Brand New Lounge #127

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    C'mon in, the Lounge is open.

    Love, Mikie
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Fourteen people have stopped in and no one has left a message. This is not encouraging. I hope everyone feels comfortable chatting here in the Lounge. I don't have anything exciting to post but then, when do I ever?

    Got up feeling a bit better so will put off calling the urologist unless the symptoms return (they usually do). Heard from both DD's over the weekend. Nothing too exciting there either but it's always good to hear from them. I miss my family so much. That's the downside to living down here by myself.

    Decided I don't have the energy to do a lot around the condo but decided to do a little personal landscaping, exfoliate my skin and apply some argan oil lotion. My skin is so dry that I'm afraid someone will mistake me for an alligator. Yikes! I'm doing my laundry so by the end of the day, it won't have been a complete loss.

    Tweety was in early but didn't stay any longer than it took to get lots of love and attention, some treats and then, she was out and about. We've had rain every afternoon so I guess a little kitty has to make hay while the sun shines. The flowers we planted in the flower boxes and pot are beautiful. With all this rain, they are filling is beautifully.

    Like I said, I have nothing too exciting to say but that never stops me. I hope some of our online family will let us know how they are doing. Linda, we miss you. Pam, Leah, Jole, Barry, and Rock, come out , come out wherever you are. Hope I didn't miss anyone. I'm really exhausted and memory isn't great.

    Love, Mikie
  3. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    Really feeling the weather change and really had to drag myself to the neighbors going away party for us.So glad I did.It was so sweet and so thoughtful.When they hugged us and wished us well you knew they really meant it.Didn't seem just polite or false you know what I mean?We exchanged emails,addresses and phone nu's.It's so rare to have good neighbors these days.Mikie you sound just as fortunate.

    I talked to my RN neighbor about some of my DS test results and she confirmed what I thought was really bad but have been in denial about.It has unleased such emotion.Poor huz can not deal with me falling apart right now and has asked that I take it one day at a time.I'm just not sure I can crying all morning again and promising him I'll get a grip.It just keeps sweeping over me and it has to stop.

    I'm stronger then this so I have to dig deep because really there is no point to doing this.It won't change anything.

    Sorry to be such a downer today and on a new thread too!Enough of that if it happens again let's just think of a cyber way of giving each other a shake to snap out of it and buck up.Life is life.


  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Is that you on the balcony, Mikie? Thought for a minute there it was an
    alligator. Sorry things aren't looking good for DS, Pam. Good to hear from
    you, Jole and Barry. Welcome to the Board, Diana.

    We are all hoping our founder, Spacee/Linda will be back soon.

    Can't type much. Fell last night and sprained my wrist. Uff-da!

  5. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    Welcome welcome Diane and thanks for words of encouragement.My DS called after some radioactive scans and no tumor there.Pancreatitis is what the Dr. says so far and more scanning tomorrow but I feel this is a good sign.It might be the only thing they find and explains a lot of his symptoms so maybe not so pleasant to have but much better then what it could have been.I feel relief and positive.

    Not another fall Rock didn't you fall just recently?Mikie and you need to prop each other up.Wild blueberry coffee?That sounds delicious I'll have to look for that.

    I have a baked potato in the oven for supper.Just that with broccoli and cheese sounds like plenty to me but I hope it's enough for huz or I'll need to look around the refrigerator.

    Hope everyone else is doing ok and stop by when you can.Glad to see your post Diane look forward to hearing more from you.

  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Sooooo good to hear from everyone, even when things aren't going well. That's what we are here for, to share the good and the bad.

    Diane, what a wonderful surprise to see you in the Lounge. My dear, you belong here with us. We love our pets, food, flowers and each other. Being here is like a warm and friendly hug. I hope you'll come often. BTW, Bed Bath & Beyond is a good place to buy the Keurig cups, using their coupons. You can use the 20 percent off or the $5 coupon on two boxes of 18 cups. If you have a Costco, it is the cheapest. I buy the new kind which are more like a tea bag with a top on it which fits the Keurig coffeemakers. BB&B works out to about 55 cents a cup. Costco cups are about 47 cents a cup. The new "cups" are 30-some cents. At Costco, you have to buy 80 cups at a time.

    Pam, I've been praying for your son and all of you. I know it must be so hard not knowing for sure what this is. I pray it's treatable and am glad there was no tumor. I think you'll find people in FL easy to get to know. Mom and I were amazed at how friendly people are down here. I'm sure your old neighbors will miss you. It will soon be coming into the best weather of the year here, after halloween.

    Rock, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. I hope your wrist heals fast and isn't too painful. I now know why the medical community worries when we old folks fall. It can be so devastating, especially if we break a hip, although, it is usually the hip which breaks, causing the fall. I felt so nervous after my fall. All my life, I've been athletic and sure footed. Well, those days are gone and I have to be careful. I am much more careful now. It won't stop me from climbing ladders but I take much more caution just walking around. Hope Gordon and Zippy are well.

    Leah, yes, if I find something gory and sickening at my doorstep, I just have to share it with y'all. I've been too sick to go out and clean up the stains but I think I can do it today. Our geckos are the little green ones with the inflating red sac under their necks. There is one running around in here because he tried to escape Tweety after the carnage the other day. I'm glad I gave you a laugh or two as well. I'll be jumping in the shower soon so I can get ready to see the doc. I'll call as soon as the office opens so I can be seen. This UTI isn't going away on its own. Do they ever? No! I've been in denial. I've also been feeling sorry for myself over little things. I don't usually do that and don't know why I have been. It may be because I feel overwhelmed from being sick with this UTI.

    I have to go out and buy a new TV. There is one on sale and I think I'll go get it. I may stretch out the payments for a year with no interest. If the fridge breaks down, I'll pay off the TV because it doesn't cost much and buy the fridge on time. At least, I do have a plan. For all I know, the fridge may last a long time yet. It clucks like an old hen but continues to work. It no longer crushes ice but I think most of them stop doing that after a few years. I have my trusty blender if I need crushed ice. I think I'll try to put this TV in the bedroom because it only starts acting up after it's been on about 5 hrs. Of course, it will likely get worse as time goes on but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. I wonder whether anyone fixes TV's and whether it's worth it because they have become so cheap.

    I bit the bullet yesterday and paid my bills online. I think I now have all of them on my bank's bill pay service. I can pay them all with one swell foop of a keystroke. I can choose when they will be paid. It takes some of the sting out of paying them.

    Now, if I can only get some energy to clean this place. I still have no idea whether my shots are working. Between the fall and, now, this UTI, I never feel well enough to know. I have to just have faith that they are working. One improvement I've noticed is that my memory is working better. I'm pulling old names out of the air when I try to remember them. That is progress!

    Well, dear ones, it's time to bid y'all adieu for now. My hope and prayers for everyone for a happy and healthy day.

    Love, Mikie

  7. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    Hoping the temps don't go into the 20's and daytime makes it to the 50's for the next couple of weeks.We didn't want to winterize the Rv before we move on but it's a chance.Broken pipes is the last thing we need.

    Closing is set for Fri. so that's exciting.I canceled all of huz and my Dr. appts. for the rest of the yr. and there were plenty of those to cancel.Made Lily one more grooming appt. so she won't be scruffy when we get there.I need one more haircut and huz has one more mowing of the yard.Countdown is now getting close.We pull out of here Oct.25.

    Interesting about Costco's Mikie.I've heard they have cheaper prices for the most part and better selection as apposed to Sam's.Do you find that to be true?Probably any of you have an opinion on that.We don't have Costco's near us but I've been curious if that's true.

    4yr. old GS asked huz to come on down to the basement with him so they could talk yesterday.He's been keeping track of the emptying rooms for a while now.He told grandpa he has his eye on an old 2step stool to get in and out of his bed what did grandpa think could he have it.He proudly carried it out to the car as my son groaned and said thanks alot.

  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    As you see, I am back at the keyboard. My wounds (at our house
    we always pronounced that to rhyme with rounds) have all healed
    up. I was much luckier than you, Mikie, and your pas de deux with
    the ladder.

    Anyhoo, yesterday morning my wrist got worse and worse. In
    the afternoon the process reversed itself.

    Did you know the wrist bone is like the backbone? There are
    actually lots of back and wrist bones. A dr. friend of mine told
    me the students use mnemonics to memorize the 206 bones
    whenever possible.

    Here's one of the sentences used for the wrist bones. "Sam Liked
    To Push The Toy Cart Hard." Also: Scottish lads take prostitutes
    to the Carleton Hotel.

    Thank you for asking about Gordon and Zippy. They are both fine
    although Gordon's car is ailing. It's been to the shop 4 outta the
    last 5 weekends, and it's going back again Sat. It tends to sputter
    and lurch a bit. My diagnosis is asthma.

    Speaking of Bed and Beyond, I once has a case w/ an employee
    of same. After getting hurt on the job at B&B he switched to
    truck driving. I wrote a piece of light verse about it, but no longer
    have a copy. It's kinda like that missing play from Shakeaspeare.

    However, I do have one inspired by your post, Diane. It's titled

    Name Your Pizen, Pard

    I hate coffee; I hate tea.
    Coke and fruit juice; they're for me.
    Chocolate milk as smooth as silk.
    I like cold drinks of that ilk.

    Don't like berries colored blue.
    They gots no flavor; that is true.
    But no matter on what it's based.
    It all comes down to personal taste.

    Did you have some of your BB coffee this morning?

    Pam, yes, I did fall earlier. Can't remember if it was last year or
    earlier. No damages though. Your GS sounds very practical.
    Reminds me of those old beds at Hearst Castle. They were so
    high they had steps at every bedside.

    Freida, I'm glad to see you posting so much. I know it means
    you are feeling peppier. Your rambling post re: rambling posts
    made me think of:

    Wild and Windblown, That's how you've grown.
    Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?

    That c-w album with Ray Charles was popular 50 years ago
    when I was in college. I think one of the reasons for its
    great success was the work of Mary Paich, a great arranger.

    Have never seen a wild kingfisher, Barry. They have an
    anatomy around the neck and head similar to the hummers. I looked
    up Kookabura. Yup, it's also a kingfisher. Big, too. Foot and a
    half tall.

    In Bible school we used to sing a song about "Kookabura sits
    in the old gum tree; eating all the gumdrops he can see..."
    I had some beets from the garden y-day. And I had a
    zucchini last week. Gordon likes to garden but is not always interested
    in eating what he grows.

    I hope to get some watering done this afternoon.

  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Pam, that was so cute about your DGS and the stool. I'll bet he'll treasure it. I've never been to a Sam's Club so can't compare. Costco moved just down the street a few years back. I resisted it as long as I could but finally gave in when I saw what the neighbors were bringing home. Sometimes, it's hard for me to buy in bulk but for anything frozen or for staples, it's great. What I really like is that their products are really top notch. The frozen berries I got are the best I've ever had.

    Leah, your idea for the baking soda was a good one. I actually did it but found it was awfully salty for my BP. It did help neutralize the bladder. Lemons do the same without raising my BP. Just having a UTI causes my ankles to swell and my bod to retain fluid. I agree about the sheets. Nate Berkus is known for having some of the best sheets but you need to get them on sale at HSN for them to be affordable. I'm also glad to see you posting here as I hope it means you are better.

    Rock, I've always used little tricks to learn. When I got my pilots license, I had to learn the four cycles of the internal combustion engine: Induction, Compression, Ignition and Exhaust. Some old pilots told me just to think of Suck, Squeeze, Bang and Blow. I've never forgotten it. Hope Gordon gets the car running smoothly. Car trouble is so stressful for me.

    As I said above, it's been quite a day. It took a series of phone calls back and fourth with the urologist's office to get a time to be seen. I saw the nurse practitioner and really like her. Got my Bactrim but it hasn't had a chance to work yet. It got to be noon before the last call so I figured I could go out as they'd be at lunch. I went to Wal-Mart and bought the exact same TV I have now and which I love. This time, I'm not letting Comcast near it unless the TV is off. They all but admitted they'd been blowing the TV's by forgetting to shut them off while they boot up the cable boxes. The TV is $100 less now than when I bought it 2 1/2 yrs. ago. The extended warranty is three years instead of two.

    I stopped in at Costco and got some of the shrimp salad I now crave and came home and had lunch. Then, I went to the doc's office and to Target for my Rx. Target has my favorite thermal jammie bottoms on sale so I bought 3 pair. I'm still wearning my old ones from years ago. They are hard to find so I'm thrilled to have found them. I wear them year round. There was a mob at Target and I asked if the whole world is sick. The tech said, "Yes." Don't know what is going around but I don't want anyting to do with it.

    I hated to spend the money all at once for the TV but I feel so much better that I got off my behind and took care of some of my problems. Condo is still a pit but, eventually, I'll feel up to cleaning it. If nothing else, my day was productive. Hope everyone else had a good one.

    Love, Mikie

  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Actually, it's past noon. It was one of those mornings out on the balcony with coffee and neighbors stopping by. The weather is perfect but it will get to 90 later today. The last two nights, I've awakened at 1:00, 3:00 etc. but eventually fell back asleep. I've been falling asleep about 7:00 in the evenings and going into a coma-like sleep. I feel better today now that the Bactrim is kicking in. Still, I'm tired and will probably not do much the remainder of the day. I did take my garbage down and get a week's worth of mail. No bills; life is good :)

    I got to thinking about my TV. I got the two-year extended warranty and the TV is 2 1/2 yrs. old; however, the two-year warranty is in addition to the one-year warranty from the manufacturer for a total of 3 yrs. Soooo, I have to figure out how to get it fixed. I think with a 42" TV, they fix it in the home. I already bought a replacement but if this one gets fixed, I could take it back. Still, I was ready for a larger TV in my bedroom so I may keep it. Decisions, decisions!

    Last night, I had a headache from hell and felt sick. I thought it might be the med but I think it was just all the running around and having the UTI. Today, it's gone. Thank God! Hope everyone is having a good day.

    Love, Mikie
  11. jole

    jole Member

    And have caught up on all the posts :) Yes, depression is an issue here too. 'Nough said, since you all understand. Part of it was because we all got together at my sis's house last weekend. She continues to do well, but we all want to share as many good times with her as possible while she's still able. There were around 50 of us (all family), and last year the weather was beautiful so we were all in their backyard. Unfortunately, this year it was cold and windy, so we were in their house and attached garage. Worked fine, but was hard on the kids who wanted to be rowdy and play outside. Also hard for my sis and I with the over-stimulation issues. We'd sneak outside every so often for a break, even if it was cold.

    Diane! Welcome...your temps are just like ours. We have had our furnace on at night for awhile now. And I agree with fleece blanket is my best friend :) I feel like Linus!

    Barry, glad you've been getting out with Richard. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether it was worth it the next day, but seeing people is always nice. Like you, I love the country, but miss people...even if it's just sitting in the car watching from time to time.

    Mikie, my sis has a toaster oven and they love it. They have no microwave due to the radiation (I'd be lost without mine). She said they use their toaster oven for a lot of things, even heating up leftovers.

    Leah, loved your 'fall review' from your window. It got so cold and froze so early here that our leaves are simply falling without the color show. It's still in the 50s during the day, but nights are in the 30s.

    Pam, the move is really happening! So close now. Glad your DS is getting everything checked into and hope some meds will clear up his pancreatitis. Yes, I'm sure you were very worried.

    Rock, asthma sounds like a good mechanical diagnosis for Gordon's Kookabura...I'd forgotten all about that song. We sang it a lot as kids too. Sorry about the sprained wrist, and glad it's doing better.

    Speaking of wrists, my DD was very fortunate last week. She was rounding up cattle in their Ranger (like a little jeep), when one of the cows ran from the herd. She took off after it, watching the cow, and unfortunately hit a ravine. Saw it just before she went into it. Busted out the plexiglass windshield, and was hanging out up to her ribs when it stopped. She hung onto the steering wheel with her legs!! So thankful that all she ended up with was a broken wrist. But she's an over-achiever, and did a good job on it, breaking both bones at the wrist. Two days later she had surgery (the first doc didn't think she needed it, then finally got her into a specialist). They had to put in a plate, 4 screws, and two pins that stick out of the skin.

    Talk about counting our blessings! So many things could have happened much worse, but she's been in a lot of pain. I made a bierock casserole, frozen corn and a cake for their supper last night. They were happy. Don't know why cooking is such a chore. It really wears me out.

    No other news for now. Hope to be back soon. Was without a computer for over a week...... Hugs to all....
    [This Message was Edited on 10/10/2012]
  12. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    Enjoyed reading everyone's posts.Of course remembering what I read is a challenge.I do remember all the animal names.Pearl,Rosie Zippy,Tweety,Sylvester and Simon.Can't forget my own Lily.Just the names make me smile.I've been thinking of another kitty once we're settled but the memory of all that cat hair on everything puts me off.I didn't even mind the litter box but the hair!

    Glad your DD is alright Jole the picture of speeding through the field corralling cows in a jeep conjures up a different picture from cattle roundups city people think of.Modern way now.Lovely family gathering you had with your sis.Hard on both of you it's a nice memory to keep.

    Rock you haven't lost your way with words and Freida keeps up right up there with you.Time for Barry to pop in.Must be loads of color changes up there in his nature wonderland.Mikie glad to hear the outdoor get togethers are resuming.

    We ran around this morning getting documents to take with us.Huz hasn't had a copy of birth certificate and no SS card for me in yrs.Misplaced or lost also marriage certificate so we got those.You never know when you might need them.

    Tomorrow we'll be staying in someone elses house how weird that thought is.

  13. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    That sounded that way didn't it?14 days we agreed to and most times it's 30 but huz and I feel like once the papers are signed officially we are not in our home but theirs does that make sense?

    DS called and Dr. said chronic pancreatitis is what he has.More tests to be able to treat him but an answer not pleasant but so much better then what it could have been.Dr. asked him if he was a big drinker but no he wasn't and isn't I don't know why he got this.I told him to ask about the cause being immune system because I thought I read that somewhere.Anyway so glad and relieved.

  14. jole

    jole Member

    I thought so too, Pam, and didn't hear you say you were moving yet, so wondered where you were staying....but your explaination is entirely rational. I hope your son gets along well, and doesn't continue to have flare-ups. It sounds like it could be miserable, so hope it clears up soon.

    Diane, I looked Meg Gardiner up on my Kindle to order one of her books, but will have to wait until the price comes down (or the kids give me a gift card for Christmas ). I was impressed to see her books come in German also...not that I can read it.

    Jammies...I rarely take a shower in the mornings anymore, although it's my favorite time for them. Just no energy until afternoon. So most of my day is spent in my jammies, and they're not fancy! I love soft and warm! Of course if we had much company or ran to town, I'd get some a bit more presentable. Have always lived in jeans at home, but find they're just not comfortable anymore.

    Leah, hope you're having a better evening!

    Quite awhile ago my Kindle quit. I was so upset. Then our computer slowed down and I couldn't get on internet. We'd just bought our second router, thinking that was the problem. Then had our computer worked on, thinking that was the problem. Nope. Called our internet provider and they came out and hooked us up a new modem. I'm so excited! It has wifi built in.....and lo and behold, I have my Kindle working again!! So glad I held off buying a new one, even though the price is pretty darn good right now. If the price stays, I may go ahead and buy one 'just in case' later on, but need to get birthdays and Christmas for family out of the way first.

    Vacuumed the bedroom today, and dusted in there. Know I'll feel it tomorrow. Did laundry yesterday. Not sure what tomorrow will bring. No other news here. I'm waiting for DD to call with a report on her Dr. visit today. Hugs to everyone!

  15. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    So Leah I can't remember posts and I didn't get all the animals names right either?Worse off with brain fog then usual I guess.Good news I gots a few more kitty names to smile about so thanks for the new names.

    Papers signed Sold on the realtor sign out front,sis is coming on the 21 to hitch a ride as far as our other sisters house where her huz will pick her up that weekend.So plenty of errands and stuffing the RV as full as we can all next week.We did get our teeth cleaned today so that's taken care of for 6mos. til we find a dentist.

  16. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I posted, clicked on "submit" and it appeared to have posted--NOT! So, this is just a quickie. Yes, the ABX are making me feel soooo much better. Thank you.

    I sat outside for a bit after sleeping in late. Actually, I woke at 1:00 and watched the debate and post-debate discussion. Not interesting nor informative but I was hoping it would lull me back to sleep. The reason I missed it at 9:00 is because i had fallen asleep at 8:00. Eventually, I went back to sleep and slept til 7:00. My sleep is all screwed up. Still, I felt so much better today.

    My condo is a mess but I worked outside because it was more pressing. The flowers and plants needed watering and fertilizing as did the citrus trees. We are without sprinklers while a new pump is installed in our well. We water with ground water. Tap water here is an arm and a leg. I had to cut some palm fronds off which had overgrown the balcony area and haul them down to be picked up. I swept cobwebs from the eaves over the balcony and the balcony itself and cleaned the white railing. One unit up here is empty, the single woman in the other one never cleans. I used to let it go down at that end but I get to where I can't stand it. Barb just doesn't seem to have the strength to do much any more. I don't mind but I do have a dirty condo in here which needs attention. Of course, I'm making my choice. I'm not unhappy with it because I love the balcony.

    I can clean tomorrow. I was tired after but it was a "good" tired. Since I was sweaty, I showered and just let my hair curl up naturally and dry. I colored it yesterday and it came out great. I'm wearing my new thermal jammies with a camisole top. I wouldn't want anyone to see me in the top but I can wear a coverup or a tee shirt over it if I go outside. I'm not supposed to drink but I'm thinking a light gin 'n tonic might hit the spot. We have lights in the tree and I want to plug them in tonight. One neighbor described them as "magical." Well, magical is my favorite thing.

    One of my buddies here asked us who we would like to have dinner with if we could with anyone dead or alive. Perhaps y'all would like to chime in. I chose Jesus, not because I'm such a holier than thou person but so much of His life is missing and a mystery.

    OK, Kids, gotta go. I'm copying this post and making sure it really posts. Have a wonderful evening.

    Love, Mikie
  17. Ranigar

    Ranigar Member

    No,you actually made me laugh as in oh dear I can't even get those names right so I'm worse then I thought.I don't think any of us on here has ever offended another poster.Sometimes things I say when thinking back I'll be afraid it could be taken mean but it appears everyone knows better then to think that.We all seem to share the memory problems anyway.

    At the neighbors party last week a former neighbor who is a widow now was saying how much she likes Condo living.They sit on their front porch and drink hard liquor each evening and gossip.The other neighbors were shocked asking how she can drink that straight like that.I was smiling thinking of you Mikie.She told them it's an acquired taste.

    Who would I choose to have dinner with?It would have to be a renowned Chef who could steer me to fabulous food choices.I would love listening to everything he or she could tell me about their journey into the world of food.And I'm underweight how funny does that sound?


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