HAPPY TALK

I can’t speak for all of you, but I suspect many of you are feeling the need for a cruise, a day at Disneyland or just some happy talk. I can’t take us all on a cruise, I would love a trip to Disneyland with a new body, but happy talk, I can manage. There is always a bit of a letdown feeling after the holidays. I’m not sure why that is the case; perhaps it is fatigue, the wretched weather this year, or some personal, disappointing experience. We often expect far too much joy, stuff and happiness than others can provide. We may have to find our own.

Like children, many of us adults build the whole experience of being with others up in our minds, work too hard to clean and decorate or simply bake our little culinary hearts out. Half of what we create goes into the freezer after we’ve all stuffed ourselves with “snoball” cookies shedding powdered sugar, Mom’s special Christmas cake, enough chocolate or peanut butter fudge to bring on a diabetic coma.

I love all of the special preparations and try to, each year, make something special for someone. For the last few years I’ve been helping my two youngest and local grandchildren make something special for their parent/ or parents. This year the three of us spent hours making a large picture collage of their Mom, my daughter, before she married their father. We tried to include our family, her pets, her friends and all the homes she lived in growing up and as a young single working gal. When she picked up the children a couple of days before Christmas, I whispered to them, “Shall we put her single name on it?” They whispered back, “Yes, but if you don’t have enough letters, just put Little Beth.”

We had spent all day cutting to fit pics in the frame, pasting and choosing; the hardest part of all.  When we ran out of time, I was the designated elf to place her name on the glass at the top of the frame with some pre-cut sticky, colorful letters. I said a little Christmas prayer, hoping I would have enough letters. Her first name, middle name and last all came together except for one missing “A”. The only “I” I had was in bright yellow and stood out a bit lonely. All the other letters blended in primary colors and it looked so dear but there was a missing “A”. I confess I whispered a selfish little prayer to find a capital A. Looking through the craft drawer I kept uttering, “Please Lord…after all, it’s Christmas.” I could see no letters, loose or on the plastic sheets. I kept rummaging, uttering, hoping when I saw a letter turned over at the bottom of the drawer. It was a yellow “A.” It fit in perfectly and that little answer to a Christmas prayer brought me so much joy filled thanksgiving. When I told a dear friend about it the next day, she said, “But you were expecting to find it.”

She was right; I was looking, seeking and expecting to find that “A.” It reminded me of that old cheer, “Gimme an A.” I was given my “A,” and it was yellow. It looked lovely. As I said a word of thanks, loudly to the ether knowing it would be heard, I was reminded how important it is to be expectant.

Many folks make New Year’s resolutions, but I haven’t nor do I think I ever will. When one lives with chronic illness, the wisest lesson we learn is to live this life we have been given, one day at a time. We’ve learned living yesterday over and over again is fruitless and wasteful. Living for tomorrow and the future may be wise if you’re putting money in the bank but for just plain living, it’s too far away. Today is really all we are truly given or promised. We need to make today count.

I know, you and I have stories to tell about how we got into this health fix but it is done. We live with the consequences of disease or injury today. We may have big plans for tomorrow but it isn’t here yet, so how can we live it? That pretty much leaves us with today. I know many of you are struggling with intense and extreme weather problems this year. Others of you are awash with worry and heartache over your own or someone else’s physical problems. Life is never certain. Funny, isn’t it how the simple word “surprise” can have so many connotations? We can give and attend surprise parties, be surprised by joy and be surprised in an instant by accident or catastrophe.

To be truthful with you, and I always try to be, I love change. I am not always overjoyed with the painful surprises as they drop into my lap, but they do bring change. Without change we become terribly stagnant, static, self-centered and yes, boring. I don’t even like static in clothing or that zap you get from the carpet and also believe those who settle into routines are often some of the most boring folks around.

I realize many of you are saying, “Boy, she should have my life…nothing is ever the same from one day to another.” However, I also know many of you have the sincere desire to break out, go out or shout out. Perhaps, it would be more accurate to say you want up…as in attitude needing to go up in positivity, throw up, toss your hands up or just give up.

I am having a “stay in day” today because I did too much yesterday while out in the pouring rain. Hauling in cold groceries (leaving the heaviest things for Jim), grabbing a few sale items at a shop that is closing and a trip by the video store; that’s it and today, I’m here, and I’m up and down. A whole day spent upright or even sitting would do me in. A full day of lying down makes me feel unproductive, sad and useless; therefore I color each day with a dash of rest and a handful of “that.” That today is continuing to take batteries out of a talking, walking Santa, remove them from imitation greenery swags with bright red bows and wreaths. I have learned too often the folly of leaving batteries stashed into items to corrode from year to year. It’s very damp in most Northwestern basements and ours is no exception. I have discovered paper clips rust here in our beautiful state. Take the green and beauty and you also accept the rust, slime, mildew and lichen moss hanging from trees.

I made a decision after Christmas to leave up our nine-foot fake but beautiful Christmas tree. That decision saved me a lot of work but also brought me an abundance of joy and also brought much pleasure to my two young grandchildren. I decided to decorate a Valentine tree. I removed all the ornaments that were too seasonal for the Christmas holidays, such as Santa, elves and reindeer. I left all things red upon the tree such as red ribbons, red and pink ornaments, any lace and picked up some cute wooden valentines all set to hang. I added more sparking ribbon strands looped around the tree because I love garland. I added more red berries on strings which are in reality colored strands of beads. I needed to replace the angel on the top of the tree and looked around the house for the perfect Valentine angel. On their last trip to Disneyland my family brought home an adorable Minnie Mouse potholder (muff style) that stands alone. I always thought she was too cute to get soiled so she sat on my kitchen cupboard. Now, since she sits perfectly atop the tree, she appears to be smiling more brightly than ever with her red dress flowing around her. I don’t believe Mickey ever made an honest woman of her so maybe she’s just enjoying a bit of rustling beneath her skirts. Who knows?

The grandchildren were delighted with the tree, especially Ms. Mouse. Thanks to Minnie and me, they have been able to brighten up a wet, cold and very soggy Oregon winter. Darkness descends so early these days and light is needed everywhere. I already have large Valentine lights from previous years to hang in windows in both directions since we live on a corner and I hope they bring not only brightness but joy to all who drive by.

Don’t forget to include happy talk in your day, in spite of whatever is happening in your life and remember, be expectant.

118 thoughts on “HAPPY TALK

  1. Hi
    I got attached to the happy face of the last blog .i wanted to know the joke or share it. Was it just pure exuberance in life…I’m sure their would be some happy talk there
    There was an old saying …happy is as happy does….I never understood it,or where it was going…..has anyone heard it before?
    Well love the stories that have your g.kids in Sue. The pic. For your DD must have been so good.
    A tree for all seasons .what a good idea….there’s Easter and summer holidays..the list goes on!
    Yea I find a little bit of silliness goes a long way

    Another good one Sue…I was going to say where do you get them from…but it shows you get them from the tapestry of your life,richly woven
    Chris

    • Chris dear, indeed, my life is rich in so many ways and I don’t really get it when a friend tells me how bored they are. How can life be boring with so much to do and so little energy to get them all in. Picked out some gorgeous material for an upholstery job for a chair and ottoman..the one I burnt holes in by leaving some large Christmas lights on the timer as they lay there? Always looking for a bargain and the upholsterer had some gorgeous leftover creamy beige leather but not enough to do all of it so she asked me about making it leather on the seat and arms and ottoman top and mixing it with a gorgeous paisley print tapestry. Think it will look smashing. Now waiting to see if we can afford it. Loaded up with groceries again today because we have a HUGE storm with wind and rain heading our way from up north by Friday night.
      I know you’re disappointed about DH’s B/P meds not working. Time to research some other things. It can be scary, I know. We’ll chat later..love, Sue

      • That mix of leather and fabric is very “on trend”! Over here .i like it
        Hey….”smashing ” sounds very English from this side of the pond!

      • Chris, I find it interesting regarding the upholstery trend because many years ago as a newly wed I asked my Dad who built a daybed for us for our living room, to upholster it in three shades of tweed fabric on each cushion…hot orange, yellow and beige. All colors of the 70’s. Dad liked it but my Mom always thought I was nuts. Isn’t life strange? What goes around and comes back..so little is new. Sue

    • CHris:
      Happy is as Happy does……I always took it to mean that You are happy because of what you are doing to MAKE yourself happy !

      • Abe Lincoln (a former US President) said, “I reckon most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” For a long time, I made no sense of this remark, until I really thought it through. Now I see the complete truth of it.

  2. Sue~~~Talk about “Happy Talk”—my dear YOU have “Planted an Amazing Thought” that could have bone-weary Moms, Grandma’s, young Working Women–who Hate taking the Tree Down~~doing a major HAPPY DANCE!! You could call it~~”DO NOT TAKE THE TREE DOWN!”

    Take lots of Christmas Items off–whatever you like and start having some VALENTINES Fun! I always struggle with this one—my husband can devour a box of Candy–I am lucky to get a piece or two and then its like GONE. But even a standing Small Christmas Tree could hold a sweet Valentines Heart, or those little Candy Heart Lollipops—obviously keeping it simple is the goal but wow I do see this as a very up-lifting idea–sending FRIEND CARDS–PHOTOS, on it goes.

    Wow–for just a few seconds I had this mental image of Sue or anybody doing this rapid Up/Down Motion in front of the Tree! I will be very honest–this was a Christmas in which I did not put our huge tree up, too much Physical Pain–so we had a tiny antique Ceramic Tree in our Living Room and it was just what we needed.

    I am learning the importance of reaching back to areas of Interest that once held my attention–Sewing, and Craft work have found their way back into my life~~~not that I jumped to them, but fabrics, bows, pretty things have a way of “catching my eye” and now I have begun my very FIRST QUILT! As a little girl I sat beside my Granny and watched her hands move so fast with needle and thread–all the time she slowly would give me lessons on how to quilt.

    So I have a feeling she is “SMILING” as I begin this work. I am also going to find me a Small Tree and get it going for Valentines—if you don’t mind,I would love to send you a photo! Thank you for letting me
    ramble away with Excitement at YOUR wonderful Idea…. We could all use a lot more HAPPY TALK.
    Martha

    • Martha dear, I don’t think I’m the first person to have this idea but it has been fun this year. I have even sat aside a small yet tall imitation tree to use for Easter. My GD wanted me to promise to leave this tree up but I told her I didn’t want to wear our all the beautiful lights and I also don’t want to have to dust it!! My GD said we could pretend to dust it….huh??
      I think anything that brings some fun into our lives, makes us smile and is also legal…is great. My Mom didn’t quilt but was a great seamstress. I didn’t know either of my grandmothers. I started quilting in my forties and have enjoyed it so much. I gave most of them away to the grands when they were born. I think my two favorites are one I made for my youngest GD with six block of counted cross stitch pictures of all the Winnie the Pooh characters and in between I embroidered trees and at the top embroidered their home ground the Twenty acre woods. My second favorite was my first attempt at patchwork and constructing pictures. I took pics of our area and drew and then filled in that pictures with different types of fabric. It turned out queen size and I gave it to my daughter BUT, lest you think I’m good at it…I’m not. I don’t have the right personality for quilting. I think you have to be a bit obsessive/compulsive to do it really well. I sew like I cook…a pinch of this, a pinch of that. The important thing is the pleasure you get from doing it. Enjoy that reward my dear…Sue

  3. Happy Talk, indeed, Sue. I’m sure Beth loved her gift, made with such love. I also like your idea of leaving the tree up. My mother-in-law did that one year as well. It seemed so soon to be taking down Christmas décor this year. I have been doing it piece-meal and still have several things out – mostly winter themed rather than Christmas, but every now and then I walk through a room and find a true Christmas item I missed. Oh well. As Facebook friends have already seen, the wacky weather seems to have caught up with me. I thought I was doing so much better than I feared, then last evening and especially this morning happened. Unfortunately there were things I couldn’t beg out of – like a funeral at church for one, and poor DH’s episode of vertigo, but I rested when I could and my aches and pains needed to take a backseat to keeping DH upright and his world from spinning. At least SB was around when I had to go to church. He knows a thing or two about vertigo, too, unfortunately. This evening SB came in and informed me his car needs a new alternator. Guess we’re calling the garage tomorrow morning, and I’m taking him to work. Hope the freezing rain is through by the time we have to leave. I really hate this weather lately. An early spring would really make me a happy girl!
    Fading, folks. Please know you all continue in my prayers. Some said at 4 this morning. Ugh. Praying for a full night’s sleep tonight.

      • Hi, Chris, not sure why DH gets the vertigo, but after having it once he now seems susceptible to it from time to time. He is usually very careful about how he moves and gets up, particularly after a recent episode. It may have first occurred as a virus? I can’t quite recall. SB, of course experienced it as part of his migraines. Thankfully, I have not had the pleasure. Thanks for the well wishes. If this weather would settle down, it sure would help!

    • Dear Lyn, I hope so much that you are feeling better today. I know..this weather is so difficult to deal with and takes a toll on us that is difficult for others to understand. I’m married to Mr.” no jacket for me thank you.” Last night we went out for a quiet Chinese dinner..at least I had Chinese, he had chicken fried steak with gravy and FRIES.I felt so silly and often do..bundled to the teeth with hat, glove, raincoat and three layers beneath and he’s in his work cloths, arms bared. I think I’m jealous of him not even feeling the cold or minding the rain or snow.

      I was so sad to hear about SB’s friends Dad. It’s time to pray for a miracle. Life is so uncertain and we never know. Another tragic example of the importance of living for today. I hope he did and will again. I don’t understand how the nerves caused the vessels to obviously tear or spill…I’ll have to read up on it. I know you will take care of yourself as best you can, previous obligations aside. Wish you could sleep better at night. Thoughts and prayers for you and your son’s friends family at this time…Love, Sue

  4. Sue:
    Wonderful !! I too welcome change. Always have, it is exciting to me, and with change things are either better or worse. However, it is the forward motion I believe that excites one. Not many people are open to this, I am reminded of this every time I suggest doing something different at church 🙂 .
    Rest up dear friend. This weather has wrecked havoc on me as well. Not felt too good the past couple of days. Doing a little work and resting. I have had a big craving for a Rueben Sandwich. SO…I got the things to make it and made me one for supper ! very GOOD, then had a little snack of sauerkraut afterwards. I am gonna rest up tonight and clean house tomorrow. Getting cluttered up again.
    Take care dear.
    Love
    Tonie

    • What is a rheuben sandwich?!
      When my clutter is cleared away it always makes me feel better.like getting at the cupboards and having a good clear out.

      • Chris:
        A Rueben is made with Pastrami, swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread. Grill it, and then put spicy mustard and thousand island dressing on it. Yummee ! They usually sell them in Jewish Deli’s (best ones I ever had were) But mine was pretty tasty in it’s own right !! Have you made your biscuits yet ?? Probably not with all that has been going on huh ?
        If I get my clutter picked up today, I will not be going any deeper into the mess !! 🙂
        Take care
        Tonie

    • Tonie, doesn’t surprise me at all that you respond as you do to change. I know that those of us who have so many “interesting” experiences in our personal lives somehow learn to adapt more easily than those who have more predictable lives. Neither or ours have been.
      It’s interesting about your version of a Reuben. Out here on the west coast a Reuben sandwich is made with slices of corned beef, toasted rye bread, sauerkraut and yes, the thousand island dressing..oh so good. Tonight it’s going to be French Dip made with roasted beef and French rolls in Got to be meet the kids at their school buses soon so must rush but will be back later. Also going to make a Devil’s food cake with nice dark chocolate frosting. Enjoyed seeing Carol’s horses on FB..Love ya, Sue

      • Tonie, How could I have forgotten that our Reuben’s have melted mild white cheese to help the whole gooey effect….Sue

  5. Sue, what a wonderful blog, and with -40 weather it is a good thing to think happy thoughts!
    I’m sure your tree looks beautiful in pink and red, and when Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it will be time to adorn it in Easter colours; brightly painted eggs and maybe Mr. Easter Bunny himself perched in the spot reserved for angels … and now Miss Minnie Mouse! We have two artificial evergreen trees in urns standing guard at our front door, and one year I made them into Easter trees, with colourful eggs hanging from their branches. At their base I filled the top of the urn with Easter grass in all the cheerful colours of spring and new life, and the hope of warmer days to come! One sunny morning I went out onto the porch and found that a mother robin had made a nest that was cleverly tucked under the porch ceiling, sheltered from the spring wind and rain, and in that nest was woven my colourful Easter grass … yellow, green and mauve, what a beautiful sight! That mother robin became quite tame, and I often wondered as I watched her blue eggs hatch and the baby robins learn to fly, if she thought that colourful grass had been left there just for her!
    It is way past my bedtime and time to sleep. Love and prayers for all … Nana B

    • Nana B . what a sweet story. I have a rather vivid imagination and as I read your words , I could see it all unfolding in my mind. I always felt sorry for people with no imagination 🙂 Robins are so beautiful and colorful she most likely did think that. An expecting mother needs to perk up her surroundings you know ! So sorry it is still so cold . We have warmed up to the 30’s and are having rain. Carol just stopped by and brought me a pair of insulated overalls that her hubby didn’t wear anymore. Will be good if it gets cold again. I am slowly turning back into a cold weather person.
      Do take care
      Love
      Tonie

    • HI NANA B……..A VERY SWEET STORY, WE GET SUCH A LOT OF ROBINS HERE IN FRANCE, I LOVE TO SEE THEM ON THE FEEDER IN THE GARDEN. HOW ARE YOU DOING, I HAVEN’T SPOKEN WITH YOU IN AGES….LOVE JENNIE XX

    • Nana B, I’ve re-read this story many times now. It’s just so nice and puts a smile on my face and I can picture that happy Robin. Thanks for sharing a joyful story. take good care of yourself.
      XXX

  6. For those of us inclined to prayer, and I know so many of us readers and commenters are, I share this and ask for prayers for one of my son’s friend’s family. He rushed in last evening asking to borrow a car to meet his friend at an area hospital. The boy’s father was there and it was not good, but he didn’t know any details. He texted me around midnight to say the boy’s father experienced an AVM nerve burst in his head, flooding his brain with blood and pushing his brain to the side. At that point it was a waiting game for the inevitable. SB did come home overnight, but was careful not to wake us so I have no update after midnight, but prayers for his friend and his friend’s family would be greatly appreciated. How awful and how shocking.

  7. Lyn
    What a sad story,yes prayers

    Tonie
    Nope you are right ain’t made em yet.
    As you say too much going on….plus….I’m not a cook that can do cakes etc easy ..like savoury yep no probs do what I have with what I got….but the biscuits I have to plan.!.i can see me making them in a few weeks. Prob. sound daft to you who just do it just like that…but I’ve got no confidence with baking
    I envy you Tonie as your such a good make it all the time cook…..so yep it’s on the cards for shortly
    DD coming over this w.end……she’s no blimmin good either with baking!
    Waiting for dr to ring with the results of biopsies for me she said she would try this morning ,but no luck yet
    Ok back later Chris

    • Chris:
      I thank you, but I am really not unique in my cooking abilities. Sue, for example is an excellent all around cook, as is Lyn. Most of us grew up with our mom’s and grands cooking all the time, fast foods or eating out were far and few between, so you learned or did without 🙂
      I have a ham cooling in the oven. They had Smithfields on sale at the store so I got a small one to cut up and freeze for later sandwiches. Smells good in here. It has a green candy apple glaze for it, but I won’t use it (not on the ham)
      So..ham, sweet potatoes and something green for supper tonight !
      Take care and let us know what happens
      Love
      Tonie

      • I bet that smells good,I just luv sweet pots
        Well no biopsy back as yet..but gynae letter sent after op, saying he thought it would come back benign,so that’s at least good enough to hear for the weekend
        My early life was moving about so never around my GM much,but she had RH and was bedridden I always remember sitting by her bed and talking for ages …my GF did all the cooking and that was all main meals,never ate cakes and things.
        Then my mum always went out to work full time,so what I learnt I suppose was bits here and there. I’m not a bad cook just not cakes and stuff…..but come a few weeks I shall have them biscuits done..looking forward to doing them
        Keep warm in that suit when you go out this w.end
        We are going to photo a tank in a water tower tomorrow after b.fast out!!! we do live the high life..not
        Chris

      • This was the first Christmas for several years we didn’t have a Smithfield ham. They are wonderful….Sue P,S. Next you’ll be making split pea soup or white small beans..that would be Jim’s preference.

    • CHRIS MY LOVE….,IF YOU DON’T HAVE CONFIDENCE WITH BAKING……CHEAT, I DO WHEN I AM TIRED OR TOO BUSY WITH OTHER STUFF, JUST ROLL OUT THE PASTRY AND LINE A DISH, CHUCK IN SOME SEASONAL FRUIT, SPRINKLE WITH CRUMBLE MIX (SUPERMARKET BRAND) BUNG IT IN THE OVEN, THEN LIE AND TELL EVERYONE YOU MADE IT YOURSELF…..WHO’S TO KNOW?? ANYWAY, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE ROLLING AND SPREADING, DIDN’T JUMP INTO THE PIE DISH ITSELF DID IT??? LOVE YA…JEN XX

  8. My prayers are added, too, Lynn.
    Sue, I needed the happy talk today. Thank you so much for this blog. I’ve had a miserable few days. I’ve finished my antibiotics, but no Humira, and Crohn’s is biting my butt. Fibro has kicked in too. Last night was just a session of toss and turn. Every inch of my body hurt and just screamed with pain. Today, my left leg just refused to function. To the point, I couldn’t even walk with my walker. I had to call for help to even go to the bathroom. This upset me, and I began to cry and told my son “this is no way to have to live out your old age”. So, happy talk and thoughts were very needed. I had to crawl off my pity pot. Life is what it is, and there is still plenty of beauty and good, no matter what else.
    I love the idea of your tree. One year I did a tree in nothing but white lights, red bows, and candy canes. I bought a huge stash of the canes, so hubbies grand kids (and my kid) could eat the canes off the tree. When we took the tree down, all we really had to remove was lights and bows.
    Barb, love the story of the robin. I hope she did think the grass was put there for her. All God’s creatures need to feel special sometimes. Ed keeps his motorcycle helmet hanging on the carport wall. Every year a bird builds a nest in it and lays eggs. He would just grab another helmet and leave her home alone. It was precious to watch the little family. He has this thing about “new life” coming to your home. He gets excited when a frog hatches in one of the little running ponds he built.
    Amazing what just reading the happy thoughts blog has done for me. Thank you. I love you, lady.
    Linda

    • Linda, How kind of you to react as you did. I think it proves how very similar many of us are…from all over, with many conditions, with our families and our pain in common. I know dear…those down days can be a bummer.One day last week I had the weepies and told Jim through my tears as he hugged me, “I just feel like I’m going to end up an old pile of bones on the floor. ” We each have those days and just have to keep going like the little Energizer “Bummy.” Yes, I said hat on purpose. Lately I’ve been feeling very frisky. Went into my SIL’s lumber yard/hardware store yesterday and said, “Hi guys, I’m just here for a screw.” They all looked at me, and know me well enough to laugh. I said, “Boy, bet it’s been awhile since an old lady walked in and said that.” One of them told me they had a lady walk in one day and say she needed a screw for Ken. Turns out it was a broken leg on a Ken doll. Guess she should have called Barbie.
      Actually that was all I was there for…a screw had come out of a cupboard door I use often. I loved hearing about Ed’s helmet bird’s nest. He’s a tender man like my Jim. Feel better dear heart and just remember to take it one day at a time and to keep it as happy as you can. Sometimes those big tender guys can really surprise you.
      Oh Boy is that wind hitting the house. Shakes this old Victorian, it surely does. I just checked out the porch to be sure nothing can wheel on off..like some of those pot holders on wheels or any light plastic stuff…Hang in there dear lady..it is worth it. We’ll happy talk anytime you want to. Love you much, Sue

    • LINDA……….I FELT SO SAD WHEN I READ YOUR POST, ITS HARD WHEN YOU JUST FEEL LIKE GIVING UP, IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN TO US ALL FROM TIME TO TIME, I KNOW IT DOES ME, BUT YOU HAVE TO KEEP PLODDING ON, AND LOOK WHAT YOU GOT FROM SUE’S NEW BLOG, A NICE UPLIFT……TAKE CARE SWEETHEART….LOVE JENNIE XX

  9. Lyn, any news concerning the father of SB’s friend?

    We woke up this morning to light snow but the forecast tells us it is going to rain … how crazy is that?
    No wonder our body’s are hurting with the weather we are experiencing this winter!
    Hope everyone has a great weekend and don’t forget the “happy talk”!
    Nana B

  10. See as Sue does just whip up a choc .cake.! See what I mean.

    Sue
    This bleeding its not continuous now,but if I go to the toilet there it is fresh blood.been trying to do nothing but did some hoovering ,some time later it got sore again and blood again .dying down but a bit sore
    I suppose this will keep doing it untill it dies down and goes
    But gyny and instructions say only lasts for 3 days…….who are these ones who fit this bill?
    Still taking the augmentum and live yogurts
    But I’m gonna go out for b.fast tomorrow regardless it can just bu..er off!
    Be back Chris

    • Chris dear, vacuuming and sweeping and mopping can use those abdominal muscles and back and may be the extra cause of your bleeding. Enjoy tomorrow but do keep an eye on it for any excess or cramping.
      Now as far as me and whipping up a chocolate cake, I used a mix because I didn’t realize I was out of cocoa baking chocolate. I had one bar of Sweet German Chocolate with a half cube of butter in the microwave and added sour cream to make the frosting glossy. I always but in a bit of liqueur to give it a bit of extra ping. Today I used creme de Cassis. My SIL accuses me of trying to help the grands sleep better…don’t think a tblsp. of liqueur is going to do that. I bought a bread mix yesterday in which you add beer. Interesting. I have some old beer in the fridge I keep for beer batter for mushrooms, and other vegies. Should still be good to bake with.
      Now, enjoy your breakfast out with your DH..okay? Love, Sue

      • Chris:
        I was going to tell you but seems they all have, use a MIX. THey have some wonderful ones on the market,and you can always jazz em up a bit with a box of pudding and some oil . Chocolate syrup, flavorings, And if you want to make a fruit cobbler, here is the easiest one I know:
        1 cup of flour (self rising or plain, if palin use 1 TBS of baking powder)
        1 cup of water
        1 cup of sugar
        1 stick of butter
        1 cup of fruit , your choice
        preheat to 375′
        melt the butter in the bottom of a square pan
        mix all the ingredients except the fruit and pour into the pan
        add the fruit in the middle
        bake until brown and bubbly !!
        CUPPACUPPACUPPA !!
        Love ya
        Tonie

  11. That my dear Sue was just what the doctor ordered. HAPPY TALK. So much fun to hear about your precious present for your DD. I really love the idea of a Valentine Tree. We got married on Valentine’s day, will be 38 years this year. Makes me want to put that little tree back up and decorate it for Valentine’s day. I think I will decorate my norfolk pine instead. Thinking of making cookies and then cinnamon hearts made of cinnamon and applesauce. I always loved to bake, gee at one time I wanted to open my own shop. Even had a name for it, THE SUGAR SHACK. BUT back then there were not enough people living here to make a go of it. Today it would work well with all the new families which have moved in. All working mom’s and dad.s but now I can no longer bake like I use too, my hands just don’t work well and the rest of my body. Heck I just about no longer bake. I have diabetics and my husband just doesn’t eat like he use too. I use to make cakes for everyone. Wish I could get those pics out and scan them to show you what I use to do in my spare time. Made my parents 3 tire 50th wedding anniversary cake. What good memories you brought up today for me Sue. I also like change, it just makes me brighten up.
    These days I take great joy in my plants. I did put all the Christmas decorations away except for a few I missed here and there but I also have a collection of snowmen which I have now taken out and decorated the kitchen, living room and dining room. I had so much fun doing that. It all makes me happy and that is what is important cause of all the pain we all endure daily. Happy talk, yes indeed!
    Thank you Sue my special angel.
    God bless, love you to the moon and back.
    XXX

    • Oh Heck Suzanne…tweren’t nothing. I see we have another good cook on board here at the pain blog. I am sorry you’re diabetic though..takes some of the fun out of it. Hope you enjoy those snowmen..love them myself, and do the Valentine’s..how romantic to be married on Valentine’s Day.
      I’m also a plant lover..have to have them all in right now. Sprouting some Christmas cactus and geraniums along with my usual blooming African violets. Only have one blooming Christmas cactus right now. Gonna be a long night tonight with these strong winds shaking the house.I can stuff hitting the paint job right outside the bedroom..think it’s some of those thousand camellias that are ready to bloom. Hope old windows stay in place but it is unnerving to hear that wind and to feel it moving the house as it does. Jakie is deaf and little George is in his kennel and doesn’t seem to mind it..thank the Lord. Take care now and rest well. Love, Sue

      • Sue:
        I remember the night I stayed at my son’s when he lived in that old Victorian. We had a tremendous rainstorm and I thought those old windows were going to shatter any moment ! They had a huge staircase with floor to ceiling windows on the landing ! We made the kids all go and sit in a room where the windows weren’t so dramatic. I can tell you I was scared !! I can imagine hoew you feel. But it is like my son said, “those windows have been there for 150 years, they are not likely to just shatter now !”
        Be safe !
        Love
        Tonie

    • HI SUZANNE…..HAPPY TALK INDEED, SUE HAS GIVEN US ALL A BIT OF A LIFT, JUST WHAT WE NEED IN JANUARY. I TOO HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY, MY DH AND I GOT ENGAGED EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO THIS YEAR….HAPPY DAYS HUH?? THE CAKE YOU MADE SOUNDS AMAZING, I DID MY BROTHERS WEDDING CAKE MANY YEARS AGO, A CONTINENTAL ONE, TOOK ME 6WKS TO MAKE, BUT I WAS SO PROUD OF IT………………………HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND…….LOVE JENNIE XX

      • Hey Jennie, what is a continental cake? Wow 6 weeks to make, ohhh, that is a long time my sweetie. Never heard of that over here, or maybe we use a different word. Well now, see, we have more in common than pain. You got engaged and I got married on Valentine’s day, how sweet is that?
        Love you Jennie poo.
        XXX

    • Suzanne:
      Would love to see your cakes !! I also have snowmen all over the house. I will leave them out until spring has sprung !
      Love your idea of the cinnamon hearts, how do you make them >??

      • I’ll have to get my recipe out and send it to you. Wow, you have snowmen too! How cool is that? I will leave them out for a while but then I will also decorate for Valentine’s day and then of course there is St.Patrick’s day that I celebrate by myself these days, but as children it was a big deal. We had a day off from school (St.Patricks’s school) we would all go to mass and then out to breakfast. In the evening we would all go to the Palace Montcalm and watch an Irish Show and then back to a restaurant to eat once more. Oh my I’m going back years now. None of that happens today.
        Memories have been really coming out with all this HAPPY TALK. Thanks Sue……
        Love to all
        XXX

      • Would love to dig them out but that is a whole lot of work. Upstairs somewhere in a bunch of picture albums from 1978…….then whenever we got a digatal camera and now they are on my computer. But since I have the camera I haven’t made one of my beautiful cakes. One day I might come across them and I’ll try and send them to ya.

  12. Lyn, any news of SB’s friend’s father yet?
    I always go to the bottom of the page and see “recent post”. If there’s anything new on the last blog, I hop over to read it. I think this new format is so much easier to follow.
    I’ve always had Russian dressing on Ruben’s. But, that’s so similar to thousand island. It’s a great deli sandwich, for sure.

  13. Sue as usual your blog entry gave me much to ponder. I used to talk about positive self talk to my patients and how negative self talk can be such a massive part of how we identify ourselves. I of course was not then nor am I now a routine practitioner of what I preached. The weather this week has made me take a great look at where I physically (reality check) and emotionally as my pride had to shut up and let someone do a few tasks I used to love doing. I asked for and accepted help to clear 2 feet (some spots more) of snow from my roof and carport (to make the melt easier not because the roofs might collapse under the weight). He did some extra shoveling too so it was easier for me to get from the house to the car. It has made life a bit easier. When the temps were well below zero Fahrenheit I was suprizingly content to stay home with the dogs. Contentment is a newer emotion for me and I admit I like it.

    Lynlee, I will keep SB’s friend, his father and SB in my prayers. Such an aneurism is tragic.

    • Laura, I hear so much growth in your voice. Glad you got the help you needed. Contentment and peace so often make fine partners. I hear from the news your area is warming a bit.We are being shaken..gonna be along night.
      It all takes time my dear and there is no speeding it up but there is acceptance and that does help. A new life is always available to us when we let go of the past…right? Rest well, gonna grab an old movie now…Love ya, Sue

    • LAURA….DELEGATION, I’M UP FOR THAT, ONLY THING IS I ONLY HAVE MY DH TO DELEGATE TO, AND HE IS KNACKERED, HA HA!!!! HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING WARM WITH THOSE LOW TEMPERATURES YOU ARE HAVING.,,,,,,,,,,,LOVE YOU……….JENNIE X

      • HELLO, HAD TO GO ON MY LAST REPLY AGAIN AS THE PUTER DIDN’T SEEM TO WANT TO BE CONVENTIONAL.
        TONIE….HOW ARE YOU? YOU KEEPING BUSY WITH MISS ALICE STILL? WHATS HAPPENING WEATHERWISE IN YOUR REGION, ITS DANK GREY AND MISTY OVER HERE, GOT ALL THE FEEDERS UP FOR THE BIRDS NOW, FLIPPING HECK THEY ARE HUNGRY, THEY EVEN FLY IN TO THE COMPOST BIN………………………………..THATS WHEN THE DOG DOESN’T, WHY IS IT YOU FEED THE POOCH GOOD MEALS, YET THE MINUTE THEY HIT THE GARDEN, IT STRAIGHT TO THE COMPOST BIN TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN DRAG OUT….GRRRRR.
        HOPE YOU ARE BEING A GOOD GIRL AND TAKING YOUR MEDS AND KEEPING WARM AND COZY……LOVE YOU MATE….JENNIE POO XX

  14. Hello, everyone. I’m sorry to keep all hanging. Boy, it’s been busy here! I’m afraid after a busy morning I laid low the rest of the day. It may be warmer here, but it was also very damp, which my body didn’t (and doesn’t) like. Well, no miracle. SB’s friend’s father passed yesterday at 12:33 pm. SB said he didn’t think it really hit his friend until yesterday morning, which a we all know can happen. Continuing to pray for all, including SB. DD confirmed my suspicion that SB was not dealing as well as he’d have us think. Prior to finding out about this situation, he was out with another friend who was hit hard when his two dogs were playing, it escalated into a fight (maybe, or perhaps just really overzealous play – I don’t know, I wasn’t there) anyway, the one dog scratched the other’s eye out. They rushed to the veterinary emergency hospital, but ended up putting the dog to sleep. Sweet little boy used to be best buds with our greyhound, Star. 😦 SB’s friend held him during and said Fritzie licked his hand before going under. Poor kid. So, two of my boy’s friends are really hurting and my dear boy is feeling like he’s not there for them like he should be and that he’s not strong because he cried. Looks like Mom has some work and some educating to do. Carefully. DD said she will be there for him and will let me know if there is something additional to worry about. Good to know they have each other’s backs when the chips are down. He also has a very good group of friends who will all be there for each other. Another rite of passage. Not one of the more pleasant ones.

    More in my head and heart to say to each of you, but must log off for a while. A warmer, but another damp day today. Oh fun. Oh, at least we got the boy’s car to the garage. He feared he needed a new alternator but it was his battery and something else as well (sorry, I forget what now). Waiting for a part, so we are without his car until some time later Monday. I guess he’ll be borrowing my car a lot unless I need to get out. Take care. L

    • Lyn, Oh dear. How awful for your son’s friends family and also for SB. Two tragedies in one day is a great deal to absorb. He will probably earn a great deal through this and I totally understand that you will all be there for him and also hurting along with him. Prayers of comfort. Not all learning moments in life are pleasant, as we all know too well.

      I am sorry you’re hurting so much and yes, I would also blame it on the weather. I can hardly move today after being awake from the wind, a frightened pup and the weather. We will get through this as will you but the in between can be a bitch…I know. Find the joy and comfort where you can..Much love, Sue

      • Lyn, so very sorry for everything that has happened in such a short time frame. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.
        Hope the weather cooperates so you will not be hurting so much. God Bless!
        XXX

  15. HI SUE…………….THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE NEW BLOG, LOVED IT, BEEN HAPPY TALKING SINCE IT WENT UP….WELL DOING THE BEST I CAN TILL WE GO TO THE HOSPITAL ABOUT MY DH ON MONDAY….KEEPING POSITIVE, GOT TO HAVEN’T I, CAN’T LET HIM SEE UNHAPPY TEARS. IF ALL GOES WELL WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR BEST TO GET HOME TO THE UK IN MAY AND STAY WITH TIM AND CLAIRE, AND HOPEFULLY BARRY’S CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO COME AND SEE THEIR PAPA, AS IT IS ONLY A 48MINUTE DRIVE. IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TRAVELLING FOR ME, BUT BECAUSE OF THE TIME OF YEAR, I SHOULD NOT BE SO STIFF……………………HOPEFULLY, SAYS SHE!!!!!!! I HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND MY DEAR FRIEND, AND THAT YOU ARE NOT IN TOO MUCH PAIN…………WITH LOVE, JENNIE XX

    • Jennie, glad you liked the blog. I know it won’t be long until Monday and you’ll get DH’s results. Prayers continue..you know that. I’m pleased you’ll be going home for a visit in May. It will be okay. I know the sacrifice you’re making physically but it’s one of those choices we sometimes make, knowing what will come both good and bad. Hope DH does get to see his kids also. Won’t it be fun to see Tim’s new home?
      I’m doing better, taking it a bit easy with many rest stops in between all the cleaning and chores. We’re in the midst of a terrific windstorm right now, rocked the house all night. Must order some calming tablets for George. Poor little guy was shaken up a bit. It kept me awake half the night with the shaking, hoping the old windows would hold and comforting little George. Jim slept through it along with Jake. Wind is strong and rain pounding the windows. Should be gone by tomorrow. Take care dear friend and keep holding onto those happy thoughts and talk. Love, Sue

  16. DEAR FRIENDS, READERS, PASSERS BY, jUST POSTED A PICTURE OF OUR VALENTINE TREE ON FB. THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE IT “LIVE.” LOVE YOU ALL…SUE

    • I saw it on FB Sue, it’s really adorable. I can see why your grandchildren love being at your house. I would like to be there also. Good for you my dear lady.
      XXX

  17. Hi Tonie
    Just seen on news some water in Charlestown has been contaminated does it inc. your area?
    Lyn
    So sorry for such bad news
    All best Chris

  18. Chris:
    No dear, Charleston is a few hours north of here, but those poor people can’t use water for ANYTHING. There are trucks here taking water up to them. Prayers that they will get it cleaned up soon. How quickly that can happen !

    Lyn, death that we encounter first hand really gets to us. I can remember my first friend who died, in the 8th grade, he drowned. I was so upset. But I pray he will come round and feel better as time goes on. Men and their not crying ! I always feel like they are more of a man when they cry !

    Jennie Poo !! Prayers for you and DH at church today ! Let us know what is going on okay?? I have laid low yesterday, it was so rainy ! I hurt so bad last night, I took 2 pain pills which I NEVER do, but it was some awful pain and I knew I would never sleep. My nephew and I are gonna patch my leaky roof when I get back from church today. Going to go and pickup my Jeep I let the other nephew borrow and now it is having problems (ain’t it the way ??) So something else to repair when my money comes in. WHat is a contentintal cake ?? Is that one with all the layers ??

    Speaking of recipes !!! Okay here is the email to send me recipes on : toniedalton@gmail.com
    I can start putting them together and then we will see how we can share them. I may be able to put them up on a website, OR we can actually make the books and send them out to everyone.
    Linda, and BSL !! Take care and feel better, Suzanne, I know we will get some good recipes from you !!
    Take care all,
    love ya
    TOnie

    • Oh Tonie sweetpea, what a wonderful idea!!!! Once I get the Rheumy sorted out, I will be able to type up some recipes our family loves. This will be so interesting since people come from all over. We will have a blast trying new recipes when we feel up to it. Hip hip horary for you my girl! See Sue, that is what HAPPY TALK does to people. THANK YOU BOTH.
      love ya big time
      XXX

  19. Tonie
    Yeh.I love recipes like that…cup of this etc…I like the sound of it.i can try that sooner than the biscuits.
    Quick to do…ill have to Google to check the weight of a stick of butter. Temp of oven about 200c?
    I will look up some of my slimming recipes to send … They are the only ones with ammounts .otherwise it’s just chuck what I got in……as I said I’m confident with savoury stuff. Just took a break and googled it one stick is 4oz. Gotta be careful with fruit..so I will use apple and cook it first….be ok?

    I’m sure there will be a good mixture of recipes ,have to have a look
    Chris

    • Chris:
      You can use raw or frozen fruit in this recipe, one of the beauties of it. I usually grab a bag of blackberries out of the freezer and throw it in. one stick is a 1/4 lb. If that helps. I can translate the weights and measures in the recipes if need be. Can’t wait !

  20. TO ONE AND ALL…TONIE HAS COME UP WITH THIS GREAT IDEA TO MAKE A COOKBOOK FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE OR PRINT. GREAT IDEA. HOPE EACH OF US WILL TAKE THE TIME TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE OR RECIPES WITH ALL OF US. NOW I’VE GOT TO THINK ABOUT WHICH ONES ARE MY FAVORITES. IT IS SO WONDERFUL AND KINDLY OF TONIE TO OFFER TO DO THIS…JUMP ON IN EVERYONE..SHOULD BE FUN. LOVE TO ALL, SUE

  21. Tonie, just like you to take charge of the cookbook idea! Oh, dear, Sue’s’ right. How does one decide what to send? Ironically, right now I’m baking a pie! I’ve had the ingredients for some time and just felt like it. I hope it turns out ok. I did take some liberties… 😉 I just checked it to see that the crust wasn’t getting too dark. It smells good… :). What I should be doing is a little exercise. I’ve gotten none in the last several days at all, just too sore from weather and such. I finally felt like I could do a little today maybe. I do find I feel better when I can do some. I suppose tomorrow’s another day. Take care, all!

    • Lyn girl, Oh boy, does that apple pie smell good…is that clove, nutmeg or cinnamon I smell? Take care. I know this current weather has been hard on you. Skipping a day of mild exercise is probably the ticket right now. Sometimes every part of us needs a break and a rest. How’s SB doing? He has my prayers for comfort and hope he is keeping too busy to feel much of what he’s just gone through..for a little while. Love ya, Sue

      • Happy to hear you were able to make a pie Lyn. Good for you! I think I can smell it from way up here.
        Take good care of yourself and all who are hurting there.
        XXX

  22. Tonie, Hope you are feeling better today. Know it’s been a rough week for all of you…Do you want the recipes on private message on FB? Let me know..GD here today with a sore throat. Yes, I’m trying to stay away but she seems to be doing well, poor honey. We’re watching the LITTLE MERMAID 2. It’ really cute.
    Hope you’re warming up back there…lots of rain here but wind has calmed down.A drunken woman hit our telephone pole in the middle of the night. Jim went out to check, to be sure it wasn’t his new car. She was okay but the cops took her to the hospital anyway..Jim knew her from the jail…small town again. Love, Sue

    • Hey Sue:
      Feeling a bit better today. I have an email address for you to send the recipes to:
      toniedalton@gmail.com
      That way they are separate and I can easily get them.
      Poor gd ! Love those Disney movies. I watched last nights Downton Abbey this morning, getting interesting ! I must get the dvd when it comes out.
      Yep small towns, everybody knows everything !!
      Rest up !
      Love ya
      Tonie

  23. Sue, DD and I agree SB seems better. He started classes today. I pray he has a good semester. I’m not sure what to suggest if he doesn’t. He has 2 of his 4 classes with the friend whose father just passed. That should be good for both of them. 🙂 I did get on my little elliptical for a short time after I made the pie. And you would be smelling apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and roasted pecans. Sound good?

    • Lyn, I saw the pic of your pie on FB after writing that…this AM. Looked gorgeous. Hope it tasted as good as it looked.
      I agree with you. SB will bring strength to his friend and also learn from his friend’s trial. I wish life wasn’t so painful..as we all do from time to time. Prayers for both of those fine boys. Love, Sue

      • Oh Lyn I need to become your friend on facebook. How do I do that? I’m under SUZANNE LARSEN maybe that can help.
        I’ll try and find you and become friends. What do you think? I would love to see the pic of your pie.
        love ya
        XXX

  24. Hi all, another step taken in growing up…I’m not sure this being an adult is all it’s cracked up to be. I had to teach my first obedience orientation class without Pow to do the demonstrations. Nessie was stripped naked (work harness removed) and became the demo dog but it wasn’t the same. I haven’t slept in my regular bed since she passed either and I always rested my hand on her while we slept. I’ve stayed in the twin sized hospital bed instead. I’m going to try the big bed tonight, may grab Flirt to snuggle if Nessie doesn’t and I can’t sleep.

    We have had a little January thaw over the weekend and I have the gate to the backyard cleared so I can get a fuel oil delivery. I have used a 1/2 tank still but this has been a bit colder and I want to make sure I don’t run out ever this winter. I have infrared quartz heater (like Eden pure) in the main part of the house and an electric radiator in the parrot room. The furnace tends to only run at night (I turn off all electric heaters at night except the radiator in the small room with the birds they need it warmer). I don’t use a lot of fuel oil but don’t like natural gas and don’t have it to the house. I prefer to zone heat instead of heat the whole house and I’ve gotten rather good at balancing the electric use and oil use to stay comfy over the 23 years I’ve had this house. The poor shelties (Ed and Flirt) are both clipped short and wear sweaters routinely….I think Eddie is a little embarrassed lol. Nessie has her full coat so doesn’t wear “clothes”.

    • Laura, so many changes and adjustments always seem to be coming at us. Hold on while the boat rocks and time will bring ease and healing of the heart. I know there is still so much pain there, both grief and physical and often, both.
      May I ask why you don’t like natural gas?
      Glad you’re out there teaching other pet owners…Love, Sue

  25. Bobsled, I had to smile when I read how you sleep. I usually sleep with a hand on Lily as she sleeps against my right leg. 🙂 I know this is a rough adjustment. An oil refill sounds like a good idea. No, you don’t want to run out! Soon time I must head upstairs to my bed. Sleep well.

  26. Wow: The dates on Lyn and BSL posts are tomorrow morning at 3 am. It is not 11 pm on the 13th yet. Weird !
    Oh well, maybe ya’all moved 🙂
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • The time is never right when I post something ,not really sure why. Oh well not a big deal at all. As long as we can read what is posted, it’s all good.
      XXX

  27. Tonie, GMT maybe?

    I don’t like natural gas (or propane for that matter) due to risk of explosion and pilot lights…had house explode 2 blocks from here and multiple members of same family died… haven’t wanted it to my house since. I actually pay much less for heat doing it this way then most of my friends/family do. Everything in the house is electric except furnace which is fuel oil. When I replaced the original furnace to the house (over 50 years old and working well) I replaced it with a fairly high efficiency fuel oil furnace of same brand. I know I’m probably silly but it is what it is.

    • BSL:
      I am using propane now and absolutely love it. It heats my home so well and cheaply. I have used it off and on for years. And love a gas kitchen stove, cooks so good. And it still works when the electricity is off. But I do understand your hesitation on it. It can be dangerous but so can oil. We have had several people’s homes over the years blow up due to faulty oil furnace. It can be dangerous any type of heating you use. I guess it is all in the hands of the Creator , but we must be careful and diligent in making it safe.
      Take care
      Tonie

  28. Well, rain rain and more rain this am !! 😦 I will be glad when spring gets here and it is just the middle of Jan !!! Anxious much ??
    At least it is not freezing cold and for that I am thankful ! Must be getting ready soon to go be with Ms Alice. My feet are so achy this am. Not sure what is up with that. I did take a walk yesterday perhaps from that. Who knows ?? Dontcha just get TIRED of it all sometimes ?? Ache, hurt , tired, can’t sleep ………But it is all good too. Still alive and kicking (just not very high !!)
    Take care all, sorry for the rant ! Just one of them dayz !!
    Love to all
    Tonie

  29. I know, Tonie, it would be interesting to find out just what time zone we are being recorded in… Sorry you’re achy. Could be a combo of your walk and the dampness. Of course, sometimes they seem to need no reason whatsoever. 😉

    • HELLO JUST TO TELL ALL YOU KIND FOLKS WHO WISHED MY DH WELL FOR YESTERDAY, THAT ALL IS OK, DH GOT TO TAKE MEDS FOR AWHILE, AND HAVE A PSA DONE IN 6/12, BUT WHAT A RELIEF, GOT THE FLIGHTS TO THE UK AND MY KIDS ALREADY BOOKED, GONNA GET ON THAT BLOODY PLANE IF IT KILLS ME……WILL CATCH UP TOMORROW……RECIPE BOOK, FABULOUS, WILL POST ONE TOMORROW, LOVE TO ALL..JENNIE XXXXXXX THANKS ONCE AGAIN

      • Oh Jennie so happy to hear the good news. I’ve been praying for both of you. The power of prayers is amazing when a whole group prays wonderful things happen.
        love ya and God bless you both. I have to get on with typing a recipe. Such a cool idea. Makes me happy.
        XXX

  30. Hi all
    Be back tomorrow DH birthday today AND we went to the coast and found a new nice pub with a wood burner in and had lunch by it AND off the augmentum and I feel so much better off them ,they do make me feel like sh.t! So all good but tired Chris

    • Happy Birthday to your DH. Great that you were able to go out and have a good lunch and stay warm. Good to hear you are off the augmentum. Sounds like life is good right now for you both. Sleep sweet lady and have fabulous dreams. love you big.
      XXX

  31. Went to see my family doc today and I DID GET THE REFERRAL I NEEDED. I HAVE A WHOLE PACKAGE TO BRING WITH ME. TOMORROW MORNING I WILL BE ON THAT PHONE TRYING TO GET IN WITH A RHEUMY. THANK YOU GOD FOR ANSWERING MY PRAYERS AND TO ALL ON THIS BLOG WHO ALSO PRAYED FOR ME.I’M SURE you can all imagine how happy I am even though with this lousy weather I’m in so much pain, but it will not get me down. Once I get the appointment I will let you all know and then I will type out a recipe just for fun. Thanks again Tonie sweatheart for such a fun project.
    Love to all and gentle hugs.
    XXX

    • Suzanne ! So happy you are finally getting to see the Dr you need to. God has blessed this blog this week ! Yes you are right, when we join together in prayer it gets things done ! All in one mind and one accord as the Lord tells us to do.
      Love ya
      Tonie

      • Tonie, I feel the same way as you sweetie, God has blessed this blog this week. All in one mind and one accord as the Lord tells us to do. Hear Hear!!!! Good for all of us. We do make a difference in this whole big world we live in.
        love ya
        XXX

      • Hi, Just to let you know I faxed my file to the Rheumy dept. today. Now I have to wait 6 working days then call them back and they will give me an appointment with the Rheumy they think will work with what is written in my file. I can’t explain how I feel, one minute I’m happy over the edge and the next I’m crying not sure what will happen next. It’s almost scary cause it has been two years and 2 months that I really have been at home and not much contact with the outside world. (in [person) Yes a bit here and there but not that much.
        This probably sound totally stupid but I’m very nervous about what will happen to me. Well okay then just thought I’d let you all know how I’m feeling. Love you all big and would really like to give you all a gentle hug in person.
        XXX

  32. Hi all:
    So happy to see all the good news on here today ! Was a long day today, spent 7 hours with Ms Alice. Then had to go get gas, and chicken feed. Home, fed everything, then fed me ! Made some ‘real” nachos. Ground turkey and onions with spicy spices. Tortilla chips on a plate covered with grated cheese warming in the oven. Then cover with some of the turkey, add chopped lettuce, tomato, homemade salsa and a big dollop of plain Greek yogurt in the middle. Yummee stuff. Much better than runny nasty cheese on chips.
    ANYWAY ! Tummy is full and I am snuggled in bed with the boys watching NCIS .
    Love to all
    Tonie

      • HEY CHRIS, there is no pressure here to put a recipe up. This is just for the fun of doing it. Relax and when you are feeling up to it then just type in the recipe. ALL FOR FUN AND HAPPY TALK remember….
        love you big sweetpea. Take good care of yourself.
        XXX

    • MMMMMM, that sounds so good. And here we have turkeys and never thought of making nachos with ground turkey. Duh!!!!
      You my dear are now making me hungry again. Have to stop eating so much cause I’ll put on all the weight I lost.
      Love you big Tonie
      XXX

    • TONIE…..YOU LOVE YOUR SPICY FOOD DON’T YOU, I USED TO EAT MEXICAN ALL THE TIME, BUT I HAVE TO THINK TWICE BEFORE I DARE TO NOW….BOO HOO!!!! SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A BUSY DAY, A WHOLE SEVEN HOURS WITH MISS ALICE, IS THAT THE NORM, OR LESS AS A RULE?? ARE YOU STILL HAVING IT COLD WHERE YOU ARE, WE JUST GET ENDLESS GREY DULL DAMPNESS DAY IN AND DAY OUT, A BIT LIKE CHRIS, WITH THE ODD SUNNY DAY THROWN IN TO STOP YOU GOING BONKERS. HOW ARE YOU GETTING ON WITH YOUR “DOWNTON” FINISHED NOW? DID YOU GET TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS EDITION??……….KEEP WELL AND WARM SWEETS, LOVE YOU….JENNIE POO XX

      • Hey Jennie Poo !
        Usually I only sit with her for 4-5 hours a day. And yes, we are still cold and gray as well. Today they are calling for snow showers later on 😦 hope not. Oh yes, I finished Downton ages ago. couldn’t stop watching it, now Judy is watching it. I am watching it on PBS online now. But I still want to get the DVD, they have good extras on it. I didn’t see the Christmas edition, no. Unless that was the first 2 hour part ?? Course we are a year behind you. Have a wonderful day love. I see some sunshine out there this am, maybe it will warm up a bit !
        Love
        Tonie

  33. SUE, READ YOU F/B, WILL GET BACK TO YOU LATER TODAY………………….XXXXX
    LYN ….THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, AND FOR EVERYONE ELSE TOO, YOU ARE ALL GREAT AND I LOVE YOU TO PIECES XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX JENNIE

  34. SO… no activity today I see. It was snowy this am when I went to work, beautiful in the trees, covering the dead grass and mud. Then on the ride home it is gone ! Good snow, gone snow. But more mud and dead grass to see ! Oh well, supposed to be more snow tomorrow ! Yippe 😦 not ! Hope you are all well and okay. Take care and
    Love to all
    Tonie

  35. Tonie, your idea if a recipe book is great! Just wondering … do you want everything entirely from scratch, or can the recipe include cake or pudding mixes. Sometimes when we are hurting and fatigued, easy is good, and since I began to find making dinner for our family more difficult, I started to collect make ahead recipes! That way you can spread the required energy over several days and not be ready to hit your bed when it is time to sit down and eat … and yes, it has happened to me!

    • Brenda (pommum) It’s my opinion any recipe you think is good is great. What is the great virtue in “from scratch?” I use a lot of mixes, etc and think it’s no longer important to me to say it is all from scratch. Maybe I’ll write a blog on some of my favorite mixes. I lost all of that pretension for complete control over a meal years ago. It just has to taste good. I’ve fallen into bed often and the other night apparently I fell asleep with an open carton of applesauce for the dogs and Jim, who rarely is awake later than me, saw it fortunately and took it out of the bed.I find the unsweetened applesauce keep them “regular”.Love ya, Sue

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