PORCH VOLUME 689 IS NOW CLOSED

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Good morning, friends! Technically, it is Friday morning here anyway...going on 1:00 am. This week has been a challenging one...I helped Lindsey (who got the respiratory virus first) take care of sick kids, and I ended up with it myself...so in bed a lot the past couple days.

    David has three days of Guard training, so left last evening...Lindsey still isn't completely back on her feet yet, so will need help while he is gone.

    I have tried to read the posts, but of course can't remember much. I do want to tell Sunflowergirl how sorry I am to read of your husband's news. I think I would also be in shock and in tears...please know that you are both in my prayers.

    Granni, I hope your mammo and followup comes back just fine. I also had a scare a few years ago...the doctor himself came in and did the followup ultrasound...but it was determined that I am just naturally "lumpy", lol!

    Rock, I listened to your video clip...loved it! Hope your computer behaves...it is so nice to read your posts.

    Mikie, good for you, for exercising! Yes, it does bring on more energy oftentimes.

    Spring, you have had a lot on your plate...I admire how you keep plugging along.

    Freida, did I read you are doing some better? I hope so...

    Diane, I am thinking of you often...and hoping your appt. goes smoothly.

    Jole, I have sort of been hibernating this winter too...but have been sick so many times off and on...hated to get out. We play Pandora also...on a computer Den has set up in the shop. So funny when it goes quiet all of a sudden and we have to go tell it we are indeed still listening.

    Barry, my FIL loves liver and onions! I make it for him in the oven...turns out so tender. I don't care so much for the liver, but can eat it if I get enough onions in the same bite.

    Dar, hope you are doing okay...you are amazing, how you keep going and going.

    Well, our exciting news of the week is that Keira lost her first tooth this evening! She couldn't wait to get to bed, so the tooth fairy would come :p

    Our somewhat frustrating news is that a contractor friend of ours came tonight to look at the "big house" where Lindsey and David are living...to see what can be done as far as remodeling to make room for all the kids, and to stop the leaks to get rid of the mold problem.

    Years ago, my MIL hired some workers to add on to the living room. They also changed the location and direction of the stairway to the upstairs and added a sort of attic storage. But it changed the roof line and created lots of little "valleys" for the rain to travel in...and leaked for years and years, until Clinton was able to "somewhat" fix it a couple years ago.

    But the damage had already been done, and it still leaks inside the walls somehow. The guy who came tonight said it never should have been built that way. Anyhow, he wasn't too optimistic about being able to change things around again without it costing the kids more than it would be worth.

    It would involve removing that whole section of roof, changing the stairway (again!) and he wouldn't be able to extend that part of the house, like the kids were hoping, because of the roof lines. The house has been added onto and remodeled so many times, he just didn't recommend it.

    Then there is the kitchen...water damage in there too, and mold under the floor. So, we will just see what the kids decide to do...but with a new baby due in a few months, it would be good to get it done before too long.

    Lorraine's bedroom has been tore up for several weeks (since Christmas, actually) because we found mold in the floor, under the carpet. So, everyone is in one bedroom, and it's chaos, to say the least.

    Well, I guess I will just say "Hi" to anyone I have missed...wondering where Joan is...hope everyone has a good enough Friday and weekend.

    Gonna try to get some sleep now...went to bed earlier, but this respiratory bug also includes joint and muscle pain and I just wasn't getting to sleep. Took some Ibuprofen and hope it helps.




  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Porchies,

    Sunflower Girl, I will keep praying every day for you and your family, especially your DH. I've seen the ads for Cancer Centers of America. I don't know anything about them but they claim to treat the whole person in difficult, or advanced, cases of cancer. I don't know whether there is one near you or not. You may already have some of the best specialists now. Just thought I'd mention it in case you think it might be helpful. I love it that you also like to shop Lowe's marked down plants. I look for ones which have just recently been put on the rack. My neighbor, Jeff, used to go in and buy the whole rack. Half the plants would be in bad shape but he would always bring them back. He not only has a green thumb, I think his whole body is green! :D Keep us updated and, please, take good care of yourself.

    Jole, in the old days, winter was for staying inside and reading while Mother Nature took her nap. Seems that today, we feel guilty if we're not active all the time. I stayed inside all day yesterday while the rain poured down and just watched TV. I love my little guilty pleasures. Only problem now is that today is exercise day and the rain will have made the pool too cold to go into this morning. I'll have to go later or fudge a day until Sat. I feel guilty when I miss my water aerobics. I like your idea of journaling. I did it all the time I was bedridden so much and while I was healing. Not so much any more. I don't like the idea that Pandora won't play a specific song for me but picks out other "similar" music I might like. I wouldn't mind if they would play the song I requested first and then went on to play their suggestions. I've stopped listening to it as I often don't even like what they suggest. Comcast has digital music in many genres and I end up listening to those channels.

    Leah, hope you're doing better. Come back when you can post a bit more about how you are doing.

    Granni, I will also be praying for good news for you til you let us know. Yesterday, I got out early to finish fertilizing our new plants before the drenching rains came. We took in the cushions on our Balcony chairs and moved our more delicate plants out of harm's way. There was no really hard rain nor wind as had been predicted but we just caught the tail end of the huge storm system. We are very glad to have gotten the moisture. I did next to nothing for the remainder of the day as I was tired. I try to pace myself and don't push when I'm tired. I can't keep up with all you do, dear lady.

    Springwater, how strange that we have been having the same kind of weather. It's been cool, very cool, most mornings and then, in the afternoon, it gets downright hot. Yesterday's rainstorm was an anomaly. I'll have to fudge my water workout til tomorrow as the rain will have made the water in the pool too cold for a morning workout. I could go this afternoon but I'm a morning exercise person. If I exercise later on, it jacks up my NRG and I can't sleep. I meditate on my Chakras, trying to clear out the path up through my crown chakra. While doing any kind of spirit work, I ask for a dome of protective white light in which to work. The idea of white, healing light is very appealing to me. People who have had near-death experiences always mention God's loving white light. BTW, I did find my sage smudge packets but I don't believe I was meant to use it in my cleansing exercise around the bldg. It was very windy that day and I used incense instead. It works as well. Hope you get your head cleared.

    Julie, I'm so sorry you also got the bug. I hope you are taking good care of yourself. Our neighborhood is more than 20 years old. The first condo bldgs. are quite different from ours. They put in dormer windows but didn't design and build them correctly. Those bldgs. have had water intrusion problems. In the upstairs condos, they used wood with wood studs in the walls. All that wood has rotted and in some places, termites have done a lot of damage. The bottom floors are stucco. Our whole bldg. is stucco with metal studs. I'm so glad I got one of the newer condos. Dealing with mold and water damage is horrible. I wish the kids good luck with it.

    Today, I have to pick up my Rx at Target. Won't be buying anything else there. I have to stop at Bealls as I have $10 in Bealls Bucks. They spend just like cash with no minimum spending amt. I saw some blue Capri's like the ones I ruined and will check them out. I wear my Capris so often that it doesn't hurt to replenish them from time to time. They are all on sale. If nothing else, I can always buy white or khaki. Then, it's off to the car wash as my vehicle is covered in filth. I wanted to wait until this strange winter/spring storm passed before washing it. I'm anxious to put my little sticker on the back window as it cracks me up. If I didn't mention it, it's a fish skeleton and the caption reads, "Fillet And Release." If everyone had something funny on their vehicles to make other drivers smile, maybe road rage would decrease.

    To all our Porchies here or MIA, I wish everyone a wonderful day, filled with blessings.

    Love, Mikie
  3. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Good morning, everyone! Mikie, I love to get on here when I'm having my first cup of coffee in the morning to see a nice long post from you :)

    About capris...I wear mine year round, even in the most frigid temps. And short sleeve shirts, lol! The only time I put on long pants is when I go to town in the cold weather or am outside for an extended time on the farm (helping Den with firewood, etc.)

    I have been known to dart across the driveway to Lindsey's in my Crocs, too...unless there is too much snow on the ground, then I wear boots :rolleyes: It's almost like I get claustrophobic with my arms and legs covered...

    Oh, road rage...yep, anything to keep it to a minimum is very good...I love bumper stickers, etc. And I also am a very "forgiving" driver, if that is a good word to use. If someone cuts me off or does something I consider "not too smart" I tend to think they might just be having a stressful/off day and just not worry about it.

    Makes a difference in rural Iowa, as opposed to bigger cities and "rush hour" or other stressful times, I'm sure. But on our gravel roads (and smaller paved ones) we do have to keep a lookout for Amish horses and buggies...most of the time, they get over to the side when they see a car coming up behind them, but once in awhile there is a "smart alec" who thinks cars and trucks should just wait.

    Amy is coming to her friend's tomorrow to help with wedding plans. She was going to come on here afterwards, but I told her it might be best to stay away from us :( They are meeting at the church (only about 25 minutes from us) so I am going to stop by there and give her some rain boots I picked up for Keira...then I will go on to get groceries.

    We get to have Keira here Thursday night thru the weekend, but it is to be warmer and rainy next week, so would be good if she had her boots sooner.

    Den and I are going to my brother's in Texas on the 21st. My sis-in-law has chemo that day, but she said to come anyway. She said she would be very happy to have me come and cook for them, etc. The 21st is on a Friday and we will stay till Tuesday or Wednesday. David will be gone for training while we're gone, but his family will be up here and they can help Lindsey.

    The chemo has made the tumors in her lungs shrink, but doctors don't say anything about a "cure"...I guess only God knows for sure.

    Well, since I've now written my own little "novel" I'd better get busy. I am feeling much better this morning, but I know I can't push myself and risk a relapse. It is going to be warmer today (above freezing already) and around 50 degrees by noon, but rain and lower temps by suppertime. Maybe we can get the kids out for a little fresh air this afternoon...

  4. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Julie: Good to hear from you......I'm sorry about the news about remodeling the house. As much as they were hoping to stay there, with all the mold and problems it might even be a good thing for them to rent some place until they could find a home to buy. With her pregnancy and the little ones getting sick all the time it's probably all that mold. We found mold years ago in one bathroom and a wall and floor in a nearby closet but we were lucky to just pull up the floor and treated everything with bleach.

    Someone I know up in Idaho were both sick (husband and wife) and doc thought they both had CFS. Turned out it was mold in their travel trailer and once they got rid of it, their health returned.

    Jole: I keep meaning to ask a little about you. I know you've been on the board in the past. Where do you live, married? Children, still working or retired, etc. Hope I don't come across as nosy and you don't have to answer if you don't want to.

    Granni: Keeping you up in prayer. Worry does NOTHING except makes it hard on a person. Give it ALL to God because he already knows the outcome......put your trust in him and ask for his peace.

    1. Mikie: I keep forgetting to tell you I love how you talk about little Simon. I can just imagine this little kittie sitting on your patio chair, connecting with you. I've always felt I could "communicate" with animals, and like people, some you love and some you just tolerate. I have two cats, one I love even though she can be ornery, and the other one is most definitely my DH's cAT.......WE ND OOOPPPPS


    1. O......T'S DONG T'S OWN TNG AGAN....
  5. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    O.........TRED AGAN NDER "ORE OPTONS".........T DOESN'T WOR!!!!!
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    This thread is now closed. Please do not post more here. Look for new Porch #690. Thank you.