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Soda Shoppe for December 1, 2018

Started by so_P_bubble, December 01, 2018, 12:03:05 am

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Hi Everyone.  It is a warm 65 degrees here this morning and raining on and off.  It is suppose to get up to 77 degrees this afternoon and we are to have scattered thundershowers throughout the day.  Last night on the weather they indicated we could be in for some severe storms but I don't see that in the forecast this morning.  I am not attending Church today as I just don't have the energy to get out.  I just plan on a very quiet and peaceful day.  Yesterday I did go to my meeting and then stopped at Aldi's.  I told Pat last night I think that may be my last visit to Aldi's as it was tough for me yesterday even though I didn't have much to get.  We will probably do most of our shopping for groceries online at Walmart in the future.  I was sorry to see Georgia lost to Alabama last evening in the SEC Championship game although they played a very fine game.  However, Clemson, did win the ACC Championship for the 4th year in a row, which sets a new record of consecutive winds.  I see our nation will be flying its flags at half mast for 30 days, starting yesterday, in honor of George H. W. Bush.  He sure lived a long and full life.

Callie, your Oklahoma Sooner's did well in their game yesterday.  Glad you didn't get any storm damage. I saw this morning where Illinois had a bad tornado last night.  It is going to be so warm here today there may be some severe storms in our state or over in Georgia. 

Amy, it sounds like you need to rest and recharge your batteries.  Hope you got the baking done you had planned. 

Jane, glad you were able to scratch off so many items on your to do list.  It sounds like you had a long list.  We have a gift store downtown and when I drove by their billboard they were advertising an "Elf on the Shelf" sale.  I didn't realize that it was a book.  That is an interesting background story.  If you go see Santa are you going to sit on his lap and tell him what you want for Christmas.  ::)  The soup sales sound like a wonderful thing that your Church does. 

Mary Ann, I am shocked sometimes when I see what is printed on greeting cards and I wouldn't think of sending them to anyone. 

Jenny, another day and no new grandson.  Maybe today will be the day.  Congratulations on your new iWatch.  I will probably get one for myself once they have the EKG function in their software. Is that now available to you.  I also like the fall detection feature.   I was talking with a friend from Church about hers, which was a first generation one, and she said she loves it.  I would also like the ability to answer a call without taking my phone out of it holder.  I hope you like the Watch.  I have never been to a Brazilian Steak House but that sure sounds good. 

June, I hope you feel up to attending your Church service today.  It sounds like you are really enjoying the KFC and how are the chocolates? 

Lloyd, it seems that cattle can be so ornery when they get the chance and they like to explore new pastures.  When I was growing up our most of our pasture was across and up the road a bit and occasionally the cows would decide they didn't want to go into the gate and would either get in the front yard rather than go into the barn yard or the other direction would try to run past the pasture gate.  I always like it in the winter when they could stay in the pasture area associated with the barn and we didn't have to take them to the other location.  I hope you find your cattle today.  Is Bob going to help you. 

Gloria, we always read to our two children and saw that they had many books.  Pat and I were always reading as well.  However, neither of them ever cared to read very much.


Good morning, raining hard. For some reason I feel light headed this AM
. Bought a small humidifier to keep by the computer. Ias I am inclined to have nose bleeds again

[Larry, the foot doctor said come back in 2 weeks, slow healing because of poor circula,  Hope you feel better, not like you to miss church

Gloria I always read to Dennis and Mark at bed time. I read a lot of poetry, They also keep  reading. infact Mark wrote a book of poetry.=4][/size]

Sandy and Amy thanks

June, I see you are still enjoying your day after birthday, I can make KFC last two days

Amy and Jane, Maybe years ago I could have kept up to the two of you, but not now. I use to start my Christmas baking about the 1st.

Mary Ann, I was up on and off a lot last night, so was Taffy, so she still is in bed.

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Good Morning Everyfriend!  I was up early and got myself ready for church.  I looked in on the Soda Shoppe but the last entry was mine of last night so I didn't take the time to say anything before church.  I've been busy since I came home and now I'm having lunch with the doggies.

AMY, when I sit at the table to spread the crackers with PB, the doggies wait patiently under the table for pieces of broken ones.  I never get to eat the broken ones.  I don't give them PB though.  I'm always afraid they might choke.

When I'm finished here, I'm going to go cut the green gumdrops.  If I have time, I'll cut the cranberry ones and mix the red ones.  I had a text from my daughter on my way home from church asking me if I'd like to go to the Christmas show at the local college with them.  I would and they're picking me up around 7.  It should be a nice show.  I haven't seen it for a while so things change and it will probably be different.

I just had a bowl of the Taco Soup that I bought at the soup sale and it was delicious!  I have enough left for another lunch and that will be tomorrow...if I don't eat it for supper tonight!

Now I have to get started on cutting the gumdrops.  Later friends!  Enjoy your day!

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Jane, I have the neighbour hooked on them now.She sent an email stating that. lol

I did get my shortbreads done, both kinds. Starting to get foggy out there with a light drizzle.
Tried a new recipe for wings and they are now in the oven baking for supper, Sounded good but the taste test will tell.

May get a little sewing done ,will see how it goes.
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


I'll jump in with my day so far... how about early church, McDonalds with Andy & Pam & home to put up a few Christmas decorations (just in the entry hall)... and for a nap with Tiger. She loves to share my corner of the foot of the bed when I nap during the day, insists on sleeping with her face right in my face or she circles around to put her face on my arm & her tail in my face. Either way it isn't a sound sleep for me, but she purrs every time I move so it makes her happy. 

Time to finish making the spaghetti sauce, cooked the meat last night (about 2 pounds of the leanest ground beef plus a whole pack of Johnville Italian sausage) that I strip the casings off & crumble with the beef. I will saute a whole chopped onion & a couple large cloves of garlic plus more herbs & spices & combine the meat & 2 of the large cans of Hunts original spaghetti sauce.  I can freeze this in various sizes so I know how much spaghetti to cook when I pull a tub out of the freezer. Since I will fix some to eat today I will fill single serve size tubs to nuke when I'm out camping.

Then I'm going out to trim my holly bush to use for decorations. I'd like to cut off the whole top & decorate instead of any other tree. Still have one of the stands with the screws to hold upright & to water during it's house stay.  Not sure I want to drag the ladder around back to do the job, it's really windy & that bush is so sharp to work with, besides, the ground under is not level so asking for trouble, right? Think I talked myself out of it.

I didn't know holly would grow so tall, we've cut it way back many times because it is too close to the house & will reach the peak of the roof & scratch the paint. I have a super long (& heavy) extendible lopper & trim a couple times a year, but it is heavy & one part of the bush is next to 3 floor to ceiling windows that would cost an arm & leg to replace if I lost control of the lopper. Love how I make decisions, huh?  :-\ 

June Drabek

The Old Gray Mare did go down for the program last night, I sang along, and Danced the last song...."Silent Night". A very slow, thoughtful dance, but needed.

Larry, The chocolates are all milk choc. covered cherries....scrumptious!  Dori gives them to me every year. Still enjoying KFC, a favorite. Yes, I did go to Church this morning, and now home and "in" for the rest of the day. No need to go down for food. Flowers are still beautiful. All my shopping is done "on line" now. I type up a grocery list for Gary and he calls it in to the market of our choice, and it is delivered free the same day. We alway add a 10 dollar tip as they do not charge for delivery.
I still place orders on Amazon for personal things and since I pay a small yearly charge called Prime, there is no delivery fee.

Gloria de....I wish I had some of your rain. I get nose bleeds off and on too.
And the arteries in my legs are clogged, so If I cut a leg it takes forever for a simple sore to heal.....arms are affected too. It is called Peripheral Artery Disease. PAD for short. Affects the arms also. I turned 94 years on last Friday, and President Bush died that day at 94. I am going to finish most of the KFC  today but still one big piece I will put in the freezer...wrapped up tightly in foil.

Janie....you make me feel like a lazy bum.....I do NO baking or cooking anymore. the most I cook is from a can or frozen food. I had my day though. And I loved it. I let my kids decorate cookies and what a mess that was, but it was worth it. My favorite thing was my Mother in laws' recipe for Kolacki...a Polish pastry made with cream cheese, butter, flower and I forget what else....but they melted in ones' mouth.

Time to go heat up my Col. Sanders Sunday dinner, then the body will call call for book and snooze.....more snooze that book, I'm sure. Have a happy day kids..I love you. June
As long as we are here, let's dance.

Mary Ann

I'm listening to Christmas music on the TV.  Why can't they sing the songs, hymns especially, like they're written instead of putting in all of those trills.  I guess I'm just the wrong generation.

It's been a rainy day today but at least no snow.  Present temperature is 41 degrees.  Heat wave!

Mary Ann


Boy, I am with you on that music being butchered, Mary Ann! 

Okay, Amy, I copied the German Sweet Chocolate recipe but don't know what to do with it. Hear tell those recipes got scrambled but since I don't know where they are, I'm going to post the recipe right here & if anyone wants to move it, "have at it".  I finished the spaghetti sauce & fixed some pasta, ate & "boxed up" the rest for freezer & frig. Must say, I think this is the best batch I ever made, but could be I was just hungry for it.
German Sweet Chocolate Cake
1 package (4 oz) Baker's German Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter-softened (I use half & half)
2 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites
Heat oven to 350° F. Line bottoms of 3- 9" round cake pans with wax or parchment paper
Microwave chocolate & water in large bowl on high 1 1/2-2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through heating time. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt: set aside. Beat marg/butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition until smooth.
Beat egg whites in another large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir/fold into batter. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Immediately run spatula or knife around edges of pans. Cool on cake racks for 15 minutes, remove from pan & remove paper before it cools.  Cool completely on wire racks.  Spread coconut-pecan frosting between layers & top (not sides)
Coconut-Pecan filling/frosting
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (I use Carnation)
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 (stick & 1/2) butter or Blue Bonnet Margarine (I use butter)
4 egg yolks slightly beaten
1& 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 package (7 oz) Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
1 & 1/2 cups broken pecans (or more)
Mix milk, sugar marg or butter, egg yolks & vanilla in large saucepan. Cook & stir over
medium heat about 12 minutes or until thickened & golden brown. Remove from heat.
Stir in coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature and spreading consistency.
Can't throw those egg whites away so I add 1/2 teaspoon salt, scant teaspoon cream of tartar, and cup of sugar...whip them to peaks & drop spoon full onto baking sheet with nice peaks. Bake at 250°  for half an hour, don't open oven for hours as the crisp.  Or you can squash them in the middle to hold fruit. Good stuff!


Shirley, thank you so much. I have made a copy of it and will be making it up.
I agree with you and Mary Ann on the music and another bug a boo I have is when they say Happy Holidays to me. I reply rather loudly so all can hear MERRY CHRISTMAS! It always has been Merry Christmas to me and always will be!!!
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


The Christmas service at the Bucknell University chapel was so inspiring!  They had a beautiful choir, bell ringers, a brass ensemble and they told the story of Christmas biblically.  It was so beautiful!

And I agree about the Christmas Carols.  I still have my Andy Williams, Mitch Miller, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Tennessee Ernie Ford Albums and I play them all the time.  For just plain good music, I still like Montevani,  And the 3 tenors are great!  I have a couple more good ones but my mind is blank.

I finished the Cranberry and the lime gumdrops today and I packed up all the roasted peanuts.  Tomorrow I don't have to go to work until 10 so I'm going to mix the red gumdrops and they should be ready to cut by suppertime tomorrow.  And then all I have to do is Cathy's noodles and I can take the plastic off the dining room table an decorate it for Christmas.  I figure I might make that by Thursday night and then I can move my operations to the spare bedroom and do so wrapping!

Shirley, I'm going to copy that cake recipe but I don't know when I might try it.  It sounds so good!  I'd have to have a few extra people to help me eat it and I can't share it with Cathy.  She doesn't like coconut.
JUNE, I looked up Kolacki on the internet and there are as many ways to spell it as there are cooks who make them but the recipe is basically the same no matter how you spell it.  They do sound yummy!  And they don't look like they would be too hard to make! 

The dogs have both gone to bed and I think they might be trying to tell me something.  I'm going to wrap this up, put away a few things and join them.  It's been  busy day! 

Good night Everyfriend!  And may God bless us, every one!

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December 02, 2018, 11:51:31 pm #41 Last Edit: December 02, 2018, 11:57:49 pm by Denver

Another day of 🏈🏈.  I will  be glad when it is all over!  My Broncos did win today....happy, happy.

All is silent from California.....Mama goes to the doctor tomorrow, maybe there will be news after she sees him.  He eluded that he may induce her if his schedule would allow....so we shall see.  I truly hoped the little guy would just come on his own...but what ever will be will be❣️

We are watching the Garth Brooks concert from Notre Dame.  It is OK, but not as good as the live concert I saw him in a good 25 years ago!  He is 25 years older, so guess I can not expect him to run all over the stage like he used to! 🤣🤣

JANE, happy you got to get out to see the Christmas Story at Bucknell tonight with your family.  Glad you enjoyed it. 

MARYANN, have you heard that a radio station has chosen to not play, BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE, because it fits into the ME TOO movement?  These days one can barely breath without offending someone!  I find it extremely concerning the way things have become. 

SHIRLEY, your spaghetti sauce sure does sound good to me.  Bet the German Chocolate Cake will be yummy too. I would love to have some of your holly...sure do not like the thought of you getting on a ladder to cut it down though. 

GLORIA de, I hope the doctor will have good news for you when you see him again about your foot.  Circulation issues are a big problem for healing. 

LARRY, I will have to do some research about the ECG ability currently on the I watch. 

JUNE, AKA "The Old Gray Mare", of course you went down to the program last night......you just can not miss out on the fun!  Dancing to SILENT NIGHT.....how sweet❣️ Glad you continue to enjoy your KFC....chocolates and the flowers. 

My iPad is about to die....so Imwill say good night to all!  Pleasant dreams.


Lloyd Hammond

well bob and Dave got the cattle back in except maybe one. the counted them and turned them out in pasture. I will feed them today and do a count. have a great day everyone.



Good Morning Everyfriend!  I had a scare last night.  I was sitting in front of my computer and it just died!  Everything went off and nothing would come back on.  Since it was already time to go to bed, I just did a quick search and I decided that it was the surge suppressor that had died.  That's bad but not as bad as if it had been the computer itself.  I have everything Jerry-rigged this morning and I'm going to have to buy a new surge suppressor, I suppose.  If it's not one thing, it's 3 others.  I wonder what will be next?

I'll be off to Wally World today.  Wish me short lines and lots of smiles.  Well, I suppose short lines would be wasting a wish at this time of year but lots of smiles would be nice.

On the way home, I'm going to stop by the computer department at WM and see if they have surge suppressors and if they don't have what I need, I'm going to make a quick trip to the computer store. 

I also threw in a load of laundry this morning and another one is waiting when it gets done.  So far, that's my day!  Not much fun!

In case you don't see me, at least you know why I'm not hanging around boring everyone!  Enjoy your day, whatever it brings.

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December 03, 2018, 07:33:35 am #44 Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 11:56:31 am by Amy
Good morning everyone..

Went to bed with light rain and thunder and woke up to a winter wonderland!! Not a lot of snow, maybe 2 inches? Will deal with it later, after my tea. Happy to see all that ice covered or it would be a skating rink out there.

Jenny,I think a big sigh will come from everyone once this bundle of joy makes an entrance!

Jane, that would give one a fright, glad it was an easy fix.

Making this short ,tea is done and snow is still there..

Enjoy your day everyone.
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


It is a beautiful sunny morning and unseasonably warm.  Already "they" are talking about a wintry mix for this coming weekend.  ???

It was so nice to have my younger son here for the weekend.  It was wonderful to have both of my sons with me.  It doesn't happen often.  We talked and talked. :chatter:

Jane or Amy, what kind of crackers do you use for your PB Chocolate Cookies?  It sounds easy enough for even me to do these days.

Have a great day, All


Hi Everyone.  It is a beautiful morning here and we are to have mild temperature today.  I met with my friend at 8 am this morning and I think that will be it for today as am not feeling well.  I did write to my cardiologist last evening and he almost immediately replied and told me to contact his office and make an appointment for this week, which I will do in a few minutes.

Maybe I will feel more like posting tomorrow but just not up to making many individual comments so am taking a bye for today.


Good morning everyone, WOW it  is 51° and will get warmer but tomorrow it will be cold again. Hope I get outside today. Yesterday it rained all day so stayed in. Clouds have not all cleared yet here.

LARRY  unusual for you to miss church, you must have felt worn out. Hope you feel better today.

GLORIA de  never hurt to read to children. I know when I was very young I loved books, still do.

JANE  how can you cut gumdrops without ea ting them? I used to love them. Now I take better care of my teeth. The Christmas program you saw sounds wonderful.

SHIRLEY  glad you left the ladder where it is, no more dragging it around and climbing it.

JUNE  your chocolate covered cherries sound yummy. Are they the cream ones or the liquid one? I always prefer milk chocolate.

JENNY I hope you hear today about your DIL and the baby. At times my daughter has to cut our Skype chat short because her iPad needed charging.

LLOYD  glad your cattle are back and you find the missing one today.

JANE  you do NOT bore us with your posts. You amaze me with your working at WM and every thing you do at home. Wish I could do a fraction of what I used to do.

AMY  no winter wonderland here, feels like a spring day and I will be headed outside when I finish here.

PHYLLIS  Saturday morning both my sons were here and that felt good. Does not happen often so I know how you enjoyed having your younger son there for the week end.

Have a good day.

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Mary Ann

Jenny, I think they're going too far if a station won't play BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE because it is cold!  This PC thing is for the birds.  I'm for mankind, womankind, childhood, old age and what have you.  And I hope the baby makes an appearance soon.  Thursday would be a nice day - Dec 6 was Norm's birthday.

JaneS what a scare.  I'm glad it was a surge protector and nothing more serious. 

Phyllis, I hope you don't get the wintry mix.  Snow isn't too bad, but a mix is very bad.  How nice you had your two sons with you - at the same time!  And you too, Gloria.

I used to read to my nephews when they were young.  They always wanted me to read the same stories, no matter how often they had heard them.  I read to the next generation a bit, but they did not live close so it wasn't possible.

Mary Ann



Phyliss, Jane uses soda crackers. I ran out one time and used some graham wafer crackers.......both tasted good dipped in chocolate..I have my neighbour hooked on them now :)
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


December 03, 2018, 04:22:28 pm #50 Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 04:24:31 pm by JaneS
Phyllis, I also do some Ritz crackers with PB and Chocolate.  I got started on them because I have a grand niece with a dietary problem and the saltines have something in them that she can't have.  So she gets her own special kind with all natural PB.  I've never done any graham crackers but I don't really like graham crackers so never thought of it.  They are pretty easy to do and you can spread them one day and dip them the next day.  When I do a lot of them I set up and old electric fry pan with paper towels in the bottom and glass measuring cups for melting the chocolate with water almost to the top of the frying pan.  I have it set on the lowest setting and the two things you must NEVER do, is get even a drop of water in the melting chocolate and you mustn't try to hurry the melting process.  I think AMY melts her chocolate in the microwave...AMY?

Gloria, I never said I didn't eat any gumdrops while I was cutting them.  Theres all that excess around the edges and a good and careful cook must taste everything to make sure it's suitable for giving to her friends.  They aretasty and I think maybe my favorite of all the candy I make.  They are not hard to do but they are time consuming. 

And now that I've rested from my labors, I think I better get back to my labors if I ever want to be finishes with my labors.

MARY ANN and everyone else...reading to my children and having them read to me was one of the joys of my life.  And they have all become avid readers.  I hope I contributed to that!  I could always get lost in a book no matter where I was and I wanted that for them, too.  I think they have it!

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Jane, yes , I do use the micro but you have to do it in very short bursts..
I can't remember if I gave you the rhubarb muffin recipe or not if so .swap out the rhubarb for two cups of chopped apple. I even left the skin on but chopped it in 1/4 inch chunks......yummy!!

Larry, prayers for you that you will feel much better tomorrow. Rest at this time can be your best friend..

I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


I sure don't remember a rhubarb muffin recipe but swapping out the rhubarb for apple sounds good.

I'm finished with two kinds of gumdrops including cutting the remelted cuttings in squares for ME!  I still have to do the red stars.  I didn't get them mixed this morning because some other stuff came up that was yelling for attention.  Seems there's always something yelling for attention!  And it's always stuff you can't ignore.  I even ran out of time to make my sandwich to take along for lunch.  And I forgot my water bottle. 

I did get the Elf on the Shelf mailed to Emma so they can get that traditon started.  And I did 2 loads of laundry and I answered the zzzzs on the sofa after I had my supper. 

If I can manage to get some sleep tonight, I should feel better tomorrow than I did this morning.  My friend and I are going to the movies tomorrow on Senior Day to see the grinch movie.  Should be fun and maybe we'll stop a McDonalds or Arby's for lunch on the way home. 

Now I'm off to Dreamland so I bid you all a Good Night and may God bless us, every one!

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I've been without internet all day (or most of it) but discovered this one is connected so will explain that "until the Cox man comes on Wed, I may not get another chance to tell you about my problem".  I've called them 6 or 7 times tonight & keep getting disconnected, when I call back it's never the same person & we get disconnected again before the problem is solved.  Seems the modem is "dead", they furnish & are responsible for that.  Hopefully that will fix the phones dropping & internet off & on. I use up a lot of my Tracfone minutes talking to Cox people.  :tickedoff:

It is bitter cold but no snow & wind not too bad, so as long as we don't lose power, it's winter & we will manage. I wish you could see these 3 cats, one lays in front of the toe-warmer below the kitchen sink, the other sleeps on top of a furnace register in the same room and Tom started sleeping in what used to be LaurenKat's bed that is in front of a floor register with a "cover" that aims the heat right on him. Thanks goodness there's still a couple more vents in that combo room for the heat to reach the rest of the space!  Sweet dreams to all and God Bless.


Good morning..

Well I can certainly say "Baby its cold outside" clear sky dotted with stars and a slice of moon and  +5°F. Much healthier weather than what we have had.

We are off to the chocolate factory today and a stop at the quilt store. Clean roads so no worry travelling.

Shirley ,that must be frustrating for you. Hope they fix it soon for you.

Gloria it is as Joan would say a geemagotchee day here..I know I will be bundling up as I am the one that takes Babe out if she needs to go while we are on the road. We have our places all picked out to stop for her.

Larry, hope you feel better this morning, try not to over do it today.

Better get a move on here.

Enjoy your day everyone..
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Thanks for answering my question about kind of crackers, Amy and Jane.  I think I'll try both so I can decide which we like better. And, of course, that means MORE cookies to eat!  ::)

Sun is shining right now but it is to be colder and not so nice later.  It is, after all, winter.  And I got some errands done yesterday so today I can just stay home and get caught up with the laundry.  Yesterday I tried out Best Buy's "Order online, Pickup at store".  It went so easy that I will do that again. Other than writing some checks, that takes care of my Christmas gift giving. I'm feeling so smug!  :sidedance:


Good Morning Everyfriend!  I've been up a long time but busy.  I won't bore you with the details but the doggies are fed and some chores have been attended. 

I'll have to make this short because I have to go take a shower and get dressed.  My friend is picking me up at 10;30 and when we get back, I have a couple of errands to run too.

And I'll need to get the red gumdrops mixed and in the fridge to set.  I keep saying that and it always seems to get shifted to another time but today I'm determined.  I really wanted to have them in the fridge before the movie but that didn't happen.

I had a strange night and I want to run it past you all to see if you have any insight.  I was in bed about a half hour and my hands started to itch, not just little itch.  It was one of those "can't reach the itch and it's driving me crazy" itches.  While I was attending to my hands, I realized that my feet were also beginning to itch.  This got me out of bed and I remembered Sandy and June's talk about cold showers for the itching.  I tried soaking my hands and feet in cold water and as long as they were immersed, the didn't itch.  As soon as I took them out of the water and dried them,  THEY ITCHED.  I hit the computer and googled it and found an article that suggested everything from seeing a theripist to taking melatonin. 

Since the only thing on the list that I had was melatonia (which I had ordered and had not decided if I wanted to use) I decided to try that.  I played a couple of card games and gave it time to take effect and I slept the rest of the night. 

Has anyone had this happen and what did you do for it?  I sure don't want it every night.  The article said that it intensifies at night and can keep you awake.

Now I'm off to get dressed!  Is there a doctor in the house?

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Hi Everyone.  It is a bright and sunny morning and we are to get into the mid-50's today.  I was able to get an appointment with my cardiologist for tomorrow morning at 10 am for which I am thankful.  I am hoping he will have something that can begin to give me a little more energy and stop the occasional gurgling and coughing. I spent a good part of the day yesterday laying down and  today will probably be about the same as I am very weary this morning.  I plan on staying home all day. Pat just reminded me she has a doctor's appointment downtown this morning but she will going to drive herself there.  It has been quite awhile since she has driven the car. 

I have found all of the posting interesting but just don't have the energy to make any individual comments today.  Hopefully soon I will be back to my normal long postings.


Good morning everyone, enjoyed the sunny and warm day yesterday but it is freezing and windy again today. Makes me glad I spent a lot of time outside yesterday.

LARRY  seems like you have been doing a lot lately so time to take it easier? Hope you are feeling better today.

MARY ANN  I see both sons often but not together. That was great.

JANE  of course the cooks and chefs just have to taste everything they are making. How else to know the food/treats are OK. Things worth doing are the things that take the most time, right? Jenny's DIL is one now who knows how long it takes a baby to come into the world. Like you I get lost in a book and can see in my mind the authors descriptions of people and places. Used to picture things back in the days of the old radio programs. Remember those times sitting near the radio and listening to The Shadow and the Lone Ranger and all those programs. Kids today do not seem to have much imagination. My daughter read to her sons when they were young, my oldest son now reads to his grandson.

SHIRLEY  when you call Cox get the name of the person you talk to and if you have to call back ask for that person, better than getting someone else all the time. Wish I could get rid of Cox but seems like the company that owns this building will not let any other company in here.

AMY  I have mentioned JOAN's "geemagotchees" already with the cold we have had already. Going out here when it is cold and windy I sure need them.

PHYLLIS  you are rushing winter even though it feel like it. it is still autumn according to the calendar. Mother Nature says it is winter though though

JANE  never heard of of the itch  like you had. I have had nights I could no t sleep but not  because of itchy hands or feet. Hope you find out why, maybe because you have been  too busy?

LARRY  take care of yourself till you see the doctor. Just rest.

Have a good day and keep warm.

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Larry, I sure hope you figure what's wrong.... possibly low on iron?  I was always afraid to give Cas iron tablets but I would pump him full of raisins, prunes & other high iron foods & he would feel better.  Even eggs with the yolks helped. Even when my blood tests show only on the low end of acceptable, my body knew it needed iron rich foods & the Fergon iron, not only helped with the energy but breathing (since iron carries the oxygen in the blood).  Andy is having to take iron now & has never been low before, gives blood as often as he can & they check first. Anyway, "Dr.Shirley" will wish you a quick pep up for today.

I don't know why this computer is connected to the internet except it is right over the modem that is in the basement.  The new computer is at the other end of the house, but still no connection this morning.  I need to be cleaning around in the basement, have hauled down a lot of clothes to be ironed or put away until next spring. Also I need to vac around the litter box at the bottom of the steps, I clean it every time they use but they drag litter all around & just won't shake their feet before getting out.  >:(  Cox man will be here between 8:00 & 10:00 am tomorrow so the cats & I will have an early breakfast. They will be upset at not being able to hide out downstairs because someone strange is invading their territory.  Mama Callie can go outside, which she does several times a day but Tom & Tiger usually like to go back to sleep until noon. Do they have me trained???

Jane & Amy, your foods all sound so good... but I can't fix anything else. Will have to clean a spot in the freezer for this latest batch of spaghetti sauce & really do need to defrost soon. I have enough coolers & am thinking of plugging the RV in so I can store some stuff in that freezer & frig while defrosting.

Jane, some years ago I had a problem with hands itching almost beyond control... but was when they got cold. I had trouble cutting up a chicken, holding a glass of ice.... hands would turn red/purple & drive me crazy. Was at my daughter's holding a glass of ice Coke when at it's worse. All of a sudden it quit. Have no idea why. Dr couldn't explain when I talked to him about it next time I was in. Hope yours goes away like mine did, really un-nerved me at the time it was so severe.

Jenny, sure hope that baby appears soon.  My sister-in-law always ran late, and each baby got bigger & bigger.  After being in the hospital a few days before delivery my mother was scheduled to pick up the 2 older kids at their school & explained about the baby arriving. The oldest boy looked at her & said, "I know why she stayed so long.... she was waiting for the biggest baby".  Has been a family joke ever since. This was the same kid that when his mother was picking him up to explain about them having a new baby, she said he grinned & kind of hid his face and said, "You know about it too?"  The grapevine reaches the kids long before we realize.

Better get busy, got lots to do that can't wait!  Hugs to all.  Shirley  (Thanks, Patricia, for that link to where the recipe belongs.)

Oops, you snuck in, Gloria... I asked one of the people how many working where I call & he said "maybe 30", & none mentioned asking for them when I had to call back. Say, I am not using Bold, but trying Arial Black, is that any better?