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  • in reply to: Could use some good wishes – Hopscotch #5315335 Report Abuse
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    Sorry to hear of the challenges that will be coming their way. With family to help out it’ll relieve some of the burden from Gene. I pray that the treatment helps him. I think this whole family knows what’s in store for them and how serious this is going to get. Prayers that they can meet this challenge head on. Good thoughts for you as well.


    in reply to: New credit & debit cards coming! #5314973 Report Abuse
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    My new cards came with some sort of chip and the card can’t be swiped now. I have to stick the end with the chip into the machine and wait until I’m told I can take it out. It’s kind of a pain.


    in reply to: Tuesday in the MidWest 11~25~14 #5314857 Report Abuse
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    Hi Everyone, (I started this at 8 this morning) It’s 10º outside and the sun is coming up. Yes, SUN!! It snowed twice yesterday and DH didn’t do anything to clean the walks. This will be a snow blower day. DH shoveled to the vehicle so we could walk out to the truck but that was it.

    The storm drain openings are now covered with snow from the plows, so the cat issue is a done deal. Now to get my two moved to their new home. I hope she hasn’t backed out. I CAN’T take them along to Thanksgiving. The ear mite situation is still up in the air. It’s day 4 of treatment and the brown ick is still coming out of their ears, but a little less. They were upstairs for 12 hours yesterday and did pretty well. The little male seems to enjoy chewing up on his sister.

    Sandy, I wish I could post the short video of Brylie pushing the high chair; it just makes me smile. She is such a character. I can’t wait for her to taste cranberry juice; I can see the face already. DDIL wants the dinner at her house. I know it so she doesn’t have to deal with Brylie getting into things at DD’s house. Maybe you should find those long pretzel rods and dip the ends of them in choc. and put sprinkles on them. One year I made a big batch of hot cocoa mix and gave everyone a Ziploc bag of that. It was made with pwd. coffee creamer, so all you needed was hot water. Just go do a Google search and you can find the recipes with or without pwd. creamer. You could do those sm. size Ziploc and put in enough for one cup (it about 1/4 to 1/3 cup) and throw some marshmallows in for good measure. Maybe add a teaspoon of crushed candy cane to the bag if some like that. The Lion’s Club was so nice to send you that meal.

    Snow, I’m glad you got your dinner done and it went well. The ham sounds so much easier. Do you sit in the kitchen and visit? I really want these two girls to learn to do this dinner stuff for themselves. I was hoping to teach DD this stuff at her new home this year, so I might just have to get her into the kitchen at my son’s house instead. She’s really never had the opportunity to cook for a crowd. DDIL has had her mom’s help.

    Lair, I know you have about the same snow and cold. How far away is Andy’s house? I hope to see pictures of this project also, and maybe of the kitten also. I thought you said it was a girl; maybe I missed something. I just took new picture this morning of my two. They have changed so much in facial features. I also noticed that their eyes are turning yellow now. I thought it would be neat to have a green eyed cat. Well, blue and yellow make green, so I guess that’s why they had the green look to their eyes; they are working on going to yellow. Ear cleaning is a battle but I found if you wrap them in an old T shirt that helps. Why didn’t I think of that 3 days ago. My two know how to meow very well. They do it when they want out of their pen. The little male is much more vocal. Now they are into the quiet little mewings between each other, Baby Kitten language? Wow, 23# turkey; I bet those guys will woof it down. Sounds like they could use a home cooked meal.

    Carol, I hope you have a great time with you family for Thanksgiving and fun shopping with the girls.

    Well, I gotta get going, it’s almost time for dinner.


    in reply to: Mid-West on Monday Nov. 24 #5314604 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I had the day off and couldn’t do much. We went to see our Edward Jones guy this morning and them came right back home. It was so NASTY out that I couldn’t go do anything anywhere outside of this town. It finally quit snowing and blowing but now it’s snowing again. This weather is so stupid going from 5 to 52 and then back down in the low 20s again in just a matter of days. I wondered where all my birds went and then saw the hawk sitting on top my feeder station. I went out and scared it away. I don’t know if it will stay away, but I tried.

    They had the Holiday parade downtown tonight but I wasn’t walking in that, so it went on without me. The nursing home wanted volunteers to walk. They would give up a $10 gift card for Subway. Sorry, $10 won’t get me to walk or stand outside and freeze my butt off.

    I hope you’re all staying safe and warm. This weather is ridiculous. I have my 2 loaves of bread cut up into cubes and dried down for my stuffing, and the turkey is thawing in my frig. Nothing more I can do for Thanksgiving dinner until this weekend.

    I hope everyone will have a great Thanksgiving. I have to work. I’m sure they’ll have some sort of food for us at work.

    Well, I’m watching the Hallmark channel, so I’m gonna go check out the couch with the kittens. Yup, still got them.

     


    in reply to: What kind of Lap Top do you have? #5314100 Report Abuse
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    ILUV, are you sure the computer is dying or do you have something (malware or virus) corrupting it? I just installed the free Malwarebytes download onto this computer a few days ago; it found 4 things after running the first scan. I had the free version of Malwarebytes on my old computer. I ran the free version all the time but I eventually had to take it in. It kept saying I didn’t have internet access. Everyone else in the house was using their lap tops, so there was internet service. I ran the Malwarebytes and got a bunch of stuff but still couldn’t get on. The Radio Shack guy hooked my computer up to their PAID version of Malwarebytes (covers many more things) and found the one thing that I couldn’t get with my free version. Yup, it cost me $60/hr for just a few minutes of scanning. I didn’t buy the computer from them, so that’s why I had to pay more. He told me if I had gotten the paid version I could have fixed the problem myself.

    As far as lap tops go, you first need to know what you need it to do. If Squirt is needing certain things for school you may need to go to a little more sophisticated computer. Our school ‘gives’ the kids a new computer their freshman year and it’s supposed to get them through their junior year, and then they get a new one to get them into college. It’s paid for by the parents I’m sure as a ‘user’ fee. Their fees also include the downloadable access to textbooks on their computers, so no more saying I forgot my textbook. Maybe talk to some teachers at the school and ask their advice or maybe even make her own new computer a Christmas gift.

    DD got a new computer for Christmas her first year of college after mom and dad found out that she was walking alone on campus at 11 p.m. to go back to her room from the computer lab. Believe me, I slept much better when she went back to college after Christmas. I knew she wasn’t out at night by herself anymore.


    in reply to: MIDWEST SUNDAY 11-23 #5314092 Report Abuse
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    Hi Everyone, It’s 52º and raining. The only snow left are the piles and they are shrinking fast. I found a video from last year of the little Santa I bought. Mine has a mouth on it that you don’t see on the video. Apparently this was out last year, but I still love him. I might not be able to part with him. I work today again, and have the same two co-workers. We had a good night last night. It was foggy, but it had cleared some by the time we needed to go home.

    Lair, This weather is enough to make anyone depressed. It’s more like November weather but sunshine would help make it be better. Glad you got to talk to Charlene and she sounds better.

    Snow, I’m sure you are stuffed by now and in the ‘Turkey Coma’. LOL I was making my list this morning and thought something was missing, but DH checked it and couldn’t see anything missing. We won’t celebrate until next Sat. night on our anniversary.

    Sandy, I hope you can get back in here soon. Maybe you need to send Jill a message.

    Well, gotta go get ready for work.

     

     


    in reply to: Steps to defragment on Windows 8.1 #5313809 Report Abuse
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    Here’s a youtube video that shows you how to do it:

     


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest November 22 #5313797 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, We had freezing drizzle but it’s melting already. I went to Walmart yesterday and spent over 2.5 hrs. in there and left with $254 worth of stuff. I got a new winter coat that made up $54 of that bill. It’s fuchsia colored (it was that or red) and is actually two coats in one. The lining unzips and makes a spring jacket. I got some groceries and supplies for Thanksgiving, but no turkey. I got a $16.97 singing Santa for Brylie. They’ll have to supervise her as it’s not for kids under 3. I pulled one hand loose from the ball before I even got it out of the store, but that doesn’t affect his singing, moving, or the snow flying around in the tummy ball. There’s a snowflake that lights up in red and says, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Here Comes Santa” as it spins around in a circle, all while a guy is singing, ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.’ Grandma might have to keep it. LOL I also got a flag with Santa on it, and another bird feeder. I told hubby he should have come with me. I did get DH 2 bags of coffee and a back pillow to use when he sits on the couch for our anniversary. I already used the pillow myself. I guess that was a gift for both of us.

    I noticed a slight odor about the little female almost from the start but I couldn’t put a finger on what it was. I just last week started suspecting mites after I saw a commercial on TV about ear mite treatment (God Wink), and then saw them scratching their ears. I did a Google search about ear mites and it said they can get brown waxy stuff in their ears and it might even look like coffee grounds at times (mite poop). BINGO!!! I got a 3 pk. of vials for ear mites at Walmart for $4. I had to weigh them and they are 4 and 4.5 lbs. and get 4 drops in each ear. OMG! EWWWW at what came out of the little females ears and just kept coming. It was NASTY!!!!! I think she gave it to the male as well, so he’s getting treated also. His ears aren’t near as bad. Yes, I still have the kittens. The girls didn’t come to get them yet. I’m hoping soon as DH is getting a little testy. She was/is moving, so I can understand. She’ll have to finish the 7 day treatment. Okay, I just did the drops again and got a lot more EWWW from that poor little girls ears! OMG, I feel so bad that I didn’t suspect this sooner. She gets so mad at me while I’m cleaning the ears, but she did come back and purred in my lap.

    Lair, check your kitty’s ears. See if they are dirty. I would hate for you to have to treat 2 big cats and a little one.

    Well I just had someone come to my door with a FedEx envelope that was stuffed in their door which they don’t use very often. This was the survey papers that were supposed to be deliver the next day after they were sent out on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21. I got a call from him wondering about the papers on Nov. 11, and I told him I never got them. He came here to the house Nov. 13 and watched as we signed them and notarized the papers himself; he is licensed to do that. I just called and told him that I just got the papers delivered to me by someone down the street, and he paid $20 to get them sent to me. They were supposed to be delivered to me on Oct. 22. I told him to get his money back and to file a complaint. The papers were addressed clearly as ST. and were delivered to 2nd AVE NW not 2nd ST NW. That’s a block south and then a block west of us. This isn’t the first time this has happened. This really doesn’t give me faith in FedEx anymore. I’m sure the person that delivered this will be hearing about it, because this stuff is tracked and recorded as ‘delivered’ by the driver. I know they just stuff and go.

    This is my weekend to work, so you know where I’ll be. I’ll have a good crew again for the weekend.

    Lair, I hope you feel better.

    Carol, Maybe if you get the rain the snow will go away.

    Snow, Glad to hear that it’s warmed up out there. This was a 100+ yr. record breaker as the most days in a row of below freezing temperatures in November, and the month isn’t even over yet. I hope you have a good time at your DD’s tomorrow.

    I have to go get a turkey bought. There wasn’t any in the size I wanted last night, so I’ll have to get it today. We’re going down to the kids, so I will thaw, brine, and cook the bird and make the stuffing. They are doing the rest.

    Oww, I forgot to tell you the biggest news. DS called last night and got the new job that he applied for within the Principle organization. He will work from W. Des Moines, more driving, but will make $10K more a year. DD also just started the new job as manager of the Carter’s baby clothing store at $2 more per hour than her Walmart CSM job, and he said she LOVES it. She hasn’t quit Walmart yet, but DS’s new job may give her the option to do that now. Brylie is walking 4 steps now, but isn’t quite to the long distance walking. She’s eating more solid foods now, but also has an issue with biting that they will have to address.

    Oh, gotta go get that turkey; I’ll check back much later.

     

     


    in reply to: Steps to defragment on Windows 8.1 #5313348 Report Abuse
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    Go down to the bottom left and click on your start button.

    Click on All Programs

    Look for Accessories, click on that

    Look for System Tools, click on that

    You should see Disk Defragmentor

    I hope that get you where you want to be!

    Update: once you click on Disk Defragmentor, it will put an icon on your little pop up window (above where you will see All Programs), so the next time click on the Start button you won’t have to go through all those steps to find it again.


    in reply to: HELLO from the hospital #5313343 Report Abuse
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    Sorry to hear about the mishap with surgery, but prayers that all turns around and the BP goes up. Hugs and Get Well Soon.


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    I know how you feel. I’ve been in that spot with the tears. It’s called having a ‘Melt Down’, and they are tears of stress that melt out of you. My advice to people, if you feel like crying; let it out whenever it happens or do it in private as soon after as you can. If you don’t, it’s gonna keep happening just like it did. Crying is a stress reliever (ask a dr.); if you hold onto this stress I can assure you IT WILL affect you health. I’ve been down this road. Cry in private if that’s what it takes, but NEVER be ashamed or embarrassed that you cried.

    Now, for the cancer on your DH’s face. I’ve also been down that road NUMEROUS times. My DH was working road construction when I met him in 1979. He was in a profession that sent him home with a sunburn most weeks; he’s paying for it now. He has to make numerous trips a year to the dermatologist, and they continually have to freeze spots off his arms. He’s had various types of skin cancer taken care of on his face, at least 5 times now. See, I’ve lost count. I know he’s had over a 100 spots on his arms frozen; it’s just an ongoing thing with that. He had a large area of cancer removed from the back of his left arm not long ago. My thought was, “Yeah, he always drove his car down the road with that part of his arm out in the sun.” It’s just something that you have to keep on top of. This is why they tell people to wear sunscreen and hats. He didn’t work at all this past year, and now says he’s retired, but the damage is already done. He wears sunscreen and a hat now. You CAN teach old dogs new tricks; it just takes a long time though.

    My DH always told me, “Don’t worry until you actually know you have something to worry about.” Well, now I have a healthy concern for his skin, but I don’t dwell on it. It would drive me nuts! I have a constant ongoing conversation with God or whomever is in charge of DH; I just tell them to keep an eye out for trouble and give us a heads up.

    Stay strong and take the challenge head on. When you have a weak moment, go find a bathroom, or take a drive to a quiet spot or to a friend. Let the tears flow. Then BREATHE IN through your nose until you can hold no more air, and then BLOW OUT THE STRESS through your mouth like you’re blowing out candles. Keep doing it until you feel calmed down. As you start to feel calmed down, start to breath normal again. Works for me; notice I said ‘works’, stress never totally goes away. I try to not get overwhelmed anymore. If I feel it coming on, I quickly stop, get myself focused, and breath in and out. Sometimes I only need to do this a couple times and then I feel better. When I first started doing this I would create a mentally imagine in my mind of stress and ‘seeing’ it going out with those first breaths of air. Now I just breath. I’ve used this on several of my nursing home residents when they’ve gotten panicked, and it really works well.

    Hugs, stay strong, and BREATH! It’s one day at a time or one step at a time. We’re here and you can cry ‘on your keyboard’ anytime. Breath right now if you have to.


    in reply to: Happy Birthday Leroy #5312870 Report Abuse
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    Happy 74th Birthday! I hope you have a special day!


    in reply to: I've never liked Bill Cosby #5312636 Report Abuse
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    I’m not saying he’s innocent, but as far as Janice Dickinson is concerned, I don’t believe her for one minute. It was brought up that she said in her book that he wouldn’t give her the time of day and blew her off; now she’s claiming he raped her. Her claim now sounds more like revenge for getting dissed. She made money from being in the spot light on Celebrity Rehab. The whole world has seen and heard her talk about the alcohol and prescription drugs she took. I just wonder how good or correct her memory is on anything.

    I also heard it mentioned that the statue of limitations has run out on these accusations. I really wonder why they are choosing now to come forward.

    I’m sure his lawyers have advised him to not reply or acknowledge any of these accusations.

    Rohypnol or ‘the date rape drug’ is still out there and is still being used on unsuspecting people. Years back I watched a show where a guy was given the drug and woke up out in the desert. His last memory was talking to two women in a bar. He started to feel woosy. He said the women told the bartender that their friend was drunk and they would get him home, and that was the last he remembers. He woke up the next morning out in the desert. They dumped him out there with nothing. They took his clothes, wallet, and watch. So men aren’t the only ones that use this drug.

    After watching that show I told my DD to never take a drink from something that was given to her that was already opened or that she didn’t see pored herself, and to always keep her hand over her drink. Scary world out there!


    in reply to: Wednesday in the Midwest november 19th #5311564 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, It is so cold and windy outside, and the flakes are flying. I HAD to fill my bird feeders this morning as they were almost empty, and my water pan was down to almost nothing. I don’t want to burn out my water heater. I got just about done and my fingers and toes were really starting to be smart and were getting numb. I don’t want to get frostbite, so I knew I had to get done quickly. I now have happy birds and squirrels. Dang cat almost got a BB but he heard me and left.

    I did finally see the momma cat from the drain going down into the drain this morning and she is a calico underneath and brindle on top. She crawled down into the drain from my side of the street with the grate, so she can get out. If she’s down there when a snow plow covers that hole she is a goner. I don’t know if the kittens are alive or not. My two will be going to their new home tomorrow.

    We have a couple coming to sing to the residents tonight, so that will make getting showers done a challenge.

    Lair, I told my DH about the cat drinking from your glass and he asked me if you purr now? LOL

    Well, I have to corral two kittens and get them back to the basement and then get ready for work. I’ll come back to read tonight.

    Charlene, I’m thinking of you and sending prayers for a speedy, uncomplicated recover.  {{HUGS}} You’re about 60 miles from me. Gunderson or Mayo?


    in reply to: How do you cook your squash? #5311387 Report Abuse
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    Good grief girl, go get yourself a new microwave. There are a lot of them out there now that are 1100 watts. My microwave is a 1000 watt and I cook acorn squash in it all the time. I also cook potatoes in mine. I cube them and add about a Tbs. of water and they come out tasting just like boiled potatoes. I make oatmeal in the microwave. I even make single serve apple crisps in the microwave. I cook eggs in the microwave and bacon. One squash cut in half takes about 10 minutes. It kind of depends on the size and how much butter and brown sugar I put in the center. I think you could probably get a really nice one for about $150. I’m waiting for mine to die. It’s a Sharp and I bought it at Best Buy in July of 1997. I guess I should probably be looking for a new one also. I forgot, I even make my Christmas fudge in my microwave.


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