The porchlight is CLOSED Vol 717

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

  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Mikie: have you tried a small piece of fresh ginger in your green drink, or perhaps some lemon along with the greens and apple? It might just give that "zing" you want in your drink. I've never heard of a knife sanitizer.....interesting. When I use a knife I try to wash if first then slowly pour boiling water over it to rinse......it's a pain but germs can lurk there. And I hope you get some relief from the doc on friday.

    I've always had a "psychic" sense stemming from about age 10. I mostly had specific dreams that came true, or very strong feelings and just KNEW something. It's kept me from danger so many times in my past. I'm a Christian and now look at this as one of the gifts of the Spirit. Whenever I'm troubled about something and praying for an answer, I usually will receive it......either from a specific passage in the bible that leaps out at me, or from someone else......something they've said or I've heard.

    Granni: that's such an awful hour to have to get to the hospital. Praying that all went perfect today. Hope you're not hurting as much. It's hard when we can't rest and have to "be up" and stressed.

    Julie: Did the casts come off yet? And I keep forgetting to tell you what thoughtful daughters you have......you've taught them right.

    Jam: Don't get me wrong about the TJ wine.......if my budget would allow it, I would be enjoying much more expensive wine, but seeing how we have wine daily, it can run into big bucks. I'm a thrifty shopper, have shopped in thrift stores for years, but also buy good quality shoes. Some I still wear that over 20 years of living in my closet. Shopping at garage sales, estate sales, and thrift stores is how I managed to have a small antique business. I grew up very poor so I know how to stretch a buck, but I also know how to spend it wisely.

    My DH saw a psychiatrist yesterday re the depression He's now got a RX for something I've never heard of......we'll see if it helps. Today he sees the ortho doc re: the MRI on his knee, and also the oncologist. Sigh.....it never ends. I need to get a life for me.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Holy Cow, Sunflower Girl, you are running to about as many docs as I recently. Hope everything helps DH and will pray it does. I think we all have some sense that goes beyond normal if we nurture it and don't suppress it. I also believe it is spiritual. Most good psychics and mediums also believe it is a God-given gift and use it only for the highest purposes. Our whole family is like how you describe your own experiences.

    My doc was pleased at my progress, despite being in so much pain with my hip and back. He showed me some new sciatic stretches. He thinks most people do stretches incorrectly. I just tried them and it really helped to stretch my lower back. Amazing but it may be too little too late.

    I came home to plants dying from lack of water. I called mgmt. to tell them our sprinklers are not sprinkling. I had to hobble around watering them by hand. When I was in Bealls, my back started to hurt. I'm home with it iced and my tens unit on.

    My earrings were still there and, since I need nothing else, I added a box of Hawaiian blend K-cups for my coffee maker. The K-cups, as well as the earrings, were on sale so I had to buy two bottles of 99 cent water to get up to $25 so I could use my $10 coupon. I also worked at a Macy's store when I lived in Denver. I enjoyed it so much. I worked evenings and weekends around the holidays while my insurance business was getting up and running. I loved it so much, I stayed on beyond the holidays until I was so busy with insurance that I had to give it up.

    Guess I won't be doing anything around here today. I think I'll make a Nutri Bullet drink for lunch. I have some blueberries and a couple of strawberries I can throw in. If my bit of fresh pineapple is still good, I'll toss it in too. I've put ginger in my Sassy Water, along with cucumbers and lemon. It is most refreshing. I think using green tea instead of water would be a good idea too, probably with the Nutri Bullet as well. A Nutriblast drink really fills me up. It's a meal!

    OK, really gonna go now. Love to everyone.

    Love, Mikie
  7. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Sun, I'm just happy for me, I buy no more alcohol, just lost my taste for it...plus I know I feel worse overall with alcohol in my body, my body crys enough as it is.....I buy good quality water more than anytime in my life, especially since our city fluoridated just like all of CA pretty much....there are some SMART cities who refuse to do this act....

    And I don't buy electronics which are a big expense as I see our world turning....I have a new used Windows 7 coming soon and it will cost me $300 and this XP will be history soon although it still does good for my puter needs/wants...

    I have a new pair of shoes coming from Propet' via shoebuy and they are costing me 52 with discounts...HOPE they fit/feel good. My arthritic feet hurt with bad shoes and so many are bad today, out of china...makes me sick... I've thrown so many cheap shoes out over my life.....I finally just threw out a bottle of Merlot I was not using and it was collecting dust, I don't even cook with wine anymore....I keep scaling down and throw out what I don't use....or give away. I still wear a pair of Clarks I've had for probably 7 yrs when they were still made in england....they are so comfortable and I wear them when I go out....plus I add insoles/ortho soles and now a 3/4" lift in right shoe.....what a nightmare it's been with this hip.

    Hope your husband will be better, I spend a LOT of my low income money on supps....I believe they keep me going overall....

    The new haircutter gal I saw yesterday turned out GOOD, she cleaned up my hair, nice overall trim for $18 and close to home... I gave her a nice tip as I liked what she did and liked her....I'll go there again....Close to home is good...I bought some gas for my old Toy yesterday and it was $4.29/gal.....$17 got me under 4 gals....good thing I don't drive much anymore.......

    Julie, the more natural cookies sound wonderful....your grandchildren are fortunate that you take such great care of them.... We have a lady who comes to bridge and she bakes decident cookies with I'm sure lots of sugar....I try to resist but break down and usually eat one....when I break down and buy some cookies at whole foods, they are the more natural ones like you bake...but I even resist them....I go for more fruits now vs cookies, etc... but limit fruit too....I know sugar aggrevates the pain more...so I'm getting good at resisting......

    Seeing rheumy today for more knee work, maybe I'll go back to Meso injections as they have worked over the years I've seen her, keeps the pain down. The Prolo work is resistant on my complex knee and costs $150 a session....so I gotta think about my long term funds as I could outlive what I have left.....this happens to many today....even before today....my folks had very little when they departed in their 90's, but a paid off house which the 3 of us divided but not a CA house..... Anyway, I've rambled on, need to eat my breakfast soup. bye for now kids....
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  8. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    A quick hi to awl !!! Just wanted to let you know all went well wit DH's surgery. We were home so early this time, between 8 and 8:30 I think. We just got home and had some cereal with blueberries and coffee or tea. Then fussed with the stupid computer that wasn't getting signals from the router I guess. I wasn't getting my new messages and couldn't access Yahoo. I tried almost everything but keep forgetting to unplug the one round plug in the router. So I had to go through the routine and call the technician for our server. After fooling with that I went to Mickey D's to pick up some hamburgers and fries to bring home as DH was starving !!!

    Now we wait to see how long it will take for his other eye to clear up and read well from it. He has almost forgotten that at first it was blurry and he couldn't see to much really clear right away but each day it has gotten better. Did I say before that my DH can be a sweetie but he is not very patient with some things. We go tomorrow to see the eye doc to make sure all is well and for instructions. At least it is 8:30 and we will not have to get up super duper early like 4:00 ish ):!! Yikes , not fun for this girl who loves to sleep in but it usually isn't much later than 8 most mornings. I would love to just stay in bed most days as I don't really move that well early on in the day. I still hurt later on but at least I am moving :)!!

    Julie - Sorry you didn't get to take a nap or go to bed early. Hope grandpa's casts get off soon, for his sake and for yours. Yes, when is his doctor visit? Hope the weather stays nice for you to get your work done outside especially for your big reunion. When do the visitors start getting into town for you??

    Sun - So sorry DH has to go to all those docs but hope the meds help him especially the new one you mentioned as well as the chemo, etc. Speaking of wine. We do the same thing as far as buying wine goes. A real expensive bottle for us might be $14-$16 a large bottle but we usually try and go under $10 and have also found some really good wines. Some though are TX wines to so you would have trouble getting them. Our HEB grocery carries a lot of them. We also do like some from CA. If I find some that are not from TX I will try and remember to give you the names and hope you can get them. We have been experimenting some over the years and started more with the sweeter wines to the dryer ones or more like semi sweet or dry, probably more towards the dry ones.. However do not particularly like some that are extremely dry, like burgundy but haven't had that in years.

    It seems like it is so late but it is only 1 pm our time. This getting up early makes the day awfully long. Also did a few loads of laundry and hope DH is taking a nap in his chair outside. It is very quiet !!

    Mikie - Good luck at your doc appt. and hope you get a few bargains if you body lets you shop. Also glad that you got an earlier apt for your orth. doc. on Friday.

    Need to go check the wash and then do a few more things on this computer.

    Hugz to everydobby,
    Granni :)

    Hi also to Dar, Joan, Rock, Sprig Water and all those I have forgotten to mention right now,
  9. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Granni, I'm SURE you are both GLAD the eye surgeries are behind you....jam
  10. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Hi Jam et al,

    Yes I am glad that the surgeries are over but now all the drops and doc visits are still in front of us :)!! Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. So far, so good !!

    Gotta run, DH just gave me a job to do on the computer :)! So bid me adieu for now at least.

    Hugz to awl,
    Granni
  11. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Think it is time to close out this porch volume. See you on the other side.

    Love,
    Granni