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Old 12/12/14, 12:01 PM
 
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Oma - I'm glad you're okay!! Gosh, sounds like a horrible fall, I'm glad you didn't break anything and it's good to hear your DD doesn't have cancer!

MGM - I hope you don't have any trees near your house. We had a dead one fall during a windy day a few months back and DH still hasn't moved it and patched the hole.

Our Department had their annual Winter party yesterday. The food was great, it was at the Marriott hospitality suites in the Postal training center. Good food and it was fun. I had a late meeting back on Campus, otherwise I'd have gone home from there.

I got a $100 voucher for free wine from Nakedwines.com in a shipment of supplies yesterday. They won't ship to Oklahoma, so I put it in a Christmas card to my SIL & BIL in Hawaii and told them to make use of it. We don't exchange gifts anymore, but a free wine voucher shouldn't be wasted!

My Aunt called from VA to talk with me last night. I was so happy to hear from her. We usually email and rarely chat on the phone, so it was a nice surprise.

I looked at the Nutcracker Ballet tickets I bought for DD & oldest DGD last night and found out the performance is a 2 pm, instead of 7 pm tomorrow. DD asked me today if I could just drop them off, since it's in downtown OKC and parking is expensive. I told her that was a great idea - much less stressful for her and we won't have to spend money neither of us have right now.

I went out to feed the critters this morning and found my old cat wondering around the dog bowls in the backyard. I tried to call her and lead her back to the front porch, where I feed her, but she never even looked my way. I'm pretty sure she's deaf now, she's 16 years old! So, even though she doesn't like to be picked up (she's a barn cat) I picked her up and took her to the front porch where I'd put food in her bowl. She didn't like that much and wiggled out of my arms, but thankfully we were already to the steps and she found her way to the food dish.
I have some older critters along with the younger ones - an old farm dog (14), a horse that's getting up in years (19) and this elderly cat (16) - along with my aging self, aches, pains, and a cataract on one eye - I can certainly understand the animals problems!

Have good Friday, everyone - stay warm, dry and safe!!!
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Old 12/12/14, 07:20 PM
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Woke up around 1 PM today. I picked up the cut logs from the tree I sawed down for mother yesterday. She said she could not pick them up. I Hauled them off for her. My son came over to get a dryer cord I had. I did not do any wood work, except to figure out how to glue some tenons on. First though, I need to sand them and I was in no mood for sanding. They are already calling for overtime for Monday, so I told them I will think about it. I am not due back to work till Tues, day shift. That's all there is, in the life of a REDNECK!!!!
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Old 12/12/14, 10:25 PM
 
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Finally had a whole day to stay home.Got my package packed for a pen pal it and hubby mailed it ,also got a couple more letters written.I am cutting way down on the Christmas cards this year,just too much work.Friends and family in Germany I call plus good friends over here.
Grandson is sleeping over ,so we made peanut butter balls and chocolate covered raisins,with lots of taste testing on his side.
Daughter heard from the doctor today and was put on steroids for the next 3 month to start out with.We hope and pray it will take care of the problem .Her lungs are only working 60%.They still think it's RA related.Thank you for the prayers.
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Old 12/12/14, 11:42 PM
 
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Jan, the storm blew itself out here...hope it's calmed down by the time it reaches you. We were lucky enough not to lose any big trees this time, although as much as they were swaying, I'm surprised nothing came down. Luckily, when we get wind storms they generally come from the south, and the trees are on the east and west, so they tend to fall away from us.
Oma, ouch! I hope you're not too stiff and sore - that sounds like a nasty fall.
Those of you making molasses cookies, do any of you add soaked, pureed raisins to your recipe? Mine are not quite like the ones I like from the store, and after reading the ingredients, it seems both brands I like (extra chewy) have raisin puree in them. I think I'll have to look for a similar recipe or experiment with adding some to my regular molasses crinkles.

I've been trying to clear clutter today - between all the Black Friday shopping, the pantry stock up, 2 totes of yarn and knitting/crocheting supplies, having chicks in the house, and the Christmas totes, my house is so cluttered that I can't think straight! I don't function well in a cluttered home. My back is still giving me fits, so Abby will have to help me move quite a bit of heavy stuff out to the shipping container tomorrow, and then I should be feeling better about the house.

Along with decluttering and cleaning, dishes and laundry, etc, I've also finished a crocheted hat for my older dd's SO and have yarn out to make one for my ds. I wrapped most of the presents today, too. I have a huge mirror to wrap for my ddil, but I think wrapping paper will rip,given the shape of the frame, and the biggest gift bag I have is still too short for it. I think I'm going to take the snowman print flannel left over from making my curtain toppers for the kitchen and nook last year, and sew up a gift bag to fit the mirror. I also still have 5 Minions to finish filling and wrapping some how. They are the cutest little lunch bags - they even light up!

I need to go switch laundry loads and fold the dry clothes, and I want to mix up cookie dough and/or make fudge tonight, if my back permits, so I'd better get moving. Take care!

eta: I think I'm finally getting the hang of continental style knitting. Whew! It's still not pretty knitting, but at least it's the right stitch.
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Old 12/13/14, 07:14 AM
 
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I am up early for a dark and snowy Saturday. Porky the cat hadn't even come to tickle my face yet. I woke up to use the lav at 320AM. Wen I rolled over at 622 I though maybe I was having insomnia and that it was minutes later. That's sleeping like a log, I guess. I made some headway with more stuff yesterday. I have some bills to write or pay online today, and papers to file that need saved. Need to practice a little for a gig tomorrow. Not enthused, but can't say no to the friend who organized it. 2+hours for 2.5 event, but I knew this would happen when I decided to live here for now. A funny thing yesterday. I'm now feeding my elderly neighbor's cat, a stray he has claimed for himself. When I cam back from errands, Blackie blasted out of nowhere, into the house, then into the living room, where he instantly started to roll on a catnip-laden scratcher. My other two cats just stood looking at him in amazement.
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Old 12/13/14, 09:27 AM
 
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Use Less, I can just see it! (Believe me, I know about not-quite-ferals who want to come indoors!)
Saw 1 meteor last night I think. Heavy clouds with occasional patches of bare sky.Should be more clear tonight.
Oma please be more careful! Bath tubs are extremely dangerous! I have broken down and started using a bath mat in ours. GFB has to use very moisturizing soaps, and our tub slickens up quickly. It's the one thing I worry about when I'm travelling and GFB is on his own- that he will slip and fall in the bath tub. I'll bet the pain was worse 2 and 3 days after the accident.
MGM hope your back feels better soon. Have you ever tried the large Salon Pas capsaicin patches? Part of their mechanism of action is to splint the back muscles by virtue of their large size, allowing Mother Nature to relax her efforts to do same. Plus the capsaicin depletes Substance P, the nerve irritating chemical that stimulates awareness of pain.
On our way to breakfast out and then open air flea market. Everyone stay warm and dry.
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Old 12/13/14, 12:52 PM
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Just woke up from sleeping after working last night. It is nearly noon. The wife is gone to Costco. I am still on my first cup of coffee. I will be working Sunday night overtime. Bubba just had him a snack and he is now sleeping on his big pillow bed. He has beds all over the house. Talk about PAMPERED!! I hope to go out to the workshop, but it is going to take a few more cups of coffee. You all stay WARM, DRY, AND BUSY!!
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Old 12/13/14, 07:23 PM
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Still finishing up my move. Still have things to bring over. Going to look for a recipe for pasta e fagioli to make with my turkey carcass. It was a good little bird. Ready to make soup from it now. Not quite living out of two places, but sort of cuz there is always something I need to grab from the old place right now. Need to bust a move and get to cleaning. The great news is that the cats know where their new home is and I'm thrilled about that.
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Old 12/13/14, 07:38 PM
 
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Productive day, though not what I planned to do. There's so much needs doing, it's OK. I had laundry to put away, so I spent some time sorting shirts and slacks. I have almost worn out some favorites, and have a stack of other things I seldom put on. They don't all fit so well. I lost 40# a year ago, and am keeping it off Also clipped a bunch of tags from tees. Annoying things. Now I'm working on a bushel of mending. Not quite bright enough, even directly under light, so quitting. Bummer of the day: not one but two tires leaking The rims are nasty rusty. Can't get my mechanic on the phone, the local tire place was booked, the rental car place is closed. Borrowing my niece's car for my gig tomorrow, and hope I don't need to call AAA or the tow truck.
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Old 12/13/14, 07:46 PM
 
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Good for you, Michelle! I don't envy you having to move with all the hours you're working, but you'll get there.

Oma, how are you doing now? Tubs are one of the places where people fall most often. I always ask my Mama not to shower when we aren't home, just in case. Hope you'll soon be over all the bruises.

Watched my mama take a glass of water from the fridge, lean over her walker and attempt to pour it into the glass in her little holder on her walker. She wasn't even close and poured the water all over the kitchen floor. She didn't realize it wasn't going into the glass until I said something. I shudder to think what might have happened if she hadn't come to live with us. Good thing she has an appointment with her retina specialist next week.
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Old 12/13/14, 08:00 PM
 
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Winter finally arrived!! Its on it's way to you, Jan! We had just clouds in the am, and then about 2 pm, it started to snow and hasn't let up. We've had about 2-3 inches, and more for overnight. It still is warm - comparatively - so not too nasty. My chickens are happy with their inside barn, and I got them some greens at the store today. I know, I know, who buys veg's for their hens. I'm selling about 11-12 dozen a week, which is fun. The light seems to be keeping them laying.

My granddaughter, who I've written about before, is growing up - how amazing i that! I won't go into all things she's said, but she's being really responsible and I've been telling her how great she's being. One thing that has happened is that she (has run track all through jr high and high school) has been offered a scholarship for the track team - has her own personal trainer and the coach has taken an interest in her diet etc. Of course her mom and I have talked our head off about needing nutrition, but coming from the coach, she's listening! Then at a practice, the coach noticed that she was breathing too hard, sent her to the school dr. who sent her immediately to the hospital. They say she has extreme exercise induced asthma! Now this girl has fainted on the track, had nose bleeds while running, several other incidents, and no one has ever before said she might have a problem! Now, they say she can run, but has to have an inhaler with her. She is so small boned and fragile, that to have her taking care of herself is a fine thing!

Daughter finally decided to have 2 teeth pulled - couldn't find a dentist to do root canal on them, and the infection and pain was becoming unbearable. Got it done a week ago - still in lots of pain on Thursday and called dentist on Friday. They said "did we pack it?" No, didn't. So she had to go back in and
have them poke around again and pack them with clove oil. Today, finally, she is pain free and slept last night. This was the same dentist that almost killed granddaughter a few months ago by giving her too much anesthesia to take her wisdom teeth out. She was literally dead when her dad found her on the floor and did CPR on her. We certainly won't be going to that man again!!!

Batten down the hatches, everyone, and welcome winter!!
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Old 12/13/14, 10:51 PM
 
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Had such a pleasant day.Had breakfast at daughters by the Christmas tree and listening to German Christmas songs, grandson popped over also and joined us.Put a turkey in the oven for supper, then ran a few errands with daughter.
Made lists on what to take for the 5 Christmas parties coming up next week, on what dishes to take to each and all the exchange gifts etc.
Told our son if he and ddl want an evening out ,to have the kids come over for turkey dinner which they did.
Was amazed oldest grandson (15) saw on the internet how to arm knit one of those big loopy scarfs.Long story short ,thanks to my ample supply of yarn( some call it hoarding ) he cranked out 2 beautiful scarfs one for his aunt ,our daughter, and one for me.Granddaughter decided to make one also and lucky for her there was yarn she liked and got hers done just in time when son showed up to take them home.Youngest grandson and I made a bunch of little bags out of fleece remnants filled with catnip and bells for for all 7 cats in our 3 households (Christmas gifts), and all that while singing Christmas songs along with the radio.Times like that I really treasure.
I am still good and sore and naturally bruised up,but life goes on ,things need to be done
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Old 12/14/14, 12:43 AM
 
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[b]What a lovely day, Oma. I've been meaning to try the arm knitting - saw it on facebook and there are you tube vids...but I'm still working on my regular knitting, and I kind of hate to switch gears when I'm just starting to get the hang of it.
GMB, the stars were out last night and I forgot to go look for meteors! Tonight it's foggy and cloudy, so I will probably have to miss them this year.
Use Less, thanks for the mental pic of your cats, lol! Seems like some cats are "nip heads" and others don't react at all. I love watching the nip heads.
Travis, good golly, man, you seem to survive on less sleep than any other man I know! So you decided to go for the OT on Sunday after all, huh? That's come in handy this time of year.
Jan and Cowbelle, stay warm and enjoy the snow...wouldn't mind a minor snowstorm here. We've had windstorms, frigid cold with no snow cover, but no snow beyond a dusting or 2...I'd like about 6" for just about a week...then you can have it back, lol!

Abby and I went to the tree lighting in my hometown tonight - everyone else bailed on us, but we had fun anyway. Ran into one of my cousins and had a nice visit. Then we drove around town and looked at Christmas lights, especially THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY HOUSE! They have tons of lights, all synched to music and played over the radio, so you van tune in and listen along. They also have a speaker for those out walking by. It is a very cool, well done display, but definitely not for the epileptic - those flashing lights could trigger seizures. It's a tradition to go there and watch the show. Then we went through the BK drive thru for dinner and came home. It was a fun evening - good mom and daughter bonding time.

I had a lazy day today - very tired and took a nap all afternoon. Of course, now I've had coffee and am wide awake...probably won't sleep much tonight. After we got home, I rearranged the kitchen, cleaned up more clutter throughout the house, did more decorating (still need to get the rest of the lights up), and ran a towel back through the wash with generic oxi-clean and then vinegar. Smelled like my old cat may have mistaken it for the litter box, and that combo usually takes all the odor out. She seldom pees anywhere but outside, or the litter box when the weather is nasty outside, but when she feels we've been slacking our box cleaning duty, she lets us know.

Now I'm checking out HT, running vids on swagbucks, and will start working on a knit dishcloth when I get done here. I have never followed a knitting pattern in my life, and a dishcloth seems like a good place to start...if it's not pretty when I'm done, it'll still scrub a dish!
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Old 12/14/14, 11:27 AM
 
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I got up and around yesterday, getting my chores done, then headed to DD's house around 10:30. I wanted to get there while she was getting herself and the oldest DGD ready for the Nutcracker performance.
The youngest gets in the way, if she doesn't have someone to keep her busy. The oldest DGD wore a cute dark, green velvet dress with a white plush color and a white bow in her hair, she looked so cute. She loves to dress up. I took a pic of her and DD, before we left.

I got them to the Civic Center about 1:30, so they could get their seats in plenty of time and enjoy the beauty of the old theater.
I took the youngest DGD to the park to run off some energy. It was windy and a little chilly, but not too bad with jackets on. I let her play for about 45 minutes and then we headed to DD's house, so I could feed her and DGS lunch. We headed back to p/u DD & oldest DGD at 4 pm. The OKC Ballet Company served the attendees punch and cookies. She said they had a wonderful time. DD had seen The Nutcracker when she was 10 and she loves those memories.
We picked up a Long John Silver's family pack of chicken & fish for dinner, so we wouldn't have to cook. After dinner we finally got her living room arranged better and much more workable than what it had been, since August when she moved in. Her Dad had given her two nice chairs that belonged to her paternal grandmother. She's in a Nursing Center now and they are clearing her house out to sell it.

I didn't get much done after getting home last night, so I have plenty to do today. DH has today off, so it looks like I'll be cleaning around him. LOL!

It's suppose to rain today and be rainy and cold next week. Good cleaning and reading weather.
Have a wonderful Sunday, All!
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Old 12/14/14, 05:13 PM
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I worked in the shop today on the log baby changing table, that is until the Craftsman router burnt up. So, I went in and got ready for work, early. I work overtime tonight helping them start up another unit, so I will not be by a computer tonight. Sunday is DOUBLE time, so I chose to work tonight, instead of Monday days. They will be paying me almost what I am WORTH!!

COWBELLE, I am not going to that dentist!!!
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Old 12/14/14, 05:17 PM
 
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Thank you, dear Cowbelle for sending the snow, but NO THANK YOU!! Actually, all we've gotten is a slight skiff with tons of cold wind. Don't know which is worse. We're all clouded over, so it can go either way. Hah. Glad your granddaughter is maturing. Now, you could send some of that this way. My gd could sure use some. Are you prepared for the reduced hours at work coming next month? I guess it's good to be glad you have a job, even with fewer hours!
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Old 12/14/14, 05:35 PM
 
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I had a gig today, and my brother called minutes before I was to leave. So I was late. Oh, well. He said he has never felt so stressed and depressed. He runs to the strong, silent type, so that was a lot of words. He is having trouble finding a place to live near his new job. His family is staying here for now. A couple weeks ago, he said his wife is "being difficult". He doesn't reveal much there. It is good in him to be private and supportive. He doesn't need to talk, anyway; I got the picture. He said the same sister mentioned a while ago wrote him a huge e-mail. He couldn't stand to read it, so he just closed it. She is using her inheritance to take her whole family to Germany this month, where son no. 2 is currently in federal service. No skin off my teeth. We can guess what she'd write, anyway. what is she thinking? She has some nerve whining & complaining about not being treated fairly, and him being a procrastinator. Everyone made lists of items they would like from our parent's stuff. She got most of the things she listed. She protested or whined over each thing she didn't get. She & my brother have significantly more monetary value, but we weren't/aren't going by that. I've been sending lists or photos of smaller stuff periodically all year. There are already 15 boxes full of things no one has said they want. SO what does she think is left that somehow she's being cheated out of??? Oh, and this is MY job?? I'm doing it so they'll stop complaining, and I can make some space here. Maybe I should present us my bill At this point I just want to take some weight off my brother.
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Old 12/14/14, 07:13 PM
 
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Okay, don't laugh too hard - I finished my first knitting project, a misshapen, rather ugly dishcloth, but hey, I'm proud of it anyway! I learned a lot making it - had no idea what yarn over was, much less knit 2 together or how to bind off! Well, maybe a faint memory of binding off once I saw it done a few times on you tube. Lots of dropped stitches and the knitting isn't very even, but I'm getting better with practice. Even Abby said she thought it was a pretty good first effort...right up until I told her it was the new dishwasher she'd asked for for Christmas, lol!
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Old 12/14/14, 07:58 PM
 
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"Many", I think it looks dandy for a first go, or even a second or third. Keep at it
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Old 12/14/14, 09:08 PM
 
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Mgm,I think your dishcloth looks pretty good.You will get better with each one you do,but keep your first one .so you will see the difference
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