The porchlight is CLOSED Vol 717

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Rosin on the bow and here we go.
    Honor your partner; curtsey and bow.
    Grab your gal and show 'em how.
    Circle the square, and go to town.
    All jump up and don't come down.
    Ladies to the center; form a star.
    Gents stay put right where your are.
    Do Si Do, then form a ring.
    Dance all night till the birdies sing.
    Allemande left with the old left hand.
    Weave the ring. Now ain't life grand!

    Chickens in the hen house. Pigs in the sty.
    The time has come to say goodbye.

    So all go home 'cause it's quitting time.
    And that's the end of this musical rhyme.
    Rock
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Pigs in the hen house, chickens in the sty,
    Something's wrong; oh,my, oh, my! :eek:

    Rock, thanks for starting us up again. I posted on 716 at the end to please not post there anymore and changed the title to closed. I know it's hard for people if the title isn't closed. Hopefully, people will see your nice new post. Just reading your square dance calling makes me want to get up and dance. I thought of you when I was watching a show on the History Channel 2 the other day. It explained the origin of many sayings which came from the railroad era and the car era. A chauffer was originally someone who stoked the fire for the steam engine in the steam engine cars. A limo is derived from the name of a coat that herders wore to keep warm. Chauffers wore them to stay warm because they rode outside in the front of the car to stoke the fire. Hell on wheels came from boxcars that were set up as brothels and gambling casinos for people who liked a little more than just a seat on the train. Righteous people thought those activities would land one in hell so they called them, hell on wheels. Very interesting show. I wonder where hell in a handbasket came from. Guess I could look that one up.

    I didn't take notes from the last thread so will just address the topic without specifically answering everyone separately. Seems this topic raised a lot of interest. The perfume is one issue but the deeper, darker issue is what's going on with Barb. I moved in here 17 years ago in July. We live next door to one another. She is still a beautiful woman and is always well groomed. She can be very charming and generous but there has always been an angry, vindictive side to her. We all just try to get along with her. She has a bit of a junior high school mentality. If she has no one else around, she is fine. But if there is even one other person in the picture, she does everything she can to make me look bad so she can cut me out of the pic; she does this with others too. She is a serial BFFer. She is not above lying to achieve her ends.

    So, you ask, why do I bother with her? First, I have to live next door. Second, she once had a feud with a downstairs neighbor and, when I refused to take her side, she turned on me. The feud with the downstairs neighbor lasted 5 yrs. and didn't end until Barb's husband died. She made up with me after about six months but for the duration, I was in the middle. Third, I know I can't change her; all I can do is try to be the kind of person I want to be. Even writing this here makes me uncomfortable but I need to vent a bit. Thank you all for your support. It will be OK but if she continues to wear her perfume, she will have to do without my company. For a while, no one would have anything to do with her because she always eventually shows her nasty side. But, we all try to get along here and, eventually, people let insults go until the next incident. The last one caused a great deal of pain to another neighbor when she was sick and down and out. This is the last I will mention this here. I am a survivor and do not need others around all the time. I have other friends here and I'm planning on getting into activities outside the hood when my back is taken care of. Again, thank you all for your support; it means the world to me.

    Can't remember what I posted over on the last Porch so may repeat myself. Might as well get used to it; my pea brain isn't getting any better. :confused: DD and DGS want to come down next mo. It is a really busy time for them as they are in the middle of the sale of their present home and buying another home near Dallas. Andy has already had a tour of his new school and met all his classmates. He's the kind of kid that the other kids like and respect so I don't think he'll have a problem. Evidently, he's a little stud muffin as the little girls in the class are all flirting with him. An older girl flirted with him and on the way home, my DD asked him what he thought of that. He said, "She's hot!" And so it begins...

    Andy and his dad are learning computer coding. Andy has designed an app all on his own and is writing the code for it. I can't believe what young kids are learning. His new school has open concept, the same as my kids' school did. DD loved it and thinks DGS will thrive there. Kids are put in a group, given a problem and it's up to them to elect a leader, assign tasks and figure out the answer. Soooo much more exciting than being stuck at a desk all day. I didn't do this til college!

    It's really getting hot here and I have to watch the plants. We have sprinklers but some, like one that sits back on the Balcony, need to be hand watered as do the ones on my lanai. I fertilized my orchid yesterday. It's a liquid fertilizer but the pot has holes around the bottom so air can get to the roots; otherwise, they will rot. I finally figured out I can pour some fertilizer into the pot, being careful not to get any on the leaves, and catch it in the plate which sits under it. After it has drained, I just use what's in the plate and water another area and catch it. It takes doing this about three times to get it done. Thankfully, it only needs to be fertilized when it's blooming and only once a month then. I just water it under the kitchen faucet and let the excess run out of the holes. A wonderful lady at Lowes taught me how to care for orchids. Healthy neglect is a big part of it. My lanai faces East so it's perfect for most plants. They get sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day. Even plants which are supposed to need full sun do well out there. I don't think my pepper plant is going to produce peppers but it's such a pretty plant that I want to keep it going.

    I have a condo mtg. this morning and will go to Bealls because I have my $10 coupon for $10 spent. I don't need anything but I can buy a box of K-cups for whatever few dollars over $10 that they cost. They have a delicious Hawaiian Kona coffee. After tomorrow, I have a $10 off $25 spent. I'll check it out but I spent a lot yesterday at Costco for food and my Nutri Bullet. I bought some expensive things, like the hemp seeds which, BTW, are what are considered a nutrition booster by the Nutri Bullet people. Same for other nuts and seeds. I made a green drink out of an apple and the green mix--Swiss chard, kale and spinach. It was OK but lacked something. These greens would taste better in a salad, smothered with Ranch dressing but that would defeat the purpose. I will be drinking one Nutri Blast drink a day to see whether I feel better. I'll report the results of my experiment. The bullet can be used with ice to make fruit smoothies too but I like to eat fruit. Greens, not so much.

    Well, Dear Ones, I had better get going. We have a new member who posted under another thread--Coopcooper, I think. I asked if it was OK to call him or her, Coop. It's like Nink--easier on my old brain. Speaking of Nink, where are all our Porchies? I'm hoping everyone is feeling supurb and too busy to post.

    Love, Mikie
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Mikie

    Glad to see another of your Warren Peace posts. It is amazing to me how much you and Julie
    and Granni and Dar get done in spite of your DDs. (Note to newcomers. DD is a euphemism
    for Damned Diseases.)

    I am currently too short on N-R-G and too long on DDs to post. I'm also sulking because the
    electronic gremlins stole my paragraphs making the above post hard to read. "Whine,
    whine, whine" as a certain friend of mine says.

    Interesting stuff on RR lingo. Never heard any of that before. I am so old I can
    remember riding on trains. When I was small we sometimes took the Hiawatha
    (name of the train) from La Crosse, WI to Chicago where my grandmother lived.
    There was an elegant dining car, but we generally did not visit same as it was
    terribly expensive. I do remember the time we did dine there. There were multiple
    table clothes on each table and very heavy silver wear. All the waiters and the
    porters were Black. And the conductor was not Frank Nelson ala Lucy.

    The Hawatha BTW ran from the Twin Cities. It was the only streamlined passenger
    train when it was introduced in 1935. Could make the trip to Chicago in 7 hours!

    Oh, finished the book of short stories by Maeve Binchy. Here's a short quote you might
    like. "Mrs Patel said the new neighbor had bought lots and lots of packets of flower
    seeds. Gwen listened impatiently."

    Well, this turned out to be longer than I expected. Hugs to everydobby.

    Rock
  4. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Good morning everydobby,

    Rock - Thanks for posting even without your NRG you still write a god post and make us laugh !! Keep it up my friend !!!! Glad also you keep busy by reading. That is a great exercise for your brain. Sometimes I am not sure I have one :)!!! Keep it up !! I know how frustrating it is when you lose a post or part of one that it has taken soe time to write.t happens to me quite often.

    Mikie - I hope you feel better today with less pain. Please try and take it easy. I know it is hard when you are used to being busy despite physical problems. DH will be home soon and then will need the computer.

    Julie - Hope things are going will with your getting ready for the big party this weekend and was so glad Amy could come to help you. It is so wonderful that you can so many together. W may not be going anywhere for Father's Day after DH's surgery unless someone comes to pick us up.
    Gotta run now. DH is back. TTYL !

    Lve,
    Granni
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    I went to the mtg. and it was so hot 'n humid that we hurried through it. Nothing to talk about anyway.

    Rock, I also love your posts and look forward to them. I think she should have listened impatienly. I had ridden the train through the Moffit Tunnel up to the ski areas when I was too young to drive. Mom and I rode a rickety old train over the Alps from France to Germany. Its was quite a letdown after riding the fast TGV train from Paris to the south of France. It went in excess of 150 mph and was sooooo smooth and comfortable. It surely beat flying nowadays. What a pain!

    Granni, I thought I had it made in the shade when the peptide shots got rid of my CFIDS/ME and FMS symptoms--NOT!!! I think the hip is healed but I went to Bealls and, just as I got out of the car at home, that pain in my butt was so bad I could hardly walk. I think it is sciatica. Things could be worse; the pain could have started when I got out of the car at the store. Horrors! :eek: The good news is that Bealls had a "buy one piece of jewelry and get another for $1" sale I hadn't known about. Well, I could only find two pairs of Anne Klein earrings. One of them was on clearance but not marked so couldn't use it. I hid it until tomorrow when I use my other coupon and bought another identical pair of bold gold hoops. They look for all the world like 14 or 18K gold. I've lost and broken my real gold ones so decided to just get both pairs. The second pair was only $1. By the time I used my $10 coupon and got my old ladies' discount, known at Bealls as "50 and Fabulous," I got $40 worth of earrings for $9 and change. Woo hoo!!! :D Tomorrow, I'll have to spend $25 to save $10. The pearl earrings I hid will wait til tomorrow (I hope). They match a necklace I got there earlier. I dug through my jewelry and wore something different today. I need to get out of my rut. First, though, I need to have the doc look at my back.

    Think I'll go call for an appt. now. Hope y'all have a great day.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Hi Awl,

    Just checking in for a bit. Just got back fro working out (sorta) at least treadmill. Need to go make the bed so it will be nice and clean for tomorrows surgery. Then it will be time for lunch.

    Mikie - So sorry that d--- sciatica is back, etc. Hope you can get to the route of it and get rid of it. Right now I have so much pain all over. Don't know which is worse , I guess still the head and neck but my butt and back are still bugging me too. As you would say - whine, whine, whine ! I'll say wine, wine, wine but it is to early and I'll have some tonight with dinner.

    Julie - I know how busy you are, especially this week. Hope all is gong well so your reunion and all is great. Pop in if and when you get the chance.

    Need to run and do a few chores and lunch and get them over with.

    Hgz to everyone,
    Granni
  7. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Bumping up this volume. I think Jam also posted on the last volume.

    Rock- Thanks for the great call and getting us going again.

    Sun - Thanks for trying to close up the last Porch Volume- again:!! Nothing new and have to give DH more drops :)!! ugh!

    Love,
    Granni
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  8. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Hi all.

    All this train talk brought to mind the times we rode the train. My mom and I back to Ohio from california.....basically a 2 l/2 day trip in a seat that kinda reclined. I was in HS, and by the time we got to Ohio my cordoroy pants were 2 sizes too big from being stretched out! OMG.....and two cute HS boys sitting behind me and I could hardly hang onto my pants to keep them from falling. On the trip back the dining car was removed after l day and all there was to eat were dried sandwiches. My mom wrote a big letter of complain to the train co. and they refund l/2 the fares.

    And when my daughter was in pixies (one step below brownies) the troop rode the train to San Diego for the day. Coming back someone stepped in front of the train, so everything stopped until 3 hrs. later the coroner got there. OMG OMG I think that was the first time I had the worse headache and neck pain.....probably the start of FM from all that stress. And as I recall all the train had for the girls was soda pop and chips. I will never forget that train ride from hell.

    Mikie: sorry you're in pain again. I've had that "deep" pain and nothing seemed to help. Good catch on the jewelry though. When I worked for May Co years ago there was going to be a huge jewelry sale.....tons were dropped on the counters the night before. I "hid" a gorgeous bracelet in a lamp on the counter, told my mom where it was and next day she found it and bought it. I think I've worn it a total of 6 times in 45 plus years so I guess it wasn't such a good buy after all.

    Granni: Is it the exercise place that's done a # on you today????
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  9. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone! Rushing a bit this morning; made some chicken rice soup on top of the stove, then will transfer it to the crock pot before I leave to get my hair done. Stirred together some cherry pie filling bars...haven't done much baking for the guys, so thought I would give them a treat. :)

    Thanks, Rock, for starting us up again.

    Mikie, you are such a good friend to Barb...I know in her heart she knows and appreciates it.

    Sun, I have to laugh at myself! I thought your Trader Joe's $2 buck chuck was STEAK OR ROAST, lol! It's a wine? If so, I trust your judgement completely and might pick up some if I ever get there again...our nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joe's are two hours away. I think we only have one of each store in the whole state.

    I still want to "copy" Granni and her hubby and set aside a time with Den to just sit and relax and enjoy each other's company.

    Will just have to throw a quick "hi" out to everyone else...gotta run! So rainy today, I don't have much energy, but trying to get things done the best I can. I'm thinking I might add my chili to the menu if it is to be rainy and cool on Father's Day. The kids love it, so I can send it home with them or freeze it...if it turns out to be hot and not really "chili weather."
  10. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Julie - That chili sounds like a great idea if it is chilly out. That is awful when you have no idea till the last minute. If the kids like the chili it mustn't be very spicy, which is OK by me either way. Wow, that's how much I know about 2 buck chuck. That sounded to me like meat too.. Home made chicken rice soup sounds really GOOD !!As I have said before I can eat soup any time even if it is hot out. Unfortunately, DH is not the same as I am in that department.

    Sun - I remember the train and dining car too but don't think we ever got to eat there either. To expensive. I remember traveling on the bus too with my dear aunt, the eldest sister of my dad. She was a teacher and a principal also at one time. She brought me to museums, musical shows, etc. and trips as my parents couldn't afford to do so. We also brought food with us to eat instead of buying. Things are so very different now and in some ways they stay the same :)!!

    Oh Sun, in answer to your question about my aches and pains it wasn't the gym, as I don't do that much any way but rather the same old same old as they say, just really bugging me today.

    Mikie - I hope the sciatica flare goes away soon. Yes, I think if you tend to get it, it is just there waiting to rear its ugly head. Just try not to lift anything to heavy , or the wrong way or even move the wrong way sometime, or sitting in one position to long or have your legs crossed to long (on the wrong side), who knows what else- WHEW !!. Just don't get old :)!!! Although that really doesn't mean anything. My SIL who is I his early 50's is VERY active and has had some terrible sciatic problems lately. I believe he got a shot which is helping some but it is only temporary. He has a bulging disc.

    Hi Spring Water , Diane and so many others. Dar - Hope you are feeling OK or dealing as well as you can at work, etc.

    Thinking of everyone and hope you are all doing as well as can be expected.

    Love,
    Granni
  11. loveslilacs30

    loveslilacs30 Member

  12. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm beautiful again! Or at least she does the best she can with what she has to work with ;) Den got home just before I did...Gpa is asleep in his chair, so I just changed his oxygen bottle while he slept. Supper is simmering away in the crock pot, so I just might take a short nap.

    Jam, no worries...Sun and I will be happily rotting out our guts together, cause that's just how we roll :p No need to worry yourself so much about what other people spend their money on, true? Truthfully, I am so overwhelmed when I do get up to TJ or WF...what other people put in their shopping carts is the least of my concerns. I must look like a real "country bumpkin" when I walk into the huge WF building...hard to know where to start. The TJ is smaller, so not quite so bad.

    Den and I could only afford Boonesfarm "Wild Mountain Grape" when we were first married...oh, those were the days, lol! However, I do not believe that our best days are behind us, and I know plenty of people your age who still have a zest for life. I plan to enjoy every "season" as it comes, from today until the day I die.

    Granni and Sun, I also traveled on the trains when I was little...don't remember a dining car, though. But it was only 30 miles to the next town where my grandma and grandpa lived. Sun, my clothes stretch out like that in Belize! A combination of heat and humidity...

    Better get to that nap, before it's too late! Hello to everyone...

  13. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Jam......actually you're wrong on the Trader Joe wine........we've drunk all prices of wine forever and their $2.50 a bottle is really good (I usually buy the Cab or the Shiraz)......unless we want a wine for a special dinner or occasion. I gave my DH a gift certificate for a wine shop down in the village at christmas. Several bottles of $20 plus wine with a high rating.....ugh.....so I went back to the TJ bargain wine and he was stuck drinking what he picked out. There were huge bargains in imported wines at 99 cent store a few years ago, but word got around or their supply dried up so no more. Only a few stores here and there sold it (they had to buy a liquor license) and I used to go once a week.....wine shopping. I would pop the cork on the ten or twelve I had bought....line them up on the counter and then we would taste test. Some were wonderful, some were just OK and some were strictly for cooking. The really good ones I looked up online and they were selling at $25 plus a bottle. Of course I went back and would buy all they had. 99cent store must have got some good deals.

    Julie: Just saw your post. I LOVE the bags of baked Cheetos at TJ......OMG........they're so good and I could eat a whole bag if I allowed myself. If you haven't tried them, do so......and your little ones will love them too.
  14. loveslilacs30

    loveslilacs30 Member

    :D:DI have spent the last hour trying to get on here. Had to have a new password. I finally made it. I have thought about visiting you for such a long time .

    First I got a new computer_____Windows 8. It does not have any resemblance to anything ever had before. Took me weeks to get it learned. And the new keyboard is also different flat and my other was raised keys,

    The reason this is short........almost 4 weeks ago I got up and my right side was numb. I can use my hand (I try pick up a pill and don't know if it is there) My foot hurts and my toes wont grip. Rear------excuse me Rock....feels as it my underwear is a thong. Very uncomfortable. Dr. 1st said ligt stroke. MRI said no. Then I was to see neurologist. She said my neck spinal stenosis was causing it. Get an MRI. Well, I got great shock when Medicare said NO........The next day I spent 1 1/2 on phone to Medicare and Dr./ And another 1 1/2 hr, in afternoon doing the same thing. No one would connect to me, talk to me.....nothing!!!!!! Finally called my Dr. and said,,,Nlow what?? Very discouraged
    1:confused: finally today I got a call from my D
    r. to call for an appointment for MRI.

    As you see. my typing isn't any better.....I am typing on my flat keyboard and look at each key as I type. Also, my fingers dont work very well.

    I have lots of pains right now ad my back hurts. Bit I don't want to be forgotten as I think of you dear friends often. I will try to get back on soon

    I just wanted everyone to know that I haven't left this earth!!

    Gentle Hugs to my dear friends

    >\Lilaclover Joan

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  15. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Joan!!!!! It is so good to hear from you! I have been wondering and hoping you were okay. I did notice that your son also "friended" me on facebook quite awhile ago, so I felt I could check with him if it got to be too long between hearing from you.

    I'm so sorry about your stroke-like symptoms...will be praying that they find the answers and can get you "right as rain" again real soon. Please know that many of us care about you and miss you...check in again soon if you can.

    Sun, I will be sure and check out the cheetos. I just remembered that Lindsey and I are going to the "far away" chiro next Wednesday...just the two of us...WOO HOO! TJ and WF is sort of on the way...

    What a good idea, to have your own wine testing, lol! Yes, I agree, price isn't always a good indicator of quality.

    I didn't get that nap after all...Gpa woke up just as I was headed upstairs, then Lindsey came over for a minute. Maybe I will just go to bed early...
  16. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Julie - Sorry you didn't get that needed nap !! Hope you get a good sleep tonight,

    Joan - I am so glad to hear from you and glad that you finally able to get an MRI or will be able to have one. Hope they can find and take care of that problem sooner rather than later. I'm sure that must have been scary for you and to think you might have had a stroke.

    DH goes into the surgery center tomorrow for his second cataract removal. Have to get up bright and early, like 4:30 or earlier. Did you send some pictures or attachments with your post? I couldn't open any of them. Wish Trader Joes was closer to us but not so I won't be going. One of my DD's loves it too.

    I was only at Trader Joes 1x and there were lots of people buying the wine. Maybe they have changed the formula or how they make them. Plus, everyone has different taste buds and what one may love others may not and visa versa.

    Hope to hear from you again soon and to hear that you are A-OK. Have been thinking and worrying about you and other MIA's.lately.

    Hope to be back tomorrow after the surgery.

    Love,
    Granni
  17. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Granni, I'm sure you've gone to bed by now (it's after 11:00 pm here) but just wanted to say I hope everything goes well tomorrow for your hubby. You are "old pros" at this now, so you know the drill :)

    Yep, Jam, the key in our house is to not even bring the "not so good for you" stuff home from the store. I made some cookies the other day that only use bananas, applesauce, oatmeal, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Not the same as a good old homemade chocolate chip cookie :rolleyes: but better for you and Lindsey feels okay to let the kids eat them.

    I will still make the chocolate chip cookies too, but try not to overdo...sometimes a person's just gotta have some chocolate, etc., lol! When things get a little less crazy here (I find myself saying that a lot lately :confused:) I do have some great recipes for very healthy snacks/sweets. And I need to get my "gluten-free pantry" stocked again...but when time is limited, and I need to fix Den's lunch, etc....I sometimes have to throw in store bought things. I'll get my act together some day...

    Tomorrow is to be drier, so hopefully I will be on the mower most of the day. Can't get outside till 10:00 am or so...whenever Gpa is done with his morning routine. Boy, will he feel "free" when he gets those casts off :D Me too, lol!

    Good night all!
  18. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Porchies,

    Granni, I'm so sorry you hurt all over. I usually don't have that anymore but I remember how miserable it is. Hope you feel better soon. My pain, on the other hand, is a deep painful ache which I can usually get under control but, yesterday, nothing seemed to work. I made an appt. with my ortho on Fri. cause they had a cancellation. If I had called a bit earlier or later, I would likely have had to wait weeks. Sometimes, I just feel guidance from above on these things. Wish I'd get a little guidance on the LOTTO! :) Praying that this second surgery goes well for DH.

    Jam, I'm glad the adjustment did it for that sciatica. I cut my own hair and have had some doozies but, like you said, it grows fast. It isn't saving money which is the main motivator for me. There are two really good stylists at First Haircutters where cuts are cheap but both have become so angry and bitter, not to mention rude to clients, that I found I got so stressed every time I needed a trim that it just wasn't worth it. I've now gotten quite good at cutting my own hair and mistakes are few and far in between. This way, too, I can trim it more often and keep a good look going. I like cheap wine and cheap shoes. Actually, I usually just buy an inexpensive table wine, like Yellow Tail, which I've found is fine. I don't buy the reaaaaly cheap ones. I live in flip flops and see no reason to buy expensive ones. This way, I have different colors to go with my tees and Capris. Even the sides of my glasses switch out to different colors but I don't want to look too matchy matchy.

    Sunflower Girl, recently a TV show did an unscientific study on vodka. Almost everyone chose the cheapest vodka, by taste, over expensive ones, like Gray Goose. Marketing has been hugely successful in this country. Also, in recent years, we've been swayed by celebrites and want to be like them. We also judge one another by what we have and many flaunt their brands as though something expensive makes them better. Then, there's the old axiom: You get what you pay for. Well, not always. Some things are worth the money and some aren't. I think we each have our own scale of price versus value. Glad you found a wine you like at such a good price. Our TJ is down the coast just a bit too far for me to drive.

    Hi, Joan, good to see you here. I also got a new computer with a touchscreen and the flat keyboard. Yikes! :confused: I've gone back to my larger workhorse laptop to come here. It has flat keys but it's a full size keyboard because the screen is 17 1/2 inches. My little two-in-one Surface2 has a tiny keyboard to match the small screen. I can remove the keyboard and use the screen as a tablet but typing on a touchscreen is no walk in the park either. Of course, just like with Apple, Microsoft now has the Surface Pro which has a stylus so one can write on the screen. Geez, I'm afraid to buy anything anymore because it will be obsolete in a month! Well, mine isn't obsolete but I'll bet they had the new one, ready to roll out before I even bought the last iteration. I struggled so much with Windows 8 until I found the way to get to the desktop. I don't think much of the tiles but the youngsters seem to like them. I hope they get to the bottom of your symptoms. With my M/C Advantage Plan, they have to call to get MRI's OKed before I have them. That way, I know I will pay my co-pay and that will be the end of it.

    Julie, I'm sorry you missed your nap. Going to bed early is always a good way for me to get extra rest. Unfortunately, I'm starting to form a habit of falling asleep around 7:00 to 8:00 in the evening and waking at 4:00 a.m. I should look for one of those small light boxes to shine on my face in the evening so my brain knows not to fall asleep. I should have looked for one while I was on Amazon. Yes, Barb knows how much I do for her and she even tells our friends but it's usually after saying something unflattering about me. I think she thrives on negativity. It's like she can't help herself. Maybe sis is like that too. I think it's close to being a personality disorder. It's like some guru said on one of PBS's specials, people who act out are either in a lot of pain or haven't reached an evolved state emotionally and/or spiritually. I think I've mentioned that sometimes, when I meditate, I hear someone speaking to me in my head. No, I'm not loony; it happens to a lot of people who reach a certain state of meditation. The advice is always highly spiritual and comforting. I handle Barb's behavior as best that I can but, sometimes, it just makes me sad; I'm sure you can relate with sis. Just before I started to drift off into sleep, I head a voice, which sounded like my Mom, saying, "Child, it your goodness which counts." Julie, you are such a good person that that is what counts! Bless you! :)

    Rock, your "Warren Peace" reminds me of the Real Estate Game we used to play at work when we were bored. We pretended to sell homes to people whose names sounded like other words, like Mike Rowave, electronics salesman; Kitty Litter, pet shop owner; and, of course, Ben Dover, physician. It might have been a group of physicians--Ben, Dover and Cough. Praying your NRG improves. This returning pain is making me extremely exhausted but not enough so that I'm not writing "W&P" here.

    If I've missed anyone, please forgive me. I have to take a bath soon as I have my six-month followup with my PCP this morning. I had high hopes of being thinner with improved HDL when I get my blood work done. I've gained some, but not all, of the weight back. I'm hoping my change of diet, and what little aerobics I've been able to do, will produce results. In any case, after the appt. I'll stop at Bealls to get that other pair of earrings and use my other coupon. Have been making green drinks with my new Nutri Bullet and I love it. It's soooo easy to clean. Of course, green drinks will never taste great, even with added fruit, but taste isn't the motivation. I'm hoping that by putting some quality and essential food into my poor old bod, my health will improve.

    I mentioned that I was on Amazon. I have a Chi brand knife sanitizer. It's a box with slots for the knives in the top. It can be set manually or on auto which turns on a fan to complete dry a rinsed off knife and a UV light sanitizes the knives. Well, mine quit working. I had bought it at Tuesday Morning and didn't expect to find another. I got the last one on Amazon for $18.99 and used a credit I have there for almost six bucks. So, replacing my old one won't cost an arm and a leg. I will take the old one apart to see whether I can fix it. When I go back to Amazon to send DGS's birthday gift card, I'll check out the light boxes. Dr. Oz had one which he said wasn't expensive.

    As I mentioned to Granni above, I caught a cancellation with my ortho doc on Fri. so, hopefully, he will be able to help me. I know he will get an x-ray of my spine and maybe it will show up a problem. I'll likely also have an MRI at some point. I don't want to go to PT because I've done that and been there and I do the same exercises from before. They help but are not helping that much. I do 120 crunches in sets of 30 so my core is in fine fettle. I don't have a huge gut pulling my spine forward and I have good posture. There has to be a problem in the spine. I'll let y'all know what I find out. Of course, I'll also report on my bargains.

    Have an outstanding day!!!

    Love, Mikie
  19. lydia1

    lydia1 Well-Known Member

    Good morning, Mikie and everyone! Looks like we might have some sunshine today, and if the grass is dry enough, I can get some of my "hayfield" whacked down :p Hate to get behind because I either have to cut it higher (then do it again in a day or two) or cut it regular length (and use the lawn sweeper)...don't have time to do either of those this week.

    Den isn't as particular...would just cut it and let it go...then "recut" the clippings the next time. (Well, I never said he was perfect, lol...but then again, neither am I, not by a long shot!)

    Mikie, I'm glad you like your Nutri Bullet...makes me want to check and see about getting that part on mine replaced. Hope you get a good report today, and that the ortho can help you on Friday.

    I've never heard of a knife sanitizer...It sounds like a wonderful thing to have in the kitchen.

    Oh, I went to bed too late (still feel I need to make sure Gpa has everything he needs and is switched from O2 bottle to his C-Pap okay) and got up too early cause I had to use the bathroom. Had some coffee already, but think I might still lie down a bit.

    Hope everyone has a good enough day!
  20. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Julie, I'm so sorry you didn't get your much needed rest. Hope you do get some sunshine. I just ordered a mini light box from Amazon for about $60. I'm going to give it a try. We get so much sunshine down here in FL that I don't worry about getting my vitamin D3 but I do takes the supps too. I have more NRG when I take 3,000 mgs. or units or whatever they come in. I am worried, however, about my face with this light. I'm not supposed to get sun on it 'cause of the topical chemo. I may have to use sunscreen before I use it. I'll have to be content to let it shine on my arms and shoulders. It's only for 15 mins. in the evening so it might be OK. I wear sunscreen when I go to the pool to do my aerobics and, yet, I've noticed that my face is a bit tanner. Well, for a pasty Mick, a little color doesn't hurt. I'm also getting a bit of color on the rest of my bod too.

    I've had my bath, done my hair and put on makeup. I even put a coat of paint on my nails. I'm wearing some goddess flip flops (I know, I know, an oxymoron) and they demand painted nails. I used one of my favorites--Revlon Red. I cut my fingernails down so they can all grow out at the same rate. I put a coat of clear on them. I can't keep colored polish from chipping on my fingernails. Well, better get my act together for the doc. I don't like to have to rush on the road.

    Talk to y'all later.

    Love, Mikie