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Messages - Marilyne

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
Today at 02:33:54 pm
Patricia - Yes, looks like many selfies I've seen.  I especially like the pose in the bottom right photo - using ones hand for a special effect!  ha ha :D 
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
Today at 11:03:26 am
Mary Ann - We all have those "Gripe Days", when everything goes wrong, and looks like yesterday was one of yours!  No crock-pot within reach, so no stew, no cookies to go with your coffee, no egg for an egg salad sandwich, outdated milk, and finally . . .  no mail delivery!  I'm sure Tom, wanted to run for the hills! ha ha  :D  The good part is that today you can make that stew, and also very good that Tom has lost so much weight that it's now beginning to show!

Jenny - Good that Bob got an appointment today, to have his dizzy spells checked out.  He was right to insist, and not to wait a week to see his doctor.  There's always a wait here in the Bay Area, to see a doctor - which is why so many people go to the ER, when a sudden health issue comes up. Keep us posted on how he is doing?   
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
Yesterday at 06:59:16 pm
I wrote a long message this morning, but it's not here, so I guess I didn't hit Post?  I often go back to Preview, a couple of times to clear up my errors, and I think must have I left my message in Preview.  It was a long one, per usual, so I won't attempt to rewrite.

Joy - Good to see you posting some long messages this morning.  It sounds like you're feeing much better than last week!  Interesting that your husband worked for Heinz.  I didn't realize that they had sold out to another company?  Big companies like that were so generous with benefits back then.  AJ worked for IBM for 35 years, and it sounds about like Heinz, as far as prescriptions, and illness coverage was concerned, plus other wonderful benefits like Christmas parties, tickets to musical theater productions, and so many free things for families.  After he retired, they also reorganized, and all those perks are now long gone.

Mary Ann - How was your stew?  When I read your message this morning, I thought it sounded like a good idea, to go ahead and fix your own dinner, as long as you had all the ingredients ready to go.  Tom will probably like it too. 

Callie - similar situation here as far as Bridge was concerned.  My parents wanted to teach me before I went away to college, so my high school BF, and I took a few "lessons" from them the summer after we graduated.  I didn't do so well, but after I got to college, I learned to play at the dorm and sorority house.  There was always a group of three girls, looking for a "fourth".  More fun than study hall!       
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 21, 2020, 06:20:38 pm
Jenny - That is NOT good news about Bob, having the dizzy spell!  Maybe it would be good to have the doc check him out, even if he feels good?   I'm wondering if he takes a diuretic for high blood pressure?  I take one, and the warnings on the container say that it can cause dizziness.  I've never been bothered by it, but mine is the lowest dose,  12.5 mg, so wouldn't be likely to cause a problem.   I hope that Michele didn't overdo this past weekend, at Kate's dance competition?  I can understand that she wanted to be there for Kate, but it must be very hard on  her now.  I admire her for going anyway, and I hope that Kate's  dance group, did well, and won some of the awards?    I was happy to hear that grandson Luke, is musical, and plays the piano!  It seems to be a rare talent in today's world, and I know that Dave and Michele will encourage him to keep it up. How old are the three grandchildren now?  I know Kate is the youngest, but I don't remember the ages of the boys?

Patricia - Thanks for the information on the Chrome browser. I didn't even know it was a Google browser, until it was downloaded, and all sorts of Google ads and offers came up immediately!  So far I just have Seniors & Friends as my only Chrome bookmark.  I hesitated to begin loading anything else,  so I'm still using my Safari.  AJ has Firefox, and is happy with it.  The only reason I didn't download Firefox yesterday, was that Oldiesmann suggested Chrome.  He was helping me try to figure out why I was unable to use the drop-down feature on S&F, when everything else was working as it always did?   It was, and still is, a puzzle . . .  so he suggested I try downloading Chrome.  It started working fine on that browser, and it also works fine on AJ's Firefox.  So I will now download Firefox, and will get rid of Chrome ASAP. 

Callie - Braum's Dairy Store, sounds like a nice old fashioned market?  We had one here near us years ago called, The Milk Farm Dairy Store.  I used to love going in there, because it was kind of like going back in time to the 1940's.  It closed in 1999, right before we entered the new century.

Mary Ann - I'm used to health nuts, so I would probably get along fine with Robin, and her cooking!  Sandy is a health nut, and Heaven forbid that she eats or drinks anything with sugar in it!  ::)   Recently she has become a  vegetarian, which is why she happened to make the Indian curry/chickpea dish, that she brought over yesterday.   
She did do fine with her MRI today.  Although she had to lie on her stomach, she said the table had a soft feel, like a bed, and there was a pillow, so she was reasonably comfortable for the procedure.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 21, 2020, 12:26:00 pm
MarsGal - The recycling rules change here on a regular basis.  Originally we were told to put our shredded paper in a see-through plastic bag, and make sure it's secured tightly at the top.  That wasn't a good solution, because of course the plastic bags broke almost immediately when dumped with the heavy stuff like cans, bottles,, etc.  Then made a huge mess everywhere.  Then we were told to put the shredded paper, in the secured plastic bag  with the wet garbage.   

As we all know, people will not follow directions, or claim they didn't get the message, so they continue to put the shredded paper with the recycling, or simply dump buckets of loose shredded paper directly into the garbage or recycling bin or into the yard waste.   Makes for a big mess on the streets when the trash is picked up and the shredded stuff flies out and blows everywhere.   Those who follow directions and do the right thing, are way overshadowed by those who don't care, and who feel entitled to do whatever they want.  That's the way of the world I guess? 

MaryAnn - I wish you could send Robin over here, when she finishes working at your place. I have a million things that need doing here in this old house, and I know I'm not able to do them anymore.  AJ does a lot to help me, so I shouldn't complain.  I wish he liked to cook, but he doesn't, so that's out of the question.   Speaking of food, yesterday Sandy came to do her washing, and she brought us a casserole for our dinner last night.  She loves Indian food, and cooks it a lot.  This was chickpeas, carrots, onions cooked for a long time in an Indian curry sauce - served over white rice. It was delicious!  A bit too spicy for me, but I ate it anyway. 

Today she is having an MRI on her wrist, where she has a very large ganglion cyst on the inner side.(palm side).  She is nervous about the MRI, having never had one, and has to go into the whole body "tunnel", even though it's only for her wrist.   She will be positioned on her stomach, and told it will take about 45 minutes!  Unfortunately she is not a calm personality, so I know it will be hard for her to maintain.. 

I'll be back later to comment on messages from Jenny, Jean, Patricia, Callie, Tome, Jackie  and Sue. 
I've written enough for now, and anyway, I have to get ready to go to the grocery store this morning. Every Tuesday is Senior Day, at Lunardi's, our locally owned supermarket. Ten percent off of your entire purchase, which is a pretty good savings.  They have beautiful and fresh produce, plus a  great bakery with all sorts of delicious goodies.  I'll try to resist, but will probably buy way too much.
Medical Corner / Re: Bosom Buddies
January 20, 2020, 11:34:14 pm
maryz - You likely already got things straight, with a reboot, but if not, try this.
The way to get rid of that large column to the left, is to go to the top of the page, and look under the coffee pot,  at two gray boxes.  I clicked on the left side box, and the column went away. If that doesn't work try both sides.
Medical Corner / Re: Bosom Buddies
January 20, 2020, 04:49:25 pm
maryz - YES, my format looked completely different.  I've been working on it for hours, and been in contact with Oldiesmann.  I just downloaded a new browser - Chrome - and it looks a little better, but not the same as before.  :P
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 20, 2020, 04:40:42 pm
I've always used Safari Browser, but just downloaded Chrome, and the drop-down font size, seems to be working fine.
Everything else on all my other Safari bookmarks seems to be okay, so I guess maybe the upgrade this morning "jiggled" something in the size font?   So now I have to decide if I want to put all of my bookmarks on Chrome, or leave them on Safari?  Sounds like a big pain in the neck to me, so I'll decide later.  ::)  :-\  >:(   
Site Announcements / Re: New portal/shoutbox
January 20, 2020, 12:34:05 pm
The font size button at the top of the post box, is not working for me. When I click on it, it takes me completely out of S&F, and onto a blank page.  Then I have to reopen S&F once again and the same thing happens.  Obviously, if I just start typing, without trying to enlarge the font, it is working fine.  I need the large font!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 20, 2020, 11:43:43 am
My Seniors and Friends is messed up this morning.  I can't get the font size to work.  When I do what I always do to get font size and color, it immediately jumps to a completely blank page.  I'll be back later in hopes that things will fixed? 
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
January 19, 2020, 05:43:30 pm
maryc - so glad you liked Where the Crawdads Sing.  It certainly did hold my interest, and was a unique story.  A few things were a bit far fetched/unbelievable - but that's the way with lots of fiction.  You have to be willing to stretch your believability somewhat.  They say that "truth is stranger than fiction" - but that goes both ways.  Did you ever finish The Great Alone, and The Dutch House?  Both excellent stories.

I have two books that I checked out last week, but haven't started them yet.  Once Upon A River, by Diane Setterfield, and This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger.  As soon as I finish this message, I'll pick one and start reading until time to think about dinner.  It's now 2:45, so I have two hours!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 19, 2020, 04:31:19 pm
Mary Ann - I haven't commented since reading about your successful party yesterday for Annie's birthday.  It sounds like it was lots of fun for everyone, and especially for Ellie and Jo,  "learning" to play the piano!  :D    I didn't realize you had a piano, and knew how to play?   We have the same situation here.  Our piano is downstairs in the family room, where nobody ever goes,  and no one in the family  knows how to play it, except for  me.  I was never very proficient or talented, but I can read music, so used to enjoy playing some oldies once in a while for my own enjoyment.  I would say that it's been 20 years since I last sat down and pecked away at a piece of music.  I know my twisted arthritic hands could no longer play at all now.

Also, it makes me feel bad that no one in the family ever learned to play.  My two girls took lessons, but their interests went to other things, and unfortunately we let them quit.  None of my six grandchildren ever took lessons on the piano, or any other instrument.  Children nowadays, are busy with sports teams,  or dance and gymnastics.  It's a whole different world from when we were young.

Jean - I've also noticed that our weather is very similar to yours.  I do think that you have warmer winters.  We occasionally get a few winter days that get to 65 degrees, but rarely get any warmer.   December and January are our coldest and wettest months, with nighttime temps in the 30's and low 40's, and daytime in the 40's and 50's.   I look forward to February, because that's the beginning of Spring, here.  By Valentines Day,  trees are leafing  out, and some are blossoming.  Right now my Camellia is in full bloom, but the Azalea isn't quite ready yet.

Mars Gal - so nice of you to take such good care of George's cats, when he's out of town.  :thumbup:   I've seen those water-pump cat bowls at Petco, but not sure how they work?   Yankee Doodle Family Restaurant, sounds interesting.  I'm know we don't have any here in Northern CA, but maybe in the Los Angeles area. 

SCFSue - That was very thoughtful of you to take the puzzles to the two little girls in your neighborhood.  I also agree with Amy, that your son takes good care of you!  Also, your friend Eddie, is nice to take you to the grocery store and the library.  I would hate to give up my car, but I know the time will come - probably sooner than I want it to!

Jackie - I know Richard's birthday was hard for you, and I hope you're feeling a little better today.

Amy - Nice to see you here!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 18, 2020, 11:30:44 am
Mary Ann - People think we don't have seasons in California, but we do .. . just very subtle changes. Here in Northern CA, it gets very cold in the Winter compared to Southern CA.  I was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area, and we wore short sleeves and bobby socks throughout the Winter.  I always had a winter jacket, but it was light weight, compared to what I wear here in the North.  I remember the shock of my first cold winter, when I moved up here to go to college, at age 18!
I know you will have a great time today, at Annie's birthday dinner.  I'm wishing her lots of happiness, in her new job, and her new life in Tulsa.  :thumbup:

Sandy - We also live in a "rain shadow", here in the San Jose area.  The Santa Cruz Mountains,  blocks lots of rainfall here, just as the Cascades do for Port Townsend.  We do get more rain here in Los Gatos, than those in San Jose, because we live in the foothills of the SC Mountains and our elevation is higher.

Jean - I wish I could join you at the Outback, but as I've mentioned before, the one near us closed a couple of years ago.  I was never disappointed in the Alice Springs Chicken.  Always a satisfying meal, and reasonably priced.

Jenny - My special trip to The Hallmark Store, was a waste of time yesterday.  There were only a few Vera Bradley items left, and I didn't care much for them.  (What do I need with a backpack?) ha ha!  However, they were restocking for Spring, so there will be a new selection to look at soon. The store employees were busy setting up the Valentine's Day displays and a few for St. Patrick's Day  How quickly the seasons come and go!

Tome - I sent you an email last night, after I saw your message here.     

I'm getting a late start this morning, so I'd better have some breakfast and get organized. I'll return later.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 17, 2020, 12:40:57 pm
Mary Ann - Just a quick note to tell you that I'm very happy for Annie, and glad that she has broken off with her long time boyfriend.   Not that I know anything specific about their relationship, but when I looked at her Facebook page, it always gave me a feeling that there was something wrong.   Getting a fresh start in Tulsa, sounds wonderful, and I sincerely wish for her future happiness without him!   
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 17, 2020, 11:40:27 am
Jackie -  This will be a sad day for you, thinking about Richard, and missing him on his birthday. Holidays and birthdays always bring good memories of our departed loved ones, even though we miss them even more on the special days.

Beverly - Good news, that Donna's Pet Scan was clear!  That's a great way for your family to start the Happy New Year.  I can imagine that fall at the airport was a bad one for you!  Yes it's that last step that  also seems to give me trouble.  Even going downstairs here in my own house, I hang onto the bannister, and always feel with one foot to be sure, when I get to the last step.

This morning I'm going to make a quick trip to the Hallmark store, that's about eight miles from here.  They are clearing out their Vera Bradley purses and wallets and such, and I would love to get a purse for myself, and maybe some for my daughters and dil, for birthday gifts this year.  I really like the lovely VB patterns - so attractive, but also soft and lightweight!  No leather or heavy purses for me, anymore.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
January 16, 2020, 01:35:17 pm
JeanneP - I'm glad you liked the Arthur Truluv stories!  You might like to read other books by Elizabeth Berg?  She has written lots of good novels, that I think you would enjoy.  Here is a page to click on, that will give you a list of her books. I've read a lot of them, and liked most of them very much.  Recently I read, Dream, When You're Feeling Blue, which was a good story of a family of sisters during the War years.

Last week I mentioned, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.  I thought it was a good story, and hope that some of you will consider reading it . . . I'd like to know what others think, both pro and con?  I think it's been on the NYT Bestseller List, for a while, but not sure?  I no longer get the list in my newspaper every week, like I used to, so I've lost track of the what's popular in either fiction or non-fiction?     
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 16, 2020, 11:11:04 am
Good morning everyone.  We're expecting a BIG storm to arrive today, with wild wind, lots of rain, and snow on our surrounding hills and mountains.  I like storms, but prefer the warmer, Pineapple Express, to these icy cold ones that come down from the Gulf of Alaska. (No offense Patricia! ha ha!).  My ENT appointment is at 1:30 this afternoon, so I'll have to drive in the weather mess.  I would have AJ,  go with me to do the driving, but he has an appointment in the opposite direction at the same time.   

I had one bad fall, about five years ago, right here in my computer room.  I was walking toward my desk, and I tripped over my own feet or something? (no obstacles in my way).  I fell mostly on my face, against the shelf in front of the desk that holds the keyboard and mouse. Everything came down from the desk to the floor, including me.  Long story short, I had a badly bruised face, black eye and sore hip, shoulder, et al.  I did go to the doc the following day, just to make sure nothing was broken. It took a long time for the bruising to go away.

Joy - I read your message yesterday about the problems with your sore feet, and soaking your feet in Epsom salts.  Another thing that I've heard is soothing and healing, is soaking in Apple Cider Vinegar. You dilute it with water, and warm it on the stove, first.  I've never tried it, but I know there are lots of "recipes" for using ACV online.

Well, guess I'll have some breakfast, take my shower, and start counting down the time until my appointment this afternoon.  The rain and wind have started, but doesn't look too bad out there yet?     
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 15, 2020, 02:54:35 pm
Mary Ann - I do the, "our-out", typo all the time.  It's probably because the R and the T are right next to each other on the keyboard.  The typo that I make the most, is hitting the K on the keyboard instead of the I.  The I is right above K, and I think my arthritic fingers can't go in that direction anymore?    After I finish my message, I always look at Preview, before I post, and then I correct most of the errors in spelling, grammar, or just plain typos.  Of course, I usually miss a few in every post!  ::)

Jackie - I know what you mean regarding those questionnaires!  The answers are always so obvious.  Still these companies feel that they must be constantly getting our feedback, for some reason?     
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 15, 2020, 11:12:23 am
Mary Ann - sounds like you had an exciting time last night, what with thinking you had lost your hearing aid, and then being unable to get up off the floor!  Oh, the frustrations of growing old! How fortunate that Tom was there, and eventually you were back or your feet. (or back in your chair!)  As for the hearing aid . . . a similar thing happened to AJ, with one of his aids.  We searched and searched all over the house, chair cushions, floors, counter tops, and even shined a flashlight into the toilets!  Finally found in his ear, where it had been the whole time!  He was so mad at himself, but you have to maintain a sense of humor, because things are not going to get any better!  ;D

Jackie - I've done the same as you, with my reading glasses or computer glasses. Looked and searched and practically been in tears, only to discover that I was wearing them! 
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 14, 2020, 07:05:42 pm
Mary Ann - That Earthquake link, is the one you sent me a couple of years ago.  The minute there's a quake, anywhere in the world, it shows up there.  The most recent one at the top.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 14, 2020, 04:04:41 pm
Patricia - I looked at my US Gov.Earthquake info page, and it said the quake was centered in Ester, AK, and was a 4.0. If you don't have this link, here it is -
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 14, 2020, 01:19:19 pm
Mary Ann and Callie - I see my ENT every six months, for issues other than hearing problems.  However, last time I was there, I told him I was wearing AJ's old hearing aids.  He laughed, and told me it was extremely common for hearing aids to get passed around the family, when the original owner gets new ones, or other reasons.  He said that often, they work really well, and it certainly saves the new "owner" lots of money.  But of course they are not as good as new ones.  He did recommend that I have these checked and adjusted, but I didn't go back to have that done.  Now I definitely will when I see him on Thursday!

Jenny - good to hear that your Dad's arm has healed so well. Sorry Michele has a cold, but impossible to avoid them, when you have school age children.  The Roto-Rooter guy that was here for so many hours on Saturday, had a horrible cold, and was spreading germs all over the place!  After he left AJ and I were taking about which one of us would be the first to catch "the plumber cold"!  Neither of us have it, so far!  (Knocking on wood here!)
We were also watching the LSU/Clemson playoff game!  Happy to see LSU win!

We have a regular Critter Parade, every night on our outside cameras.  Lots of Bobcats here also, as well as coyotes, skunks, possums, and of course raccoons!   Others in our neighborhood have seen mountain lions (cougar) on their cameras, but so far we haven't seen one, and I hope we don't!

Beverly - I used to be devoted to Antiques Roadshow, on TV, but I've lost track of it in recent years.  I was in the antique business for years, so I really enjoyed the show, even though they feature high-end and rare antiques, which I didn't have.  I dealt only in made in USA kitchen items from the 1930's, through '50's . . .  glassware, china, dinnerware, jadite, cookie jars, tablecloths, etc.

Mary Ann - glad you settled on a new girl for your haircuts. 
I remember that you hadn't been too happy with your last few cuts.  The gal who cuts my hair has become a friend over the years, and although I am sometimes unhappy with my haircut, I will stick with her as long as she keeps on working.  I look forward to seeing her every six weeks. She has lots of family drama going on, and we share some similar issues with our adult kids.

I hope we hear from Maryc and Jean, later today?
Medical Corner / Re: Bosom Buddies
January 14, 2020, 11:26:38 am
Marilyn - I read this morning about your son, and I want you to know that I'm thinking about you. I know you're a state of shock. Prayers for you and your family, and may your son rest in peace.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 13, 2020, 04:31:13 pm
Maryc - If you like cats, you might think about getting one for your mouse problem, and also for companionship?  If so, consider getting an older cat.  At our shelters, there are lots of sweet and calm senior cats, who are waiting for someone to adopt them.  Many  were left, after their owners passed away.  Our last cat, Winnie, did a great job of keeping this old house critter free, both upstairs and down.  He liked to go outside to the backyard during the day and either catch or scare away  those pesky moles and gophers that ruin our gardens!

The downside to getting a cat at our age, is that you have to do lots of bending down to take care of the litter box.  Also food and water bowls are usually on the floor and requires the same bending.  It's hard on our backs and knees as we grow older.  I sure do miss the comfort and love I enjoyed from our cats and dogs over the years, but we both feel we can't take care of them as well as we did in the past.   

Mary Ann - On Thursday this week, I have an appointment with my ENT doctor, to look down at my non-functioning vocal cord.  While I'm there, I'm going to ask him to check my hearing aids, and see if he can adjust them for me.  As I mentioned before, these belonged to AJ, so they actually aren't right for me.  If they can't be adjusted, I'll probably think seriously about getting new ones. 

Beverly - I hope we hear from you today?  I think I asked you a question in my last message here, but can't recall what it was?   

Jenny - I hope we get some good news updates on your Dad and Michele?

Patricia - I'm going to leave you a message in the Pet folder, later today.  Right now I have to sign off, because Sandy is here to do her weekly wash, and weekly visit.
Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
January 13, 2020, 01:50:42 pm
Jean and Tome - I'm looking forward to The Intern, but still haven't had a chance to watch it.  Seems that we've had lots of sports on our big TV lately, which takes up most of the prime viewing time. ::)  Actually, I'm also a big Sharks hockey fan, and enjoy the games right along with AJ.  I can't say the same for football, however. Tonight is the College football Playoff Championship game, and LSU will be playing.  That's his favorite college team, ever since our granddaughter graduated from there.  The San Francisco 49ers, have jumped into the pro finals, so he has suddenly become a fan, after years of not being interested.

Anyway, when football is finished, (and not a moment too soon for me!), I will get back to movies.   Besides The Intern, I'm looking forward to The Two Popes, and we'll pay to watch the movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  It won a number of Golden Globe awards, and is now nominated in lots of categories for the Academy Awards.

The only TV show I've been keeping up with is Mrs. Maisel.  Episodes 6 and 7, seemed to be somewhat of a confusing mishmash, IMO.  They are making the mistake that lots of popular shows make, in that they're trying to cram too much into one hour . . . giving short segments to feature all the major and minor actors in each episode.  It never works for me, and instead I feel dissatisfied when the hour is up, and start to lose interest in the show.       
Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
January 12, 2020, 01:17:36 pm
Callie - I'm in agreement with you, and your thoughts on what our generation considers to be distasteful language.  Most likely, we will never be comfortable using the many four-letter-words that have become commonplace.  However, I do think we have to accept the fact that that's the way the younger generation expresses themselves.  We don't have to like it, but if we don't accept it as "the new normal", we'll miss out on a lot of good movies and TV shows!  I've never heard my adult children or grandkids using those words, but maybe they're just being considerate of us old folks? LOL!  I have no idea how they talk around their friends?

I left a message for you in Bait&Tackle, about Jeopardy.  I should have posted it here in the Television folder.  (The All Star Tournament, or whatever it's called.)
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 12, 2020, 10:53:24 am
Yesterday was mostly taken up by the Roto-Rooter man, who was here all morning and past noon, trying to unplug our kitchen drain.  The poor guy had a hard time with our old drainage pipes/system, and took the better part of the day to get things back in working order.   What a nuisance it is, to be unable to use the kitchen for hours on end, but still not as bad as when we lose electrical power! 

Beverly -  Twenty pounds is a lot of weight for Chape to lose!!  I'm pretty sure that AJ has  lost a lot  since his colon surgery in August.  I can tell by the way his jeans and other pants are way too loose.  He'll be going in for his six month check in February, which includes a Cat Scan, so I'm hoping it will be okay.  He feels wonderful, and has a good appetite and eats a lot. 

I also have to be careful not to lose weight, so I've been drinking the Ensure or Boost High protein every day.  I sure get tired of those two, and have discovered a Costco brand, called Premier Protein, that I like better.  It doesn't contain as much sugar, so isn't as sweet as the other two.  My appetite for regular meals is very low.  I mostly pick at my food, and then fill up on ice cream and such, which is not good. 

Callie - I think you mentioned the Jeopardy All Star Tournament, in another folder?  We've been watching it too , and I'm rooting for Ken Jennings.  I never cared much for James, but he seems to be showing a bit more personality now, than he did before.  I feel sorry for Brad, as he doesn't stand a chance against those two.

Mary Ann - I've enjoyed looking at Grand Haven, both day and night.  I especially like the night view when there is a full moon, which there isn't right now.  During the day there isn't much activity on shore, but fascinating for me to see the partially frozen waves during winter time.  Something I have never seen in person, and never will see.    Now that you've started reading on your iPad, you might get some ideas for books by joining us in Library Bookshelf?    All sorts of books discussed in there. 
Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
January 11, 2020, 12:52:21 pm
Phyllis - I have not given up on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and have to confess that it's my favorite show, in spite of the colorful language from the show biz characters, like Mrs M, "Lenny Bruce", and Suzy, et al.  The rest of the cast, (the two sets of parents, husband,) do not use the F word . . .  and all those hilarious episodes at B Altman's, and The Catskills, are profanity free. 

I complain a lot about the language in today's movies and TV shows,  because I don't think it's necessary, but apparently the screenwriters and producer/directors, think it is?   So I'm willing to accept it, if I like the show and the story and the characters. In other words, I do pick and choose, and will accept it in most cases.   In the case of Dead to Me, Christina Applegate's use of the F word in every sentence adds nothing  to the show, and is extremely grating, so I stopped watching.
Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
January 10, 2020, 02:28:02 pm
Phyllis and Tome - I agree with you both on Fleabag, and I have no intention of giving it a look. Most TV shows are so vulgar and distasteful now, that I honestly wonder why viewers and reviewers find them so funny?   I guess because there has to be either vulgarity or shock value, to get people to laugh, and to watch a show.   

The Netflix show, Dead to Me, was recommended to us. (a comedy/drama) We watched the first few episodes, but just couldn't deal with the four letter words, and sex, scattered throughout.  The main star, Christina Applegate, can't utter a sentence without the F word being in it somewhere.  I just don't understand that way of talking, but I guess the younger generations must all relate to it?  Anyway, Christina A, was nominated for an Emmy Award, for her role, so I know people like or expect to hear it on a regular basis.   

Also, as much as I like Mrs. Maisel, the way she uses the F word in her comedy act, as well as in everyday conversation, is not realistic to me, because this show takes place in the early 1960's.  Women didn't use that word back in that decade.   I guess the writers and the actors who produce and star in these shows, don't realize that, because they are all so young?

Okay, that was my "old lady rant", for today!       
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 10, 2020, 01:00:28 pm
I just deleted my entire last message!  So many typos and errors, that I just couldn't let it stand.  So I kind of rewrote it?  Actually, it looks just as bad.  ::)

Good Morning!  Not a lot of activity in this folder over the past twelve hours, but things will pick up today I hope?  I was a bit under the weather,  (whatever that old saying means?),  the past couple of days, but things are looking better today.  It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do!

Bubble - Good to see that you're feeling better.  having a cold or any other illness is so difficult for us older folk! 

Patricia - I sent your joke on to AJ, as well as others that I know will enjoy it.  :D  Also, I meant to thank you for the recipes on using dried cherries.   So far, I've simmered them, and they are now looking plump and tasty!  I don't do much cooking anymore, so will probably only add them to my oatmeal.  I don't do steel-cut like everyone else seems to like.  I just do the plain old top-o-the-stove old fashioned oatmeal. 

Mary Ann and Maryc - I like jigsaw puzzles, but I don't have a table or a spot, where I can keep one set up.  In spite of the square footage of this rambling old house, the living/dining room is quite small, and  the only table is the round antique oak, that I described a couple of days ago.  We eat dinner on it every night, so no room for a puzzle.  The kitchen table is too small, and the family room is down a long flight of stairs, and is adjacent to the basement.  Very cold and unfriendly, in the Wintertime!   
Mary Ann - I'll take a look at the online puzzles, and see what they look like?

Good morning to Jackie, Jean, Callie, Rick, JeanneP,  Shirleyn, Beverly and Jenny.  Hope we hear from all of you today.

P.S. Mary Ann - I agree with your opinion on lobbyists!  I really don't understand why they have so much power and why they are so wealthy?  The book by Hedrick Smith, sounds interesting.