#27 Loungers Open for Business to All

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by spacee, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. spacee

    spacee Member

    Please go back and read the last posts, particularly Jole's. She is facing a very difficult time and won't be posting for some time.

    I have had a bit of a crash today. It should have seen it coming since I did more than usual on Thurs. May be tomorrow will be better.

    Oscar night tomorrow. Those actors/actresses have so much talent to make it that far.

    I heard the man who directed Avatar (Cameron?) say that he dreamed a dream that had colors in it when he was a teen or in college. Amazing talent.

    I wish you could have seen the look on my oldest son's face when I told him how much his tax refund was going to be. He didn't realize that he was among the 'working poor'.

    Maybe I should just say, he didn't realize he was poor. He was proud of the years their 1996 car had run. And he is used to living on nothing as students for 10 years. Didn't seem poor to him...seemed normal.

    I mean when one pays in $300 and gets $7,000 back. Something is wrong with the IRS.

    Oh well, new post. New Topic. I loved the food one. We could go with fave books or fave
    movies. That way, those of us who don't read so well can join in.

    Fave movie: Out of Africa. Though I have read the book and it was a bit different.

    Fave book: Too Many Men Daughter and Father returning to Poland years after WWII.

    Probably others, but that comes to mind.

    And, don't have to stick with this theme.

    If you have flowers ablooming like we do here.
    Tell us about them! Pink dogwoods! (kinda rare here. azaleas, camillas I noticed today.

    Love to all my dear ones!


  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    my thoughts are with you and yours, I know how difficult this must be. Take your time, drop in occasionally if you can just to say hi if you feel like it.

    Linda- the movie is always different than the book, LOL! I saw 'Bonfire of the Vanities' and thought it was great, but a friend who'd read the book first said it didn't compare.

    I know that's how I always feel, even if I see the movie first and then read the book. They are just totally different entities, but hard to separate especially if you read the book first IMHO - I think our imaginations are so much stronger, it's hard for movies to compete.

    Doesn't everybody dream in color? I always have. I thought it was the odd person who didn't. But maybe it's the reverse? Let's take a poll here... very unscientific, but so what :)

    My DH brought me 2 azalea bushes plus 2 of something else that we can't name, what a sweetie. This is a man who's never given me flowers or cared about any landscaping on our property ever, before. NOW he suddenly is like a man enlightened, can't resist buying something almost 1X week. Hilarious.

    I am looking for some giant calla lillies, tho, they grow about 2-4', with huge blooms to match.

    Today was a beautiful day, we took the dogs for walks in tandem, actually jogged a bit with them since they're on leashes. NOT too far, tho, LOL.

    dulce suenos y'all...
  3. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Hey, hope everyone is doing well.......or, you know.....as well as can be expected.

    OK....important stuff first. Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird (also one of my favorite movies!). Favorite movie? Hmmmm, I'll have to think about that one. I'll get back to y'all on that one! Betcha can't wait.

    So, I have another new diagnosis beside the one cyst I will be having removed from my kidney. I now have a diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease. I had a wonder 1-hour long appointment with the NP at my rheumatologist's office on Thursday. She is so awesome. I wish she was an MD so she could be my PCP. But, then again, if she was an MD, she probabloy wouldn't have an hour or more to spend with me at my appointments.

    She told me that I prbably have a build up of uric acid on my joints which may be causing some of the flare that I've been having since last November. She also told me that my kidney problems have most likely just been getting worse and worse over time, but that no one has picked up on it......except her. I don't mean that SHE said she was the only one who has picked up on, it's just that my husband and I know that she has been checking my kidney function at every visit since last fall. And, even though some of the lab work has come back as "normal" my kidneys have just been worse and worse as time has gone by. Both kidneys are filled with cysts. The stuff on the internet is amazing. The symptoms that are listed are EXACTLY what I have been experiencing. HA! REDEMPTION to all the doctors who have just overlooked my symptoms. Phooey on them!

    But......I'm not bitter!! :)

    I have to sign off now because my computer is getting ready to run some sort of update at midnight. See y'all later.
  4. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    Jole: I wish I could somehow lighten the burden you are feeling. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take good care of yourself. Thanks for the burrito recipe you posted for me. I'll try that when I'm feeling up to cooking.

    Favorite book: Gone With the Wind, Movie: What About Bob? I loved Out Of Africa too!

    I also dream in color. I thought that is normal. What does it mean if you dream in color? Black and white dreams would be boring I think.

    There are daffodils pushing through in the flower beds, but that's about all I've noticed so far. There's still a good bit of snow to melt before I can see what else is growing. By the end of March everything should be green. Hope we don't have any March snowstorms, but that's always a real possibility here.

    I'm flaring today too. Too much pain. I'm so tired of this dd. I know you all can identify, and I know I'm certainly no worse off than any of you. I cannot imagine Victoria's sinus headaches! And the rest of your pain and fatigue. It really sucks!!

    Barry, what's going on in northwestern CA? Hope the rains are soon over.

    Rock, was the 3 block walk to the library a little much for you? Three blocks would not be possible for me.

    HeavenlyRN, does the uric acid built up in your joints mean you have Gout? That can be cured, can't it? I wish the best for you.

    Pam, Fight, Spacee, Butterfly, and the rest I cannot remember, I hope you all have the best day possible.

    I'm reading Charles Dickens "Hard Times". It's a challenging book to understand because of the language used in that era. It's a short book, so I think I can handle it.

    Spacee, how is your kitchen shaping up? Yes, I imagine your son is pleased to get a nice tax refund. My daughter and her husband got a good refund too. That's how they went on a short vacation.

    My love to all of you.
  5. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    Wow Jan,that's all I can think to say.I'm glad your Rhuemy was on top of things and figured it out.I hope your treatment goes well and glad it explains a lot of your symptoms.

    Jole-You take your time and be sure and check in if you can.Bless your poor sister.

    Spacee-Good subjects.I have to think about books and movies.Hard to narrow it down the last I read or see is always my favorite.

    I saw some Gerber daisy's while in Fl. at DD and they struck me as amazing.That night we all went out to dinner and at the next table someone at the table was celebrating something and in front of her was a beautiful pot of Gerber daisies?I am going to check into them and see if they grow up here because I have never noticed them before.

    I was complaining about asthma attacks Fri.Had another this A M and now feel cold symptoms.Hmm there is always signs when something starts brewing.At least that explains it.

  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Not too much goin' on here. Y-day Gordon and I got cracked by the chiro. Then we
    when to Ralphs for groceries. After that Gordon did some more errands, and I took
    a long nap.

    Victoria, the calla lilies are in bloom here. When I walk Zippy, we go by a house w/
    a bed of them. About 2 dozen blooms right now. Never heard of giant ones before.

    Remember the movie "Stage Door" from the 30s? Incredible cast including:
    Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, etc.

    Kate's big speech goes: The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower.
    I carried them on my wedding day, etc.

    Jan, what do you mean a rheumatologist is not an MD? All the sites I looked at say
    to the contrary. Is the diagnosis process complete? Is surgery essential? Seems
    like so many of our friends here have been having really bad news lately.

    Jole, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. She is lucky to have you available for
    comfort and encouragement.

    Spacee, it was not James Cameron who dreamed a dream. It was Susan Boyle.

    Don't you think dreamed a dream is redundant? Kinda like, I thought a thought.
    There was an old song that claimed, "You forgot to remember." Also highly redundant,
    but it was written by the greatest writer of hits, Irving Berlin.

    Pam, I never heard of Gerber daises until I was in the loony bin several years ago.
    A friend brought me one in a pot. It lived for a year or so. Thereafter they started to
    show up in arrangements gals at the office got. Very cheerful flowers. I read they
    come from Africa.

    Fay, never read "Hard Times", but I know the song by Stephen Foster. If you go to
    Wikipedia, you can see some of the many famous singers who have recorded it.

  7. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    I think you misunderstood part of my post. I was lamenting the fact that the nurse practitioner at my rheumy's office is not a doctor! I know my rheumy is a doc......it's just that I like his NP so much more!! She's a real sweetie. So calm, caring, professional and SMART!

    I'd rather see an NP over an MD any day. Well, almost any day! I do know that there are good doctors out there, it's just that with all the specialists I've seen over the past 6 months, the NP is the only one who has followed through with anything.

    I do like the oncologist that I saw last week. He seems to have his head screwed on straight. At least I hope he does, since he'll be using robotics to remove part of my kidney!! :)
  8. spacee

    spacee Member

    Is a hard time for a lot of us. Mainly illnesses, pain and suffering. And we do understand.
    I have found the people closest to me, understand me the least. Odd. I mean I say "I can't do that". But they don't seem to believe it or absorb it somehow.

    Ok, Victoria, since you mention that the book is never like the movie...I will tell you some of the differences in Out of Africa. I suppose they had to change it because the beautiful scenery was, to me, the best part of the movie. This would have interfered.

    The woman was a Catholic. Went to mass everyday. Denise was teaching her Latin. She must have taken the kids with her to mass because one of them considered the statue of Mary, the woman's friend because she 'talked' to the statue.

    Rock, you sound like my mother..haha. She was a stickler for the King's English but some of it has been lost. I like that you can pick things out. The son that got the refund still murders english.

    I remember after he graduated from college and was home for the summer he told me 'I have not aten yet'. Now, he didn't hear that at home. I guess he picked up that 'slang' living in our small town. I just have to smile over what some of the people he is around must think
    at times!

    All the flowers sound so lovely. I love gerber daisies. I don't have a green thumb so I bought some fake ones! They lasted a long time.

    I predict the kitchen will be done by the end of March. Which is fine. We are in no hurry. Glass for the window is holding up progress. Everything else is ready.

    Nitey nite, loved ones.

  9. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Yes, it seems like we take turns going thru 'things'.

    My thoughts/prayers are with everyone... life is hard.

    I kinda think some of our grandparents'/great-grandparents' attitudes might be wiser to
    live with in a sense, that life is rough, things are not necessarily fair at all, etc., but you
    do the best with what you have.

    At least that's what I've come around to thinking. To me that doesn't spell 'acceptance',
    to me that is thinking positive and making the most of what I do have and can do,
    including opportunities +/or self-motivation.

    In a quiet place mentally/physically today... as you might can tell...
    (now that's rather Southern English, isn't it Spacee?)

    Maybe because of barometric pressure? I wonder. I do think it can make a difference.
    (It's threatening rain, tho I don't think it will actually.)

    I wonder why the writer of Katherine H.'s lines thought calla lillies were strange? I think they're neat!

    LOL, well "Giant' to me are apparently 'standard', the little ones are mini:
    "The main difference between large white Calla Lilies and Mini Calla Lilies is stem length, stem diameter, and flower color:
    Large/standard flowers are 3" to 5" in length and 3" to 4" in width;
    Mini Calla Lily flowers are usually 1.5" to 3" long and about 2" to 2.5" wide. (Stems alone can be 36" tall, plus the flower.)"

    They are so iconic here in Mexico, I think it's thanks to Diego Rivera the famous muralist mostly? yet they are indigenous to Asia.

    The real deal with scenery in a movie would be hard to beat, that's for sure, compared to a wordy description- I think.... depending on the writer I guess.

    Surely nothing beats actually having been in a place. I got to see one of the terracotta pottery Chinese soldiers from the tomb in China - Seeing them in person was really awesome, compared to the photos I'd seen in Nat'l Geo.


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  10. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    That's what we call Calla Lilies where I live. On Easter Sunday the churches are just decorated to the max with the beautiful Easter Lilies! A gorgeous sight to see.

    It's been a beautiful day, sunny with bright blue skies. Temp. was near 60 degrees this afternoon as we got a real touch of Spring weather. I'm seeing lots of green things in the flower beds as the snow is melting fast. Getting cold fast now that the sun has set. Tomorrow is to be much the same as today.

    Victoria, I agree with your above view of life. We need to make the best of what we've been given. Our mothers and grandmothers were right about this.

    I think we've lived a life extended beyond our means for so long we've become spoiled. Always wanting more, dreaming larger, striving harder, and being unsatisfied with what we have. The economy has stopped everyone in their tracks, and for the most part it doesn't look like things will get better any time soon. I often have to realize they won't improve much in my lifetime.

    Our health problems have stopped us in our tracks too. We are stuck with little hope for improvement or for getting well.

    Better to look at the blessings we do have and be thankful for them. We must make a life within our limitations, whether financial or physical. And be grateful for what we do have.

    Wow! How was that for a sermonette?


  11. victoria

    victoria New Member

    maybe we should all work on the sermonette together! Seems like we're all pretty much like-minded.

    Fay - so your Easter lily looks like this?

    I always thought they were this:

    but maybe because I'm from up north....?
    Wikipedia says there are several flowers called Easter Lilies, other contenders are:

    Neat, I never knew that. So if there could be misunderstandings about that, think about all the other regional differences and language differences.... Wow!

    Could get humorous tho.
    Was just reading again about the differences in languages between British & US English.... like:
    'biscuit' vs 'cookie',
    "to table" a subject means to open it up for discussion in Britain yet means the opposite in US English,
    "quite" means somewhat in Britain while it reinforces in US English
    ("I'm quite hungry' = "I'm very hungry in US", & = "I'm somewhat hungry" in Britain)

    wandering around in circles again... but not crop circles.
    For which I'm happy :)


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  12. spacee

    spacee Member

    I agree with you Victoria and you Faye. Kids used to be taught to keep a stiff upper lip.
    Which I suppose is try to stay positive.

    Good thing DH just taught me how to look up the sites you recommended, Vic. Although safari said that one would not open.

    It showed me that what I thought cally lilies was right. surprise, surprise.

    Our Easter lillys look more like a trumpet. And if they don't open soon enough, they get out
    a hair dryer to warm them so they will open.

    Headache tonite but not a migraine, at least. Sometimes the ultram gives me a tension type one.

    I have been sewing a bit. Doing some hemming and mending. I like doing a little project like that in the evening.

    In the 70's here today. Which is the way we like it.

    Oh, I meat to answer your question about the nail fungus destroying the nail. Apparently their are a number of kinds of fungus. I have seen pics of the nail biter on the boxes of antifungals but I don't have that kind. Mine is on the inside.

    I brought a fungus home with me from Okinawa. Dermatologist said that it looked like an oriental one under the microscope. Then asked me the oddest question "why are you bothering with treating it?" It was because it hurt my toe. Not that I wouldn't have done it for vanity's sake but I have found that I tend to do things because of pain.

    Which is the reason I am on a diet. My knees don't seem to appreciate the 10 lbs I have gained over the last year.

    Our free modem has turned out to be a hassel to figure out how to install. DH thinks it has 'come to him what he is doing wrong' but no time to get to it now. It will wait.

    Love to all and nite nite.


  13. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Well, good evening all. Things seem quiet here tonight.

    I'm bored. Entertain me!!! :) Oh, I'm sorry, I thought I was 8 years old again!

    Speaking of being bored....let me tell you about my day. Woke up, went to see the ortho doc as a post-op visit from my foot surgery in September. All is well. Then went to Geico with my husband in an attempt to pay our car insurance. Get this......THEY DON'T TAKE CASH! What's up with that?! Went to a couple of stores - eee ha! Came home. Attempted to take a nap but my restless legs took over. Got up from the bed, watched my husband get ready for his EMT class. And, I've been sitting on the couch all evening.

    Bored yet? I am!

    I like the idea of a sermonette. Maybe we could all wish one thing we're grateful for. Perhaps this has already been done here but it might be interesting.

    I am grateful for my loving children. Every time I talk to them they say something that makes me more and more proud of them.

  14. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    Victoria, the Easter lilies are like the Lilium_longiflorum variety. The white Trumpet Lilies. My mistake, so sorry to mislead you. But, I think you are right that Easter Lilies can be different for people in different areas. The Calla Lilies are beautiful too. But not as plentiful. My mother liked those.

    Spacee, was the free modem one of those "easy to install" things. I do not trust those words "easy to install". Easy is not always so. It's misleading.

    Another beautiful day here. I went to the thrift shop and bought 3 shirts for Spring. That was my outing for today. Tomorrow my daughter and granddaughter are coming.

    I'm grateful that my daughter and granddaughter help me with my cleaning! I think saying things we are grateful is very uplifting. We do have stuff to be thankful for.

    Love to all,
  15. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Eh! Eh! Eh! as Oliver Hardy used to say. Or was it Um! Um! Um? Anyway my
    Alzheimer's is alive and well. Burned the cauliflower I was steaming this morning.
    Never done that before in my life. Now have to see if the pan can be resuscitated.

    I think I read a household hint some time ago. If you soak the pan in water and baking
    soda for ten years it will heal right up.

    Jan, you are absolutely right. I did misconscrewl what you said about the rheumatologist.
    Well, I hope the team can help. My arthritis deformed my knuckles 10-15 years ago.
    Hasn't seemed to do anything since though.

    Victoria, Fay, Spacee; I read somewhere years ago that we should teach our children
    that life is hard. Then they won't be so surprised when they find out it is. At least some
    of the time for most of the people.

    Geico won't take cash?! How crazy. Must be they don't trust their employees.

    Thankful? I'm thankful I have a home. Lotta folks don't.

    I was reading about Steven Wright earlier. As a youth he had a job in a fire
    hydrant factor. Couldn't park near the place.

  16. victoria

    victoria New Member

    what I'm grateful for is humor.... plus the fact I can have a sense of humor!

    Often - well, usually- there isn't much interesting on TV. So I like to look on youtube
    for humor.

    Hey Jan, that's one way you can be entertained, LOL. Anyway,
    I found one of Bonnie Hunt's parodies, it was of 'CSI' combined with 'Real Housewives of
    Atlanta'. She and her friend were dead-on, and no they did not play murder victims LOL.

    Hmmm, I think I'm grateful for youtube. And in turn for computers AND the internet.
    Or none of us would be here!

    Yes, I agree, if life turns out better than expected, that is like frosting on the brownie...
    sort of. Anyway, no one can have everything; where would you put it?

    Well we planted the calla lillies, 2 clumps in front of the shed... we have some minis in
    pots. I sure hope they all do well. Apparently our jacaranda tree maybe is not dead
    after all; we knicked it, and it's still green on the trunk tho no branches or leaves!

    Fay That IS crazy Geico won't take cash. My son was thinking about just paying his bills
    with cash and getting receipts, maybe that won't work. He sort of needs to 'see it' go
    out the window to really keep track of what he has for the month. SSI doesn't give one
    much to live on.

    I'm getting very leery of computer equipment, but I think it's cuz I'm here. Mexico
    seems to get the worst stuff sold at premium prices. We tried 2 different routers, both
    worked for about 2-3 weeks then quit. Thankfully the guy who had them is our internet
    guy, he didn't even charge me initially, told me to take them home and try them. He
    sincerely acted as if he thought they wouldn't work. He was right! but - problem still isn't
    solved. I guess I'll have to have my daughter bring us one when she comes to visit.

    I have a small saucepan that I think my Mom must've gotten when first married. I still have it.
    It's made of much heavier gauge stainless than any pot I've ever seen (also have a baking
    pan made the same way), and no matter how many times I've burned stuff in it, it's always (eventually!) scrubbed off.

    However, leaving it on for so long made the soup so thick that when I stirred it, the room spun around.

    (I confess I have forgotten other pans that had copper bottoms on the burner, the bottoms
    literally separated off and started to sort of bubble... but no fire, caught it in time I guess).

    I love Steven Wright.... as you can tell by the imbedded jokes above...

    I keep forgetting to tell you this, Spacee/Linda -
    every time you <snicker>, you make me hungry for the candy bar, seriously!

    buenos noches for now...

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  17. spacee

    spacee Member

    I have new insight as to why businesses may not take cash. The 40 year old man (yeah our conversation kinda got sidetracked) at Lowes and his 41 yo wife will not work at places that they have to deal with money. They have each been robbed at work. He was tied up and has the scar to show (I didn't see it).

    Ok, Rock said something...ok, got it. I will probably never forget the Sunday am I put some oil on to heat and came back to the fire. SNICKER!! DH was able to put the lid on it and there was no damage that couldn't be covered with paint. That was lucky.

    I am thankful that I have a home too. And that it is on a small lake. Everyday I am thankful for that. I never in my life wanted to live on one. Nor have I been out on it. But I have a view of nature I never would have had.

    My knuckles are talking to me. Oh. That reminded me. I wear wrist splints at night cause of tingling in my fingers. I finally remembered that in Germany they use Alpha lipoic Acid (ALA)
    for that. We have about 3 bottles of it so I took some last night. NO tingling. Was that weird or what? I am thankful for that too!

    To bed, to bed we sleepyheads!

    Love you all!

  18. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Just thought I'd give y'all a little update on my situation because I know you've all had sleepless nights wondering what was happening!! :)

    My husband and I went to apply for the "HEAP" program today. They provide help with paying for gas and electric bills. We were approved but won't know for a couple of days how much they will be paying. But we got the feeling that they will be paying the entire amount that we currently owe. And I'll tell ya.....it ain't pretty!!! So we have THAT monkey off our backs.

    Tomorrow we will go back and apply for food stamps. This is all very humbling, but it has to be done.

    And, I found out that my kidney surgery has been scheduled for April 8th. I hate that I have to wait a full month, but I guess that must mean that the doc isn't too concerned that the cyst is cancerous. At least that's what I'm telling myself!

    More later kids. Hope you're all having a good day.
  19. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Jan, I'm glad you and your DH will get some help. I know we're brought up to not think we 'should' apply for these programs, but remember that this is why you paid into 'the system'; it was so that in time of need people can get help. Now you are getting paid back, so to speak.

    Linda, do you have carpal tunnel, or is the tingling from something else? I use the 'raton' (mouse) here with my left hand on purpose even tho I'm right-handed.

    ... LOL-you are just baiting me, aren't you, putting SNICKER in all caps!?!?

    So I'm finding out all sorts of things reading the mispronounced words thread, LOL.

    I'm beginning to believe many things are regional, and have a better understanding of how Switzerland ended up with many distinct dead languages since many villages were cut off from the rest of the country by the mountains.

    I have heard that if mass media hadn't happened when it did, that the US would likely not be able to understand the British or Australians very well; maybe not even Canadians....

    beautiful day, so the windows & doors are open, & I have a bit of energy; so I think I'm going to finish painting the 15 sq feet left in the great room, LOL. Maybe even the hall too!?!

    talk at y'all later
    (another 'southernism', wonder if that developed because some people weren't listening?)


  20. spacee

    spacee Member

    I can't understand the Australians now....thank goodness the mass media came...lol.

    Yes, Heavenly I have been up thinking about your kidney. I have a few friends that I am up thinking about lately. That Dr. Seuss Book "Oh the Places You will Go". One of them is the "Waiting Place". And you wait, and you wait and you wait.

    There is another place I don't like to go. Or rather I just don't like. It's the drive to the hospital for surgery. I want to be the one driving DH rather than the other way around. I don't mean that I want him sick...I just would like the tables to be turned...even stephen. But that won't happen since most of mine were C-sections, bladder stretchings, hysterectomy. Women have so many more issues than men...it seems.


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