Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Jan 18, 2014.
Just thought I'd start a new Porch for us.
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.
On the slipper issue, I cannot wear flimsy house slippers, I've had to go to a good sturdy house shoe that I don't wear outdoors to keep it clean for the house.....too many falls in the home from flimsy slippers....
I want to say a big, warm hello, to each and all of my porch friends!
I have not forgotten any of you,
And do value your friendship and your caring and support!
A beautiful winter wonderland day, here at the North Pole.
Oops......well, not quite that far north, but the fresh inches of white fluff,
After hours of gently falling flakes, were calming for me to watch,
And all the trimmings and icing on the branches,
And coatings on rooftops and birdfeeders....
Is a breathtaking sight.
As i have said in the past, i thought i was sick of it by now,
With its inconveniences, and with my inability to enjoy any winter sport any more,
Howver, i find that i am surprised to feel how much i still enjoy it.
I hope that all of you that were struggling with additional viruses, are feeling better than you had been!
I am coping okay, with my throat problems and with my other challenges.
The dr had suggested that there is a SLIGHT possibility that spefic type of speech therapy MIGHT relive some of my symptoms,
So i said i will try it.
(I did not tell that specialist how difficult it would be for me to even get there, to appts)
However, i cannot get any call back from them, on whether or not they found one in our area.
I researched and have tried adapting some exercises to my health difficulties....
I have no idea of course, if those may help or not.
I do want and plan , to look back at some of your posts on previous porch thread,
But i did not want to delay any farther, on at least saying hello,
And reminding each of you, that i am thinking of each one of you, caring friends.
Ps....to Sunflower, and all in california, i hope you get lots of rain or that somehow, the drought and fires get contained,
And that they stay well away from you!
Yeah, we need some raindancing....I believe that fire is pretty well contained and 3 young men in custody for starting this horrible fire.....sadly, it's so early in the season and everyone is braced for months ahead.....rain rain rain rain rain rain......I need to use this mantra in my meditation sometimes....
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!
Granni's post from closed Porch #676
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. 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,
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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.
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: 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.
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. 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! 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.
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. 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.
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.
I'm drooling more for good roast beast.....my taste buds don't crave the sweets anymore, thank goodness...
Mikie, flip flops, I believe are the worst and my daughter who has collpased tendons in her feet, wear them and althou she does buy very expensive ones with arches, they still do very little for support as I see it. As we age, our feet do spread, more reason to wear more supportive shoes....
I made some chard and chicken sausage again yesterday and that will be my breakfast snack.....appetite isn't real great and I think less since taking great lakes gelatin for collagen...
It's cooling a bit here, that is good....jam
Dar, you hate shoes, I feel the same about underwear.....read between the lines....
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.
Oooooh Yum! Gotta try that!
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 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,
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.
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.
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 ):!!!. 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 !
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...
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
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
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