The Porchlight Vol. 666 IS CLOSED

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Note to newbees:
    The porch thread is like the old fashioned porches people had when I was a kid. There is
    no topic. People just drop by and talk about whatever they like: kids, relatives, pets, music, old cars, new recipes, shopping, movies, weather, pet peeves, hidden delights, the joy of chocolate, and whatever tickles your fancy. (If you are new, check the board rules on the blue toolbar above.)

    Everybody is welcome.

    Gordon and just got back from the library. Took some back; picked up some more. Stopped at the 99.9 store. I bought some of their excellent chocolate mints. Gordon got a few items including moth balls. Not sure what he's gonna do with 'em. For all I know it has something to do with growing orchids.

    I got a bio of Ralph Emery. It's about country music. Ralph was not a musician, but has been involved with country music and its performers for decades.

    Found a large plastic post card in the mail box when we got back. A Victorian home in the neighborhood is for sale. No price given. These places used to sell for a million until the crash in 2008. Now I see them listed at half that amount.

    Hope everydobby is staying warm.

    Rock
  2. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi All!

    Thanks for starting the new Porch Rock. We are in a major cold snap here. It was 7 degrees when I passed the bank this morning for work. That's not factoring in wind chill. Brrrrrr!!! I can't fathom the mothball/orchid connection. I've heard, however, that if you have pests in your attic mothballs can be a deterrent. Do you, by chance, have bats in your belfry? ;) Hey look! My smiles are back! Woohoo. (It just doesn't take much to please some people does it?) I have bats in my belfry. I inherited them from my parents when I bought the house. Literally. This house has had bats in the attic for years. Since they tore down all the wooded land between here and the next town to
    build I-5.


    When they took out all the woods all the bats came into town and took up residence in most of the attics hereabouts. I asked a friend about pest control to alleviate them as I worry about what they're leaving in the attic, (bat guano), but found that they are "protected" and it would cost a mint to rid my attic of them. So we live a peaceful coexistance.

    In the 14 years since I bought the house, twice I've had to trap and release a bat. Both times from my bedroom. How does one trap a bat you may ask? Tupperware. That's right, Tupperware. Both times I caught the bats in a tupperware container, slid the lid under it, snapped it shut, took it outside and released the occupant. They're actually sorta cute. Like a mouse with wings. (No tail.) The variety we have here are harmless. They can't hurt you because their mouths are so small. They live on all the mosquitos they can catch. Which suits me just fine. Fewer mosquitos to bite me while I'm attempting to enjoy the great outdoors of my back yard is A-ok!

    I figured you would remember who June Haver was. And yes, she was married to Fred MacMurry. I don't, however, think I've ever seen any of her work. Any movies you could recommend that I might be able to look for? I'm curious. I've only seen her picture in the research I did for the facility that I printed out for the marketing event. I could google it, but I'm guessing your recommendations would be the "best of's".

    Mikie, Granni, Windy, Sun, Joan, Diane, Julie, Jam, and any "Newbies" who may be looking in:

    I just had to take a breath. Yes, I am exhausted from the pace at work. Last week I felt totally behind and overwhelmed. I was bordering on becoming "Grinch" like. I'm still not done. The dining room tree and front window display still need to be done and one more tree in the lobby soon as it gets there. I just could not face anymore decorating today. I have coffee filter snowflakes flattening out on my desk so I can attack anew on Monday. Coming to the Porch is so theraputic! By the way, I like brie with my whine. LOL:D

    Seriously though, the new homeopathics and supplements I added are doing a woundrous job of keeping me out of another flare. Yes, I'm very tired. And yes, a little more sore from the exertion. But still better than I've been in a long time. Oh, and FYI, the wine extract I take, because I do not care to drink a glass of wine daily as my doctor wishes, contains grapeseed extract. (Just read the entire lable since I need to pick up some more.)

    Well, I' ve got some serious relaxing to go do. So I will bid you all a fond adeiu. Sending you all my wishes for a peaceful night and a bright tomorrow.

    Love to all!
    Dar
  3. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi Jamin,

    Lodine is not like Celebrex. Lodine XL, from what the Rheumatologist told me, was the strongest non-narcotic pain reliever she could give me. I was started out on Relafin, which was like spitting in the Grand Canyon. Then she put me on Lodine, which was somewhat more like spitting into a smaller cravass. The Lodine XL had the best results. It never stopped flares and I was still in pain, but at least there was some appreciable difference. It was enough to make the pain more manageable. Coupled with the Flexoril it made life somewhat tolerable and afforded me the ability to work through the pain.

    What has helped most, however, are the vitamin and mineral supplements, the herbal supplements and homeopatic remedies I added to my regimin. Slowly over time I have added one here and one there. About 3 months ago I stumbled upon a combination that has afforded me a much lower pain level and has staved off flares. I keep my fingers crossed hoping this is not transitory. It doesn't appear to be thus far. My quality of life does revolve around taking 4 rounds of medication combinations daily. But it's worth the inconvenience.

    It takes me about fifteen minutes to half an hour every morning to sort out my pills into pill packs so I'm ready for my day each day. Some things you take with this and some things you don't take with that. Some with lots of water, some with a meal and one on an empty stomach. I also take locally harvested raw honey twice daily, morning and night, to boost my immune system as well as all the other benefits it contains. For optimum benefit I've researched all this stuff and found combinations that go together and those that do not and take them accordingly.

    Regular Chiropractic visits are a huge help as well. However, not all Chiropractors are created equal. I went through 5 before I found the one I've had for the last 14 years. He taught at the Palmer College of Chiropractics in Davenport, Iowa. He does things other Chiros don't do. Pressure points and trigger points. He adjusts totally differently than the "generic" adjustments I'd received at the hands of prior Chiros I'd been to. He adjusts my toes, ankles, knees, fingers, wrists, elbows, every joint up to my neck, as well as spinal adjustment. He applies pressure to certain points in my neck and left shoulder. I had soft-tissue damage to that entire side of my body in the car accident. The muscle in that shoulder is always tight. If I get nervous, fatigued, or upset it turns into a knot and becomes so painful and produces spasms. I can't turn my head when it gets bad.

    The only remedy for that is medicate and extricate myself from whatever is causing my body to "go off". I burn a lot of candles, use warming oils for aroma therapy, HOT soaks, play calming music, use low lighting. This all contributes to "relax" mode. On weekends I only get out of bed for what I have no choice but to get out of bed for. If I do not "recharge" on the weekends, I build up what I refer to as a "pain debt" which means I'm not as well when I begin my next week of work.

    This is, likely, more information than you needed. But you see, it all only works in combination. I've been at this since 1995. Almost 19 years it's taken me to get here. The first six I was totally disabled. The next 5 were the hardest years working full time at the pace I do with only the Lodine and Flexoril for pain support. Two more years of seeing an Herbalist and finding that herbal remedies are really beneficial. Over the last 5 years I've achieved the level I'm at now. It's been a long learning process. But when you're in our kind of pain, you'd see a witch doctor if you thought it'd help.

    Dar
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  4. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for the moral support. It's always so sad when people come in "hospice". I have worked with many of the hospice personnel in the area. I admire their ability to do what they do. It's difficult enough to lose a resident. But to know that, often, their demise is imminent is the worst. I've had many hospice residents over the years. It's always so saddening when you know they may not be with you long. Those who work specifically in hospice are special people. I'm sorry to hear that your Dad's condition has gone to another stage.


    When you have the time I'd be interested in how he's doing and the changes he's experiencing. I so feel for you. Alzheimer's is the most insidious of dementia conditions. It's heartbreaking to watch a loved one go through it. It's hard to watch the family go through it and grope for understanding. Love and support of family is the best medicine. I hope that the next stage is far off. In some, it can run it's course and take them out within 3 years. With others it can be up to 30. One just never knows. The best thing is not to change their surroundings unless unavoidable and create a daily routine they can count on not to change.

    My love and support go out to you and your family. I lost my Dad to Vascular Dementia which was a long, slow process. I have some idea of how you must be feeling. Oh! FYI, it's 1 degree outside here. I have to venture out to get more cat litter and wet food today. I am not looking forward to the sojourn, even if it is only 6 blocks away. Brrrrr!

    Love and hugz
    Dar
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  5. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    I woke up to the sound of a buzz saw this morning. Turned out it was just Gordon shredding
    papers before tossing them in the trash. Although there is a city ordinance forbidding folks
    from going through others' trash bins, I doubt it has ever been enforced. Lots of
    people here going through trash cans.


    A couple years ago I gave a young fellow a box of clothes. Mostly used but a couple
    items that were new. Had been given to us, but were too dissizeable for our manly
    physics. Ha Ha! I told him, "Ropa para hombres". (Clothes for men.) A couple
    hours later I couldn't find my keys. (Every day for the past several years I have
    not been able to find stuff.) Anyhoo, I eventually found my keys. They had
    apparently fallen into the box; the young fellow brought them back and left
    them on the gate.

    Dar, great to see that you have the energy to do long, newsy posts. Thanks for the "fond adieu". For a "cheese to go with your whine", may I suggest fondue? Your bats in the attic reminds me of when I was a kid and would go to La Crosse, WI. La Crosse is a very old city on the Mississippi River. While my mother went to shop and my father to drink, I would go to a
    friendly shoe store and get a shoe box. Then I would go catch bats.

    Honest! La Crosse had lots of old brick buildings and many of them had bats sleeping on the walls. Only 5 or 6 feet off the ground. (I didn't think they were very bright.) Anyhoo, I used to pluck them off the walls and pop them in the shoe box. They weren't fussy about the size or style. Let 'em go shortly thereafter. I had never heard of bats and rabies. Guess my folks hadn't either; or they didn't care. Either or both is possible considering the wing nuts I grew up with.

    Your chiro was a professor at the Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport?! Wow! Pretty
    impressive. That was the first chiropractic college in the world. Founded late in the 19th
    century. It has a beautiful campus overlooking the Mississippi River.

    My mother used to go to a chiropractor when I was a kid. We had none in our village. She
    went to a hamlet even smaller than ours I think it was Burr Oak, halfway between our village and Decorah, Iowa. A treatment cost $3. It helped what she called her sinus trouble. She made me get a treatment when I was just a kid. No special tables in those days. You lay on a
    leather sofa. When the spooky old man grabbed my head and wrenched my neck, he scared
    the dickens outta me. I thought my neck was broken.

    There was a dance hall named Matter's near Burr Oak. For some reason it was pronounced as
    thought it were spelled Madder's. It was not in a town, but on a farm. Built during WW I,
    it was a popular place. And lots of big names played there including Lawrence Welk. Not
    only big band, but rock and roll (Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis) and country (Johnny Cash,
    Kitty Wells, and Roy Acuff). I used to go there now and then during my High School
    years. Never had a date. Just went with a car fulla kids. Place burned down a decade ago.

    Burr Oak is in Winneshiek County, IA. Evey year at the beginning of the school year we had
    to fill out an index card for the High School "Office". Every year I wished I'd been born in
    a county with a simpler name. I believe "Winneshiek" is an Indian word meaning "Hard to
    spell".

    Julie, I never heard of the chiro tool that beeps, but I have had chiros who used the activator.
    That's a tool that looks like a heavy duty hypodermic syringe. It makes little snapping noise
    and delivers a tap to push vertabrae back into place.

    You ever hear of Matter's, or are you too far away? Oh yeah, that reminds me. W/ re: 2
    Burr Oak, Laura Ingalls Wilder and family once lived there. The town now has a Wilder
    museum. The building was formerly a hotel; Ma and Pa worked there for a while.

    Funny, when I lived in SE Minnesota surrounded by several towns where the Wilders lived,
    I never heard of them or Laura's books. Eventually I read all of them and others by her
    daughter Rose and several other authors..

    Hugs to all
    Rock
  6. bct

    bct Member

    Hi All, hope your T-day was great. We had a good time here, and had three guests. One was my oldest friend from high-school. He brought pecan and apple pies. The homeless boy that we let camp on our property was there as well, as well as a new friend of his, a nice young lady from Lithuania of all places! A good time was had by all, and the giant roasting chicken was more than adequate. Also had roasted brussel sprouts, parsnips, yams, carrots, and three kinds of potatoes (fingerling whites, pink potatoes (yes, pink all the way through), and blue potatoes (blue through too.)

    Richard made a chutney with our persimmons that turned out delicious, and very spicy (not for you Rock!) In all, a good time. I gave thanks.

    The last few days a bear has been annoying us by getting into the rubbish bins and scattering garbage everywhere. Such a pain in the butt. Yesterday Richard said the wind was blowing hard. I looked out of my window and said "nonsense, it's absolutely still out there", which it was. Turns out he was looking out the kitchen window that looks out onto a golden delicious apple tree (loaded with apples). I looked. There was that darn bear in the top of the tree scarfing down apples! Well, there were plenty on the ground it could have eaten instead! So I yelled and screeched and banged a shovel (and prayed a little!) and it came down the tree backwards, as they do, and rushed off into the forest. My plan is cayenne pepper on the rubbish bins. Hope it works. First bear I've ever seen in the wild. Oh yeah, it left some piles of applesauce too . :p

    We have snow and cold today. Gonna stay inside all day.

    Love to All,
    Barry ;)
  7. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Hi Barry - Glad you had a nice Turkey day. Nice to see you on the Porch.

    Just wanted to pop in to say I am alive even though I haven't been on the porch much. Just terribly busy. Maybe I can elaborate later on other the un decorating, decorating and card writing.

    Great also to see Dar, Julie , Rock as usual. I am so tired and need to go take a hot shower. It is freezing or almost so outside. One of our daughters and family are coming on Thursday, or are supposed to in case a storm causes problems. They are wanting to look at a couple of homes that are for sale in our neighborhood. The will be moving here sometime next year from N.C. Hope the storm doesn't cause any problems for them. Her husband will be retiring and has already turned in his notice. He is so relieve - just mduch to much work and pressure anyone. You must love to drive or enjoy it. Glad that is it is helping you though.

    Julie - No way could I drive 3 hours to see a doctor o

    Have been so busy around here.

    Will try and pop in again tomorrow if I can. Glad all is well with everyone. Hope Mikie is enjoying her trip so far. I think Sun is gone to isn't that right?

    Love to everyone.,
    Granni :)
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Didn't do much yesterday. I did finish the bio of Vivian Vance. Started another book, but gave up on that one after a couple chapters. About to start on a bio of Marty Robbins. And I did the dishes and made tuna salad and that's about it.

    Granni, take the advice you always give Julie. Don't wear yourself out. HaHa! Are you eager
    to have your daughter move near you? I wouldn't want any of my relatives nearby. There used to be some who were wonderful people, but they are all gone now except for my aunt in MN. She's the one who's dad was born when Lincoln was Pres. She is 92. She's pretty confusiated according to my sister.

    Aunt Izzy was born in the Roaring 20s when liquor was out unless you went to a speakeasy, the Charleston was in, and Woodrow Wilson was President.

    Barry, such exciting neighbors you have. If I looked out my window and say a bear, I would think, "Oh oh, might be trouble ah Bruin. You sure had an array of vegetables at your T-dinner. Never come across pink potatoes. Had some purple/blue ones though. The inside was just a muddy sort of grey. No difference in taste. Anyhoo, good ta see yuh on the porch.

    Jam, haven't hear of that chiro tool you mentioned. I did have laser eye surgery several years ago. I wonder if that was the same sort of device.

    SG, I've been to Multnomah Falls. More than once. Multnomah times. Stood on that very bridge. Diane, hope Faithy is now fully recovered.

    Julie, I never heard of Clementines until the last couple years. Well, we did sing, "Oh, My
    Darlin' Clementine" in grade school. I remember the Christmases of my childhood. The
    only time of the year you could get tangerines or naval oranges.

    Life brings so many changes. Used to be fruit was seasonal, but delicious. Now it's pretty
    much year round but much of it isn't worth eating.

    Hugs
    Rock
  9. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Hi Rock,

    I enjoyed your story about catching bats in shoe boxes in La Crosse. FYI, I love fondue. I still have my mothers fondue pot from the 60's and sterno for it. I've been through La Crosse but never got to actually spend time there. We drove through on a vacation when I was young.

    Palmer College is a hop and skip cross the river on the I-74 bridge from my work place. And, yes, it's a beautiful campus. Dr. McNulty taught some of the chiros I'd gone to previously. He says he adjusts the way one should. He laments that so many give "generic" adjustments and do not do, as he does, the extra work of a proper adjustment because he knows they know how. That tool you referred to that looks like a syringe is the one I refer to as "the thumper". LOL. Doc also uses another "tool" on me. It's hard to describe. It sounds like a dentist's drill and gets to the deep muscle tissue pain. Sometimes it sorta hurts, but it's a good hurt if that makes any sense. He says I have a "high tolerance for pain", so when I say something hurts he takes it very seriously and will work until relief is found. He also has put my collar bones, and shoulder joints back into place on many visits. My stuff seems to "float" out of place a lot.

    The knots and muscles are more relaxed when he's done. He also has a massage chair I spend 15 minutes in after all the "thumping", "drilling", trigger points and pressure points, and spinal issues have been done and my ankles, knees, hips and so forth have been put back in order. He even adjusts my jaw on occasion. I suffer from TMJ. Sometimes it gets so painful I cannot chew properly. I hate the adjustment but love the results later when I can eat a pain free meal. I joke with him and call him the Marquis De Sade of Chiropractics. He jokes and tells me, "But that didn't hurt me at all"!

    Doc is a wonderful chiro and a dear man. He is very compassionate and quietly, devoutly religious. He lives to make people feel better. When I hadn't the money to pay him during my divorce, he insisted I keep coming in and charged me nothing for 3 years of adjustments. I owe him great gratitude. For all the work he does on me he only charges $40 a visit. If you pay ten visits ahead he charges only $30 a visit. He has a lot in common with Dick Clark. The man doesn't age! He's in his mid to late 60's and still looks 35 to 40.

    Granni, Rock gave good advice. Take it easy. Hope the prospect of your daughter moving closer is a good thing and be a source of joy for you.

    Barry, Bears?! Really? Wow. What part of the country, if you don't mind my asking, do you reside in where you have bears in your trees? Where I live a loose bear would have to be a circus escapee. When we visited my Aunt Mavis's dairy farm in Backus , MN they had bears. I didn't see any on our vacations up there, but my dad always told me to be watchful when playing in the woods around the farm and down by the lake, that there were bears and they were not friendly.

    Well, it's almost 4 in the morning. I need to see if I can get some sleep. Rest well ye all. Hi to all the Porch friends I haven't mentioned.

    Love N' hugz to all
    Dar
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    Just thought I'd drop in but not to stay. Had no trouble getting to frigid CO and am enjoying the change. No problems with the cold nor thin air. I took a walk yesterday uphill and nary a huff nor a puff. Good seeing my kids and DSIL's Mom. We went out for some good Mexican food and the best Margaritas I've had in a loooong time. We all got a good buzz on and had fun. DSIL is smoking a brisket today and will be bringing the paper home after church and grocery shopping. I decided to worship at St. Mattress's this morning as I've not slept well here. Too much of a time change.

    As always, my love, hugs and prayers to everyone. I'll write more this week when I get home and resettled.

    Love, Mikie
  11. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Mikie,

    Glad to hear you reached your destination safely. Sounds like a good time being had by all. Get that well needed rest and enjoy your vacation.

    Julie,

    Sounds like your Dad just had a little "memory glitch". Sometimes time is elusive. I've seen this a lot. For some, it's new one day. For others it's new every day. For even others there is no recognition and they think they are supposed to be living and doing what their lives were in the past, a year ago, five years ago, ten years ago or more.

    I once had a college professor who on some days knew exactly where she was and was "with it", cognizant of her surroundings and her "present" life--then on other days she thought she was supposed to go to work, swore her white car was in the parking lot, (it wasn't), and she had to get in and go to work. She didn't recognize her surroundings or staff. Sometimes the paradigm changes daily. One day they are "with it" and other days not.

    In that he still remembers so much detail about his surroundings, that's good. He may have just been having one of "those"days, or experienced a slip of time. Oft' times when one sees others so much in the spirit and all the decorations, it just seems in their minds, that they should be following suit even if it's not been his habit before. Helping him by providing decorations was a smart move. He will feel more like he's "fitting in".

    Remember to get your rest with all that you have going on and take care of yourself too. I'm sorry that this was a hard time last year. I know it's not easy. Been where you are. But I'm glad to hear you're diving back in again.

    Love N' hugz to all
    Dar
  12. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Julie, A new life indeed! How blessed. I will pray for your health and well being, Lindsay's health, and for Amy and Clint's sorrow to be eased. So much for you to absorb and you've been so on the go for such a long while now. Peace and tranquility I wish for you.

    Love n' Hugz,
    Dar
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  13. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    It IS a blessing, whether it was planned or not. And your thinking was if you moved off the farm she would have to learn to deal with things on her own and not always rely on Mom? I'm sorry for Amy. I understand. We had filed for adoption before we had our first. We also found out two days ago that my son and DIL are expecting their first on June 7.

    We've been having Ipad troubles, and after a phone "fixit" with apple, and 3 in store "fixits" we've finally been given a new Ipad because apparently the one we had was just troubles. Then today my microwave went kaput but I had the foresight to buy a 4 year warranty plan 3 years ago so we've now got a new one this evening. They didn't have the white one like my broken one so had to take the silver one. That means we need to train ourselves to touch it holding a paper towel.......I know that sounds crazy! Those finger marks are a pain and all the times during the day I use it I don't want it to be a mess. We have a silver frig. and OMG.....it's so hard to keep clean and without fingerprints.

    Rock: we were down in Pasadena yesterday looking for antique stores but found something good.......a red passion flower vine growing along a sidewalk next to an antique store. I asked the owner if I could please have a few cuttings for rooting and he was very happy to oblige. If Gordon is interested, I can tell him where it is. I've never seen a red one.

    And today we were at the Americana Mall in Glendale. OMG....talk about upscale! Ever been there?
  14. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Kids

    Started a new thriller by a new author. Pretty good so far. Have to see if he has more
    stuff at the library. Also started the biography of Marty Robbins. Joke was on me. It's
    not a biography. It's a bibliography. 500 pages listing books and articles about Marty
    Robbins. I can't believe any publisher would put out such a book. How many copies could
    one expect to sell?

    There is a bit of good news. There are another 100 pages of interviews and photos.

    SG, I haven't been to the Americana Mall, but it's right by the Glendale library that Gordon and I have been visiting the last couple months. We go to a mall once or twice a year, and it's
    always the Glendale Mall. We do not spend hours shopping. We buy what we came for and
    leave post haste.

    Never knew passion vines came in more than one color. Looked on the net. There are
    400 different kinds, and they come in several colors. When we lived in Echo Park we had
    them growing on the back yard and along the fence.

    Dar, I am astonished that you've been to Backus. I would have bet I was the only person
    in California who had even heard of it. More than that, I've been there. My first job
    outta school was as a social worker in Cass County. A poor county in northern Minnesota,
    but a paradise for hunters and fishermen. Lots of woods and lakes. I drove all over
    the entire county to call on clients.

    There were several hamlets like Backus in the country with populations of a few hundred
    people. The two "big towns" were Walker and Pine River with about 1000 people each. That's the size of the village where I grew up. I felt right at home. Another little village was
    Hackensack which had a tourist attraction. A statute of Paul Bunyan's girlfriend. The
    big statutes of Paul and his blue ox Babe are in Bemidji which is a little farther North.

    Jam, never heard of chiropractors using all these high tech tools and procedures before.
    Cold laser doesn't sound too bad, but hot laser sounds dangerous. Dave Barry says
    the laser is a wonderful device, but you have to hope your doctor sets it on eye
    surgery and not "melt tractor".

    Julie, that is really interesting that your Dad could think he was at a new location and
    simultaneously think that he knew stuff about it. It's has been interesting to me to
    watch my mind deteriorate, but I'm getting a little tired of it. Actually, very tired of it.
    That's great that he enjoyed the little tree. Sometimes a small gift makes a big impact.

    Granni, did the K of C serve KFC? I bet Barry could enhance a fast food meal with
    persimmon chutney and all sorts of exotic vegetables and fungi. Not sure how cold
    it is here tonight, but it's not so cold as last night. It's colder where you are, I bet.

    Mikie, glad to hear you are enjoying the weather and food and margaritas in Denver.
    I haven't had a margarita for years. We have a frozen one in the freezer. Gordon
    brought it home several months ago. I have reminded him that we should drink it
    before it gets freezer burn, but somehow we never get around to it.

    Time to hit the hey. Gee, haven't heard anybody say that for many decades.

    Hug to absent friends Joan, Diane, and et. al.

    Rock
  15. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Hi Julie, et al,

    You are right Sun and Dar, having another baby is a blessing for sure. However, I understand how it is to have someone in your family who has had lots of trouble conceiving and others no problem at all :)!!! Any baby is a blessing and she/he will be so lucky to being born into such a loving family. You are lucky to be close by to help although I know sometimes exhausting. Our son and DIL have had a terrible time and no babies so far and just lost another a few months ago. Guess they are planning to adopt. They are being very close lipped about it. Maybe we will find out something at Christmas time.

    Congrats to Lindsey and David. Now I know you all will be worn out :)!! May God continue to bless you all. Speaking of surprises, our son came along almost 5 years after the last girl . He was not "planned" either but was a wonderful change with all his sisters around (4). Maybe another boy will help to even things out with all those little girls :) LOL !!!

    DH is shopping and I am eating as I type. Need to get dressed and start al the many things I have to do before our DD#2 comes with husband and son later this week to look at a home they hope to move to in a few months.

    Right now they will have to sleep on the decorations and crap all over the bed. Also have more cards. The performance today was canceled due to a sick pianist. We are also supposed to sing tomorrow and Wed. this week with more to follow.

    Gotta run for now and will try and get back soon again. This week is just awful -to much happening. At least one thing was canceled. Sorry no time to address everyone.

    Love to awl,
    Granni:)
  16. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    We've been home since last monday but so many troubles with the Ipad so I haven't tried to log in. They exchanged it on friday, my husband set up my email addresses, etc. and deleted all my saved emails on one account. He's denying it so it must be the mysterious 3rd person who apparently lives in this house......I really wish he would move out and just leave us in peace!!!! LOL

    Saturday was my BD and then yesterday we met our son and DIL at the Americana mall. By the way, Rock.......dont go there! Very youngish oriented! I stumbled into one shop because it looked intriguing. It's called Gilly Hicks. I thought it was a BAR, it was soooooo dark. And I do mean stumble......I could hardly see the wood floors, small dark rooms everywhere with cheap lingerie. I actually watched as one lady shoplifted!

    OK......I hit caps locks and it made it sooooo tiny I had to post just to get out and then come back here. What happened?

    I do hope this pregnancy for Lindsy goes easily this time. With my first it was a problem from start to finish and even afterwards. My second was a breeze, and 6 days after a Csection (had all 3 children thru C) I was up and dancing at a christmas party. She was born one day before my BD.
  17. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Member

    Julie , Sun, et al - Yes, I surely do hope that Lindsay's pregnancy goes better than the last one. That was like my DMIL who was sick every day she said, carrying my husband. That makes it very hard. All my pregnancies were great, no morning sickness or anything except once when I think it was probably a virus. All were normal births, thank goodness and did not need a CS.

    I need to go get ready to go to the new GI doctor . I was referred and so will DH to go and get a Colonoscopy. We'll see how much that will cost. Not sure I can get that into this year. I know DH's won't be this year either. I was trying to get DH to have it done for a few years but he was to chicken and also probably didn't want to cough up the $.

    Did a bunch of cards today and yesterday but I know there are still a few more plus I am out of stamps.

    Love to everyone,
    Granni :)
  18. springwater

    springwater Member

    hello all

    just wanted to pop in and say hi.

    running on inverter power cuts are up now n need to save power for night time.

    julie - understand yr mixed feelings about lindseys pregnancy..any baby is a blessed
    baby if he she is going to hv a loving nana and granpa like you and den, i was wishing
    you could hv gotten stronger and rejuvenated tho, before this had happened.

    a bit tired to address everyone

    past few days been in n out of hospital for brother...draining fluid from his
    stomach and now his scrotum is swollen and they recommend giving him albumin
    which is so expensive...

    i think granni was asking about the expenses ..we ve spent $21,000 so far , its
    been 19 months since diagnosis. nrs. 21,00,000 in our currecncy. people
    hv been kind, relatives, friends pitching in some thousand dollars, but prognosis
    isnt good, so it came to nothing. its emobtionally draining too.

    well, we did what we could.

    in between i did attend a golf ball of my dhs. i guess no point putting a hold on
    thev rest of my life...which has to go on..

    i did hv an interesting experience...theres a stretch of road i cross near the
    hospital and every time i hit a certain patch of road, the energy shifts and
    i feel lightness and calm. i did think there was some temple or something
    around , the last time bout week back? i felt the energy shift so acute..from
    tired and depressed to suddenly light and stoic, i looked around outvthe
    cab window, and spotted it - a wooden cross on top of a drab grey three
    storey building...and a banner with jesus said i am the light in nepalese!!!

    we ve learnt about auras and i understood immediately it was the aura of
    the peace and prayers people were bringing to the church, and maybe the
    Divine energy radiating out of that little place of worship which was hitting
    me every time i came within a certain radius.

    so i ve been there twice..just to pray and 'be'. the peace in there is just incredible.

    i did visit another bigger church but unfortunately felt worse later at home...
    had spoken with a lady who was very fanatical about jesus being the 'only' way
    and i got a few weird pains in my arms instead of relief as i came out. i hv
    felt similar beautiful spiritual experiences in my own places of worship too,
    a tangible 'lifting' of weight from the shoulders...and on one occassion, a
    indescribable feeling of bliss in the pit of my stomach...

    well its taken me 10 edits to write this much...ipad jamming...

    so take care

    god bless
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  19. rockgor

    rockgor Active Member

    Hi Springwater, Good to hear from you. I've been meeting to mention something I read about Napel on the net. Can't remember what now. I did find a website that was all news from Napel. Today there was a story about local honey at a Katmandu market; black topping a street which had been widened (Lazimpat Road, I think); starting a tunnel; a collection of poems; someone's funeral. and lots and lots about politics. I hope your politicians are better than what we have here.

    That is pretty amazing about feeling a change in energy and wondering if there was a temple nearby. And then: there was! I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Yes, modern medicine is amazing, but what good is it if people can't afford it?

    When I was working I was covered by Kaiser Permanete's health plan. When I retired they sent me a letter telling me I could keep my coverage. Only $7,000 a year for me; $25,000 to include a family. As seven thou was more than half of my Social Security retirement (my only income) I cheerfully declined their offer. Hope you get to feelin' a little more peppy. Wish we all would.

    Many Happy Returns, SG. I looked that up a while back. It means, may your birthdays return. In other words, may you live many more years. Remember when it was Ethel's birthday and she and Lucy got into one of their squabbles? Lucy said, "Happy Birthday! And I hope you live another 75 years."

    According to the bio of Ethel that I just read, they really did have a wonderful, loving relationship with occasional tiffs and spats. When Ethel was dying from cancer, her last visitors were Lucy and Mary Wicks (the ballet teacher).

    Hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter and grandson, Granni.
    Do you and DD divvy up the cooking?

    Heard a big thump this afternoon. Figured a truck with a loose load hit a pothole or
    there was an accident. Went outside. A new silver pickup truck went through a stop
    sign and hit the mail carrier's vehicle. The mail lady was pinned underneath the
    little truck. The neighbors were able to life it off her. Her leg is broken.

    In ten minutes we had an ambulance, 3 fire trucks and two cop cars in our intersection.
    Standing in front of our house was a young Mexican. The copy told him to turn around;
    then handcuffed him and put him in a car. But he was not the driver; just a passenger.

    Four hours later we still had a police car, a fire truck and a big truck outside. The big
    truck contained the wrecked mail truck. The 14 year old driver ran away after the
    accident. Very likely was already back in Mexico.

    Hugs
    Rock
  20. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Kids,

    So good to be back home. When I went to check in on my kids' computer, the message was that my flights had all been cancelled and I had to call a 1-800 phone number. YIKES!!! However, when I called, the woman was soooo nice and helpful and put me on two different flights. I had to leave at 7:00 a.m. instead of after noon so we had to get up at 4:00 a.m. just to drive to the airport and make sure I was there early enough. I upgraded to business class and just melted into the big old leather chair. Had a fascinating seatmate and we talked all the way from Denver to Atlanta. I'm not usually a big chatter on planes. Not quite so lucky from ATL to FL as I had the aisle with a woman next to me who couldn't sit still. I finally put the arm rest down as a hint that I wasn't enjoying being rubbed on every few minutes. I always fly coach between here and ATL because it's such a short trip; however, I had been sitting all day, including my three-hour layover in ATL. Food in the ATL airport is expensive but I found a turkey wrap in a newsstand store and it was delicious--Mediterranean basil wrap with cheese (popped a Lactaid pill ;)), black olives, lettuce and tomatoes.

    It was nice to get home at 5:30 instead of 11:30 at night. How strange to get off the plane with my jacket, coat and scarf to a balmy 84 degrees. I enjoyed the snow in CO but really loved seeing the green grass and palm trees at the airport. So, it was a successful trip and sooooo good to see my kids. I got a Denver Nuggets oversized tee shirt to sleep in cause they were half price. The Broncos are still hot so would have had to pay full price for that merchandise. The shirts are always well made and this will last for years. I love to sleep in big tees.

    Unfortunately, all that sitting and a bit of dehydration has brought back my UTI symptoms. I'm going to do three days of three capsules of the ABX to see whether I can get rid of it. I see my PCP tomorrow but don't see my urologist until next month.

    Other DD's neighbor, whom I've met on several occasions, got sudden onset crippling RA. The docs have pumped her full of steroids to no avail. She finally went with DD to an herbalist who told her that the flu shot she had taken a week before the onset of the RA caused it. She's seen quite a few cases. She gave the woman some herbal meds and the RA is gone. Docs won't admit this happens, even though their patients come forth with their symptoms following the shots. This is yet another reason I never get the shots. This is criminal--the steroids just give these patients another problem and don't fix the RA. This woman always thought my DD was nuts with her campaign against too many vaccines but she has apologized to DD for her disbelief.

    Thank you all so very much for all your good wishes for my trip. Unfortunately, I can't go back to read posts so will just have to pick up here to respond to everyone. This is post #29 so think I'll go start a new thread. Wasn't sure we would have a Porch 666. Let's get rid of it. Not that I'm superstitious or anything...

    Love, Mikie