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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hello Everyone,
      Another month has passed and summer is just flying by.

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      Hi Everyone,
      DD, so glad that you got your new bed and that Jewell approves. You will have to get some XL twin fitted sheets. They used to be hard to find but now they have them just about everywhere. Too bad we don’t live closer-I have some from when my MIL lived with us that went on her hospital bed and they are just sitting in the linen closet taking up space now. You would be more than welcome to them.
      Adele, wait for me I’m coming over for those muffins this morning. Yummy! So far this is what Greg has cooked for me Wednesday picked up chicken, cole slaw and potato salad from WalMart, Thursday ordered in spaghetti and meatballs, salad and garlic bread from local place, Friday picked up Subway to take to Jenny’s. He’s getting like me. I think he will have to up his game for the rest of the weekend. lol
      Plus this morning he got up and kissed me and said Good Morning, Scarface. lol You just gotta laugh to keep from crying. lol
      You know no one said anything about cutting my hair until I got there that morning. I had thought about it in the back of my head but was too afraid before everything happened to give it much thought. It is more than a little piece though. Greg thinks I look like I have some kind of a punk rock hairdo-all I need is some bright pink or blue dye. lol I had to cancel my root retouch for next week and last night i had a dream that my hair was all full of gray-of course I’m sure it is under the dye-but that’s why I dye it so i don’t have to look at it. lol I never knew i was this vain. Hmmmm-something to think about. Although one of the nurses was really surprised when she learned how old I was-but i told her the secret to that is being overweight-it fills out all the wrinkles and you don’t need plastic surgery. lol So right now I am the source of much levity around here. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself. At least the kids were not afraid of me-in fact they had very little reaction at all. Although Piper said we better go home last night and feed our fish-but not the ones in the pond-the one in the house and we have no idea what the heck she is talking about.
      Last night they were all outside with their jars catching lightening bugs so I was saying there’s one thing about kids that has not changed much over the last hundred years. I must say that these kids-as much as they like the tablets and such always want to go outside and play in the summer-so things are not as bad as people might think. Although they are lucky and live in an area where it is safe to do so-not all kids have that privilege. There are so many young families in that neighborhood-many of them who have grown up together so someone always has an eye out. It’s a nice area for them to live in.
      Colleen, I think I will have to write a menu for Greg and send him to the store and plan out what he will cook. If it was up to him he would just give me barbecued meat and nothing else.
      That is a good idea to try and tape something plastic on my head. I will work on that. Gosh, I wonder what your Mom does with that space on the top of her head too. It doesn’t seem like there would be any way to avoid it.
      Yesterday was Brent’s birthday and he and Wendy drove to her parents house in Ruidoso-for a couple of days. So last night the grands were singing happy birthday to Boo-Boo-that’s what they call him-Uncle BooBoo-and Jenny was taping them and texting him the videos. It was cute! Lachlan and Piper would do it but Kendall would just stay in the background and giggle as she doesn’t like to have her picture taken.
      The question about my eye is not dumb. There are no dumb questions-if we don’t ask how do we know. I guess it would just affect the right eye-but you are right-the first thing i do is worry about being able to read as that is my love-plus with the macular degeneration I already have a worry. But, I am feeling positive that with all the prayers everything will work out and the right decisions will be made.
      Right now i am having a hard time wearing my glasses though as the arm kind of goes right over the incision and pushes on it so I have been wearing my contacts or just going without-which is interesting. lol I am like Mr. Magoo. lol
      So far there has actually been some new stuff on CIJ. I have those little lights that I bought last year that are the TSV so I don’t need those. I actually got red white and blue last year so I can use them year round-sometimes i actually do something smart. lol I liked Valerie’s show last night-especially that lighted ribbon like stuff and those little trees in all the colors. But I have not pulled the trigger on anything as then i have to store it for six months before i can use it. But the pretty stuff is fun to watch.
      We got a couple inches of rain the other night so Greg won’t have to water for a little bit. right now we have a bunch of string algae in the pond that he is trying to figure out how to get rid of. I still haven’t convinced him to turn it into a pool so he doesn’t have to deal with all that. lol I told him I would just hire a pool boy-maybe Paolo. lol
      We will be thinking about you and praying for you on the 3rd. I know everything will be fine and soon you will see everything clear as a bell. it will be nice to have it all over and done so that you can go on with regular life-but maybe have Ron cook for you a little longer.lol
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gailster
      Maybe Piper was worried that you needed more rest, and was sending you home to take care of your fish. She is such a cutie. I am sure you looked lovely in your outfit, with or without a patch of hair. You know, we are way more than our looks. We all have personalities that fill up a room. Our Quacker ways are way more important (and noticeable) than the outside of us…..although we do sparkle enough to give the fireworks a run for their money.
      I am glad you had a good time last night.
      After all my talking about CIJ, I for got it was on. I just put on the Q…..LOL LOL After I am done with this, I will check out the site on line, to see if I missed anything good. I cannot believe I forgot. I was making the chocolate muffins. I am not sure about them. they are VERY chocolate, maybe even too much, if you know what I mean. Bobby said they are like the double chocolate muffins you get at a good bakery, or Starbucks. I think I like my Blueberry ones more. I am doing something blueberry tomorrow.
      Gail, I have to say, that Gary would be doing the same thing- taking out the menus and asking me what I feel like eating. Thank God we have good men, who care, and help as much as they can.
      I cannot wait to hear what you get form the CIJ shows today…..
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Adele,
      I didn’t think that i would get anything but i did do some damage as I saw the VPH auto delivery of the mercury glass centerpiece and it will be perfect for our kitchen table and match the new chandelier in there. I also could no longer resist her little sparkly trees in blue for my new gray bookcases and her rope light.
      I think I’m done for the day unless I see something in her later show.
      Colleen, Valerie has the cutest Santa and Mrs. Santa Carolers-i know you collect Santas-I already have her Dickens carolers and they are really nice.
      Gail

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      This makes the 3rd time I’ve tried writing a post. Third times a charm, I hope. I hope you’re enjoying the CIJ shows on the q today. Adele, did you see the cute “GoBot” robot this morning? It’s a minion from the Despicable Me movie. IT rolls around on the floor & when it detects something in the way it turns & goes in a different direction. Looks like fun for the kids. I did preorder some food items for Dec. arrival. I got the mini cheesecakes, & the 4 sides. That should keep me fed for awhile. there’s been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tooooo much stuff on the show that I’d love to have!!!!
      Gail, I’d love to have those sheets!!! I’ll reimburse you for the cost of sending them plus whatever you want (short of $1,000,000) for em. I haven’t priced them yet but I imagine like all sheets they are pricey. Thanks. I wish I had someone to go out & bring dinner home for me. lol. You’ve got a good guy there. There’s a woman here who shaved her one side of her head, but she didn’t have any surgery done. She did it to get attention. I’m glad to hear kids are still getting out & playing, catching bugs like we used to do. We don’t have lightning bugs out here tho. We caught grasshoppers. Sounds gross doesn’t it. But as kids what did we know, right??
      Adele, you read my mind, I plan on putting the bed in the corner, under one of the windows. I solved the rolling off issue by sleeping on my stomach. I hadn’t done that in yrs!! I got a full night’s sleep finally!!!
      It was cloudy this morning but they burned off & it’s sunny out. It’s just right for me. Not too hot. Next weekend it’s supposed to be hot again, it is July after all.
      That’s all for now. Have a grrrrrrrrrrrreat weekend!!
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      I plan to put the bed in the corner, under one of the windows, after they get done with the treatment & things get settled down. They have to move things around so they can spray for the bugs, (that I don’t think I have)! It’ll give me a chance to rearrange things.
      I do keep in touch with the families of those I took care of. I spend Christmas with one family, I took care of Diane’s mother for 6+ yrs. And there are others I keep in touch with. I don’t see or hear from anybody from HP. I would imagine most if not all those folks are retired by now, or don’t work for HP anymore.
      I’m sure I’m forgetting something but that’s all I can think of for now.
      dd

      PS How many of these do you remember??

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    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      I got the candles in bags for the women customers for Christmas gifts from the business- they came to about 5.00 each, whihc is not bad, ad I need 16 of those.
      I got the cute battery operated light that has the shell motif, in gold- matches with my kitchen and living room lights. got the Minnion robot for Aizen and 2 Magic sets for JJ- he loves to do magic tricks. So, I made some progress on gifts.
      So far, that is all. I have not watched yet today, but will pretty soon. I was baking a blueberry breakfast cake- forgot it takes an hour to bake- it has a cup of ricotta and a cup of sour cream, with only 3/4 cup flour, so it has a lot of protein for my diabetic.
      How are you feeling????
      Quiet day here. Bobby is BBQ ing the steaks I had Marissa get at BJ’s. I had her get a tenderloin roast, and have the butcher there cut it into stakes for the grill.
      Hope you and Greg are good. We have to say our prayers for Colleen tomorrow.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I am thrilled that you had a good night’s sleep. Also happy Gail has some sheets that will fit your bed.
      I did not see the sides for the holidays. I got those last year, as Colleen and Gail said they were good, and they were. Ill have to check.
      I remember all of those…..LOL You find such cool stiff.
      I have ITKWD on right now. Maybe he will have the sides on his show. Did you enter the contest?
      That is is nice that you spend the holidays with that one family. I do remember you went there last year, now that you mention it.
      It is in the 90’s here today. But, less humidity. Still gross. LOL
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Gail, now that you have become our resident punk rocker; I vote for purple or pink highlights on the ends of your hair. I see young women around here with half of their heads shaved off; and neon color on what hair is still there. You may have just started a new phase of fashion for us and I won’t have to to wear my not quite brown/not quite auburn/ definitely gray hair that I have. I would love some purple highlights. An idea for keeping your incision dry is that they do make bandages at Walmart or your drug store that is waterproof and waterproof tape to secure the bandage with. Did any of that make sense? Somehow it just doesn;t sound right, but hopefully you can decifer through my goofy description to find the waterproof bandages. That was so sweet of Piper to want to give you a reason to go home so you could rest. I love to watch the children catching fireflies too. I have ordered from the Q those glass jars like mason jars with the tiny twinkle lights and have them out on our patio. It looks just like fireflys. Lisa thought it was really them. She asked me one day how do I keep them alive, since she sees them when she passes our house driving out to their home. So I got two for her too. She grilled some meat for us the other day and it was spicy, but was good. I was so excited that she was trying. All I want with all my heart is for them to be happy and loving to one another.
      DD, I love your pictures. All the ducks, puppies, kitties and the great eagle celebrating the 4th; and it took me back when I saw the one of the percolator and the door latch. We used to keep our front door open all summer when I was little (way before air conditioning) and my Daddy would latch the screen door just to keep our kitty from pushing the door open and going outside at night. And I remember hearing that coffee pot starting to bubble and make its noise when the water would be coming up through the little tube inside. Such a good smell. Thank you for the memories.
      Hope everything goes quickly and you are in and out in no time tomorrow Colleen. Prayers coming your way. That Ron and Gregg are competing for best husbands right now taking good care of you and Gail. Proud of them both. Take care of yourself, and just rest afterwards.
      So very hot and humid here today. We are expecting storms on the 4th. We just found out Joey and Lisa will both be off so we are going to cook something for us all. Jerry has said he would like to grill some BBQ and I really would like some potato salad, baked beans coleslaw and some fruit salad of some kind. Making myself hungry. We are doing pizza tonight. It is one of those where you order exactly what you want on it, how you want your crust and then bring it home and cook it up when you are ready to eat. It is really good. Joey and Lisa like hawaiian with pineapple and ham, but Jerry and I like everything on ours with a thin crust. It tastes so fresh. They add the ingredients as you are standing there unless you call ahead, and you can choose the type of sauce you want too. We enjoy it. And since it is starting to smell really good; I guess I better go for now. By the way; I really enjoyed the CIJ shows yesterday too. You all know how I am about outside lighting; so I did have to order some more sparkly things. I love Valerie Parhill as well. Her carolers are just beautiful. Did I miss the man who carves those pieces Jim Shore? I love so many of his pieces.
      Take care everyone, and special prayers to all my friends having things done, and those who have just had some procedures or surgery done. Hugs all across the miles, and hope you get a good nights sleep tonight DD. Barbara

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Barbara, I don’t think you missed Jim Shore. But I think I heard on one of the show updates that he’s either on this week or next week. There is a QF show on Tues. morning at 6 AM your time. And later in the day.
      Colleen, I’ll be saying a prayer for a successful surgery. I can’t wait till you can see sooo much better!!
      Adele, I believe the sides I preordered are the mac & cheese, sweet potato casserole, & two new ones, a hash brown potato casserole, cream corn casserole. They all sounded so delish I couldn’t resist.
      Your BBQs sound delightful. I’ve had hot dogs & baked beans for dinner the past couple nights. Too lazy to cook. That’s when I wish I had someone to cook for me. lol
      By this time tomorrow night I hope they’ve packed my stuff up & they’ve done the treatment so I can get back to some kind of normalcy. After they spray the apt I can’t get back in for 4-5 hrs later so the spray can dry. I can’t leave Jewell in here so I have to leave her with Critt. He loves her to death so he doesn’t mind. I’m sooooo tired of this crap!!!!
      Well, that’s all for tonight.
      I’ll keep ya posted on what happens or doesn’t happen.
      dd
      HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

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      Oppppppppps, Gail, you’re not the only one with really short hair. I cut mine & I came thisclose to shaving it all off for the hot weather!! That’s a horrible pic of me but I’m not good at selfies. I don’t take good ones. Just wanted to let ya know you’re not alone with reeeealy short hair.. dd

    • Colleen
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      Hello Everyone,
      There is a lot on here right now. I just missed getting on here yesterday and everyone has really been busy. We have not been doing much. It is so hot here.
      Gail that is funny that Greg has gone and picked up food to eat since this all happened. It will be interesting to see what Ron does. He may be doing the same thing. Bought a lot of food that is easy to fix but you know men when they look at it they will think that it is too much and off they go to the nearest take out place.lol My grand Brook did that to her hair. She did not shave it but she has one side longer then the other and she has purple in her hair. She does that a lot. She is partial to purple. Ron just laughs and teases her about it. She does not care because she keeps doing it. She has had purple and red so that was really different. You do have a good sense of humor. You should let Greg that he could wake up with a hunk of his hair missing. I would do that to Ron but he is bald on top so he does not have enough hair to do that to. I agree with Adele I think that Piper was worried about you and just wanted you to go home and get some rest. You may have looked really tired to her. Little ones are really sensitive about things like that. I have not got a hold of my mom yet. She is not at home she is either at my Borthers or may oldest sisters. She does get around.lol Our grands like to catch fire flys also. It is so much fun to watch our grands doing things that we all liked to do when we were young. How nice that the kids sang Happy birthday to Brent. Hope that he had a good birthday.
      I did not see a lot of the CIJ yesterday. I had taped some of the shows but did not find anything that I wanted but a new Christmas tree. I got one that is 5 feet. I hope that we like it but Ron is wanted to size down on our tree. The one that we had was a pain to put up and we have had it for a long time and it is not in as good a shape as it use to be. It was a Bethlehem lites tree. Just hope that we like it. It has a remote and that is nice. I have ordered some of Valieres carolers before but they were not made too well. They had a rough bottom on them and was scare they would scratch my tables.
      DD, I love the pictures that you have been posting. The ones with all the old time things really did bring memories. We use to have that latch on our kitchen door like that. The coffee pot makes me think of my mom and my grandmother. They always use those. Then they came out with the electric ones and they bought them. The Christmas picture was really pretty also. You always post such pretty pictures. I like the one of you also. That was a good picture. THose sides are really good. We have some on auto delivery. My grand kids love the mac and cheese and the sweet potatoes are really good. The only one that I have never had is the new ones. I like the broccoli and rice casserole they had I am not sure they are making that one anymore. It is really good though. You will enjoy all of them. It would be nice if they would hurry and get you apartment sprayed. It is hard when they make you wait that long for them to come and do that. Maybe after the 4th they will get that done.
      Adele the robot that you got for Aizen sounds really cute. I saw it but do not have a grand that is young enough to want it. Aliza is too young. I liked that cat but she is too young for that also. We gave her a cabage patch doll last year so do not want to give her another one. THey will have some more things that the kids will like I am sure. The shopkins are something that Kaylee likes so may order them Am not sure yet. All I bought was that Christmas tree so will have to see what else they have later.
      Barbara, That will be so nice if Lisa and Joey will come to have dinner with you and Jerry. Sounds like Lisa is getting better about being around the family. She was probable a little embarrassed about how she acted before. I hope that things work out for her and Joey also. You are such a good person to make her feel welcome. That had to be hard to do. It is really hot here. The humidity is really bad. I have heard of the pizza places that you can tell them what you want on them and you bring them home and cook them, We do not have one around us so we have never tried one. Sounds really good though. Those little twinkle lites sound really pretty. They would be cute in those mason jars. You are making me hungry with all that you are cooking for the 4th. Hope that you all have a great time.
      Thank all of you for the prayers you are such good friends. Hope that all of you have a great 4th.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi DD,
      Thanks for the show of solidarity in the hairdo! Mine is only shaved on the right side-the left side is still long. I think I do need some blue and pink streaks on the left side now. lol
      I remember all that stuff in the pictures. I think it’s funny that the little kids will grow up without ever using or seeing a landline or a pay phone.
      Those Saint Claire sides are a winner. I’m anxious now to try the hash brown casserole. The kids all love the mac and cheese. In fact I get that just for them as Greg and I don’t eat mac and cheese.
      It may take me a week or so to get around to the sheets in the linen closet but you are welcome to them. I wouldn’t charge you anything for them as I would just have probably donated them as we no longer have an extra long twin bed. You will have to give me your address on the private messaging on here-then no one else can see it. You can only do that if we are friends on here which I think we probably are-if not that’s easily remedied.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for the info on the waterproof bandages. That makes sense that a drug store might sell something like that. I will have Greg stop on his way home from work tonight as I am getting to the point where the hair is feeling really dirty. I can see that the stitches are looking like they are dissolving already so I guess I must be a pretty fast healer. At least there’s something that I can still do fast because it’s not the housework. It just amazes me that it now takes two or three times longer to do chores that I did in no time when I was younger. It’s not just me though as Greg has the same complaint.
      How nice that Joey and Lisa will both be off for the 4th. I’ll bet you guys will have a great barbecue. You will be working hard though if you are going to make all the sides. I am just planning hamburgers and hot dogs or brats. Don’t even know if there will be a get together as Adam often has to work on holidays. I am making a patriotic dessert with strawberries and blueberries though.
      That pizza place sounds really good. It kind of reminds me of Subway for pizza.
      Have you chatted with little Colin lately? How old is he now? He must be scooting around crawling.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      If those ladies are like me they will love the candles. I always lit candles years ago but now I have battery operated all though out our house all year long. People probably wonder what we are doing in here when they drive by at night but I just love the illumination and with the flameless candles I don’t have to worry about burning the place down if I fall asleep or forget to blow a candle out.
      I am feeling good. In fact I even did some cleaning yesterday with some help from Greg. Then I changed my kitchen placemats to my red white and blue and changed all the towels to Americana and I feel so summery and cheerful now.
      I missed the shell motif candle. Was that a CIJ item? I am looking for something shell like-can you share the item number? Aizen will love the Minion. It was cute. It’s funny how the kids like magic. Kendall got a magic set for Christmas one time too.
      That’s funny we had beef tenderloin steaks for dinner yesterday too. We buy the whole tenderloin from Costco and just bring it home and cut it into steaks ourselves. We usually will cut some steaks and a couple of small roasts for just the two of us. It is the best! We do the same with a pork tenderloin roast too. Now that Greg has his food saver he is my king of packaging and freezing. We did that with the end of the asparagus for this year too. That way we will have some in the freezer for winter when we will really appreciate it.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Pretty soon your second eye will be done and you will be home-better than new!
      Well once I sent Greg to the grocery store on Saturday we had some food so that he could cook. We needed groceries as there wasn’t much in the house since he had been out of town the week before and i don’t cook much when he is gone. So I made up a menu now. Saturday he cooked these chicken in foil packages with chicken breasts, onions, mushrooms, baby carrots and red peppers. The recipe says to cook them in the oven but he cooked them on the grill and they turned out really good. It was a nice all in one meal. Yesterday he cooked steak, salad and parmesan red potatoes. Today he is doing ribs, corn on the cob and cantaloupe. Yum! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
      I couldn’t cut off a chunk of Greg’s hair while he was sleeping as nature has already done that to him. lol
      I’m glad that you got a new Christmas tree as I know that you have been wanting one for awhile. The only problem with downsizing is that then you have to downsize the number of ornaments that you use too and you have to pick and choose-and sometimes that’s hard with some of the old ornaments that we love.
      You must have ordered different carolers from Valerie than the ones I have. They are on a smooth wooden base and don’t scratch anything. I just saw the Santa and Mrs. Clause carolers and thought they were cute and thought of you since you collect Santas.
      Today it looks like they are having all clearance on the Q. In fact the TSV is one that they already had which is kind of weird. It makes you wonder if these are just leftovers from the last time.
      I’m saying prayers that you have a quick and easy surgery.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      That is so nice that joey and Lisa will be cooking for you on the 4th. Their getting along, and her trying to be friendly with you and hubby is wonderful. What a nice 4th of July present for all your family.
      The old smells and sounds of years gone by bring back so many memories. Times were simpler, and life was slower. We did not knwo how good we all had it back in the day.
      I hope it is not too hot for all of you. It is hot here today, but with less humidity. The humidity is coming back for the weekend, or before.
      Hope you have a great time tomorrow!!!!
      I also hope we hear from Colleen, so we know she is ok.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD!
      I love your new short haircut. It will be nice and cool for all those hot days.
      Selfies are very hard to take- they always make my face look weird. I gave up trying…LOL
      I am so glad the spraying will be over, and you can get back to normal. I hoe by now that you are back in your apartment, and all is good.
      Will Crit be joining you to watch the fireworks? We will watch them on TV too.
      I did find the sides, and pre ordered them for the holidays- thanks for telling me!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara
      I forgot to say, I did not see those lights that are in mason jars. Once in a great while, i will see fireflies. We do not see them much around here. When we used to go to NH, the kids would catch them, and they were so thrilled.
      We do not have any pizza places up here (that I know of) where you can stand there and tell them what to add, it is all order the pizza, and sit down to wait. I bet Bobby would know if we had one like that. What is the name of it? It sounds really nice.
      Hey Gail
      I hope I remembered to say happy birthday to Brent. if I forgot, please accept my apology!
      Colleen
      So, if you posted, you must be home, and all good. I hope so, as our prayers would be answered again.
      I did see that side with the broccoli dish on line yesterday, after I went in to get some for the holidays. DD saw them, and mentioned it, so I got them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If DD did not mention it, I would not have ordered them- thanks,DD!
      I also scrolled through the toys, and they have a lot available for little girls. You may want to check when your eye feels better. The robot I got for Aizen was selling for more at Best Buy- I saw that yesterday.
      Amanda died her hair the funky colors when she was in high school. her natural color is very dark, so you did not notice it as much. She also has a tatoo. Steph has a tatoo of JJ’s initials, on the inside of her wrist.
      Last year, I got 2 of the 4 foot trees, and put the one in the front room on a table. Nobody driving by would know the tree was only 4 feet high. That way, I was still able to use a lot of my ornaments on the 2 trees, and it was way easier to decorate them. I think we are all going that route, sooner or later. It is 90 out, and we are all chatting about Christmas….LOL
      So, tonight we are doing just hot dogs and sausage on the BBQ- simple and fast. Served with chips, and baked beans. Can’t be easier than that.
      I hope Ron is cooking something good for you.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      You are ahead of me. I have not taken out my Patriotic Annalees. I think I am going to try to do a Patriotic cake. If I do, I will take a pic of it. Tillie is wanting the blueberry muffins, so I may give in and do another blueberry thing for her. i will have to see how I feel tomorrow am.
      I am so glad you are feeling better. That is great news. I totally get it about your hair. that was the worst for me, when they would not let me take a shower for a week after one of the back surgeries. I recall by day 5 that I took a shower anyway. You know me, always the rebel. Gary was yelling through the door….LOL It was probably why the incisions got a little infected. I blamed it on the tape they used.
      OMG…..I did not get a shell motif candle. What in the world did the auto correct do now? I got the set of 4 candles with bags for gifting.
      So, did I tell you I said to Gary that some of the boards on the deck feel a little spongey? He disagreed of course. I reminded him he has neuropathy in his feet and cannot feel anything under his feet. We had a guy look at it, and the boards are deteriorating. They are made of cedar. So, log story short, we are replacing the floor boards, and the top railings with that Azek stuff. I am in between 2 colors- the color of the house (beige, for contrast) , or the color of the deck- kind of a light reddish brown. I will feel a lot better when it is done, as I fear someone going through a soft spot, if it gets worst. there is always something to do around here.
      Are you home tomorrow, or going to Jenny’s? Even if her hubby is not home? She seems to have a lot of fun in her neighborhood.
      Hope you have a good day tomorrow, no matter what.
      Adele

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Well, I’m sitting here among a mess of tubs & big black bags. The crew I told ya about showed up this morning, they got to work getting me all ready for the bug spray. they were 2 really nice kids (anyone younger than me is a kid). anyway they got me all set to go & guess what, NO BODY here to do the spraying. so I have to sit here till Wed., but that’s okay. I can get out what I need, I made sure of that!!! They weren’t scheduled to show up till this afternoon, but one of the clients didn’t come to the door so they came here. I all but pulled em in!!!! LOL the girl was impressed with my Disney collection of DVDs & how I had em in alphabetical order!! Jewell was a bit out of sorts with all the hub bub going on. She wasn’t sure what to make of it.

      Gail, I’m hopping on my broom & coming out to your place to eat!!! Wow, it sounds like your hubby can cook!! LUCKY you!!! And many thanks for the sheets. No hurry. Whenever you feel up to it. I think pink & purple would be nice in your hair. back when I was going to beauty school, they used to frost my hair. I guess they call it highlighting now., I’m a natural blonde so they’d do a reverse frost by tipping my ends a bit darker than my natural color. I don’t do anything anymore. Too lazy.
      I see they’re having another TSV of one they had earlier in the yr. Looks like they’re clearing out the stock of summer stuff this week. Shoes, clothes, etc.
      I called Critt today & we’re gonna have a picnic lunch, hamburger, potato salad, chips, & maybe watermelon or ice cream for dessert. I don’t think he’ll be up to watching the fire works with me. I think he’s an early riser, so he’ll be sound asleep by then.
      The weather’s just purrrrrfect out here. Not tooo hot or toooo cold. The weather people cant’ believe it. I’ll try & send it out to you guys.
      I didn’t see those shell candles. Were they on VPH show or another show? They sound lovely. Anything to do with the beach I love.

      I’m surprised they wouldn’t let ya shower. After a week it should be okay. When I had my heart surgery they had me in the shower in a few days, & said for me to let the water flow down over it as it helped the healing process. I’d turn my back to the water & let it run down over my shoulders. I wouldn’t hit the scar directly for a week or so but it felt good when I did.

      Do they have Blues or Jazz Festivals out there? They have one going on out here along the river since last Fri. To get in it used to be cans of food for the Oregon food bank. It’s one of their biggest fund raisers..
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrreat 4th!!!
      dd

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      Here are some things that should bring back memories, & cool off.dd
      Thank you for the compliments on my hair. It will be a lot cooler.

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      Hi DD!
      I do remember those phones, and the party lines we had back then. Remember how heavy they were?
      I am glad the nice kids got your apartment all ready for the spray. So, it sounds like it will be tomorrow?
      That is great that you and Critt will have a picnic for the 4th. It is so nice to have friends close by. Will your other friend be bale to join you to? Or, is she house bound?
      We will be watching the July 4th celebrations on the Esplandade on TV tonight.
      You will find this amusing. Last night we watched the Blues Brothers. Gary had never seen the movie. Can you imagine? Right after it, they showed the Blues Brothers, 2000. I never saw that movie. It was ok.
      Hope you have a good day. Sounds like your weather is cooperating.
      I made the Blueberry Muffins for Tillie this am, and will make an Angel cake for dinner. I wanted to do a Patrioticone, but, decided on a cake with no fat for today, as Gary and Tillie have trouble with beef, and we are having burgers for dinner, with a Tomato, Basil, Mozarella salad. Of course, Gary would never try that- he will have sliced cucumbers. Keeping it simple for today’s menu.
      Adele

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      Here’s my patriotic dessert for today. There’s another one that I actually wanted to make but it was a bit more involved so I thought maybe I’d do this for today and the other one later in the summer. Once I tried to do the jello one with the red white and blue layers and that was kind of a mess. lol For some reason I’ve always been hung up on patriotic desserts.
      Don’t know if the kids are stopping by or not. Couldn’t get a hold of Jenny. I know they went to a local parade. It’s funny Greg and I used to go that parade when we were in our thirties too as we knew a lot of people in that town who had parties all day. Now we are old farts and just stay home and are watching the National Lampoon Vacation marathon. If the kids stop by we are just having burgers and brats, canned baked beans, chips and watermelon.
      DD we went to a jazz fest out in Sun Valley Idaho a few years back because Greg’s business partner lives out there and wanted us to come. I would imagine they have them in Chicago. When we were in Idaho the people entertaining there had just finished up a jazz fest in Medford Oregon which is where one of the Quackers that used to come here all the time before she got sick was from. We all still miss Debbie and hope that she comes back some day.
      Happy 4th of July!
      Colleen, hope you are home and relaxing while Ron barbecues.
      Barbara, hope you are having a fun day with Joey and Lisa.
      Adele, I’m looking forward to seeing the angel food cake.
      Gail

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      Hey Gailster…….
      Love the Patriotic dessert. I am embarrassed to say, we ate half the cake at dinner…..LOL LOL LOL As it was not decorated, I did not think of taking a pic. You get the Quacker Patriotic Dessert Prize for 2017. Tillie and Gary put strawberries and whip cream on theirs, and I did not.
      Debbie was a lot of fun. She had a great sense of humor, and her stories were priceless. It would be nice to hear from her again. I hope she is ok.
      We still have not done a cake for Amanda’s birthday, as she went away for the week with her boyfriend. We also have Steph’s birthday coming up on Friday of this week. So, pics of cakes may still be coming. Sorry, guys….
      I hope DD had a great time at her picnic. Barbara had a great time with Joey and Lisa, and skyped their Itty Bitty. Colleen’s eye is good, and Ron made something yummy. Gail’s Piper stopped by for a visit to make her laugh.
      Those are my July 4th Patriotic wishes.
      Love you guys!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Everyone,
      My surgery went really well. I can see at a distance without my glasses but still need them for reading. Anything close. It just feels so weird not wearing my glasses all the time. Thank all of you for the prayers. They really made a difference.
      Greg is really making some good meals for you. Ron fixed a chef salad for me yesterday and today he made macaroni salad, green beans and bbq ribs. Tomorrow it is supposed to be tacos. The first real meal that he cooked was today. It was pretty good. Men really can cook if they have to. We did get a couple of really good guys.
      I liked your dessert it looks so good. We did not have anything sweet tonight at all. That would have pushing things too far. lol Did not feel like doing much today.
      That was some really good wishes that you had for all of us Adele. I hope that you had a wonderful day. Ours was just a quite day and that was kind of nice.
      Well I have to get off of here. Ron says that my time is up. I am not supposed to be on here for very long. Will talk to all of you later.
      Colleen

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      Hi Everybody,
      Well the kids did come over for a barbecue as Adam went into work at his usual time in the afternoon. Boy were they wound up and goofy yesterday. We finally sent them outside and challenged them to run around the house ten times. lol I must say it does make me smile though when I see the three of them all playing together despite their age differences.
      Piper has taken to calling her mom Jenny lately. It cracks us up to hear it. Especially if it comes with some eye rolling-flashes of what’s to come in the teenage years. lol
      Colleen, how cool to just need reading glasses now! It sounds like Ron Is taking good care of you.
      I’m back to cooking on my own now. No more pampering for me.
      Yesterday we taped up my head with waterproof bandages and Greg washed my hair for me. However, I don’t think he did a very good job as my hair feels kind of heavy. I don’t know if he didn’t get it soapy enough or didn’t rinse the cream rinse out well enough but it doesn’t feel quite right. I think I will dry shampoo it today and then Friday I can stop putting on the ointment so I will wash it myself and see how I can style it. I have been pulling it straight back and clipping back my bangs to keep them out of the ointment. This should be interesting.
      That dessert was really good. Not very sweet-just berries and whipped cream and cream cheese. The kids scarfed it down as they all love their berries. I also sent them home with the other half of the watermelon as it was too big just for us.
      We ended up the evening by catching the end of Yankee Doodle Dandy a great classic and one of Greg’s favorites.
      So it was a mostly quiet day with the sounds of children’s laughter in the early evening hours. A good day. I must say I absolutely adore the long hours of daylight at this time of year.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      I am so glad your second eye surgery went off without a hitch, and you can see better. All our prayers were answered.
      Ron has certainly rose to the occasion, and is becoming quite the Chef. now, when you threaten him with potato soup, he will be able to cook his own meal.
      A quiet holiday is good for the soul. I think we all had little to no company, and that is calming. plus, no big clean up. You know me, I am always looking for the shred of good in everything.
      We watched the celebrations in Boston on TV last night, and it is always nice to see. I really enjoy seeing the people in all their Patriotic garb. Some of the hats are hysterical.

      We have not heard from Sue in a bit, and after I had the laptop shut for the night, I realized I did not give a wish for Sue. So, here goes…..I wish Sue had a pain free holiday, with her being able to drive to the fireworks in her community, and enjoy them, without the use of a cane.

      Today the weather is still good, with no high humidity. Tomorrow will be the start of the humidity again.
      Hope you all have a good day.
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster
      I just read this and found out you are the only one who had an actual holiday celebration yesterday. Wish we were all there!
      I can see Piper’s face, as she called her mother by her name……did it come with a hand on the hip, with the head tilted to? Let’s not forget the standard eye roll. She is so funny. jenny will surely need a great sense of humor for her adolescence.
      Your dessert sounds great. i love the combo of cream cheese and whip cream. Yum, yum.
      I am still hoping you get the results today, and that it is good.
      That was a great idea for Greg to get the waterproof tape on, and help you with your hair. I bet you will be doing the dance of joy when you can wash it yourself on Friday. I would have done the same thing- put the hair up, and away form the ointment. It is all about the comfort for you this week.
      The weather here is still nice, until either tonight, or tomorrow. the humidity is returning. Yuck. Tomorrow, I start the PT for the ankles.
      Hope you are feeling good, and your boo boo is healing nicely.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      It is a good idea to have them run around the house for a while. That always seems to wear them out. It was nice that they came over. Sounds like you had a really nice day with them. Did you go somewhere to watch the fireworks? We watched them on tv and they were pretty good but not as good as when you go and see them in person. Next year we will be able to go and the colors will be so pretty.
      That is funny that Piper is calling her mom Jenny. I bet the Jenny does not think that it is funny though. It seems like at one point or another they all try that. I do not understand why they think that they can get away with it.
      I guess that Ron is going to do this for one week. Then I will be on my own. I have been doing some things on my own and really need to wash some towels. That was the only thing that I did not get finished before I had the surgery.
      That was nice that Greg washed your hair for you. I bet it is the conditioner that is still in your hair. That makes my hair feel heavy when I put it in. It is nice that you will be able to wash your hair on your own now. I still have to wear the googles when I wash my hair. I look like a woman from outer space. lol It will not be too much longer then I will be back to normal and can wash my face in the shower. Cannot get water on my eyes yet.
      We watched Yankee Doodle Dandy also. James Cagney was such a good actor. He played a really good part. I did not find out who that boy was that played him as a youngster. That boy was a good actor also. They had some good movies on last night. Music Man was on one channel and I cannot remember what else was on. The old movies are always better then the newer ones.
      We should have all joined you for dessert. That sounded so good. It would have been a really refreshing with the berries and the whip cream,. Watermelon also. You really had some good food there.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. Prayers are still coming your way. Hoping that the test results are really good.

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      Hi Adele,
      Sounds like you had a good 4th also. It is nice to have a quite day once in awhile. You needed it for awhile. Ron is getting to be a good chef. He made tacos tonight. They were pretty good. We got the double shell tacos this time. Those are good if you have not tried them you should. It will be interesting to see what we have tomorrow for dinner. I think that is good that you find good in everything. That is the best way to be. Then you always have good days.
      We watched the festivities on our news channel here. The fire works were good but not as good as when you see them in person. Next year we will see the ones that they do in the park in the little town near us.It will be fun to see all the pretty colors. They did not show any of the people with their fancy 4th clothes on. IT was too dark so we could not see anything but the fireworks. They did not show any of the fair at all. They had a few groups there to perform but they did not show them either. Unless they showed them during the day and we just did not see them.
      Sue would understand that you wishes her good things also. It is hard to remember everyone. You had really good wishes for her tonight so that is good. She must be doing pretty good. They have really been raving about how good she is doing.
      We have had the high humidity all week hopefully it will go down a little at the end of the week. THey have been predicting rain all week but the only rain that we have had is a little that we had this morning. We need more to keep our garden growing.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Sounds like everyone had a nice 4th. I had Critt over for burgers & had a good time. I fixed potato salad, had left over jello & baked beans, & potato chips. He took a container of the potato salad home with him. He really liked it. I watched some of the fireworks from my windows, and some on the TV. Jewell got a little scared when some of the big loud ones went off. I don’t remember her being that scared before. It could be she’s still jittery from all the hub bub going on in here.
      Still no spraying. I thought for sure they’d do it today, but no one was in the office today. They had a 5 day weekend. Must be nice. I want to get it done & over with so I can get back to some normalcy.
      Did any of you get in on any of the clearance sales on the Q? I got a yellow floral blouse from Denim & co, a red/white striped top with lady bugs from QF, & a bill fold with RFID protection. Got all with 4 easy pays. They called it a mid-yr clearance. Gettitng rid of all the summer things.
      The local Blues Festival I spoke about earlier made $1.2 million for the Oregon food bank. that’s the most ever!!! A huge success to say the least!
      I remember Debbie, she used to send me birthday wishes, but that was looooong ago, before I figured how to get on here. I haven’t heard from her in quite some time.
      We’re heating up again. We hit 90 today but should be abit cooler the rest of the week, in the mid 80s.
      I don’t know about the rest of you, but yesterday seemed like Sunday all day.
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      Sounds like you had a good 4th also. It was nice that you and Critt had dinner together. It sounds really good. It is nice that he moved in next door to you. You two seem to be good friends and you can do things together. It is nice to have friends to do things with.
      They really are taking their time spraying you apartment. They were in such a hurry and now they are not. I guess that lady just wanted to write people up so she did it that way. I hope that they do not let her do the check next time. She does not sound like she is the type of person that can work with people. Poor Jewel will not know what to do until the house is back to normal.
      I did not buy anything from the clearance shows. I was disappointed that Chics night in was not on. I guess it will be back on next week. I like to watch that show. They have a good time doing it and the snacks that Christy makes look really good also. I have bought enough things for awhile. I have to start on my Christmas shopping.
      How nice that the Blues Festival made that much money for the food banks. The people that run those things really have a lot of work to do. We have friends that run one of the food pantrys here and they have a lot they have to do. There is a lot of paper work to this. You wouldn’t think that they would have that much but there is a lot. You cannot deal with the government and not have a lot of paperwork.
      I like the pictures you posted. That water fall is so pretty. You always find pictures that we all like. Butterflys, water and water falls. Thank you for doing that.
      Debbie was a lot of fun on here. We all hope that she will come back on here one day. It was a shame that she got sick like that. I guess all that we can do is pray for her.
      well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

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      Hello to everyone. Such good times had on the 4th. Even quiet times were nice. I am so happy for you Colleen that your sight is doing good. Isn’t that just a miracle? Now this is all done and Ron has really been taking good care of you. I am so proud of our loved ones when they step up to the plate and do things that in most cases act like there is no way they could do. If you are like me you appreciate anything someone does to help you; so he and Gregg have been great. I know how Jerry would wash my hair for me since I couldn’t hold my right arm up for long at all. There were many times, Gail, that I know Jerry just didn’t know how to wash all the conditioner out and I would have that “heavy” feeling in my hair, but at that point I felt just fortunate to have mostly clean hair. It seemed like my hair tangled so badly then; and I just couldn’t get a brush or comb through it; so at times I just put it in a messy bun and clipped it up. I was like Sue was saying, I would break out in such a sweat right after my shower I guess from being so tired from just showering that I would overheat and feel like I needed another shower. It is not easy being down at all. We just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and praying that It will get better and we will get stronger.. You all have done so great though. I am surely proud of everone.
      Gail, your dessert looks so tasty. I can just hear Ms. Piper calling her Mom Jenny. I think they just hear us all call them by their name and they are growing up and feeling a little sassy and want to join in. They just mimic what they see and hear. Neal and Sarah took the baby to see fireworks in their little town. It was beautiful they said. We have had so many storms here lately that they actually postponed our little towns fireworks this weekend. But they were able to have a shortened show finally.
      I was caught in the most terrible storm while in town yesterday. It was raining so hard and the car was actually rocking the wind was blowing so hard. I called Jerry (he was at his Mom’s) and told him that I had pulled over in front of a little mall in town where one of the stores is closed to get some shelter from the overhang of the building. But while I was talking to him I noticed that the water was beginning to rise and was up to the middle of the hubcaps of the cars that were creeping by me. Jerry told me to slowly ride to the top of the parking lot where the lot was higher than where I was sitting. I was so scared. The car kept rocking but the rain finally slowed down enough for me to be able to drive slowly home. There was water all across the roads. I was so glad to make it home. I didn’t even go by the post office where I was going but came home. It came up so quickly. Better go for now. Take care everyone. Prayers for fgood results on your tests Gail.

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      Hi Colleen
      Bust day here today. Amanda and Marissa came for breakfast- they brought their own DD coffee, and bagles form Bagel World….LOL Amanda drove Marissa o the dealership, as she needed to get the Jeep recall done. I never did it, because I knew I would never be able to turn the Jeep on again. After Marissa picked it up, she called me and told me it was hard for her to turn the key too. The recall made you push the key in when you turned it on, and off. I wold never had had the strength to push and turn at the same time.
      it was nice to have the girls here for a visit. they are getting so busy with work, and school that they are not here as much as before.
      After they left, I went to my first PT appointment for the ankle. She said I did not lose any movement, just strength. So, I have exercises to do at home, and will go once a week for the PT for about 6 weeks, she thinks. That is not too bad.
      You are right. I always try to find the one ray of sun, when there is rain all aorund. You have to, as there are so many days when we have issues to deal with, for ourselves, and the family. We have to keep smiling, no matter what. Some days, it is hard.
      I hope Sue is doing well, as we have not heard from her in a few days. I hope it is because she is busy with life!
      As much as we make fun of all our hubbies, they are good men. We are blessed. But, I have to say, i cannot see Gary cooking anything for me for dinner. He does put meat on the BBQ, and makes my breakfast every morning…..that means coffee in the Keurig, and a half bagel in the toaster….LOL
      He is very proud that he makes me breakfast every morning, and tells everyone. LOL I think it is real funny.
      Is Ron telling everyone he is taking good care of you? He should be proud of himself.
      We are supposed to get rain tomorrow, plus gross humidity. I will not be sticking my nose out there, for sure.
      Hope your night is going well.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      How do you make your potato salad? Yours was such a huge hit, and I am glad, as it makes you feel good when people like what you made.
      We are getting hot weather, and rain too. I hope it is not too hot for you to sleep.
      I did not see the clearance shows. I may look on line to see what they had. I’m glad you got yourself some nice things, and on easy pay. I love the easy pay, as we do not have to pay any interest.
      I bet your kitty was scared due to all the people in your house lately, and everything being upside down. I hope they hurry up and spray, so you can get things back together again. that is awful that this has been going on so long. I feel terrible for you.
      Critt is a good friend, and I am thrilled he moved closer to your place. Friends are a real bonus in life.
      Did you see the Steve Harvey show with the older people last night? The Carmichael show? I love those 2 shows.
      Tonight they have the summer show, Night Shift on- I like that too.
      hope you have a good night- thanks for the pics! They always make me smile.
      Adele

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      Hi Everyone,
      I am in hog heaven watching gem day today. I don’t know why but ever since I was a little girl I just absolutely loved rocks and stones and jewelry is big girl rocks and stones. I just discovered a jewelry store in our area that makes custom designs like the place that I like in KC and I can’t get some of the things that I saw in there out of my mind. They had some really unusual stones in there that you don’t see every day. Just the kind of stuff that I love.
      Well the ophthalmologist called last night and said the biopsy was negative. Ordinarily that would be cause to rejoice but in this case there is always the possibility of a false negative because of the prednisone. So now I have to get back with the rhumatologist and decide whether to go off the meds or not. I wish there was a definitive test for this as the thought of going off the meds and still possibly having the disease and going blind in that right eye is scary. But being on high levels of steroids for two years is also scary as there are so many bad bad side effects. I’ve been on them for a couple of years before but never at the dosage that I am now. Add to that the fact that my Dad lost half of his stomach to a bleeding ulcer from high levels of steroids amongst other complications that caused him to die at 63 and I am scared and confused.
      I have pretty much decided that I will take the results at face value and wean off the predinsone. I’m pretty sure that is what the doc is going to recommend. But there is always that niggling thought in my mind-what if it’s wrong and I go blind in that one eye. On top of probably having eventual blindness from the macular degeneration. You all know that reading is my joy and my lifeline and the thought of not being able to do the thing that I enjoy most is scary too.
      Last night and this morning I was feeling pretty down saying I lost a part of my hair that probably won’t be back to normal for a year, I now have a scar on my temple, I missed a vacation, I spent a lot of money on medical expenses, and worried myself and everyone else and still do not have a definitive answer. I feel like I’m back where I started. At least I don’t have the pain in my head anymore-so what was that from?
      Anyway, today I decided that there is no good answer and no right answer but to be on the safe side I will probably decide to wean off the steroids and trust in God that the negative biopsy was really a negative.
      Thank you everyone for all the concern and prayers.
      Anyway, I am just going to go on with life as if everything is normal. I can’t wait to get out of the house and do something.
      I think every kid does go through the thing where they think it’s funny to call their parents by their first names.
      It’s just funny as Piper changed from the sweet little girl to a little bit of a stinker lately.
      Kendall just sits back and giggles when Piper does something naughty.
      I have to figure out what to make for dinner tonight as i forgot to take something out of the freezer to defrost.
      Colleen, have you gotten anything from your garden yet? I know you planted earlier than we did. I can’t wait for the first tomatoes and cucumbers. Usually we get the cherry tomatoes first. I just printed a recipe from Taste of Home for a cherry tomato salad with fresh basil. Now I need to helicopter to Adele’s house to get some.
      DD I didn’t forget you. I will try to get into that linen closet next week if nothing else crops up.
      I did get a couple of things from the clearance shows. I was doing some retail therapy just being stuck home. They have had some pretty generous easy pays lately. That’s nice.
      Colleen-you gave me such a chuckle this morning as you said you had to wear your googles when you showered. That made me laugh out loud sitting here my myself I sounded like a crazy person. I was picturing you on the Google website. Actually then I thought what a good idea-did the doctor tell you to wear the goggles or did you think if it yourself. How perfect is that though-you can still shower and not get your eyes wet. Very clever! I like that.
      Sue, I hope that you are moving right along in your recuperation.
      Adele, we are having some issues with some rotted spots on the deck too. Greg has just been replacing boards. I think if I ever had to redo it I would go for the plastic stuff too. It probably lasts forever.
      Hope everyone is having a good day. It is hot and humid here today.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara
      Good Lord! that was a harrowing experience. it was so good of Jerry to talk you through it. Another reason modern technology is in our hands. Just to hear his voice, I am sure was comforting. I know I owuld have felt like that with Gary. You feel more grounded when you are talking with your loved ones, in the middle of a crisis. These sudden storms are very scary, and dangerous. they can pop up in one second, when it is so hot. I think we are getting those storm tomorrow. They are calling for flash floods tot he south of us. It has just started to get a little overcast- or,it could be haze.
      That is great that your little Colin got to see his first fireworks. his parents must have been thrilled to see the look in his eyes. i hope that next year, they will make a visit on July 4th, so you can all have a great time together. When is this tour over? Is it a year, or longer- I do not remember. It is good that they are getting to know their little town, and seeing the sights.
      How are Lisa and Joey doing? It must be wonderful for you to see how good they are getting along. i am thrilled for all of you.
      Please read my post to Colleen for the up-dates form today’s busy day. I had visitors, and then PT eval on my ankle. All was good.
      i hope you have a good night, with no storms.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      I think that is great news about the biopsy being negative. I just wish, like you do, that there was a way to tell if it is a false positive. Maybe the rheumatologist has a trick up her sleeve you do not knwo about. that is my prayer for you.
      Don’t worry about your hair. I bet you still look as beautiful as before. Lots of people do those funky shaved bits on their hair. You have a great stylist, and I bet she can work with it, to make it look cool. Or, you could try a hair ornament, that would cover the spot. Of course, I have no idea how big it is or how it looks, so please take these as suggestions to make my friend, the Gailster, feel better.
      By the way, does Jenny have an suggestions for your hair? Sometimes the younguns have great ideas we would never think of.
      As soon as I read your post, I put on the Q. I have not had the TV on much today, as I got a visit this am, and then had to go to PT. Spent some time with Tillie downstairs, before I came back up after PT. So, I had no clue all the sparkly stuff was on. I hope you got something nice for yourself.
      I will let you knwo how the deck comes out with the Azek, plastic stuff. we are just so tired of painting it all the time. the carpenter is actually charging us less than the painter did. I am so pissed we did not do this last year. I could have saved a lot. I am just so scared of someone going through a spot, as the deck is up one story high.
      By the way, everyone is entitled to a Pity Party. You go ahead and have yours, and do as much retail therapy as you want. With all you have been through,m you deserve it. You can even have your party continue for a few days! You do not have to go with my rule of ” one day, one Pity Party”.
      We will all still be praying for you, until this entire health issue is resolved. You have all of us Quacker Angels on your side. You can also come by any means necessary, for plenty of basil. It smells so good when you cut some. Nothing like the smell of basil.
      That was so funny about Colleen and the goggles. It is also brilliant. She got her hair washed, with nothing in her eyes. See how resourceful we Quackers are? she should market this as the gadget to wash your hair after eye surgery. She could make a fortune on the Q.
      I hope you are having a good night, and a few laughs. you deserve it.
      Adele
      PS…….Someone taught Aizen to swear, and JJ gets him mad, so he will say “the word”. JJ laughs his little butt off, when Aizen swears at him. JJ even told me…..”Nana, watch this”. I told the Aizne that Santa is watching, that is doe snot look nice for such a beautiful little boy to say that word, and every time he says a bad word, one present goes. You should have seen the look on his face.

    • Barbara Smith
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      Gatil I am so happy that your biopsy is negative. Now I am just like Adele, you have “earned” the right to voice your concerns, fears, doubts, whatever your feelings are at this point. We all search for just one doctor to look at us and say “you POSITIVELY are clear from so and so and have nothing to worry about” but I truly think that just doesn’t happen; at least not to me and Jerry. Here I sit still waiting for just one MD to tell me that Barbara you can get on that jet and fly at thirty thousand feet all day and all night if you want to and won’t have a single stroke a mile up in the air, but alas not one will tell me that. Now they will be more than happy to send me for more CT scans or MRI’s but that’s the extent of it. So I think your idea of just going on with your life thinking positively will be the very best thing to do. I hope you found somethink sparkly today to cheer you.
      Colleen, I love your goggle idea to keep the water out of your eyes. I also got a chuckle out of it. We ladies are very ingenious.
      Our baby has 2 bottom teeth now. He has had a bit of a runny nose, but think it may be another tooth trying to pop through. He is in constant motion now, and can almost walk. He really tries, but just hasn’t gotten the balance thing down. He must take that after his Grandma. LOL
      Okay girls, after everyone is recovered we need to have our friend Pablo ready to bring us something cool and bring our beach towels when we come out of the crystal blue water. Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived at least within the same time zone? When we talk on here I feel you all are right here in the room with me. Nice feeling. I worked in my office so much that I didn’t have time to make many friends, and I really regret that now. You all who have long time friends are very fortunate.
      Yes, I hope with all my heart that Joey and Lisa are doing well. I have to say though, in all honesty, all I really know is what I see. It has been my experience in life that we all sometimes act like everything is okay but underneath the surface it is not. So I pray for them daily, but my heart is just not fully convinced. Absolutely no talk about marriage from either. She is about to fly to LA next week for a 2 week vacation. Joey is not going; he is not able to get time off. Her family treated him so badly that time that I dont really believe he wanted to go. I hurt for them both. But there again; I thought at this point in my life I would be so much “wiser” but was that ever a joke.
      Take care everyone, and again, so glad for you Gail. I know Gregg is so relieved. Barbara

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      Sounds like you had a nice 4th also. That is so cute little Colin getting to see the fireworks for the first time. He has so many first time things coming his way. That is fun to watch them trying to walk. They do fall a lot and they do not seem to care. They just keep trying. He will be running all over the place before you know it. They will be chasing him so you can talk to him on the phone. He sounds so cute.
      You know that our husbands really do step up to the plate when we need them. I had to laugh Ron brought food home today to eat. We had Chinese food. I know he had to be getting tired of cooking. He is starting to count down the days when he can quit. He has been really good though. Now I am waiting to drive again. I will have to wait until they check my eyes again in a month and find out what they are going to do about glasses. I think that they will take me off the glasses for distance just need them for reading.
      That is really scary to be stuck in a storm like that. It is good that you moved to higher ground. You may have been stuck there for awhile if the water got much higher. I am glad that you got home okay. You can always go to the post office some other time.
      Wow! Colin has teeth already. I bet he looks cute with those teeth shinning. They start to look a little different when they get their teeth. Aliza has learned how to bite people. It is really a mess. Danyielle is not sure where she learned it from. She also is pulling hair. So they are going to have to do some work with her to get her to stop. They go thru some phases.
      Do you think that after Lisa comes home from California it will be the deciding vote on whether they are going to be happy together or not? After the trouble that her mom caused it is hard to think about what she will be like when she comes back home. I can see where you would have your doubts about Joey and Lisa.As parents all we can do is pray that everything turns out okay. Maybe one day they will decide to get married. It is good that they are taking their time. Well that is my opinion. You are a good mom to Joey and he will do the right thing for him and Lisa.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      That was nice that Marissa and Amanda came over for breakfast and brought it with them. It must be nice when your grands get old enough to drive and they come over to visit you. We missed out on our recall on our jeep. Glad of that. I wonder if it will loosen up after she uses it for awhile. It might be stiff from being new. I hate that when they have a recall on the cars.
      That is really good news about your ankle. Therapy for just six weeks is not too bad. It is nice that they gave you exercises to do at home. That will really help to strengthen your ankle and you will be getting around better. Therapy is really a good thing. They can really help people to gain use of their limbs again. It is amazing to watch them work.
      Adele you never know about Gary. He may cook more then you think or he will go and pick up food for dinner. He may even have it delivered. Ron picked up dinner tonight so that was nice. I guess he has done all the cooking that he plans on doing for awhile. So we will be having take out.lol I am not sure will have to wait and see what he does tomorrow. We had Chinese tonight and I have plenty left over for lunch tomorrow. Sometimes if I eat lunch I cannot eat dinner so that is all that we have. I do not know if Ron is telling everyone that he has been doing the cooking or not. No one has said anything to me about it. If he doesn’t I will tell everyone.
      We got some rain but the humidity is still really high. They are saying that it might be cooler over the week-end but no more rain until next week. Just as long as it is not storms it will be fine with us we really need it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. That is not good that Azien is saying bad words. The Santa Claus putting one of his presents back for saying bad words was really a good one. That should work for awhile. Smart move Adele.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I am glad that the tests came back negative. You really have the right attitude. We will all keep praying that it is okay and that the negative means just that. There is nothing wrong with having a pity party. You need to buy things to cheer yourself up. I have been doing that for a few days. I bought 4 new Quacker items and that Christmas tree. Hope that you bought yourself some really pretty jewelry today. You do deserve it.
      I wonder if they will cut down the dosage after awhile. I wonder if they will take you off the prednison and then do the test again. Maybe not cut your hair off again but some type of test that they can do with out being so invasive. There has to be something. I agree with the others you have a good beautician and she will figure out a way to fix your hair that spot will not show up. I would not worry about it. It may stick out more to you because you know that it is there. I am sure if you go off the prednisone and you start to have problems they will put you back on a smaller dose.
      I know that you are a reader but you may have to consider the books that they read to you. I cannot remember what they call them. It will not be the same but you can still hear the stories and enjoy listening to them. They have all types of books on tape like that. It is not the best way but it is one thing to keep in mind so you will not really have to give up your books.
      We have zucchini, cucumbers, green peppers, and onions already this year. Our asparagus did not do very well this year. We had some but not a lot of it. There is a lot in the stores and it is not priced too high. We are waiting for the tomatoes now. They are the best when they are fresh. Our green peppers are doing like they did last year. They are starting out really slow and then later they will start coming on the bushes really quick. We will have to freeze some. At least we are hoping that they will. Have you gotten anything yet? We had a lot of winter onions that we pulled the other day. They are really big. We cook with those.
      I did not realize that I wrote google instead of goggles. That was interesting. The doctor just said that I cannot get water in my eyes. So that was the only way that I could figure out to wash my hair. It does really work well though. I have six weeks more to go thru this and then everything should be back to normal.
      Ron replaced some board on our deck last year. We went to Rural King and bought some paint that is supposed to keep the deck from rotting. It is really good and has not washed off or faded. Ron is thinking of painting it again and that should seal it for a long time. I am not sure now if we got it at Rural King or Menards. I will have to ask Ron. I do not remember.
      We had Chinese tonight for dinner. That was our first take out meal. I wonder if he will bring something home tomorrow for dinner. We will see. I think that he will stop pampering me on Saturday. That is when I can stop wearing the shield and stop one of the eye drops. Unless I can think of a way to have him cook meals a little longer. lol Hope that you figured out something good to fix for dinner.
      We will keep praying that your eye is okay. All any of us can do is trust in the Lord and he will take care of us.
      have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      First of all-thank you for the words of support and encouragement. You will never know how much it has meant to me and how good it makes me feel. You are all the best! Big group hug!!! And then a nice trip to that beach that Barbara mentioned.
      Barbara, I was in that same kind of rainstorm when i was driving to the doctor a couple of weeks ago. It was really scary. I’m glad you had Jerry to talk you through it. When I got done with my appointment it was pouring again so I called home and had Greg look on the radar online to see when there would be a break so I could drive back home. Adele, is right. those modern conveniences come in handy in a crisis.
      Little Colin has some teeth now. Nothing is sweeter than a baby grin with those little teeth peeking out. How cute!
      I am with Colleen and wonder how Lisa’s trip to see her folks will affect her relationship with Joey. I can hardly blame him for not wanting to go. Especially for two weeks! Does her family live anywhere near Neal and Sarah?
      Colleen, we haven’t had anything from the garden yet. You have a little earlier season than we have. Actually we had a good asparagus crop this year. Even have some in the freezer. We usually stop picking around the 4th and let it go back to seed for next year. Can’t wait for that first tomato. And little Piper loves the cukes.
      Boy I bet you’ll be glad when you can drive again. When we live in the country we have to drive to get anywhere. And it’s so nice to have that independence to do it ourselves and not have to rely on our husbands to get around. It will be cool to just wear reading glasses. I can’t even imagine as I have worn glasses for distance since sixth grade. And they were cool looking ones too. lol Not! Greg always makes fun of my pictures with geeky glasses. This from a guy who never had to wear them until he got readers. No wonder I got contacts as soon as I could. lol
      Adele, I will be interested how the Azek holds up. Our deck is not that raised so I see how you would worry since yours is a second story deck. Painting it every couple years is more and more of a pain. I think last time we hired someone. But I like to make things as easy as possible as we age. The less maintenance the better in my book.
      So Aizen has picked up a naughty word. I think they all go through that phase. It would almost be weird if they didn’t. I know when Jenny’s kids did that we told them it was not nice and then tried to kind of ignore it if they said it so as not to provoke a reaction. However, maybe I am naughty too but sometimes it’s hard not to snicker if they use it in a particularly appropriate spot. lol Especially coming from their sweet little voices.
      PT for six weeks on the ankle sounds manageable. You seem to have good results with the therapy so hopefully that is all that you will need. It sounds like you just need to strengthen it up.
      I think that it’s hysterical that Gary makes you coffee and a bagel every morning and then brags that he made your breakfast. He’s funny. But it is nice that he does that for you. Since Greg works he normally has breakfast before me. However, sometimes on the weekend he will make breakfast. he is a good breakfast cook and much faster at it that I am. We always joke that he could have a second career as a short order cook.
      He and his friends are golfing later this morning so I am glad that the storms up in Wisconsin missed us.
      Speaking of Wisconsin my friend Nan got released by her doctors to leave town so they will be going up to their place soon. I’ll bet they will be glad to get there. It really is in a beautiful setting.
      Hope everyone has a great weekend.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      All my grands got runny noses, and looked like that hey awful colds when they cut those front teeth. I honestly do not remember if my kids did that. I do with the grands. Funny, how you forget some things.
      You may be right. Joey not going may be a lot less stressful for both of them. So his not being able to get the time off may be a blessing. I hope she has a good time. I also hope she really misses him a lot, while away. That does wonders for a relationship.
      It is very difficult when we cannot get a definitive answer on our medical needs. Mine seem more simple, as they are all bone related. You can see mine on an x ray. plus, you can see the distorted joints from the arthritis. My GP did send me to a rheumatologist- appointment is the end of the month. We will see if she has anything to add that would make life easier.
      We could all use a little Pablo right now. What a nice thought….sitting in your chair, having a cocktail, and a towel brought to you, after you get out of the water. Can you see the faces of the hubbies?? LOL
      Hope your day is better than mine- it is raining, and gross up here. I think we got your weather when you were stuck in the parking lot. thank God you got out and home safely.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      I agree. It will be hard to get him to stop, as he sees the reaction of everyone- most are hysterical, and I tell them not to laugh. His parents are mad. JJ just about rolls in the aisles. he actually makes him mad enough to say the word, because he thinks it is so funny. I guess that happens when there is an 7 year difference in ages. The older ones like to see the little ones get in trouble. the thing is, hearing him say it, and seeing that Angelic face it is coming out of, is what is so funny.
      I know what you mean. But if you ever saw Gary make something you would cry. you cannot believe the mess. My money is on take out. he would have a huge list of menus at his disposal….LOL We have Chinese about once a week, or every 2 weeks. Gary love sit, but the salt and fat in it are not good for him. He would have it every day, if he could.
      I can do 4 of the exercises while I watch TV. two are standing up, and one other one is on the bed, using one of those bands they give you made out of latex. So, not bad at all. I am grateful that is all it is. i was so afraid of a foot surgery.
      I hope the humidity goes down, as it is just so uncomfortable. It makes me sick. It is pouring right now, up here, with high humidity. It will last until tomorrow. At least evrythign will get watered.
      i got that cute little battery operated light that looks like shells. I thought it would match my kitchen lights, and back splash, and it does not. I am kind of disappointed with the quality of it.
      I am watching the Chew. They are doing cool things today. Are you watching?
      Hope your eyes are feeling better. that would be great if you do not have to wear glasses anymore.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      They do all learn a word when they are little. I think JJ being so hysterical every time he says it,is definitely making it worst. then add his getting him mad enough to hear him say it. Older sibs can be funny. did I add that when he says it, he points his little finger at you? the combo of the word, with the finger is hysterical. It took all in me not to laugh.
      That is fabulous that Nan is doing better. I bet you are relieved, as well as everyone who knows her.
      I forgot to ask. So are you lowering the dose on the prednisone, every day? I hope you are feeling better. At least knowing the results were good (and we all hope they are right), makes you less stressed to.
      Oh yes, Gary is very funny with presenting what he thinks he is doing. Its kind of sweet, and very funny at the same time. he is quite proud of himself. the finny thing is, it all started because he hates it when I go in back of his chair, getting things ready, and on the table. When I bag into it ( which is easy to do, with my size and his sitting so far away from the table, with his chubby little belly) he hates it. that is how it started. I honestly think it is because of all the hardware in his neck- any bump bothers him.
      I will let you knwo how the Azek stuff does. I think our deck got that bad, because nobody shovels it off in the winter. It is 15 years old. Up here, we see a lot of decks that collapse when there are people having parties, and I am sure it is due to lack of proper maintenance. I do not want anyone to get hurt, or take any chances. Gary thinks we can wait another year, but, I am too much of a worrier for that.
      It is pouring up here. We knew it would as they kept saying Friday would be bad. the grass and trees need it, so that is good.
      Hope you are feeling better, and having something yummy for takeout tonight.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      One of us is going to have to make a beach in our back yards. It would probably be up to us because we are the ones with the big yards. We could put sand on one spot in the yard and then put a pool in and have one part that is like waves. We could have a little house so that Pablo could stay there and when we are all together he can come and take care of us. We could have a pond with fish in it for the husbands so they will leave us alone. Then one of the other girls could get a jet or a helicopter and can fly the others to the party. I guess if I am going to dream might as well dream big.lol
      We have about six zucchini in the fridge. I need to start to make some bread and bars and freeze them. Ron likes to eat some of them so have to keep some out for him. I have tried to make sugar free bars and bread but they never turn out right. Do not know what I do wrong. Guess will just have to make some with less sugar and eat those.
      I have worn glasses off and on since I was in grade school also. At one time this eye doctor told me that I did not need them that I just had a lazy eye. So I did not wear them for about a year. Then went back to the family eye doctor and he gave me glasses again. It was funny. Nice not to wear glasses for a year though. I was a smart 18 yr old and did not need not listen to my parents about the eye doctor. Soon found out that I was not as smart as I thought.lol
      When we were kids there were no such thing as cute glasses. They were all those big things that made you look like a weirdo when you wore them. It is no wonder that kids would not wear them unless they were around their parents are in school.
      That is really good news about your friend Nan. Hope that she is doing well. Did they have to take a lot of the stomach are just part of it? We are still praying for her.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      JJ is funny. He is just like an older brother. It will take awhile but he will learn that not a lot of people like it when kids cuss. It is not as cute when they get older. People should realize that and not laugh at him. They really pick up things quickly and it is hard to break them of the habit.
      Take out is good. Men do not clean up after cooking that is for sure. Ron cooks but I have to do the dishes. I should not complain we have a dishwasher so it is not that hard. I think that Ron uses every dish in the kitchen when he cooks. Gary is probably the same way. It is nice that he does fix you breakfast. Not many men even do that.
      We went to the grocery store the other week and we found some blue berry sausage. My husband thought that it sounded terrible. I went ahead and bought some and that was the best tasting sausage we have ever had. I am thinking of putting it in my meat loaf. I think it would be good. I had never heard of that before am glad that we tried it.
      That is not bad for exercises. Your ankle will be strong again before you know it. It is scary to have to have surgery. It is just really good that you do not need to have any. It will be nice to just be able to get around and not have to worry about anything hurting and twisting.
      That is a shame about that light that you bought. Are you going to send it back? I would if the quality is not good. You do not to pay for junk. Every once in awhile qvc sells stuff that is not made very well. They need to have someone to check the quality better then what they have.
      The Chew was pretty good today. I like the blueberry and corn bread that Carla made. I really like Micheal he is so funny and they always have him do all the stupid things. I guess that thing they had him do today they wanted Clinton to do and he refused. So Micheal did it. He is just funny. I did like what he made today but would pick another type of cheese.I have never found a skirt steak anywhere before. I am going to have to keep looking for one. He makes some good meals out of it.
      Hope that your humidity goes down soon and you can have really nice day. We have not been getting a lot of rain but we did get some the other day. It has been really hot and humid here also. They say that this week-end the humidity is supposed to be lower. I hope that they are right.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s with sadness that I write tonight. One of my neighbors passed away earlier this week. I hadn’t seen her in quite awhile but that wasn’t too unusual. I didn’t think much of it. She had issues with her feet & legs & she developed an infection in her legs & that’s what took her life. I haven’t heard anything yet about a memorial for her. I used to save the crossword puzzles from the Sunday paper.

      I could use Pablo on my private island…lol
      We had clouds & cooler temps today. I didn’t mind it, it was a relief from the heat. Not that it was that hot, but the firefighters need the cooler temps & clouds. Ca. is the place that could use the cooler temps!!!

      Adele, when I saw you got DD coffee I thought WHAT??? I realized you meant Dunkin Doughnuts. I don’t drink coffee, but I’ve heard they make great coffee. I wonder what they put in it that makes it so good??
      As for the potato salad, I dice up the boiled potatoes, add onion, (green or yellow) diced, diced hard boiled eggs, diced small dill pickles, (add abit of the pickle juice to taste. Mix well, add mayo or salad dressing(Miracle Whip) mix well. add pepper to taste. It’s my mom’s & grandmother’s recipe. It’s even better the next day, just like most leftovers. Oh, I boil the potatoes in their skins. I drain em well, let them sit out a while, then put em in the fridge to get cool.
      I’ve been meaning to ask you guys, have any of you tried Jimmy the baker food items on the Q? I got the melt in your mouth chocolate chip melt aways.
      NOT impressed at all!!! I was disappointed in em.

      I also tried those mini croissants & they’re delish!!! They sell out really fast.
      Well, that’s all for tonight.
      Have a grrrrrrrrrrreat weekend
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I will be praying for you and her family. That is so sad to lose a friend. Just keep remembering all the good things about her and maybe that will help you not to be so sad.
      I wish that we had your cooler temps here. It is really hot and humid here right now. Even with the air on it is hot sometimes. Just a typical July night. It will be like this all thru August and part of September. I just wish that we would get some rain.
      I have not tried Jimmy the bakers stuff. I had thought about getting the cinnamon rolls for Ron cause he really likes them but had not done that yet. I think that I will pass on them after hearing what you thought of his melt aways. That is such a shame to spend all that money and then find out they are not any good. Have you ever bought any of the Germack stuff? I had bought some of it before. The one kind had chocolate but we did not like it and never bought it again. THey had some that was just nuts and stuff and that was good but this time we bought the Summer Crunch and it would have been really good if it would not have been mostly graham crackers. It has little chocolate grams in there and that is mostly what it was. So will never buy that again either. The bagels are really good also. They are the ones that are already stuffed with cream cheese and they are the small ones. The croissants are really good also.
      Where is Pablo? Cannot find him right now. If we do will send him right over.lol
      Thanks for all the pretty beach scenes today. That water looks so inviting.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Barbara Smith
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      So sorry for your loss DD. There has been a lot of sadness this summer. I agree with Colleen about trying hard to remember the good times you all spent. I think I am at a point in my life where I seem to be mentally asking myself so many questions about life; and just wish I knew how to justify or mabey a better word would be understand why things happen as they do. But I know that the good Lord has a reason for everything, and someday I will understand things a lot better. Hope that made you feel some better but knowing me it just made you feel worse. Sorry if I did.
      It is so humid here today. Our son was supposed to be off this weekend, but one of the nurses had to be off so he took her shifts. He really is good to do that when someone needs help. It makes me proud, but I do feel that he is kind of taken advantage of at times for helping out so much. But we have all done it haven’t we when there was a need to fill in? Whether it is at our jobs away from home or at home. I know there have to be times when you Adele, don’t feel up to baking some goodies, but in that kitchen you go because you love everyone. Gary is a lucky man to have such a good cook. I find I am cooking less and less these days. It is just so hot.
      DD. the only food I have ordered is some of the Germack that had lots of little chocolate cups filled with caramel in it. I loved it so much that I didnt order any more since I knew that I would eat the whole jar. I have also ordered some kind of hamburgers, but didn’t like them and I can’t think of the brand name since I know they sell several different kinds now. I ordered a Juniors cheesecake for one NY’s Eve, and everyone ate it up, but complained (like my bunch will ) that is was not “homemade”. But there wasn’t any left but it was pricey to me. It has been a really big adjustment for us since we retired for me to be careful money wise. I was so used to that check every two weeks, and even though we put aside for our retirement we didn’t plan on it being so early when my husband was hurt and unable to go back to work. Our whole lives changed so quickly; but at least I still have him, and that is the most important thing. Gosh, I must be in a “blah” mood. Sorry you all.
      I think I will get my sun hat out and walk out to the pond. As my Mama used to say “she is in a state” and see if some fresh air and watching my puppies drag along behind me will help. Take care everyone. Gail and Colleen, so happy for your good reports on your eyes. By the way, Pablo is waiting to hold an umbrella over my head as I walk along so I think I won’t need my sun hat. Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      I understand what you are talking about. I guess the older we get the more we think about why people have to leave us and why God does some of the things that he does. Everybody at our age goes thru that I would think. I am just glad that we are all here and can talk to each other about these things.
      The Germak that I had did not have the cups like you are talking about. It was just chunks of chocolate. My grands would not even eat it. I think that we threw on full jar away. What a waste of money. I guess we did not learn from it because we ordered the summer mix and was disappointed again.
      Your son is just a good man and likes his job. I imagine that all of his co workers like working with him. Do they fill in for him if he needs the time off? I would hope that they would since he does it for them. I think that sometimes at a job like that people will help each other out more. Everyone realizes that the older people cannot be left without care givers. I think that you son is a lot like you and Jerry.
      We get the sugar free Juniors Cheese cakes. They are not any higher then the ones that you can get at a bakery in St. Louis. I have some of them on auto delivery right now. Anything sugar free is really expensive and if you find something that tasted good you keep buying it. My mom has to have sugar free also so take some of them to her.
      I wondered where Pablo wandered off to. He really gets around.lol When you are done with him I think that DD needs him right now please send him her way.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      DD, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Life is precious and losses are sad. Unfortunately the older we get the more we see of them. Colleen has a good thought-remember the good times and cherish them.
      Barbara, I think the older we get the more we have to think about facing our own mortality and that is a difficult thing. As to understanding why bad things happen-no one really does understand it. That seems to be something only the good Lord could explain to us.
      Colleen, they did have to take all of my friend’s stomach so she has to learn a whole knew way of eating but she is grateful as this probably saved her life.
      Adele, how is the deck coming along?
      Gosh over the years we have ordered a lot of the foods from the Q. I don’t think there is anything that I would rave about. I think those sides are probably the best of everything.
      No cooking for us this weekend. We were lazy and ordered out both Saturday and Sunday nights.
      Saturday afternoon we went to Lachlan’s last baseball game of the year. On that day all the little league teams play and they have a beef cookout so we ate lunch over at the baseball field. They have been doing that since Brent played little league and before. So it’s a long standing tradition. Sunday Lachlan’s coach had a picnic at his house for his team which was very nice of him to do. And Sunday night Jenny and Kelly had a combined birthday party for Lachlan and Finn over at the pool. Now I’m trying to remember when it started raining last night. I think it must have been after the party was over later in the evening.
      It’s supposed to rain today. Naturally as I have an appointment with the ophthalmologist this afternoon. It seems every time I have a doctor’s appointment lately it pours rain. It’s basically for a recheck after the biopsy.
      I talked with the rheumatologist for a long time on Friday. We have decided to go off the prednisone slowly and see what happens so I started to taper on Saturday. It’s scary because there is always the chance that the reading was a false negative but I don’t want to be on steroids long term either if I don’t have to be. So I am trusting in God that this is the right decision and praying that everything will be okay. It’s very scary.
      I see the Q had free shipping on everything the other day. Unfortunately I didn’t want to buy anything so couldn’t take advantage of it. Too bad they don’t tell you it’s coming up ahead of time,but then I suppose everyone would wait and buy that day and they would be overwhelmed. I’m looking forward to seeing what Amazon has on prime day tomorrow.
      Colleen, have you noticed that Chick’s Night In has not been on the Q plus program guide the last few times that it has been on. That is annoying because then I have to remember to record it-when it’s on the guide it records automatically.
      Gosh, I am getting all these new hosts mixed up now-I can’t tell one from the other anymore. I guess it’s old age. lol or else I just don’t pay that much attention anymore. lol
      Gail

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      You girls do not need to lose money on food items you can’t eat. Just call them & they will refund the money and tell you to throw the item away. I love the Germack chocolate caramel turtle blend. I think that may be what Barbara had too. It is not available now so I do not know if it will be back for Christmas, It has chocolate with caramel inside, peanut butter chips, pecans, almonds, peanuts and dried cherries. I ordered twice last year. I also like the Mrs. Prindable’s apples. Most of the food is so expensive. It is nice if you can buy the things locally for less but not always possible. So that is my take on the food.

      Was to therapy today & he says I am getting stronger but it takes time. I cannot see much difference yet with the strength but I do not seem to get so tired like I did so that is better.

      I am signed up to QVC to be notified when Quacker Factory has shows. They let you know if a show is cancelled or on a different day or time. I know the other week Chicks night in was an hour later. Angel always posts on Facebook too but you won’t go there. I can’t get QVC2 anyway so don’t watch those shows.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Well, I hurt my shoulder doing the ankle exercises. Been in a lot of pain. It gets better, and then it pulls again, and I am in agony again.
      In addition to that, Steph and the boys have been here since Friday. We saw a tic on JJ at 10:30 last night, and they had to take him to the hospital. hospital said he is ok, as it did not burrow into him- it was on the edge of his scalp. So, needless to say, I am beyond exhausted today. the boys and I got our hair cut, and then I took them home. Amanda came by today too, and she took JJ to Barnes and Nobles for his summer reading list. So, we did get a lot accomplished.
      Steph is going for her license tomorrow. We are all praying she will pass the test.
      I hope your eyes are continuing to feel better. Maybe you could say they hurt, and Ron will continue doing some cooking….LOL
      that blueberry sausage sounds very interesting- what is the brand? Sometimes the weirdest things taste great together.
      I hope your weekend went well. hey….how is Aliza doing with her teeth coming in?
      Have a good night.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I am so sorry about your neighbor. I will say prayer for her, her family, and all her good friends. so sad she had to suffer with her legs, and then she is gone. Every day is a gift, that is for sure. Will your friend Crit go with you to the services? I hope so, as it is miserable to go alone.
      LOL ….DD is also Dunkin Donuts. It is something with their coffee beans. They smell the best. It is also never better. Also regular prices- not like Starbucks.
      thank you for your potato salad recipe. I have heard other people put pickles in their salad too. i like pickles,and crunchy pieces in salads.
      I sincerely hope you are feeling better about your neighbor. i wish I had some phrase that would make the hurt feel better. I am so terribly sorry.
      I hope you had a good day.
      Adele
      PS….I am a little leary about getting any food on the Q lately, unless you girls say it is great.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara
      Please read my posts to the others, for the up-date on the wacky weekend. I am beyond exhausted. We did Steph’s birthday on Sunday too. believe it or not, she wanted a box cake. The boxed cake mix did not even want to enter this house, but, I let it in, and made it. It was pretty simple, mix and bake. Then add the frosting when cooled- did it in a 9×13 pan. could not have been simpler- she wanted devils food, with white frosting. She was happy, so that is good.
      You are right. there are days i do not even feel like baking, but do. It is therapeutic, but there are days you are so down, not even baking cuts it. So may issues all around us. Don’t you wish we had a magic wand, that we could wave, and make everything better? then add that there are times when we pray and God says no. He has His reasons, but it is awful to watch people in pain.
      I think we are both having sad days today. Maybe it is something in the air- I know, it is the humidity!
      Love you, Missy Barbara!
      Hope all of yours are good, and all are happy.
      Adele

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      Hi GAil
      I am praying the results were correct, and you to feel better when the prednisone is lowered, and done. I know you trust your doctors, and they know you well, so in my heart, I know they are doing the right thing for you. We all have to be confident they are right. That is our prayer for you, right now.
      How is your sight right now? any different?
      the deck has not begun. the wood was to be delivered tomorrow, and now it is coming on Wednesday, as well as the carpenter. So, by Friday, I should see a lot of progress. he said it will take a week to complete. He works alone.
      Read my post to the girls, as I am really pooped, and my eyes are blurring. I am exhausted from the tic scare yesterday. I felt so bad about it, as JJ was having such a great time “bonding with the bunny”, as he said. He was out there with lettuce and carrots, and just sitting still, waiting for him to come closer. It was so cute. Meanwhile, the birds were coming closer to him than the bunny was. he even built a little house out of sticks and rocks for Mr. bunny. Too bad it all ended in tears. We also have to get some good bug spray. he has very sensitive skin, so we have to be careful with that stuff.
      It sound slike you all had a great time at Lachlan’s birthday, and ball game social events. that is such a nice tradition. I bet they were all thrilled you were all there to support them.
      It is ok here- the humidity went down a bit. I hope it stays that way!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!
      ‘ So glad you posted so we know you are good. You are our PT star, for sure. You really should be very proud of yourself. You will get tired quicker for a while. You have to realize it is taking your body more effort to do even the simpler tasks right now. trust me, this will pass. It relaly tekaes an entire year to heal from a surgery. It took 2 years on the last spine surgery I had.
      I think you told us, or me, that the Q stands behind their food products. So, i did tell them I hated the Pot Stickers- they were like a salt lick. They were very nice about it, and did give me credit. I was quite shocked. Thank you for keeping us in the loop.
      I hope your weather is less humid, and you get to sit outside in comfort for a while.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! I was in the middle of my post when it disappeared. here we go again!!
      Anyway, Thank you for your kind words about my friend. I have to clarify something tho.. It wasn’t Kay. This was Maria that passed away. I knew her before I knew Kay. Maria had always had issues with her feet. Her toes curled under her feet, so she had a hard time walking. She had surgery to correct it but it wasn’t successful. I’m not sure what her issue was with her legs at the end. All I know is there was an infection & she didn’t take care of it. she had a lot of health issues. I haven’t heard anything about a service or memorial for her yet. If we do have one it’ll probably be here in the community room.

      Adele, are you saying you’d never made a cake from a cake mix? I wouldn’t begin to know where to begin making one from scratch. My grandma used to make the BEST baking powder biscuits they’d almost float off the pan. Mine could put a dent or hole in a cement floor. The same could be said if I made a cake from scratch it’d be a block of cement! I wish I could. You guys got plenty of practice with your families, where I didn’t. Oh, as for the potato salad, if I’m feeling lazy, I use dill relish instead of pickles. Sometimes I forget to get a jar of pickles so I substitute.

      That must’ve been scary to find a tick on your grand. Have you considered getting one of those bug traps they sell on the Q? It’s not a zapper or use chemicals to kill the critters. They kill mosquitoes, ticks, hornets, flies, & they can’t get out.
      How do you hurt your shoulder doing PT for your ankle? So I guess this means back to PT for the shoulder? I’m SORRY you hurt yourself.
      I should be getting my new QF shirts this week.
      I’m ready for them to come in & spray tomorrow, I hope!! It’s been a month I think. I just have to take Jewell over to Crit’s. He teases me about Crock pot kitty. He knows I’ll take one or both of meat cleavers to him if he did!!! LOL
      Well, I guess that’s all for tonight.
      Have a great week.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      That is sad that Marie died. It is nice that they have memorials in the community room right there where you live. It is nice that everyone can come and be together. Every friend brings special memories.
      I have baked cakes from scratch and from a box mix. I do a lot more box mixes these days then I use to. Biscuits are hard to make. My biscuits would rank right up there with yours. We could take out a concrete floor if yours are as hard as mine. Everyone would rather that I get the can biscuits so that is what I do.
      I did not know that the zapper would work on tics. We have a lot of tics here and we have the guineas to eat them. They are not doing as good a job since we only have two left. We cannot spray around here because of the dogs and other animals. That is a pain.
      I really like the pictures that you posted. Did you bake the pumpkin cookies? Those are really cute. You always post the cutest pictures. I like the kitty hugging his mommy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night. Hope they do spray tomorrow so you can put your house back together.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I am sorry that they had to take all of your friends stomach out. I hope that she does not have a hard time figuring out what she can and cannot eat. At least she is still here to be with everyone. Thank God for that.
      Sounds like you had a very good week-end. No cooking is really nice. The team that Lachlan sounds like a really good team. That is nice that the coach did the picnic at his house and they had the cooked beef at the park. They really do a lot of fun things there. It must make the kids like to play sports. That was a busy week-end for Lachlan ball game and then a birthday party. Hope that he had a good birthday. Tell him I said Happy Birthday.
      I hope that it did not rain while you were on our way to the doctor. I hope that when he talked to you he put you at ease. It is a good idea to cut down on the predisone. We are all praying for you and that this all works out. That was such a surprise when it happened. I am glad that your rheumatologist took time to talk to you and help you make a plan. Sound like she will be with you thru this whole things. It is nice to have a doctor like that. It is sometimes hard to find one.
      I have noticed that they do not have the right time on the guide. They do not have the right shows on there sometimes. They had that there was a ITKWD and when I looked it was a clothing show. That was on last Wednesday and they did not have Chics night in. It would be nice if they would just leave the schedule alone. Do you get a reminder when the shows are coming on? I sometimes get them but not all the time. I am going to have to call and find out what is going on.
      Well that is about all from here. Please take care and remember that we are all praying for you my friend.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Oh my goodness. You need to quit pulling things out and stop hurting yourself. When do you go back to the therapist? Maybe they will help you with your shoulder and get that back in shape. That is so hard to be in the much pain. Did you put some ice on it? They say that will help either that or just freeze and you will not be able to feel anything for awhile. Hope that they find something to help you right away.
      You have had Steph and the boys for awhile. It is hard when they come and stay for a week or two. It is hard when my daughter comes with the grands and they stay for a week or two. They are way too active. It is times like that I wish that their bedtime was still 8pm and they would fall asleep. Now if I put them to bed that early they would look at me like I was crazy. The sun is still out.lol Have they been going in the pool a lot? That was nice that Amanda came by and took JJ for his reading list. Does he like to read?
      I hope that Steph gets her license. That would make it so easy if she could drive. I do not see how people can make it without a license. I guess we live in the country so if we do not drive we cannot get anywhere. I guess it is easier in town. We have lived in the country for so long I forget how convenient everything is.
      The sausage did not have a brand name on it. It came from the meat counter. They just packed some up and put in on the sale freezer. I will have to ask them because we used the last of it the other day for breakfast. When I find out I will let you know. They also have some with maple syrup. They both sounded really good. The one with maple syrup sounded like it would go with pancakes. We like pancakes and sausage. Ron will not shop at Schnucks where I like to shop. So we go there when we are in town to see the doctor if we have time. They usually have a lot of different things in there.
      Aliza is doing pretty good. We tried to talk to her on the phone but she kept pushing buttons. Her other grandma has skype on her phone so she thought if she pushed the button on her moms phone she would be able to see us. She got really mad because it did not work. She is a character. She is too little to go outside when it is really hot out so she stands at the door and watches the boys ride bikes. She just stands there and jabbers at them it is really funny. I could hear her on the phone. We are supposed to go to lunch on Thursday. So it will be nice to see the grands and Danyielle.
      Well that is about all from here. I will be praying that Steph gets her license and your shoulder stops hurting.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      OMG DD!
      Are you saying they have still not sprayed your place? I am so sorry you have to live out of bags for this long. I hope they get to it today.
      When I was very young, I did the cake mix thing. the more I got into baking, the more I did from scratch. I have always enjoyed baking. My best friend’s Mom would always have some nice thing in the oven when we came home form school, and I always wanted to be like her. the house was always full of good smells, and felt so warm and cozy. My Mom had the house perfect, and you could not sit on the living room furniture. I vowed never to be like that.
      It was pretty scary, then add JJ was crying, because Jhonny has a friend who is dying from un-diagnosed Lyme disease. We were reassuring him it was because it went unnoticed, and we saw the tic on him, so he would be just fine.
      I will have to look into those things. i can see my exterminator son laughing at me, if I get them….LOL he said JJ must have been in the (English) garden, as they do not hang out in the grass- has to be bushes and undergrowth stuff. My garden all grows together rout back, so I do not have to weed, hence the “English” garden title.
      Steph is on her way for the road test for her license- please say a prayer, as it is a 2 1/2 hour drive to get there. She took the first available appointment in the state. Her sister is taking her, and I pray she gets it.
      hope your weather is better- we are having rain and storms. i am scared for their long drive on the Mass Pike today. I hope they come back ok. you know me, I worry about the girls all the time.
      Adele

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      Sue,
      Glad to hear that you continue to progress in your recuperation.
      It’s usually posted on this website when Chic’s Night In is so I just look for it there. It just was easier when it was on the Q2 schedule and then it would record automatically.
      Those Germack snacks that you mentioned sound good. I like the Mrs. Prindables apples too. They actually come from a place not far from a friend’s house. Small world.
      Gail

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      DD….forgot to say, this is how I hurt myself. the exercise is you sit on a bed, and put an elastic band around your foot, the ball of it, and put pressure on the foot, while you pull the foot forward. My shoulder immediately felt like a knife was in it, and then my back, on the other side, also felt a sharp pain. I should have put my back against the headboard for support, If I did, it probably would not have happened.
      It is better today, but as soon as I reach in a certain way, feels like a knife is stabbing me, and then it hurts for hours until it stops.
      I am kind of bummed about it, as the shoulders were doing so good.
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      I’ll bet you could make a cake from scratch if you tried. You just have to follow the recipe carefully as baking has a bit more science to it than regular cooking.
      My friend’s secret ingredient for her potato salad is sweet pickle juice. I really like her recipe better than my own family’s. Which is weird as she puts radishes in hers and I don’t even like radishes. lol
      I hope you get that spraying over and done with soon. It has been a long time to wait.
      I like the picture of the quilt. QVC used to have quilt shows and I miss them. Although because of that I now have more quilts than I can use. lol I have seen quilt shows at museums and they are so beautiful. I so appreciate all that handwork. I hope that is not a dying art.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Please read my post to Dd for today’s up dates….LOL I am so tired, i do not think I can type it allover again. I need a nap.
      That was the first time Steph stayed overnight with both boys, as they live pretty close by. they have been using the pool, and watching for the bunnies. there are a few really big ones, and a few babies. One evening, one came really close to Steph. they seem to be friendly little things. they are so cute to watch. they are in the yard in the early morning, late afternoon, and out front at night.
      I can see little Aliza babbling at her brothers out the door. that must look so cute. I hope you get to see her do that when you visit this week.
      Now, I knwo how you and Ron feel when your grands all go home….LOL
      Tonight is AGT. I love that show, and hope I will be awake for it. i never saw the Chew yesterday, and I forgot to record it.
      I have to tell you this…..I love the girl who did my hair yesterday. she was not there the last time I went, and she does a fabulous job. My hair looks so nice, even after I slept on it. this one girl really know how to layer curly hair, and I hope she never leaves the shop. they also did a nice job with the boys. Steph showed them where Aizen has the scar on his cute little head, from the lunatic who cut him for his first haircut. (they were all horrified at the story) She really liked the girls at the shop, and will go there from now on.
      OMG, Colleen, I am so tired this morning, my eyes are burning….LOL LOL It is going to take another day to get back to my old self.
      Hope your day is goign well, and Ron has somethign yummy on the menu for tonight.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Can’t believe you hurt your shoulder doing your ankle therapy. What a mess! Now what the heck do you do?
      Do the schools give the kids a summer reading list? Is it required or just a suggestion. I was just wondering as they do not do anything like that around here. However, our grands usually join the summer reading club at the library where they have to read a certain amount of books during the summer to get a prize at the end. I took our kids to do the same thing when they were little so the tradition continues.
      I can’t believe that the nearest driver’s license testing facility is 2 and 1/2 hours away! Wow! That’s a long trip! I guess living in the country has its good points-as ours is about a half hour away.
      I’m sure JJ will be fine as you found the tick right away. Plus it may have been a dog tick and not a deer tick. The deer ticks are small and are the ones that have the lyme disease. I have had dog ticks on me. Gosh we all have living out here. We have a special pair of tweezers in the medicine cabinet for pulling ticks. One time I got one right at the top of my boob just walking out to the mailbox in the morning. Don’t ask how that happened as I can’t figure it out. Went out to put something in the mailbox and came back in to shower and when I looked down there was a tick. Gross!
      I love an English garden. I think it is my favorite type. I like the mixture of all the textures and colors all blended together. There are a few houses that i love to pass by as i love the looks of their English gardens. It’s such a casual look but not that easy to actually make one.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Well it didn’t rain yesterday on the way to the doctors but there are all these detours and road closures right now so I have to go there in a very round about way. Thank god for GPS. I got there about twenty minutes early for a 3:10 appointment. It was 4:50 by the time I actually saw the doctor for about 5 minutes. That place is a zoo. I know it’s busy because the two ophthalmologists there are very popular but that’s crazy! Anyway, I am done with him until next year when he wants to check my macular degeneration again so that’s good. Now I need to go to my regular optometrist for my yearly eye check. I put that off because of this other stuff but I need my refill on my contact prescription coming up. I’m getting tired of all this eye stuff. lol
      I can’t believe that you are down to only two guineas now. How are Austin and Snoopy. I just love that name as every time I write it I think of the cartoon Snoopy and it makes me smile.
      It wasn’t really Lachlan’s birthday as his birthday isn’t until August. Jenny and Kelly just wanted to combine the parties for Lachlan and Finn-Finn’s birthday is in June and Lachlan’s in August so they settled on July as an in between time for the party. Jenny will just have a family party for him in August. He wants to have a dirt cake-typical boy. lol
      If you have been on the Q site lately have you noticed that they now have the hours of shows posted in military time. What’s up with that?
      I used to get reminders of all sorts of things from the Q and I don’t get anything anymore. I don’t know if I just sort of fell off their mailing list or what. I suppose I could go and resign up for things but I just haven’t bothered.
      How are things looking now with both of your eyes done? I keep hearing that colors look very different.
      Thank you for the prayers.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      Well, not good news here. A total of a 5 hour drive, and they flunked her. I do not knwo why, as Amanda said she could not talk. Steph is devastated. I was told if you took the test way out there, the reason they have openings is because everyone knows they flunk everyone. She went there because it was a 2 to 4 week wait out this way for a road test.
      Out here, the kids get a reading list. There are a few suggested ones, but if you do not get those, the theme for this summer is that the book has to have something to do with Massachusetts. Even the suggested list have something to do with mass history. Kind of boring. Last year, he did one on the Salem Witch Trials. JJ does love to read.
      i have eliminated the one exercise that made the issue. I also did not do any of my shoulder exercises yesterday. I will try them today, in the hopes the shoulder will not start again.
      My English garden has been in the works for over 20 years. It is well established. I have one area that I continued down to, that is not as full. I really needed to put a couple more things in there, but have not so far this year.
      That certainly is a gross tic story….LOL

      DD
      I love that Christmas quit too- the holiday colors are always so pretty.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      I feel so sorry for Steph. That must have been horrible to fail the test after driving that far. She should go ahead and sign up to take the test closer to home and wait the 2 to 4 weeks and give herself time to calm down from what happened today. Do they have a certain amount of time before they can take it again? Here they can take it the next day if they want to.
      It is fun to watch the grands when they come over and stay. They do a lot of cute things but they sure can tire you out. That is good that JJ was okay and the tic did not bite and get deep into the skin. That would be scary after what happened to Johnny’s friend. That is cute that they were trying to feed the rabbits. I guess the rabbits are use to people being around. They are not as scared as they would be if they weren’t
      We are like Gail. We both have had tics on us and so have all of the grands and our kids. We just pull them off and go on with things. We have never had a scare around here like in your area about lime disease.
      That is nice that Steph has found a place to take her boys to get their hair cut without worrying about them getting hurt. That was terrible what that woman did to his head. She should not cut little kids hair if she is no better then that. Sounds like you found a good beautician to fix your hair also. Can you request her every time that you go? It is hard to find a good one these days.
      The Chew is just repeats. They come on and talk at the beginning and then they take parts from the different shows. So you have not been missing anything. They are probably going to do this for the rest of the summer. So you will not miss much if you do not see it. Today they did some type of fish and some vegetarian sandwich. Was not impressed with either thing that they made.
      I hope that you laid down and took a good nap. That is what I do when I am tired. In fact I am getting use to having a nap everyday.lol
      Well that is all from here have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. there are Christmas shows on the 13th and the 14th cannot wait to watch them.

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      Hi Gail,
      Specialists like that are hard to find. If you find a good one you really have to hang on to them and hope that they do not retire. It is like that with the ophthalmologist where we go. A lot of the people in the waiting room are waiting to see the one I see. The other two in there are not as good but they still practice here. It would be nice if they would get another good one. They have a retina specialist that comes here once or twice a week he is supposed to be really good also. That is a good sign that he will not want you to come back for a year. Maybe that is a good sign.
      Snoopy was named after Snoopy on Peanuts. He just really has to get into everything. If we are outside he has to see what we are doing and he stands right by us. Sometimes he gets in the way. He is funny.
      It was nice that they had the parties together. They picked a good time of the year to do it also. It is a good idea to take them swimming. Kids always like to do that. Did you go to the pool with them?
      They are doing so many changes that it is hard to figure out why. I know that they use military time in England but we never have here so there is no reason for them to start. I have not used military time since I use to pass meds. I do not know if I remember how to anymore. They are also showing the TSV for all three channels they have. They are going to have it where we cannot find anything. Maybe things will get better. I hope that it does.
      My eyes are doing really well. Just need new glasses it is hard to see what I am doing sometimes. I have to put my glasses on to read but take them off for distance. It is just a pain to keep doing that. I am grateful that I can see now without them though. So I should not complain. The colors do look different. They are brighter and you can tell what they are. I had a problem with that for awhile.
      On the 13th and the 14th there are more Christmas in July shows. I saw that on our guide on the tv. I have not looked on the site for times. Guess it will not do me any good.If you notice they do not have Chics night in listed on the guide again
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night. You are welcome for the prayers. I appreciated all the prayers that were said for me also.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      That is interesting that there is a retina specialist. I have never heard of that. It is good to know. I think cataract surgery must be a big thing as I must have heard about five people having it explained to them while I was waiting. I guess with the aging of the baby boomers there are a lot of those types of surgeries.
      I am so glad to hear that you are happy with your outcome. I probably have the same thing somewhere in my future so it is good to know someone who has had it done. I can learn from your experience.
      I am looking forward to the CIJ shows too. Did you get your tree yet from the last shows? Did you like it?
      We didn’t go to the kids party at the pool. Jenny will have a party at her house for the family when it is actually closer to Lachlan’s birthday.
      It is supposed to be a stormy day today. At least we won’t have to water the garden.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I am sorry that Steph did not pass the test after that long drive there. I’m with Colleen-maybe she should just get an appointment at the closer place and take a little more time to practice.
      I’m looking at the title of this month’s discussion and I see I forgot to space between Welcome and July-I need to proof read better in the future.
      The books about Massachusetts do sound kind of boring unless you can find some that are fiction and set in Massachusetts. It’s good that JJ likes to read. Jenny’s kids always go to the library and I am so happy to see that.
      It is pouring rain here today.
      Are you watching the Cooking on Q shows today? I saw this defrosting tray this morning and ordered it as I am always forgetting to take things out of the freezer. It had good reviews so I’ll see how we like it. I saw some cute Temptations Christmas bowls but I need more Christmas kitchen stuff like I need a hole in my head so I passed them up. I will probably check in and out during the day to see if there is anything else interesting.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      She will be taking the test aorund here the next time. I hope she decides to go with a driving school. Even if you did not take lessons, they will have an instructor take you for the test, a lesson just before, and the use of their car for about 150.00. I think it is well worth it.
      It is fun to see them enjoy the little animals so much. you know, last night, when I shut the front shades, just before i went to bed, there were 2 big bunnies chasing each other around the driveway. It was pretty cute.
      I will ask for the same girl to do my hair from now on. I really like her. It is hard to find someone who does a good job layering very curly hair. I am glad I found her. I am also glad Steph likes the girls there to, and that they did such a nice job with the boys.
      Did you see AGT last night? I kept nodding off, so I missed a few performances. I did not miss the last one, where they ran the young man who was a doctor, and had died right after his performance. I know his family wanted his segment run, but, it must have been so hard for them to watch. How terribly sad.
      the Carmichael’s are on tonight, and they are really funny. Do you watch them?
      It is very hot here today, with occasional thunderstorms- not bad ones, though.
      hope your day is going well!
      Adele

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      Hey Gailster….
      I will check the Q as soon as I hit save on this, in case I missed something good. I did click on what was already shown early this am. I was hoping Temptations would come out with something I cannot live without….LOL
      It was gross here today. It was so bad the carpenter left, saying he was going home for another tool. GAyr thinks the heat got to him- he never came back. I called him, and he said he was coming back, but, I think he meant tomorrow….LOL I hope this does not end up in a disaster. I got him from Home Adviser. He is a nice guy, I hope the heat is what did it today. He was having trouble getting the boards off, and needed another tool- he thought they were nailed, and they were screwed.
      Thank you for your thoughts on Steph. I failed the first time too, as I ended up on the curb after they had me do a parallel park- nobody taught me that at the driving school. My Dad made me practice that until the cow’s came home, and the next time, they did not want me to park.
      Did you watch AGt last night? So sad for the young man who died.
      Do not worry about a typo- look at mine….LOL LOL
      Have a good night!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      My mom and dad both had to have cataract surgery. My dad’s did not work out too well and he could not see very well afterward. My mom’s went really well so that was good. I guess that is why I was so nervous about getting it done. My dad had bleeding behind the eye and that is why his did not work as well and they were still doing it the old way. This new way that they are doing it looks very simple and less dangerous.
      I just got the tree yesterday. We have opened it yet. Will do that one day next week. It was kind of slow coming. They sent it Fed X and I guess that is why it seemed like it took too long. I will let you know what we think after we take it out of the box.
      That is nice that you do not have to water the plants. We still have not had any rain. Ron had to go out and water today. Probably will have to tomorrow also. I cannot believe that it is so dry now. It would not stop raining earlier in the year and now it will not rain. I figured it would work out this way. How is your garden doing? We are going to give the kids some of the veggies that we have gotten out of the garden. We have 12 zucchini, a basket full of jalapenos and some green peppers. It all starts coming in at once. No tomatoes yet though and that is what we are both waiting for.
      I think that I got the dates mixed up on the CIJ shows. The tsv will be on the 14th because of us being a different time zone but the shows will be on Saturday and Sunday. I may have to look at that again. That is sad when can’t remember.lol
      Well that is all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      Well, I FINALLY got sprayed for bedbugs yesterday!! Here I was all ready for them to come & nobody shows up by noon. So after lunch hr & went down to the office & here she was, doing nothing. I say “Well, I’m waiting.” She looks like I just got off a space ship. “Waiting for what?. She’s the one who made the date for the treatment. Doesn’t anyone do their job anymore??? She said she had other inspections that day. Then the manager popped up & said we’re scheduled from 8-4. Well, if they spray that late in the day that means I couldn’t get back in for 4-5 hrs!!!! I blew up!! I had left Jewell over Critts so she’d be out of the way. Well, the bug lady showed up at 2 pm & threw a fit when she saw a different bed. she said I wasn’t supposed to remove the other bed or bring in a new one. BUT it’s NO where in the prep sheet does it say that. It was THEIR people who came & got the OLD bed, & brought in the new one!!!
      Anyway, I have another date for Aug. 1st. We’ll see what happens then. I;m not unpacking anything so I’ll be living out of bags till then. No use unpacking only to have to repack later on.

      Adele, I’m sorry Steph didn’t pass her test. I do find it interesting that they had to drive so far away to take the test. Why wouldn’t the local DMV do the test? she needs to do more practicing driving & get more confident behind the wheel. I had Godzilla for my driving test!! When she got done testing you, you knew how to drive!! I got lucky & passed.

      I can’t wait to see the CIJ shows this weekend. Maybe it’ll take my mind off what’s going on here. I’m afraid I’ll be evicted. This management group is the worst we’ve ever had. We’ve had bad ones before, but these are the worst. Please keep me in your prayers!!!
      Well, I better get off here before I depress all of you.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      That would be a really good deal for Steph if the driving school will do that. It might make her feel at ease after taking a lesson with an instructor before the test. It is not uncommon for someone to fail the test the first time around. Especially if they are nervous. My middle daughter did . She was a nervous wreck though. I tried to tell her to wait until the next week but she wouldn’t. She was 16 so she was anxious.
      Bunnies are cute when they are playing together. It is fun to watch them when they are hopping and running around chasing each other. I love to watch animals. I love to watch Deer run and jump. They look so graceful. The only time they are not cute if if they are eating my roses or they jump the fence and get into the garden. Then they are not graceful they are a menace.
      That is so nice that Steph has found a place to take the boys to get their hair cut. She needed to find a place where she can trust the beauticians to be careful when they cut his hair. Azien did really well after they cut him like that. You would not think that he would get near anyone with scissors again. I am glad that you like the lady that you went to also.
      That is so sad that the doctor died right after his performance. Do they know what happened to him? We do not watch AGT. I have been watching the Christmas movies on Hall Mark. They have had some good ones. It is hard when they stop showing them and we have to wait until October to watch anymore of them.
      It will be fun watching the CIJ shows this week-end. I am hoping to find a couple of things that I can order. I want to get those two blankets for my sister. They are the ones that are lap covers but they are really big. I will give her one and I will keep the other.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      That was a fine time to tell you after they removed the old bed. Did she spray at all today or is she making you wait until August? That is terrible the way that they treat the people that live there. It seems odd that so many people have bed bugs in their apartments. I wonder where they are coming from. Those people really need to figure out what they are doing.
      I hope that they have more new things on the show this week-end. it would be nice to see some things that they have not shown for a couple of years. I have not bought one thing for anyone for Christmas yet. I have to get started. We have a long list to buy for.
      I love the Christmas pictures that you posted. I really like the one with Santa and the little boy. Those pictures for coke were always really cute.It makes me think back to being a kid. I remember one year I just knew that I saw Santa in the kitchen drinking the milk and he knocked the glass over. My mom and dad just kept letting me believe that. The things that we remember from when we were kids. Did you ever think that you saw or heard Santa in the house when you were little?
      DD you are too good a tenant to get thrown out. Sounds like these managers may not make it there for very long either. You are too good a person and you are neat and clean and they have no reason to evict you. That is terrible that they have made you feel that way.They should have done their jobs.
      Hang in there my friend. They have not reason to treat you like that.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      Of course you are in our prayers. We are all hoping you will quickly get through this bug spray mess. the prep and packing for it is the worst.
      The staff should have known about not moving the old bed until after the spraying was complete. they do seem like a bunch of incompetents.
      The reason Steph went so far for the test was because around here, there is about a month’s wait. Well, now she has to wait a month anyway, as nobody is doing that ride again. It is such a shame she did not pass, but, we cannot do anything about it. Her not passing reinforced her thoughts that she is not good at driving- she has always been scared to get her license, hence the wait until now.
      I hope you can have a good weekend, with all your house upside down. I also hope they will do it next week, so you can get back to normal.
      Love the holiday pics!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      i love the CIJ shows too. So far, I have 2 magic games for JJ, the “gross Science” one, and the Minnion robot for Aizen. Plus, the candles with gift bags for the women customers. So, I am off at a good start.
      I just turned on the Chew. I hope it is a good one.
      The man who died, got killed in a car accident. that was so terribly sad.
      It is very gloomy here again today. Looks like rain, and is in the 60’s. that is god for the guy fixing the deck, but, not everyone else. I am glad he is not sweating out there, as that makes a job so much more difficult.
      I hope you have a good weekend. hey- how is your eye feeling?? Are you goign to your daughter’s this weekend?
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I have Antonella on CIJ shows this afternoon. There were several things I’d love to get but I DON’T need another thing!!! I have more than enough as it is. LOL
      Thank you for all your prayers & support in this mess I’m in. I did put out a few items from some of the tubs. Just to make it look like home again. It’ll be a quick put back for the nest spray in Aug. I was beginning to panic when I noticed my rent check hadn’t cleared the bank yet earlier in the week. but since the holiday screwed up everything, since most of the office was out on vacation that week, that’s what the delay was. It did clear last night. I keep a close eye on my bank account.
      Colleen, how is your eye doing? Are you still sensitive to the light? I can’t wait to hear about how much better you can see once they’re healed up.

      Oh, I forgot, about the bed, it has to be in writing. It does say if you plan to get rid of anything let the office know & they’ll make arrangements, which I did & they did!! I think she just wants to show me who’s boss, & throw her weight around.
      I don’t watch AGT, but that was terrible about the performer getting killed in an accident. very sad indeed.

      Adele, I think I’m having sympathy pains with you. I woke up this morning & my right shoulder was killing me. I don’t know what I did, but it hurts like crazy.
      I see where Jim Shore will be on 10 pm West coast time Sat. night, so I guess that’s 1am ET Sunday am. He does make the most unique carvings. I love unusual things. He’s always on in the wee hrs of the morning so I don’t get a chance to see him. It’ll be fun to see what he’s come up with for Christmas.
      David is on with his choice for Christmas décor tomorrow. Then Sunday is all food on ITKWD.
      Oh, I called customer service about the cookies & I’ll get my $ back. It’s kind of unusual for me to call in for a refund on food. I did get all my QF & Denim & co shirts yesterday. They sent me 2 of the D&C shirts tho.
      Well, I guess I better get off here & fix dinner.
      Have a great weekend & enjoy the CIJ shows. I will.
      dd

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      Hi Adele,
      My eyes are doing really good. I am glad that I had the surgery done and would recommend it to anyone who needs it. Do not put it off like I did it was a mistake.
      Maybe your deck will be finished tonight and you will be able to go out and sit on it. Your cooler weather sounds so nice. Our cool down was in the 80’s. Glad that you got some rain we still need some really bad. We got some last night but not enough. Hope that more is coming our way.
      That is so sad that he was killed in a car accident. Such a waste of a young talented life. It would have been hard to watch him sing on AGT. I am surprised that his parents wanted them to show it. Maybe it just meant a lot to him and that is why they did it.
      No we are staying home tomorrow. I have to bake some zucchini bars and put them in the freezer. It will be cooler then it has been all month so better get it done. I may bake a few loaves of bread also.
      I hope that you have a good week-end also. Steph should not feel bad about not passing the test. There are a lot of people that do not pass it the first time around. Sometimes it takes more then one time to pass. So tell her to hang in there and not to give up. She can do it. She just needs to get confidence in herself.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Since they sent someone up to take the bed out of your apartment it seems like you did let them know. They also sent another bed up to you and so that really makes it clear that they knew. I think that you are right that woman was just throwing her weight around. She should not have that job that is for sure.
      I really like Antonella. She is always such a happy person. I wish that she did more of the Quacker shows. She is fun to watch when she does them. I use to like it when she did that cooking show for awhile. That did not last long though. It was a shame.
      My eyes are doing really well. I am glad that I had the surgery’s done. I see so much better. I drove to meet my daughters for lunch the other day and that felt so good to be able to go without anyone driving me. Did not have to wear my glasses either. It feels really weird.
      How do you find the place where you find all the items that were on air now? When is push that button it just shows what is on now. I do not always want to see what was on qvc2 I want to see what is on the main channel I cannot watch all day so it would be nice if we could find that again. If you know how to get on there please let me know.
      Love all the pictures that you posted. Always do though you find such good pictures to post.
      Well that is all from here. You are in my prayers.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey DD
      So sorry you have to wait until August. That is awful.
      I know why they do ask people to let them throw things away. If any of them have bed bugs, the moving of furniture with bugs in them, will infect the elevator, halls, etc, if any fall out, and make the problem in the building a lot worst. Bobby FREAKS out when he does a bed bug job, and the people have removed their beds. he cannot see how bad the problem is, and then they can move to another location, causing more issues. I hear this from him all the time. So,do not think they are out to make your life miserable, it is more to protect you, and other tenants. I hope this made you feel a little better.
      I cannot imagine what you are going through with the constant bed bug issue in the building. I am so sorry you have to go through this.
      It is still gloomy over here, and cooler. hope your weather is better.
      I just got a couple of presents- the Poo pouri I give to everyone on Thanksgiving ( put it on their plates as a favor), and a cute animated puppy for Aizen.
      Hope your day is good!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I am glad your eyes are all healed. Gary is being watched for his cataracts. His eyesight is getting worst, and he is in total denial, of course.
      it looks like you are having a full baking weekend. What kind of bread do you bake? I have not made a loaf in a while. It has been so confusing here, with all the comings and goings.
      Antonella is a favorite host of mine too. I live listening to her, and she is a very warm person you would like to have a cup of coffee with.
      The deck floor is all done. he is working on the stairs today. We need more boards for the railings, because he ran into an issue with the stairs today- the back kick plates were rotten, and those need to be changed out too, hence more wood. When he left last night, he told me I was lucky I did this now, as when he removed the board against the house, it was rotting, and there were carpenter ants in it. Bobby freaked when he got home, as he should have sprayed before he removed the board- he is afraid they will move into the house. Unfortunately, the carpenter did not tell me until after put it all back together, as he felt he got all the ants out, and they will not eat composite wood. So, we have 2 different opinions. of course, Bobby is still rnating and raving all over the house….LOL
      Hope you are having a good baking day!
      Adele
      PS….thank God we are going out to dinner with friends tonight….LOL

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      Hi Adele,
      Tell Gary not to worry about have the cataract surgery. There is nothing to it and he will be home and able to watch tv the first day. The second he will be able to read and get on the computer. So it is not as bad as people think that it is.
      I ended up just doing the zucchini bars. I could not find the foil bread pans. I do not like to make it in my glass pans because we give a lot of them away. It is not always easy to get them out of the pan. I made sever pans of the bars and still have more zucchini to cook. I will have so much in my freezer that we will not have room for anything else. I am going to attempt to make a batch that is sugar free or lower sugar. I hope that I can figure this out.
      Is there anyway they can spray even though he put the new board back? Maybe he can take it back off and Bobby can spray and then you will not have to worry. That was a kind of dumb thing for him to do. You would not have known what was going on until he came in and told you. Sometimes they do not think about things before they do them. Maybe he wanted to get it done before the weather got really hot again. Men always do goofy things.
      The baking went really well today. It was not as hot as it was during last week. I just wish that we could have got the whole thing done and not have to worry about it doing more. Oh well I had run out of a few things that I needed to make the bars with anyway.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope everyone is having a good weekend. We’re having lovely weather. I wish I could share it with all of you. It’s in the 70s with white puffy clouds. No heat wave in sight.
      I hurt myself the other day trying to get the apt in some kind of livability till Aug. 1st. I hurt my right shoulder & now I feel it in my upper back as well. I’ll probably have to go to the Dr. this week. I did call an on call nurse & she told me to ice it & take Tylenol in the mean time.
      If it isn’t one thing it’s another!!
      I watched ITKWD today with Mary. Something must’ve happened cause when he was on yesterday he said he’d be on ITKWD. And they didn’t wish him well wishes to feel better if he was under the weather. Makes me wonder if something happened.
      To find what’s been on air, go to “Recently on air” on the home page, & it’ll show you what’s been previously on air.
      Did anyone catch Jim Shore last night? He had a lot of cute things. He’s gonna be on a couple more times throughout July for CIJ. On July 22nd, he’s on Q2 with a live audience (first time ever he’s ever done a live audience show). Didn’t catch the time but it must be during the day for a live audience. If I catch the times he’s gonna be on I’ll be sure to pass it along.
      Well, I guess that’s all for now.
      Have a great week
      dd

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      David’s mother fell and broke her arm badly requiring surgery. He flew home to be with her. He said he would be back on Wed. if no problems.

      I am so sick of all these Christmas shows and movies. It is only July way to early to think of Christmas. I used to buy early but then my mother died and I was stuck with the things I had bought. So no more I will wait until closer. I would rather spend time on holidays as they come. Thanksgiving just does not seem to get any attention as it is all Christmas.

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      The heat is really here in Tennessee. Our little outside puppies are laying out on the covered patio just sleeping. We have 2 ceiling fans on the patio and keep them on for them in this heat. I go out twice a day and add some ice cubes to their drinking water. They chew ice cubes up too. It is so funny to watch them do that. Our kittly is in the AC on the foot of the bed sleeping too. We are so active around here. Jerry and I went on a short drive yesterday to a little town about 15 miles up the road to find some road side fruit and veg.stands. We bought some really delicious tomatoes and that inspired us to stop at a little store and pick up some thick sliced bacon and fresh bread, and come home cook the bacon in the oven (have you all done this?) and made us BLT’s for dinner, and I have to say, we ate until we almost popped they were so good. Jerry called Joey at work to see if he would want to stop by on his way home this morning from work and we would have him a “goody bag” of BLT fixings for him to eat. He was so excited. You know Lisa is out of town and he said he would love to have some good fresh food when he got off work and didn’t have to stop at some fast food place. I was so happy that he would enjoy them too. It is just such simple things sometimes that make us feel so good.
      So glad your eyes are doing so good Colleen. It must be wonderful to not need glasses anymore. I bet you do miss feeling them on your head. I fall asleep so many times with my glasses on. I have my poor rims warped now, and really need to go get my eyes checked and some new glasses. Why do we put off things like this? And I am happy for you too Gail. That sounds like quite a procedure you had to go through. Do you have short hair? I have some stuff (powder like) that I bought from HSN that I just pat on a spot right in the back of my hair that is thin and it looks just like my hair is there. I didn’t believe it would work, but it does. Gosh, I will have to go and see what it is called. I have worn my hair pulled back for so many years due to my job that I think that is what caused it to be thin there. It doesn’t look fake at all. I have also used something that Joan Rivers sold quite a few years ago and it worked too, come to think of it. I used Joan’s product on my eyebrows as well as on my hair.
      Adele, hang in there with all the kiddos. I know you all must be so hurt about the drivers test; but we all fall down and skin our knees sometime; just for different things. But with God’s help we pick ourselves up and try again, and failure is what makes us stronger. We are all pulling for her and all of you.
      Sue, you are doing great with your recovery. I know it hasn’t been easy, but you have worked hard. Sorry about the lady breaking her arm. Hope she is doing okay. I saw some beautiful things on the CIJ shows but can you believe the only thing I ordered was some of those Landies pretzels all covered in chocolate and caramel. Since they are individually packed I give them to our neighbors in their mailboxes with their Christmas cards for a little surprize. Course; since I have done it a few year it is not such a surprize LOL Everyone seems to like them. I was only able to watch just a couple of shows so that hopefully saved me some money. I do love Jim Shore shows, and if you find out when he is going to have his live show, please let me know DD. I had a good laugh at your Santa taking a selfie with that long selfie stick. I love your pictures too.
      Guess I better close for now. Sending good wishes to everyone. Hugs to all, Barbara

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      Hi Barbara,
      I was able to find Jim Shore’s schedule. He’ll be on 7/22 at 5pm-6pm ( the live audience show) & 7/31 at 3pm-4pm ET. I made sure it is ET for both shows.
      dd

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      I am glad that you are having nice weather. Wish you could send some our way also. We could use some cooler weather and some rain. We just cannot seem to get either one.
      Oh my gosh you really did hurt yourself. Just be careful if you decide to get anything else out. Will the people that packed your things up come back to help unpack it? I hope that they will you need the help. It is not good that you hurt yourself trying to do it alone. It will be nice when they get done with the spraying and can leave you alone. That is a mess to have to wait for that long a period. Just take care and do not try to get things out again. You and Adele are just not having any luck with shoulders.
      I bought a couple of items that I bought from Jim Shore and was not happy with them. I sent them back and have never bought anything else from him. The seems were not worked out enough and the stood out really bad. They did not sand them enough and it made the piece look off somehow. So just have not bought anymore. Guess we should try again and see if we like it better.
      Thanks for posting the pictures. I like the one with Santa doing a selfie also. That is really cute and is a sign of the times. I really like this Christmas in July things that are going on. I wait for this every year. Hope that they keep doing it.
      Well when I go to the items on the q it just takes me to the last show that they had and the one before and that is the only ones that it shows. I like to see all of the shows that were on that day. I cannot catch them all day long. I must be doing something wrong.
      Well that is all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      It is really hot here also. Our humidity was not that bad today but is supposed to go back up tomorrow. It is just too hot to do much outside though. Will be glad when we can sit on the deck again and just swing. I love a porch swing.
      Have never tried to fix bacon in the oven. Do you just put it on a try and put in in there or how do you keep it from just laying in the grease? Will have to try that it would be better then frying it. That really sounds good though. We are supposed to go to a peach orchard in a couple of weeks . The ones that they are growing now are good to freeze and then ones that they have late in the summer are the sweet ones and are good to eat. We will probably go both times and get the peaches. We have tomatoes that will be ready to be picked in a couple of days. Cannot wait to start eating the fresh tomatoes. We have had other veggies that are out of the garden already and they are good. I would like to find some fresh green beans and new potatoes. I love to cook them together with some bacon. That tastes so good.
      I still have to wear glasses when I read so do not miss them that much. It does seem funny that I do not have to put them on as soon as I wake up in the morning. My eyes were really getting bad. The eye doctor let Ron see what the cataracts looked like in my eye. He was saying that he wished that he could show the patients so they would know what they look like. That would be interesting.
      The Landis pretzels are so good. We get them every year also. The grand kids really like them and so do the adults. They have the smaller ones this year and may get some of them. That would be just the right size for the kids. It is the thought that counts. They may still be surprised that you keep putting them in. They would be disappointed if you didn’t. I bought a couple of Christmas presents so that helps out a lot. We have a lot to buy for.
      That was nice that you and Jerry shared your bacon and tomatoes with Joey. He can always count on you two to help him out with a good meal.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Thank you for the details on what happened to Davids mom. I hope that she does not have any problems with the arm and everything goes well for her. It is nice that David could fly to be with her.
      I am sorry that you are not enjoying all of the Christmas in July things. It makes a nice break from all the heat here and just is so cheerful. I am sorry that happened to you. It is hard to lose someone.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      I enjoyed the CIJ shows too. It kind of cools you off thinking of winter in the middle of summer. lol I didn’t get much but I did buy some new battery operated light strands for my upper and lower porch railings. The ones that I had previously finally bit the dust last year so it was time. I do enjoy watching the things that Valerie does with her items. It gives me ideas of where to put things that I already have. Sometimes when it’s really hot out I watch the movie Dr. Zhivago and that will cool you right off as it takes place in Russia and so many scenes are winter scenes.
      Adele, it will be nice to get that deck done finally. I hope the carpenter ants didn’t get into the house. How was your dinner out?
      Barbara, I fall asleep with my glasses on a lot too. It sure doesn’t help the frames. lol
      I forgot that Lisa was gone. I’ll bet Joey really appreciated the BLT kit. I do the bacon in the oven too sometimes. It’s less messy than doing it on the stove top.
      My hair is shoulder length and he took out a big chunk from the underside on the right side so now the hair on that side is a lot thinner than on the other side. I wear bangs so they cover the scar pretty well. In the summer I pull my hair back or put it up in back but I can’t do that now because that’s when the big shaved area will show and it looks dorky. lol Oh well, things could be worse.
      Colleen, I saw this morning that the St. Louis area is heading for a heat wave this week. Maybe I can walk you through trying to find the programs previously on air. Go to the QVC main page on the right top click on Shop QVC TV. A drop down menu will appear and click on items recently on air-then if you look over on the left all the previous programs will appear and you can go over and click on which ones that you want to look at. I hope this made sense and that it is what you were looking to do. I do it all the time to see what programs were on. Gosh the computer makes it so easy now. When I first started watching 25 plus years ago you had to either watch live or tape something-now we can DVR shows or just see what was on air by looking at our computers. Technology is nice.
      We didn’t go to the folk festival yesterday since Greg had to go replace an air conditioner in one of the apartments. That place is getting to be too much work for him. I’ll be glad when we can sell it someday.
      I am getting antsy since both of our usual summer trips were cancelled this year and I feel like the summer is going to pass by without us doing anything. I guess if I want to go somewhere I will have to plan it myself. Time to bring out the travel books. lol
      DD, that is a long time to wait for the sprayers. You will be glad when that is all over and everything is back to normal. Jewell will be glad too.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      I do not know if I was getting on here when they were working on the site or what was going on. It was not coming up like that for me. It would put the items up on the screen and they were big not like usual. Then when I would go to the side and try to find the shows it would just have two shows up there at a time. After I looked at them that was it. It would do the same thing over again. It was weird.
      We will probably have to get new lights for our porch next year. Ours are getting pretty old and am not sure if they still work. They did last year but did not last as long as they had been. Cannot complain though they lasted for a few years. I bought another set of the blankets that they had last year. This year I got the Cardinals and the grey throw. This one is for my sister. I also ordered a Teddy Ruxpin for Aliza. It is so cute. I can remember that Mandy had one when she was little and she loved it. Both of the girls did. We did not have Melissa yet. We got her the Mickey mouse and she loved that. My sil’s little girl loved it too. It was cute to watch them playing with it together.
      The heat wave started today. It is supposed to be worse tomorrow. Hope that this does not last long we really need rain and they took that out of the forecast. Earlier we were having too much rain and now it is just the opposite. Hope that we finally get some rain. We have been watering the garden to keep the veggies growing.
      That is a shame that you had to miss the festival. It is a lot of work to take care of those apartments. It is good that Greg took care of it right away. It is too hot to sit in the house with no air.
      You should be able to find one trip to go on. Maybe you can go see Brent. There are a lot of places that we would like to go but may wait until fall. We will probably find some place close to visit and will not have to be gone too long. Then we can take care of the animals. We cannot ask Kylie because she will be in school by then. It is hard when you have animals to go anywhere.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      This is weird. Greg got an email from Adele last night saying that she won’t be on the site for awhile because her computer is all messed up but that she is okay-just computerless. We have no idea how she got Greg’s e-mail address. She said when she put my name in his came up-that is really weird as I know I never gave her his e-mail address. Anyway, I guess she won’t be on for awhile as her she is getting her computer fixed. The darn things are great when they are working right but then when they break they cause a lot of trouble and we miss them as we are used to having them around.
      I remember Teddy Ruxpin from when our kids were little too-although we never had one. They are cute. I’m sure Aliza will love him.
      I love those Berkshire blanket sets. They are so soft! I wish I could have them all!!!.
      Will Kylie be going away to school in the fall? Does she still want to be a doctor? I’ll bet she is excited and nervous. Did she get a summer job? I’ll bet Brooklyn will miss her if she goes away.
      I see that you guys are in for a lot of hot weather all week. Some areas around here had so much rain last week that there was flooding. Why does it seem that there is either too much rain or not enough.
      We will be back into the upper eighties this week.
      You should try again on the Q site and maybe it will work for you now. It looks like Quacker is having a special deal on the Q2 site tomorrow-I think it’s Dream Jeannes. I don’t think I need any more of those-plus even the shorts are too long for me so i am better off with their ankle pants. Plus-who even wants to be thinking about wearing long pants right now. It will be warm well into October still around here. Don’t want to even think about the long cold winter yet.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      I sent you my address on your home page. I hope it went thru. Knowing this site one never knows!! lol
      dd

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      Hey girls
      Having g awful time with this. Finally able to sign in. My laptop went nuts and is out for repair.
      I tried to email you all and I guess the addresses are not on this kindle fire thing. When I Putin the g from fails name her hubby came up. Weirdest thing ever as I do not remember emailing him.
      I cannot even pay our Wherehouse for the. Business as their emails do not come up either. I could scream. It took me 4 tries to log in here.
      I hope I get it back soon. Not used to this pad at all.
      All OK here. I’ll read all posts when I get laptop back.
      Hope you are all OK. Sue with knee. Dd with spray. Colleen with eye. Gail with eyes. Barbara with kids and weather.
      This is awful. I hate using this as it autocorrect to weird things.my😀
      Hope everyone is good and I have not missed anything needing prayers.love
      Email me if you can and then maybe your addresses will come up on here.
      Love u guys…….have the kids overnight with heather tonight. Hope they will watch egg

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      Hi Ladies,
      Sorry to hear about your laptop dying on you Adele. Computers are such a pain at times. I hope it’s a simple fix. I’ve been told that if it’s too expensive it’s better to get a new one. My first laptop I got off the q. It was a Dell & had it for several yrs. then it started going whacky so I ordered an HP & that’s what I have right now. I have a tablet from Verizon but I don’t/can’t do emails on it like I can on here. I get the posts, but the print is so tiny it hurts my eyes. Same goes for my phone. Don’t go crazy on us now. lol It’ll be fine.

      Well, it seems I tore something in my shoulder, called the rotator cuff. My Dr. has put me in PT for now, along with some pain killers. I have half a mind to complain to the head office about it. I can’t take a shower cuz the tub is full of those bags, & I can barely get to the toilet as it is. I hurt myself trying to make my apt livable till the 1st. This is toooo much!!!
      Sorry I had to vent.

      I see most if not all of you will be under a huge bubble of hot air this week. Take extra care in it. We don’t have the humidity but when we have a heatwave like that they tell us to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. I can’t imagine living in that humidity. Please take extra care of yourselves. We went from the wettest/coldest winters/spring to now we’re tinder dry. It didn’t take long to dry out. We’re in for a heatwave next week they say.
      I got that Copper Chef TSV from last week. All my fry pans are ready for the trash, & I thought I’d get this set & throw away the old ones. the nonstick has gone & probably isn’t a good thing to use. All I need is a couple of pans now. These are smaller & take up a lot less room too. Besides I have a crush on Eric. He can come to my home & cook for me anytime!!!!
      Jewell’s next to me taking a cat nap, lol.

      Here is my email address in case any of you want to email me when you can’t get on here.

      dianned58@gmail.com

      Well, I guess that’s all for now. Take care!!!
      dd

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      Colleen,
      I almost forgot-Happy Birthday!!!

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      Hi Colleen,
      Uh oh, I’m in trouble. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      Thank you for the birthday wishes and the cute cards. I really need to figure out how to do that. My birthday was really nice. We went out to dinner and then to the candy store to get some sugar free candy. They have the best that you can buy down here.
      I will never understand how computers work. Some weird things happen sometimes. At least she got thru to you. I do not know what I would do if I could not get on here and chat with everyone. I would miss it.
      Kylie is going to go to the junior college here in our area so she will be at home with her parents. She will go there for two years because she got the scholarship. She is going to take all the required courses here and some of the science classes. It will be cheaper to take them here then to wait until she goes on the St. Louis U. She still wants to be a doctor but she may be in research. She does not think that she can deal with patients all the time. She will be a doctor of some kind in case that she does not like the research that much. She has plenty of time to make up her mind though. Both professions require the same classes.
      It is hot here right now. It would be nice to be in the eighties. Wish they could send some of the rain our way. We really need it. We are still having to water our garden. Maybe one day this week or next we will have some rain. We had our first fresh tomatoes today. They are so good. We have more on the plants and they are big. I hope that they keep producing even though we are not getting much rain.We have a lot of zucchini also. I love this time of the year for garden things.
      It was finally working right today.( the qvc site) I am always on here late at night and I think that is when they work on the site. So now it is working really well and I found all the things that I was looking for. I like that you can push on a date and it will bring up all the shows from that day. I looked at all the Christmas shows that I missed. That is nice.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      We all vent on here. That is fine. Sometimes we just need a place we can get things off of our minds and everyone understands. So vent away my friend we will listen. Hope that you will not have to go to pt for too long. The hurts if you tore you rotator cuff. Just take it easy and do not try to do any more lifting. It is a shame that they will not come up there and get some things out of the tub for you. You need to get in there and take a shower. That is not right that they do those things.
      We drink a lot of water and Gator aid. It helps a lot to keep you hydrated. We do not spend that much time outside either. If you have to do anything outside you have to do it in the morning. So that is what we do if we need to go outside to do anything. We also have to wear a hat. The one that I have is getting old and makes me look like an old lady.lol I guess that is what I am.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes and the cards. They were really pretty. One of these days I am going to learn how to do that. I will be able to sen them also. That would be nice if I could.
      I love the other pictures that you posted. The one of the ocean where the water is so blue and it looks like it never ends was really pretty. You and Gail find the prettiest pictures to post on here.
      Well that is about all from here. take care of yourself.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      DD,
      No problem with the venting. We all do it when we need to. That’s why it’s so nice here-we can vent and no one judges.
      I’m sorry about the rotator cuff. Greg had a tear in his several years ago and had to go to PT but it did heal up and is all better. I hope that you can get some bins moved and get in that shower-that would be awful. Those people in charge are really inconveniencing you. You need some more understanding landlords.
      It’s funny that you mentioned about the scratched pans as I just threw out two where the teflon was scratched through. I guess that you are not supposed to use them anymore when they are like that but I had them for years so I really got my use from them.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      It sounds like you had a really good birthday. It’s nice that there is a shop where you can get some good sugar free candy.
      Putting on the pictures isn’t that hard. I’ll bet that Kylie or Brooklyn could set you up so that you could do it too.
      It’s a good idea for Kylie to go to junior college first. She will save money by living at home and not have so much debt when she graduates. I can’t believe the amount of student debt some people have. They have to work the next twenty years to pay it off.
      A research doctor does important work-they can find cures for diseases. Kylie must like science a lot. It’s so wonderful to know that girls now get to do everything that only the boys did when we were young. Girl Power!!! That’s an area where things have really changed for the better.
      We haven’t had anything from the garden yet although I think some peppers are ready and some cucumbers almost are-so it’s coming.
      Our county fair here is in early August so Kendall has been working on her cake decorating entry for the fair for 4 H. I hope that she gets a ribbon. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done. She has been working really hard. I think Enya is doing some cake decorating too. They are lucky as their one aunt is a pastry chef so she has been helping them and they have been able to use her equipment like those tips that you use to write and make flowers and such.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey everyone!!
      I got the laptop back. Hallelujah! In just 2 days I had over 200 emails.That was so strange that the Kindle Fire had people I am friends with on Facebook listed in my contacts, and nobody from my regular email list. I wonder if it was because I was on the web, using facebook to get in- if I was, I did not know about it….LOL I now realize how very important it is, to have your computer working properly. All the other times the Windows 10 did their up-date thing, I was bale to get the Geek squad to remotely fix it. this time, it was a doozie, and cost an additional 150.00 for a thing to put my hard drive on, so I owuld not lose everything.
      So,from what I gather, I missed Colleen’s birthday. Happy Birthday Colleen!! I hope you had fun. Also saw you are having a heat wave like we are- it is gross out there today, in the 90’s, and extremely humid.
      Marissa goes to what they call a Junior college too- a 2 year program. I know Kylie will love it, and it is a lot cheaper. She will have an Associates Degree, and can transfer to a 4 year college for her Bachelor’s. Marissa will be adding more course, as she has decided to change her major to Social services, from the medical she had previously.
      Dd, I am so sorry you now have issues with your shoulder too. the shoulder pain is not easy to tolerate. Plus, every time you use your hand, the shoulder moves. Sleeping will e a challenge. how did you do it? glad you love your copper pans. I bet they are real pretty.
      Barbara, that was a nice day you and Jerry spent out together. You needed that! I love BLT’s, and have not had one in years. Have you ordered anything from the Q for your Itty Bitty’s Christmas? I even got 3 sets of those Seal Tight bag Fasteners, one for me and one for Heather and Steph for their stockings.
      Sue, so glad you are continuing to move toward a full recovery. My friend Nancy went to my knee doctor this week, and she needs both knees replaced. She is not thrilled. thanks for the info on Dave, as I also wondered where he was.
      So, was anyone disappointed, like I was when the opera singer did not pass through to the next round? I was also surprised the girl with her dog got through over the others in her category. You can never figure out which way things will go.
      Hope everyone is not too hot, and I am so happy to be back with my laptop.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Adele, I’m glad to hear you got your laptop back. Isn’t it funny how we feel when we don’t have our electronics handy when they go on the blink & they have to go to the shop. They become our ‘security blanket’ of sorts.
      Well, I took my half a mind & sent off an email to the head office about my injury & how I’m living right now. They don’t like hearing about a resident getting hurt on their property. I basically told em exactly what I said on here. We’ll see what happens in the next few days. the office here is closed on Wed. so I won’t know anything till tomorrow or Friday. And that’s if I hear anything at all.
      I hear we’re gonna have a heatwave this weekend into next week. So we’re not immune to the heat. We haven’t broken any records this year, which is fine with me.
      Well, that’s about all from here.
      take care.
      dd

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      Happy late birthday wishes Colleen. I am so glad you and your husband had a good dinner out and a good day. Isn’t it nice how just the small things mean so much to us nowadays? I know they surely do to me. Gosh, I think the idea of going to Junior College first is so smart. It is so hard for young folks to know at their starting out years exactly what they want to do long term, and this will give her so many options to consider. Smart young lady!
      DD, sorry you hurt your shoulder. Hope you are doing better. If I wasn’t able to come on here and vent sometimes; I don’t know what I would do. Our good friends on here are so nonjudgemental and caring; and I can feel it through their words and their kind reactions to some of the goofy things I have written or thought. I know I am so grateful for all of your friendships, and glad you let us know how things are going in your life. Long story short; vent anytime you need to.
      Adele, sorry for your computer problems. It can be frustrating beyond words. And not to mention; costly. Wish I could give you some good advice on those things; but I have to call and ask Joey even how to use things on my I Pad, and I have had it for years now. I have seriously thought of taking a class on how to do things on the computer. I know it would help me. I have also thought about going to the weekly bingo games for old folks ha ha. And since I have only been “thinking” about both these things for several months now; I seriously doubt I will be making a quick decision do you?
      Our “itty bitty” is really growing. He has two bottom teeth, says Da Da and waves bye bye. Neal sent us a video of him pushing along his airplane that has a handle on it so he can balance himself as he walks, and Neal would say to him, “stop Bubba, stand up, you can do it” and that little angel tries so hard to let go and balance himself without holding on to his handle. Then he just laughs and claps his little hands and says “yay!!!” Course, me and Grandpa are just melting. He will be a year old next month. Time is flying. Miss them so much.
      Speaking of Grandpa, he is over in the kitchen dragging things out of the pantry so he must be getting hungry; so I better go help him. I really meant to cook spagetti and garlic bread for dinner, but it is just so hot here. Hope you are all doing good now. Prayers are still coming from Tennessee for all my special Quacker friends all across this great country. Barbara

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      Adele.
      Yahoo for getting the computer back! It was so odd that you were able to get Greg’s e-mail address-where did that come from? He was totally baffled why you were mailing him and I had to explain that you wanted the message passed on to me. Sometimes he just doesn’t get it. lol
      I wasn’t really surprised that the opera singer was passed over-he wasn’t quite as polished as some of the others. I think the girl with the dog is kind of on the cusp and probably won’t last much longer. Granted she is a good trainer but it’s hard to keep doing different things. Sometimes it seems it’s not the act as much as the story. Did anybody else feel that the trick where the guy got buried seemed awfully staged and overly dramatic. It just didn’t ring true to me for some reason.
      Did anyone else notice the dress that Heidi was wearing with the big grommets. All I could think was-hey Quacker has been doing that for years and their grommets are sparkly! lol
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Gosh time has flown! Can’t believe your grandson will be one soon. That’s such a big birthday. He will definitely be walking soon on his own. How cute that he applauds his own efforts!
      I know how it goes thinking about taking a computer class. I think about doing a lot of things and just never get past the thinking stage. lol
      I think we are all in a heat wave right now. We did have some wild storms last night too. I feel bad for the people who are already flooded-they probably have a mess today.
      Gail

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      Hey DD
      great pics! I missed how you hurt your shoulder- what happened? I thought I got all the info form the posts, and I guess I missed something.
      I hope you get a good response from the office. Having you wait so long for the spray is really not right. I hope they can do something for you- at least get the spray done.
      I re-injured the right shoulder again. Since I wrenched it doing the ankle exercise, every once in a while it hurts like crazy when I reach for something. When it does, I take 2 alleve’s, and put ice on it, and in a day, it stops again. When I go to PT today, I am goign to mention it, and see what she says to do.
      I hope you are feeling better today. It is grossly hot and humid here, and will stay that way for a few more days. yuck. I hate to go out today.
      Adele

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      Hey Barbara!
      I do the same thing- ask the kids when I get stuck. So, does your i pad not have your contact list for your emails too? Mine is the cheap one from the Q last holiday seasons, where you got 4 for 120.00- an Amazon Fire. I am wondering if all those do the same thing. Plus, I am amazed that it accessed Greg’s email from Facebook. I figured that out, when I went into the contacts to see if I could find your emails. I do not have emails for everyone I know on Facebook, and saw all their names in the contacts list, instead of my regular email list. That was the first time I really used the pad, as I use it more for the boys to play games.
      OMG, Itty Bitty will be one. Can you imagine? Do they have a trip home planned for the holidays? I sincerely wish they do, for all of you. If not, the skype thing will be running like crazy on Christmas. Technology does have it’s good parts.
      So, as I sit here, I had to cancel my PT for today. I kept saying to Gary that is seemed like the central air was not working. He kept telling me it was brutal out there, and it was. No, it is not. So, we had to call Enzo and his cousin, and they will try to get here this afternoon. I was not wanting to get a new system right now, and it looks like we will e forced into it, as there are 3 more months we would have it on.
      We have the old air conditioner in the wall in the kitchen area, and are lucky we do, as we immediately put it on. So, it will be able to do something to make it bearable in here. Prior to the central, we used the big wall one, and had 2 more in the bedrooms going.
      honestly, just about everything in this house has broken this summer. Four shades in the living room, one in the dining room, the heat system (which we use for hot water in the summer as it is continuous hot water- that was covered by our contract), the deck, the air. Oh….let’s not forget the laptop.
      I think my house hates me.
      Talk about venting…..LOL LOL Still, this is better then a serious illness, or family tragedy. So, I am grateful these things are all fixable.
      Your stressed Quacker buddy…….Adele

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      Hey Gailster!
      I was just as baffled as Greg. When I realized it was Greg’s, and I never emailed him at all, and yours would not come up, I went into the contacts to see what was up- on the pad. It is an Amazon Fire- the one they sold for 4 for 120.00 last year. none of my email contacts were there, just the names of all my Facebook friends. I never email any facebook friends, and am still wondering how they got loaded from facebook. The whole thing was really weird. I am wondering if i used facebook to get on the web from the pad, and that is how it happened???
      Do you have a pad? If so, check to see if that is the case with yours. This was really the first time I used it for any length of time. It is small, so after I got it, it just was put aside. The kids do play games on it, every once in a while, when they are here. They prefer their own pad, as it is much better than this one.
      Read my tale of woe for today- in Barbara’s post. The breakage here continues. Central air is out again. I had a feeling the Freon they put in would not last through this heat.
      How is it at your place?? It is gross here.
      I was surprised the girl with the dog stayed. Doyou watch the dance show after AGT? I love that show too.
      Adele

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      Hey Adele,
      I forgot. Here’s that pumpkin centerpiece. I saw it on Amazon. I think it was somewhere in the 35 to 40 dollar area. I thought it was cute and perfect for a kitchen table.

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      Gail, Did you see the big deal Dj’s. They do not have the button. I think it was you that did not like the button. I ordered a pair of the dark moss. I always seem to miss the olive so hope this is close.

      Those pumpkins you posted for Adele are cute. I have one that is a pumpkin but clear glass. I usually put Halloween candy in it for trick or treaters. But I get it out each year do not have many fall items. It seems we do not have a chance to get any as everything is Christmas from now on.

      We are having the same heat wave as everyone else. Then that brings storms. I know 90’s are hot but the humidity makes it very uncomfortable. I can take it if the humidity leaves. We never had air conditioning growing up. Mom would not have it & she would not allow a fan to be on overnight as she thought it would catch fire.

      Did you see the photos of Debra showing her weight loss? She posted a bunch on here. Today is her Birthday.

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      Adele I forgot you said you have not had a BLT in a long time. They are one of my favorite summer meals. I just heard Arby’s has a great one for a limited time. I have not had one yet but do want to try. So I don’t know if you have an Arby’s near you. If so you might want to give it a try.

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      Hey Gail
      I love it- Ill have to see if I can find it on Amazon. I never met a pumpkin I did not like.

      Hi Sue!
      We do have Arby’s, but none close to here I can think of. I will have to start looking to see where they are. A BLT is really good,and somehow never tastes the same at home.

      I did see the pics of Debra. It is amazing how much weight she lost. So good for her, and I bet she is so proud. She certainly should be.
      Do you know what diet she followed? I always wonder whihc one people do, when they have such a huge success.

      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Kylie use to tell me all the time when she was little that she was going to find the cure for diabetes. Maybe she really will that will be nice for a lot of people. Especially if it helps kids with type 1. That is so hard on them. It is nice that girls can do anything now. They are just as smart as the boys and deserve a chance to do things like this also.
      I hope that Kendall’s cake does well in the competition. She will be so excited if she wins something. It is fun to watch the kids get involved in 4H. They do some interesting things. Do they set that up in age groups are do they all put their cakes in the same contest? Maybe they will both win a ribbon. That would be so cool. The girls are lucky to have an Aunt that is a pastry chef. It is nice of her to take the time to help them out. You will have to let us know if they win a ribbon or not. That is so exciting for them both.
      That pumpkin center piece is so cute. That would be nice for the whole fall season. That would be good for Adele since she has other pumpkin pieces. I will have to start looking on Amazon and see what they have. I have not looked on there for a long time.
      Our garden will just about done when yours starts to come in. We have been having trouble with bugs this year. Ron had to break down and spray. Do you get those Japanese Beetles? We have been getting them the last couple of years. They are really bad this year. I guess because it is so hot here. I hope that he got rid of them when he sprayed.
      How are Piper and Lachlan doing? Hope that they are all having a good summer. It is so hot here it is too hot to go outside. I saw where it is hot out your way also. We still have not gotten any rain. Wish that we would soon.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad to see you have your computer fixed and you can chat with us again. It is a pain when those things go out. With it being so hot there is not a whole lot of things that we can do except get on here. We miss you chatting with us also.
      Thank for the birthday wishes. I had a good day. Ron took me out to eat and then he took me to the candy store and bought me some sugar free candy. They have a variety of different kinds. They also have salt water taffy. They have all this old time candy in the barrels for people that can have sugar. It is fun to take the grands there and they can pick out their own candy. It is set up like an old time store. They also have a ice cream bar. It is really nice.
      This is a bad time for your air to go out. Hope that you can get a new one and get it put in quickly. It is so hot right now that it would be miserable to be with out it. We have been in the 100′ s for a couple of days and it is supposed to continue until Sunday. Then we are supposed to get some rain that we really need.
      You have had your share of things breaking down. It is nice that you have that air conditioner in the kitchen. Anything will be a help. Hopefully by tomorrow you will be cool again and comfortable.
      How is your shoulder doing now? You have had you share of pain this summer also. Hope that they will tell you something to do to help your shoulder again. That has to be miserable.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for the birthday wishes. I appreciate all the little things now also. We are all so lucky to have our men in our lives. It is nice how they all seem to help when we need them. Now if we could get them to take care of themselves that would be nice too.
      Kylie has talked about going into research since she was a little girl. She always told me that she was going to find the cure for diabetes. It would be nice if the she did. It sure would end a lot of misery for a lot of people.
      That is so neat that Colin is trying to walk. Oh my gosh. It does not seem like he should be 1 already. Time has gone by so quickly. It is nice that Neal sends you pictures of him and movies. I bet he is really cute. He even has teeth now. How cute that he is talking also. it is cute when they start to clap for their accomplishments. I hope that they come home soon or you and Jerry can go see them. It would be nice for all of you.
      We have been getting a lot of take out here lately. It is just too hot to cook and so it is easier to do that. Today we bought some fish dinners and we had that for lunch and dinner. So it has been really nice around here. I still have some baking to do but with the weather in the 100’s there is no way the oven is going to be turned on. Hope it cools down a little before too long.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      Good for you. It was the right thing to do. The main office needs to know what they are doing to the residents there. I hope they get a good talking to and the lady that said that about the bugs is let go. She does not need to work around people. She should be in an office somewhere where she doses not have to deal with people.
      It sounds like everyone is having a heat wave. This is really a hot summer. It goes in cycles. We will have mild summers and it will not get that hot and then we will get into another heat wave like we are in now. Just stay cool and do not go out if you do not have to. Do you still have guards in the building? I hope that you do you need them.
      Thank you for posting those pictures. They are so pretty. I love the one with the parrots. They are all such pretty colors. It is almost like a rainbow with all the different colors sitting on that branch. Love the water fall also.
      Well that is about all from here . Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      We have those Japanese Beetles too. I don’t know if they bother the garden or not but sometimes they are all over every place else. Won’t you still get some veggies into the fall. We usually still have some things until frost-maybe not as much as peak season during August but usually still some tomatoes and peppers. Pretty soon the marai corn should start coming in. Love that!
      Isn’t it interesting that even as a small child Kylie was thinking about finding a cure for diabetes. I’m so happy we live in a world now where girls can follow their passion. I hope that she has a great college career and can pursue whatever she dreams.
      Piper and Lachlan are doing fine. Piper was having a fit after the teeball game the other night. We usually all go out and get something to eat afterwards but she was having a meltdown so Jenny just took the kids home that night.
      I think in 4H the age groups are all clumped together. I know Kendall attends meetings with Gabby and Enya and her cousin Maya so I guess for meetings the ages mingle. Gabby and Enya and Maya usually show some of their grandfather’s livestock too but so far Kendall has shown no interest in doing that.
      I guess the weather is supposed to cool off a bit by the end of the weekend so that’s a good thing. As long as I have AC I still prefer summer and heat and lots of light to winter and cold and snow and lots of dark.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      When I saw that centerpiece I immediately thought of you. So how does it feel when people think of pumpkins and then think of you? lol Now that I think of it-you really like the color orange too-don’t you?
      Your house must be going on strike or something with everything that keeps breaking. It must be mad at you. I don’t know but it always seems when something breaks a couple other things do too.
      I have a Samsung tablet that I play games on. I will read e-mails on it but don’t send e-mails on it as it is difficult to type so it probably doesn’t have my contacts on it either. I have a kindle Fire that I use for books so I never even set up and e-mail account on there.
      We watch The World of Dance program too and So You Think You Can Dance on Mondays on Fox too. Here’s my question-did you see it this Monday night? Why does JLo like to wear dresses where her boobs are halfway out? lol I think that would be so uncomfortable. But I guess Hollywood people are different. I guess in the back of my head throughout my life I could hear the nuns comments on my clothing so that kept it modest. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Sue,
      We didn’t have AC growing up either. In fact we didn’t have AC until we built this house 20 years ago. Our old house didn’t have AC although I think eventually we put units in the bedroom windows so we could at least sleep at night. I just remember that crackers or cookies in the cupboards would get stale and soggy over the summer months because of the humidity in the house and the carpet would feel damp just from the heaviness of the air.
      That must have made it uncomfortable to sleep if you couldn’t even run a fan at night. Maybe your Mom was afraid that it would start on fire because she heard of it happening to someone.
      You have a good memory. I never understood why they put that big button on those pull on Jeannes-and you couldn’t even snip it off as it closed the top of the Jeannes. That was a stupid design in my book. So I did try these new ones in the moss too. I hope they will be short enough at 28 inches. I like 27 inches the best-sometimes I use ankle pants as regular pants.
      Thanks for pointing out the pictures of Debra as I wouldn’t have noticed them. I noticed that she mentioned in one that Michael was five months post surgery. I wonder what that was about. She has sure put in a lot of hard work to lose that much weight. Kudos to her! I don’t think I could ever do that.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      Well, the good news is, he out more Freon in the system to last another couple of weeks. The bad news is, we have to replace the system, and get a new one. this one is only 13 years old. guy and Enzo said this was not a top quality unit, so that may have been the problem. You know what they say, you get what you pay for. The company that did it, did not give us a choice of manufacturers. Guy will.
      I feel like my house hates me, as everything in it is braking. Literally, to day the trash man arrived, who we have to pay for to take away the construction debris that the Town will not take- 375.00. We pay some hefty prices up here for things. he told Gary there is only one place they can dispose of wood, so that is why it was so much. The last time he came to get all the crap we were throwing out form the attic, he only charged 75.00. I was expecting about 200.00, and I was wrong…..LOL I have to keep my sense of humor today.
      I am glad you and Ron had some fun for your birthday. This is what I said to Gary today……”so, how did we go from going out for breakfast every Friday morning when I just retired, to having to stay home for all the people coming and going around here????” this October, I will be retired for 5 years. Can you believe that?
      I talked to my PT person yesterday, and she gave me another exercise to do for when the shoulder starts to hurt. I missed the appointment yesterday, due to the air commotion. Today, it is good. I still do all the shoulder exercises every day, and do the ankle ones to.
      It is over 90, with humidity again today. I hope I will get a chance to sit on the dam deck. I will not go out there, when it is this bad. gross.
      I hope all your grands are good. I read the post to Gail. Maybe Kendall will be a doctor some day. You never know. I hope all our grands will achieve the success they wish for.
      Hope your day is goign well.
      Adele
      PS Heather has a double ear infection, with one ear also having an inner ear infection. She was at the ER last night. No more pool for her for a while.

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      Hey Gail!
      Not only the nuns, but the Jewish guy next to me had a comment on her dress. GAyr said…..”why is she wearing that weird looking dress?” I have no idea why the boobs are showing on everyone. They all look like they will fallout of their outfits.
      Poor Piper. Was she tired, or hot? Sometimes they have just had enough for the day. Marissa is like that, and always was. If she is tired, watch out. We all know she has to be in bed early, or her head spins. When she was little, she would ask for someone to please put her to bed. What kid does that? When she starts to go off on her sisters, I tell them not to worry, as she must not have had enough sleep, and just put her to bed….LOL.
      We did not have air conditioning growing up either. i remember miserable nights, trying to sleep when it was a heat wave, and we lived less than a mile from the beach.
      Read my post to the girls for the low down of my broken house. My house hates me. i do not know what I did to it to make it so mad!
      hope you are cooler than we are.
      Adele

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      Sounds like we all are having such a heat wave this summer. I am so sorry that you are now having AC problems too Adele. Gosh, hope it can be fixed and not be as expensive as most things are about air conditioners. We had to have our Freon, not sure if spelled right, and I thought I would pass out when the man told us how much. We didn’t pay much more for the whole unit. He said some kind of regulations have made the price sky rocket but it has to have it in there. We didn’t have AC as children either; and I really think it was just as hot then as now, but just didn’t seem to be as a child.We had big window fans on both sides of the house and it pulled the air all through the house. MaMa wouldn’t let Daddy run it unless we were at home; she was afraid of fire too. So I don’t know what that was all about. We played outside all day long and since I was the only girl of the family, I would have to come in early and help set the dinner table and be literally pouring the iced tea for Daddy when he would be walking in the door. Then after dinner, it was my job to clear the table and do the dishes. Sometimes Daddy would come in the kitchen and dry a few things and put them up; but mostly he would go watch boxing or some kind of sports; after he and MaMa watched Larwence Welk. There was Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, things like that too. It seemed like such a good time; because after my jobs I would head back outside and play again with our friends until all the parents would start calling their children in about the same time each night and we would do it again the next day. ha ha
      That is so sweet Colleen, about Kylie wanting to find the cure for Diabetes. What an honorable goal for her. She must really care for people. I know you are proud. Poor little Piper must have been tired when she was fussy. I know I get fussy when I am tired. I think all of you all have such cute names for your grandchildren.
      Adele, stress may be making your shoulder hurt you worse. I know when I am worried or stressed that my legs just hurt me so badly. Hope you are doing better. Take care of yourself.
      DD hope you are getting some relief on your apartment problems. Gosh, you have really been inconvenienced. You are going to be living in a new place when all these renovations are completed. I am proud of you for speaking up.
      Better go for now. Everyone have a great weekend. By the way Gail, it sort of embarasses me to see so many women on TV dressed so provocatively. I know that it must be nice to have such pretty shapes, but I think there is a lot to be said for showing decency and privacy. I for one, don’t enjoy seeing everyone’s special assets, and I am not trying to be a prude. But I just think it is better to dress respectfully, and keep in mind that children are watching these shows. And let’s not even get started on how people talk now. Take care all. Barbara

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      Hi Gail,
      We do get some in the fall but not as many and they do not last very long sometimes. The one thing that we get more then enough of is the hot peppers. Ron plants way too many plants and they always put on more then he can eat. So he starts canning them. I would not mess with them they get on your hands and everything you touch burns. I have cut them up and then touched my face and that burned like crazy. It took awhile to stop it. You do not want to touch you eyes because that is really bad.
      I bet that Piper was hot and tired. I think that the other girls were right. It is hard on them when they have to play a game in the heat. She always seems to be so happy and cheerful. It must take a lot to make her crabby.
      That is nice that Kendall get to go with her sisters. It must be a lot of work to show an animal. You have to take really good care of the animal before you show him. Guess they are use to it though they live right there with the animals and know how to care for them.We have not been to a 4h thing in a long time.
      I still like the winter. The snow is so pretty and the cold is not too bad. Last year we did not have any snow at all. Hope we get some this winter. Have you been watching any of the Christmas shows on Hall Mark? I watched one this evening with Candice Cameron Bure. It is the one where she is a doctor in Alaska. It is really good. They showed the Christmas shows on different weeks on the channels. That was a good idea.
      Where was the picture of Debra? I would love to see how much weight she has lost. That is a lot of work to do that. Do you go on face book now or was it somewhere else?
      I can remember not having air conditioning when we were kids. We had an attic fan that seemed to bring the cool air in. I can remember no matter how hot it was mom always cooked a meal. I know every Sunday we had fried chicken and mashed potatoes. It is funny I can never what other veggies that we had. I do not see how those women did that for all those years.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that you are cool again and not hot and miserable. I cannot believe that you have to get a new air conditioner. They do not make things to last like they use to. It is so aggravating to have to buy new appliances and air and furnaces before they should have gone out. They keep saying that this is a throw away society.
      That was a lot of money to haul off that wood. It is a shame that they do not have people that will just come and pick it up and re purpose it. They could use it to start camp fires or something like that. We are lucky we can still burn wood and things like that where we live. We are far enough out that we can do that. That is why we keep hoping that people around here do not sell off there land and we get a lot of neighbors.
      Time is really flying by. I retired in 2000 so it has been a long time for me also. I hurt my back and could not do the work that I was doing before. Do you miss work? I really don’t. It had gotten to where the head nurse and the administrator had really shafted a lot of people. So a lot of people left.
      I have to agree with all of you on the way some of these women dress on tv. Who wants to see all of that stuff. If my grandsons are here it is kind of embarrassing. They sure do take notice. They are at that age where they think that it is something to look at. So we have to be so careful of what we watch. My oldest does not have any cable shows now because of it. She has net flex and something where she can pick the shows that the kids watch. That is a good idea.
      Well that is all from here. I really do not think that your house does not like you but I am not so sure about the air conditioner. lol
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      I wonder if it was a problem with the big fans. Maybe they did catch on fire or blew a fuse. We had an attic fan. I do not remember when we had it on or when they turned it off. I just remember that we had to stay in the house for awhile when it got really warm and mom would pull the drapes and we would lay on pallets on the floor. She would have it on then and it seemed to be cooler in the house. I do not see how they cooked in that heat. They always seemed to do it though. Did your mom cook big meals in the summer? It was so much different when we were kids then it is now. It was just the opposite at out house. There were four of us girls and one boy. So we had to do dishes in pairs. One washed and the other dried. The one who washed had to wash off the stove and the table and the one who dried had to sweep the floor. I guess to keep the work load even.
      We use to watch the same shows. We also watched the Flintstones for a long time. We all really like them though. Did you ever watch Sing Along With Mitch? He always sang that song be kind to your web footed friends a duck my be somebodies mother. I cannot remember the name of the song just the first line of it. That is weird that I remember that and not the name. When Twilight Zone came on my mom would not let us watch it. She and my oldest sister would watch it together. She is 10 years older then I was so that is why she could watch. We probably would have had night mares.lol
      That really stirred up a lot of old memories for me. It is fun to think back on those things sometimes. As far as the way these stars dress on tv now I agree. Who wants to see there cash and prizes while they are on tv. They just do not think much of themselves if they think that is the only way people will look at them.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hey Barbara
      Well, I got even more achy. Late last night, I got terrible pains in the belly, and have been sick since. I can’t seem to keep my eyes open. Sharp pins in the belly and bathroom issues. If I eat anything, I get a sharp pain the upper belly. All I have had is toast, 3 cans of coke, a glass of orange juice, and lots of water. My gastro doctor told me to drink Coke ( with the sugar and caffeine) when I get sick. that was back in the day of the diverticulitis. It does work. usually after 2 cans, the issues start to slow down. The bathroom has slowed down, but I still feel punky.
      I am sure it is all the stress aorund here. Between the family, business, and all the repair people and costs, I am done. Your belly can only take so much.
      The central air has to be replaced. The Freon did not even last a month. So, we have to bite the bullet, and go for it. I was hoping we could do it next year, after the 0% financing’s I did this year will be over. Not. It is getting installed on Wednesday. the good part is, it is Enzo and his cousin- Enzo works for his cousin. Enzo said Guy is charging us half what he charges other people to install the new system. It is good to have friends in high places. I promised him car parts/supplies for the rest of his life, at our cost….LOL
      Boy, did you take me down memory lane. I loved those old shows, and the old ways. nobody dresses professionally anymore. I hate the message to the young girls- they are what you see, and it better be perfect, or you will be on You Tube, and Twitter. Not good at all. We fought so hard for women’s rights, and we are goign backwards.
      It is still hot here, but in the high 80’s today instead of 90.
      I need a couple of prayers. our friend Al is in the hospital, and will soon be on dialysis. he needs a miracle. Also, Enzo’s sister has kidney problems and has been good for years. She was admitted to Children’s 2 days ago, for gaining 15 pounds in one day. She may come home tonight. I know so many people who have kidney issues, even our Amanda.
      Please say a prayer for Julia and Al.
      I hope your weather is better than ours.
      Adele
      PS All my Christmas in July things came yesterday. I got the pretty butterfly cardigan, and so did Tillie. I also got the brown heart shirt- I thought that was the pretties one. Did you get anything?

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Read my post to Barbara for the up-dates on family and friends for today. I still feel too lousy to write it all again. I just opened the laptop, and will close it shortly. I wanted to say hello to everyone.
      I think the air conditioner thinks I work it too hard….LOL LOL
      It is embarrassing to watch TV with what is said, and done. remember when married people slept in separate twins beds on TV? Those days are long gone.
      It is in the high 80’s today, with humidity. The humidity is a little lower than the past few days. Still gross.
      We seem to pay higher prices up here, than other parts of the country. Our home prices are ridiculous.
      I hope you are having a good weekend, and nobody sells their land around your place.
      Adele.

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      Hi Adele
      I understand what it is like to have a stomach ache and pains. Hope that the coke worked and you do not feel as bad now. You may need to call your doctor and see what he thinks. They gave me a pill for the nausea and it helped a lot. It is hard when you cannot eat anything but toast is the best thing to eat. Do you just eat dry toast? That is what they use to tell me to do.
      You are so lucky that you have Enzo to help you with the air conditioner. Sounds like they are going to take good care of you. They will find you one that will be better and last you a long time. That is a shame that the other people did not do that. They will appreciate having the car parts for the rest of their lives at cost. Car parts can be pricey sometimes. If they weren’t it would be hard to make a profit for the seller. Wish more people would understand that. It would make it easier on everyone.
      I will add Julia and Al to my prayer list. That is rough to have trouble with kidneys. They can do so much damage if they are not functioning properly. I hope that they will find a way to help both of them. Is Al the man that works for you and Gary or is this another Al? It just seems like everyone is getting really sick here lately.
      It is so hot here. The humidity is high and so is the temp. Glad that you are getting a little relief from all the high heat and humidity. It would be nice if it would go down just a little here. We still have not had any rain. It is so dry outside that it is bad. In places the ground has cracked. It does that here when we go thru a dry spell. When we finally get rain it will be okay again.
      It is no wonder that little ones pick up bad words. They hear them all the time now. They need to stop all this and start back the way we use to be. It is sad.
      How is Heather? I hope that her ear aches are better. She has been added to the prayer list also. Hope that she gets rid of the ear aches soon. Take care of yourself my friend. You need to just relax for a day or two.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen
      Well, I had a fever last night. I do not think I have one today. So far, the belly pain stopped, and I was able to shower. it is awful when you feel too sick to shower. i am a little woozy today, but that is livable. Marissa and Joyce both told me they had this a week ago. Same symptoms, accept I am the only one who got a fever. I was glad it was something that was going around.
      Julia was released last night. i am glad she is home, as it is awful for a kid to be in the hospital ,especially in summer.
      Al is still in the hospital, and when Gary visited yesterday, he was there for the dialysis. Winnie )Al’s wife) said it was eye opening for Gary, and she looked at him and said…drink your water. Winnie is going into the hospital on Wednesday for a full knee replacement. Not good times at her house, for sure.
      Heather is better. She is still on the antibiotic, and ear drops. She will come over later as Bobby is doing a BBQ. I do not think I can eat much of it, as my belly is still tender, and I am not going to chance it. I lost 5 pounds. I should start a new diet craze….eat like you are sick. All I ate yesterday was 2 pieces of toast, one egg, and some plain Greek yogurt. Today i had the egg and toast again for breakfast, but added coffee. I hate being sick. i think everyone does. Still this is nowhere what you, Sue, and Gail have been goign through.
      Thank you for all the prayers. It seems my prayer list every night is getting longer, and longer. Some times I fall asleep before I finish the list.
      You are really having some gross weather out your way. You need rain bad. It is going to ruin all the veggies that Ron planted. I hope it ends soon, as it is so gross, and who wants to even sit outside when it is like that?? Global warming is coming faster every summer.
      I could have gotten a lot of needlepoint done in the last few days, but it is hard to see the little mesh squares when you feel so woozy. I want to get that picture done, so I can get it framed. Oh well.
      I saw ITKWD, and he did not have any cool gadgets on today. I did get those new bag closers they had last week, and got one for Heather and Steph’s Christmas stockings. I know they will like them. I gave Tillie a couple of mine.
      I bet Gail got the butterfly cardigan- Tillie and I got one on grey. So,we will continue to be twinsies.
      I hope your weather is better!! Ours is cooler, and the next 2 days are supposed to be in the low 70’s. Thank God!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that you are feeling better today. That is a relief when you find out that it is something that is going around and not something different. At least you will not have to go to the doctor and waste a day there trying to figure it out. Just take care of yourself and rest when you can.
      That is nice that Bobby is going to bbq. You will not have to cook today. Ron fixed dinner here today. He bbqed pork steaks and brats. We also fix some zucchini and onions on the grill. They tasted really good. We like veggies on the grill.
      You had some good news today also. I am glad that Julia got to come home. You are right it is hard on kids to be in the hospital when it is warm. They want to be outside with their friends. Poor Winnie sounds like she has a lot going on at her house.I will be praying that her knee surgery goes well for her. I bet that was an eye opener for Gary. Maybe he will start drinking a lot of water now. That gives a person a lot to think about when they see a friend that is on dialysis. Glad that Heather is feeling better also.Will still pray for all of you.
      We just cannot get any rain. It is terrible. Ron waters the garden so the veggies are doing okay right now. We really could use a good soaking rain. it looked like we might get some last night but it went around us. We had the high winds and some thunder but that was it. It is just really hot today.
      Those tie holders looked really nice. Hope that they work well for all of you. I really like the sweaters that you and Tillie bought. I bet Gail got one also. The way she loves butterflies. That is one item that you can wear year round. They would be nice to take to a restaurant in case you get chilly.
      Well that is about all from here. Take care of yourself hope that you feel even better tomorrow. You may be wozzy because you have not eaten a lot and you were in the bathroom most of the day yesterday.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s been awhile since I was on here. I hope everyone’s feeling better now. And I hope your heat wave is cooling down by now. We were 90 on Sat. but was in the low 80s today. Perfect. I wish I could bottle this weather up in a bottle & sell it to you guys back there! I could make a fortune!! We did get a few sprinkles mid week, but not enough to do any good. Just enough to break the 34 day dry spell. That’s not a record tho. The record is 71 days. We woke up this morning to what I’d call an early taste of fall. It was cloudy & real cool. No rain or anything, just really cool for July.

      Now is not a good time for the AC to break down & you have to get a new one. Why is it, things always seem to happen like that just at the worst possible time?
      Adele, when you went to PT for your shoulder how many times a week did they schedule you for? I went last Thurs. & they scheduled me for 2 times/ week, for 4 weeks starting the first week of Aug. The therapist is a cutie too. He gave me a couple exercises to start off with using my cane. I’m using my right arm as much as possible so as to not let it freeze up. It swears at me from time to time, but nothing too serious. The Dr. gave me a pain killer, but I only take it at bedtime as it makes me sleepy. Like I’ve said, I HATE taking pills as it is.
      I haven’t heard anything back from the main office about my email. But Critt did tell me that the management here got called to the main office & had to close up the office early on Friday. I don’t know yet what that was about.

      Have you heard about the total eclipse of the sun that’s going to happen next month? Well, Oregon is in it’s direct path as it occurs. They’re expecting ALOT of people to come to Oregon to see it. The town I lived in is in direct line of view of it. If I know Oregon weather it’ll be cloudy that morning. It’s only going to last a couple of minutes, that;s all. They expect thousands of people to show up, making it dangerous for wildfires, too. The news media has been going on & on about it for weeks now.
      Miss Jewell is next to me taking a cat nap right now.
      I have to agree about how they dress (if you can call it that), on tv nowadays. If I were to wear something like that when I was growing up, I would’ve been knocked into next week. I was taught to dress respectfully or don’t go out. We were taught modesty, which doesn’t exist anymore. No one needs to see their stuff.
      I can’t think of anything else for now.
      Have a good week & stay cool!!!

      Oh, do any of you remember the old box style coolers that you had to put water in to make it cool? That’s what we had growing up. We never had AC growing up.
      dd
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      Good Morning Everyone,
      DD I have heard about the eclipse but didn’t really pay any attention to the details. I’m sure we’ll hear more as the time gets closer.
      I don’t remember the coolers that you put water in. I’ve probably seen them but just don’t remember.
      Barbara, it’s interesting that all of us girls did the “girl” type chores. My sister washed the dishes and I dried them. Plus we had to help my mother clean house on Saturdays-I dusted and I think maybe my sister vacuumed. Funny I don’t remember my brother having to do chores. I think he had some but didn’t always do them.
      Colleen, that’s interesting that you can remember the mashed potatoes and fried chicken but not the vegetable. That must have been a favorite dinner to have it every Sunday. I loved my Mom’s fried chicken and have never been able to replicate it.
      I haven’t been watching the Hallmark movies. I like to watch them more when it is closer to Christmas. I have seen the one where Candace goes to Alaska before. it was good.
      If you want to see Debra’s pictures go to her page on this site and she has them posted there.
      Adele, I hope that your tummy is better today. I will pray for Enzo’s sister and Al. I hope it was an eye opener for Gary seeing him on dialysis. No one wants that.
      We will eventually have to revisit our freon leak too by the end of the summer. They put that dye in and will come back and trace it probably next month. Things just do not last like they used to. And this leak is in the newer AC unit as we have two-one for each floor. We are like Colleen here-if we needed to we could burn that wood. The regulations are not as strict out in the country. We can burn our brush from trees but in town they have pick up a couple times a year where they come around with the wood chipper and chop it up.
      We will actually be triplets as I got the sweater in gray too. I vacillated between blue and gray and finally chose gray. I am still thinking about that brown heart shirt-I liked that color the best too.
      Friday night we went to Jenny’s as usual and when we were there a big storm came through. The sky turned black and the wind was blowing the rain sideways. I’m surprised there were no tornado warnings. Anyway, Jenny wanted us to stay until 10:30 when all the warnings would be gone but Greg wanted to go around 9:30. As we were getting closer to home i noticed that everything looked dark and i said I bet our power is off. Sure enough the only lights we could see were from my gazillions of battery operated candles. Therefore, with no power we have no garage door opener so i start digging through my purse hoping I have a key for the front door somewhere. lol After trying about seven keys Greg finally hit on the right one. It’s a good thing I wasn’t carrying a little purse where i leave all that stuff at home. So he goes downstairs right away to make sure the backup sump pump is working and it isn’t-it says it needs a new battery so then he starts to panic because we don’t want the basement flooded again. The new flooring is not even a year old. Fortunately he had bought a generator at one time but we had never had to use it so it was still in a box in the garage. so he goes out there and starts tearing things apart to pull out the generator and he gets that going and hooks it up to the pump. He then realizes that he has very little extra gas so he has to take tanks and go fill them up at the gas station. Needless to say we didn’t get much sleep that night. I think at about 2:30 in the morning he feel asleep in his recliner and i fell asleep on the couch. At some point he hooked up the freezer to the generator and then the refrigerator early in the morning. We finally got power back about two Saturday afternoon. Good thing too as it was starting to get hot in the house. Gosh we are so dependent on electricity. One good thing-while the refrigerator was pulled out from the wall it got a good cleaning behind there. lol It’s a good thing we came home when we did otherwise we would have had another flooded basement.
      Colleen, we have rivers overflowing in this area. We would be glad to send you some rain. Fortunately there is none forecast until midweek-right when the rivers will be cresting-hopefully it will pass us by. I think Greg better go out and check on the boat too after all this rain. Last year he didn’t use it at all and this year he has used it once. Personally I think it’s a waste of money but I just keep my mouth shut. Maybe I will have to offer to go fishing with him so that he uses it. Goody Goody!
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      Thank you for your prayers. I cannot believe how many people over here are having health issues.
      It is pouring here today, and in the 60’s. What a change. I wish you could have some of this rain.
      Your dinner sounded really good. I love roasted veggies, on the grill, or in the oven. I would not dare to have any right now.
      You may be right,after i had half a burger and seem rice, the woozy went away. i did not dare have a sausage, and would not have tired. they looked so yummy…..LOL
      So, without me saying a word, Gary had 5 glasses of water yesterday. He was very proud of himself, and said he in no way can go through what Al is going through with those huge needles. I hope this lasts.
      Hope you are having a cooler day, and get some rain!
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      I do not remember those box coolers. We had fans in the windows. All they did was blow in the hot air.
      I hope you hear something soon from your office. this is just not nice.
      They did want me to go 2 times a week. But, I went once, and then did the exercises on my own at home. That way, the pt extended more weeks, so they could help me longer. i was, and am still religious about my exercises. I do them every day. the only day I missed was Saturday when I was so sick. I have to tell you, it made a difference not doing them, as when I did them yesterday, it was harder to do them. So, doing them every day makes a huge difference. Plus, it is easier on you to go there only once a week.
      I have not heard a word about the eclipse. I wonder if we would not be able to see it over here??
      Love the butterflies. They are Gail’s favorite….LOL
      Hope you continue to have good weather.
      Adele

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      Good Lord Gailster!
      That was one hell of a Friday night story. Good that you did get safely home o to handle everything. Had your floor flooded, I know you would have cried. It is bad enough to have to do all these repairs, and to have it ruined in one year would have been devastating.
      I am so glad you got everything working in time to save your floor, and food int he fridge.
      Speaking of broken things….did I tell you after we plugged my pretty Q outside tree (that changes color to the seasons) it would not work. I am heart sick, as I love to see the twinkling on the deck all year long. Right now, i had the Patriotic colors goign. Well, we called the company, and the things they said to do, Gary had already done. there was one more test, and he cannot get out there today to do it, as it is pouring over here. Has been all day.
      I think the grey butterfly sweater will match perfectly with the grey striped butterfly shirt. By the way, that shirt is an exact match to the zipper crops in platinum. So, the 3 of us will be triplets….LOL
      I hope you do not have any more awful storms, and your electricity keeps working. This weather has been real weird. Do you believe we went form the 90’s to the 60’s???
      I took out my sourdough starter to feed it,and will make sourdough bread tomorrow. Tillie thinks it may upset the belly. I hope not. I have not made bread in a while as it has been so hot. One thing for sure, it would have risen quickly with all the heat.
      I hope your day is goign well, and un-eventful.
      Adele

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      Hi DD,
      I do not remember those coolers but they use to have one where you would put ice in this thing and then it had a blower and you could use it in your car. I cannot remember if it had a blower with it or if you had to use the fan in the car for it to work. Of course it did not work. It was an interesting idea though.
      It is supposed to be a little cooler here this week. Still no rain though. We need rain so bad. I wish all of you could just send us a little of the rain that you are getting to help us out. They had rain in St. Louis but it did not come down this far. We have not had any showers or just short showers. This is a weird summer.
      The exercises that they give you in pt will really help a lot. They will give you some to do at home they usually do. Just keep doing them and your shoulder will feel good before you know it.
      They have been talking about the eclipse for a long time here. They are having a big thing at one of the high schools here. It is supposed to be one of the best places to see it. They have a lot of people that are talking about going there to watch it. We are not all that excited about going there. It would be along drive and we probably can see it just as well from here.
      Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures. Really do appreciate them. well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      WOW Gail!! I’m glad you were able to get into your house & get the generator up & running. Nothing worse than losing a newly laid floor or a fridge/freezer full of food!!! Everything now is soooooo dang expensive to replace. That must’ve been so terrifying for both of you. I’m glad you’re safe & sound now.
      As for the eclipse, I don’t think the East coast will be able to see it. From what I’m gathering from the weather people, the track is across Oregon & the northern western states, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, some of the mid western states, but it falls away the further east it goes. Sorry. but if I know Oregon, clouds will make their way here. LOL Guess who’d get the last laugh if that does happen. I’ve heard they expect at least 100,000 people to make their way here, maybe even more than that. Who knows. I’m glad I don’t drive anymore & have to be out on the highways that day.

      Adele, I hope you’re feeling a lot better now. No spicy foods for awhile. Just bland for the time being. Feel better soon!! Do you know about how Boston & Portland came to be? A coin flip decided, Boston, Mass,/Portland, Oregon, had it gone the other way I’d be in Boston, Or. Doesn’t sound right does it? Portland, Mass.? Noooooo.

      Well, it’s CIJ on the Q this week. I’ve never heard of that guy that’s on with the TSV tonight.

      Have any of you bought anything of Joan Rivers clothes? I know we’re Quackers, but I just wondered if they run small. When they have her clothes on they always look so tiny to me. Maybe it’s just me. Congrats on your purchases & I hope you enjoy them.
      Well, that’s all from here.
      Take care & stay safe!!
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      I do not remember if it was a favorite for everyone but it was probably the cheapest to fix with 5 kids to feed.lol I have always loved fried chicken but could never fix it either. I finally found a good way to fix it after Micheal Symon made some on the Chew. I followed his recipe and it worked.
      Wow you really had a bad storm there. I was a good thing that you had the generator. That is a must around here. We never know when the electric will go out. Except this year it has not been much of a threat. It has been so dry. They had storms in St. Louis yesterday but they did not make it down here. We just keep praying for rain. Ron has been watering the garden every day now. If he didn’t we would have lost a lot of veggies by now. It is good that you and Greg came home when you did. I cannot imagine having to go thru all the work again from water damage.
      I remember in the spring we had all the water and now nothing. We would take all the water and rain you want to send us. We can’t even get it from St. Louis. They would not share with us.lol
      Sounds like a lot of people are having trouble with freon leaking. I hope that you get yours fixed without having to replace it so soon. That is really aggravating. I miss our central air. We just have the window unit but it works really well. It keeps the front of the house really cool but the back of the house gets warm. We just shut the bedroom doors back there so the cool air will stay in the main rooms and bedroom.
      We took out Christmas tree out of the box this week-end to look at it. It is pretty but it is small. Ron is really happy about it though. So will try it this year and if we do not like it next year we will get a taller tree and put this one in the sun room. It is just a big change we have never had a tree this short.
      Maybe if you are lucky Greg will turn down you offer to go fishing with him. Maybe he knows how bored you get fishing. Be sure to bring a good book and a good pair of sun glasses.
      Well that is about all from here. I hope Jenny did not have any more storms where she is at. That is hard to be so scared of storms.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That is good that they woozy went away. There is something else you can try when you feel sick. Eat a piece of peppermint candy. It sounds goofy but it does work for me. I eat the candy and I feel a little better. I am not sure why peppermint is supposed to help but it does. It is just an idea.
      Your burger and rice sounds really good also. Do not blame you for not eating the sausages they would have really upset your stomach. It was nice that Bobby did that for you. Did Heather come over for dinner? Hope that she is feeling better. That is so good that Gary is drinking so much water. That dialysis really convinced him he needs to drink water. I sure hope that he keeps it up.
      Wish you could send the rain our way also. The cooler temps would be nice also. We really will not see cooler temps until late September. We are always glad to see the cooler weather coming.
      I cannot believe your tree went out also. Hopefully when you try that last thing that they told you to try it will work That is so aggravating to have that happen. That tree sounded so pretty. I liked all the different colors that it would turn. Was it battery operated or electric?
      We opened the Christmas tree that we bought and it is really pretty.Short but pretty. It is a Bethlehem lights tree. Got the smaller one because Ron was tired of putting up the taller on. We are giving that one to my youngest daughter. She is going to take the ornaments also. I still have plenty of other ornaments to put on this one.
      Hope that everyone on the prayer list is doing better. Will keep praying for them. Maybe Al will be able to get off dialysis. Miracles happen everyday.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Glad that you are starting to feel better. I just read somewhere on the Q boards that there is a bad stomach virus going around in Pennsylvania so maybe you had something like that.
      I’m sorry that your tree quit working. I was so tempted when they were on clearance last year but i kept reading in the reviews that they eventually quit working and that’s what kept me from getting one. I had to restrain myself but now I am glad that i did as i would have been so upset if I had it and loved it and then it quit working.
      I hope Gary keeps up with the water drinking. I guess that was an eye opening experience for him.
      Are you making your bread today? I would imagine kneading bread would get out some of our aggressions and tensions with the kneading and the pounding. Bread making-better than a psychiatrist-that would be a good slogan for a baking class. lol
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I have a couple of Joan’s jackets and sweaters. The jackets run a little shorter-as do the sleeves on them but that’s good for me as i am short. Her sweaters seem to run regular sized.
      Harry Slatkin used to be on QVC a few years back with a line of candles and home fragrances. I think he also did scents for Bed Bath and Beyond at one time too. His scents are yummy! His wife is the woman who brings the Nest perfumes.
      I like the quilt with the fruits and veggies. Quilts are awesome!
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I will have to check out Michael’s recipe for chicken on their website.
      A five foot tall tree does seem small if you are used to a seven ft. tree. All you can do is try it and see if you like it. Bethlehem lights do make nice trees. We had one for quite awhile. I like that skinny one that Valerie has right now but I just don’t need another one right now.
      Greg quit his golf league a few weeks ago because his golf partner got a job working nights. Well now another guy called him and wants him to sub for his partner for the next three weeks so now he is going to do that so he will miss the last Tball game tonight.
      I can’t believe that he didn’t golf at all last weekend. He’s slipping.
      If I went fishing with him I would definitely bring my book. If i got too much sun I would have to have him put up the bimini top so that I can sit under it. I doubt he’s ever even had it up.
      I hope that you guys get some rain soon.
      Gail

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      Hey DD
      Love the sign about shag carpet and the remote….LOL
      I have been good eating, no spices, or fatty foods. It feels much better today. I would say I am back to normal, whatever that may be.
      I did not knwo about the coin toss to name our 2 cities. that is hysterical.
      Did you see that new show last night? It was a little weird. not sure we will continue to watch it.
      It is still gloomy here, but not raining- in the 60’s again.
      It is so chilly, I am making sourdough bread for dinner. Having that will turkey. My mother thinks I am taking a chance with the sourdough….LOL
      Adele

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      Colleen
      you are right on the money with the peppermint and belly issues. I have known that for a while, because of my Mom, and try to have the peppermint tea to help. I have the herbal peppermint tea, as I love it, even when I do not have a belly ache. It is an old wives tale, and it does work. there is something in the peppermint, like it is in the Coca cola. the old ways do work wonders, and there are no chemicals to worry about.
      You will love the smaller tree. I put mine on a table in the front room, and put the tree skirt over the bottom of the tree- that hides the table. Plus, you can put presents under the table and tree shirt too. I got a second small tree, and that one I have in the living room, not on a table. That way, i still get to display all the ornaments I made. It is so much easier to decorate- I did not need any Minnions to help reach anything.
      heather and Dave did make it for dinner, although late last Sunday. She wanted to go to the Christmas Tree shop, and she got lost in there….LOL So much to look at.
      I am making sourdough bread today, and we will have it with turkey. So, that will not upset the belly. So far, today has been pain free. Yahoo! I have nto made bread in a while, and the chilly temps of today makes it a good thing to do.
      My brown heart shirt arrived today. It is really pretty.
      I hope you get some rain, and the intense heat stops. this has been awful weather for you and Gail. When I see all these awful things on our news, I get so worried about both of you.
      Have a good day.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I am making bread- sourdough. I do the initial mixing, and then I let the Kitchen Aid mixer do the rest of the work….LOL It is n in’t second rising.
      I keep forgetting to take a pic of the deck, so you can see how it looks. I am waiting for a sunny day. Plus, all the chairs are not upstairs yet. I have to summon a Minnion.
      The tree company has been great. They want us to try one more thing, but it is too wet out there. Gary had already done the first 2 things they said to do, prior to the call to them. I hope they will send a replacement part, as I am so bummed about my tree. I looked on line, and there is nothing like that available at all.
      I still have 2 of those trees in white, that I used for the holidays. I Amy get one of those on the deck, if we are not successful with this.
      My brown heart shirt arrived today- glad I chose the brown one. It is really pretty.
      Has your weather calmed down out there? I hope so, as I get worried about the wild storms you get.
      So, what are you doing today? going to any fun games for the kids? JJ is at some “police camp” that is run by the county. It goes for a week. It is like a little police training camp. I find that very amusing. It lasts just the week. I hope he loves it, and I will hear tonight.
      Hope your day is goign well!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      Maybe the only place that we will be able to see that eclipse is at that school. I never thought of that. We will just look out and if we can see it that will be nice. My daughter bought a bunch of the glasses you are supposed to wear when you look at the eclipse so she is going to give us a couple of pair.
      I have bought one of his candles before. They have a really good scent. He use to be on a lot before and then he went away for awhile. Gail probably knows more about that then I do. She has been watching a lot longer then I have. I wanted to get that Angel shower gel from Philosophy but missed it. I guess it sold out. I got on the computer to order it and all they showed was the gingerbread man. Did not want that scent. So will have to wait and see if they have the other on another month.
      I have never bought any of Joan Rivers clothes. I do buy denim and co and Bob Mackee. I really like his things. They run pretty true to size. I liked that shirt that they had as a tsv until I saw the back of it. I do not know if I would like that swing thing in the back. It would make my back side look bigger. I really like a checked shirt though.
      I really like that pictures that you posted. They are really cute. I liked the one with Donald Duck on it. That was a funny saying. The two kitties were really cute also. I just liked all of them.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      Micheal has two recipes for fried chicken on the Chew site. One is with flour, egg and bread crumbs and then another one with crushed up pretzels. We have had both and they are both really good. The first one is more like what my mom made.
      I may be buying a taller tree next year if this one does not work out. I do like this one and Adele is right it will be easier to decorate. I can put this one up by myself also. That way when I want to put it up on Thanks giving Ron will not be able to say anything. I will just do it and he won’t have to help. I did not see Valeries trees will have to look them up. Did you watch Valerie last night? My mom said that she had a candle on there that she wanted but it was too late to order it. It had birds on it. It is not the one with the cardinals though. I looked and looked for it and could not find it. Just wonder if anyone else saw it. I had to laugh when she said that it was too late to call and order it. She does not realize that they are there for 24 hours and you can order all night long. I will have to explain that to her when I go see her tomorrow.
      That is a shame that Greg will miss the last Tball game. Piper will miss him being there. It is nice that he found someone to play golf with for 3 weeks. Is that when it ends or is that just when the other guy will be back? I guess that it must be fun to play golf but I cannot figure out why.
      That is really nice that Greg has a top on his boat. You will not have to sit in the sun. You can sit with a book and a cooler with beverages of choice and just relax. That would not be too bad.
      I saw that picture of Debra and she really looks good. She has lost a lot of weight. She really must have worked hard to lose that much. She has a lot to be proud of.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      I can remember my grandma use to eat peppermint when she had an upset stomach. She use to give it to us also.I think that you can also chew on the peppermint leaves and that is supposed to help also. I have never tried that one though.
      You are right about it being easier to decorate. I have so many decorations from having a bigger tree. it will just take some getting use to. Maybe we will get a block of wood and set it on there. I like that lights that are on it they are really pretty. They have a lot of settings also. So that will be nice also.
      That is funny that Heather got lost in the Christmas tree store. We have a Christmas shop like that. They have so much stuff and you could stay in there for hours. It is in Kimswick. That is such a pretty place and they have a lot of little shops. We took Christine there when she came to visit and she liked shopping there also. The whole town is nice.
      The sour dough may not make you sick. It seems like bread is easier on the stomach then a lot of things. Your dinner sounds really good. You made me hungry for turkey. It would be nice to get a small one and put it in the small cooker and let it cook all night and it would be ready for dinner the next day. We may have to try that. It is way too hot to have the oven on. You are lucky that your weather is cooler. Enjoy it while you can.
      Your shirt came really quickly. Do you have the other one with the butterflies on it? Does it seem like qvc sends things a lot faster then they use to? We get ours a lot quicker. Last week my blankets were supposed to arrive from qvc. Well they did not come and they did not come so I thought about calling the q and see what happened to them. Well for some reason I thought to look in the truck and there they were. The mailman put them in the truck with our mail and did not leave us a note or anything telling us that is where he put it. It was a good thing that we did not have a bill in there or a check. I was really upset with the mailman. We had all the other vehicles locked but the truck. It is a good thing that I looked.
      Well that is about all from here. Read what I wrote to Gail about my mom and QVC it is kind of funny.
      Have a great night
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      Hope the bread turned out well. I would think bread would be easy on the stomach.
      Got the butterfly cardigan yesterday. It’s pretty with just a little bling.
      I’m down to 20 mg. of the prednisone now and things are better. I’m not so jittery all the time. The bad thing will be when I am totally off and the things that hurt before start hurting again. Like my hand and ankle. The good thing will be when I don’t start sweating profusely just sitting in my chair. Gosh that’s awful.
      I’m interested to hear what the police camp is all about. I hope JJ has fun.
      Went to get my teeth cleaned yesterday and thank goodness I didn’t need anything else done. Every time I escape with just a cleaning I am so grateful. No probing, or xrays or drilling.
      My hairdresser called yesterday and she had a cancellation so she can get me in next week. Yay! My roots were really showing a lot. Can’t wait to hear her comments when she see’s my new shaved style. lol She’s a miracle worker but even she won’t be able to do anything but wait until it grows back.
      I hope that you can get your tree working again. It’s good to hear that Bethlehem lights has good customer service. I know several years ago we had a Christmas tree that was recalled and they didn’t make us send it back which would have been a pain. We just had to cut off the plug and send it in and they refunded our money.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      If you want Snow Angel use #A302728. They still have it in stock. I am just finishing up my bottle of it from last year-but I had a smaller bottle. I love Philosophy!
      I watched all of Valerie’s shows and didn’t see a bird candle. I wonder if she saw H209282. But here’s the problem-when you look at it online it shows the same picture for both choices-you have to watch the video to see that the Woodland choice has birds on it. I actually ordered that to use on our kitchen table during the winter after the holidays as I have some placemats that look similar and the mercury glass matches the kitchen chandelier. I do love coordinating!
      Greg is just a substitute golfer for the next few weeks until the other guy’s partner comes back. He does enjoy doing that.
      Being on the boat with a cooler is nice until you have to pee and then you have to go back to shore and find a bathroom. If I was a guy I could just use a coffee can in the middle of the lake with no one else around. lol Women’s plumbing is just not made for easy use. lol
      I did miss Piper’s last tball game last night. It was just so hot and I was already indoors sweating and just didn’t want to go out. She didn’t really care as I have been there for all the others.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      I owuld have been mad at the mailman too. If you were not looking for the package, you would never have known anything was in there.
      My bread came out good- no complaints from the peanut gallery. We had turkey from the deli counter….LOL So you would not have missed much.
      Tonight I am doing that “packet dinner” I did a few weeks ago. This time, I am doing it with sausages, adding a yellow pepper, and definitely the garlic.
      My stuff from the Q seems to be taking more time to come. I have not received the butterfly cardigan yet. The toys took a long time to get ehre too.
      So, the tree company is sending me a part- 10.00 is the cost. I hope it works. If I get the receipt form the Q, they will give me other parts free, if needed. So, I will have to call them.
      You are going to love the smaller tree. It is so easy to make it pretty.
      Amanda just stopped by for a second, to get the pants I fixed for her. She is on her way to work. It was still nice to see her, even if for a second.
      Hope you are having a good day.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      I hope all that nasty weather is over. It is in the high 70’s here today, with no humidity. Perfect weather. the humidity returns tomorrow, so the air will be going back on. Install of the new system was moved to next week, as an ER came up for them.
      The tree is a Santa’s Est tree, not Bethlehem lights. They were very nice, as they know that tree had issues. They no longer carry it. they are sending out a part for 10.00, as I did not want to wait to get the receipt form the Q, etc. I want the tree back on. I really do love it. Right now, I had the Patriotic lights on, on sparkle mode. My next door neighbor loves it to.
      that was great that you have no work needing attention. Always a good visit, when that happens.
      I feel the same way about prednisone- great when it is over, but, then the pain and difficulty moving comes back. i always get the “prednisone headache”, whihc is also miserable.
      The bread came out great. this time, I did the egg wash with the entire egg, not just the white, and the crust came out a fabulous color, and very crispy. Tonight, I am doing the packet in the oven, this time with sausages, carrots, onion, yellow pepper, potato, and, of course,the garlic. I want to try it with sausages, and see if it has more flavor. the chicken was kind of bland. But, I did not add garlic. Next time I do chicken, the garlic will be added.
      So, Winnie is out of surgery, and it went well. her sister said she will be in a room in a couple of hours.So, that is good. Now, she recovers.
      I wonder how Sue is doing. She has not posted in a bit. I hope it is because she is out having a grand old time for herself, with her new knee.
      Did you see AGt last night? nothing out of the ordinary happened, as we already saw all those acts. I felt so bad for the chubby girl. She had nobody there with her, and when she mentioned she has never been to a dance or Prom, my heart broke.
      Hope your day is going well! I hope your miracle worker hairdresser will come up with a style that will knock your socks off!!!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I have tried three times to order the Snow Angel and every time that I try they say it is out of stock. I tried when they had it for the delivery date of Sept. 12 and then the one for the 25th and they said that they were both sold out. I may have to call them and ask what is going on. They said that was a popular fragrance so maybe it is selling out that fast. I really like Philosophy also. I have been using it for awhile. I have never tried the Snow Angel though.
      I ordered the Mrs Prindables apples tonight for the doctors office. They looked like the bigger apples so got them so that is one more gift I do not have to worry about. I also bought the Philosophy sample box to give to my sils. I thought that I would give each one two different scents and they can decide if they like them or not. I am getting the auto delivery for two years. So I will have them covered for awhile.
      It is nice that Greg is getting to golf for awhile. What is it with guys and playing golf. Ron use to play but has not for years now. He use to go to the golf course with my dad and brother but it seems like when dad died he lost interest. Guess he did not have anyone to go golfing with anymore.
      I forgot about the bathroom problem. That could ruin your day. That is something that you would have to know where all the bathrooms are at in the area. People probably will not let you come in and use theirs if you knock on the door. People are so strange. lol
      I really do not like being in the heat either. We do not have any kids playing sports this year. Maybe in the fall. It is a good thing for the kids to get involved in some type of outside activity. Ethan want to take karate. I do not know if he will get to or not.
      Who is Winnie? I must have missed something. Hope that she was not in the hospital for anything serious. Guess I am being nosy now.
      Well that is all from here have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. I am glad that you got you butterfly shirt. They were really cute.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      That is good that the bread did not upset your stomach. Bread usually doesn’t upset peoples stomach. I do not know why but it doesn’t. Your packet dinner sounds really good. Hope that every one enjoyed it.
      That is nice that they sent you the part that will fix your tree. Now you and your neighbor will be able to watch it blink on and off. That tree just sounds so cute. We really do not have a place to put one where we could see it all the time. Our dogs would probably try to get it down or try and play with the lights. That is the only bad thing about outside dogs.
      Sorry that your things from the q are getting to you so slowly. It seems to be coming faster here. Maybe it just seems that way because it was so slow before. Glad that you got your heart shirt at least. You can start to wear that one right away. Maybe our things were coming faster the mailman was just playing hide and seek with it. I am still mad at him. He should have left us a note.
      Is Winnie the woman that was going to have the knee surgery? She is Al’s wife. My brain went on a minny vacation. I hope that she is doing well and she has as good a recovery as Sue did. How is Al doing? Is Enzo’s sister doing okay now? How is Heather? Hope that all are doing better.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      We sometimes make those foil packets with just veggies and cook them on the grill. Or sometimes we put veggies and a hamburger patty in them too and cook them on the grill. I would probably never be able to eat at your house as garlic makes me sick to my stomach. I think it must be a family thing as my dad was the same way. I always have to be careful at restaurants not to order something with too much garlic.
      I did watch AGT the other night. I was surprised at some of the acts that they passed through. Sometimes I wish that they would not tell the backstories of the people and just have people vote without knowing anything about them personally. However, that would take away some of the dramatic effect and not make for good TV I guess.
      Have you been watching the Gong Show on Thursday nights? It’s so silly-it makes me laugh. And Mike Myers as Tommy Maitland is just funny. Do you remember the original? They also brought back Battle of the Network Stars. I guess everything old is new again. I am excited to see Will and Grace again in the fall. I always loved Jack and Karen on that show. I heard they are bringing back Roseanne too. It’s interesting how many old shows that they are resurrecting.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      Wow! I guess the Snow Angel must be popular. I guess that you have to keep checking if there is no wait list that you can put yourself on. I am upset because I ordered a mercury glass lantern from Valerie and mine came with a little piece broken off the bottom frame. Of course they are all sold out now so I can’t get another one if I try to exchange it. Greg is going to try and glue it for me. It’s such a cute lantern and it matches my kitchen light fixture and who knows if they will get another order in.
      I have bought those Philosophy samplers and broken them up for gifts before too. Everyone seems to like when I do that.
      Ron probably lost interest when he didn’t have anyone to golf with anymore. Maybe he will find someone and start golfing again.
      There is a place at the marina where we keep the boat to go to the bathroom but it’s the getting in and out of the boat which is the problem. I’m not quite as spry as I used to be and Greg’s not as able to help me in and out as he used to be. lol
      I hope that Ethan gets to take karate lessons. I think it’s nice if kids get to try a lot of different things.
      Maya, Enya and Kendall all got blue ribbons for their cake decorating so those Crone girls might have a career in their future. Crone’s Cakes! lol
      I just heard on the news that it’s exactly nine months since the Cubs won the world series and that there has been a surge in the birthrate in Chicago recently. There must have been a lot of private celebrations. lol Then they were showing all these pictures of newborns in little Cubs outfits. Cute!
      Did you see that Christmas tree on Chick’s Night In last night that looked like a dress. What a neat idea. Everyone would sure remark on your tree if that was in your house.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Here is the up-date on all the health issues. Winnie is Al’s wife. Her surgery went well, and she is to come home in a day or so. Al went home late yesterday evening- Gary took him home. His first out patient dialysis is Friday night. Enzo’s sister has been home, and they will be adjusting her meds, so her kidneys will continue to function. heather is following up with an ear nose throat doctor, and she is feeling better too. She is still on the antibiotics.
      Do you believe all these illnesses over here? Between me and my friend Maxine, we know 9 people in some kind of kidney distress. We are both horrified about that.
      The dinner went well. Tillie and I liked it. Of course, Gary said “it had a taste to it”. Bobby refused to try it, saying carrots did not go in that mix. Soooooo, it will be a cold day in hell before I cook anything for a while. “Let them eat cake”, as they say. I was so pissed last night,you have no idea. I told them to modify their food shopping list to include anything not cooked in, or on, my stove. Not sure how long this will last. i am cranky from all the repairs, and it was not a good day to challenge me. Had to have Comcast here this am, because the cable went out for a while in the area yesterday, and when it came back on, it knocked out all the security cameras.
      I got the pretty butterfly sweater yesterday. I know Gail is going to love it.
      It is raining here, and will rain tomorrow too. We do need some rain, so I guess that is ok. Last year we had a drought.
      Hope your weather is better than ours!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      I have not watched those 2 shows. I have been seeing the Steve Harvey ones- the one with the old and kids. I love that show. Last night was the final one. There is also the one with the Dad of Blackish- that one is good too.
      I also like that they are bringing back Will and Grace, and Roseanne too. I am a bog fan of the comedies, as I need to laugh as much as I can.
      So, we would have to modify the Italian foods for you. I bet you are allergic to garlic. do you have that reaction with any other spices? Garlic is very pungent. If there is a lot in anything, I get “the burps”, as I call it.
      We do a potato packet on the grill- cut up potatoes, onion, salt and pepper, and butter. That is Gary’s favorite, even though he will not eat the onions.
      How is your weather doing? how about your eye? Did you get to your hair appointment yet? I hope you are happy with what she did. I am sure it will grow in fast, as hair seems to grow faster in the summer.
      I got the butterfly sweater yesterday. Has yours arrived?
      I hope your weather is better than ours. I also hope Sue is ok, as we have not heard from her in a bit.
      I saw the pics of the newborn babies form the Cubs to. It was so adorable.
      Go Crone baking crew! Did you take any pics??
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      I finally got my order to go thru for Snow Angel. They had a picture of that guy that does the make up channel now and they must have been showing it on that channel. So I ordered it but it is on back order. I am not sure when I will get it. That was the fourth time that I tried before it went thru. At least I am closer then I was to getting it.
      That is so aggravating to get something from QVC and it be broken. Maybe Greg will be able to glue it and you will be able to use it. Why does it happen to things that cannot be replaced.
      You would think that he would find a golf partner since we have retired and a lot more retired people golf. I guess that he just does not hang out in the right circles. He mostly goes around guys that collect junk like he does. Maybe he will eventually run into a golf club collector. It would be nice if he did do something like that for awhile. It sure would cut down on all the junk we have in the yard.
      I understand what you are talking about.It is hard enough to get in and out of the jeep do not talk about a boat. It will be nice to just sit and read a book. Does Adam fish? It would be a fun thing for Adam, Greg, and Lachlan to do one Sunday.
      I cannot believe that it is almost time for school to start again. They start on the 17th of August. So all the school things are out in the stores and all the supplies. This summer just flew by. I do not know where all the days went to.
      Still no rain here. We have had a little bit of a drizzle but that was it. We just hope that we get some tonight. We will have to water the garden again tomorrow. At least it is supposed to be cooler,
      How exciting that they all won blue ribbons for their cakes. I bet Kendall was so excited. Maybe one day they all three will open a bakery together and will sell a lot of them.
      I did see that tree dress. That was a cute idea. I wonder what she put on top of the tree to make it look like that. She is very creative. There would be a lot of people talking about that tree. There are some really creative Quackers.
      The babies look so cute in those sport outfits. They put those on the babies here in our area. Even if the Cardinals do not win the series. It is really cute when they put the little hats on them. They always come up with such cute ideas for babies. Well we all know now what the cub fans were doing to celebrate the cubs winning.lol
      Well that is all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Well it sounds like everyone is starting to do better. That is good. Hopefully Al will do better also and he will get a miracle. That is odd how all these people have trouble with their kidneys. Nine is a lot of people to know with that problem.
      Good for you. I would go on strike also. If they do not appreciate what you cook they should do the cooking. Your dinner sounded really good to me. I cannot believe that Bobby would not even taste it. He is going to be picky like Gary. You are such a good cook they will not be able to stand for you not cook for very long. How is Gary doing with drinking the water? It would be good if he is still drinking a lot of it every day. He really needs to so he does not have more trouble with his kidneys.
      I cannot believe that your security cameras went out. Is there anything that hasn’t gone out at your house? With all the things that you have had to replace it must be like a new home. Hope that they get that fixed right away.
      I am glad that you got your butterfly sweater. It sounded really cute. I may wish that I ordered one but didn’t. I have been busy ordering Christmas gifts and do not want to spend the money on myself. You and Gail need retail therapy. You two have been thru a lot here lately. So enjoy your new sweater.
      We did not get the rain they predicted. It is really getting dry around here. There is still some rain in the forecast for tonight and we are hoping for that. The rain just keeps going around us. We did have a little drizzle and then it quit. At least we will have cooler weather starting tomorrow but do not know for how long.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      I can’t believe that Bobby would not even taste the meal. He could have just not eaten the carrots. I hate when meal times become a battle ground. Eating is supposed to be a pleasurable activity. I would go on strike. Plus it’s so hard to plan anything with picky eaters and your menus become so limited. I am so lucky in that Greg eats just about anything. So Gary is one of those onion haters-I had the same problem with Brent and I like to put onions in a lot of things.
      Garlic is the only thing that upsets my stomach. I’ve heard that from a few other people too so I think some people must be sensitive to it.
      The weather has not been too bad. No rain so that is good. Now we just have to get the guy back out here to see if he can find that AC leak and fix it.
      My eye is okay. So far no headaches. Fingers crossed.
      I did get my sweater and it is very pretty and understated.
      I have not seen the actual cake but I have seen pictures. It looks like a pig in keeping with the farm motif. Very cute! They actually decorate a styrofoam form otherwise the cakes would never last until the fair.

      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m glad that you finally got your order in for the Snow Angel. I hope you like it after all that. I like so many of their flavors-I don’t think that I can pick a favorite.
      Greg and Adam always talk about going fishing but they never seem to get around to it. It seems like they are so busy doing things with the kids on the weekends.
      School starts here on the 17th too. That is so early. I still think the kids should have the whole month of August off. It makes the summer so short. They aren’t even off a full three months and August should still be part of summer vacation. A lot of families don’t even have time to get a vacation in because of summer sports.
      I think the top of that tree was a dress form and then they either used the bottom part of a tree or garlands or something to make the skirt part. However it was done it was very clever.
      I think there is a new Patrick Taylor book coming out in October. I will try to find the name and the date.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      You are getting what we got last year- all the rain went aorund us, and we got nothing. I hope it ends, as the fire risk goes through the roof, and the vegetable and fruit prices get out of control.
      Winnie is doing better. They are looking for a nursing home for her, and the one they found has 2 stars, so she rejected the referral for that one. I do not blame her. She is an RN, and she still works one day a week, so she knows who is good and who is not.
      I will have the boys late today, for Steph and Jhonny to have a date night. I am going to make chocolate chip cookies with them. that should make them happy….LOL
      Gary ahs already slowed down the water drinking again. I knew it would not last. I told him that kidney shaped, in the ground pool will be looking better and better. The kids think it is funny, and Tillie gets upset with me, when I say that. I just cannot keep arguing about water every day, so I just look out the window, and say….looking better and better for the pool I can get into. LOL
      I am glad you were able to get the angel from the Q.
      At least i do not get charged form Comcast/Xfinity when they come to repair the security system. I missed the call form the supervisor this am, as I was in the shower. Our issues here have been referred to the supervisor of the security division to solve the problems.
      Our weather is warm and very humid again. Yuck.
      i hope you get the rain you need soon. they are talking about some storm we may or may not miss this weekend.
      Hope your weekend is going well!
      ‘Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      that is a good idea to do them on Styrofoam, as they would look bad after a while. They must be so thrilled they won. So nice for the family, and fun, too.
      Well, I think Steph got the idea of the camp wrong. It seems like they are doing all kid, camp things. They have built a kite, gone skating, to the beach, gone to the Aquarium, and other summer activities. I will have JJ here today, so I will see if there was any police training involved at all. It was run by the county, and I wonder if it was the County Environmental Police. Who knows! It was one week, from 7:30 until 2:30, and today is his last day.
      I am so glad your headaches are gone, and that your eye feels better. Gary goes to his eye doctor today. They will be checking the cataracts.
      We have not heard from DD and Sue. I hope they are ok.
      So, when I told Tillie I was not cooking last night she said,”I did not think you would”. When Bobby came home, he asked if I made anything for dinner….seriously?? I told him no, not with the fiasco of the other night. you had to see Gray’s face. I made an antipasto for myself, and he had cereal. The cereal came with a real scowl on his face. I was laughing.
      I can totally understand that you cannot get into your boat. that is a hard thing to do, as they continually move in the water. This getting older affects so much of our lives.
      I hope your weekend is going well!
      Adele

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      So glad to have a few minutes to try to catch up with you all. We finally was able to sell Jerry’s Moms home and she is happy. Did I tell you all this already? I would worry about my memory, but at this point I just feel like our lives are going in so many different directions I am doing well to keep half of it straight. Hope you all are doing good. We have been getting such storms, but nothing too severe. Lots of thunder and lightning. Scares me, but we have been so fortunate not to have really a really bad one. Hope you all are okay because it seems it is happening all over the country. I was watching the weather channel and saw all this terrible flooding in Las Vegas where our oldest son lives now, so of course that scared me. But they are okay. They just bought a home so I know now that means they will be living there for a good while. We were hoping after his retirement from the A.F. that he would move closer, mabey Florida. Knew he and his wife would continue to work; but they are doing so well and we are proud for them. Just miss them so much. It is so hard to keep accepting that our family just keeps being so far apart.
      I know you all are proud of your children’s accomplishments. That is great the girls won with their cake. I love watching the cooking show; and now there is one on about baking. I can’t think of the name. So you are on kitchen strike Adele. Your family has pushed you and your skills too far with what I call “nit picking” (don’t even know what that is supposed to mean, but it’s a saying I’ve heard all my life for people just complaining for no reason). I do just what you do if I hear too much complaints; but now that it’s just us and Joey and he loves everything I seem to try. I think he is so greatful for food that doesn’t have lots of spices like Lisa likes on her food, that he thinks I am a good cook. ha ha He is a kind person, and I would love for him to be happy.
      Must tell you all this. I called Sarah’s Mom last week and asked if she and her husband would like to meet Jerry and I at a local restaurant that just opened here for dinner? She said they would, so we met up with them last night. Jerry had already told the waitress before they arrived that we would be picking up the tab for us all and when it came time to pay, I just told Susan that Jerry and I are so appreciative of them giving our little Colin a “smash cake” when Sarah and the baby visit in a few weeks. Not sure if I told you all about that, but Neal told us that they are coming, but not Neal. We (Jerry and me)are supposed to have the baby all to ourselves one day while she and Sarah go to a spa and have their hair done. So I have called a sweet girl who lived across the road from us all her growing up years and she and Neal used to ride their horses everyday. She is a professional photographer who does mostly wedding, I asked her if she could come to our house that day and make a few pictures of me and Jerry and the baby. She said she would love to so I hope we can pull this surprize off. Would love to send a picture to Neal later if they come out good, but I want something for us to always remember “our day” with our baby. Just want it to be something very casual made outside under a crepe myrtle bush since they are like trees in our backyard or whatever she thinks is best. So wish us luck.
      Better go for now. Surely hope everyone is okay. Think of you all everyday. I have missed so much. Take care everyone. Hugs, Barbara

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m alive & well. I just haven’t had much to write about this week. Pretty dull. But that’s about to change. We’re in for another heatwave this coming week. they’re saying up to triple digits by mid week. We could see 107 by Thursday. It’s been really nice up to now. Now it’s getting hotter every day. Altho I could feel a tiny bit of chill in the air in the morning. a few days we had cloud cover but they burned off by noon or so. It felt refreshing actually. I hope all of you are safe. I heard about some severe storms out your way. Stay safe girls.

      I haven’t read all your posts yet so if I miss something don’t feel offended. Oh Adele I did see yours about how high it is to buy a house. I have to gently disagree with you. Behind the SF Bay area, Portland is the next highest in the country. Rent is SKY ROCKETING!! Developers are swooping in causing the rent to go sky high, leaving working people on the streets!! Rent has almost doubled this year. As has the homelessness. It’s a sin!!! the city council has had to pass legislation that prevents landlords from evicting for no cause, just so they can raise the rent!! It’s insane!! So is buying a house. I don’t understand how anyone can afford the outrageous prices of houses.
      I’m supposed to get sprayed this week, of course when it’s gonna be soooooo hot! I hope it’s the end of it, as I haven’t been able to take a shower all month!!
      I don’t know how you felt about the new healthcare plan, but I’m glad it didn’t pass the Senate!!! I didn’t like the cuts to Medicare/Medicade since I’m on it now. There would’ve been too many without healthcare, & I know all tooo well how that feels. It’s even scarier now. I think those in Washington should have to give up theirs, so they could see how it feels to be without it. I’ll bet they’d come up with something in no time if they had to go without it for very long. I’m not on Obamacare, I make too much $ for that, but I am on Medicare.
      Well, it’s time for ice cream so I’ll go for now..
      take care.
      dd
      PS. Did you catch QF today?

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      Hi Diane,
      You are getting our weather and we are getting yours. We are having a cool down this week but it will go back up I am sure. Just take it easy and do not do too much. Heat can be dangerous. Is the building you live in air conditioned? It seems like it should be because of the heat waves that you have there. Maybe the humidity will not get very high. That is what really makes it bad.
      It will be good when they get the spraying done and you can get the bags out of the shower. That is terrible that they put it there. They were not thinking. I hope that you can at least get to the sink in there.
      It is terrible how much houses cost in some areas. We have not been hit with the high prices since we live out in the country. Not a lot of people move out here from the city. The only really expensive houses that they have are in gated communities. Not many people that are local buy in those areas.
      I love the pictures that you have posted they are really pretty. It would be nice to be able to find a pitcher like that. With that pattern on it. The water looks so inviting. It looks cool and refreshing.
      I have nothing good to say about Obamacare. Not everyone is covered on that plan. It is not what all they say it is. I will just leave it at that.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night. Stay safe in the heat.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      What a relief that your mil’s house sold. I know that is a lot off Jerry and Your mind. It sold pretty fast. That makes it nice when they sell that quickly. I am sorry that your son did not move closer to you and Jerry. I guess they found good jobs where they are. I can see why you would be proud of them.
      I imagine that you are a really good cook. Kids always like their mother’s cooking better then anyone elses. My daughters still come home and ask me to fix meals that they had when they were kids. I still remember meals that my mom use to cook and wish that she would fix them again. She does not cook that much anymore. She said that she has gotten out of the habit. She has been cooking for one for a long time.
      How nice that you took Sarah’s parents out to dinner. Sounds like you had a nice time. That will be great when you get to have Colin all to yourselves. He will be so much fun. That is a shame that Neal is not going to get to come also. How nice that you have someone to take pictures of the three of you. Those will be pictures that you two and Neal will cherish. So will Colin when he gets older. The girl across the road must be a really nice and thoughtful person.
      We still have not had any rain here. I wish that all of you could send us just a little bit of your rain so we would not be so dry. That is good that you did not have any bad storms where you are. Storms are really scary.
      Well that is about all from here. I am glad that you could get on here and write to us. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      We have a creek that runs by one of the roads by our house. It is completely dry. That is the first time that we have seen it go that dry before. Maybe some of the rain will come our way soon.
      I hope that Winnie finds a nursing home that she will like. That is hard to do. It would be nice if she could get into a rehab place. I do not think that you can stay in there as long but it may be long enough for her to be able to go home.
      That will be nice that you will be able to spend some time alone with the boys. I always like having the kids to myself every once in awhile. I am also glad when their parents come to get them too. They always make me tired. Hope that Steph and Johnny have nice evening out. It is nice that you will keep the kids for them so they can go out.
      Maybe when he takes Al for dialysis he will be reminded how bad it will be if he ends up like that. I know that it is a worry to have to keep reminding him to drink water. Maybe he will start up again. That kidney shaped pool sounds nice. That should work.
      That was nice that you did not have to pay to get your security fixed. Maybe this will be the end of things breaking down and having to be replaced. I know that you have to be getting tired of that.
      I got the order to go thru but it is on wait list. Now I will have to wait and see if I actually get it. The way they talked about how that shower gel Snow Angel smells I cannot wait to get it. Have you used Philosophy? It is really good. I have had a couple of scents and it makes my skin feel so soft. It is hard to use something else when you run out.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That is a shame that Greg and Adam cannot come up with a date to go fishing. They would have a good time out in the boat by themselves. Give them a good time to bond together. I sound like a commercial or a Hall Mark card.
      It will be nice to get that shower gel. It is on back order so have no idea if I will get i or not. That is what I hate is having to wait. It should ship around the 25th of September if I heard right. It will be worth the wait.
      Well I think that Ron has lost his mind. He went to the orchard today and bought a bushel of peaches. Then he bought 4 cantaloupe and a watermelon. He has just about all of that in the fridge. So now we cannot get anything else in there. We are lucky that we could get the milk in there. For dinner tonight we had to eat something that we would eat all of so we would not have to put it in there. He thinks that we will eat all that fruit before too long. There is no way we will eat all of that before some of it goes bad. I may have to invite all the kids over to take some home with them. He is now banned from going to the orchard without me. He would think that a man would buy that much for just two people.
      I agree that Aug. 17th is too early for the kids to go back to school. They keep getting out later and later and going back earlier. That is not right that people cannot plan a vacation with the family because of the schools. I cannot remember the schools starting this early ever. They had to install air conditioning in the schools so the kids will not get too hot. What a waste of money. They could have kept the school like it was and the kids would not be getting hot. Sometimes I do not understanding what they are doing.
      That tree that the girl made was very clever. It would be interesting to find out how she did it. I wonder if it is on pin trest. I probably spelt that wrong. They have some cute ideas on there. That is where Melissa got her idea to make the snowman out of her old tree. That really turned out cute. I guess that gives her something to do when Stephen is out of the state.
      I hope that there is a new Patrick Taylor book out soon. He is such a good writer. I would appreciate it if you let me know. I have not missed one of his books about the Irish doctor. They are really good books.
      What a good idea to make the cake look like a pig. That is probably why they got a ribbon. Did they make the cake together? It is a good idea to make them Styrofoam. What did they use to decorate it with?
      I am glad that you are not having anymore headaches. Hopefully that will be the end of it. It is scary to think of losing our site the older we get. We have enough going wrong with us.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Dianne Danielson
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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I also hope your weather is easing up. The National weather bureau has put out a weather advisory for extreme heat this week. I’ve heard as high as 107-110 Thurs.!!! It’s gonna be a record breaker!! As long as my AC holds up I’ll be okay. the one thing about the heat is the humidity goes way down.
      In case you didn’t know all day Monday is CIJ on the Q. It’s the wrap up of it. lol Oh, I see that Jim Shore will be on twice that day. At 6 am & again at 10 am ET both times.
      There’s nothing on tv tonight. Oh Adele, they’re showing Tom’s Jesse Stone movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Sunday starting at 9am. I know you’ve seen em all several times but they do kill the time.
      I start my PT Monday morning. I have to make an appointment with the eye Dr. I haven’t had em checked for 2 yrs now. My glasses are scratched up & my eyesight is blurry so it’s time. Funny thing is the eye Dr. is in the same clinic, just on different floors.
      Well, that’s all from here.
      Enjoy the CIJ finally Monday.
      dd

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      Hi DD,
      We had a really nice day today. It was so much cooler here. It is nice to have the cooler weather. It will go back up though I am sure. We still have not had any rain. It is really getting bad around here. Hope they are wrong about the heat that is supposed to be coming your way. That is just too hot.
      They are supposed to have a couple of Valerie Parhill shows on also. I hope that we can find what my mom is looking for. I will have to call her and tell her that the shows are on and she can check it out. I hope that she finds that candle she really wanted it. She is giving it as a Christmas present. She has started watching QVC now she said that she would never order off the tv but she is starting. She is even wearing Quacker clothes. It took awhile for her to do that. She is wearing the jeans and that was a big step for her.
      It would be nice if they would come up with a new Jesse Stone movie. I thought at one point that they were going to make a new one. I guess that everyone got tired of doing them. They are good though.
      That is nice that your eye doctor is in the same building as your other doctors. It will make it a lot more convenient for you. That is tiresome having to drive all over the place to get to an appointment. We are still looking for a dentist. Ours retired but we have not found one that we liked as much as our old one.
      I like the pictures that you posted. The Christmas ones are so pretty. Can’t say that the ones showing the weather that is coming is that cute. lol
      Well that is about all from here. Be safe in the hot weather. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      hey Missy Barbara!
      That is a wonderful idea, to get a portrait of the 3 of you. I hope the weather cooperates, and Colin is in a great photo mood. I love the non posed, action shots, as they are my favorites. When you catch the cute faces making those expressions you want to remember for the rest of your lives.
      I am so happy for all of you that little Colin is coming for a visit. What a special treat! you could even do Christmas in August, if you like.
      Oh yes, the strike has been on all weekend. they had takeout on Friday, and Saturday. not doing anything tonight, either. I did make a blueberry goodie, as my blueberries would not make it much longer….LOL I also have 4 bouquets of basil all around the kitchen. I had to do a harvest, as they were going to seed. So, now, we will have a second basil harvest before e it gets too chilly. So, tomorrow night, I am making Linguini with Pesto sauce. Also this cool recipe I saw at Creme De La Crunb- a Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing. Steph and family are coming, as well as Heather and Dave and Amanda, who also has the day off. The only one not coming is Marissa, because she does not like Pesto.
      That is fabulous that you sold Jerry’s mom’s home. It is one less thing for everyone to worry about, and to care for. You must all be relieved to have it finally gone.
      That was a good idea to meet Sarah’s parents, and start a relationship with them. Way to go, Barbara!!
      All the big storms have missed us- they stayed south of us yesterday. We just got clouds. today is a perfect day- high 70’s, and no humidity. the humidity is making a comeback soon.
      Tomorrow I go for a rheumatologist appointment- first time seeing this doctor. Not sure what she could do, but, my GP thinks it is worth trying, so off I go….
      I hope your day is going well.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      I did not know that the rents were that high out there. the going rate for a 2 bedroom out this way, is 2,000.00, with nothing included. You could have a mortgage on a smaller house for less than that. I do not knwo how any family can do it.
      they are doing the same things in the Boston neighborhoods of East Boston, South Boston, and other surrounding neighborhoods. All the people who live there are being pushed out. It is really an awful situation. Where are the people who do not earn a lot of money go? Not fair at all.
      I didn’t like the health plan either. We are over 65, so it is mandatory to have Medicare. they need to look at Obamacare, and fix what doe snto work. you do not throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say.
      Hope it is not too hot out there.

      Barbara……I know what nit picking means. It is when a child has head lice, and you pick the nits ( eggs) out of their hair. A tedious, and disgusting job. But, necessary, if there is an outbreak of lice in any school. We had quite a few little clients who were infected, as nobody took the time to help the poor little things.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen!
      That is awful about the creek. You are having a drought, like we did last year. The price of our produce went through the roof. I hope you get some good rain soon.
      I have never used Philosophy. What scents do you like?
      Winnie is still in the hospital. I have not called her yet today. I will shortly, to get the up-date. I hope they find a good place for her to go.
      Gary has been drinking his water, all due to what he saw with Al. Now, he knows, first hand, what I meant that he would not be able to tolerate that procedure, and definitely not for 3 times a week, at 4 hours a time. It is life changing, for sure.
      I really enjoyed the boys being here Friday night. they are just so funny. I made them chocolate chip cookies. They love those.
      We have had take out since the bog food disaster…..LOL I did make a blueberry thing today, as my blueberries would not remain good for too much longer.
      I hope your weather improves. It is like Fall up here, but that will end Wednesday.
      i hope you get your wait list order. I hate when you get that note saying it isn’t coming, months later.
      Hope your weekend is gong well
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD
      those temps are awful. I hope your air will work for you, so you can breathe over there. that is just way too hot.
      I will have to watch the CIJ finale’s. I also have a doctor appointment on Monday. I hope yours goes well, and the PT helps your shoulder.
      I am watching ITKWD. he is one of my favorites.
      Hope your day is going well, and that the bug spray is Monday, so the air can be on for the heat wave.
      I did no knwo the jesse Stone movies were on- thank you for telling me!!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      The scents of philosophy that I like is Cream and Grace. Those are the two that I tried. Once you try them you will not want to go back to what you were using. I did not think that it made that much difference but it does. I would like to try their shampoo next. They say that it is good also.
      It is a shame that Winnie cannot find a place to go. Maybe by the time she gets out of the hospital she will not need to go to the nursing home. They need more rehab places so people would not need the nursing home. THey could go there until they are better and not have to find a good one to go to.
      That is not fun to have dialysis. They sometimes do not get the bleeding to stop after they take those needles out and that is a mess. Then you have to go to the hospital and they have to stop it. We had a lady at the nursing home that it happened to. They also limited the amount of water that she could have. That would be miserable. That is not a fun thing to have to go thru.
      I am glad that you had a good time with the boys. I can imagine that they loved the chocolate chip cookies. I do not blame you for going on strike. Are they tired of take out yet? It is a shame that you cannot fix the pesto for just you and Tillie and not share with the guys. That would be hard since you have all the others coming over also. Sorry I forgot that you had a lot more people coming. It was nice to have the family over and they all enjoy your dinner. Maybe you could give Gary and Bobby a bowl of cereal. Tell them that is their meal.lol
      We have had a nice week-end. The weather has not been as hot and the nights are really cool. They keep saying that we have a chance of rain Wed. and Thurs. I sure hope that they are right. It is so dry here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Everyone,
      Cannot believe that it is the last day of July. Where has the time gone.
      DD, you are in for some hot weather. Hope you don’t have to go out in that. Also I hope they get that darned spraying done already. I will be watching the CIJ shows today.
      Barbara, I’m glad that your MIL’s house sold. That was a lot of work clearing it all out but now you can relax a bit. I’m sure that photographer will take some wonderful pictures of you, Jerry and Colin on your day together. That will make some nice memories. So is Sarah bringing him back to Tennessee for his first birthday? That will be nice as they probably don’t know anyone out in California yet to invite to a party for him. So did Buddy move to Las Vegas Nevada or Las Vegas New Mexico after his retirement? My brother used to live in Las Vegas NM-now he is back in Colorado again.
      Adele, JJ’s camp sounded like fun even if it wasn’t a police camp. Did you find out any more about it when he was over. Here’s what I was wondering-will Bobby keep going to get the groceries if you are not feeding him? How often does he usually shop for you? Sometimes Greg will shop for me which I really appreciate as the older I get the less I like to do it and the more it wears me out. I think I mentioned that Jenny has been using that service from WalMart where you give them the list and they fill it and you just pay and they come out and put it in your car. Our Wal Mart in town is a smaller one and they don’t do it there but it works for her because she passes one on her way home from work that does do it so she stops off there on her way home from work on Fridays and picks up her groceries.
      I hope the rheumatologist visit goes well and that she finds some way to help you. I do love my rheumatologist-he is the best-so I hope that you find a good one.
      Colleen,the new Patrick Taylor book is called An Irish Country Practice and it comes out Oct. 10th.
      Wow! Ron brought home a lot of fruit. That man needs a keeper! lol You will have to give some to your daughters or a friend or it will go bad.
      We are finally getting stuff from the garden and the marai corn is in so they just started selling it at the stand this weekend. So for the next month we will be eating lots of corn too. This is my favorite time of year when we can just throw some meat on the grill and have veggies from the garden. It makes dinners so easy.
      They just use use regular frosting to decorate the cakes. Enya, Kendall, and Maya are all in the same 4H group-they don’t separate them by age in 4H like they do in Brownies and such.
      Our dentist kind of semiretired-he sold his practice to his partner but he is still working there. When he stops working we will just continue to go to the woman who he sold the practice to-so that makes it easy.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail,
      This month really flew by. It seems like it was the 4th of July just the other day. I cannot order any more from qvc until I get some things paid for. I have a few easy pays I need to pay off. I did get some Christmas shopping done though. Did you buy much from the CIJ shows? I have got a lot of people taken care of for this year. My sister and my sils, Aliza and some other things.
      Thank you for the name of the new Patrick Taylor book. I will be looking for it and order it. I cannot wait to get it. His books are so good. I guess they will sell it thru Amazon again. That is the only place that I can find his books. I wish that we had a book store close to where we live. It would be so nice. I like to browse thru a good book store.
      i am trying to give some of this stuff to my daughters but they have not come to pick it up yet. I guess if they do not come and get some we could open a fresh fruit stand and sell some of it.lol I really like cantaloupe but you can only eat so much of it and you need a break from it. The same with the peaches. If we all lived closer I would be going from house to house giving it away.
      That corn sounds so good. I wonder if they sell any of it around here. I will have to look and see. They may just keep it local. Some farmers do that and that is kind of nice also. That is good that you are finally getting some veggies from your garden. It just tastes so much better when you know that it is fresh.
      Can’t wait to see what pictures that you find for next months chat. You always find the cutest pictures and I really enjoy them. You and DD both find the cutest pictures.
      Well that is about all from here. I am so tired tonight. I got up at 4am and could not go back to sleep and now I feel like I am going to fall asleep on here.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi
      Everyone,
      Meet me over at the new discussion for August!
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      So, JJ stayed here last night, and I hardly slept. He was with his friend at the beach, and came home not feeling well- he was dropped off here, as they were all here for the pesto. He came home not feeling well, so we had him take a shower, he ate a very little, and had a headache. So, he went in my back room, and fell asleep at 6pm. I told them to leave him here. He did not wake up until 7am, and then went right back to sleep again. (I had checked n him a million times last night) I got him up at 9, as he had to drink something by then. He had a can of soup for breakfast- he hates breakfast food.
      Winnie was sent to a nursing home, and this one is better than the one they had for her last week. I hope to get out to see her at the end of the week, as every day is full of people coming and going here again- Comcast to fix the cameras again, the shade guy to install the shade over the door that came in wrong, the air conditioner crew, and I have to go to PT on Thursday. I am booked until Saturday. This is getting old.
      I am making chocolate chip cookies again today, as they were requested by Enzo for him and the guys tomorrow. He is funny.
      bobby ended up getting some meat to BBQ on Sunday….LOL LOL I did do the pesto last night.
      It is in the low 80’s today, and will be all week. But, the humidity is back- yuck.
      I hope you are having a good day, and no storms.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey GAil!
      Ron certainly did get a lot of fruit. Fruit is the one thing that is hard to freeze. It seems to change it’s consistency.
      I did like the rheumatologist yesterday. She is having me get all the x rays and MRI’s from my ortho docs. She took a lot of blood tests too- results will be in at the end of the week.
      Bobby goes food shopping every Sunday. he enjoys that job, so we do not rock the boat….LOL I really appreciate his doing it. he knows all the managers at the supermarket, and gets them to get fresh stuff out of the back, if the veggies do not look good. he is a hoot.
      We have Pea Pod available here, through our supermarket. I have not used it yet. A lot of people do use the service.
      My email got hacked yesterday. My neighbor called me, and only one person sent the fake email back asking me about it. I had to change my password, and then called the Geek Squad to get into the computer again, to see if anything else was wrong. my neighbor called again this morning, to tell me his BIL on the next street, got hacked too. This is getting ridiculous.
      I hope you are having a good day- read my post to Colleen for more info….
      Adele

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