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Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 17, 2020, 08:48:03 am
Good morning.

Jean - We're at 63 degrees right now but the sun is shining. Cooler weather has arrived.

Interesting (but disturbing) to read about the falls some have had.  Since this lung disease with its severe fatigue, I've had to be very careful, too. I know I don't pick my feet up like I should and my balance is bad. A few years ago I found that I couldn't use bifocals when going downstairs and stepping off curbs. I had just seen our daughter off at the airport in Orlando and was waiting for Chape to come around with the car to pick me up. I decided to step off the waiting area without realizing how high the curb was (distortion from bifocals!) Also had my camera hanging around my neck. I took a flying leap forward onto the pavement. The Skycaps made sure nothing was broken, put me in a wheelchair and told me to stay put till my husband came. I could hear the whole crowd behind me gasping! :-[ I did a similar thing at my daughter's house, thinking I had reached the last stair when there was one left.

Donna called yesterday to tell us her PET scan was clear. No sign of the lymphoma! Best news I've had all year.  :) 

Mary Ann - I can imagine the panic of not finding your hearing aid. As someone said, not noticing you are wearing it is a good thing. I know people who refuse to wear theirs because they're annoying. Speaking of hearing aids, time for me to change the battery!
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 14, 2020, 08:34:34 pm
My hibiscus bush never froze last winter so I didn't cut it back. The result is a huge 10 foot bush that is still blooming. We need to cut it back in a month or so and hope for a good comeback in the summer.

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 13, 2020, 08:06:11 pm
Marilyne - I drink Ensure Plus which is 350 calories. At first I had a hard time getting used to it but now it seems like a treat. It is sweet and maybe that's why I like it.  :)

Maryc - If you should get a cat, be sure there is nothing like D-Con in the basement. Years ago we lost our cat because one of our neighbors used D-Con to get rid of mice and our kitty found one of the dead ones. The vet tried to save him but couldn't.

I agree that anyone wanting a pet should consider an older one.

Not much going on here. Time for Antiques Road Show.

Have a good night all.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 12, 2020, 10:44:24 pm
Mary Ann - Is it a Cyclamen?
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 12, 2020, 10:35:21 pm
Amy - I just noticed where you are from. So much for my theory about northerners growing orchids.  :) Do you have a special place where you keep it?
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 12, 2020, 05:10:17 pm

Jackie - They are expensive when you consider you may never see a bloom!

Mary Ann - The weather here makes it easier to have a green thumb.  :) I haven't known anyone from up north who've had luck with orchids. They need humidity and not much watering. My daughter bought this at our Publix! It likes my kitchen window.

Jean - Your cactus is beautiful! My granddaughter brought me a cactus in full bloom for Christmas. I hope it does as well as yours. Are you saying you leave it on the porch year round? How about when the temps drop to freezing (which hasn't happened this year). The pups are sweet.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 11, 2020, 10:34:27 pm
Okay.......Now I'm hoping to see some more pictures. Old ones are okay! How about some snow photos. I love this Florida weather but I do miss seeing some snow now and then. I took the orchid pic with my I-Phone. Easier than my camera....
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 11, 2020, 10:26:14 pm
Last May my daughter gave me a teacup orchid. It bloomed for about 3 mos. (which is normal) and I didn't expect another bloom for a year. Lo and behold it started again on Christmas. So far it has 7 blooms. It has at least 6 more buds.

Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 11, 2020, 09:58:19 pm
Thanks for all the nice comments on the girls. They were one day old in the photo.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 11, 2020, 09:36:24 pm
Mary Ann - I find your "filling up space" interesting! Keep up the good work.

My daughter, Lauri, was born in 1959. How sad for Norm's boys to die so young. Good luck to Tom with his weight loss.

My life is so humdrum now. I seldom leave the house. It was so nice today that I spent some time outside. It's 74 at 9:30 p.m. Chape just checked and the forecast says the next 7 days will be in the 80s!  We're bound to get a cold spell soon.

Chape has recently lost nearly 20 lb., while I'm drinking Ensure Plus trying not to lose more.  :)

Jenny - I hope Bob feels better soon.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 10, 2020, 11:20:37 pm
Thank you Mary Ann. You're lucky to be able to see your twins fairly often. These babies are in Vermont, but the parents take a lot pictures!  :)  They are the great-grands of Chape's youngest sister. I had never heard the name Everleigh till last year when my brother and SIL had a great-grand. I have a feeling they'll be called Evie and Ellie.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 10, 2020, 09:06:37 pm
Our new great-grand-nieces!

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 10, 2020, 07:37:56 pm
Bubble - I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better. Chape had what seemed to be a cold but went right into bronchitis. He's completely over it now.

I've had some quiet biggest problem has been extreme fatigue.

Jackie - Sorry you've been having more MS problems lately. Whenever I start to slip into a "pity party" I remind myself that there are others, like you, who have things much worse!

Patricia - Loved that joke! I read it to my husband.  :)

We've had beautiful weather lately. It's 72 degrees at 7:30 p.m.

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 07, 2020, 08:03:12 pm
This hasn't been the best of days for me but I wanted to at least check in.

There are still places in Vermont where you can see the Milky Way, etc. When we lived in Oklahoma and did a lot of night driving I loved to watch the sky full of stars and an occasional shooting star. We aren't close to any city here in Florida so the night sky is still pretty, dotted with an occasional plane going by.  :)

Hope everyone has a good night
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 06, 2020, 11:05:01 am
So sorry to hear Bubble is sick. Thanks for letting us know, Amy. Hope and pray she is better soon.

Mary Ann - 20 years ago you could buy the regular Sudafed over the counter.  :(

Amy - Wow! That's scary.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 05, 2020, 10:00:23 pm
Patricia - My daughter cooks steel cut oats the night before (It takes awhile to cook), puts it in the refrigerator and warms it up in the microwave the next morning. It's a quick and easy breakfast before going to work.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 05, 2020, 09:53:10 pm
It's down to 48 tonight. So much for the warm spell we had recently.

I use the regular Sudafed and have to sign for it. I found that the Sudafed HCI works like a placebo on me. I only take it when I have a sinus headache or during the night when my nose stuffs up so much I can't breathe. I stay away from most cold medicines because they make me feel drowsy and "loopy".

Most of my afternoon was spent searching on and talking on the phone with Donna. We can talk for hours about genealogy and related searches.  :)

Jean - With my lack of appetite I've found I like creamy soups. I have a bag of russet potatoes so I'll try to make some this week. I don't care for canned soups but do like the YES brand tomato carrot bisque. It's made by the Campbell company.

Mary Ann - I'm smiling over the hum you couldn't locate.  :)  My bedroom set is also cherry and about 30 years old. I have no desire to change it, but it does show dust!!

Marilyne - Yes, Disney Springs is a resort. Shea spent several years as a hairdresser and make-up artist so there is probably some make-up involved. I haven't felt well enough for a few months to go to the hairdresser's so when they were here Shea cut my hair. She did a great job. Wish she lived closer.  :)

 Our family has been blessed with a happy event. Chape's youngest sister became the great-grandmother of twin girls, born in Vermont. Both of them weighed over 5 lb. They've already posted pictures on Facebook.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 05, 2020, 08:46:13 pm
Shirley - They are sisters, 27 and 28 years old and just as nice as they are pretty!

I wouldn't exactly say I am "bopping around" but I am still around.  :) I'm going to try staying connected with this great group.

Thanks to all who commented on the photo.
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 04, 2020, 11:52:33 pm
Shirley - What a wonderful gift! You are looking good!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 04, 2020, 10:33:19 pm
I posted a picture of the Disney fans (Brynn and Shea) over in "Photos"
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 04, 2020, 10:28:47 pm
Loved seeing Santa here again! You're looking great, Don.

Bubble - Sunny looks right at home. How old is Aviv now?
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
January 04, 2020, 10:15:04 pm
My granddaughters Brynn and Shea.......Big Disney fans! Posting this as I mentioned them in Bait and Tackle

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 04, 2020, 09:47:39 pm
Shirleyn- Nice to see you posting again!

December brought some good things, too. Donna finished with chemo and now is waiting to have a PET scan to see if the Hodgkins lymphoma is gone. She's been feeling better with more energy every day.

Michael did several big projects around the house for us. He and Jennifer did some serious house shopping while they were here. He now has a good idea of the type and size of house they want. When they left he announced they will be back in the Spring to buy a house! For now it will be a seasonal home. They still have their home in Vermont and an apartment house to take care of. I am really looking forward to seeing them more often.

Granddaughter Erin, her husband and 10 year old, Brody, were in Florida to visit her stepson (he's in college) who was in Jupiter, Florida visiting his mother. On their way back they stopped here for an overnight visit.
A week ago our granddaughters Brynn and Shea (sisters) spent a few days with us. Then went to Disney Springs for several days. They left the men in their lives (Brynn is married) back home.  :)  They're such fun to have around.

This is the first time in 61 years that we didn't have a Christmas tree. Our only decorations were my Nativity Scene and an artificial wreath on the front door! Since we were both sick over Christmas, our next door neighbor brought us a complete Christmas dinner. Can't tell you how much we appreciated it!  We spent most of the day talking and texting with our family.

It rained a lot this morning but cleared up later. Temp outside tonight is 62.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 03, 2020, 10:50:14 pm
I just caught up on all the messages. Thanks to those who were wondering about me! December wasn't a good month here and I didn't do much on the computer. After Michael and Jennifer (son and DIL) left I had a UTI. The doctor put me on an antibiotic which raised havoc with my intestinal system. I won't go into details......not a pretty picture. It has taken me weeks to get back to somewhat normal. Along with the fatigue and weakness I have with my other problems, I haven't been able to do much. I sleep a lot. In the middle of it all Chape had bronchitis. He's doing much better now.

Your liverwurst discussion got my attention. I love a liverwurst sandwich with mayo and a slice of red onion. Haven't had one for a long time. I've been making egg salad sandwiches with a good quality hot dog bun. My egg salad is just chopped up egg, mayo, salt and pepper (with maybe a little mustard added). I don't worry about fat or calories as I'm trying to gain a few pounds. Been too long with no appetite!

Marilyne - When my kids were little they loved deviled ham sandwiches with tomato soup. It's about all my son would eat for lunch. Today he wouldn't even want it in the house!  :)

Welcome MaryC!

Now that I've mentioned all the bad things that have gone on for the past month, tomorrow I'll try to post some of the good things!

A belated Happy New Year to all!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 29, 2019, 11:29:07 pm
Happy Belated Thanksgiving Day everyone!  We had a nice quiet day. Michael and Jennifer are still here and will be for another week. We had turkey with all the fixings but kept it simple so no-one had to work too hard. Michael has been helping with a lot of little projects around here. Jennifer is more like a daughter than a DIL. I've known her since she was little and she and Michael started dating when they were 15.

We talked to each of our daughters and also to four of our grandchildren. Some of them texted pictures of their family gatherings.  We have 8 grands, the two youngest are 24 yrs. old and there are five great-grands from 4 to 17. Donna is celebrating being finished with chemo so it was a good day for all.

Jean - I am so sorry to hear that your grandson's cancer has returned. It's especially sad when young people like him with a family are struck by this awful disease.

Jenny - I was also sad that Michele has another tumor. I hope and pray they are able to take care of it. It has to be so difficult for her knowing she'll need more treatments.

Mary Ann - The best part of baby-sitting is getting to see those two sweet girls. It had to be a shock to realize Carol apparently has dementia. Chape's sister used to phone his sister-in-law (wife of their brother) and ask how Wayne was doing when he had died several years earlier. We all could see the gradual decline.

On a happier note, as Jean said, the weather here has been beautiful. Florida at its best!

Joan - It was nice to see your post here. I hope you're doing well.

Joy - Great that you were able to bring home some of the leftovers. Usually when you spend Thanksgiving at another house you are left with no goodies for the next day!

Marilyne - I don't think your posts are too long. I find them interesting and like the way you respond to so many. I'm not very good at posting on a regular basis, though I do read all the messages. Most days I kind of sit in the corner!  :)

Patricia - Sounds as if you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends.

SCFSue - Isn't it nice to receive flowers! That happened to me also. We returned home from having dinner out and there was a beautiful bouquet at my front door, sent by my youngest daughter.

Jackie - It's nice to see you posting. I may write some of my memories of days gone by. The world was a different place in the 40s and 50s.

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 18, 2019, 08:51:21 pm
We have mostly gray squirrels here in the residential areas and some red squirrels. Red squirrels can be quite aggressive.  Around the golf courses you see monkey squirrels, fairly large and strange looking with monkey-like faces. They will jump into a golf cart to steal snacks if you aren't careful.

Do you remember Rae Inskeep (one of the SN originals) from Olney, Illinois? Her town was known for white squirrels.  When we were at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, we saw cute little ground squirrels. Chape took pictures of Pat Scott with one.

Many years ago a flying squirrel got into the house one night. What havoc! Our dachshund was chasing it all over the place and my kids (teen age) were trying to catch the dog and get the squirrel to go out the door. We finally succeeded!

The "kids" are tired and about to go to bed. They drove straight down with only naps on the way......about 1500 miles.  ::)
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 18, 2019, 06:09:15 pm
I've been AWOL again......For several days we had cold, dark and dreary weather. Today made up for it. The weather was beautiful. Lots of sunshine!

We're waiting for my son, Michael, and his wife, Jennifer, to arrive. They're only about 15 min. away. They drove down from Vermont.

Sounds as if you had a good time with the family Mary Ann. It's always fun to see the little ones. Our youngest will be four in December.

I always said I would never text and now I text frequently with my children. Especially with the girls who have busy lives and it lets us stay in touch with each other. Michael is usually a "one line" texter.  :) It's going to be nice having him around for awhile.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 12, 2019, 09:58:19 pm
Good intentions have a way of not happening! (I was going to take notes!) Today was not a good day for me but I did post over in Photos.

Jean - I didn't realize you were so cold up there last night. We had a beautiful day so I opened everything up to take advantage of the nice breezes and warmth. Our high temp was 80. The forecast for tonight is in the 40s. I think today was our last warm day for awhile.

Mary Ann - I need to clean out my closet and dresser drawers but haven't worked up the ambition. My closet is full but I only wear a fraction of what's there. I have (lightweight) cold weather sweaters in the dresser but some of those could go....I've lost track of the name of a man who collects clothing and household supplies for the "Forest People". The Ocala National Forest is home to the homeless, indigent and drug users, etc. There are many families who live there. They live in tents, small trailers, shacks and the outdoors. They must have electricity because he also collects refrigerators, etc. It's not considered safe to wander around there alone but there's a church who takes donations and distributes them.

Some of my best memories of Senior Net are the larger organized Bashes. I met so many wonderful people from all over the U.S. and overseas. The first one was near Dallas, Texas. There was one in Phoenix, AZ that I didn't make. Then, Atlanta, GA,  (where I met Larry Hanna), Williamsport, PA, and one of the best, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We took a tour to Banff and Lake Louise. So beautiful! I missed the one in Montreal, Canada. There were also many small get-togethers I attended. The ones from overseas were Mary de Boer, (New Zealand), Junee (Australia), Margret Walbach (South Africa), two sisters from Scotland, Jinty and ? (some of the names have escaped me).  Then, of course, there was Pat Scott, Ruth Levia, Jeannine Levia and Eloise from Canada. Mary de Boer and I had been cyber friends for a long time so it was wonderful to meet in person.

Sandy - I didn't make it to your gathering (I think Dean Wheet and Agnes were there. Two more people we lost touch with.). You and I met for lunch at DeMillo's Restaurant in Portland. At the time my daughter was living in Brunswick.

Enough of my reminiscing for now!
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
November 12, 2019, 03:57:19 pm
I'm glad everyone is enjoying the picture of "Norm's Bait and Tackle". I was so surprised when I found it. I think it is in Crown Point, New York.

Shirley - Callie=Calico cat? Cats can be very brave. We had a cat that was our dachshund's protector.  She would jump on a dog's back/head and claw their face while running them ki-yi-ing out of our yard.

Jenny - The best part of my brother's porch is the view. I'm guessing the view today is white with bare trees.  :) He's probably packing for the trip south!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 11, 2019, 10:52:35 pm
Mary Ann - Take a look at Photos Then and Now. I ran across this in My Gallery.

I've had a couple of good days after a "not so good" week. Hope it continues. My son and his wife will be here sometime next week.

Chape has been doing most of the grocery shopping but today I went with him. With the amount of money I spent he may leave me home next time!  :)

Today was Donna's final chemo treatment. Her daughter surprised her with new earrings, a beautiful cyclamen plant, plus several other gifts and balloons. She said she would have bought some of her favorite chocolate candy but since taking chemo, chocolate doesn't taste good to her. She will have a PET scan, bloodwork, etc. on Dec. 16 to get the results. I'm hoping and praying for the best.

So many posts I'd like to respond to..... maybe tomorrow. I may even take notes!