Quacker Talk-March 20192019-03-01T09:12:19-04:00

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  • AvatarGail Norusis
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    Hi Everyone,
    Is March coming in like a lion? If there are any new Quackers signing up and reading this please feel free to join our monthly discussion. We are a group of Quacker and QVC loving women who come on here to chat about everyday things in our lives. We always welcome new posters with open arms. Try us!

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  • AvatarGail Norusis
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    Hi Everyone,
    Sorry about the missing picture of the St. Patrick’s gingerbread house. I guess the picture is a secret. lol
    Once again. Thank you all for the prayers for Greg. It was a little scary when the doctor sent him right off to the ultrasound place.
    DD, I don’t really know how you get an inflamed salivary gland. I think it was just because he had so much other inflammation in his system from a sinus infection, walking pneumonia and flu. It seems like when you have a lot of different stuff going on with your health weird stuff can pop up-it’s kind of like a snowball effect. He doesn’t need any special diet which is good. And the guy doesn’t like chicken soup so other soups will have to suffice.
    Amazon Prime used to be 99 dollars but I think they just raised it twenty dollars. I use it a lot so it is worth it to me just for the free shipping on Prime items. It really depends on how you will use it to see if it is worth your while. If they let you sign up monthly it’s worth a try to see if it works for your TV watching needs.
    Adele, your bread looks so good. I am a sucker for anything home baked. When I used my bread machine a lot my favorite bread was an onion dill bread. That was so good.
    Sue the people on the Q were talking about their bad weather. How are things where you are?
    We may get a little snow tonight. Hopefully that will be it.
    I think Greg and i may actually get out and go to Jenny’s tonight as no one has anything contagious anymore. I’m not sure i will recognize the outdoors. The new dog will have forgotten us. lol
    Gail

  • AvatarSue Byler
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    Gail, First of all I am glad Greg’s problem was not more serious. I had thought of mumps as I had them when I was little but figured the doctor would have known had it been that.
    Now our weather is never ending. We had 3 inches of snow last night & are to get 3 more inches tonight. Then Sunday into Monday is to be a big one. Did not hear how much we are to get from that one yet. But it does not sound good to get to my doctors appt. on Tuesday. Because after the snow it is to get very cold teens in the day and single digits overnight. So that means everything will freeze. So even if the roads are clear it will be a mess where I park. So may need to reschedule. My shoulders have been really hurting I think from all the shoveling at least that does not help.

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hey Gailster
    So glad greg is feeling better, and that you may get out to see Jenny and the kids tonight. Can’t wait to hear the Piper stories.
    Thanks for the compliments on the bread…..LOL there is a half of a loaf left. We will heat it up tomorrow night, with the left over Shepard’s Pie.
    Bobby was home today, as he worked an overnight in the airport, with airport staff…chasing little furry friends of his…..LOL At one point, they were after one little critter, and he was trying to be quiet as a young girl was sitting very close to the hole, and Bobby did nto want to frighten her, but, a flight attendant yelled….”the mouse just went in a hole”.
    Sp, because Bobby wa shome we had lunch from the corner diner, (I missed breakfast because I knew what was coming for lunch….LOL) and he got me a Reuben sandwich. Then at about 4:30, Heather stopped by with Tillie’s favorite bakery pizza. Had a piece of that, and then was not hungry at all for dinner. So, I ate an apple with Gary. It was an amusing food day around here.
    I hope Blue Bloods is on tonight! I just checked- it is a repeat.
    Oh well……hope you have a good night.
    Adele

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hey Sue
    We are getting lasted too. A storm for tomorrow, about 3 to 6, they are saying. Then, on Sunday, a storm that will start aorund 11:00 am Sunday, and go to 11:00 am, Monday. Sunday may end as rain- they are not sure yet.
    for a winter with not too much snow, we are getting blasted now. We got more rain and ice, and now, we get snow.
    I hope you don’t get as much, and that the temps get up quick to melt it for you. That is my prayer for you tonight.
    Did you finish all your lemon bread? We still have a very small amount of cookies left, and half a loaf of bread. I will be baking more to keep the house nice and warm. Otherwise, they will all be complaining it is too chilly in here. I think the smell gives the illusion it is warm and toasty.
    GAry ahs the appointment with the Wound Clinic on Monday for the compression wound he has, and i am hoping to God he can get there safely. It is getting a little bigger, darkon the inside, and red on the outside. If it continues I amy be trying to get him to the ER, as I am afraid it will get infected before he sees them. We called today, trying to get him in earlier, and they could not get him in there as they were all booked.
    I hope you have a good weekend, and I sincerely hope you will get less snow than predicted.
    Adele

  • AvatarGail Norusis
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    Sue,
    I hope that you will get lucky and some of that snow will pass you by. We are supposed to get really cold again now for the next several days. I keep thinking-it’s March!-things have to start getting better.
    What Greg has actually looks kind of like mumps which is the first thing I thought when I first looked at him. I asked him if he had had mumps as a kid but he didn’t know if he did or not. He didn’t remember it. I thought too-oh the doctor would recognize that but you never know. The young doctors may have never seen a case of mumps since there is a shot for it now and it is uncommon. When I was a kid I had measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox-all those childhood diseases that they now have inoculations for. And of course the doctor’s back then would have seen all those things. Maybe the modern doctors haven’t seen actual cases of some of these diseases. I’m sure we all remember when the polio vaccine finally came out. I’m guessing i was around seven. I remember going to maybe city hall and getting the sugar cube that the vaccine was in. Imagine how frightening it must have been for our parents back then to know that there was this disease striking young people and they were powerless against it. The polio vaccine was surely one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. Anyway, i have gone off on a tangent.
    I hope your shoulders are feeling better. All that shoveling does probably make them ache. No wonder you detest the bad weather. I am blessed in that i have someone to shovel and plow for me. I worry about you in the cold and snow. I wish you could move somewhere that doesn’t have all those things to contend with. I am hoping for spring like weather to appear soon-although I know it really won’t be here for another two months.
    Gail

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    Adele,
    I hope Gary gets his wound taken care of before it gets worse. I think you have to be especially careful with a diabetic too.
    That was an interesting food day that you had. Did you say Tillie’s pizza came from a bakery? Do bakeries make pizzas by you? Speaking of that our town bakery is closing it’s doors today. Someone else was supposed to buy the bakery but it must have fallen through so today is the last day for this bakery that has probably been there for 80 some years. I guess there are lines outside the doors this morning to get something from the last day. It is really a shame. It’s the end of an era as that bakery has made cakes for the celebrations of families all around the area for so many many years. None of the younger family members want to take over-they have all gone on to other business ventures.
    We never got over to see Jenny last night as Kendall had a temperature of 102-the school nurse called Jenny. Anyway, the last thing i wanted was to expose Greg to something else so we stayed home again. His neck is starting to look better but he still looks kind of funny. I said it’s payback for when he was making fun of me and calling me Frankenstein when I had the big cut on my head from that biopsy a couple of years ago. it’s a good thing we can laugh. Anyway, I am having grandchildren withdrawals. lol
    I see lots of fashion on the Q today but it’s all spring stuff which we won’t be wearing until May. Wonder if Quacker will have something new.
    Gail

  • AvatarSue Byler
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    It seems we are not missing any of the snow. We however did not have too much overnight. I had shoveled yesterday & cleaned off my car. Now it is 38 so some is melting. So I just have the big one coming tomorrow into Monday to worry about. None of the weatherman can agree on amounts & there may be a mix in it. That has been the problem this winter with the ice. Anyway whatever we get from this one will be around a long time as it is to get very cold & windy again. So I will have to make a decision about my doctor appointment. I would like to get it over with & will need prescription refills for my blood pressure medicine & don’t know if he would do that before seeing me.

    I ordered a Quacker top that was on lunchtime specials & it arrived today. I don’t find anything very often on lunchtime special as they are usually only small sizes. If it warms up I should be able to wear it as it has long sleeves but have been in fleece all winter. Quacker does not offer much fleece & they have no sweaters anymore that are not flimsy (just for looks & not warmth). I can’t understand pushing 3/4 sleeve tees all year round. There are lots more people in cold climates then warm.

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hi Sue!
    i got a velour zipper hoodie (got black and navy) from denim and Co, and a fleece button cardigan (got rose color)from denim and Co too, and both are very cozy. I have been wearing them over my sleeveless mock turtlenecks all winter. i have found that wearing the mock turtleneck (I get sleeveless as I get hot all the time) really helps my neck and shoulder. When I don’t wear it, I get more sore.
    Also, I use the ice bag once or twice a day on the shoulder, and that makes it feel good too.
    I know we all react differently to our pains, but, maybe those ideas can help you a little. How and what makes us feel better is so individual.
    It stopped snowing here a couple of hours ago. We got a few inches- about 4?? We are getting a lot more in the next one too. I am worried about Gary getting to the Wound Clinic on Monday. I hope you can change your appointment and get another one that will nto get snowed out. Both of us have been getting blasted with all kinds of bad weather. We have to hang on until April……Spring is coming! I hope!
    I bet your doctor will give you a new prescription, as he knows the weather is what stopped you from going.
    I just watched “Manchester by the Sea” on Amazon Prime. Very sad movie. I want to watch Tyler Perry’s Boo movie, as that will make me laugh.
    Hope you are ok, and got all the supplies you need for the next few days. Still praying for you to get less snow than us….
    Adele

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hey GAilster
    I am still very worried about Gary getting to the clinic in this weather. We got about 4 inches, and a lot more is on the way.
    I am glad Greg is feeling and looking better. I would have done the same thing, as you do not want him exposed to anything else right now. the two of you have had a challenging health winer for sure.
    I bet you are having grand withdrawal, as they keep us amused. We need to smile in the winter.
    Yes, some bakeries around here make pizza- in a large cookie sheet, with a thicker crust, and cheese only as a topping ( with tomatoes, of course). you don’t have anything like that? Wow. i am continually amazed at the differences.
    I did have a weirdo food day yesterday- had an apple for dinner…..LOL I was too full for anything else. Of course, I had a package of 3 chocolate dipped Peeps while watching TV! I love the strawberry ones.
    I wonder if Sue has those bakeries, as she is not too far from us.
    Hope your weather is better, and your health improves….all of you!
    Adele

  • AvatarBarbara Smith
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    Finally able to take some time to drop in and say hello to everyone. It is cold and foggy and misty here. Supposed to have teens for temps the next few nights; so really don’t know what to expect. If you listen to one weatherman; they say one thing, and change the channel and they say something else. Is it that way where you live? Jerry always says go look out the window if I really want to know. So glad that scare you and hubby had for his neck turned out to be easily treated Gail. I do understand their concern. The way my disease showed up those many years ago was swelling in my neck. I had to be biopsied; since they didn’t do the ultrasounds back then. I truly understand how scared and worried you were. Thank God all is good. And I have seen salivary glands either get infected or blocked and they do swell quickly. I hope Garys hip is better Adele. Please take him early to an ER if you see it is changing. Redness is inflammation. He really must stop sleeping on that side to alleviate the pressure on the wound. They may put a wound vac on the area. If so; please have them explain it and how to use it properly and make sure you all are comfortable with all they explain before they finish. They are not real complicated; but do need to stay on properly to be effective. TMI I’m sure; but like I think Gail said, his diabetes does affect how quickly he heals; and I know you are such a big help to him; so forgive me if I am sounding like I know everything medical; because I surely don’t.
    Neal sent us a sweet video of the baby out with his little rain boots and coat on playing outside their apt. the other day. He was so fascinated with the bicycle rack, and playing with the pedals on them. Of course he had to jump the puddles. lol Miss them so much. Hopefully they will be coming back this way within a couple of months on their way to NC. Neal sounded so tired the last time we facetimed with him. He has the baby on his days off; which he loves spending their time together, while Sarah works and then she has him while Neal works. I sent her a Quacker shirt with an anchor on it in sparkles since the anchor was a symbol of their love at their wedding. She messaged me that it was cute. The baby calls me NaNa; which is what Sarahs Mother is called. I know they must talk a lot; and our baby just doesn’t know me as well; but I love him so much. Neal kept whispering to him “this is MiMi” and I finally said, “Its ok son, our little angel can call me anything he wants to” but he surely remembers “Paw Paw” and calls for Jerry if he doesn’t see him. Jerry told me don’t you dare let that upset you; but honestly it does hurt a little; but doesn’t change my love for him one bit. He is just confused and I pray one day he will really get to know me.
    How is your shoulder Sue? I know you are having more scary weather up there. Please be watchful if you have to get out. Do you have any driving services like Uber or Senior Services? Just wondering. Was that you or Adele that have been bread baking? There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread or rolls. I am planning to do a pot of chicken and dumplings tomorrow. It is one of those all day things; but the kitchen smells like a dream. I think I told you all how Joey has lost so much weight. Well, I am doing all I can to put some weight back on him, and I know he always loved this. I think I have all the things needed for brownies too; so hopefully I will do a good meal. Do you by any chance use lock and lock to keep extra meals in the freezer is you make a larger meal like roast or homemade soup/chile, whatever? I saw a set today that I think I will pick up for Jerry and me because I always seem to have leftovers but not enough to make a meal say for the 4 of us if the kids come up. I love a good baked potato too. Neal makes absolutely great twice baked potatoes. He used to make he and I one, and then for Sarah too when they met.
    Colleen, hope you and family are doing well. I know Mo. is getting some really cold icy weather. Please be careful. I don’t know if the people act as goofy in your area as they do in ours when the weather gets bad, but it is a sight to behold.
    DD, hope you and Jewell are doing well out in your beautiful area. This is definitely snuggle up under a warm throw weather all across this beautiful land. She is really a beautiful kitty. Ours got mad at Jerry because he threw out his favorite Q box one day last week by mistake. He pouts when things that upset his routine happen. lol
    Take care everyone. Prayers that all will go well. Barbara

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hey Barbara!
    What is a wound vac? That sounds ominous….LOL GAry’s appointment is in the afternoon, and given the forecast, that may be ok. It is supposed to stop snowing around 10:00 am, and then the sun comes out. So, he may be ok with going at that time. We are getting 7 to 9 inches, as of this am.
    I am the bread baking crazy lady…..LOL Today, I am doing simple breaded chicken tenders, with mashed or boiled potatoes, and a veggie- have not decided on the veggie yet.
    The snow starts here about 7:00 pm tonight.
    I am glad you got to face time little Colin. Don’t be upset about his calling you Na Na. In most families, both grandmothers are called nana. They sometimes add…nana Adele, or nana……. to differentiate.
    the next couple of months will fly by, and then you will get to see them on their way to their new home. I think it was great when your DIL called to say she liked the Quacker top- positive progress…yahoo!!!
    So, ITKWD is on QVC 2 today, and I do not get that. Dam.
    We are all waiting for the storm to begin……help!! I hope Sue doesn’t get as much as we are getting.
    Hope you have a good Sunday, and get those brownies in the oven…yum, yum.
    Adele

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    Hey, everyone……..

    You have to google…SNK skit, Death Toilet Ejector…….you will pee yourself laughing. I am still laughing about it, and we saw it last night…..LOL

    Adele

  • AvatarDianne Danielson
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    Hi Ladies,
    My post just vanished into thin air, so I have to start over. It’s another lazy Sunday afternoon out here. It’s clear & sunny, but definitely NOT warm. Those blasted East winds are gusting through the Gorge making it very cold!! Highs are only in the 30s & lows in the teens or 20s at night. I hope the rains return soon as it’s much warmer.
    Adele, Thanks so much for the info on Amazon. I was able to get an even bigger discount with my food stamp card. I went with the monthly payments instead of the one time payment. That way if it doesn’t work out I can cancel at any time. I got an Amazon Fire stick to use with comcast, but for whatever reason, it wouldn’t work. So, with Xfinity essentials now it works like a dream!! I’m able to use Amazon Prime & watch my old faves like Perry Mason, Andy Griffith, & many more, including all 3 QVC channels. And the quality of the picture is amazing, no pun intended. I think it’s HD. Even the old shows look great!! I’m saving a bundle as well!! Xfinity essentials is $9.95/ month + Amazon Prime is $5.99/month, so that’s a whole lot less than what I was paying before.

    Did any of watch the spring fashion shows on the Q this weekend? I got a couple pairs of IM crop pants. Bright white, & blush pink. And a pair of QF slim leg pants in lipstick red. Everything was on 5 pay or better so I couldn’t pass em up. I didn’t see any QF shows listed.

    Barbara, I got a chuckle out of your kitty pouting. They sure do!! If I ignore Jewell she pouts too. Or if I change her bed. She’s my wake up call in the morning. The other day I took a pic of her sitting on my bed giving me the “stare down”. It’s her way of letting me know it’s time for breakfast. If I’m laying
    on my side she’ll get up on me & meow till I move then she gets down.
    Well, I guess that does it for now.
    You guys stay warm & safe.
    dd & Jewell

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    Hi DD,
    I’m so glad the Amazon Prime worked for your TV needs. I have prime but really haven’t taken advantage of all it offers. Like Adele I mostly use it for the free shipping.
    We are back into the deep freeze here with below zero temperatures. Maybe some snow on Thursday but we’ll wait and see.
    I watched some of the spring fashion but didn’t get anything. It’s really too early here to be thinking about spring clothes yet. We are still wearing boots, heavy coats and gloves and hats. lol I have to laugh when I see them all strutting around QVC in sandals and crop pants and I know there is snow on the ground outside their doors.
    Gail

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    Barbara, I hope the storms across the south missed you.
    What a cute visual of little Collin jumping in the puddles in his little rain boots.
    I hope you get to spend some time with him when they make the move to North Carolina. I know you can’t wait to see him.
    You always give us such good medical information. I’m always happy to hear what you have to say about all our issues. it’s so informative. I must say I have never heard of a wound vac either. I googled it and there were actually some videos about how to use it. I must say I didn’t watch them but I know they are there if I would ever need them. Something like that would have been very helpful when I was trying to learn how to put on my Mom’s ileostomy bag after she had her bladder removed. That was kind of like the blind leading the blind and we would either get that paste too heavy or too thin-there’s definitely an art to it.
    I hope Joey enjoyed that chicken and dumplings and brownies. I know that I would have! Yum!
    I use lock and locks in the freezer some times. I have one of those divided dishes and i would often fill that for Brent and leave it in the fridge for when he got home at night after work when he lived here with us.
    I’ll bet you’ll be seeing signs of spring soon.
    Gail

  • AvatarGail Norusis
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    Sue,
    I have some nice heavy fleece tops from Denim and Company. They are warm.
    I don’t get all the 3/4 sleeves either. They are too cold for winter and too hot for summer. I have a bunch of them too as I thought they were a good idea when they first came out and kind of went crazy with them before realizing they weren’t really the best of both worlds. or sometimes a top was really cute and that was the style it came in so i got it because i liked the style or pattern.
    How did you come out of this latest storm? I hope it skipped you.
    Gail

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    Adele,
    Nope. Around here bakeries do not make pizza. That’s a new concept.
    I hear you got socked with a foot of snow. Was Gary able to make his appointment?
    I googled the SNL skit. I laughed out loud when the thing was misfiring and flinging people against the walls. lol I feel asleep during SNL on Saturday night so i must have missed that one.
    So I texted Jenny Saturday morning to see how Kendall was doing and she said she was at Urgent Care right then. They tested her for strep and influenza and she has both! Poor thing. Her temp had gotten up to 103.2. So she has tamiflu and amoxcill. Jenny said she threw up the first dose but the fever is now coming down. I hate to see the kids sick like this.
    We are finally going to the Taste of Operation North Pole this evening. I am saving my appetite. We tried to go last year but it was too snowy and they have been doing this probably for about five years now. This year we are just having a deep freeze but it won’t be bad as this year they are having valet parking for the attendees so we just have to park in the circle in front of the convention center and walk right in. I like that!
    Gail

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    Hi Ladies,
    Is it spring yet????? The East winds are still howling out there!!! We’re gonna get down into the low 20s tonight, & that doesn’t factor in the wind chill
    factor!!! I’d rather have the rain, at least it’s much warmer. Speaking of, we could get snow later this week when it starts warming up.

    I didn’t know bakeries made pizzas. Never heard of that before. Interesting.

    Wasn’t that awful about all those people dying in those tornadoes? All those homes turned into toothpicks. Just horrible. And Luke Perry dying at such a young age. It reminds me of when my brother passed away last summer. Same thing, massive stroke. So sad!!
    I caught part of the QF show earlier today. I hadn’t seen Nancy Hornback in months. I guess she’s on Q2 more than the main channel.
    We
    If I can’t get local stations on the Prime, I still have the DTV box I can switch to in a matter of seconds. I’m covered on both ends.
    Well, that’s all I got for tonight.
    Take care & stay safe & warm
    dd

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    OMG, DD!!!!
    I didn’t know we got Q2 on Amazon prime. LOL How funny is that?? How do you get to that channel?
    I saw your pic on facebook of the stare down. It was so cute!
    We got blasted up here- I am attaching pics of the back yard, taken out my bathroom window.
    It will be freezing up here this week. then, it will get better. I hope.
    I am so glad you are happy with the Amazon Prime. We all help each other out with info we all need. That is what friends are for!
    Hope you are having a good day.
    Adele

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    Hey Gailster
    We got 14 inches of snow. Bobby was out snowblowing at 5:45, before he went to work, so GAry could get out of the driveway. Poor Bobby- he did a great job, and then was back home before Gary had to leave for the hospital, and did more. Bobby went to work to do the airport, whihc he said was a mess due to all the cancelled flights, so he could not get a lot of his work done. then, he gets a call at 8:00 from his boss , saying “no work”, as he was closing the business for the day. They have to call real early to let Bobby know, as he always leaves by 6:30 for the airport. He was no mad, as he said he would have been backed up with more work this week, had he not gone to do the airport.
    Gary got the wound attended to. they did a gross scraping of it, which then caused him a lot of discomfort. It kept bleeding for hours, and we were nto allowed to remove the bandage, nor was he allowed to take a shower. So, tonight, after his shower, I ahve to remove the bandage and do this routine to seal it backup again. Yuck. I am not a nurse. I even tried to get a visiting nurse to do it, as I told them I was nto comfortable with that routine, as he could get infected. Didn’t work. If he did not drive, they would e able to get one. You will probably hear Gary scream all the way to your house tonight…..yuck.
    they told him this happens to a replaced hip anywhere from 5 to 10 years after. Also said if it got infected, and into the hip, they would have had to get the replacement out, put in a spacer until it healed, and then another hip. I reminded Gary that is what happened to Winnie after they botched the surgery and she got infected- a spacer was put in, and then she went septic and died. So, I hope to God this doesn’t get infected. dam. He had a real hard time sleeping last night, after the numbing agent wore off. He said it doesn’t hurt now. Wait until I have to clean it……film at 11:00, as they say.
    Hope you had a good time at the food fair. I bet you will have some good stories to tell.
    That is awful about Jenny and the kids. I hope nobody else in the house gets the strepp. It has been an awful winter for the kids. Extra prayers sent!!
    Have a good day- our sun is shining-yahoo!
    Adele

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hey Sue…..
    I am hoping you got less snow than we did. Also hoping whatever you got is melting.
    Adele

    DD
    Love the cute pics. Mine are not so cute…LOL
    I find that really odd that only our bakeries make the bakery pizza. Wow.
    I was horrified when I saw the devastation from the tornados. Those poor people. It is awful to get a o tornado warning. I would lose my mind. I ahve been saying a prayer for all affected by that awful storm. I hope nobody else gets an e4 tornado.
    I hope Barbara and her family are ok, and did not get any damage from any of those storms.
    Please read the post to Gail for more info….
    HAve a good night!
    Adele

  • AvatarSue Byler
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    Adele, you got more snow this time. We only had about 4 to 5 inches here. But no it is not melting very cold single digits and teens. Won’t warm up until the end of the week. They had more snow South of us. Did you hear about the drunk driver that crashed into the snow plow truck with such force it lifted the truck off the ground & shattered the windshield. They took the plow driver to the hospital but have not heard how badly he was hurt.
    I think you must be the only one who can get pizza at a bakery.

    I did get to the doctor. I was scared getting in & out of the car but I made it. My arm is sore as they said I had only had the 1st part of the pneumonia vaccine so they gave me the second part. They want me to consider getting the new shingles shot. I had the old one but this one is to be more effective.
    I must also go for a mammogram & another ultra sound. It has not been that long since I had an ultra sound so find that unnecessary but will go & hope insurance pays for it.

  • Avataradele shanbar
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    Hi Sue
    I am glad you did nto get as much as we did. The weather is on right now, and he is saying we have a flurry overnight. Temps will be in the 20’s and an awful wind chill. So, I will make a loaf of bread to make it smell, and feel warmer in here.
    I am glad you got to the doctor, and back home safely. Wait until April to make your follow up appointments- it should be good by then!
    I think I heard something about that plow driver accident. We are having a lot of broken windshield accidents from the flying ice and snow off trucks, and overpasses. At least 4 in the last couple of days. I am so glad I am retired, and do not have to go to work in all this mess.
    I have heard they are coming up with better vaccines, and I will have them too, when offered. A bit of protection is worth a lot to all of us. You hear so many awful stories.
    GAry is finishing his shower, and i have to go and clean and fix the wound. frankly, I am scared to death it will get infected. I will wash my hands before and during the steps I ahve to take. I even disinfected the scissor that cuts the tape. I am trying my hardest not to cause any problem with this wound thing. Yuck.
    Hope you have a good night. I got this cool cardigan from Stan Herman- a real warm one for around the house- chenille- has not come yet. I wish I had it for tomorrow…..LOL
    Adele

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    Hi Ladies,
    My mom is starting to do better. She has seen so many different doctors she is tired of the whole thing. I just hope she is over all of this soon. I am home for a few days and then I will go back and stay with her for I am not sure how long.
    Gail I am so glad that Greg’s problem was not serious. He should be back to normal soon. That must be such a relief for you. I hope you had a good visit with your grands.
    Adele I missed your bread but I bet it was good. Everything that you bake looks so good. We all wish we lived closer and could enjoy your goodies. I hope that the snow has stopped by you and you can get around. It seems like that snow storm hit all over the place. We had snow here also. The bad part of it was the strong winds. I wonder what is in store for us next week.
    Barbara I am glad that you are feeling ok. That is so good that you got the video of Colin playing out in the rain. It is fun to watch kids stomping in the rain. They all really enjoy playing in the rain.
    DD it sounds like you are having cold weather like the rest of us. It is an odd winter. I hope that it starts to warm up soon we need to start to get the ground ready to plant a garden.
    Well ladies that is all from here.I hope you all have a good night.
    Colleen

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    Colleen,
    So happy your Mom is doing better. We miss you on here! I will continue to pray for her recovery. She is a strong and special woman!
    Hugs,
    Gail

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    DD,
    I love the Easter Kitty! How cute!
    Gail

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    Adele,
    You guys got socked with the snow. Hopefully it will warm up and melt quickly. I don’t know where I’ve been but I just realized today is Ash Wednesday. We also go back to daylight savings time this weekend. Yahoo! I love more daylight.
    How did the changing of the bandage go? I can totally sympathize with you as I don’t have that nursing instinct either but yet i always got stuck with all the nursing duties anyway. After awhile I just got used to it and did things that I never thought i would have been capable of doing.
    The Taste of ONP was quite impressive. There were about 600 people there. I had no idea that it had grown so big! There were probably 50 different chef’s tables offering all kinds of different food. We ate a bunch of stuff that we didn’t even know what it was. lol It was an interesting night. It’s too bad it’s on a weeknight though as we had an hour and a half drive home and Greg had to get up and go to work the next day. The little girl that won Master Chef junior was there as a special guest. Bo Jackson was also supposed to be there but he ended up having a conflict and not showing up.
    I’ve not talked to Jenny in a couple of days. I was supposed to baby sit tomorrow but not sure if that is still on or not. I will have to text her later. lol I’m like a teenager! lol
    Gail

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    Hi Colleen
    So glad you had a minute to give us an up-date. We were all worried. Prayers sent to you and your Mom!!
    I am glad she is feeling a little better. It took Tillie a long time to recover, so please make sure you are taking care of yourself too.
    Love you to pieces!!
    Adele

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    Hey Gailster!
    Well, the bandage went better than I thought. Ripping off the bandage was the worst. the area underneath is bigger than Gary thought, as they took all the skin off the whole thing- about a 2 inch wound, and goes deeper in the middle. It looked fine, with no red or yuck, so that was good too. I just hope it stays that way. I did a smaller area on the “Hypafix” – the top layer of the bandaid thing, so when I take it off, it is less ripping. He goes back Monday to the Wound Clinic.
    Glad you two had a good time, and that the weather cooperated on the ONP event. That sounds like a lot of fun. I read the post to Gary, and said…Ill have to ask Gail which chef Bo Jackson is. He laughed, and told me he was a ball player….LOL
    I hope Jenny and the kids get better, soyou can visit with them this Friday. I know you must be having Piper Withdrawal!
    Have you seen the R kelly disaster? What a nut. So many women whose lives are forever changed due to his grossness.
    I hope the sun is shining….it is here….
    I am making a new bread recipe today….made with regular flour, wheat flour, corn meal, and Harvest Grain Blend, from King Arthur co. Pictures to follow.
    Adele

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    Gail Did you see the crop pants with butterflies? Just checking because they are showing this summer wear & have no reorders. That is crazy as we can’t wear this stuff now & it is gone when we want it.

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    Thanks for the heads up, Sue. I know. That gets me too that they are selling this stuff in March and you have to get it now if you want it because when it actually gets warm it will be gone. The fashion industry is very frustrating the way the seasons are so far ahead of the actual weather.

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    Hi Adele,
    I am glad the dressing change went well. Now you have to get Gary all healed up.
    That is funny that you thought Bo Jackson was a chief. Greg was disappointed that he wasn’t there. That’s how it is with these sports guys. Greg’s brother is even worse. I always say he would watch a tiddlywinks game if someone told him it was a sport. He lives in the same town he went to college in and all these years later he goes to all the college games football, basketball and maybe even some baseball.
    I just found out that the kids have a birthday party tomorrow night so we won’t see them. Talk about withdrawal. I will have to see if we can get together some other time this weekend.
    We are supposed to get some snow tonight but not that much I don’t think. After that it is supposed to warm up. By that I mean above freezing. it’s all relative. lol
    Your bread sounds very interesting. It sure has a lot of different stuff in it. You’ll have to give us the full report later. lol What are you serving with it?
    Gail

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    Hi Sue
    I totally agree- when you need something, they have the next season in stock. You can never buy a bathing suit in your size in July or August. Not that we are in the market for one right now….LOL
    I got the Stan Herman chenille jacket yesterday- boy, is it snuggly warm. Take a look at them, as it would keep you very toasty all winter long.
    We are getting snow and sleet on Sunday. Are you getting any? I hope you will e spared.

    Hey Gailster
    the bread was a success. We had it with leftover chicken soup. I had mine with a little butter and some apricot marmalade. I gave some to Nancy and Gerald when they left today, and Gerald already called to say it was delicious- he toasted it, with butter. Ill attach the pics of it, from rising to eaten….LOL
    That is awful that you can’t see the kids tomorrow night. I hope you get a visit on over the weekend.
    Superstore comes back on tonight- yahoo!
    Gary is still very sore, and it is hard to see if it is getting better, or not. If it continues to get darker, I will call the hospital. I am hoping when I see it tonight, it will look better- very hard to tell, as they scraped all the skin off.
    Tomorrow Gary and Tillie go to the dentist. Gary finally for a cleaning, as he hasn’t been able to go since the heart attack. he had to wait a year for a cleaning. Tillie is going to re-line her bottom denture.
    I have a question for you- your bed is a split king, right? Do you get annoyed with the 2 different mattresses? I wonder if with the seam in the middle, I will not be able to hug Gary when we sleep. When I ahve a hard time sleeping, if I snuggle into his back, I finally fall asleep…..LOL
    Hope your night is good, and you have no snow.
    Adele

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    Hi Adele,
    The bread is making me hungry as I have not had breakfast yet. It looks delicious with all those different grains in it.
    I will keep praying that Gary heals up quickly and as good as new. That’s interesting that Gary could not get his teeth cleaned after the heart attack. When they thought I had a heart murmur at one time I used to have to take an antibiotic before a teeth cleaning. Then I went back and got rechecked and they said whoever heard the heart murmur was mistaken and I didn’t have one. I get my teeth cleaned every three months so that would be hard on me to wait a year. What if he needed other dental work in that year’s time?
    Yeah! I’m glad Superstore is back. I haven’t watched it yet though. It’s a good thing DWTS is taking a break this spring as I don’t know when I would watch it between watching The Voice, American Idol and World of Dance-place we were also watching that Wall of the World but i think that’s almost over.
    Yes with the split king there is a gap between the two sides of the mattress that makes snuggling difficult unless one of you wants to be in the crack. I’m not crazy about that aspect of it but it’s just another thing that we live with because the bed is so comfortable for Greg. I do love the sleep number part and being able to raise the head of the bed up when i want to. So it has it’s good and bad points just like about everything else in life. Sometimes when we travel I miss my bed. Especially since some of them are so high we have to travel with a footstool in the car in case i can’t get into the bed. lol
    Gail

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    It is snowing here again. This one is not to amount to much but I am sick of it anyway. We may get some warming after this as they are saying rain tomorrow & Sunday. So hope it is plain rain & not freezing rain.
    The scheduled my appointments for the things he wants done one next week & the other the end of March. I just find it unnecessary to repeat a test that was done 7 months ago. I lost 4 lbs. Of course he did not mention that. He just is all over me if I gain. The nurse that did the wellness visit said I seem to be eating a good balanced diet. So I think that should be good enough without cutting out all the good food.

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    Hi Sue
    I am thrilled that you are getting all rian tomorrow. We are having a mix of mess……snow, ice freezing rain, and then rain. I figured because you are lower, you could get the all rain of the storm. I hope it melts everything on your street and walkways. that would make your appointments real simple to get to.
    That is fabulous that you lost 4 pounds. GO SUE!! GO SUE!! GO SUE!! You will always get kudos from you Quacker friends.
    Th sun is shining up here today. not tomorrow.
    Since the corned beef is already on sale at Stop and Shop, we will behaving it for dinner tomorrow. That is such a good meal, and everyone loves it. becasue it will be so gross out there, we will do a smaller one, and nto have all the kids over. When MArissa goes to BJ’s, I will have her get a larger cut of meat and invite them all here.
    I hope you are feeling good. Gary has not been feeling good the last 2 days, but, seems better today. I always get very concerned when he doesn’t feel good.
    Are you making more lemon bread tomorrow, in the rain storm?
    HAve a good weekend!
    Adele

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    Hey GAilster
    That is very funny about travelling with the foot stool. they keep making things bigger and bigger. Seriously?
    The wound GAry has looks like it is getting better. But, it is still hurting him, especially at night, when he sleeps. So, he has not been sleeping well at all, and has not looked good, either. that gets me very nervous, as he has had so many issues. He seems better today, so that is good. if he was not better, he was goign to the ER, as I do not want to take any chances with his heart or kidneys. Gary just said he thinks he has a minor stomach flu thing going on……
    Heather doesn’t feel good. She has nto looked good lately either. her stomach has been bothering her, and today her lower back. I am afraid she is having a diverticulitis attack, and asked her to get to the ER, before it gets serious. I am hoping she will go….right now she is getting the car fixed at one of our customer’s shops. She needed some minor repairs done.
    Speaking of Greg…how has he been feeling??
    I am very much on the fence about a new bed. Not thrilled with the split thing at all. One more question- do the 2 beds move, and make the middle gap bigger? I am a very active sleeper, and all over the bed. I realize with our different needs, we may want the bed in different positions, so that would create an issue to. Not liking these choices at all.
    The sun is shining up here, but, not for long.
    How are the kids doing? Are they all better? I hope you can get a visit in this weekend.
    Have a good one!
    Adele

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    Hi All,
    Good job losing the 4 pds. that is really good keep up the good work.
    Has anyone noticed that the prices are getting on the q? They have some new companies and new hosts. I noticed that on guy is from Ireland and has an accent. There are a lot of changes at the q. I also heard that they bought HSN. I do not understand why they are buying all these businesses. I just hope that they do not get so big that we will not be able to afford them are they will start closing.
    I am glad to hear that Gary and Greg are both doing better. It is hard when men get sick. They do not want to do what they are supposed. I hope that Gary starts to look better. I know that it is hard to sleep when you are sore or have a sore on you body.
    Adele that bread looks so good. What kind is it? Did you post the recipe on here. I have missed so much I will never get caught up. They were saying that the flu is really going around right now all over the states. It is odd that it is hitting that many people now. It is past the flu season.
    I have read three books since mom has gotten sick. I would read while she slept. I thought of you Gail when I was reading all these books. I will have to post it on the reading page. How are all your grands are doing well. They took Aliza to see some chickens, rabbits and ducks. They had them at a farm supply store. Well Aliza wanted a closer look at the chickens so she climbed up on this thing and was standing over the chickens and she yells hello chickens and scared them to death. She is a mess. I think that it surprised her when she scared them. I do not know what she was thinking.
    DD I like all the pictures that you posted they are so cute. But they always are. Are the measles still going around where you are? I hope that they finally got them under control.
    Well that is about all from here. I hope everyone has a great night.
    Colleen
    P.S. thank you for all the prayers for my mom. She is doing better but we still have to stay with her all the time.

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    Hi Adele,
    I hope Gary and Heather are both feeling better. Has Heather had problems with diverticulitis before? I hope she gets checked out.
    Greg is feeling better. He says he is not back to normal yet but he’s getting there.
    No the beds do not move apart as they are in the same frame but the individual sides can each be adjusted. It’s kind of hard to explain. The best thing to do would be go to a sleep number store and look and lay down on the beds. That’s what we did. I do love the ability to make the mattress softer and harder according to how my body feels that particular day and I do like that you are not sleeping on springs. But everyone is different and it is a considerable purchase as a sleep number bed is quite a bit of a heftier price than a regular innerspring mattress. I was just so put off after we bought that expensive Stearns and foster mattress that sagged in the middle after a few years that I wanted to try something different. Greg who was very reluctant about the sleep number now loves it so you just never know.
    I’m so excited that we have now sprung forward! I can see winter’s end is in sight.
    My SIL and her husband just bought a condo in Florida so now I guess they will become snow birds and leave up here for the whole winter. I would like to get out of the cold but I wouldn’t want to leave Jenny and the grands for 5 or 6 months at a time. He still has his big dog so I wonder what they will do with her as a lot of the condos have size limits on dogs.
    What are you baking for me today? lol
    Gail

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    Sue,
    A good balanced diet is important. I think i eat a balanced diet too and it makes me wonder how I got so big. Probably more from lack of activity as I am not an exercise person. The things I like to do-read-watch movies-cross stitch don’t require much physical activity. I wish I was more active but that is not how I like to live. Congrats on the four pounds. Any weight loss is a huge accomplishment in my book as it is so hard to do. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Leah to lose all the weight that she has. It takes extreme dedication.
    Gail

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    Hi Colleen,
    It’s so good to hear from you again. I will keep praying for your Mom.
    Yes the Q prices have gotten higher. I can remember when you could get a t shirt for 15 dollars or so on there. Of course prices in stores have gone up too so it’s all relative, but when I first started watching the Q things were more of a bargain than they are now.
    The way I understand it QVC does not own HSN-The company that owns QVC which I think is called Quarate also bought HSN. From what I understand there is now some cross over with some brands between the two companies. I rarely watch HSN so I don’t know this for a fact. Quarate also owns other companies. That’s just how business works. They like to make acquisitions and grow their portfolios. So many of the smaller brands that first came to QVC as independent brands have now sold out to larger companies-a lot of the cosmetic brands have done this and I think Judith Ripka has also sold out.
    They said on the news that flu season actually goes until May so there is still a couple months of it left. I hope we are all done with it though.
    I have been reading a lot this winter as we have not done much and I have been stuck in the house. I will have to post my books sometime too. I am interested to see what you have read. I always have my nose in a book anyway. I am on Goodreads and you can participate in a challenge over there. At the beginning of each year you can pledge to read X amount of books. It’s kind of a fun thing to do. Plus you can keep track of all the books you have read and what books you want to read. And enter contests for book give aways. I am pretty lucky over there and probably win either a print book or a kindle book every three months or so. I wish I could be so lucky at the casino when we go. lol
    Aliza is funny. I’m sure she was surprised when she scared the chickens. It’s a good thing she didn’t get scared herself if they raised a ruckus.
    Has Ron been going with you to your Mom’s or staying home. If he stays at home I’ll bet he misses you.
    Gail

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    Hey Colleen!
    I am so glad your mom is feeling better. I am still praying she will be back to her old self, just like Tillie.
    I ahve to tell you what she said to Marissa. She was chatting with ehr and said,” I am not going anywhere. You know I have a few more good years in me”. Well. MArissa was thrilled to hear her talk of a future again. We all are. m I swear this was a miracle. she even said she is seeing a little more around the black spot in her eye. Dam. Prayers do get answered!!
    OMG…did anyone get a pic of Aliza with the chickens? That must have been hysterical. I can only imagine the noise the chickens made, and how Aliza looked. That reminds me of the story Barbara told us about ehr DIl and her chickens. ut one got taken by an owl, and she sent them to a safer farm that had wireover the chickens. I forgot to ask her if her DIL visits the chickens.
    My grands are ok. I ahve some big news on that….here goes….So, Marissa and Enzo do not want to marry right now. they are happy to stay engaged. however, they have announced, they want to get pregnant. heather got a bit upset, but, I told her to calm down. They ahve obviously thought this out in great detail, and made a plan for themselves. they want a house, and a baby. So be it. Another addition to the family is always welcome. I just do nto like it when someone is taken away,and I thank God for that every day.
    Marissa will finish school, and that is also good. I am betting both she and Steph will end up pregnant together….LOL Steph always wanted a girl. It is just a funny feeling I have. MArissa stopped taking the pill at least a month ago, so we are all waiting to see what happens.
    Hope your day is good, and your Mom is a little better every day.
    Adele

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    Hey Gailster!
    I am happy for your SIL with her new condo. I hope they love it,and that their puppy is not an issue with the condo association.
    Well, Heather took some heavy duty Alleve’s- she took 3 of them….LOL SInce it made the pain stop, she did nto go to the ER. It was her back, and she said after she took the Aleve’s it was manageable. heather has diverticulitis, like I did. years ago, I had a piece of my bowel removed, and it has not come back. I was lucky that I had a great surgeon. I was so happy to eat popcorn and nuts again, as i had not eaten them for over 15 years. I was hospitalized quite a few times,as my infections got real bad. A lot was caused by stress, the doctor said. Actually, the nurse who saw me for the first time n the hospital asked what I did for work,and then said….”I am surprised we didn’t see you earlier”. So,it is nto just what you eat, it is also stress that can cause a flare up, and I had plenty of those….about 4 stays in the hospital, and many rounds of antibiotics in between. Heather’s is not as bad as mine was. But, I know eventually, she will get there. It just keeps getting worst. I am also glad it was just a muscle pull, or how she slept that made her back hurt so much. She said she is a little sore today, but ok.
    Gary is doing better. His wound looks like it is healing. he goes back tomorrow to the Wound Clinic at the hospital.
    We are going to have to get out to lie on the mattresses. Can you imagine how the security staff will be howling, when they us 2 chubbies get in and out of bed in public????
    So have you done some cross stitch lately? I haven’t done any needlepoint in a few weeks, as I got out of sync with the tax prep….LOL I ahve to get back to it!!
    It is sleeting and a mess up here.
    Hope your day is better weather than ours!!
    Please read the post to Colleen for the up-dated grand news…….
    Adele

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    Hi Ladies,
    I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack! I haven’t read all the posts so forgive me if I miss something. I hope everyone remembered to set the clocks ahead. Seems it gets earlier all the time. I remember when we didn’t do it till April. We have clear blue skies out here today. Winter weather plagued us all week. It snowed all day Wednesday, but it didn’t stick down here. We had some warmer days so the ground was warm enough that it didn’t stick. It did stick in the mts tho.
    They say we’ve surpassed what they were expecting in snowfall in the mts. March is supposed to come in like a lion, but it was a few days late out here. I think the temps are supposed to be getting up into the 50s this week. More where they’re supposed to be. I hope you guys are getting better weather.

    I got good news. My mgram came out normal. Sigh of relief. I sliced my left index finger the other day cutting some meat so it’s been too sore to type.

    The measles outbreak is still spreading. Only a few are here in Portland. The people who contracted it stayed home & didn’t spread it all over town.
    I hope everyone’s loved ones are feeling better & healing quickly.

    Take care & stay safe & warm.
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    Hey DD!
    Love the chicken pics…..LOL
    I think it is safe to say, we all hate the changing of the times. I wish they would just keep it the same. Too upsetting to our internal clocks.
    Thank you- everyone is feeling better over here, and I am eternally grateful. Gary’s friend Al met GAry a week ago friday for breakfast. they came down with the same, just not right feeling, and then the bathroom issue….yuck. So, it looks like the two of them ran into the same germ when they had breakfast.
    So happy to hear your mamcame out good. We are having some good health news, and that is just too fabulous for words.
    Also good the measles outbreak has been handled.
    Our weather has been weird too. No snow at all and now we are getting it. It snowed first today, and then sleet the rest of the day until evening- rain. It is supposed to stop soon. We are also getting into the 50’s this week. how weird is that?
    Do you watch God friended me? I love that show. It comes on at 8 tonight. Also, Good Girls is back on,and that show makes me laugh- regular salt of the earth Moms gone criminal…..LOL
    I hope your Sunday evening goes well, and that you watch some shows to make you smile.
    Adele

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    Hi DD,
    I’m glad for the good news on the mammo.
    Greg cut his finger yesterday when he was making us salads for dinner so I had to take over so he wouldn’t drip blood on the food.
    We barbecued outside yesterday. First of the season. We had to shovel some snow off the deck. lol We used to barbecue all year long but now we are too wimpy to do it in the midst of winter. lol I am expecting to start seeing robins coming back any day now.
    I don’t mind losing the hour of sleep at all when i know the daylight is going to last longer into the evening hours. I look forward to it.
    Gail

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    Hi Adele,
    That must have been music to your ears to hear Tillie say that she wasn’t going anywhere yet. Just think how things have turned around with you going from the depths of despair to the joy that you have now. I am so happy for all of you.
    I am glad that Marissa is planning on finishing school. It would sure be easier for her if she finished before she had the baby but what do I know. I am just trying to be practical.
    Yikes! I didn’t know that you had diverticulitis. You had some bad times with it. I’m glad you had the surgery and it doesn’t bother you anymore.
    If you go to the sleep number store there won’t be any security. lol They are usually pretty small places and chances are if you go during the day on a weekday you may be the only people in the place. It really did help because when we were in a king bed without the split and Greg put the mattress how it was comfortable for him with both the head and feet raised a little it made me feel like I was in a taco shell. that’s how we figured out that the two of us needed different bed positions so would have to go with a split king. You can also try out how hard or soft that you like to make the mattress. I like my side nice and soft. Lots of times when Greg and I go do something that would possibly be embarrassing we just make a joke out of it and get the sales person laughing and it kind of defuses the situation.
    Yes, I have gone back to doing a little cross stitch and a little knitting while I am watching soaps in the afternoon. I do things like that in fits and spurts.
    We never did get over to see the kids this weekend. Hopefully we will see them this Friday-plus there is early release on Wednesday so i will have to go over and watch them until Jenny gets home.
    Gail

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    Hey Gailster!
    i have the kitchen window open a crack to let in some nice fresh air. Imagine that! It is to get to 60 by the end of the week. Wow, is all I can say.
    I heard the Mourning Doves the other morning. So, the birds are returning. It gives you hope for good weather. I only hate that it seems to go from winter to summer, with no spring at all. The spring is such a nice time of year, with no need for the air on.
    Gary is at the Wound Clinic. More worries for his skin…..all around where the adhesive is, he has a rash. I knew that would happen, as his skin breaks down quickly. I hope they will be able to solve this before it gets a lot worst.
    Oh yes…. much easier to finish school with no Itty Bitty. But, they have made up their minds. I am adamant about her finishing school, and I hope she will, and do not wish to make it an issue between us. Way too many issues in a family to add more…..LOL I just hope their plans work. I did tell her the old adage……Man plans, and God laughs. hope that one will be chirping in her ear….LOL
    I hope you will be able to continue to BBQ. Our deck has way too much snow on it. I hope it melts this week.
    I wish we would have the same time all year long. Just keep it like it is now.
    I bet you will have a great time with the kids Wednesday, as I know they have missed you too.
    You will have to take a pic of your needlework, and show us. Go Gail!
    Hope your day is sunny and bright.
    Adele

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    Gail, What did you think of Jake Puliti on American Idol? He is from PA. I don’t usually watch AI as there are so many things can’t watch them all. But have been following him on the news & was so happy all 3 judges put him through. I did not appreciate Katy Perry rolling around on the floor. This is a complaint I have of a lot of shows adults acting less mature than kids.

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    Glad to hear that your Mom is better Colleen. And super happy to hear that your Mom’s outlook on life is so improved, Adele. I know you both are feeling so good about these improvements. This is wonderful news, girls. I bet if you are taking care of your Mom and Ron is staying home he is really missing you. He would even probably gladly eat potato soup now, Colleen LOL Mabey not that much ha ha I hope you are taking care of yourself too. Adele, I am SO sorry that they would not provide a nurse to come and change Gary’s wound dressings instead of making you responsible for it. It makes me so ashamed of how much the medical professional has changed in the last 15 years or so. Do you all remember how when we had our babies we all stayed in the hospital for at least 2 days if not longer? And now they do practically every surgery in the “same day surgery” centers and wake you up, send you home, and you on your own. I wish I had been with you. The vindictive side of me would have very calmly and southernly sweet said ” Well, since I am stating for the medical record that I do NOT feel qualified, this procedure, if not done correctly, could cause my husband pain, infection, DEATH; and the mental anguish you are causing me to feel by forcing me to do this, will now make me have to consult our family attorney about how we should handle this matter, and as for now, I am refusing to be responsible of conducting this medical procedure” and then just sit there and watch their mouths drop open. This just makes my blood boil. What you described about your dear friend is absolutely true, and you are not wrong. By the way; a wound vac is a machine that hooks up and attaches to a dressing that the doctor applies and it literally sucks, like a vacuum cleaner, the yuck coming out of a wound and keeps the area free of the bad stuff. I pray he is doing better, I know you worry and rightfully so. It is more difficult with the diabetes for a wound to heal, and all I can say is shame on them for not helping you all.
    I know it was very hard for you Gail and your changes of the ostomy bags. That is a challenge. It was hard for me too. Some of our sites were so excoriated and inflamed, and the “paste” was as good as putting nothing on, in fact, seemed to make it harder for the bag to adhere to the site. How sweet of you to do this for her. She was so blessed to have you to help her.
    DD. I love your Rooster picture with the clock and the coffee! And the kitty picture was so cute with the bunny ears. That is exactly how our kitty looks every spring when we do his picture. In fact; he gets mad at every outfit we try to dress him in. It is so funny, our kitty gets mad and pouty, and the puppy dog just loves to get dressed up. She will let you put dresses on her, hats, caps, paint her nails. And she just seems to smile when you go to take her picture. I can just imagine how your kitty pesters you until she gets you up. She is your little alarm clock.
    I hope all the kids and grandkids are feeling better. It just makes you feel so bad when we see someone we love not feeling good. Gosh, did the doctor say a reason for another ultrasound Sue? Bet it was just to make sure that things are still going well. You have done so good with your knee after your surgery. But I know it was due to how hard you worked with your PT and doing everything they said. And as far as your weight loss is, congratulations! We always are happy for our Quacker friends when they hear any happy news. The doctor I have always lets me know when I gain a pound. I always swore if I got thin I wouldn’t ever go around saying “if I can do it anyone can do it” to poor people like me who are bigger. Makes me mad. Better get off this soap box; already ranted about how they did Adele. ha ha
    I got the same Stan Herman bed jacket Adele. I love mine. Keeps my shoulders and arms so warm. Isn’t that funny we got the same?
    Better go for now. Got a call from Neal. He leaves Ca. on April 30th to drive here, and the baby and Sarah leave that day to fly here. He wasn’t sure yet if they will be coming here or going to her Mom and Dads. He Mom and Dad are flying out there and driving her car here. But any way they decide to do it; I am on cloud nine just knowing they are coming home. I am doing David’s Happy Dance. lol
    Bye for now, and prayers for all, hugs, Barbara

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    Hi Barbara,
    It’s good to hear from you. Did you get any bad storms coming through your area?
    I’ll bet you are so excited to see Collin next month. And, of course Neal and Sarah too.
    Did you and Jerry visit the doctor yet? Did they have any new suggestions for his constant pain?
    That’s funny how the cat despises being dressed up and the dog loves it. I never really dressed our dogs except for a Christmas neckerchief and a Halloween neckerchief. When she got older Belle did wear a sweater on the really cold winter days. And surprisingly she loved it. I would try to put one on Rocky and he would just stand there and not move an inch with it on so I had to give up on that idea. He could have really used it in his older years too as he had trouble regulating his temperature in his old age. Instead I would just have to cover him with a blanket until he warmed up.
    Gail

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    Hi Sue,
    I had to look Jake Paluti up as between AI and The Voice there are just too many people to remember right now. I did like him. Katy Perry is a pain in the butt. She makes the whole thing all about her. Talk about an attention hog. I like when the judges have fun with each other but not when it’s outrageous and pulls attention away from the contestants. I have just learned to try and tune her out and pay attention to the contestants. Plus I think in general they are too easy and put too many mediocre singers through and sometimes will send someone home who I think is really good. I always say Greg and I should be judges-we would do a better job! lol
    Gail

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    Hi Adele,
    I wrote a note and posted it and I also got signed out at the same time so it didn’t post. Sometimes this site acts weird.
    Anyway, I was wondering if Gary was allergic to the tape. I know some tapes will give me a rash. Maybe they can change to a different type and that will help. I will pray that he heals up quickly and doesn’t have to go through this for too long.
    That reminds me, when I go to the dentist they have a certain type of glove that makes me gag so they try and remember to use a different type of glove on me. She said there is another man that comes in that is bothered by those gloves too so I guess we are either in the minority or we are the only ones who speak up about it. Last time she forgot and I could tell the second she got close to me just practically by the smell that she had the wrong gloves on. I guess I am like the princess and the pea when it comes to rubber gloves. lol
    It might take awhile to get a picture of the needle work as i am not a consistent worker. lol
    It’s supposed to warm up the next few days but it will also rain. Maybe that will help the snow melt faster. I can’t wait to see the ground and grass again. I don’t remember disliking winter so much when I was younger. Maybe it’s just an older person thing where the cold bothers us more and we worry about driving in inclement weather more and it bothers us to walk on ice more.
    I wonder when DWTS comes back next year if they will have different rules. They need to decide whether it’s going to be the most popular dancer or the best dancer.
    I think I talked about something else in my previous post but now i can’t remember what it was. lol Senior brain!
    Gail

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    Hey Barbara
    It’s always so good to hear from you, and that everyone is ok. We see so much scary weather in the south recently, and worry something got to you and your family.
    Well, that was well said, accept you forgot to start with….”Listen sugar….” isn’t that how the cultured southern woman starts a conversation? LOL LOL
    Thank you for the kind words, on Gary and Tillie. I swear it is a miracle that Tillie is back to her old self. Everyone prayed so hard for her, and it worked.
    You are going to have the best April ever. I bet Easter is going to be a wonderful holiday for all of you. To have a great Easter, you may have to figure out which day they will be able to spend the whole day, so you can get in an Easter Egg hunt, etc. I know over here, we sometimes have Enzo’s family to dinner, or negotiate the time Enzo and Marissa come, so they can see both families. Jhonny’s family is Dominican, and they seem to do all dinners very late in the day so they never interfere with times, etc. No matter what, I know you will be able to figure it out. My suggestion would be to invite them all to your house……LOL Enlist one of them to play the Easter Bunny!!
    So, have you decided what to bake for Easter yet?
    I have to ask you…..do you have St Joseph’s Zepolli’s in your area for St Patty’s day? They are an Italian pastry that is very yummy……shell is the same as an eclair, but fried, then lots of pastry cream inside, with a cherry in the middle. Yum, yum!
    Hope your day is going well. Sun is shining up here…..
    Adele

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    Barbara…..forgot to ask- which color did you get? As they were on sale, I got the gray and pink….LOL
    Adele

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    Hey GAilster!
    I hate when that happens, as we do not remember everything we said in the first post.
    They did change the adhesive part on the wound treatment. They also said no more cleaning of the area. I have to call them back, as how can it stay clean, if you keep putting cream on, and not taking the old cream off? I am confused by this week’s directions…..LOL
    they did say it was healing, and they scraped it again. Also said it will take a long time to heal, as he is a diabetic. yuck.
    I think you may be allergic to latex. Heather is allergic to latex. If you ever wanted to get rid of her, you could just send her a bunch of balloons….LOL We can’t have any latex balloons in the house, or gloves. You need to put that on your medical history, in case of an operation in an emergency, or they bandage you up with any latex product.
    the sun is shining up here too. It is so nice to see. I hope the snow melts off the deck, so I can walkout there at end of week, as it will be 60. Canyou imagine??
    Hope your day is going well…..I also wonder about DWTS. they have to do something!
    Adele

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    Evening friends. Gail, I bet you do have a latex sensitivity with those gloves, and Adele is right about mentioning it if ever in for a procedure since it does need to be a part of your medical record. That was so good of you to mention about using another type of tape for Adele for Garys wound; since so many, including myself, are very sensitive to the adhesives in tape. When I had the stroke, everyone forgot that and of course I had IV’s all over; including this big one in my neck; and when they took off all that tape I looked awful. I knew it was hurting and all; but at that time even I wasn’t able to tell them. They changed to paper tape which we used to use a lot of in the unit for that very reason. Lots of people are allergic to tape. So glad his wound is doing good, Adele, but he has such a good nurse. And yes, I did leave out my southern phrase of ‘Bless Your Heart” and then blast them; but it hurts me to see people I care for needing help and not getting it. But I am off the soapbox for now I hope.
    DD. sorry I forgot to say congrats that your Mamo came back with great results. YaHoo for a good report. Always glad to see good reports. Our kitties are really something. Ours is SO much company for us. He just seems to know when we need him to make us smile or laugh. I think all little animals do that though. And it seems that Greg’s Koi even know what he likes by following him around like they do. It sort of amazes me how all things relate to one another. It would have been nice if little Rocky would have worn his nice warm sweater Gail, but ours do the same. One loves a sweater or rain cover, but another just tears it up! Literally lol Little Rocky just loved his blankie.
    We are doing leftovers for dinner. Just warmed up; and we’re ready. Have any of you tried the product Just Crack an Egg? I bought a couple of them for us to try, and it really was pretty good; sort of like an omlet in a little cup. ha ha Even Jerry liked it. Now that says a lot. I regret to say that we don’t have that those delicious sounding sweet shop in our area Adele. Not that many bakeries. Several ladies close by to bake out of their home; and they make some fantastic cakes. I think I will order a Strawberry cake for Easter this year. I know that Sarah loves it and truthfully; so do I. It just looks and tastes so good.
    I quit watching the Voice. I did get a little outdone with how much it seemed to change to me. I loved it the first few seasons. Bet Greg loves it Gail. Bet he sings along with them.
    Hope all is well for everyone. Good wishes for your Mom Colleen. Hope she is doing better everyday. Hope you are seeing more and more sunshine each day, Sue. Barbara

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    Hey Barbara
    I have to rub on this little gauze with stuff on it, where the adhesive goes on the new bandage- AllKare. This tint Mepore?? gauze now goes over the open wound part. and then ti gets sealed up again with the new adhesive.
    I know WAY too much about wound care, and adhesive allergies. I keep saying….I am not a nurse, I am a social worker. I can take care of your emotions, not your yucky physical stuff. LOL LOL I guess we rise to the level of our incompetence.
    The only reality shows we watch are DWTS, AGT and sometimes the new dancing one with JayLo. I like that one, and Gary hates it- go figure!
    Barbara, my dear….I hear the Bless your heart, in front of all the things you say…..LOL You have such a nice way of giving someone the “what for”…..like the time you told me what to say to the nasty person in my mother’s podiatrist’s office. It was hysterical. Do you remember that?
    I am dying to hear your Itty Bitty is on his way to your state, and his Nana’s house!!! OMG, this is so exciting. Are you counting the days?
    Marissa just stopped by to get mylist for BJ’s. She is goign with her 2 sisters, and Aizen to BJ’s tomorrow. It will be real funny. Ill be waiting to hear the stories on that one too.
    Hope you have a good night, and that none of those awful storms are anywhere near you.
    I am pryaing for Colleen and Gail to be spared too. I know this time, Sue is ok, and so is DD.
    Adele

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    forgot to say… I am right there, in line for a piece of a strawberry cake!!!
    Adele
    I am DYING to make my ricotta pie….

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    Hi Ladies,
    I hope this finds all of you safe & sound. I hear there’s a dangerous storm crossing the country right now. Blizzard conditions across the Rockies, Plains, & probably tornadoes in the south. I’ll be sending prayers for your safety in all of that mess. I wish I could send you the weather we’re having right now going thru next week. We’re gonna be in the 50s, 60s & maybe even the 70s. Hopefully it’ll reach you in time for the first day of spring next week.
    I’m watching ITKWD right now. There are several sets of dishes I’d love to get, but I don’t need that many. My faves are Oceanfetti, Springfetti, Firewowork fetti in Old World. And in Floral Lace, Spring, Summer, Firework, but I can’t decide which one I want the most, if I were to get a set. Basket weave wasn’t a fave of mine when it first came out. But this dinnerware is prettier than the first items.

    Facebook & Instagram has been down all day as far as I know. The kids must be going NUTS!! How on earth will they survive w/out them??? LOL
    The measles outbreak continues. IT’s up to 71 cases now. I don’t know how it’s spreading. It’s spreading to other counties now.

    Well, that’s all I have for tonight.
    Take care & stay safe!
    dd & Jewell

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    OMG…lost the entire post. This is ridiculous.
    Hey DD!
    The awful weather is supposed to lessen in it’s punch, before it gets here. We will have high winds and rain tomorrow. Tillie goes to the eye doctor tomorrow, so I hope it is not pouring, as she moves slow. Not that we move fast….LOL
    I hope Colleen and Gail are ok, as it looked awful out their way on the news.
    Also hope Sue and Barbara will be ok too. I think Barbara may have worst weather than us up here (me and Sue).
    I got the cute small set of 2 covered Temptations- the red one, and the egghunt one. I will use it to heat up the can veggies, soup and beans. the cover will keep them warm on the table. I wanted the pumpkin one, but, that was gone when I looked.
    Well, today was a sad day in Saugus. Our k9 police puppy (I call all dogs puppies) has cancer and has to be put down. So, today, they did a huge parade, all through the streets, by all the schools, with all police and fire in the procession to give the puppy his last ride through Town. they did the same route they do on Christmas Eve, I think, for the annual holiday parade. It was so sweet, and sad at the same time. The puppy visits all the kid sin school each year, so everyone knows him. So sad for everyone. I told the kids we live in a nice Town, that holds life in such esteem. It made me proud to be a citizen of Saugus today.
    Marissa and Amanda went to BJ’s for us today, and they ran into the parade on their way home.
    I just heard there is a tornado warning in Ohio. I have 2 cousins who live there.
    I hope your night goes well…..love the St Patty’s Day pics, and the adorable kittens!
    Adele

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    Well today was a beautiful Spring day. Bright & sunny and 67 degrees. Most of the snow is gone but still some left in places mostly where the sun does not hit it. We are to be in the 60’s again tomorrow. I have not heard of any storms for here. The temps fall back into the 40’s after tomorrow & windy Sat.
    anyway I needed a day like today it improved my attitude. I wish Gail could get one of these nice days. Since she usually shares the nasty stuff I would like to share a nice Spring day with her. I am sure this was just a tease & we will still get some more snow. But I will enjoy this while it is here.

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    Hi Sue!!
    So glad to hear you did nto get any more awful weather. I have my kitchen window open, even though there are passing rain showers. the birds are even singing out there. Very nice. we will get a little colder, but nothing of concern, and that is great. I also love good news, weather or health, is fine!!
    I was hoping Gail is ok, as well as Colleen. their areas were getting blasted.
    So sad to ehar of the awful shooting in New Zealand. It never ends. i find myself saying this every day….”What is wrong with people?”
    You would laugh so hard if you saw me today. My neck and shoulder are sore becasue of the weather. So, i need a snuggly cover for one side of me. I have the chenille jacket I told you about from Stan Herman on, and it is on one arm only…the rest is hanging behind me. I look really weird, but,my shoulder is cradled in the warmth it needs, and the rest of me is cool…..LOL LOL If I were good at selfies, I would take one, so you would have a good laugh for today.
    Spring is on the way, Sue….yahoo!!
    Adele

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    Sue hooray for your beautiful day! So happy for you. Hope it lasts a long time and your snow days are over for this year. Did you get out and celebrate? Wish we were all there with you; we could go to lunch and just laugh and enjoy your good news. We are warm here today. We had just awful storms here a few days ago; but the terrible part went on through Alabama and so much harm and destruction. I am terrified of tornadoes; always have been. Our worst ones seem to come at night. I have seen the temperature go from the 80’s drop down to the 40’s or so in just a short time; and then the terrible storm comes. We had howling winds with the ones this week, and they just kept coming in waves. Very scary.
    How sad for your little police puppy Adele. They do such good work with the little children in teaching them how important their role in and how the police are there to help us. My father was a Captain in the Police Dept. and I grew up around many many police; so I was around them all my young life. Most of my friends would just come running when they saw Daddy drive his squad car in the drive; and he would stand and visit with them all. Back then; we were all so close as neighbors everyone knew every ones business ha ha. I remember church picnics and it sounds like they still have them where Colleen lives. We don’t as much here now. Seems people are too busy.
    We had our visit to the doctor. As I suspected; Jerry told the doctor that he was fine. I just looked at him and said Jerry mabey you should tell him about how your back is really bothering you worse in the lower part? He glared, but the doctor coached him into having to tell him, and from there I just spoke up and said his shoulder is really bothering him too. So he prescribed some ointment to rub on his shoulder; which so far does seem to be helping, gave him a pill to take at night to help relax his muscles around his lower back if he is unable to sleep; and he has taken two of them so far. I agree with him that he should not take medicine everyday unless he really needs it; but if he is so uncomfortable he can’t even sleep then he should. It hurts me to see him and not be able to help him. He was mad; but got over it. ha ha
    Hope Heather is feeling better. That is such a painful disease. I know you worry and are right to tell her not to wait before she goes for help.
    Neal and Sarah both are bad sick. They have bronchitis/sinusitis and had to see the doctor yesterday. Neal said they felt so bad and little one was okay so far but afraid for him. I said son, if you all can; take turns going into the bedroom to rest. That way; one of you at a time can get the much needed rest while the other is there while the baby plays, and then vice versa. I also said let little Colin help by handing you things etc. It is so hard when young folks have no one to help them. I checked on them today, and both still really feeling bad. And sanitize everything if they can.
    Hope all are well and your Moms are having a good day. Adele, I got the grey AND the pink TOO! What a coincidence. I love them, and have missed Stan Herman shows. I have two of his robes and several gowns. I was delighted to see his bed jackets on sale. I too think the prices on the Q have really gone up over the many years ago when I first began to watch. I have quite a collection of Lock and Lock, and I am boxing many of my pieces up for my DIL’s. They are just too nice to just give them away. You just don’t realize how handy they are till you use them. I love Temptations too. So pretty. I have several of the Polish stoneware pieces they used to sell many years ago. Do you remember those? Have a great weekend everyone. Barbara

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    Hey Barbara!

    I am so glad you did ok in the storms. more good news-yahoo!
    I do remember those wonderful times of church picnics, CYO dances, and pot luck suppers. I always wanted to be in the country, and have those nice picnics all summer long.
    I have the cream you rub on an ache, and I love it too. I am so glad you ratted hubby out, so he could get some help. Why is it that men feel less than, when they admit they hurt? Good lord. they are all alike.
    I will add a prayer for all your sick loved ones, and one to hope Itty Bitty (not so itty any more….LOL) will not get it. It woudl be awful for him to get sick, just before they come home.
    Heather is feeling better. She went to the doctor today, and she is very low on vitamin D. her doctor told her a lot of her symptoms are because of the low vitamin D. They also did a pap smear, and biopsy, as she had cervical cancer, and they watch her for that. She is afraid her doctor saw soemthing. I tried to reassure her they were just being cautious. I hope I am right, as she has been so tired lately.
    I hope your weather will be good this weekend.
    It is so funny we have the same taste in clothes, and kitchen items….lock n lock, temptations, etc. I do remember the Polish potery- it is very pricey now.
    Have a good night!
    Adele

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    Hi Ladies,
    My mom is going to have to have a procedure on her back on Thursday. All this time she has been in so much pain and they found out that she has a fracture. They took all kinds an xrays and did not find anything. They finally sent her to a pin clinic and the back doctor found it. We are hoping that this will end the whole thing. Mom is ready to be by herself again. I do not blame her.
    Adele i am so glad to hear that your mom is doing better. She is talking of being here in the future. That is always a good sign. I am so glad that she has finally got over being depressed.
    I will try and get caught up with everyone . I really am behind on what is going on. I hope all of you have a good night.
    Colleen

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    Hi Ladies,
    I hope this finds everyone safe & sound. Happy St. Patrick’s day, belated. I’ll bet all of you had a ball celebrating the weekend. We had a beautiful weekend weather wise. Some places got up to almost 70 this weekend. It’s gonna last a couple more days then the rain returns. The East winds have returned but not as cold as they were a month ago.
    Colleen, I’ll send prayers to you & your mom. Hopefully it’ll work & she’ll be back to her self, & no pain.

    Adele, I bet you decorated for the holiday. Did you make green cupcakes or soda bread? I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten soda bread. What is CYO dances? I don’t think I know what they are. Yeah living in the country is great for kids to grow up in. It’s a whole other life style. I think everybody needs vitamin D in the winter months. We don’t get enough naturally in the winter, so my Dr. told me to take it. I take 5000 IU’s daily. I get em at Costco.

    Did you watch the spring fashion weekend? I watched some of it.
    I’m decorating for spring & Easter. Slow but sure.
    Well that’s all I have for tonight.
    Take care.
    dd & Jewell

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    Hi DD,
    Thank you for the prayers. We are all praying that this will take care of the pain and she can live like she always did. She will not move in with any of us she is determined to live on her own.
    Thank you for sending all the pretty pictures. It really brightens my days and I am sure that it does the same for the rest of the girls. The flowers remind me of my grandmas back yard. She always had a big flower and vegetable garden. I still miss her.
    I am glad that you are having some good weather. WE are starting to have better weather here also. We had those heavy winds but did not get much damage. We were really lucky.There were a lot of people that had some bad damage.
    Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
    Colleen
    HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY!!

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    Hi Everyone,
    Colleen, I hope that your Mom will be back to normal soon. This has been a long hard process for her.
    DD, I can’t wait to see the real flowers like you posted popping up outdoors.
    We are going to be in the 50’s thus week.
    Sue, I hope you will be getting this nice weather soon.
    Last week between the rain and snow melting all the rivers and creeks were really high but they have gone back down closer to normal now.
    The snow is gone and I can see the brown grass.
    We have had a herd of deer visiting and Greg loves them except when the graze on his putting green. I keep telling him the deer really don’t know the difference.
    Barbara, I hope Neal and Sarah are feeling better. How is Joey feeling?
    I collected quite a bit of the Polish stoneware over time-since I am Polish it’s a nod to my ancestry. I love every single piece that I own. I think they are so beautiful.
    DD, I think CYO is Catholic Youth Organization. They didn’t do dances in our area-we actually had school dances at the high school when we were young. That was the gathering place-it was usually dances after football or basketball games.
    Adele, I’m glad Heather is feeling better. I guess we must not get enough vitamin D from the sun in the winter. I know a lack does make a person tired. Did you have corned beef and cabbage? None here as neither of us like it. But I did wear green so I wouldn’t get pinched even though I have very little green in my wardrobe I did find some.
    Our friends are In New Zealand but I figured they would be safe as I couldn’t imagine what they would be doing in a mosque and we did hear from them later on Facebook that they were safe.
    I ended up not baby sitting on Wednesday as “the boyfriend” had the day off so he babysit. But we did babysit the next day for Piper and Lachlan while Jenny and Kendall did Girls On the Run. After not seeing us for several weeks the darn dog was afraid of us again and we had to convince him to go outside. lol
    We went to a Pet Expo yesterday and I bought Jenny’s dogs these cute little treats that look like they are in a Happy Meal box. So we will bribe Luke not to be afraid of us anymore. I guess the kids have spring break next week so it won’t really coincide with Easter this year.
    On the way home yesterday we stopped to go out to eat at a place we had been wanting to try. It used to be a bar with a little restaurant on the side and someone bought it and remodeled it and made it look really nice. I thought it would be bigger from looking at the outside but they really did a nice job of refurbishing it and the food was good too.
    Between the nicer weather and more sunlight I am feeling a “spring” in my step. lol How’s that for a pun.
    Gail

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    Hey DD!!
    Well, CYO dances are the Catholic Youth Organization dances. Always in a church hall, on Friday nights. Or, at least in Boston…..LOL
    We had a quieter St Patty’s Day. Only Al came for dinner, as the kids were busy- one working, one with relatives who came from Italy to visit, and one on a “kid break”….Heather had the boys overnight for the weekend. They will all come another weekend. We bought 2 big corn beef’s, and froze one for when they all come for dinner.
    Al ( my deceased friend Winnie’s hubby) brought the Irish soda bread. It is a bread that is pretty dense, with raisins inside. I did nto bake, as we got the St Jospeh Zepoli’s…..LOL They only have those once a year.
    I watched some of the fashion shows. i got a hoodie cardigan from Anybody, and I love the light fabric, and they match with the pants I wear aorund the house. I got a couple of colors. I have been wearing those, more than Carole Hochman. Carole Hochman fabrics have been getting worst and worst, and the price going up and up. the last couple of pairs I got pilled, and looked awful. I still have a lot of them, some in bags….LOL
    Well, the weather here is good. Sun is out, but chilly, and that is ok. It is to rain Thursday, andinto Friday am, of course. We finally bit the bullet and ordered a new mattress with the moveable base, in the hope Gary will be able to sleep on his back, and get off the side, so he will to get any more compression wounds. Free financing, and you know how I am all about the free financing!
    Also, after the last 2 days, and a very miserable night last night, I called to book an appointment with the surgeon to replace the shoulder. I finally got to the point that I can no longer stand the pain. It made me nauseous, and sick to my stomach, and when it gets that bad, you are all done. I had Gary slather the shoulder from the neck to the elbow with my “boo boo cream”, before I got into bed. I even got up in the middle of the night and took an Indomethacin- heavy duty aspirin based NSAID. That didn’t even make a dent in the pain only lessened it.
    The doctor does not want me to take the Indomethacin with the Celebrex I take, as I can get a stomach ulcer. Frankly, last night, I would have taken 5 of each, if I thought that would have stopped it. because of the risk to the stomach, I only took one of them, and it barely got me back to sleep. Sorry for complaining, I just wanted you all to know where I am at with the dam shoulder.
    I hope your joints are not giving you any trouble!!
    A new show is on tonight that looks good, so that will occupy my mind.
    have a good night.
    Adele

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    Hey Gailster…
    Well, there is not nice smell of Spring in this air, due to the cabbage and corned beef….LOL LOL LOL So, yes, we did partake of the gassy substance. I ate a lot of the cabbage, as it is good. besides, I blame all gas sounds and smells on Gary- works for me!
    We had enough meat leftover to have sandwiches tomorrow,and I will make home made bread. I could nto do dinner tonight, as the shoulder was beyond bad- please read the post to DD for the gross details.
    Get greg to take a pic of his new pets- the deer. I would love to see them. They are such beautiful animals. Who knows…maybe they are golfing deer….LOL LOL
    Thank you- Heather does feel better. She sees the ear,nose and throat doctor the end of this week, I think.
    Hey…what is this pinching thing? Nobody up here ets a pinch when they do not wear green. That is real funny. Tillie had on a green Quacker shirt, and green jewelry. Too funny.
    I am also hoping Colleen’s Mom is ok, and Barbara’s son and DIL are ok too. So many people have been sick.
    My 3rd of 4 best friends, Joyce is sick. (Joyce of the Ron and Joyce crew) She has been throwing and going for 2 weeks. She went to the ER, and they did a CAT scan, which showed a lesion on her kidney and lung. She is to have an MRI, but, she can’t when she cannot stay out of the bathroom. Today, they prescribed a prescription anti-diarrhea med. I am a little scared, as I have lost 2 besties in the last 2 years. Please say a prayer for Joyce.
    I hope your family steers clear of any more illnesses too. Way too much flu’s goign around this year.
    Hope you have a good night!
    Adele

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    What’s up with our name not being at the top of the page anymore with that little number next to it showing if we have any messages or not.
    Here’s the fascinator I want for the Kentucky Derby-of course at 175 dollars I think I’ll take a pass.

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    So sorry your shoulder is giving you so much pain, Adele. Yes, I agree with you that since it is just getting worse that you have made the right decision to see the doctor about surgery. Please keep us posted. Hope your friend will feel better soon. I know you are worried. Love that Tillie wore her green finery. She is doing so well. And Colleen we will all be praying for your Mom and her procedure. She has been through so much and I know she and you all want her back home and feeling better. Neal and family are doing some better. Joey has gotten good results so far on his labs and his stress tests. We are waiting to hear from his wearing the monitor. I made BLT’s last night; plenty for them too. He and Lisa came up and did some work changing the oil in the tractor for Jerry. It reminded me of many years ago when Jerry and I would work together on those jobs. When you live in the country, you learn the value of keeping you farming equipment in good working condition. But now; it has become a real concern for us.
    DD, love your beautiful Spring flowers. I could almost smell the fragrance coming from the page. I used to loved smelling the sweet smells as a child. No air conditioner back then; so the windows were wide open and I would smell the sweet rose bushes outside my window sill. Honeysuckle grows wild here and boy, does that smell wonderful. And I think the most fragrant is the Gardenia. What a glorious smell. Bet you all have your favorites too.
    Better close for now. My computer is stopping every other word. Take care, praying for all. Hugs Barbara

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    Barbara,
    So glad to hear that everyone is doing better at your house.
    Speaking of flowers did you see on the news the poppies blooming all over the hillside in that town in California. It is quite the spectacular scene. I love the delicate poppies-plus it always reminds me of the Wizard of Oz-and that’s just what these fields look like.
    I don’t think gardenias grow outdoors up here. I always love the spring scents of lilacs, peonies and lily of the valley. But they all bloom for such a short while. Maybe that’s why I like spring so much because my favorite flowers bloom then-plus it is always the symbolism of hope and new beginnings. It’s the glass half full season! lol
    Gail

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    Adele,
    I will pray that Joyce is better soon with no serious issues. It was nice of you guys to have Al over for Saint Patrick’s Day. I have had Irish Soda bread before at Saint Patrick’s day parties. I’m not crazy about it as it’s kind of dry. This is funny we have a friend who’s parents actually came over from Ireland and her birthday is Saint Patrick’s Day and her name is-you guessed it-Patty. lol How’s that for being 101% Irish!
    I don’t know where that idea about pinching someone who isn’t wearing green came from. I don’t think I actually heard that until i was an adult.
    I like wearing those Anybody pants too. They are light and flowy and comfy. I’m getting excited as soon we will be able to ditch long pants and shoes and socks and wear sandals and capris or shorts. The bad thing is you have to shave your legs more. lol Although with age the hair doesn’t grow as fast or thick as it used to.
    I’m doing a crock pot meal today. Round steak with gravy. Will have some mashed potatoes and probably corn with it. Pretty soon we will use the crock pot less and the grill more.
    I hope you guys will like the new bed. I guess the difference between yours and the sleep number is you won’t be able to adjust the firmness of the mattress. Greg never changes his number but I adjust mine according to if I am stiff or sore or not. Sometimes in the winter when it’s cold I like to get in the bed and raise the head up and get under the covers and watch my soaps. And maybe afterwards if a person doses off for a little nap they are already in bed. lol
    Gail

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    OMG, Gailster….I think you should go for it…..LOL
    Adele

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    Hey Barbara!!
    So happy the kids are all feeling better. now, all you have to wait for is the results on the monitor. I feel as nobody has called yet, the news will be good.
    With my friend Joyce, one of her doctors has been calling her every day. I do not think that is a good sign. they gave her a prescription anti diarrhea med yesterday. they wanted her to go in, but she cold nto, due to being so sick. When I spoke with her last night, she was feeling a little better. She gets a little better, and then gets sicker, so it is a weird thing. the doctor said they think she has a nasty “neuro” virus. they want more blood, and stool samples from her. I hope this is just a nasty flu, but she had no fever. And, what about these 2 lesions- on the lung, and kidney. or bladder???
    I Know what you mean about working together. Gary and I worked on the deck in NH at the campground, and on many outside projects, and inside ones. Oh the memories of when we could use our arms and legs…..LOL the good old days, when we both smelled so grass after doing projects all day on Saturday, would jump in the shower, get dressed,and go out for a nice dinner, with our tmas from being out in the sun all day. Or, I would be at the pool with all the women, and Gary would come and check one me….. and the laughs we would have! Now we hide from the sun….LOL LOL
    For smells of summer, for me it is the lilac and lily of the valley. So good!
    i am making rye read today, so we can ahve sandwiches from the corned beef from Sunday. That is my big thing of the day.
    I decided I will book the surgery for after Easter. Since Tillie was so sick all during the holidays, I don’t want to ruin Easter.
    Hope you will get the good news on the monitor today……
    Adele

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    LOL LOL…….grass is supposed to be gross, and tmas, is supposed to be tans….LOL
    Adele

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    Hey Gailster!
    Well, i think i will see myself snuggling in my bed, more than my recliner….LOL this should be good. I’m so excited. One set of sheets will be delivered tomorrow, so we can get them washed and ready to put on. the other 2 sets are in some God forsaken county….LOL
    That pinching is hysterical.
    I love the crock pot. It is my all time favorite. I will have to teach Gary to put the stuff in while I recuperate, (at my direction) or we may never eat home meals for 6 weeks. That ought to be funny. I can just imagine the stories I will have.
    I have just about every color of the anybody pants. they match up with all my Quacker inside tops, and the tanks I get form the Q- different ones- denim and Co, Anybody, and other designers on clearance. I ruin the tanks I use in the house, as I get stains on my cleavage area….LOL Stains from eating and cooking. I am a disaster in that area, and always have to throw out stained tops, when they get bad. Plus, I found the mock neck turtlenecks, with no sleeves were great this winter for my neck.
    Hope your dinner comes out good. We are having rye bread ( making it) and left over corned beef.
    Hope your day is sunny and bright…..
    Adele

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    Very sunny and warm here today, flowers blooming, trees blooming. We rode into town and dropped off our tax information. We have literally had the same tax person for 30 years; and she and her husband retired; so NOW…I am on pins and needles because we have never even met our new lady. Our other lady became like a friend; who we came to know of her family, marriages, births, etc. just like she of ours. It made me sad and yet happy for her that she was able to finally retire and move close to her grands. They moved to Florida. I got a sweet Christmas card from her.
    Gail; that hat certainly has your name all over it. I love the color; and being Southern; and with the Kentucky Derby; I love hats. I can remember Mama and the other ladies at church; and Easter Sunday was a sight to behold. All the beautiful pastels; my first pair of kitten heels at 13; petticoats to make our skirts flare out; white gloves; little purses….many wonderful memories. So your hat has my vote!
    Adele; I have treated many with what is called “Roto virus” which gives bad diarrhea; vomiting; fever; makes you so sick. Poor lady; I know she must just feel awful. And I too wonder about the lesions. Very concerning. Hope she makes a good turn around very soon and gets better. How sweet to have your friends husband over for dinner. His bread sounds good. I love what we call here “cinnamon raisin bread” that has a swirl of icing on it. Tastes yummy. I bet you and Gary are really going to love your new bed. Hope it helps both of you be more comfortable. You may need to start doing a list of crock recipes for Gary now lol We have a lady in town that actually makes complete dinners for up to 4 for nightly meals of just regular food like you would make for yourself. And she either delivers or you pick it up at her home. She has turned it into a good little business for herself. It really doesn’t cost much more than fast food; and is so much healthier. We have a cafeteria style restaurant locally that Jerry and I love; and go at least every couple of weeks and sometimes get a “to go” meal, and bring it home. Do you have anything like that close by where Gary or one of the kids could bring something? I bet you have so many people there to help you all that you will really be using that new bed for resting and napping.
    What are your Spring plans Sue? Has your temperature gotten up above 50 yet? I keep hearing a lot of the hosts on the Q talk about “going to the shore” and I always think that may be close to where you live. Pictures I have seen of fishing boats coming in; light houses; piers are just so beautiful. I know how Jeanne always loved light houses. Are you able to stay in contact with Angel quite a bit. She seems so sweet and natural. Just love her. I bet you had a wonderful time on the cruise.
    Hope all is going well with your Mom and everyone Colleen. I know this must be a very busy time for you with the surgery coming up soon. Prayers coming your way. Please take care of yourself too.
    DD, how are you and Ms. Jewell? Our kitty has had a hard time adjusting to the time change. Does Jewell? Can you put flowers in pots on your windowsill? I can’t because Auto Kitty eats the plants or flower. I am afraid he will get sick. So no indoor plants for me. It is so beautiful where you live. I can’t imagine looking out my window and seeing that glorious mountain peak with the snow at the top.
    Better go for now. You all take care and have a great evening. Hope your shoulder is better Adele. That pain that makes you nauseous is awful. So sorry. Hugs, Barb

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    Hi, All
    My mom passed away this morning at 4am. We came home last night because I had spent the night the night before. at the hospital. I guess that I stayed on the wrong night. Talk to all of you later.
    Love ya
    Colleen

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    My Dearest Colleen,
    I am so very sorry. I will pray for you and your family and I hope you will find peace and love in the fond memories of your mother.
    Love and Hugs Across the Miles,
    Gail

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    Hi Barbara
    Good to know the doctor was not giving her a diagnosis, becasue they could nto figure it out. I thought you had to be on a cruise, or something similar to get that one.
    Well I have to tell you all how funny the bread was last night. After it had almost finished rising for the second time, I went to take my shower, before baking it. Apparently, a bread can go flat when it is “over risen”. So we had a Flatbread Rye bread. Ill attach the pic. Bobby went out to Panera Bread and got us a loaf for the sandwiches. the flat one we used for a little butter and jelly on it. It tasted the same, just very flat….LOL I actually called the King Arthur Bakers Hotline to find out what happened. That was a first.
    the sun is shining today, but it will be a rainstorm Thursday night, into Friday, of course. I have never had a furniture delivery where it was nto storming.
    So, today I did an English Muffin Toasting bread- we are having breakfast for dinner. GAry will have to help with the bacon- baking it in the oven. All because from cleaning up from the bread prep, my shoulder is screaming at me. i am sure it is the weather coming too. Plus, I could nto sleep at all last night- just one of those nights you cannot get comfy and go off to sleep. So, I am cranky to boot.
    did you see the new show The Village? I loved it.
    Hope you are having a good day.
    Adele

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    Dearest colleen
    I just read your post, and i am terribly sorry.We were all hoping she would get better, and all woudl be back to normal.
    You are a good daughter, and your mom knows you were by her side all this time, and did the best to keep her safe and healthy. There are many daughters who are not as supportive as you are, and you should be proud of all you did for your sweet Mom. Your Mom is grateful for all you did,and looking down on you now, saying thank you. She is your Angel in heaven and will be watching over you forever.
    I am so sorry, for you and your family. there are no magical words to take away the hurt. I wish that there were, so I could make you smile. I hope yu are thinking about all the god times, and great memories. Please let your family know we are all so sorry.
    Love and prayers.
    Adele

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    Well said, Galster.
    Adele

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    My dear Colleen,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I had hoped she’d be getting better & back home soon. I can’t imagine what a shock it must’ve been when you got the news. May God wrap His arms around you & comfort you at this time. I’m sending love, prayers, & lots of hugs.
    Treasure all the memories you have of her. They will give you comfort during this time.

    Love & hugs,
    dd & Jewell

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