a lot of work. Other than his food issues, he is such a good man. I guess everyone has something….LOL
      Well, the snow did not start until early this morning. It just stopped. But, we only got about 2 inches. Yahoo!!!
      Glad your weather is good- send some over here.
      Adele…..the Food Nazi (remember the Soup Nazi on that sit com a long time ago?)

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      OmG Colleeen….you made me laugh out loud with the piece to Barbara on your skin and eyes…..LOL
      Adele

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      Colleen
      We love the Aliza stories!!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      that is awful about the murderer they were going to eliminate. Seriously? How do they get blood from him for tests from his doctor? So, does that mean, he has never had a blood test? Wow. The victims must feel they were re-traumatized. Awful.
      Read my long post to DD, for all the current info. The storm took a turn, and took a longer time to get up here, so we only got 2 inches.NY got blasted.
      That cat pic is very funny. I can visualize Mandy’s cat biting you……
      So, Amanda is coming over today with her friend to cut Tillie’s hair. She is such a sweetie. I still have a couple of Whoopie Pies left, so that is good.
      That is a good idea with the door jam. they should tell all the schools about that. Anything that make sit harder stops more people from being harmed.
      I was so glad the school officer stopped that kid from killing anyone else. Thank God he was close by.
      Gail gave me some numbers, and I was able to order that cream, so it is on the way for Tillie. So is the donut pillow for her to sit- supposed to be delivered tomorrow.
      Hope your day is going well. God bless Ron for saving Aliza from a head injury…..go Ron!!
      Adele

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      Adele,
      LOL LOL LOL you had me sitting here laughing out loud with the Gary story! I know it isn’t really funny but i could just picture the whole dinner scene. If he thinks poop is less gross than spinach tell him next time you will gladly substitute it for the spinach in his soup. Maybe from now on you should just blind fold him and spoon feed him like a baby. Grrrrrrr! Gary you are frustrating.
      Love the Soup Nazi-that was on Seinfeld. No soup for you! Gary would have been kicked out the first time around.
      Gail

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      OMG Adele I can’t believe it we get a foot of snow & you get 2 inches. We were in the bullseye some parts of PA got 16 inches. It was snowing an inch an hour at times. I shoveled 3 times yesterday but my walk is good today. The neighbor dug my car out.

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      Hey Gailster….
      that is a great idea- I should have told him I could substitute poop. I bet if I melt some chocolate, it would look like poop….LOL LOL
      You had to see it- it was just like Beverly and her hubby. Did you see them last night? I was howling. It was just like here, when nobody comes aorund for a few days.
      Thanks for remembering it was Seinfled. I was straining the brain to remember.

      Sue
      OMG, Sue!!! I was hoping you did not get blasted. I knew NY did. We were spared. All the school closed for nothing. All the schools around us were closed. Our crazy Town always closes last, and they did not close yesterday, or today. I got a little nervous as it was snowing like crazy at 9:00am, and I was afraid for the kids goign home. then it stopped. all the streets are bare, as it only accumulated on the grass. We really lucked out.
      Sorry you got blasted. Glad it is all over.
      Stay cozy, and warm!! Quacker is on TV.
      Adele.

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      Hi Adele,
      Stooooooooop trying so hard to feed this 2yr old!!! Gail had a good idea. Maybe chop up the spinach or get a package of chopped spinach & add to the soup. By co incidence I had chopped spinach last night with some of those pot stickers. the jury is still out on those right now. I’m working on drinking a glass of that 8 greens. I used warm water, but I think it would be better with cold water. I think it tastes like a lemon-lime drink, minus the carbonation.

      I heard about a convict that suffered from when he was given the lethal injection & I thought ‘Goood’!!! They had a special on CNN about botched death penalties. I get sooooo angry when these murderers have MORE rights than the victims!!! They go on & on about cruel & unusual punishment for them, but not for the victims!! God won’t care about cruel or unusual punishment when they meet up with Him. He won’t pat them on the head & say poor baby. I was praying that bomber would be taken out either by his own carelessness or something. I may sound hard hearted & cruel, but I’m just fed up!!!!

      There’s soooo many cute things on QF today. I gotta win a lottery!!!
      Well, I have dishes I need to get to so I’m signing off for now. I’ll keep ya posted on the procedure.
      dd

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      Hey DD!
      Tonight is the premier of the new spin off show from Chicago med and fire. It is a 2 hour special. Looking forward to it.
      I actually love spinach. I could eat it every night. Tillie always made us crepes, and we wrapped spinach in them. We would have a ?meatless” supper every once in a while. She would also do on Friday, when we all observed the no meat on Friday thing. Now, we do not even do it during Lent. home made crepes are pretty easy to do, and they have a lot of egg in them, so you get some protein. if we had any left over crepes, she would roll them up individually, and cut them about a quarter of an inch wide. Then, she would do chicken soup the next day, and they went into the soup, as a noodle. (you out them in your dish, and out the hot soup over them, as they would fall apart in the boiled pot) They were really good in the soup. It must be a German thing, as I never saw anyone else do that.
      I also do a spinach squares recipe, made with Bisquick, and that is delicious too. The kids and grands love it.
      You are correct. People in jail have more rights than ones who are not. When I was still working, if a child was in foster care, and a parent was in jail, it would be mandated for the child to visit the parent in jail. It was an awful experience for the social workers and children, as they were searched like anyone else. At least some jails had a children visiting room, whihc was less scary than the regular ones. It was good for the kids to see their parents, but, it was traumatizing as to how.
      I was glad the bomber was caught, and dead. He put an entire state in fear for their lives, and killed at least 2 people, that I recall.
      Tillie came up tonight, after Sarah cut her hair. I was so glad she was able to make the stairs. I was afraid that may be a thing of the past, and I hate for her not to eat with everyone. I hope she comes up tomorrow night too.
      Hope you have a good night……how is Kay???? Still praying for an easy heart/vein test for you!!!! I am sure you will be ok, and home in a flash.
      Adele

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      DD
      Forgot to say….it is worst than feeding a 2 year old. You can still fool a 2 year old….LOL
      Do you know that we have a couple of friends who would never invite us for dinner because Gary is way too hard to feed? imagine???
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I can understand why you got so angry with Gary not liking the soup with the spinach. You did a good thing though. He did eat it and did not say another word. DD had a good idea about getting the chopped broccoli and using that. It would not be as stringy and he may eat it easier. I do not think that he would enjoy poop in his soup. You would think that he is suffering a lot with all that is wrong with him. It is so much better when your diabetes is under control and your kidneys are functioning right. Sometimes I think that you need to tap him on the head and tell him to wake up.lol
      How nice that Amanda and her friend are coming over to cut Tillie’s hair. I bet she looked really nice when they got it done. I hope that she does not lose her ability to come up the steps. She needs to be there with you and the family for meals. I am sure that you will figure out a way for her to come upstairs. There has to be away.
      I am glad that Gail had the numbers for you and you could get that cream. Tillie has to be miserable with that rash. It seems like if one person on here does not know someone else will. We have such good friends on here.
      I am so glad that you did not get blasted this time with the snow. I heard them talking about the snow on the show today. The Chew is getting more guests on there again. I know at first they did not have as many. Did you see Clint Eastwood;s son on there the other day? He looks just like his dad did at that age. He was funny also.
      It really does upset me that they are letting that guy live. He killed that man in such an evil way. All we can do is pray that God will punish him in the way that he should be.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      Well, we are having left over soup tomorrow night….LOL LOL It ought to be amusing.
      Tillie came up last night, and tonight for dinner. Tonight we did our weekly take out- Chinese. I was very happy she was able to get up here. the donut arrived tonight. She could not use it up here on the kitchen chairs. She hopes it will work in her recliner.
      What worries me about the rash, is it is not itchy. I heard a rash like that could be a symptom of blood cancer. Of course, I did not tell her about it. I wish her appointment was sooner, but it is so hard to get in to see a dermatologist. They seem to be the busiest of all doctors.
      Tomorrow, i am making a new recipe for a pound cake. I have made a couple of them before, and I have not been happy with any recipe. this one has 3 ounces of cream cheese in the recipe, so maybe this one is better. We shall see.
      JJ went to the Wrestling Banquet last night. they all got a certificate, and he enjoyed himself, according to Steph. Each parent brought something to eat, whihc was nice. He wants to continue in wrestling. I think that is good for him, as he can compete even though he is so much smaller than boys his age. they pair them up according to weight, not age.
      No word yet on what part JJ has. the first practice is next week, and they are supposed to find out then. I hope he gets a good part. but, i am happy with even the smallest part, as long as he has a good time. that is all that counts.
      Tillie’s hair looks so much better now that it is nicely cut. She is very happy with it.
      The cream from the Q has not yet arrived. I hope it helps, until we get to the doctor. Between Tillie and Gary, i am so stressed out. I am goign out to see Nancy Monday, as her surgery is Wednesday- full knee replacement. I need some laughs with my good buddy!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m gonna be fine. There’s no blockages, so that;s a very good thing. No stents were needed. But that didn’t answer the question why I’m short of breath, etc. this is short tonight, as I’m dog tired since I’ve been up since 6:20 this morning. I’ll write more later.
      dd

      By the way you’re not alone in getting weird weather. The National Weather Service sent out alerts that the valley floor could see snow overnight into tomrrow (Sat.)!!! I think it’ll be the absolute latest the valley floor has seen snow this time of yr!! Spring??!

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      Hi Adele,
      I would like to be a fly on the wall when you give Gary that soup again. It should be very interesting. Maybe this time he will eat it and not say a word. After you gave him the evil eye the other night maybe he will be afraid to say anything.
      Chinese food sounds really good. I should have come over to your house for dinner. We had fish. We went to a fish place that I kind of like and got fish there. I try to have fish at least once a month. I really do not like it but it is good for you. So that was my good for us meal for the day.lol
      Do not let yourself get upset about the rash. If the doctor thought that it could be blood cancer he would have said something. He would not have just sent the cream and that would be it. He would have told you what to look out for. It sounds like she has a good doctor. Just do not worry about it until they give you something to worry about. I hope that the donut works in her chair. Those can be really comfortable. Maybe those foam things would work in the kitchen chair. The egg crates. You can cut them to any size so they should work in any chair. It would be worth a try.
      Your pound cake sounds really good. I love a good pound cake and Angel food cake. They are both so good and not to filling. I hope that it turns out the way that you want it to. You are such a good baker and I cannot see it not turning out.
      JJ is really very active in school. That is really nice. I am glad that he had a good time at the banquet last night.and got a certificate. That is one good thing about wrestling they put them in a certain class and so you do not have to worry about them wrestling a really large boy. I will be praying that he gets a good part in the play. He is such a cute kid. He will really enjoy doing a speaking part. They never realize how much fun it is until they get one.
      You do need a day out. You have so much going on there and no one is cooperating with you. You need to go out and have a good meal and no one there complaining about what they have to eat. Gary sounds like such a good person but when you put a meal on the table he changes. I have no idea what happens to him. lol Just enjoy your day out.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Thank God that the test came back okay. Now if they can figure out why you are short of breath you will be fine. Do they ever have you do breathing exercises? Sometimes they will help. Just take it easy today and rest all that you can.
      I do not think that you are cruel.Those men or women that think they should be given special treatment are wrong. They kill people in such cruel ways and leave that family with out that person around, I sometimes think that they should get what they gave to the person that they killed.We have to worry about their rights and the heck with the person or persons that they kill. Tonight they showed a woman that gave her little girl a marijuana cigar and she was holding it up to the little ones mouth. She was so tiny and looked to be in a high chair. What is wrong with people. Needless to say they took the child away from her, I hope that she never gets her back.
      Well that is about all from here. Take care of yourself and thank you for letting us know how you are doing.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      So happy that your tests came out well and there were no blockages. Sometimes I get short of breath walking upstairs or taking a walk and i just sort of attribute it to being out of shape as I had a stress test a few years back that was fine. It seems like I have gotten more sedentary the last couple of years and that’s when it started. It’s probably time to get back on the treadmill or the stationary bike for me.
      I wondered how palatable those 8 green tablets would be. I was a little tempted but then decided against them. I’m not a big believer in a lot of supplements unless your doctor says you need something specific. I like to try and get my vitamins and minerals through the things that I eat. If you don’t like them you could return them if it is less than a month later.
      I would love to see that red white and blue butterfly in person. Can’t believe Easter is next week-and April Fool’s Day!
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Yes, they do tell us older folks all the time how to stop the progression of time if you just use such and such a product. Lets face it we all get older and nothing really can stop us from looking that way. Why can’t they just leave us alone to grow old gracefully. sometimes I think it would be nice to be a member of an Asian society where the elderly are revered for their experience and knowledge. In our culture once you are past 50 no one even looks at you anymore let alone listens to what you have to say. What i want to know is why what’s cute on a baby is not cute on an adult-like rolls of fat, no teeth, drool and napping a lot. lol It’s all a matter of perspective. lol
      That will be nice to have a double celebration. Maybe you can all go out to dinner after the play. Is Mandy your middle daughter? I think so but i could be confused. Are the three girls close in age? How did Ron like being surrounded by females? lol He probably needed a man cave just to get away sometimes.
      Aliza was funny. She will have to learn next time to specify a Small bite. At least she was willing to share-that’s more than most kids would do. You don’t bore us. We love Aliza stories. Heck I tell Grand stories all the time. That’s one reason we have them so we can share the cute things that they do. lol
      I will have to keep my eye out at WalMart for the Italian cream cake. Their bakery stuff isn’t bad. Not as good as our real bakery but not too bad either.
      Gail

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      DD Glad all went well for you. They ask me if I get short of breath & I just say I don’t move fast enough to get out of breath.

      I wanted to tell you ladies I got an easy cake recipe from facebook. It is just 3 ingredients a cake mix, a can of pie filling and 3 beaten eggs. Mix it together and bake 350 for 35 minutes. I know it is not for Adele as she bakes from scratch. I used a chocolate cake and cherry pie filling. It is good & not to sweet. I want to try Lemon cake & blueberry filling sometime as I think that would be good.

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      Hi Adele,
      When is Tillie’s appointment with the dermatologist? Is this a new doc or someone you’ve seen before?
      I’m glad that she’s been coming up for dinner. She needs that human contact with the family-that’s just as good as medicine sometimes. Can you go down the stairs to visit with her sometimes? I’m not sure if your back allows you to do stairs.
      What is Harissa sauce? I’m not at all familiar with it?
      We are not big spinach eaters here. I think my mom never served it growing up. I just never think to buy it although I don’t mind it in a salad. I love spinach dip! I’m thinking that the casserole that you make with the Bisquick might be good.
      I love pound cake! Although I make my grandmother’s recipe which is a bit drier than the pound cakes that you buy so some people may not care for it but that’s what i grew up eating. It gets that nice hard crust on top which is almost like candy. But once again it is probably not what one thinks of as a traditional pound cake but i think it’s all a matter of what one is used to.
      I never realized that foster children were mandated to visit a parent in jail. How scary must that be for them to go there. So sad thinking of all the neglected children in the world. A baby is such a gift and a miracle-I wish every parent would realize that.
      You know when Colleen was talking about the parents buying the door jambs-I just saw a thing on TV where this boy in a school had invented something to put on the bottom of the door to jamb it and the school district ordered one for every door in the school.
      What a shame that parents are buying bullet proof back packs and notebooks. Children should not have to feel like they are going to school in a war zone. I hope their march on Washington is successful and their movement grows and grows until the politicians are forced to listen or be ousted next election cycle. I’m so proud of these young people.
      I have not watched The Goldberg’s yet. It’s Greg’s favorite. I love the gang at Superstore and think Amy and Jonah have such great chemistry. Every time I watch that program I picture the people at our local Wal Mart acting like them and get a chuckle.
      I am a Seinfeld fanatic. I watch the reruns all the time. My rheumatologist and i like to quote lines from Seinfeld to each other. lol I’m sad that The Middle is ending but I guess with the kids growing up it’s time to move on. I’m just hoping that there is a happy ending for Sue and Sean. She deserves that-she is always bumbling something up but she never gives up trying.
      I am posting some pictures of the fridge. It is not my actual one but ones that I copied online of the same model.
      Gail

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      Sue,
      Thanks for the idea for the cake. I think I will try the lemon and blueberry sometime as Greg loves blueberry. Now I’m thinking of all different combos to try. Apple would be good mixed with something too. There are a lot of mix and match possibilities. Yum!

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      Hi Gail,
      I love that fridge that you got. That would be so nice to have. All that room in there. It would be so nice for holidays. Being able to put all the trays in there, I hope that you really enjoy having it.
      It seems like now they are trying to get us to use all these creams and lotions to make us look younger. I have seen these people that use all that junk and it does not help that much. You just have a lot of make up all caked up in the wrinkles. Well that is all I am going to say about that. You are right it is so much better for Asian couples. They are treated with respect.
      Mandy is the middle daughter. There is not that much age difference between Danyielle and Mandy but there is 5 years between Melissa and Mandy and 7 between her and Danyielle. Melissa came later she was a surprised. She was wanted but we did not think that we were going to be able to have another baby.But there she was. lol
      I have a feeling that Aliza’s willingness to share is not going to be long lasting. Owen just keeps taking advantage of her she will stop really soon. Those two are really funny. Owen is really a good big brother to her. It was kind of surprising. He has been the only one for so long and then she came along and her just really loves her. He always tries to help Danyielle with her. When we were leaving the restaurant he got Aliza out of her chair for Danyielle and held her hand so she did not run off. He does that when they are walking out to the car also. It is just nice to see.
      Who would have thought that we would ever see the day when kids had to worry about getting shot at school. Maybe if we get better police protection at the schools this will stop. We have been praying that it will.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Sue,
      That cake sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.
      Colleen

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      Hey DD
      that is FABULOUS news!! So glad there is no issue to worry about. Go DD!!!

      Gary says this to me all the time……we are getting older, and it is expected we are more tired. Lots of people our ages take an afternoon nap.

      Love, Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      Well, Gary was so bad, I did not talk to him all Saturday night. I was so mad. No complaints n the cake, though! I am attaching a pic of the soup and cake.
      I think he is so mad his butter has been rationed, and he has not had a hot dog, or bologna, that he is pissed. He feels the damage is already done, so, who cares at this point. He said he has another 5 years left, at the most. Seriously?? I wanted to make it a lot less than 5 years…..LOL God help me. he is a lot of work in the food department. I can’t wait to hear what the nurse who runs the cardiac rehab has to say. It ought to be priceless. Think of the Dad on The Goldberg’s going to that class, and add more crazy, and that is how Gary will be. I bet he flunks out.
      I hope JJ finds out this week what part he gets. They went to an “egg hunt”, that ended up to be a nice indoor activity at one of the local churches,( for the kids), due to the outside conditions around here. Steph met the Pastor’s wife, who also has a 4 year old boy, and she invited Steph to come to a play group they have. I would be more than thrilled if she gets involved in the church. It is a Protestant Church, and very popular in out Town, as they are family oriented. I would be so thrilled to have the boys Baptized, no matter what religion. They don’t have to be Catholic for me to be happy.
      Bobby is cooking today- braised ribs. Amanda the Panda is supposed to stop by after her shift today.
      the donut arrived, and does not work. I just cannot win around here….LOL
      Hope you are all getting ready for Easter…..I ahve to make up the baskets before Wednesday.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue!
      did it taste like that cake I love, the German Chocolate one, with the cherry filling? I love that cake! I will try it, if it tastes like that one.

      You made me laugh like crazy at the ….I do not move that fast”. What did the doctor say when you siad that? I bet it was a hoot!
      Love, Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      Wow- that is some cool fridge you have there. I like the fruit and veggie drawer on the outside. Do you love it? est of luck with it, and may it last way more than 7 years.
      I can do the stairs, but I should not do them every day. I have that one knee that is on it’s way to a knee replacement, and it kills my shoulder coming up the stairs, since the shoulder started to hurt again. It stinks. Tillie used to come up and down all day long, as well as I. Those days are gone. Now, she gets up here once a day only. Since her eye and rash, she comes up maybe 3 out of 7. I really hate sending food downstairs. I just hate it. To me, it makes her look like a second class citizen, and not wanted. She should not have that for her last years on this earth, it is not fair. her not being bale to sit comfortable is getting to her, and a huge reason she is not coming up. the donut came, and it does not work.
      The doctor is a dermatologist. She saw him years ago. Gary and I go to him. he is really nice. The appointment is the 10th of April. her eye shot is the next day. She is not happy about that. But, she has to go to both.
      It is cold here today, and we are having snow showers- nothing is sticking, so that is good.
      Hope your day is going well.
      Adele

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      Gail and Colleen, Sue and DD…
      The kids did a great job in Washington and all over our country yesterday. I was so proud of all of them.
      I was particularly touched by the rallies in Europe in support of our kids. I thought that was very good, and encouraging for them to continue.
      Adele

      PS….So, do you all think there will be more people watching 60 Minutes tonight, than watched the Super Bowl?

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      Hey everyone….
      I hope I did nto forget to answer any question on all the posts, as I read them so fast, as I was not on line yesterday. So, please forgive me.

      Also, I forgot to add Barbara’s name to my responses…..Seriously??? Where is my head today????

      Love all of you……Barbara, Gail, Sue, Colleen and DD!!!!!

      Adele

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      Happy Sunday to everyone. Jerry is gone to take his Mom for a long ride all over where she grew up, which is across the river in Arkansas. I sensed he wanted to just go and reminence old times with her; so I have stayed here and baked a ham, did potato salad, slaw rolls, and of course a couple of chocolate pies for them. They will be home shortly. He is so good to his Mom. Adele, I know you are worried about Ms. Tillie; but try not to. I am sure that the rash is some kind of an excema or dry skin. It is good that she will be seeing a dermatologist. They will know for sure. I so feel for you with trying to get your hubby to eat what his new menu needs. I have a good idea. Sleep mask…….you can tell him since it makes him “sick” to see the good for him foods that you have the perfect solution; you will blindfold him with the mask and he can just eat away in bliss not seeing what he is eating but just knowing that his sweet wife has only prepared the good healthy food HIS body requires to keep him here with you longer that 5 more years. What do you think? Might work LOL In all seriousness; his discouragement about his health is one of the hardest issues I have to go through with Jerry. He gets so down because he is physically unable to do the things he has always done without thinking, and now he just feels so useless. And poor Joey is the only son here to help Jerry and unfortunately Jerry takes out his frustrations about his condition on anyone trying to help; which is just Joey and me. Lisa stays away when there is a major project that has to be done. Jerry has always been such a perfectionist; so believe you me, I know this is hard for you when you are trying so hard to help Gary. God bless you, you do so much for so many. Take care of yourself please.
      Colleen, one of the shocks of my life was a 10 times magnification mirror. I really wasn’t prepared for what I saw staring back at me. There were things growing out of my chin that grossed me out; but I just didn’t know it was there. I wasn’t ready to see my wrinkles magnified but could accept that better than the fact I could use a major wax job. So I found my old trusty tweezers and went right to work. NOW; if only someone could invent a “turn back Time” product because I think that is the only way old Barbara will not have her earned wrinkles and creavices. I also have the lovely “chicken” neck as we call it down here where all that skin under my chin has decided to hang and droop like an old heavy curtain and flap in the breeze. Now that I have painted such a lovely picture; bet you all feel SO much better about yourselves LOL
      Neal and the baby facetimed us last night. He was in such a sweet mood. He was playing with a little book thing we sent him that when you push a button it plays songs like itsy bitsy spider, and rock a by baby and such; and he would just swing his little arms and rock back and forth and dance. We were singing and clapping with him, and the more we would clap the more he would dance. I thought our hearts would just melt it was so sweet. Then we asked him to “give Daddy sugar” and he went straight to Neal and kissed him right on the lips. We are teaching him to throw kisses too. We miss them SO much.
      Your cake sounds so easy and yummy Sue. You just have the easiest and best tasting recipes. Thanks for them. I am going to give it a try tomorrow. I think I am either doing the lemon and blueberries, or white cake with the canned strawberries we have at our store here. I have used them before in a fresh/canned strawberry pie I was making to stretch my recipe a little further to make 2 pies, and I have always wanted to try them in something else. Your answer to the speed question was perfect. Good for you.
      DD. thank God your heart test came out good. Been praying for you, and your friend. I get short of breath too, but in my case I know I am not active enough. And I am too big. But God has been so good to me. I see all these skinny minnies as we call skinny ladies around here, walking with their “fit bit” wrist things on, and of course all my DILs have one on, and I hear them talking about their 10,000 steps, and I am thinking, did I do 1000 steps today? But we do what we can do; and we can’t worry about what we haven’t done, can we? I feel so blessed to be here on this beautiful earth and when I feel like it I walk further and when I don’t then I walk less. You take care as well and please tell your friend that she has people from all over this country who have been praying for her.
      Better go. Just heard them pull into the garage. Oh, Gail, wanted to say I love your new fridge. It is beautiful. Ya hoo! By the way, Lisa said “she” has a grooms cake already in mind for Joey. Such is life…….Hugs, Barbara

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      Dear Miss Barbara, our wonderful Southern Princess,

      Who can bring a smile to our faces, with just a few sentences? Barbara
      Who can give such an eloquent response, with the grace of a pure Southern lady? Barbara
      Who can utter praise, so sweetly, we get goosebumps? Barbara…….please sing these phrases to the old melody from Mary Tyler Moore.

      Thank God we have you, my dear. You always bring a smile to my face, put a problem into perspective, and make an issue I am dealing with go away, if only for a few moments. Those moments are worth their weight in gold.

      So pleased you had such a fabulous face time with little Colin. These are the moments we hold in our hearts, and recall on a gloomy day. Our grands are here on earth to make us smile, with our old wrinkly faces, shining from the collars of our sparkly clothes…..speaking of that…..there is a battery operated razor kind of thing I got from the Q a while ago. It is great to get those little hairs we do not see. If you cannot find it, I will try to read the name off mine. I do it every once in a while on my chin, and mustache area. It is great for us girls who cannot see the offending hairs, even with glasses.

      I am counting the days until we get Miss Tillie to the dermatologist, even though she is saying….”don’t think I am taking any clothes off for any man, so he can see my old wrinkly skin.” Dear Lord, I need a lot of patience, and He never gave me any to begin with. God made me an only child, who was never required to wait, and look where I am now.

      I will be getting a mask for Gary, a big mask. Not a sexy one like Zorro…..LOL
      Love you, Missy Barbara!!! almost time to view the 60 Minutes debut of things we never spoke about on TV when we were little…..LOL LOL

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      Almost forgot…..Gary and Aizen. Steph took this last week. Could they be any more serious??? This was right after Aizen gave him a big hug. She missed that shot….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I want to thank all of you for your prayers, & words of kindness during my stressful days. I’m just glad it’s over & have good results. It’s amazing what they can do nowadays. They went thru the artery in my wrist over to the heart. The first time they went thru the artery in the groin. I have a couple tiny spots on my wrist that look like I was bitten by a tiny vampire. They told me that if it starts bleeding to put pressure on it & go to the ER since it’s the artery. So far so good. Doesn’t hurt at all. They put a splint on my arm/wrist to keep it immobile. It drove me nuts & I’ve been careful. I have a feeling I’m gonna be going to cardio rehab. Not sure what all it entails, but most likely diet & exercise regimens. OH JOY!! (Does that sound like someone you know, Adele!) LOL

      I haven’t read all your posts so I’m gonna have to catch up this week. I did see the pics of your fridge, Gail. I want one tooo!!! But I won’t get one living here. That’s a very nice fridge. Congrats on your purchase.
      I’m gonna try to send some pics of the local area around Portland. I didn’t see it but here’s the proof. Unbelievable for this time of yr. This month has been like a pride of lions, instead of coming in like a lion!!
      Well, that’s all for now. Oooops, thanks Sue for that cake recipe, sound delish. Did you see the strawberry poke cake on ITKWD today? It sure looked good for a hot summer day. Yummmmmmm
      Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat week girls.
      dd

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      Hi Barbara,
      I have only one thing to say about that mirror. Do not do that again. What were you thinking. Why would you want to see all those wrinkles in blown up? That was a really bad idea. Just look in a regular mirror and say they are not too bad. That is what I am going to do and not worry about what they really look like. I have a lot of hair on my face also. I have one of those epilators that they sell on the q. That works just fine for me. Now that my daughter lives here with me she always makes sure that I do not have any long hairs hanging off my chin. That is one thing that daughters are good for.lol
      That is nice that Jerry and his mom went for that ride together. The dinner that you have for them sounds really good. Your mil will be really happy to see the chocolate pies when she gets there. That was nice that you gave them that time alone. It gives them time to talk and reconnect.
      How nice that you had facetime with Colin. He is such a little cutie. It is fun to see them blow kisses and give their parent a kiss. I am so glad that Neal did that for you. Sounds like Colin is really growing. Is he saying many words? Colin and ALiza would have fun together. She really likes to dance also. It does not matter what song is playing she will dance. She also likes to make up songs. She sings a song called twinkle twinkle grandpa. It is funny she sings it over and over again and waits for someone to applaud for her. It is fun to see the kids doing things like that.
      Well that is about all from here. I hope that you will take my advice and get rid of that mirror. That is bad news.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I think that Gary is going to get a surprise. The nurse is not going to care what he says she is going to tell him what he needs to do. They have heard it all. When I had to go to classes when I first found out that I was diabetic it was horrible. They just tell you how it is and you have to live with it. I would listen and do what they said but there were a few in there and did not and they were not nice to them. This was over thirty years ago though but they still were rough. Have you ever tried Brummel and Brown butter. It is made from yogurt. I use that a lot and they say it is better for you then the regular butter. That would be something that you could ask the nurse about. I could have a little bit more of that and that always tasted better then not having any. That is something that you can check into. Just do not let Gary know what you are using.
      The soup and cake look really good. That would make a really good meal that is for sure. Tonight we had hamburgers and that was it. So the soup would have been a lot better. What kind of cake did you make?
      It is hard waiting to hear what part that they got in the play. Is JJ getting anxious to find out or does he care that much? This year Brook really wanted the lead so she was really anxious to find out about it. Last year she did not care as much. JJ would make a good Peter Pan. He would be so cute.
      I do not know what we will have for Easter dinner this year. I am making it here and taking it to my moms. So it will be a little harder to make since we have to transport it. I know that I will make a ham and potato salad and maybe macaroni salad. Other then that I have no idea. I will take rolls along and I do not know. My mom cannot have food with vitamin k in it because she is on a blood thinner. So now lettuce or broccoli or anything like that. So this will be fun.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. Give Gary a piece of bread and broth for dinner tomorrow night and see if he likes that.lol

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      Hi DD,
      Just remember when you go to the cardiac class they are just trying to help you feel better. The exercises may help with your shortness of breath. Just go in there thinking that this is going to do me a lot of good and I am going to enjoy it. It may not be as bad as you think. You seem to eat healthy and do the right things that are good for you. So you may already be doing some of the things that they want you to do.
      The picture of the snow is so pretty. Wish that was in our back yard but no such luck. We do not have a lot of trouble getting around here is there is snow. I guess it would be different if we did not have the tractor that will plow up the snow. We even plow in front of each others houses or driveways. So we can get out. We have had some really good neighbors here. We just do not have that many.
      Do you still have the splint on your arm? I hope not and hope that you do not have to be care ful of the places on your arm for much longer. That is hard to do. I am just glad that everything is clear and you do not have to worry about that.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night and take care of yourself.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD
      Gary must have had that splint while in the hospital. he did not come home with it. I can tell you a little about the cardio rehab. So far, we have had to fill out a questionnaire, list of meds, of course, and a 3 day food diary. Then, he goes t for an in-take visit with the nurse/leader. He will be going 2 times a week, I think. The group meeting involves talking about your food, doing exercise, and I will bet some group therapy added in, to chat about how they feel with the new diagnosis. His in-take appointment is in a couple of weeks.
      Beautiful sunrise pic. You must get up early in the morning.
      I had a few minutes before I leave to see Nancy. She is having her knee replaced Wednesday. She is very nervous. I can’t blame her, as it involves so much, especially being grounded for 6 weeks.
      I hope you have a good day. The sun is shining here, but it is very chilly. We are to get 50’s by the end of the week. yahoo!!
      Adele
      PS How is Kate? how is your cold?

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      You made such a nice meal for Jerry and his Mom-it was making me hungry! lol
      Yes those magnification mirrors can be quite scary! I try to avoid them as much as possible. But the older I get the more I need it so it is a lose-lose situation.
      Little Colin sounds so cute! I know you guys wish you could just reach through the computer and hug him. I know how much you must miss him. I pray that some day they will move back closer to you.
      I had a feeling that Lisa might already have a grooms cake-so it’s a good thing that you asked. Are you still thinking of having a party for those that can’t make the trip to California?
      Gail

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      DD,
      It is really amazing what they can do today. Who would have thought that they could access your heart through an artery in your wrist. I did chuckle when you said the mark looks like you got bitten by a tiny vampire. I was picturing that and it cracked me up for some reason.
      You and Gary can be cardio rehab buddies-maybe you can whip him into shape for Adele. lol
      It seems like we have all been having weird weather.
      Once again I’m glad the test went well and you now have that off your mind.
      How has Jewell been doing?
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      I am back from my breakfast with Nancy and Gerald. She looks so worried. It was good to have some laughs, and I hope it made her forget for a while.
      I bet your Mom is thrilled you are bringing Easter dinner to her place. I hope you all have a great time. I know your food will be good, because you are a good cook.
      That cake I made was a Pound Cake. This recipe had some cream cheese, and that made the cake very moist. So this recipe was better than ones I have done before. It is a keeper.
      What is this about vitamin k and blood thinners? Gary is on a blood thinner for one year, and nobody said anything to me about this.
      I have not heard if JJ is anxious about what role he is in, so I would guess he is ok about it. He is a funny kid. he will act like he does not care, but I bet he does. He is like a tiny “cool dude”….LOL
      Gary may never get fed again….LOL I have never heard of that butter. I will try to find it.
      Is everyone going with you to your Mom’s? I hope the wetaher will cooperate.
      Have a good day!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      Well I was just writing and everything disappeared again. I have to watch my crazy fingers.
      I was saying that I used to have to transport practically a whole meal to my MIL’s house and it does take some planning to figure out what dishes will travel the best.
      There is a bit of an age difference between Owen and Aliza too. That’s one reason he is probably so good with her is that he is older.
      Well at least Greg hasn’t been feeling the side of the new refrigerator. lol Actually we got it on Tuesday and he left the next morning to go up north on a five day Choirboys recording session. They have to do things like that since Bill lives on the east coast and Larry lives out west. They weren’t going to make another album but they changed their minds. Just like a man! lol Now comes the long hours of Greg and Tim putting it all together and mastering it. Anyway he came back yesterday and said they had a good session.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope you had a good lunch with Nancy. I’m sure she is apprehensive about the upcoming surgery.
      Nice picture of Gary and Aizen-he’s so cute! They’re both cute! lol
      How did the cake recipe turn out? The soup looks like it has hot dogs in it-what are those big chunks?
      Right now I am using those big drawers-one for bottled and canned drinks and the other for meats and cheeses and bacon and things like that. I may still rearrange things as time goes by-who knows.
      I’m sorry the donut doesn’t work. How about an egg crate or one of those gel pad things. I would do a google search for ideas.
      Maybe Tillie would feel better with a woman doctor. Is her GP female? I know the derm doc isn’t but maybe in the future there is a woman in the practice that you could switch to. Just thinking.
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      The outing with Nancy and Gerald was so much fun. Nancy is very nervous. You can see it in her face. I gave her my funny advice….never tell them you did not poop, or they will not let you out. Always tell them you pooped in the middle of the night….LOL
      Well Tillie is more uncomfortable, and she has had enough. So, I begged the practice for a faster appointment. they gave me the PA on early Wednesday morning. We have to leave by 8:45. Tillie is freaking out over the time. I told her I will get a Minnion to help her get dressed, probably Heather. She really needs to get in there, and the PA is a woman, so that helps too. I am hoping they have a better idea for something for her to sit on. I think with the older, fragile skin, it makes it harder to help, all the way around. It would be funny if they say egg crates. Maybe they have some that are softer for her skin.
      You had to see me. I was saying a few prayers before I made the call, and they were answered. Not only an appointment, but, a woman to boot. God must be in a good mood today.
      The cake turned out well- no complaints. LOL….Gary wishes the lumps were hot dogs. They are the ” baby carrots”, as I call them. I think there is another name for them, not sure. The reason i like them in a soup is they hold up well, and you do not have to peel them.
      that is a great idea to use one drawer for drinks- less opening the doors to keep things fresh in there.
      Hope your day is goign well. I have to do the Easter baskets tonight, while watching TV. No other time, with the extra doctor appointment thrown in there. I was goign to do the baskets on Wednesday….not now….LOL
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Ladies,
      I am really freaked out. Sometime last week while Greg was gone someone went into the pole barn and stole our lawn tractor. I am just totally freaked by how vulnerable I would have been here alone if they had decided to break into the house. This is one of the reasons we always kept dogs as they would alert you to anyone on the property. A couple years ago I told Greg since two of the dogs were gone and Rocky was deaf I felt uncomfortable being alone when he went to Canada. He bought these security cameras and mounted them outside but never actually took the time to hook them up and they have just sat like that for the last couple of years. It’s funny but either Friday or Saturday I was walking back from getting the mail and noticed that the small barn door was open. It was windy that day and I just figured Greg didn’t close it all the way last time he was in there and the wind blew it open. I thought about walking over there and closing it but then decided if by some weird chance someone was actually in there that wouldn’t be a good idea-never really thinking someone could be in there-I just thought it was me being paranoid and a worry wart. fortunately I kind of forgot about it. Anyway, Greg must not have noticed it when he got home yesterday and today when he came home he saw it and walked over to close it and saw the mower was missing. He came in the house and said please tell me that you lent our mower to someone while I was gone. I’m going what in the heck are you talking about and he told me the mower was gone. Then I remembered the open door. This is so weird-why would you steal a lawn mower when there’s a whole house full of things next door-unless maybe they thought those cameras were working. That could have been my saving grace. Anyway, I told Greg we need to report this to the police (he probably never would have thought of doing that as he is so independent) I said I knew they probably couldn’t do anything but they should at least be aware it happened to be on the look out for thieves in the area. The police came over and took his statement and he was concerned because his parents live on this road too. so maybe we will get some extra surveillance. We used to have an officer from the sheriff’s department right on the street and it is sort of a deterrent as they park their squad cars at home,but he retired and moved away. Anyway, I swear Greg is more upset about losing the lawn mower and i could care less (well not exactly) but I figure we can always buy another. I’m just glad that we are safe. However, I am not waiting for him to hook up those cameras and am starting to call security companies ASAP.
      Gail

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      Oh my gosh, Gail, that is SO scary!!!! Thank God you all are okay. You know we have had this conversation just this week. There have been two incidents of stolen property in our area in the past couple of months; and we used to not ever hear about people stealing things around us. We have a security alarm system that is monitored and they are very good to call us if our alarm is triggered and set off. They set up a security question and of course special numbers on the alarm monitor itself that we have to manually key in when we set or turn off the alarm. Since Jerry has so much equipment and his tractor and other things in his outdoor shop so if someone opens the doors or windows out there and our alarm is on, it sets off the really loud alarm that is mounted on the roof of our house. I have accidently set if off myself by not turning it off after we have come home (we have ours set for turning it off within 45 seconds) and they always call us and we go through the questions or they send the police. I feel so much safer with it. You just don’t know what people are capable of. They watch people for days/weeks to find our routine, and age and such, and then do their bad things. I am not trying to scare you worse; but strongly encourage you to look into a monitored system. If for nothing else; peace of mind. We pay a monthly fee for monitoring. So sorry this happened to you.
      On a lighter note; I am glad your husband is planning a new album. He is so talented. You must be proud. I do most of my singing in the shower. You can pass along for me that even the acoustics in the shower only help my sinuses by steam and not my singing voice. LOL
      We are planning a cookout after the wedding and having Joeys friends over and our friends. THere are so many who will not be able to attend.
      Adele, I am glad I helped. Not sure how; but glad. DD and Gary will be coast to coast buddies in their rehab. THat is something they could both share during their rehab. What Colleen said is so right; the rehab. staff will be “all business” since they have heard every excuse before, and they are in the “tough love” mode to help and hopefully he and DD will get to like them and it won’t be so bad. Hoping everything goes good for both.
      As far as vitamin K; some things, like antacids, aspirin, some blood thinners are things that you would need to control the amount of Vit. K they should take in. Foods that are good sources of Vit. K are spiniach, asparagus, broccoli, eggs, strawberries, etc. Your body uses Vit. K to help your blood to clot so when you say get cut it helps you not to keep bleeding. Just check with the doctor; since I know the cardiac rehab people will clear up any questions you all have on whether you should eat these foods, and if so how much? It will be okay. Love the picture of Aizen and Gary; so sweet.
      Better go for now. Please; just always check with your doctors and because they will know what is best for you all. So glad you have Ms. Tillie going in soon. Take care everyone. Sorry again, Gail. You are right, Colleen, I should not have looked in that mirror LOL I am sure everyone around me was glad I did though. DOes it hurt when you use the epilator? Just wondering. Hugs, Barbara

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      OMG, Gailster!!!

      Thank God you did not go to the barn to investigate. I have one question for you. Was Greg home when the fridge was delivered? If not, and they knew he was out of town, I would suspect the delivery people. I know that sounds awful but how and why would someone go into the barn, and take something this weekend? If you say something to the police,you may give them a hint if others were broken into, after a big delivery. You never know what connects the dots.
      We have Xfinity. I think you said you do not have cable in your area. What about Dish- do they have security systems?
      We used to have ADT, but, if something goes wrong, they take one to 2 weeks to come out to repair it- not acceptable at all. I also heard the cameras people install themselves, can be hacked. they are better if they are from a security system company.
      I am with you- the cameras would have deterred anyone from coming near the house.
      Remember a few years ago, when the cars were getting egg’d, and the mailboxes smashed? As soon as we put in the cameras, no more damage on our street. With the cameras I have, I can get the license plate of anyone in the street, and send it to the police. I have one camera pointing down the driveway, into the cul de sac- it views the driveway, and street.
      I am so terribly sorry for this awful thing happening to you. A theft makes us feel so vulnerable. And mad. Dam.
      saying a prayer for you and Greg. Keep us in the loop. Go get em, Gail!
      Adele

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      Hey Barbara
      thank you for the advice and info on the vitamin k thing. I hope they will go over all of that in cardio rehab.
      It is funny that DD and Gary will have the same program, coast to coast. It will be funny to hear what DD says, as Gary will lie a lot.
      No it does not hurt at all, as it is more of an electric razor type. Here is the name:Forever Free.
      this is just awful about Greg and Gail. Just awful, that we all have to be afraid in our homes.
      Hope everyone is ok tonight.
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Actually the pooping before leaving the hospital is for your own benefit as they want to make sure your intestines are working right after the anesthesia. But it is funny if you don’t know that and everyone keeps asking if you pooped yet. I’m trying to remember if Jenny had to poop after her C sections even though that is not a general anesthetic. I will have to ask her.
      Remember years ago when our mother’s were having babies and they knocked you out completely. I could never figure out how if the mother was asleep how do you push the baby out.
      I will say some prayers for Nancy that the operation goes smoothly and she has an easy recovery. I can understand her fears as it has been a long time since I had any surgery (except for the biopsy last summer) and I know I would be frightened now. I’m more frightened of the anesthesia as I had an incident of waking up during one of my procedures and i could hear everyone but couldn’t move anything to tell anyone that i was awake since they paralyze you when you are under. Very scary stuff.
      I’m glad that you got that appointment for Tillie changed and I’m glad the PA is a woman. If I remember correctly I went to a PA at the dermatologist when i had that crazy granuloma annulare. She did the biopsy and the treatment and everything and I was very happy with her. Hopefully she will have some suggestions for something to sit on also.
      I don’t know what I’m putting in the Easter basket for the kids yet. I will have to go find some things at WalMart I guess.
      Greg was home when the fridge was delivered because he had to remove the trim. He may have mentioned that he was going to be gone. I never tell anyone as i don’t want people to know i am alone or when we are both gone but I guess he doesn’t think of that as he does not worry about that stuff.
      I don’t think dish offers anything but TV satellite service so I will have to find a company that does security. Greg is still trying to find the serial number of the mower because the police man wanted it. He may have to call the guy that he bought it from as he can’t find his receipt anywhere.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for the info on security systems. I will have to start doing research.
      I’m glad that you will be having the party for those who can’t attend the wedding. When is the actual wedding date. Somehow I must have missed that.
      Did you send Colin a bunny for Easter? I wonder if they will take him on an egg hunt as many towns have one for the kids. That would be a cute film if they do.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster
      Here is a helpful hint, for what it is worth, on serial numbers. I write the serial number on the instruction manual, and keep the manuals in a drawer in the kitchen. I have done that since i could not find one. It saves a lot of craziness when you need one.
      Thank you for the prayers for Nancy. Tomorrow is her big day, and Tillie’s. I hope both work out well, and will be praying for good results. I did speak to Tillie’s doctor this am, and let him know how bad the rash got. The dermatologist will send him a report, so he will be up-dated on the progress.
      I put in 2 packages of socks in everyone’s baskets. then some Clinique for the girls- their favorite face cream, and the free gift, and in the kids’ this year I did DVD’s. I have the new peter Rabbit movie on pre-order for them. I put in a little goodie bag of some chocolate, and a Pez dispenser, and the chocolate dipped Peeps, and one of those pretty sugar eggs, with the scenes inside. that is really about it….oh, accept for the boys got the butterfly houses again this year. they loved those last year- got them from Walmart this year.
      I made up all the baskets last night. Actually, I do the cellophane Easter bags, instead of baskets. A lot easier, and no waste. I am sure whatever you find for their baskets, will be great, and they will love them. Over here, they wait for their socks every Easter….LOL
      I hope you find a good security company, and get it installed asap.
      I hope your day is bright and sunny, and has all good things coming to you.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I;m so sorry to hear about your scare. Just last week, QVC had the RING security system on as the TSV. Have you ever considered getting one. Crooks getting caught by it is on the news almost every night. It looks like your doorbell, but is actually a video camera, And you can see on your phone when someone is approaching your door. You can talk to them no matter where you are. That really scares em off. It’s easy to install & you don’t have to pay those security companies big bucks. Oh and if it’s stolen, they’ll replace it free of charge. By the way, I’m glad I gave you a chuckle about the tiny vampire bite, I have a ‘thing’ about vampires, lol.

      Adele, have you tried mashing cauliflour for mashed potatoes? I hear it’s really good. I haven’t tried em yet. Add garlic, or any spices that you like. They sell riced cauliflour in the frozen veggie section, tool. Roast the veggies too. I roast my asparagus in the oven or even saute em on the stove, on low of course. I’m gonna steam em for Easter dinner.
      I;m fixing a pork loin for Kay & I, mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus, dinner rolls, don’t know what’s for dessert. she isn’t able to eat nearly what I do since her stomach has shrunk.
      It’s been cold out here, but it’s supposed to warm up in the next couple days. Dry for Easter. Again, I’ve heard rumors it’s spring, but I’d like to know where!!!!

      stay safe, & warm
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      That is good that Greg is not feeling the side of the fridge yet. Ron did not acquire this strange behavior until he retired. He still does strange things that he would not do if he did not have so much free time. He is strange at times that is for sure.
      That is so scary to have someone come on the property and steel something when we are at home. When you live out like that it is hard to know when someone is on your land or on a neighbors. It is so hard to tell if someone is out side; I hope that you get your security set up soon or get a dog that will let you know if someone is anywhere around. That is one reason Ron likes to have a dog on the place at all times. People are never sure if they are friendly or not.
      Ron wants me to fix things like we are going on a picnic. He wants baked beans with the salads. So I guess that is what I will do. I have to figure out if I am going to make cream puffs or banana pudding. It is hard to decide. The pudding is a lot less work but everyone likes the cream puffs too.
      Are you doing Easter at your house this year or going out to eat? That place where you go for brunch sounds so good. That is one place that would be fun to go to. It might have been a better idea then me doing all this cooking and bringing it to my mom’s.
      That is good that you reported that to the police. They will be on the look out and they will catch the people that are doing this. I hate trying to find the serial numbers to anything. You have to look all over the place here. Ron does not keep things in the same place. We have all these file cabinets and he keeps things in different ones. It is hard to get him to keep them in one place.
      How are all the grands doing? We have not heard a good Piper story for awhile. Not since she invited you to spend the night and sleep on the floor. That was so funny. I can just see how sincere she was and really thinking that you could do that. Kids are just so funny.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I forgot to tell you that was a cute picture of Aizen and Gary together. That would have been a cute picture of Aizen giving Gary a big hug. You can tell that he really loves his grandpa.
      I am glad that you and Nancy had a good lunch with Gerald.It was nice that you went out and cheered Nancy up for awhile. At least that was time that she did not think about it. I will be praying that the surgery goes well for her. The three of you are good for each other. You can cheer each other up and make the day seem brighter for each other. It is not everyone that can say they have a friend like that.
      I am glad that Barbara explained about the vitamin K. It is hard for me to explain since I do not have to follow the diet. Mom really has a lot of diets that she has to follow. She is diabetic, she takes a blood thinner, and she has high cloistral and so she has diets for all of that. It is no wonder that she has lost so much weight. She is funny when you look in her freezer you see all these meals that she made for herself and froze part of them to have later. It must be hard for her to cook for just one.
      I am not going to see any of my grand children on Easter. Just the two that live here. So they are not getting anything from me this year. The ones that live in Tennessee may get a gift card but the ones in St. Louis will get nothing. Their mom said that they do not need any candy or stuffed animals. She has been cleaning out the stuffed animals that they already have so she does not want any more. I am really aggravated with her. I may have to take them out and buy them something that they pick out. She will not be allowed to go with us.
      That is great that you got Tillie an earlier appointment and with a woman. She may feel a lot more comfortable. You really hit a home run with this one. You are such a good daughter to Tillie. She is so lucky to have you. I hope that she has a good idea on what Tillie should sit on. I saw those cushions like Gail was talking about. You can sit on an egg and it will not break. It looks like it would be really comfortable. Maybe that would work for Tillie.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I am so glad that you are going to have dinner with Kay for Easter. You will both have someone to share the day with. My parents were always big on holiday and wanted everyone to have someone to share it with. I think that I take after them. I hope that Sue has someone to spend the day with also. I hate to think of her eating alone.
      We have had the cauliflower for mashed potatoes before and they are really good. I did not the ones that were reheated though but they were good,. They did that one the Chew one day and I copied that from them. It seems like everyone really liked them here.
      I like the pictures that you posted. I love the ones with the Religious sayings on them. They are so true and good to live by. You think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
      Not much going on here. It is raining here and has been for the last couple of days. I am with you if it is spring I would like to know where. It is cold here also and not flowers popping out or birds singing. We need some spring. If we cannot have snow we need the sunshine.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for explaining about the vitamin K. I did not know exactly how to tell them about it. It was explained to me but since I do not have to follow that diet it went in one ear and out the other.
      It does pull with the epilator a little but I still use it. It does not hurt that much though and I really need it. If I did not use it I would have a beard and mustache. Life is not fair as we get older we do not have hair where we want it and it is all over the place on our face. If it would just move to the top of my head it would be so much better.
      I hope that you have the party at your home for the bride and groom when they get home. You can have just about anything you want since this is an after party. I may be wrong but if you want a grooms cake then you should have one. Just have a good time and try to make it a nice day for them. It is just so sweet that you want to do this for them. Just enjoy your self and have fun with the friends that are invited.
      It is raining here and has been for the last couple of days. It will be nice to see the sun again. Hope that your weather is better then ours. We are chilly here and have been. If we cannot have any snow then let the sun shine
      That is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      This site is really ticking me off as this is the third day in a row that I have lost a post.
      Anyway, I agree with Ron about the dogs being a deterrent to people coming on the property. Even though ours were indoor dogs I have heard police say that crooks will often pass over a place if they hear dogs barking. They don’t know if the dogs are friendly or not. Even though ours would probably just lick them. lol Although Abby was sweet she was pretty protective of me-I think she might have gone after someone if they tried to hurt me. But i am just not ready for another dog yet. It’s kind of nice after all these years to be able to stay away longer if we want because we don’t have to get home to feed and let out dogs-or we can take a little trip without worrying about boarding them. I sure do miss them though.
      I think the baked beans will go good with the ham. That reminds me that I haven’t made my home made baked beans in awhile. I used to make them a lot. Heck I used to make a lot more home made things in general.
      My Mom used to have the freezer full of all these different containers too. It’s too hard to make a batch of something for one person. Actually it was good as then you know she’s eating home made stuff instead of a lot of packaged stuff. When I used to visit i would always try and take a day and make a bunch of stuff to leave in her freezer too.
      We are doing the breakfast Easter brunch again. It works out so well. Then I just order sandwiches from the deli for early evening and the day is so simple for me. What can I say. I am lazy Gigi. lol
      Greg has the same thing-he has file cabinets in the basement and the garage and the barn and he still can’t find stuff. lol It’s driving him crazy that he can’t find the receipt or the manual. Not that the police will ever find the mower anyway but i think we need it for the insurance claim too.
      It’s just so random. Was someone just going by and they decided it looks like no one’s home lets look in this barn and see if there’s anything to steal. I almost hope that was the case rather than someone was watching and planning. And i suppose the unlocked barn made for a crime of opportunity. You should see all the locks he has for the barn now. What is the saying it’s like locking the barn door after the horse has escaped.
      The kids are fine. The have spring break this week so they are busy playing with the neighbors.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      It doesn’t feel like spring here either but I kind of expect that. We won’t get warmer for awhile yet. I’m just glad to see 50 degrees right now.
      So good that you are making Easter dinner for yourself and Kay. Even though she won’t be able to eat much I’m sure she will be happy for the company and thankful to be back home. You are such a sweet friend and neighbor to her.
      I don’t think one of those ring doorbells will do the trick for us as we need a monitoring service that will actually notify someone if the alarm goes off. We want to make sure it’s protected when no one is home or if we are traveling too. The monthly fee would be well worth it for some peace of mind.
      Anyway, the sun is shining today and it’s going to be in the upper fifties so God is good.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      The butterfly houses sound interesting. I need to run to WalMart tomorrow to order my sandwiches so will get something for the kids as Jenny provided me with no hints. Darn her!
      I hope the dermatologist has some answers for you and Tillie and by the time you read this Nancy is done with surgery and in her room and all went well.
      You will probably be pooped tonight what with the early morning appointment. I vote for carry out so you don’t have to cook. Plus you are probably ready to start on stuff for the Easter feast.
      I doubt that Greg would ever be organized enough to use your system. He always has to spend hours looking for his things which drives me nuts. I use the excuse that he uses up all his organizational skills running a business so that he has none left for home and personal life. lol
      Gail

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      Hi DD
      Love your Easter pics, and the saying on the pic of Jesus. So true.
      That sounds like a wonderful dinner for you and Kay. I will bet she is happiest about having you there beside her. You are a good friend, and neighbor.
      Nancy’s knee surgery went well. Both Tillie and I got to talk to her this evening. She sounds good, but is tired. She is glad it is all over.
      Tillie has psoriasis all over her body and more of a yeast rash under her breasts. As her bum is her bum, he gave her an antibiotic cream for that area, due to the risk of infection. He suggested a pillow for stress points- think that is what he called it. I found what he was talking about on Amazon, and it is on the way. it was pricey- about 130.00. I hope this one works, as the donut did not for her.
      Tillie seems relieved that she went, and that she now has the proper cream for each area. If they do not work, we are to call back and he will do something else. Although she had the appointment with the PA, she called the doctor in as the rash was so extensive and different in different areas. I am so glad that is all over.
      Have to go, as Bobby is back from shopping in the Italian store for the ricotta, etc.
      Have a goodnight!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Dogs do require a lot of care. Even if they are outside dogs. Our dogs are so goofy sometimes and they do goofy things. They have been eating the guinea food again. Ron had stopped them for a long time then the other day there they were. They may be a little confused at what they are. We may have to explain to them that they are not birds.lol Our dogs are the same way. They are very friendly. The ups guy as often as he comes here would not come to the door today. He threw the packages on top of the jeep and left. It was lucky for us that we saw him and went out and got the packages. We are going to have to report them if they keep that up.
      I do not make baked beans that often either. I wish that they were easier to eat. It seems like the older we get there is more food that bothers us. I do not eat beans or chili. If anything has a little spice I am really in trouble. lol
      It is good that she is cooking good meals. She really likes to cook even though it is just for herself. It is funny. She does not like to cook for a group anymore but she does like to cook for herself. She cooks like she is cooking for a group and then freezes it but she will not cook for the family. It is funny how she has changed. We gave her a slow cooker for Christmas so she can cook more meals for people when they come to visit. She will cook for my brother and his wife now when they come over. She likes to put things in there and they can go shopping and it will be done when they get back. She is now making that butternut squash soup. She really likes it.
      I think that if we could find a place like that around here we would start going to Easter brunch. We would not have to do all that cooking and worrying about who is coming and who isn’t. I think that the kids would enjoy that. We could still bake a ham for sandwiches and that would be all we would need.I may have to do some research on that. Next year maybe the year.
      It may have been someone that was going by and noticed that no one was around and decided to check out the pole barn. People just have no respect for other peoples property. That is really a shame.
      Brook does not get spring break this year. She is out Friday and Monday for Easter and that is it. They do not get MLK day off either. They say that every year they need that day to make up for a snow day. I do not know how that works out this year as we did not have any snow this year. It must have just been around where Brook goes to school.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      Tillie’s appointment went well. She did see the doctor too, as the PA called him in to see what was going on. She has psoriasis on her body, and those compression/bed sores. He told me to get an air pillow for compression sores- found one on Amazon. It is supposed to come tomorrow. he thinks the egg crates will be too hard for her bum,. so I hope this works out.
      So, Tillie’s complaint today is, the cream for the psoriasis is too greasy. She does not like it. Any bets she will not use it? i am at my wits ends with the rash issues. I have no other solutions today.
      I cut up the cold cuts for the Pizzaghiena, and did the dough already too, all of which are in the fridge for tomorrow. Bobby is going out to get the ham tonight.
      It is very gloomy here, but not raining yet. The weekend is supposed to be nice.
      i hope you have a good time going to the store with your grands. I bet they will have a ball. At east you have Mandy and the girls there for Easter, with your mom. Are they going to her house with you and Ron?
      tomorrow I start baking, and will do the 2 cookies Saturday.
      I like the pic of Aizen and Gary too. Too bad she did not get the big hug, as it was adorable.
      Hope your day is goign well, and you are getting everything ready to cook Sunday.
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster
      i hope you are feeling better about your home. Also hope that the alarm people get there soon, so you feel more comfortable.
      Read my post to Colleen and DD for the Tillie news.
      Nancy’s surgery went well. She in pain this morning, as all the anesthesia is out of her system. She may go home tomorrow. Imagine??
      So the tree guy stopped by today. he will give my landscaper the price for both trees. he will cut up the birch for firewood. My new neighbor wants the wood, so that is good. as it fell on his shed. he has no damage at all, and that is great. After I called my new neighbor, to let them know the tree guy is coming next week to get rid of it, she came over for a visit. I thought that was real nice, and we had a nice chat, and got to know each other. her Mom lives with her too. How funny is that!
      Also have our carpenter/repair man coming tomorrow to see how bad the fence is, and what he can do about the retaining wall. I hope it will not be too pricey.
      That is very funny about Greg. My mother always says…”the shoemaker’s shoes always need heels”. that is an old German expression. thought you would get a big kick out of that one.
      I was exhausted last night, and had Gary get Burger King on his way back from taking JJ to practice. Gary loved that! No news yet on what JJ will be for the play. he did say he ad a lot of fun at rehearsal last night.
      I got the cold cuts cut up and the dough made for the Pizzaghiena. so i am a little ahead for tomorrow.
      Hope you find cute stuff for the kids tomorrow. Walmart does have the Butterfly house thing.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I did not think of Tillie having bed sores. She is so active and is not sitting or in bed that much. Maybe because she had that rash already that is how she got them. I am just glad that she went to the doctor and found out what it is. It will really be a mess if she does not use the cream that they gave her. She does not want them to get infected. They are miserable if they do and they will have to use some medicine that she will really not like. It is an orange color and if she does not let someone put it on for her they will send a nurse to do it or put her in the hospital. I have had to take care of those and they are terrible so please tell her from me that she does not want to let that happen.
      That is good that you found the air pillow so quickly. That should be comfortable for her. It seems like it was easier on her with the PA seeing her and then bringing the doctor in. Maybe she realized that there was something really going on.
      Our group just keeps getting smaller. Mandy has to work on Sunday now so she is really upset. It would not be as bad if it was at night but she has to work the evening til close shift so we will not be able to wait for her to get off and then go to my moms. They did not tell her until the last minute so that really aggravated her. That was not right we could have made other plans.
      I am sorry to hear that Nancy is in so much pain. I am sure they will give her something to help with that and get her leg moving and her feeling better. It was good that we heard how well Sue did so you know that it will not last long. It would be nice if Nancy could be home for Easter. It is not fun to be in the hospital on a holiday.
      Your neighbor does sound really nice. Sounds like she will be easy to get along with. That is funny that her mom lives with her also. Is she around our age or is she younger? It will be fun if she has grands around the boys age and they will have someone to play with when they come to visit you.
      It will be interesting to hear what part JJ has. They sure keep you waiting to find out that is for sure. It is so nice that they are having such a good time at rehearsal. sounds like the woman in charge is good at her job. She makes the kids like what they are doing.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hello Everyone,
      I’ll bet everyone is preparing for Easter dinner. La la la I think I’ll just put my feet up. I ordered the sandwich platter and we will pick it up after brunch on Sunday. Today i went and got some fruit and some chips to eat along with the sandwiches and got some candy and a few little things for Easter baskets. Then I had to come home and find Greg all the papers for taxes as i don’t want Mary yelling at me for bringing things in too late. lol We have a running joke about her snipping at me one time as we were really running late that year so after that I told Greg that he had to drop the stuff off and pick it up from now on. so we make jokes about having to hurry and get the stuff in so she doesn’t punish us. lol
      Guess what! Greg realized the other day that they stole the rototiller too. Someone wants to keep their lawn and garden nice! Now I’m past the shock stage and I just want revenge. I’m hoping that they will be stupid criminals like you see on TV and that they make some mistake but i doubt it. Meanwhile Greg has the barn locked up now like Fort Knox. I’m not sure that we can even get into it. lol
      Next week we have to find a security company as Easter weekend is kind of a bust. My SIL made me feel good. lol She told me that she would never stay out at our house alone. But she’s a city girl and actually up until now I felt safer out here than in a larger city.
      Colleen, I’m sorry that Mandy has to work now. It was kind of late to tell her so that other arrangements could be made. But those stores that stay open every day of the week need people to man them. Too bad she doesn’t get higher pay for working in Easter.
      Adele, I hope Tilly won’t give you too much trouble about the cream. Ask her if she could just do it for you for awhile as it is just temporary. I kind of wondered if the sore on her bum was a bedsore. Older people get such fragile skin and get bumps and bruises so easily. But Colleen gave good advice-best to make sure it gets treated now and healed so it doesn’t get worse. I hope whatever that pillow is will work for her.
      Easter is only going to be in the high 30’s. Yikes. We’ll be wearing our winter coats.
      I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I am going to make sure I DVR Jesus Christ Super Star. Gosh i can remember when that first came out bringing the album home and making my Mom listen to it.
      Gail

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      Just a quick note to all of you…….Pizzaghiena, Ricotta pie, and Italian noodle pie are done. Ill read the posts tomorrow. hope you are all good,and getting ready for Blue Bloods!!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      All of the baking you have done looks really good. The Ricotta pie looks really good. Is that a sweet pie or a savory? I have never had one before but it looks really good. So do your other dishes. I have most of my meal done that we are taking to my mom’s. We are going tomorrow instead of Easter. It is supposed to snow here Easter and be really cold. So we decided to move it up a day. Mandy has the day off tomorrow so it will work out better for everyone. Then we can have an Easter celebration here also.
      Enjoy Blue Bloods.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That is a bummer that he just realized that they stole something else. Did he call and report it to the police also or is he just going to let it go. It is irritating when they come right on your property and take things. That takes real nerve.
      That is funny that you have to do things right for the tax lady. That is almost like having to do what your mom says or paying the price. Hope that you have all the papers that you need and do not have to bring more in.
      I have been cooking the meal for tomorrow. and it is more work then I thought. Not only do I have to worry about my mom’s diet I have to worry about my sils. She cannot have onions in anything. They cannot be raw or cooked. So now I have to worry about my food tasting right to everyone else. We are having baked beans and potato salad without onions. We will just all smile and eat like we like it. If my brother tells me that I made something that he cannot eat and I am just going to give up. Now I know why mom does not like to cook for everyone anymore.
      just rub it in. We will have a day when we are not cooking and you will be. Well me but not Adele. She is always cooking or baking. Just enjoy the day and not having to prepare anything. You did have to give it some thought to order the sandwiches and get the fruit. So you did some work.
      I am like you Gail, I would rather be in the country then in the city. I feel safe out here and not in the city. You do not hear of people hijacking cars in the country. They would be afraid that they would be trying to take a car from someone that knows their mother. That could be bad news.
      When that first my mom and dad took my brother to go see that. They took them and a couple of his friends,. My sisters and I were shocked. They would have never taken us to see something like that. I guess since he was the fifth one they thought they had nothing to lose. That was a shock still to this day.
      Well that is about all from here. I have more things that I need to do before tomorrow. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Adele,
      You are going to be so tired out from cooking and taking care of everyone that you will sleep for two days after Easter.
      I hope you have a wonderful time and that your family all thanks you for the wonderful meal. You are a wonderful lady and really go above and beyond! Greg saw your food on Facebook and he will be right over! lol You put me to shame as I am taking the lazy way out. We won’t even be able to go outside and enjoy nice weather as it will be more like February than April. Didn’t get to Jenny’s last night as she was busy and Piper wasn’t feeling well so Greg and i went out to our favorite little local bar for fish fry. This is just kind of a hole in the wall place but they have good fish fry and burgers and sandwiches.
      Gail

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      Colleen,
      Remember the saying be careful what you wish for since you might get it. Well, you might get snow for Easter. I know we will be cold here and they’re saying the first half of April will be cold. At least it stays light later though.
      When I was at WalMart yesterday I bought myself one of those bouquets that they sell just to see some flowers. When we first moved into this house I always used to have fresh flowers on the table and i hadn’t done that in a long time.
      It sounds like it will be tough cooking for everyone but I’m glad that it got changed to today since now Mandy can go. I put onions in my baked beans and my potato salad so that would cause a problem for me. It’s hard when everyone has these things that they cannot eat. But at least you will all be together.
      So Jenny told me this story about this girl that went to school with them whose parents live out in the same area as us. Her parents are building a new house to live in right behind their old farmhouse. Well not too long ago her parents were asleep at night in the old house and when they woke up in the morning and went to work on the new house the furnace and air conditioning and I don’t know what else had been stolen. Our across the street neighbor told us that a guy two doors down from him had some tools stolen but I’m not sure when that was. Boy now that I’m learning that they seem to be doing it to other people around here I’m hoping that they slip up and get caught. Greg did report the stolen rototiller too-he had the policeman’s email so he just emailed him.
      I hope that you have a wonderful Easter.
      gail

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      Happy Easter

    • adele shanbar
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      Happy Easter to all my Quacker buddies.
      Adele

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      Hi colleen
      Nancy came home yesterday, and she is feeling much better. thank you for the prayers. they worked!
      the cushion thing came yesterday, and Tillie said it does not help. She did not take the plastic off it, so I am hoping after I sent it back down, with the plastic gone, it works now.
      I am so sorry Mandy has to work. Amanda is working too, but, she will be here after her shift. Since Enzo is new to the Post office, he is also working tomorrow. he hopes to be done when we start eating. He is delivering the amazon packages, l like Jhonny used to do.
      My neighbor is either in her late 40’s, or early 50’s. not sure….LOL She does seem very nice.
      I am adding the pics of the last 3 cookies. All I ahve to do tonight is make the chocolate centerpiece. then I am done for tonight.
      I hope to get back on and take a pic of it for all of you.
      Adele

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      Hi colleen
      Nancy came home yesterday, and she is feeling much better. thank you for the prayers. they worked!
      the cushion thing came yesterday, and Tillie said it does not help. She did not take the plastic off it, so I am hoping after I sent it back down, with the plastic gone, it works now.
      I am so sorry Mandy has to work. Amanda is working too, but, she will be here after her shift. Since Enzo is new to the Post office, he is also working tomorrow. he hopes to be done when we start eating. He is delivering the amazon packages, like Jhonny used to do.
      My neighbor is either in her late 40’s, or early 50’s. not sure….LOL She does seem very nice.
      I am adding the pics of the last 3 cookies. All I ahve to do tonight is make the chocolate centerpiece. then I am done for tonight.
      I hope to get back on and take a pic of it for all of you.
      Adele

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      hey Gail
      That is awful that the rototiller is gone too. I bet he is furious. How in the world did they get both out of there, without making any noise? Have the police called back with any info for you?
      Read my post to Colleen for the scoop of the day, and see the last 3 cookies. So glad that is all done. But, i rally do enjoy baking!
      Bobby is helping tomorrow with all the veggie prep.
      Glad you got all the things you needed for the kids’ baskets. Heather stopped by. She got the boys new toothbrushes for their baskets. We do put some funky stuff in ours….LOL
      Hope your day has been going well- I ahve my window open, as it was in the 60’s here today. they are talking about snow on Monday.
      Have a good Easter!
      Adele
      PS…make your SIL spend the night there…alone!

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      Hi Colleen
      By now you are home form your Easter celebration. I hope you all had a good tme.
      Thanks….your snow is coming here on Monday….LOL
      It is good that Mandy was able to go with all of you today. I bet she was thrilled.
      Have a good night and Easter tomorrow!
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      Send Greg over with a dish, we’ll send goodies back….LOL Wouldn’t it be great if we all could do that?
      I bet they are all dying for tomorrow, as I posted the pics on Facebook too.
      Do not be ashamed you are not baking. I bet you did plenty over the years. Now it is Mandy’s turn. neither Heather or anyone else is big on baking up here. Sooner or later, they will have to learn how to do the recipes. Steph makes the box cakes and muffins, and decorates them with a lot of care.
      That is too bad you missed another Piper night. I hope they all feel Bette by tomorrow.

      Colleen
      Forgot to say…..the Ricotta pie is sweet. the Pizzaghiena is not- it is a meat and ricotta pie, with lots of eggs.

      Adele

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      Gail
      That is awful that people in the neighborhood have been robbed. I hope they catch them. We had that happen here a few years ago, and everyone got an alarm system, who did not already have one. it is awful when that happens.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Easter & Passover. I’ll be watching the 10 Commandments tonight as usual. I remember back in the 80s ABC decided not to air it at Easter time & the country BLEW UP!!! And this was way before the internet & social media. It’s been on every yr since then.
      We’ve had a few nice days, but the rain returns sometime tomorrow. At least the kids had a good day today for their egg hunts. There’ve been yrs when it was soooo muddy they couldn’t have the egg hunts.
      Adele, I’ve never heard of any of those things you made. Whatever they are they sure look delish!!! I’ll be right out!! LOL
      Gail, I hope those thugs will be caught soon. No one is safe anywhere anymore!!! It’s in the news every night!!
      I’m sure you’ve heard about the van that went over a cliff along the Ca. coast. I think it was a suicide. A lot of things are coming out about abuse of the kids & I think the women knew the jig was up, so they drove off the cliff. No skid marks, or anything to show they tried to stop before going off the cliff. It’s a shame the kids were with em when they did it. No word about the other 3 kids yet. They could be anywhere.
      Well, I better get off here.
      Have a wonderful Easter!!!
      dd & Jewell

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      Hi Sue
      hope your Easter is good, and that the weather is nice so you can go out and enjoy the day.

      Barbara
      So….what is on the menu in Tenn.? Hope you get to face time Colin, and see him in his Easter suit!

      DD
      I did hear about that family. The news out here is saying they are looking into the cause, and suspecting suicide. That is awful.
      The movie is starting right now. I do not remember the time they did not allow it on TV. You have a good memory.
      I hope you have a good time with Kay tomorrow. What sides are you making? How is Kay doing? My frined Nancy is home too, so we are both happy!

      I am sending the pic of the chocolate centerpiece…..

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      Starting new discussion page for April. See you all there.

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      Hi Gail,
      We had a wonderful Easter. We had two days of it. Everyone liked what I fixed for them yesterday and appreciated the fact that I took their diets into account. So it all worked out really well. Probably would do it again but not that much food.
      We are not getting the snow so far. We are getting the freezing rain. That is usually how it goes. St. Louis is getting the snow. Life is just not fair. Well maybe tonight we will at least get some of it and it will not pass us by again tonight. All we have to worry about is Mandy getting home safe. She is not use to driving in bad weather in this new vehicle. It is an envoy. I think that I spelt it right.
      That is terrible that so many people had things stolen from them. Why do they think that it is okay to steal from other people. How would they like that if it happened to them. It is a shame that when they get caught they do not let the people that they stole from all go to their house and take their things back and anything else that they want. Make these guys sit there and watch it happen. I bet they would not like it at all. Then after all that have to go to jail for what they did.
      Well that is about all from here. Hope that you are having a great Easter.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I had to cook another Easter dinner today. We ate just about all that I made for yesterday. Did not have to make as much this time around though there was not that many people. We still had ham and mac and cheese left and that was about all. So had to fix all new sides.
      Those cookies look so good. You are the best baker. Every time you post something that you have baked I wish that we lived closer so I could not just come and visit but have so of you baked good.
      I am so glad that Nancy got to come home. At least she will not be in the hospital for the holiday. Did she have someone that would cook for her today or did they order out?
      That chocolate center piece looks so pretty. Does it still look like that after the kids get there? That is all eatable isn’t it? We did not have a center piece at all. My daughter did some interesting things today with the candy. We bought the kids an umbrella for Easter because they wanted one so she opened them up and put all of their Easter candy in them and it really looked cute. Wish we would have gotten a picture of them. She does not give them baskets anymore.
      Everybody is getting our snow but us. We are getting freezing rain and that is about it. I just keep hoping that it is going to snow later this evening but it does not look like it. Enjjoy our snow.
      Well that is all from here. Have a great Easter.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      You did more cooking than we did….LOL
      Well, i totally forgot to pout the chocolate centerpiece out, and did after everyone was done with the dessert. how funny is that! Nobody took any….LOL I forgot because we had so many things on the table, that I had to move it, and then never put it back.
      Check out the post to Dd in the April section- I added my recipe for the broccoli/cauliflower casserole, that I ahve been tweaking for a while. I added some Gruyere cheese, and it was even better.
      Well…..Aizen twerks. he puts on some music on the phone, and then twerks away. It was hysterical. I have no pic of it, as he was on the other side of the table when he did it.
      Bobby helped a lot with dinner. he prepped all the veggies, and I put them together. So, that was good. We were very happy with the Honeybaked Ham and Smoked turkey breast- definitely worth the extra. Yum, yum.
      Tillie is using the new cushion, so it will not go back. that is good too.
      I wish I could deliver a good bag to all of you. The Italian noodle pie was very good. I have never had it before in my life- very yummy.
      hope your day is goign well.
      Adele
      PS…did you see the Jesus Christ Superstar last night?

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