Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Soooooo good to hear from y'all. I just wish our MIAs would post, even if only to let us know they are OK. I do know that some of us have to take a break from the forums for a while now and then. Even when they don't post, sometimes they do read so, Leah, and all our other MIAs, we miss you and hope you are well. Come back when you want to open arms.

    Rock, loved your version of "Sounds of Silence." Think I mentioned that my DSIL's family were besties with Mel Brooks and Anne Brancroft. The first time my DD met her, she was lying on a lounge at my DSIL's aunt's pool in LA. She had her leg up and looked just like she did as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." She was a really beautiful and nice lady. My understanding of S&G is that S had the greater talent but was not a nice guy. G had the voice of an angel. Together, the were amazing. I never liked anything S did after they split, even though he garnered kidos from the critics. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was sung at the funeral of a friend of my ex's, who died in a horrible accident when a semi hit him as he pulled over to the side of the road and had exited his car. Gary could never listen to that song again without tears in his eyes. I think "Kodachrome" was my fav. Why not buy some of that hair color spray in orange and surprise Gordon. It washes out. Really enjoyed our chat this morning. Thanks! Wasn't Rubnbuff a Russian composer? His albums went gold!

    Oh, Julie, I'm so sorry about GPA. Someone needs to remove the obstacles in the basement. Take this advice from someone who has had four head injuries within a year, two of them from tripping over obstacles. I'm glad you are feeling better because caring for GPA with his two broken wrists will be an ordeal. Bless your heart. I love how you take care of your family. Please, as always, take care of yourself too. Whatever you're doing, keep it up. You look great!

    Granni, Costco also has delicious, and cheap, pizzas ready to carry out. They are HUGE! The new frameless glass shower doors are beautiful but cost an arm and a leg. As long as my frosted doors last, I'll leave them up. I don't usually use that shower; I take baths and showers in the guest bath--only one to clean that way. I wipe down the tiles after every shower so it doesn't leave hard water spots on the tiles. If you put in new glass doors, use RainX on the inside. It helps the water to slide off without leaving so many spots. I have a shower curtain in the guest bath so no glass to wipe down. I just replace the cheap inner liner every now and then to keep it from getting moldy or slimy. So far, it still looks like new after several years. I love having a shower curtain in there because I can buy a new inexpensive one at Target and change the whole look of the bath.

    Sunflower Girl, I'm so happy the MJ cookies are helping DH with his appetite. I get my best ideas from HGTV. If I had a big house, and the money, I'd be a redecoratin' fool. Right now, I'm looking for a basket with a lid on it that is not too tall but longer than wider. It's really difficult to find. I have an open basket beside my loveseat in the living room but it looks junky as I have it filled with books, mags, and my ever-present blood pressure monitor and log book. I'm also looking for an antique wooden child's chair or one of those trendy stools which look industrial and old fashioned. Now that the cats' little tent is gone, I have space for one more thing.

    I'm taking some of my leftover ABX cause I have another bladder infection. I'll take them for a week and, if I'm not better, I'll be going back to the doc. Now that my co-pays for specialists are $50 a visit, it doesn't take long to rack up the medical bills. I got up about 4:30 and Simon wasn't outside. I just left his bowl out there because, sometimes, if he's not around, I come back inside and forget about him until it's light outside. By then, he's gone. I never did get into the shower yesterday; I just slept all day. So, I have to do it today. Coloring my hair can wait another week.

    Since I have to look decent for the meetings, I think I'll run up to Publix to get milk and other essentials. I have a lot of food in the fridge, freezer and my little larder. Perhaps Barb would like to run out to Hobby Lobby with me to finish our shopping trip which was interrupted when her kitchen sprung a leak. Everything is cleaned up in her place and downstairs in Ilona's and Frank's. It could have been much, much worse.

    Well, dear friends, I hope I didn't miss anyone. Y'all know how much I love you and pray for goodness in your lives.

    Love, Mikie
  2. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Mikie - Is Rain X a coating that already on the shower door or is it a spray or coating of some kind. Is it more expensive than the regular doors if it is already on there? I would love the frameless if possible but if not the silverish /brushed nickel would work too. I hate having to squeegee every time. DH doesn't do it of course.

    *****Have an of you hear yesterday about Microsoft trying to fix a bug in Internet Explorer? I was off line most of the day yesterday when he told me. I am cheating now.

    Julie - So glad you have grandpa Denzel with you. I know he will get great care with you and all.

    Will try and get back later. Have to get dressed and go to the eye doc wit DH.

    Love to everyone,
  3. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Julie: Oh gosh......I'm so very sorry to read about GPA. Just what YOU needed as if you don't have enough on your plate. I'm sure all that clutter everywhere contributed greatly. Perhaps when he goes back home Den needs to "take over" and tell his sis what's what and what's going to happen now, since it's GPA's house. What a mess of troubles you have there. It's more than hard when it comes to "bathroom stuff" and you're his DIL. Perhaps you could hire a young man to come there, CLEAN up the clutter, and help your GPA as needed.

    Mikie: It's too bad we don't live close. I have a child's chair, oak under the shabby chic painting job I did years ago. It went with a child's old school desk, but both are sitting in the garage taking up room. I'm trying hard to declutter my own house. My new cleaning lady comes for the first time tomorrow, so what have I been doing? Cleaning before she gets here so she won't think I'm a worse housekeeper than I am.

    Granni: I bought frameless shower door for a bathroom we had done about 3 years ago......this is the cat's room because I never use it. With all the tile work being done on the 2 other bathrooms I've been having to take showers in there. My honest opinion is they aren't as sturdy feeling as ones with rims. Yes, they look nice as does the "rain look" of the glass.
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Just walked around our palatial estate and picked a few tamahtoes for breakfast. Gordon
    watered the orchids on the top tier yesterday. He also watered the towel I put up there for
    the feral cat. I was going to pick it up and drape it on a camellia bush to dry. After I got
    back in the house I realized I had instantly forgotten to pick up the towel. It's the Alz
    effect again.

    Granni, was Double Daves pizza started by two guys named Dave? Do they have double
    decker pizzas? I haven't had a pizza for years. Am too deficient in the dental department now.

    Julie, you were the girl of my dreams last night. Well, at least you make a cameo appearance.
    You walked by looking very elegant in a turquoise suit. I've read people don't dream in
    color, but I've had dreams where there is at least some color. Often red. What does all
    this mean? I believe this is the main question we ask ourselves as we go through life. What's
    it all about, Alfie?

    Mikie, great to chat with you this morning. First time I've been able to get the chat
    feature to work. Oh yeah. The brilliant verse ala Sound of Silence was posted by someone
    using the name "WM" or something like that. But I see why you thought I wrote it.
    I did write a response to the author though. "I doff my hat and bow to thee; an apt and
    brilliant parody."

    Ha Ha!!! Yes, Rubnbuff was a Russian composer. The rest of his name was Ivan Anatole
    Dimitri Miroslav. His most famous work was the opera Boris Notsobadenough.

    SG, are you having ceramic tiles installed? Our landlord used to do all kinds of repairs and
    remodeling when we lived in an apt. He had a special electric saw to cut ceramic tile.
    Said it was expensive. Well, everything is expensive nowadays.

    In the 1950s I was visiting friends at a farmhouse in MN. I was told the house had
    been built by the grandfather. He spent $2,000 on the place. And there was a computer
    article recently that said you were middle class a century ago if you earned around
    $600 a year. I remember my mother telling that during the Great Depression men were
    lucky if they earned $20 a week.

    Hugs to everydobby
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, back from shopping following the condo mtg. Everyone is relieved that the trouble makers are leaving today. We've never had so much trouble from one group so have no protocol to follow. I think we handled it just about right. Barb and I went to Bealls so I could try to find a top I had seen in the wrong size at a different Bealls store. The sweetest clerk helped me look it up on the computer and ordered it. It will be delivered, no S&H, to me in about three days. Since I saw it, it's gone on sale big time; I opened a charge card so I got an extra 20 percent off and was eligible for another 15 percent because it's Senior Day. Together, 20 percent and then another 15 percent turn out to be 32 percent. The boss was there so I could tell her what a great saleslady was helping me and she just combined the discounts to 40 percent. I think that top was originally $70 at retail and I paid $24. While I was in the store, I used a $10 coupon off $60 for two pairs of white Capri pants which were $88 retail. By the time I got the $10, the 20 percent from opening a charge acct., and my extra 15 percent Senior discount, my total for the two pairs of pants was $36. I did really well today and got a beautiful top. I so seldom see printed tops, which are a bit dressier than tees, that I had to get it. White Capris are a staple down here. This pair has some sparkly crystals on the pockets so they got a bit 'o bling on them. I'm a happy camper. I'm also happy because they are a size smaller and fit like a glove. I'm going to get back to working out aerobically and if I lose more weight, I'm afraid the pants I have in the larger size will fall off of me. Since I've not been working out, two of those 18 lbs. I lose have come back.

    As Barb went to get into my car, she found a huge feather, about 10" long lying right by my car door. Our dearly departed have been busy lately. My Mom sent this outstanding feather; the black patterned butterfly, which we think comes from Barb's husband, Paul, has been around us when we've been outside; and both of us have found pennies from Heaven several times in two days. Barb is about the only one around here who doesn't believe in life after our lives here, or so she says. I think she really does believe. Wish I could get her to a really good medium who would tell her things only she and Paul would know. I'd probably have to abduct her to get her to see one.

    She is having a scan with dye from 1:00 to 2:00 today. She couldn't have much for breakfast so I told her we'd go out or I'd go pick up something when she comes home. A helicopter has been circling overhead and I'm a bit concerned the cops are chasing someone on the ground. I'll check the news before venturing out. Might not hurt to pack my gun just in case. That happened to me in Denver and I didn't know the cops were chasing a gunman a few blocks from the supermarket where I was shopping. Yikes! I've heard a siren and am now convinced that I need to check it out.

    As tired as I am, I'm having a great day and I hope it rubs off on everyone else. Well, maybe not on Rubnbuff Miroslav. :) Rock, I enjoyed our chat this morning too. It's good to know I could respond. I still haven't tried to initiate one.

    Granni, RainX comes in a bottle. You can spray it on your windshield to make the rain bead up to help your wipers work better. It can be put on just about any glass you want to protect. BTW, did anyone else see the new Honda paint job that causes dirt to slide off? It's amazing.

    Sunflower Girl, I'm laughing at your cleaning before the house cleaning lady arrives. I know other people who do that. I would be one of those but I figure if I had to clean it up before she comes, why bother to have one? So instead of paying a house cleaner, I just buy more Capri pants. Oh well, I know they will be put to good use. My little chairs sound just like yours. There must be tens of thousands of those from the old schoolhouse days. I've just about decided I might like to replace one of them with one of those cute little storage cubes in a more modern print. The hottest thing now is combining antiques with modern. It sounds illogical but, if done right, it brings a whole new freshness to a room. Mostly, the modern is done with fabrics--pillows, drapes, etc. I wish we all lived closer together. What a great time we'd have.

    Well, Porchies, just had to drop back in to tell y'all about my latest shopping scores. My condo is a mess because I've been sleeping a lot when I'm not doing yard work or helping a neighbor clean up a water leak mess or shopping. Hmmmmm, I don't think a cleaning lady would even touch this mess. I better get off my duff and do something. Sending my love to everyone.

    Love, Mikie

    PS: The problem with Explorer was a security leak so I used Firefox to pay a bill today.
  6. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Greetings awl,

    Oh my, what a crazy day. DH went first to get a haircut which he really needed. While he was there I got a phone call from the eye doctor saying she could take him today instead of tomorrow. So I called him and when he got home we went there. After al the exam she said that he needed double cataract surgery. It was a bit surprising but his last eye test said he had cataracts but not yet for the surgery, So I called the surgeon and made an apt. to see him and make a date for the surgery. Well, it look like I will have to wait again for my new shower enclosure. I it isn't one thing it is something else

    Mikie - Thanks for the tip on that RainX. Where do you get it? Do you still squeegee after you spray ?Do you use it all the time when you use the shower. I know you take a lot of baths. I probably would take more baths too if I didn't have to clean up and spray and squeegee after my shower. I shower after he does, of course. Also when. you put Epson salts in the bath how much do you use? Does that seem to help your aches and pains ?? Sorry for all the questions !!!! How neat that you got such good buys on your clothing !!


    Julie - Sorry your tummy is still sore. No wonder with everything else going on in your life these days. So sorry about Gpa . I am sure he fell amongst all the trash downstairs in HIS house. I wish he would realize what was going on and say something to his daughter to make him treat him differently. She is really taking advantage of him, in so many ways.

    Hi all to Sun, SW, Rock, Diane, Dar, Joan and so many of our MIA's. I have small group singing practice today so I need to get off here and do a few other things, before I go..

    Don't know why this font is so tiny. Will see if I can change that after finishing this.

    Love to everydobby,
    Granni :)
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    We went to the library tonight. Picked up 7 books. We have canvas bags from
    Whole Foods for toting purposes. Gordon got Mrs. Fields Cookie Book.

    Granni, I love your spring colored post. Makes me feel like running through a
    field of lush grass while my hair blows in slow motion like a shampoo ad.

    I posted about my cataract surgeries a little while ago. They were quick and painless and
    very effective. When the nurse said, "Now before we start I just need to check.
    Which eye are we doing today?" I said, "OS" which made the operating team laugh.
    Good luck to hubby.

    Mikie, did you have a police chase in your neighbor? We did last winter. We could
    follow the chase on TV and simultaneously hear the sirens outside. I think the closest
    they got was about half a dozen blocks. But we do have helicopters overhead almost
    everyday. Hate 'em. It's all the fault of that Russian composer Igor Sikorsky who
    invented the helicopter the year I was born.

    BTW I saw an ad for a new movie. It's titled "Oculus". I think it's a horror flick.
    That would be appropriate since "OS" is med talk for "oculus sinister". 'Sinister"
    means left. When I meet left handed people, I usually say, "Oh, that's sinister."
    None of them ever know what I'm talking about.

    There's a new game on the Homebound board. Celestial songs like Stardust or Over
    the Rainbow. The B & W cat showed up as soon as we got back from the library.
    I had some Friskies cat food for it.

    Time to go back to my book. I found a new author of mysteries. This one is about
    a detective from Minnesota who is solving a crime in Las Vegas. Both places where
    I lived. His depiction of Vegas in the 1960s is not very accurate, but the book is
    entertaining anyhoo.

  8. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Hi gang...wish I had time or energy to stay and visit, but am just winding down for the day and it's after midnight.

    Gpa is doing well. Lindsey and the twins came to sit with him while I ran to town for his pain meds and a few other things. Lorraine was at preschool, but they all were here again for supper and a couple hours afterwards. I was afraid the kids would be too much (noise, chaos, etc.) for him, but when I got back from town, he was asleep in Den's recliner and Lindsey said he had slept most of the time I was gone.

    It sounds like he is thinking of staying with us until his wrists are healed (instead of just until he gets the casts put on, on Friday.) He and Den were discussing getting his lift chair over here, to make it easier for him to get up and down.

    We're getting along fine, as far as the things he needs help with. I help him use the bathroom and gave him a sponge bath this afternoon. We've actually had laughs over a DIL helping her 92 year old FIL with such things...and he says it's just "practice" in case Den ever needs help.

    He has told us numerous times how glad he is to be here, where we can take such good care of him.

    I'd better get to bed...will stay on the floor in the living room again to make sure I can hear him call for me. Hope everyone is doing okay...thinking of you all!
  9. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Jam - Thanks for post. I agree with you about having to have surgery, not unless it is warranted so we will see what the specialist. The young lady who examined his eyes, I do not think is very hasty to brig up surgery unless it is really warranted. He was told by another doctor a few years ago he had at least one cataract that was not ready to come out at that time. So we knew it was coming eventually. I have spoken to more people who have had wonderful results with surgery. So, we will see. He also never wears sun glasses and I can't get him to. His eyes are also very dark and perhaps not that sensitive to the sun and lights as mine are. I HAVE to wear them outside and especially driving.

    I am so sorry about all the grief you have had after your hip replacement, I have had numerous bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis and actually since taking the GSE and the flu shots they have helped me. We all have to do what we think is right for us.

    I also agree with you as far as taking as few antibiotics as possible and that is why we take the GSE to try and stay well. However sometimes you just have to do what you think is right for you and we are all different. I have had problems with URI of all kinds since I was a child and I still remember taking sulfa drugs before the antibiotics came out. There is a time when they say you need antibiotics you know when you have to take them. I remember when we were in NOLA when my kids were little I ended up in the hospital wit 104 fever for 1 week with IV Antibiotics. Not to much fun but they sure did help me. Many years ago when they had none of those drugs many people died also just from things we consider no problem any more. I know we need to be careful and not take them so much and try to get well on your own without the antibiotics. Yes, they do tend to be misused and overused which isn't a good thing either for many reason.

    We will see what happens on Friday after his eye specialist appointment.

    TTYL and thanks !
    Granni :)
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Porchies,

    Granni, the eye docs do cataract surgery down here with the patients lined up like a production line in a car factory. There is always the possibility of complications with any surgery but most end up only needing reading glasses after the surgery which, BTW, is painless. Good luck. St. Lucie is the patron saint of vision. If memory serves, and often it doesn't, you spray the RainX on and wipe it off. It works for a while and when water no more beads up on the glass, you repeat. It's kinda like waxing your car and seeing water bead up. I don't use it on my shower doors because I wipe the shower down after showering and it's frosted. The RainX just makes wiping it down easier. I use about a cup of Epsom Salts in my soaks.

    Rock, I knew about OS cause I worked in a multi-specialty clinic many, many moons ago. I did third-party ins. billing so I saw just about everything from all the different specialties. Because sinister meant left, in the olden days, they thought left-handed people were possessed. Now, we know left-handed people are generally more creative because the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body. After the surgery on my right arm, I had to learn to print with my left hand so I could keep working and fill out ins. forms. It rewired my brain and when I went back to monovision contacts, I had to acclimate to them all over again. Don't think I got more creative but, to this day, I do a lot of things ambidexterously. It always amazes people when they see me switch hands when doing things. I looked at the local news and never found out whether there was an escaped maniac on the loose but, by the time Barb and I went to eat, the copter was gone and no more sirens so I figured it was safe to go out unarmed.

    Jam, there are many reasons to get one's eyes checked annually. Cataracts aren't the only problems we have. Glaucoma takes over one's vision soooooo slowly that one may only notice it in its later stages. Same with macular diseases. If let go, blindness is a possibility. My doc takes pics of my optical nerve every year and compares it to earlier pics. It gives me great peace that my eyes are healthy. Retina diseases run in my family. I'm taking no chances. Even if one has no family history of vision diseases, it's still a good idea to get the eyes examined by a good doc. My cataracts are so small and slow growing that I'll likely die before I need surgery. So, here I sit, wearing my +350 glasses so I can read. I almost envy those who have cataract surgery and then only need mild reading glasses.

    Julie, I'm sooooo happy GPA is glad to be with you while he heals. He'd probably like to stay for good. As always, take care of yourself.

    I had coffee on the Balcony this morning but didn't linger in my chair. I got my saw on a stick and cut down 12 palm fronds which had grown into our cashia tree. I hauled them (they are heavy) to the spot where I always leave my cuttings so the gardeners can haul them away. I can almost hear them swearing at me in Spanish as they deal with the mess. Oh well, that's why our yard looks so much better than some in here; I do a lot that they don't do. I had put a message on two of our hibiscus in both Spanish and English that we didn't want those two bushes trimmed. They are still blooming. They trimmed all the rest of the bushes but left those two alone. Again, they are probably wondering about the crazy Gringa who leaves these notes.

    Then, I came in and cleaned myself up and put on some makeup. I ran down to Bealls because they had a one-day coupon for $10 if one only spends $10. I had seen a gorgeous pearl necklace like the one Caroline wears on "Two Broke Girls" and went to see how much it would be. The necklace was originally $38 but, because it was on sale and I had the $10 coupon, I ended up getting it for $13.50. It's really beautiful. The pearls are large in several strands. It looks like pearls bubbling all around the neck. Then, I went to Publix for milk and a few other things.

    Finally, I came home and decided I still had enough NRG to clean the bathrooms and change my bed. I washed the sheets and decided to do the rest of the laundry. Second to last load is washing now. I've had a hitch in my git along all day so will soak in Epsom Salts and slip under clean sheets. Aaaaaah, one of life's greatest luxuries and pleasures. It's amazing how much more NRG I have when I get enough sleep. I slept til 5:00 this morning. Simon was lying across the top step waiting patiently for his breakfast. I love to watch him come up the stairs to get his food. He is not skinny but has no extra fat on him. He is very muscular like most homeless cats. He is magnificent.

    Hope y'all have a wonderful evening.

    Love, Mikie
  11. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Jam Yes, I know that one of the BIG reasons not overusing antibiotics so much is that the bugs can become resistant to them. Thanks for the reminder of MSM. Do you just take it he you feel ill or do you take it daily, if so how much? Yes, sometimes I have UTI's too but haven't had man late and usually scare em way if early enough:)!!

    Julie- I is probably a good thing that Grandpa Denzyl is wit.h you considering the other option. Hope he isn't in to much pain. Hope it isn't to uncomfy for you to sleep on the floor and hope you can get some good sleep for yourself.

    Hi to Rock, Mikie , Sun, Dar and all!! Miss so many MIA's.

    This silly computer or keyboard is typing so slow and I have to keep on going back over some of the words. I give up for now.

    Love ya,
  12. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Jam: I get a once a year eye exam. My dr. has a great machine that takes a photo of the inside of the eye, then it goes onto the computer screen and we look at it together, comparing the last one. I refused any eye glasses this time......I HATE GLASSES and after 25 or more years I still can't get used to them. I have beginning cataracts and she told me new lenses wouldn't improve vision that much. When my aunt had eye surgery she was AMAZED at how bright her couch was!!!!! We dont realize we're losing vision. My mom had macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. The doctor gave me a frig magnet with some little squares on it with one dot. Told me to stare at the dot every couple of days. This checks peripheral vision and said if I saw any blank areas or wavy lines I was to get in pronto.......a sign of mac. deg.

    Mikie: good price on the pearls. What will you wear them with? I have several strands but they don't look very good with my sweat pants. LOL I bought a beautiful double strand of mauve fresh water pearls in Hawaii years ago. They're so beautiful but where would I wear them now?

    YEA.....the tile work is done!!!!! they were driving off as my new cleaning lady was driving in. How's that for timing. She's Polish, very nice, but not sure how much she understands what I'm trying to tell her......either that or she's got a set routine. My husband told me to just let her clean.

    Yesterday we told the oncologist CVS was having trouble getting his chemo pills. He told me to check with other pharmacy places. So after talking to several pharmacists for Walgreen, I was given a special #. The pharmacist did a lot of checking and he's located a small amount of these pills. YEA. Apparently the generic is fairly new so it's being rationed out. $90 for 84 pills as opposed to $600 for name brand. One of his supplies has some!!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014
  13. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Time to close up this volume. Please do not post here. Hurry up and go to the next Porch on the other side.