PORCHLIGHT #677 IS NOW CLOSED

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator


    J
    ust thought I'd start a new Porch for us.

    Love, Mikie
  2. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Mikie! I am up at 7:00 am to finish getting ready for Amy and Keira's visit...Keira is kind of a picky eater (sometimes) but loves beef roast with potatoes and carrots. (She also loves peas, tomatoes, yogurt...lots of things, but roast is her favorite, so that's what we are having for lunch.)

    Hope you find the perfect new storage shed...I think you keep that place going :) And your table sounds like it is going to be beautiful again!

    Just want to wish all Porchies and friends a great weekend. I am still feeling okay, but know my tendency to "push" once I start feeling better, so will try to be careful.
  3. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Freida, that would be so great if this therapy could help...adding that to my prayers. Also, praying for rain in those areas that so badly need it.

    It is getting close to midnight and I am just ready for bed. Filled the wood furnace after rockabying with the two big girls...Keira asked Lorraine to spend the night over here. Lorraine fell asleep first, so I put her in bed and continued to rock Keira...who talked my ear off before falling asleep herself :)

    Amy wasn't sure she should still try to come because both our areas were having snow this morning....but David checked some of his law enforcement websites and it seemed as though it was safe to travel. Clinton and David both had to work, so most of the day was spent with just our daughters and grandkids.

    Keira and Lorraine are getting to the age where they can play so well together. They wanted to play Barbies, but I didn't want them to have all the little pieces (shoes, jewelry, etc.) around the babies...so they took everything in our bedroom and sat on our bed to play. Every once in awhile they would come out and do a "fashion show" with their dolls.

    Lots of fun and noise...but right now my house is quiet again. Amy is asleep on the couch, Keira and Lorraine are on little kid couch/beds on the living room floor. I got each of the grandkids one for Christmas...Amy said Keira sleeps on hers every night, even though her feet hang over, because she is so tall. During the day, they make really comfy couches, but at night, when she folds hers out into a bed, I need to figure out a way to add some length with velcro or something. Funny that she has a really nice bed in her room, but prefers to sleep on what we got her, lol!

    David had to work extra tonight and called several hours ago to tell us not to plan on getting out in the morning...seems we have had some freezing rain and all the roads are pretty slick.

    So, I will call it a day and wish everyone a wonderful Sunday!
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Granni's post from closed Porch #676

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    :confused::eek:Hi Dear Porchies,

    I'm still chilly but it is supposed to hit about 69 or so I think and then chilly again at night. Of course, lots of young people are out thee running around in shirt sleeves and I have long sleeves and a sweat shirt :)!! I found these great light long sleeved turtlenecks. They are like a night knit or stretchy material. One day when with my daughter who was here from NC one day we both bought a couple of them when on sale for $5 ea. They are so comfy and I can probably wear them most of the time till it gets really hot. In the house it is chilly most of the time it seems. They have been so comfy and wash up well and didn't really shrink that every time I have gone there and see them on sale I have bought a couple more in different colors. I can wear them in a small or med. Their small is 4-6 and I can still wear them but have gotten the 8-10 (M) when I can.

    Hopefully DH will call and talk to the guy tomorrow to see about meeting him down at Home Depot (his favorite store) or one of them to pick out what is needed for the new tub faucets. It looed like we had two choices in brushed nickel and one of them had the REALLY TALL faucet for like a kitchen sink. The other one wasn't as tall although the Moen with the tallest faucet is probably the best. It, was definately more expensive.. Also need to get the knobs that come with it and then the new drain ring and the thingy that plugs and unplugs the hole in the tub. Haven't done this in years and stuff is so different now too.

    I am so upset that our master bath faux painted walls or one of them have some white spots on them. I have been on occasion been able to rub them off with a soft cloth. Guessing that may have been from the cleaning lady who probably splashes stuff in there when cleaning. However, I saw some shite spots and did the same thing and they didn't come off. I am afraid also perhaps and hoping it is not the wallpaper is coming through. We paid the gal enough that it would be a good job a about 3 years ago. You can only see it when the light is right and sitting on the potty:)! or really looking for it. Depends on the light and if the blinds are open or not.

    Mikie, Sun Dar, etc. -Has anyone done any faux painting and over wall paper. I an thinking that I shouldn't wipe it with a wet cloth but do not know for sure.

    I thought I might call up or e-mail the people that did it or the gal in charge. However, come to find out that she is now in Austin. So, she won't be able to come over for sure. The problem is also getting colors for the wall to match what has already been put up. Now every time DH goes to the potty I wonder if he is going to see it. :eek: I keep on wondering what to do about it. Wonder how it would look with one wall with wall paper if we cannot fix or match it

    Mikie - Speaking of UTI's like you have had. I felt last night like I was going to get one again. So I took those OTC tabs and after awhile we were going to go out and I still didn't feel that great so I took one of the antibiotics that the doc gave me last time. It is one that is not so strong which is good. So far I feel OK today
    and haven't taken another pill of either kind. I did take a cranberry or capsule then.

    Julie - Glad you are feeling better. Hope the kids find something in a home that is good for them and in their price range. I know how hard that can be sometimes, especially with young people.

    Dar/Julie - I got the recipe for chicken enchiladas from the gal that made them and thy seem really easy with few ingredients. Let me know if you would like the recipe. I might have just added some extra cheese on top but they were very good. They also picked up from the grocery store some thin corn tortillas. You can used any kind of course. I am not always a big fan of corn tortillas but these were very thin, yummy and probably healthier than flour or very thick ones. I have also seen wheat tortillas. I bought them not to long ago but they were rather big.

    Well I have a few things to do before dinner. So I will run for now. Hi also to Rock, Spring, Jam, Frieda, Diane and everyone else I haven't mentioned today. Please try and stay as well as possible and warm !!

    Love you awl,
    Granni :)
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  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Granni, sorry that your pic didn't transfer with your post. I highlighted it when I copied it but it didn't come along. Oh well, people will know it's you. Hope you aren't getting a UTI. My urine must not have grown out anything and I am thankful for that. If no other problems, I don't see the doc til Sept. Then, it's just to monitor my kidney stones so we can decide how, or whether, to treat them. I once faux painted my bath and I put some kind of clear stuff on it so it could be washed. I've since changed the color and painted over it. In my experience, Moen fixtures are one of the easiest to install and they last forever. One I will never buy again is Pfister. Not even sure whether they still make them.

    Julie, when my kids were little, they called it, "roast beast." When I cooked a post roast, they called it, "fall-apart meat." We aren't getting a storage shed but rather a storage bin, a big one. There is enough room behind our variegated hedge across the front of our bldg. to put them behind it and they just "disappear." We are not supposed to have things like that outside but since ours doesn't show, no one complains. Even though we have gardeners and a painter, there is always extra work on the landscape or bldg. which requires equipment and paint. Then, there are the Xmas decorations. I'm outta room in my place to store things. We have our landscaping equipment in the bin we have now. The new one will relieve me of the decorations and paint. Have to wait to clean out the closet until UPS brings the bin. Hope everyone stays well, warm and out of harm's way on the roads.

    Jam, my slippers aren't what I would call, "flimsy;" they are name brands like Isotoner or Dearform. Still, they are soft and not like shoes. It's true they can cause falls but so can my flip flops which I wear all the time. My feet are spreading out like a peasant girl's. I'm really concerned about the drought conditions in CA. I watched a show on fracking which could endanger the ground water used to grow a large portion of the nations food supply. There has been a big drilling field right in the middle of the LA area for years. What good will the almighty dollar do for anyone once we have so polluted the earth that there is no more clean water nor uncontaminated soil? In the meantime, I will keep praying for rain and snow in the mountains there.

    Leah, I loved being inside warm and snug when snow was falling outside in CO. It's so peaceful before anything is moving through the snow. I have a famous poster of a lone tree in a field of snow. I took it down to change to a beachy décor in my little sitting room but it will go back up this summer. When it's hot outside, looking at that tree in the snow makes me feel cool and calm.

    Went to annual condo mtg. yesterday with Frank and Ilona. We got a new board member but at the expense of one who is a good friend and was a good board member. I felt sick for her as she's done so much for our neighborhood. The president of the board is also a good friend to us both and she looked stricken when the results of the balloting were announced. After the mtg. Frank and Ilona got a new TV at Best Buy on sale. Then, we went to Home Depot and they ordered our storage bin. It can't be sent to the store so they waived the S&H fee and we were able to use Frank's military discount. That turned out great! Ilona was off to the restroom and some man told Frank and me we were a "cute couple." We just laughed and thanked him.

    I think today it will be warm enough to put the clear coat on my table top. I'm going to take it out to the lanai so I don't have to inhale fumes. It's been so cold here. I'm anxious to get it done. It will be in the 70's today and tomorrow so that will be perfect to get the two coats put on the table. Just getting the drop cloth out of my living room will be an improvement.

    Well, Kids, it's time to bid y'all adieu. Hope you have a great day.

    Love, Mikie
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Friends

    Yesterday was a quiet day. Well, all our days are pretty quiet. We took a load of stuff to the
    women's shelter. Picked up some books at the library and donated some. They don't add the
    donated books to the shelves. They get sold at the weekly book sale.

    The big event of the day was that Gordon made lemon bars. Unlike most baked goods flavored with lemon, these have an intense lemon flavor because Gordon puts lemon curd on top. My contribution was squeezing the lemons. Three lemons produced a tad more than a cup; recipe called for a cup so we tossed it all in. The results were da-voon as my neighbor used to say.

    SG, did you used to live near Azusa? Remember the Jack Benny show with Mel Blanc intoning "Train now leaving on track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa and Cu...camonga!"? Mel is buried at the Hollywood Forever cemetery just behind Paramount Studios. His stone reads: Man of a thousand voices; That's All Folks!"

    Thanks for the book alert. Have put "Invisible Bridge" on hold.

    Julie, "No pun in ten did," is a new favorite. I like subtle puns. The only trouble is, if they are
    too subtle, they are overlooked. Here's one I came across yesterday. "Here in Southern California, when the fog lifts UCLA."
    (You see LA.)

    What's the difference between a bagpipe and a lawn mower? You can tune a lawn mower.
    You can't tune a fish though. But you can tune a bass.

    I often find interesting puns in thrillers and mysteries. You know; books that deal with
    crime and punishment.

    Freida, my favorite snow scene is the ice covered trees. When the sunlight hits them, they
    sparkle like a million diamonds. I seldom read about that or see it in a film. Maybe most
    people don't know about it.

    Mikie, "Bid y'all adieu." You must be from the South of France. Here's a French pun for you.
    During WW II when the French had to cope with rationing, they were advised that "One egg is enough." ("One egg is un oeuf."

    Dar, you sound very cheerful in spite of your ferocious work schedule. Your omelet sounded
    way excellent. How many oeufs? Gordon says mandolins are very expensive. He should know. He buys cookbooks like a drunken sailor and kitchen equipment like a drunken "Culinary Specialist". (I looked up the Navy term for chef. Eighty percent of the responses had to do with Navy Seals."

    Anyhoo Gordon and I were together for 7 years before I found out he owned a Cuisinart.
    It was years later I found out he also owned a mandolin.

    Oops. Hit the wrong button again. Just about lost the above. Better go.

    Rock
  7. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Rock: We used to live in Glendora where the fire was. Actually because of the mountain ridges that run way past cucamonga and west past Sierra Madre, it's dangerous for everyone along that area. So much wilderness area that is extremely dry and dumb people like the two that were caught.....with an open fire! It's a disaster in the making.

    I'm sitting here drooling over the lemon bars. Can you ask Gordon for the recipe if it's not too much trouble? I love a strong flavored lemon dessert. (I'm not underlining......its this board!)

    Frieda: I did a search on Youtube for exercises for lost voices and see there are many. Perhaps you might look at that for something to help you at home.

    Mikie: So you lost a board member because they were voted out or didn't like who got elected? Good luck on your table......the right temperature makes all the difference.

    Granni: What IS the faux painting? If it's a blend of various color tones you might not need to match it. If it was my wall I would just get a small bottle of acrylic paint at the craft store and see what happens. You can always wipe it off when still wet. Also, water down the paint before using it might also help.

    Julie: Sounds like you had a very pleasant day with all your girls. And how is Lyndsy feeling?

    The young H.S. boy I hired did a very good, thorough job on the pool yesterday and also trimming our fig tree. The family was over yesterday for lunch, otherwise I would have given him more work! I have another one coming on wed.......hoping he will work out also. I need my DH to show ME the particulars on the brushing of pool so I can then explain to this boy.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
  8. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi all!

    Thanks for opening the new thread Mikie. :) Wonderful to hear you may be past your UTI difficulties! I agree with you re: Moen v.s. Pfiester plumbing fixtures. I've always had the best luck with Moen fixtures as well. My Moen bath fixtures have lasted upward of 40 years. I love the story about your kids and the "Roast Beast". They were obviously fans of dear Dr. Seuss. My kids too. I'd love to see how your table turns out. You must post a picture of the final product you've put so much effort into. I'll bet it's lovely. :)

    Leah, I so hope this new speech therapy gives you a light at the end of your voice tunnel. That would be so awesome! My fervent prayers for some progress for your voice! We have winter wonderland here too. Last night we got 4" of big, wet, fluffy new snow yesterday. We're also dipping into single digits again next week. :confused: It's nice to be able to sit at home on a weekend, sip a cup of Earl Grey or nice hot chocolate, and look outside at how beautiful it is, (When you don't have to clean off your car or navigate in it). LOL. It is truly serene.

    Rock, Jam, Regarding the "shoe" issue: I hate shoes. Shoes hate me. It's mutual. As soon as I get home each day the first thing to come off is the blasted shoes! :mad: The only time my feet are remotely happy is when they are "au naturel"or in socks alone. I've found slippers hazardous. I don't walk well in them and I've come close to tripping down the flight of 15 stairs from my first floor to the second in slippers. Consequently, I do not try to wear them anymore. Period. :rolleyes:

    Rock, Thanks. I try to stay "upbeat". My omelet only took one large un ouef. I lucked out on my mandolin. I always wondered why they call it a mandolin. I always thought of the stringed instrument in regard to the word, never a kitchen utensil. o_O I found it at Goodwill in a utensil bin for under $4.00. Even better, it works superbly. It was lost in my mess of kitchen drawers for a time. I was elated when I found it the day my car wouldn't start to get me to work and I "white tornadoed" my kitchen drawers, pantry, etc... I also sharpened all my kitchen knives. I'm a real "cut up" now. :D


    Sun, I'm so glad the fires were not close to you. And, yes, those two idiot "fire bugs' they caught need some serious consequences. Good show on the new "hired hand". Nice to read he's working out well for you. Good luck with the one coming on Wednesday.

    Julie, What a nice day with your little ones. I love reading your posts about them. Freezing rain? Aaackk! Y'all be careful.

    I don't know what the deal was with my Saturday. Usually it's fairly quiet around here and if I don't have to go out, I get to rest in until company gets here for game night. Yesterday my phone rang constantly, I had two unexpected guests show up on my doorstep early in the afternoon, and did not get any rest at all. Today I am enjoying a "rest up" Sunday. I popped down to the kitchen this morning and grabbed myself a bowl of Cheerios, watched a little T.V., did up my dishes, cleaned my stove hood, made some chipotle chicken salad, and had some on toast for lunch. When I finish this post I will sink into a hot tub of water, wash my long mop of hair, and find a good movie to disappear into.

    Granni, I would love to have your enchilada recipe. Thanks. ;)

    Stay warm, stay dry, stay comfortable and well all.

    Dar
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Lemon Bars w/ lemon curd on top

    For the bar:
    2 cups flour
    half pound butter (room temp.)
    half cup sugar

    For the top:
    6 eggs (rm. temp.)
    3 cups sugar
    1 cup flour
    1 cup lemon juice

    Cream butter and sugar. Add flour. Mix. Press dough into a 9 x 13 pan, partway
    up the edge. Bake till lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.

    Mix lemon juice, sugar, eggs and flour. Pour on top of dough and bake till top is firm;
    30 min. or so.

    If you like you can add lemon zest to the filling.

    Bon Appetit.

    Gordon
  10. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Oooooh Yum! Gotta try that! :)
  11. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Rock/Gordon - Boy, that lemon bar recipe surely sounds good but with DH being borderline diabetic and all that sugar I had better not try it. Sure sounds yummy though !!!

    DH is watching football and I watched some with him as he wanted me to. The second game sure is a lot more excited than the first one . I had to take a break though and come check out my Porchies even though not to much time to post. Need to go and get started ready for bed so I can get dragged into watching the rest of the game :p he he.

    Julie - That roast beast sounds wonderful. Haven't had that either in some time. Have fun with your girls and kids. Good luck to the big kids in looking for a house. That surely can be a chore to find one in your price range that you really like.

    Mikie - HI there. Sorry to hear one of your friends is no longer on the board at your condo who did a good job. I guess not much you can do though. Hope the one who took her place will do at least just as well for your condo and area. Glad you don't have another UTI.

    HI to Sun and Dar - Sun - you can come and help me do something to my bathroom wall. I am scared to touch it and if DH sees it he will have a cow. I really don't know what to do about it other than get another professional painter who does that look at it but who wants to sped that kind of money. I was going to call the gal who did it and her crew but she is no longer in the area. Wish I could find just an e- mail to send her. I thought I might have foud one on the website on FB in private but I haven't heard from her. Who knows if she even will get it or if she was there.

    Dar - Hope you are feeling OK after all your busy company and all , I think you said it was today or maybe yesterday. Hope you got to eat and rest today before back to work again.

    I will try and post that enchilada recipe soon for Sun or was it Dar or whoever might want it. It just tasted good and had few ingredients, the kind of recipe that I like :)!!

    SW - Hope you are doing OK my dear with no more things to have to run to for your deceased relatives and such. I know you need a break too. Hope you have a little NRG to share with me :)!

    Hi to all not mentioned also, inc. Jam and whoever I cannot remember at the moment.

    Love you all,
    Granni :)
  12. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    thanks for the recipe....honestly....my mouth is watering from thinking of the lemon juice! I love the taste of lemons.

    Granni.....can you take a photo and post it on the board?

    I went to the fabric store, looking for something to cover our cat shredded red couch. So I bought 4 yards of a stretchy red panne velvet.....a good price. BUT......I'm unhappy with the RED....I told my husband now it REALLY looks like a cat house. :mad:

    So in that I only invested $l5 for the fabric, I think I'll print off another 40% off coupon and go back tomorrow and see if I can find a muted brown tone and just put the red away for some other project. I bought this couch at a rummage sale about 10 years ago. Paid $50 plus $5 to have it delivered and it looked brand new except for fading on the bottom of the cushions. It was perfect to replace the off white shredded couch, courtesy of another cat who used to reside here. No big deal. It's in our living room which we rarely sit in, but these two cats have RUINED it. GRRRRRR.
  13. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Sun - Yes, I did post this picture last year but if I remember correctly my DIL posted this picture, that is in my bio., to FB I think and I posted it, somehow on this board. Unfortunately it is really to small to see the faces of the gkids. If it is in your computer or perhaps FB it might not be to hard but not sure if you can just take a picture and put it on the board. I am not that techie:confused: ):!!!. Not sure what you were asking since I see you have pics , this one and others on the board, in your bio..

    Sorry the material you bought is not really what you wanted for your kittie couch :)!! Yes, kitties are sweet and cute but surely can do a number on your furniture if not declawed. Of course f they go outside at all they will need them. How nice to be so artsy, and can sew well and do things like that. Sorry, not me :)! ;) Maybe you could come and help me with my one wall in the bathroom that some stuff got on and not sure what I am going to do with it. It looks like little white spots all over, not sure if cleaning stuff and I surely hope it is not primer coming through that was over the old wall paper or what. Very strange.

    Good night to everydobby !
    Love ,
    Granni :)
  14. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Wow...another long, busy day! I'm sure I overdid it a bit, but I guess I can rest after tomorrow. Will get Keira home, then stay till Amy gets off work, then head back home myself.

    Hope everyone is doing okay...
  15. springwater

    springwater Member

    Hello Porchie Pals

    lol! that just came out..

    ive been run off my feet with the work needing to be done..two more weekend prayer
    ceremonies for my brother and all the preparations in between

    on top of that a DH s married cousin from Europe and her hubby had come and her
    little sister who has a fiance in the states came back from visiting him and my daughter
    and it was crazy..trying to find time to meet everyone

    then my cctv cameras were taking sooooo long to install..did mention i decided to
    put cctv cameras on my 1st floor landing and our own flat part..

    thought it was time to put an end to all the thieving..

    installation work began on wed and still not finished, the wiring in my old house
    making process difficult..

    on top of that my daughters friend who works in the U.S. has come and
    dh invited him for a meal

    AND my little help came down with the mumps..i gave her off so she could
    rest..shes has seen the doctor and seems better but i saw her, she is
    looking like a chipmunk...both cheeks swollen.

    we had one such a cold day i thought i would freeze on the spot if i didnt
    move..

    i did give myself an off day of sorts after the last prayer ceremony on friday
    and invited my healer friend to go to the Monkey temple so named for
    the monkeys surrounding it..

    it was a lunch date and we walked all around the temple and stupa
    although it was pretty cold and grey and thelunch we had was so good
    hot steaming soup and dumplings and french fries perched high up
    in the hill..

    to top it all, we got to see a great indian guru..out of the blue! the
    founder of the Art of Living Course..(which i have done) . there was
    this flurry of activity and a lot of people and photographers and my
    friend pointed out Sri Sri RaviShankar...he had come to pray and
    we were able to take a snapshot or two of him..

    to think people pay and go to attend his courses in his town in
    India and here we amost rubbed shoulders with him. However,
    i have to say i didnt feel any energy change or anything which
    surprised me, he is so well known,im sure his aura is very strong
    (my friend tho told me she felt his energy and it was uplifting.
    maybe i was too bogged down by coming off another whole day
    of prayers for brother to be receptive.

    Ihave a horde of chores waiting for me, need to go stitch something
    formy daughter in time to send with her friend..and clean the house

    Mikie- roast beeste..hahahahaha fall apart meat..kids say the craziest
    things...reminds me of The Borrowers and their 'human beans'.

    I enjoyed reading everyones posts...and will write again..right now
    better take myself off and get some stuff done..

    Leah - as always praying for you..that your health mught improve

    take care all

    GodBless
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
  16. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Oh, my, sooooo many posts. It always makes me happy to see our Porchies hanging out here.

    Rock, I'm sooooo impressed--puns en Francais? Tres bien, mon ami. That lemon dessert sounds delicious. I love lemons. We are enjoying some from our little trees. The shopping networks on TV sell the mandolins on their kitchen shows. I don't recall their being that pricey. I have a couple of antique wooden and metal cabbage slicers to make kraut. They sit among my other smaller antiques on top of my kitchen cabinets. It's a mix of wood, iron, brass and pottery. There is something so comforting about seeing antique kitchen utensils up there. I have a Cuisinart which I've never used. Got it for half price new and, somehow, thought I'd use it. Then, I got sick and stopped cooking much. One of these days, I'll do something with it. Glad you've been feeling up to going out.

    Jam, flip flops are a staple in my wardrobe down here so likely won't stop wearing them. Back in high school, we girls all wore Capezio flats. They were such soft leather but gave no support. My doc said they would ruin our feet way back then. I am also a fan of wearing socks when it's cold out. I have on my fuzzy wuzzy ones now. My Mom gave up trying to get the bottoms of my white socks clean. I've fallen out of my slippers but never out of my underwear. Perhaps my head injury keeps me from being able to read between the lines. Oooh, maybe I don't want to :eek:

    Granni, thanks for the good wishes that I don't have a UTI. I hope it continues. When I first read your post, I thought you said your pic is the one sent to the FBI. Had to read it again. One little space makes all the diff. I, of course, watched the game between the Broncos and Pats. Broncos are my home team and the Pats are my adopted team because, when I first moved down here, we almost never got Bronco games on TV. My friends and neighbors are from the Boston area. I fell asleep during the second game. Playoff games are usually better than the Superbowl games but, of course, I'll be watching and my friends will all be cheering for the Broncos.

    Julie, be careful with all this overdoing. I am glad you are feeling better as I know how much you do for everyone. Are you still getting snow? Is everyone feeling OK?

    Springwater, I'm so glad you got to see RaviShanker. I remember him and his course. He's been around a long time. The only celeb I've met out of the blue was O.J. Simpson on the beach in Hawaii. I didn't get any bad vibes from him. In fact, I thought he was so handsome and charming to everyone. That was back in the days of his Hertz commercials with him running through the airport. I think security cameras are an excellent idea if crime is an issue. We have a sign on our carport that the area is under surveillance but we don't have any cameras. Our lights are motion activated and I think that discourages car break ins. You must be exhausted with all the ceremonies and company. Take good care of yourself.

    Well, I've nothing left to say (a big sigh of relief goes up from the crowd). I said it all in my remarks to our Porchies. Just want to wish everyone a great day. Just realized it's MLK Day. No mail today. I watched "The Butler" yesterday afternoon. A fitting movie for this holiday.

    Love, Mikie

    Sunflower Girl, yes, the temp has to be just right. Only problem is that it's afternoon before it gets to 70 degrees. I know I can apply the coat when it's about 65. It's fast drying stuff so I think it'll be OK. The new board member did a beautiful typed resume which was sent out with the notice of the mtg. Two members did messy written ones, including my friend who lost, and the rest did nothing. My worry is that this new member has been less than forthcoming over several issues so I don't completely trust her. She got on the board back in 2010 and was kicked off because she never came to mtgs. We'll see how it goes this time. I'm just worried about my friend who looked stricken. I'm sure she must feel that no one appreciates her service. Even very local politics can be heartbreaking. When I had Tweety and Sylvester, I got a cheap, $2.88, fuzzy animal print throw for my loveseat at Wally World. They loved it so much and it protected the loveseat from cat hair and snagging when they knead with their paws. I sprayed the side of the loveseat with a repellant when they tried to use it for a scratching post. They had other scratching posts and I gave them treats when they used them.

    Dar, your Sat. sounds like my Sun. You certainly did a lot yesterday considering it was a rest up day. I went downstairs to help Frank and Ilona move furniture and put their new TV together and hook it up. Then, Barb had a "no signal" box on her TV screen despite the fact that it had a pic. I turned it off and back on and the box disappeared. She was running it on her component cables but it wouldn't get a pic on her HDMI cable. I messed around, switching cables, and figured out it was her old cable box. She had been told by Comcast that she would need a new one as they don't use that kind any more. All she cared about was watching the Patriots game so, at least, she was able to do that. Unfortunately, for her, they lost to my Broncos. I had thought the Pats would win. So a large part of my day was shot but it was OK because I had nothing else to do anyway.
  17. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    I'm worn out and don't ask me what I have done. Have to go finish dinner before I go to chorale practice not to be confused with choir practice., that is Wed.

    I have to laugh at these conversations going on underwear and flip flops. I know what you both mean about them. They are so cute and so many wear them around here but I can't do much in them other than if I am just around the house. Then I must remember not to go to fast and trip in them and kill myself or something.

    I will not drive in them, that is for sure. I have the feeling they are going to keep falling off my feet while driving. Almost better to drive in bare feet which I don't think I have done, maybe coming home from the pool which is very close by in our subdivision.

    Gotta run and finish dinner. TTYAL !

    Love,
    Granni :)
  18. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    SW: I just saw your post. You sound extremely busy and seem to do pretty well on the energy. I don't have CFS but the FM does a # on my energy, but you and Granni wear me out!!!!!

    As to the flip flops, I've tripped wearing those cheap rubber ones and would rather just go barefooted around the pool or in the house. I have a pair of cool looking l" thick flip flops and I love those. I think the difference is that I feel like I've got shoes on and they're sturdy.

    Mikie: I tried spraying Boundary, bought at a pet store, but it smelled strongly and I couldn't stand the smell of it. I also found I had to spray twice a day. It was funny though, when the cats would come along take a whiff, and almost fly in the air to get away from it.

    I'm in the process of working on a covering for the couch. Found a dark brown suede type fabric that stretches. I bought everything they had, 7 3/4 yards, cut it in half, sewed it together, thinking I could just tuck it in here and there, but find I'm going to cut off the excess and then cover the 3 cushions. I'm going to cheat and not use a box style though, so hope since it stretches it will fit good.
  19. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi all...

    Just popped in to read posts and say hi. I had to hit two stores on the way home from work, unloaded groceries, vacuumed the floors upstairs so I could put down the 3 new rugs I bought for the bathroom. Got the wet cat food upstairs and the dry cat food poured into empty ice cream buckets and stored, and groceries put away. Got myself some clam strips and onion rings heated up for din-din and a glass of skim milk. (Not what I wanted, but quick to fix). I'm off to bed so I can get up and go to work in the morning.

    Jam re: underwear........that's the third thing that goes after the shoes! The second thing is "hardware". Jewelry and name tag. (We have to dress to impress where I work). Once I'm out of the shoes, hardware and unmentionables, it's a race to my flannel nightgowns and crew socks. Sooooo comfy! :)

    Granni, SW, Spring, Mikie, Julie, Rock, Leah, Windy, everybody........Have a wonderful night!

    Love n hugz
    Dar
  20. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Jam, I don't know what you are talking about when you say we have to agree to disagree. I agree with you that flip flops aren't good for the feet. Dispite that, sooooo many people, including me, wear them. Mine are comfortable but they do cause accidents if one isn't careful. I either wear dark tops with no bra or wear my comfy bra which is like the Aah Bra but has hooks in the back. These bras are about as comfortable as any I've tried. I also wear some underwire ones which are comfy--for a while. I have some camesoles with built-in light bras. As I get older, no bra is comfy after a few hours. Don't know how I wore them all day when I was younger. Perhaps it's gravity. I always say I wear a 38 long ;) As for sports, I was a huge Bronco fan when I lived in CO but down here, there is almost always something better to do than sit inside watching a game. I did enjoy seeing the Broncos win the AFC Championship. Don't know how they'll do at the Superbowl. Superbowl games are not always the best games.

    Granni, hope you get some NRG. I admire your commitment to your music.

    Sunflower Girl, what I found that worked best with the cats was to spray them with a water bottle when they scratched the furniture. Just the sight of the spray bottle would send them scattering. I used to buy the ready-made sofa, loveseat and chair covers. They now have stretch ones which fit better. If I don't spill any more nail polish, my furniture ought to last a while. Good luck with your cover.

    Dar, you've been busy. Even though I don't work any more, I do the same strip down when I get home or finish my day. I love to be in comfy clothes or jammies around the house. In the house, I often just wear my slippers. They are about as dangerous as the flip flops. The secret is to simple sit around and do nothing :)

    Well, I no longer have that luxury. My labs came back and my HDG is low and my total cholesterol is up. So, doc wants me doing aerobics. It's been too cold to get in the pool to run so guess I'll just have to get out there and walk. I can do other exercises in my condo but I have people below me so running in place with my Wii doesn't work so well. I'm cutting out baked goods and things with sugar. Will start eating more veggies. One neighbor said she didn't want to exercise or diet so she just takes a statin pill. Yikes! Those have caused problems. If one has to take them, there isn't much choice but to actually choose a pill over a little lifestyle change doesn't make sense to me. I've been off my exercising while I've been so exhausted with my never ending UTI's the flu and another virus. But now, even though I have no NRG, I have no excuse not to exercise. Maybe the exercise will give me some NRG.

    Finally, got the first coat of polyurethane on my table top. Today, I'll rub it with 0000 steel wool and put the second coat on. When that's dry, I'll rub it lightly with the steel wool and put a little wax on it. It came out beautifully and I'm so happy with it. It was either that or spend $300-$400 on a new table. I looked at those coffee tables with the mechanical lift which brings them up to table heighth but none of them went with my antique pine and cotton upholstery décor. One was beautiful but didn't go with anything I have. If this table didn't turn out well, I was going to get one of those farmhouse/industrial type coffee tables on steel wheels which look like carts. I'd still like to have one but I also still love this coffee table and will be happy with it.

    Today is condo mtg. but I'm tired and not sure I will go. For some reason, my entire body hurts all over. How do I make myself exercise when I feel like this? BTW, when I exercise, I do wear sturdy athletic shoes. Simon didn't show for his breakfast this morning. I always worry about him when he's MIA. He either still hunts or has someone else who puts out food for him. Before today, he'd been here every morning for quite a spell.

    As always, my best wishes for a great day for everyone.

    Love, Mikie