Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'll be back after I read the tail end of 671 so I can respond to those posts. It was time to open 672.

    OK, I'm baaaack. Had to read those posts and took brief notes so my responses will likely be brief (or maybe not :)

    Julie, I'm glad DH rerouted the dryer vent. If it was getting clogged, it was a fire hazard. Those vent hoses are supposed to vent to the outside within 6' and no more than 12'. Ours all vent to the roof here and are much longer than that. In addition, the lint all has to travel up against gravity. We have a service come out every year to professionally clean out the vents. Just gotta say, you party animals, that you really know how to ring in the New Year ;) Actually, you guys did more than I; I just went to bed early and fell asleep. Woke to the sound of the fireworks and went back to sleep.

    Leah, I was just joking about being the center of the Universe but thank you for your sweet, kind words. You are the one who keeps us on an even keel, smiling through everything you've had to endure. I usually do my own plumbing if it's simple, like replacing flexible water supply hoses or putting in new fixtures. The biggest problem is having to get down underneath the sink area. I always end up sore and achy. Even though my FMS symptoms are gone, if I do something which torques my body, I feel it the next day. That's torqueing, not twerking. AACK!!! No one wants to see an old lady do that, even if I could :eek:

    Granni, going to an Italian restaurant sounds like a nice way to ring in the New Year. Hope you enjoyed it.

    Sunflower Girl, I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with your iPad. Did Tech Support here have anything in the way of suggestions for you? I haven't had much time to mess around with my new Surface2 tablet/laptop to learn Windows 8. Barb's old laptop died so we went shopping for a new one for her. I set it up and, in the process, learned quite a bit about the Windows 8. Still, when I have time, I want to do one of the You Tube tutorials. A lot of times, the more one knows about the features, the more one gets out of the computer. Most of the time, we only use a small fraction of the features of, not only, our computers but also appliances and other electronics. I've never fully understood my W&D's features but I know enough to use those settings which are the most common ones I need. The user manual is written in English by a German so it isn't that helpful. I've found the same is true of manuals written in English but written by Japanese. I think they were written in the native language and translated to English, which just doesn't work very well. I hope you get your iPad working.

    Springwater, It's not that feathers are that unusual but every time I've told someone about my Mom and her feathers, people who have lost loved ones start to find them and feel that they are a message that their loved ones are still with us in Spirit. Even people I don't know, who have been told by my friends about the feathers, have had the same experience. It's even more profound when feathers show up where no one would ever expect to find them. My Mom died before she could see my GS, her GGS. When my DD would go in to get him up from a nap, she would often find tiny white feathers in his hair. There was nothing in his bedroom with feathers.

    I'm still without much in the way of NRG since this virus, which just hangs around. Think I'll go back to taking my Acyclovir. I don't think I took it long enough. Yesterday, I painted the frame of the kitchen window next to my front door. The painters did a bad job and got the gray field color intruding on the white frame. I use tape when I paint one color next to another. So, I taped it off and got one coat on it. I need to apply the second coat to completely cover the gray. I also got screen material to redo the screen. I had taken the frame for it and sprayed it with a nice fresh coat of white paint. I like the area around my front door to be clean and maintained. It's good Feng Shui.

    My front door could stand a coat of fresh paint too but that's for another day. I have brass unit numbers on it and they need to be removed and polished. I also need to repair the seashell wreath I put out after Christmas. It'll stay til lent and then the Easter Egg wreath goes up. I think I have a wreath fetish. I don't do one for Valentine's Day but I do have some of those gel window decorations I put up. When my kids were little, our whole house was decorated for every occasion. We had dozens of cookie cutters and we made cookies and decorated them too. DGS likes to cook and bake, like his parents, so I put together a few of my cookie cutters for him. Great thing is that they can be used for crafting too.

    Now that I'm on BC/BS, I have to call to make an appt. for my kidney, ureter, and bladder (KUB) x-ray before I see the urologist. I think this is the last test. I've stopped the ABX maintenance dose to see whether the UTI will try to return. Hmmmmmm...I wonder who the patron saint of bladders is. Maybe I should just bring out the big guns on this one and go straight to St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes :)

    Well, Dear Porchies, once again, I've written "W&P" here so will sign off. My love to everyone.

    Love, Mikie
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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    These DDs are so weird. Just don't have any energy. Hope to be back pretty soon. Good vibes
    and big hugs to everydobby.

  3. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    Energy... What's that? It seems I used to remember. Oh wait! That was when I was hiking Death Valley, or camping in the Mohave or Anza-Borrego deserts. Or when I hiked high in the Sierras. But at least I have the memories, and in a few cases snapshots. :)

    Jam, I doubt seriously if you have tapeworms. If you've ever had a colonoscopy the doc. would have seen them .... they can be pretty big. :confused: Also, if you've ever had a stool analysis they would probably shown up, or indeed in your own poop. And if I knew I had tapes, I would certainly take a vermifuge, not count on pineapples and pumpkins! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    Richard seems to have come down with a cold/flu whatever, so I am the caretaker today. Have you ever noticed how much MEN whine when they are sick? I have! ;)

    Got to go to my patient now,
    Love to all,
    Barry, B.A. Religious Studies
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Yikes! Tapeworms? AACK!!! Jam, hope you don't have that.

    Julie, there are so many people around here with viruses. I am back to taking my Acyclovir and am doing better today. I hope you don't have one as they seem to never want to leave once established. DD called last night and she is recovering from the big one--the flu. She was really down and out for a while. Not such a great Christmas for her and DSIL. No kids so no disappointed little ones to worry about. Hope you get some NRG.

    Rock, hope you get some NRG too. Wish I could just send it to everyone through the computer. Come back soon.

    Even though I still have swollen lymph nodes and a raspy voice, I got a lot done this morning. Got up early and showered and got right into my "serious project" outfit--old stained tee shirt and old stained Capri pants. When people see me in my getup, they know I'm on a mission. I finished repainting my window frame where the "professional painters" messed it up. I installed a new screen for that window and it looks sooooo nice. Since the goal is to put away the paint, I decided to repaint my front door and door jamb. The paint has officially been retired to its plastic bin. Now, maybe, I can get that walk-in closet put back together.

    The weather is perfect for painting and there is a nice breeze to dry the paint. Our doors are metal clad with a wood core. Barb's husband used to paint theirs with a tiny roller and it came out very smooth. I like to use a paintbrush because the brush strokes make it look more like wood. I installed brand new brass unit numbers because the old ones had tarnished. When it dries a bit more, I'll put the magnetic brass kick plates back on. My entry is perfectly Feng Shuied but the rest of the condo looks as though a hurricane came through.

    Got yet another bill from the lab for $272 saying they were turning it to collection. I called my ins. co. and they said they had sent a letter to the lab telling them they were in violation of their contract with my ins. co. Lab says they can't call my doc for diagnosis codes. So, looks as though it's up to me to ask my doc to call the lab with new codes. The customer service at my ins. told me they pay for routine screening tests but now are refusing them because that's the code the doc used--routine. Does anyone know what they are doing anymore? These are the kinds of little things which can drive a person nuts. I guess I should be thankful for what is working in my life and refuse to let this stress me out.

    That's about it from here. Just realized it's almost 2:30 Eastern Time and I haven't had my lunch. Guess I'll go do that. In fact, I think I'll eat it out on the Balcony. It's too nice a day to stay inside. We had day after day of gray skies and rain so this is heaven.

    My love and prayers go out to everyone, especially those with ill loved ones and those grieving losses. Let's all just pray for a better year all around in 2014.

    Love, Mikie
  5. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    OK, Freida.....here's your post from the other one:

    Hello, all friends ,

    Thank you, sunflower....i will explain more about my difficult speaking problem,
    another day, when i feel up to it, but thank you so much, for asking and caring !!

    Always very good to see you too, springwater.

    Kitty is not doing well with the treatment so far, and i am confused and concerned. :(
    Holiday week . Plus major snowstorm, plus my limited voice, and my illness,
    All make it so difficult to call anyone or query vets.
    I hope she seems better the next few hours!

    Big, windy snowstorm, here, and very cold.
    I hope our power and heat stay on!

    Even during this weather, wild birds fly and come to our window,
    Where huz puts their favorite foods,
    For them, and for our delight to see them up close, and to help care for them.

    Kitty loves to watch them, also!

    I used a brief stamina , to make a traditional soup, this morning.
    That brought some comfort and nourishment.
    Huz does most of our simple meals now.

    Good thoughts to all,
    Leah Freida
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  6. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry your kitty isn't responding to treatment. We love our pets just like our children and we feel awful when they're sick. Soup sounds good. Hope it did the trick for you.

    Mikie: Painting/work clothes! All those neighbors around you might take a lesson or two from you about feng shui.

    Well, darn it.....thought I was all over this bug and today I'm aching really bad again plus a headache for 3 days now. But at least I think my nose has dried up. Think I'll get some soup going for dinner then sit out in the sun to dry up this bug.
  7. loveslilacs30

    loveslilacs30 Member

    Oh my! To those talking about your viruses, i have a friend who has had it for weeks. She had a hemorrage (I give up---tried spelling it different ways and nothing looks right) fro, blowing her nose. It haxs been weeks and she has had Rx for it but---------it hangs on and robs that ENG!!:( Sorry.

    Of course, I have no excuse! Just worn out at times, especially after lunch. I really would like a nap then but don't take it.

    i feel so sad:(. One of my table mates and best friend heard that her son in FL was having Colon cancer surgery the day after Christmas. Of course, she worried and I worried for her. It was one of those (don't tell mom-she might worry things). Why can't they imagine that moms will worry even if they know only a little. That's just being a mom! Well. yesterday afternoon her iother son and DIL came to tell her the news isn't gooid. Ab out 25 min. later they got the call that her son had passed away.:( I was in shock when I heard igt and spent some time with her after supper. What can anyone do to ease the pain with the lose of a child.

    Then today I got word friom a friend at home that who I call (my oldest friend) was ill----had 2 procedures to shock her heart going again. We have known each other since we were 3. Went to school together thru all 12 grades, have kept the friendship going and were in a 6 lady "Lunch Bunch" together.
    We have laughed together over so many idumb things we did together when we were young. Such great memories. She was on her way to FL, stopping first in Atlanta at her daughters and on to Fl for 3 mon. stay in time share. THEN, after that she would have her heart checked. Daughter in Atlanta is cardiac nurse and she said she was in charge from now on and Marg has an apt. with specialist the 7.

    i imagine all, or most of you, are experiencing weather right now. it is 3 p.m. and it has snowed since 9 p.m. last night. Tonight is to be below zero! Sun. more snow and -12 at night! I think that something is going on-----everytime a weather event happens, it alwayx seems to be the "biggest" or the "largest" or the "first time ever". What is it?:confused:

    i wish I could name you all but I just know that most of you are feeling lousy!Sorry about that----will we ever all feel well at the same time? Julie: i don't know who you keep up with all of your family! You are a saint!

    I have 2 new insurances---no not from gov.! These just seemed better to my son so, bless his heart, he got me on them. Now, I am anxious so find out how the 4 new rxs will rate! I was in the doughnut hole on other insurance but really didn't cost me too much. Can you believe the cost of those darm meds. we take!!

    Matinence (why can't I spell anymore?) is here put the shower head back on. She somehow pulled it off when she cleaned. Man said this is the 2nd time she has done that this week. And she said she wouldcall the office and put it on the chore list-----she didn't. Good housekeepers don't last ong---they get burnt out. I see that I need to go over the faucets---hadn't touched them. I have a friend who polishes her own furniture with lemon oil, cleans, cleans, as she said they don't do a good job. I am not about to clean anything likes she does.

    I have chattered long enough and still haven't visited with any of you. I am so sorry but I will think of you.

    Gentle Hugs,
  8. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Hi Joan et al !!! So ted to the last volume with posts for most of you ):!!lad to hear from you. I posted

    Well I did it again - I posted on the last volume.

    HEY JULIE, can you sent my last one to this volume. What a dummy !! Not paying much attention. Have to come back later after dinner and checking DH's phone. He is trying to figure out how to send an e-mail. I am the one that usually does that.

    Love you ALL,
    'Granni :confused:
  9. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    Granni......I'm doing a cut and paste for you so Julie won't have to.

    From Granni:

    Hi there everyone,

    Have been on here long enough but needed to check on my Porchies.

    Sun - I am sorry to hear about your DH and I am sure, especially with the dark and dreary COLD days and his condition has got him down. I hope his surgery goes off well and they get the darn thing out. It is depressing even when you are feeling fine. Glad they found the problem so they can get to removing it. That is what is great about Colonoscopys. They are never fun although the procedure never really bothered me just the prep. This time I got some blotches but I have recovered, from that anyway. ((((Hugz to you and DH))))

    Freida - What is your traditional soup? Sounds like it might be interesting, with any different ingredients? Hot soup of almost any time is wonderful especially in the awful COLD weather although I can probably eat it almost any time. Hope you dear kitty will get to feeling better soon. When you have more trouble speaking it is hard to communicate with others so a lot of things cannot get done, like calling vets, making appointments, etc.. Hope you keep your power on with your cold winter storms.

    Spring Water - Wow that is quite a jaunt for you to get up to the monastery or wherever you went the last time , etc. for your prayers and all. I am sure it is a lovely place however. Sorry you are having problems with your computer or whatever you said you were using. Sometimes they can drive you crazy. I have to really watch my fast typing that the words go where they are supposed to go. Hope you get it working OK and that you don't get any viruses or anything. It is a shame you have to watch out for spammers. Not sure I saw that last spammer on here but glad we got rid of him. I have been so out of it lately and busy and not always thinking about what I should.

    DH also was on the computer a lot so I can't really do that much on my phone, can't get on my phone to PH. I probably could if I worked at it but didn't want to be bothered each time with putting in my PW and all. Hope your family starts getting a little more normal each passing day after the passing of your DB.

    Julie - Hope all is well with you sweetie and that growing family of yours :)!! It is so cold here an cannot even fantom how you all are in your bitterly cold weather. :eek:

    Diane - Hope you are doing well too and no problems with the cold weather and storms. Make any good hot soups lately??;)

    Love to everydobby,
    Granni :)

    I had better go and some supper started.
    Granniluvsu, 10 minutes ago Report
  10. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Sun - Thanks you so much sweetie for cutting and pasting my post onto the latest volume. I have to learn how to do that and move stuff around. All I probably need is someone to visually show me, not necessarily tell me how to do it. I am so mad I do not know how to do it myself.

    Julie - So sorry to hear that Isaiah and Lorraine are now throwing up. When that happens it seems to go through the house or at least through all the kiddos. Hope you do not get it. You are to busy to get sick. Also hope that little mommy Lindsay doesn't come down with it. Stuff in the GSE and wonder if the Colloidial Silver could help to ward that off. I know that GSE seems to help me a lot but we all are different, for sure. Do you have Colloidial Silver? I think I noticed that across the street ( sort of) from our subdivision is a Health Food store. I think they had that there , not to cheap but I do not think most of that stuff is very cheap. However, if it works it is worth it. Please try and stay well dear girl and try and REST - is that possibly in your family????

    How is your weather? They are talking about another storm coming. We are getting really cold overnight in the 20 but si supposed to warm up in the low 50's maybe during the day. How about your weather? That can't be helpful to all the sick ones.

    Gotta run for now. Hope all of you in the cold areas will stay warm and will keep your power.

    Love to everydobby,
    Granni :)

    P.S. Joan - Sorry to hear about your dear friend's son's colon cancer. Hope they get it out. That is terribly scary, I am sure. So glad you posted. Don't worry about not being able to but do what you can. We still love you. I haven't been that great myself either lately ):!! Hope to hear from you soon again. We love to hear from you even if you are making typos ( like me) or misspelling. Not to worry. You are not the only one and we don't care.

    Please stay warm and well my and our dear friend !! Granni off t take a shower !
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Jam, I don't know whether parasites would show up in a colonoscopy but they would in a stool sample. Colon cancer is a preventable cancer. All it takes is getting the recommended colonoscopies. Colon cancer is very slow growing and polyps can usually be removed even before they reach the pre-cancerous stage. If left in the colon, they will eventually turn cancerous. As I mentioned, my biological father died of colon cancer so I started exams in my 40's. I've had benign and pre-cancerous polyps removed. Had I not been having these exams, I'd likely be dead by now. Colonoscopies are not painful. The worst part is the prep the day before to clean out the bowels. Even that is a minor inconvenience compared to cancer. I'm not trying to be preachy but I'd hate to see anyone get this disease for lack of an exam every 3-10 years, depending on what turns up.

    Leah, I'm so sorry your kitty isn't improving. I'm asking St. Francis and St. Anthony to watch over her. I'm hoping you feel better too.

    Sunflower Girl, thanks for the compliment. I'm laughing because ..

    Barb just came over and wants to go have coffee on the Balcony. I'll come back and finish this later.

    Love, Mikie
  12. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    Hi Leah. Richard makes a lovely muddy lentil soup too! He puts some carrots and onions, maybe a bit of celery. When it's done, he whizzes it up with a stick blender --- a most valuable tool for making soups smooth. We do the same with split pea soups too. And hey, who says no one loves lentils! I Love lentils in all ways. I especially like the little tiny grey lentils from a part of France the name of which eludes me. Oh yeah, lentil de Puy. We make salads with them in the summer sometimes.

    If you don't have a stick blender, look into getting one. They are not expensive, and are very good to have around.

    I Love Lentils,
    Barry ;)
  13. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Hi to everyone,

    Hope you are all trying to stay WARM. It has been cold here for sure. Was 26 early this morning. I should be doing exercises but I have been bad. That should have been my resolution or one of them :)!! Always something to do for me or us. Went to the chiro this morning and to the store and to the Verizon store for more questions asked and tried to be answered. I can't believe how different . His phone and mine are. I may be getting his phone if he gets a new one. We will see. He keeps changing his mind. We must have gotten a book with it but God knows where it is if he did get one with it.

    Leah - Hope you are doing better. Do you make the matzo balls for the soup or are they already made? Or does DH make them? He sounds like a dear for cooking for you? I love lentil soup and split pea and not sure if I have had Matzo ball soup. I need to go the ingredients for them. I have no more split peas or lentils. This is the time for them, for sure.

    Barry - You sure are smart liking lentils. Is Richard the cook in your house, sounds like he may be. Sorry to say my DH doesn't do to much cooking occasional eggs or grilled meats outside. I agree that those stick blenders are wonderful. I have one too and does a great trick. However, before that I just used a potato masher. That works too.

    Mikie - How warm is it where you live today? You said Barb wanted you to go out and drink coffee or whatever with her. Much to cold for that here, at least for me. It was 26 early this morning and supposed to be in 50's. Not sure it got there. Stayed in the house all afternoon.BRRRR!!

    Julie - Hope you and all the kiddos are doing well and staying as warm as you can. Can't remember what you said exactly in your post. Oh, you are smart only to go to see your brother or is it Den's and not your uncle too, especially since the brother is ill. So glad Den and maybe you can also help some while you are both there. That is wonderful of you both. Hope your little ones start feeling better after their tummy bugs.

    Spring Water - Hope all is going well for you and things straightening out for your family after your loss.

    Please excused if I missed speaking personally to each one of you dear ones.

    Yes, I agree about Colonoscopies been a very useful tool and can eliminate problems later on, especially if there is a family history. Both of us also have those kits sitting here from last year on doing the stool culture things. That is great tool too if people use them. Now we wait to see how much we will have to pay on mine and that may determine if DH gets one or not. He is already balking :)!!! :eek::(

    Love to awl,.
    Granni :)
  14. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    Granni: I've heard about those stool kits........isn't that in case you see blood? I'm like your DH although with all this stress with my DH I'm encountering IBS more often, so may reconsider. We go to his surgeon on tuesday....apparently it is up to him to determine if he orders a virtual colonostomy and blood tests along with labs. Tell you husband about what's happening to mine.......mention he had NO symptoms of any stomach troubles at all. He might change his mind.

    Freida: I've never had matzo ball soup but I'm game to make it. Will have to doa search for a recipe.
  15. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Sun - The stool kits are usually to determine if there is any blood in the stool. They can also determine other things but I think that is one of the biggest problem that they look for. If they do find it they will definitely do more tests including possibly a Colonoscopy. You usually have to take 2 samples and one is about all me or DH could muster. I could probably do it but he never. I hope to get him to take the Colonoscopy as he has never had one but then I would have to hear the moaning and groaning every time he had to go to the bathroom for the prep. I 'm sorry but he is a real baby when it comes that kind of stuff. As it is now he has some kind of a rash on his butt, inside where I can't see . I thought it was by the anus but it isn't. The PCP looked at it and gave him an anti fungal/steroid prep that he has been using. It feels better then comes back or gets worse I hear it every day . Of course you have to si on your butt all the time so not much time to heal, and sweat esp in the warmer weather like here is a lot :)!! Don't know if it is partially because he is an only child or not or just men - or some men. I know some men aren't that way but I have heard from other wives who say that their hubbys were babies too when it comes to that kind of stuff. Plus, I guess cause I had been a nurse he comes to me and asks me if he can take an IBU. or aspirin for something. Of course, no need to ask me :)!

    I know people who have had to have a colostomy due to having radical surgery of the bowel and many times a colonoscopy could have kept them from having to have the surgery. My dance teacher was that way and she moved away so no idea how she turned out. She had cancer. She was fairly young like in her late 30's I am guessing or maybe a bit older and had remarried. She had to sell her studio . It was very sad. Hoping that she did ok after her move.

    Not sure if there are other stool culture tests or not but many times , as they are especially now going more towards the yearly checkup and prevention many docs hand out these culture kits that you send out after you get the cultures yourselves. This way they can see if anyone needs to have a followup Colonoscopy or other tests or treatment. They started doing this last year at our doctors not knowing what was going to happen with the insurance business and the costs of medical procedures, etc. rising. We held onto the kits and never did anything until this yearly checkup the docs are trying to get everyone to have one who hasn't had one before ( colonoscopy) for screening. I didn't particularly like it but I went and had it done. Slept through the whole think. It is the prep that is the most uncomfortable part but the drink not half as bad as the stuff they used to prescribe - like a gallon of salt water. I am not a big water drinker either so that was really bad.

    Good luck to your DH. I know you are worried and so you and he should be as that is very normal. Just hope and pray all be well. We will pray with you too. When does he go for his surgery? I know it will seem like forever before he has it done. Hopefully all will go well and it will come out be no more problem. DH had prostate surgery years ago and we were of course worried but got it fairly early , as his PSA took a very quick rise, and he goes periodically for checkups and so far so good. I think it might be about 10 years or more already.

    Leah and Sun - Need to fine out more about Matzo ball soup. Let me know if you find an EASY and good recipe :)!!

    Gotta fun for now. Hope both of yu are staying WARM and your electricity staying ON.

    Thinking of both of you and all in this COLD winter blast. Another is supposed to come our way in another couple days too but it won't be like you guys get and most likely no snow. It was in the 20's last night.

    Love you,
  16. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi Porchies!

    Sorry I've been incommunicado again! The holidays knocked the stuffing out of me. I came down with bronchitis the Monday before Christmas. Felt like crud. :( Was supposed to return to work on the 27th. Was still too sick. Went back the following Monday. Played catch up. So much to get done and so little time as I was off for paid holiday the first of January. I'm still coughing, hacking and blowing! But I'm not running a fever anymore.

    I am so glad the holidays are over! Spent yesterday and today "un-decorating" the facility. I have everything down except the 3 trees. The head housekeeper was kind enough to tell me that she and her girls will do that for me next week. What a sweet crew I work with. The housekeeping staff are just the nicest people to work with. Always offer to lend me a hand when they see I'm "bogged down".

    I completely missed the entire last thread! So much going on with everyone. I've not the time right now to reply to all. I will just say this: To those who are ill, I wish you better days. To those with sick family, I wish them well. To those who have suffered losses, I send my sympathies. To the one who has to have the endoscopy......been there! No fun! Hope nothing was found amiss. To Newbies...Welcome!!!! To old friends who we haven't heard from lately, thanks for coming back! I was so pleased to see Joan posting! And Diane and Freida and newbies! We love newbies! Rock, I hope your NRG returns soon. You are always so much fun when you're up to posting. Love your droll sense of humor.

    Granni, Julie, Mikie, Sun, Jam, Barry, I have missed talking to everyone so much! Things will be a little slower now for a bit so maybe I can spend more time on the Porch with y'all. The good news is, even with all the major work, the freezing temps, and the lifting, tugging, pushing, pulling and abuse I've done my body-----no flare! Woohoo!! :D I may have bronchitis, but my body is still holding up with the regimin I've been on for the last several months. Last year this time, I was in total agony. No so this year. Thank God, herbal remedies and homeopathic medicines!!!!!

    Glad some of you got a kick out of my Pyewackett stories. He is a very unique cat. I wish you could meet him. He's totally not aware he's a cat. He is the social greeter in the house. He is the calmest animal I've ever met. He is a brazen begger at the table. He's the most affectionate, head bumping, nose rubbing, snoot kissing cat I've ever had. He is just a big "love furball".

    He doesn't chase, he doesn't play, he doesn't run unless he's finally had enough of the snooty siamese and feels she needs a good tail kicking! He's a total lapcat, loves to be held and is so squishy to snuggle with. He wants to be wherever I am and purrs just out of sheer "happy to be here" mode. His purr can be heard up to 15 feet from where he is!

    He just loves everybody on contact. I've never had an animal who "trills" and "murfs" instead of meowing like a normal cat before. His mode of communication is totally comical. He's a one of a kind. If I ever lost him, I'd be so devastated. His personality is so singular, there is not another like him. He's my "large and in charge" boy.

    I spent my New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in bed watching movies I love and haven't watched in some time. I watched The King and I, My Fair Lady, Harvey, It's a Wonderful Life, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and Call of The Wild. Ahhhh! What a luxury! :)

    To all on the Porch, Happy 2014! And thank you one and all for allowing me to be a part of this Porchie family. You are, one and all, very sweet and wonderful to have as friends.

    Loves N' Hugs
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2014
  17. springwater

    springwater Well-Known Member

    Hello everydobby

    i just missed Elaine when i used that word..i hope she is fine. long time,no hear.

    Granni - your area seems to hv a lot of lovely restaurants! i didnt get to stay up
    till midnight neither...on new years eve. the downside of having a large family
    (on both sides) is someone or other is always dying. so we hv had to miss this
    'do' we get invited to at a hotel every year, for three years running. last year,
    it was uncle, this time its brother. the year before it was someone else. cant even
    remember! i was embarassed so dh just told the GM that i had sprained my foot,
    and the GM was kind enough to arrange for a new years eve dinner packed
    hamper to be sent over. so we had that. i watched tv like u did but fell asleep
    around 11pm.

    Joan - thanks for coming on and posting. i was sad for your dear friend
    whose son passed from colon cancer...im sure he is in a better place but
    how shocking for his near and dear ones...and then your friend with the
    heart issues..what is it with these organs of ours not behaving the way they
    should? its really handy to hv a tech savvy son like yours who can fix our
    computer problems. hope yours will behave well now. reading your posts
    gives me an insight into life there as i would never know. i do love the
    sound of your place and the one where Julies father stays. i wish we all
    would hv such to take care of us when we need it.

    Julie - it is so sweet of you and Den your lovely lovely dh to go down and try
    and help out with your brothers stuff. i pray for your SIL. That she gets
    thru all the chemo and emerges healthy and illness free at the end of it.

    Hope the lil kiddies too recover soon from their bout of sniffles and bug.

    Leah - i didnt know anyone else had lentils here on the board..lentils is
    a staple for us in this country and nowadays i always make sure i hv
    it daily as it supplies protein.

    I also want to try grannis bean soup since that is also so nutritious.

    Mikie - your home sounds lovely and light! those colours, white, beige.
    and i love that you hv the chutzpah and know how to DIY!!

    Rock - yes, energy is elusive! i hope you find back yours really soon
    and come and light up this porch with your posts and witticisms.

    yesterday we had our 3rd week prayer ceremony at the hillside
    monastery. and it went good. got to visit the holy site again
    and had a nice snack of potato curry, hot tea and tortilla
    bread at a little wayside inn down the hillside.

    i cried when they took a picture of brother and set it on fire,
    after a lot of prayers to bless him with light, a good rebirth
    where he would be wise, healthy, fortunate and all those
    things. and just after each of us family members offered
    a dish of different foods to say a last farewell. this food then
    gets placed outside after blessings to let the birds feed on it.

    the monastery fed us lunch and then again resumed prayers.

    the site is one where there is a spring and ponds of clear water
    where fish swim and no fishing is allowed...there is a hindu temple
    nearby too and the energy is so calm and peaceful. i played for a
    while with the monastery dogs. black tibetan mastiffs. they were so
    gentle and friendly i kind of wondered if theywere any good as guards,
    lol. which is the reason they are there.

    from our monastery on the clifftop we could see the village down below and
    two other doggies, who were roving over all creation, lol! so happy and
    carefree! they gambolled, barked, went up the road chasing something,
    around the temple sniffing at stuff, down the stream to chat with the
    village ladies washing clothes in the stream! what a life! more social
    than myself! haha. i barked at them and one of them would hv made
    it up the hill, to come chat but he got distracted and gave up the idea.
    it was a white fatso doggie with lovely perked up ears.

    well, to everybody hello, keep warm, keep safe

    God Bless
  18. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Sunflower Girl, I left off in mid-sentence. I was laughing because only my front window and door are what I would call well Feng Shuied at the moment. Well, that and my little sitting room. The rest of this place is a mess because I've had so much to do and no NRG.

    Jam, I'm not telling anyone they should get a colonoscopy. It's just my opinion that it's a life-saving procedure which is not painful, just a bit inconvenient. What you decide to do is your business. It's a personal decision. Not everyone gets colon cancer but for those who do, it can be cured in the early stage. If not caught early, it's a major form of cancer, usually involving surgery and, perhaps, chemo. The fact that no one else in a family has gotten it does not ensure that other family members will not get it. On the other side of the coin, if someone familial has had it, the chances are good that another family member will get it. That is why I started early with the test and am alive today because I did.

    Joan, I'm so sorry to hear your friend's son died of his colon cancer. I think losing a child must be the most painful thing a person can endure. Sending up a prayer for her and the family.

    Leah, still praying for your kitty. Hope you see improvement soon. Also hope you see some warmer weather.

    Julie, I am hoping everyone gets well and stays well in your family. Sooooo many people are sick right now.

    After Barb and I had our coffee, when I abruptly left y'all yesterday, I decided to take down our Xmas decorations. It was really cold out with a brutal wind. Still, I was anxious to get everything put away in that closet. As I was putting other things away in that room, I fell and hit my face in the exact same spot as before. This time, though, I went down more slowly and was able to put my hands down to slow the fall. Of course, now, my arms and hand are very sore. They went numb for a while yesterday. I felt as though I had a slight concussion but my pupils were even and reacting to light and I wasn't seeing double. I felt nauseated but ate a bit to try to settle my stomach. I was overcome with sleepiness and gave into it even though one is not supposed to. I figured it was safe since it wasn't a major head injury. I slept all day. Still feel a bit achy but think I'll be OK.

    I've decided to talk to my other board members, who will be down on the 7th, and tell them we need another storage box for behind our hedge out front. The boxes don't show but they hold a lot. This way, I can get rid of the bldg. paint and Xmas decorations and make more room in my closet so when I need something, I don't have to move six other things to get to it. I think we got our other bin for around $80. Hope we can get a matching one at Sear's.

    It got down in the 40's last night--very cold for us. We are usually in the 60's and 70's at night this time of year. We are in for more cold weather this week with some mild weather in between. Barb and I had planned to go shopping for yet another bush today but don't think I feel up to it. Maybe tomorrow. Publix is offering the gas cards at 20 percent off so I want to get another one. I just filled up the car and it ate a whole $50 card. Ever since I've been using those cards, it kills me to pay retail for gas (or, actually, for most anything else :)

    I hope and pay everyone has a good day and start to this New Year.

    Love, Mikie
  19. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    OMG, Dar and Springwater, I didn't see your posts. My brain must still be a bit scrambled. Sorry.

    Dar, I'm so sorry for the bronchitis. My DD has had it too. I hope and pray you recover fast! Pyewachett sounds like one in a million. Those little love noises cats make are so sweet. Even people who claim not to like cats are usually won over by a sweet one like Pye. I'm glad you work with such sweet people but I'll bet they are just returning your sweetness. I think binge watching TV or movies on TV is therapeutic for what ails us. Let us know how you are doing.

    Springwater, thank you for your kind words. I was married to Mr. Home Improvement for 26 years, so I learned a lot. When I'd see work done by "handymen" or "professionals," I decided I couldn't possibly do worse and that is what gave me the chutzpah to try new things. I'm sorry the ceremony for your brother was sad for you but I really think sadness is part of the healing process. Of course, we never completely heal from such a loss but over time, the pain is less raw. I truly believe prayer and ritual help us. The ceremony sounds lovely. So does the area where you live. I think a lot of us would enjoy a simpler life with less hectic activity around us. I pray for healing for you.

    OK, hope I didn't miss anyone else. I think I made the right decision to stay home today. Don't think I should be on the road.

    Love, Mikie
  20. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    OMG, again! I see more posts on this page. I'm so sorry if I've missed anyone. I think my concussion may be worse than I thought. Oy! Please forgive me if you are not acknowledged here.

    Barry, will have to try lentils. I've heard wonderful things about them. It's been so cold here that a good soup would be wonderful. We have a small café here which has delicious matza ball soup.

    Granni, it was so cold yesterday that we didn't stay out long. I had on my long fuzzy-wuzzy robe and a shawl over my legs. I changed into my long yoga pants, a tee shirt, and a hoodie to take down our few Xmas decorations. Things went downhill from there, as mentioned in my previous posts.

    I'm so sorry for all these posts. I'm so confused after falling. I probably should stay in bed all day today too.

    Love, Mikie