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Seriously? February is already here. The older I get the faster time speeds by.

Before I do my update I have to be a good G’ma! It’s Girl Scout COOKIE time!!! BTW, Girl Scouts have come a LONG way!! You can now order on line and have them shipped to you! (If you don’t live in Carlsbad California you do have to pay for shipping. I thought I would be funny and I selected “Have Girl Scout Alice hand deliver” apparently I am NOT funny!! Now my daughter has to pay shipping. Sooooooooo BAD MOM on my part!!! So, please if you do order don’t choose that option. My kid is poor.

Troop 1506 wants to go camping, the zoo and a lock-in overnight at Sea World. I am most looking forward to doing self-defense, archery, and animal encounters. My wish is to take our troop to the snow.  I like to be creative and funny in my videos because people will laugh and be happy and buy more cookies. When going door to door I know people may not be there so I leave my business card.

Update for last month. Snow. Then more snow. Then rain. Then freezing temperature and more snow. So in common core math this adds up to: TOO DANG MUCH SNOW with ice underneath. It also means the muddy ruts in the roads can swallow a car. AND basically has! The Husband with the help of the tractor, has had to rescue 3 trucks and 1 car already this year.  We aren’t even in the Season of The Mud yet!

The snow is so heavy that it bent the smoke pipe in HALF on the roof of the modular home that we rent out. IN HALF people!! The contractor (bless his heart!) got his truck stuck in the mud down our driveway and he not only trudged thru hip high snow but did so with a LADDER!!! As soon as my tires started spinning I’d said “Peace OUT! See ya in the spring!” (Basically, I would make a terrible contractor!)

We also lost all the snow breaks off the roof of our house, so those need to be replaced. Thankfully, no leaks anywhere. Wait, I take that back the windows leak. ACKKKK! The deck flashing wasn’t installed correctly so the windows around the deck ALL leak. ACKKK!!! So, again water damage on the window frames and the window sills. We have to wait for everything to dry out before we can repair it…… so the hillbilly in me shines again!! Cute mugs and cute towels line the window sills. Might as well make it cute if I can’t stop it. Right??

Okay enough WHINING!! (YES, I really do crack myself up!) The reason you are really here:


I truly am thankful you stop by! Most of you everyday. As always I am blown away by your support and most of all your friendship!!

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  1. Laurie Nykaza says

    Went out for lunch today with friends and its was lots of fun and a nice sunny day outside too.

  2. Victoria K says

    So far my day is going good- I woke up about 10 minutes ago

  3. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Hello February! Good bye January! Oh my goodness Alice has grown into a lovly young lady. She was so stinking cute as a little one that I didn’t think it was possible to ge cuter than that. She is just adorable.

  4. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Since this is your most resent post I will comment on here. I completely understand about back muddy roads. They are terrible. Sorry to hear about your winter damage. I have done the towles in the windows for years. Not fun when you have a new place either. We have new windows but they are replacement windows and the sill around the windows is old and becoming rotten. Work is never done!

    • Diane, I swear it really is never ending chores and replacements. All I know is that it’s a good thing I have this view. Well, not for the last 5 days. Just fog. Grrrrrrrr again!

  5. Ann Fantom says

    We have a very busy day going. We are on the run all day

  6. shelly peterson says

    The wind is blowing so strong, it kept me up all night. I am tired.

    • Shelly, You may have sent the wind to us………we had wind all day. Power outages. Roads closed due to fallen trees. But, I took a sleeping pill. When I sign off here I’ll be out like a light! I hope you sleep better tonight.

  7. Daily home post comment:
    Aw heck, Connie, it’s really frustrating when things start to leak. I’d be hopping mad!

    • Kate, Like you said It’s so frustrating. If the would have built the deck the way we asked then the flashing would be attached correctly and we wouldn’t have 6 windows leaky.GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  8. As for me, well, Mum had a bad night again so I only managed about 2 hours sleep. However, on the bright side, the 6 Nations Rugby season kicks off today and Wales and Ireland both won their matches!

  9. My day is going well so far. We went out to lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. I am approaching the end of a very big project and making great progress.

  10. Quiet day at home. 68 degrees outside today, 70 tomorrow and a high of 15 on Tuesday. Whee!

  11. Jennifer Wilson says

    I discovered that Alexa can read books I have in Kindle. I’ve “read” half a book so far since discovering this yesterday. I think this is going to be a game changer for me. lol . I mean, I only read 63 books last year. 😛

    • Jennifer, I LOVE ALEXA!!!! I have her reading to me all day. I LOVE it. I also love messin’ with the family. The Husband asks about 20 times a day “Alexa, what’s the weather” So I reprogrammed her to respond “I’m tired, go outside and find out for yourself. Then I did one for when the kids are here and ask “Alexa who is Dad’s favorite child??” Alexa responds “He likes the dog best..
      She does great jokes and she will wish you a good sleep in all different ways. My favorite is “Enjoy your beauty rest, not that you need it. You are PJ Fabulous. (seriously, I am just a big kid!)

  12. Susan Smith says

    My day is doing good. The weather is in the 40’s and the snow is melting. Did some cleaning and went out to dinner with my family.

  13. I am glad that we haven’t had the snow that you have had. You need your sense of humor. Got enough Girl Scout cookies to last until Spring?

    • Karen, I have enough Girl Scout cookies to get me to Tuesday!! LOL! Today we had wind. Thankfully no snow or rain. However, the wind was as high as 40mph at times. Of course, lost power along with 5000 other Sandpoint residents. And a trailer park was destroyed by fallen trees. Am I the only one that thinks Mother Nature really has it out for trailer parks??

  14. Judy Thomas says

    My day has been really hot. It is over 30 degrees Celcius here & very humid. I am in New Zealand.

  15. shelly peterson says

    I got very little sleep last night. I watch my 3 grandkids for a while . I am really tired.

  16. Laurie Nykaza says

    Went shopping for today to get some foods for the game which we will have fun watching with the family.

  17. I had yesterday evening all planned out: pizza, watch my favourite detective show (Montalbano, set in Sardinia, with English subtitles) then a bit of solitaire. Reality: Woke up 10 hours later lying on cold pizza, missed most of the who-dunnit, all the lights on, central heating still on, cat outside demanding to be let in …

    • Kate, I read this and started laughing. THIS is how MY mind works. Your in curlers (dunno why, you just are) a slice of pizza stuck on your face and the remote control in your hand and a random ace in your bra. I see Garfield the cat at the door with that LOOK!!
      See?? My mind is a completely wacky place to be.

    • Tamra Phelps says

      I laughed, too. I just got a visual in my mind of you splayed out on the couch, pizza scattered everywhere…I’ll have to look for your detective show. I love those shows! But I hadn’t heard of Montalbano. I wonder if it’s on Netflix???

  18. Connie, I’m having difficulty finding posts that I haven’t ever commented on! I have been here for sooo long, after all. Any suggestions?

  19. Diane K. Brimmer says

    It has been kinda gloomy here for quite a while now! I think I need a sun lamp or hit the vitamin D3 1000. Lots of stuff going on and it is hard to stay cheery! I will press on but Lord you know I need at least the sun shining.

    • Diane, 1st day in over 2 weeks and we have clear BLUE sky and A SUN!!!!! I stood out on the deck for a good 30 minutes this morning just standing there. OHHHHHH MAN this was nice!

  20. Molli Taylor says

    i literally just woke up, but i have an ear infection, we’ve got some pretty big family stuff happening that is causing stress, so it’s one day at a time.

  21. My morning is going good so far. Gonna get some errands done with this super bowl day I hope its not packed everywhere.

    • Valerie, Today is blue sky with NOT a cloud in the sky after weeeeeeeeeeeeks of snow and rain so I’m headed outside to just be OUT! Enjoy your day and I hope you got your errands done easily and quickly!

  22. It’s been good here. The weather is very spring-like and sunny.

  23. Tamra Phelps says

    Connie, I noticed you said you were going to put the archive back on the side of the page. Think about putting the links to social media sites back, too. And the share buttons. I know if I want to share a post I can just copy the URL and paste it on, say, Facebook, but it’s so much easier to use those handy share buttons,lol.

  24. Shannon Holmes says

    So good so far, started out my day making reheatable meals. (I made chicken fajitas and baked chicken).

  25. We have been lazy around the house–just relaxing.

  26. Good rehearsal with Sage Singers. Only one more rehearsal before our concert on the 14th. CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!!

  27. shelly peterson says

    I slept in today. Then I spent some time with my daughter, it was a good day.

  28. Shannon Holmes says

    Not a lot going on with me, getting ready to go to bed soon. I am weaning myself off soda and it is hard.

  29. Laurie Nykaza says

    Had the crowd over for the game today and we had bbq for dinner it was a lot of fun.

  30. Not much sleep again last night, but hey, the sun’s shining! Have to collect my niece from Dublin later so running round like a headless chicken doing all the chores I didn’t do yesterday!

  31. Connie, many thanks for putting the archive back BUT … there’s no way to add a comment. I went back as far as 2009 & ‘diet water’!

  32. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Today I am off to the foot doctor. Man it seems like the older you get the more doctors you get! LOL Oh I have to laugh as did you see that on your giveaway form it says “Open to everyone none”! Just too funny!

    • Diane, I didn’t see that ………… gminnycrickets……. I will go fix. Thank you for the heads up. I think my arthritis is showing in earnest now. I have two lumps on my joints. One on the thumb and one on my index finger. This getting older……… grumble grumble and WHINE!!!!!!!!

  33. Cleaned out drains today.. whoppee does it get any better than that.. what an exciting life.. too bad all my old NYU chums can’t see me now.. what happened to all our grandiose dreams LOl….kettle singing so better go and make tea….

  34. Southeastern British Columbia: bit cold but with each passing day is one more closer to Spring.

  35. Not my best day but it could’ve been worse

  36. Ice on the roads when I went out to swim. Snow coming down and 4-7 inches predicted. Got to the library and Costco so I don’t have to go out tomorrow when there will be more snow.
    Yesterday we tied the high record of 74 degrees. Tomorrow night 5 degrees BELOW zero.

    • Sarah that’s NUTS!! 74 to 5 below!? Yup, time to sit at home and read. Or nap! We had sunshine and snow at the same time this afternoon. I went to town and met my friend Marilee for a Knitting gossip visit. After being cooped up it was HEAVEN!! Now it’s supposed to snow until the weekend at least.

  37. shelly peterson says

    I’m not feeling the greatest today.

  38. My day dragged on so slowly. For each step forward I felt that I took two steps backwards. I didn’t accomplish much. I think it’s because I have too much on my mind.

  39. A slow start to the day today….I know I have to get moving but coffee and relaxation right now are the ticket…Eventually I will get motivated!

  40. Kate Sarsfield says

    Spent a couple of hours trying and eventually succeeding to get Mum out of bed. Honestly, sometimes I could … … instead I come on here and pass all my frustrations on to Connie! Nothing personal 🙂

    • Kate that’s what I’m here for. WHINE away!!!!!!! My goal the next time The Husband goes out on the tractor and a way from the house, I want to scream. A full on Jamie Lee BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM. I’ve never done that. I think it might be a stress reliever? AND no neighbors anywhere, so no one would hear. Want me to scream for you too??

  41. Tamra Phelps says

    I had a dentist appointment today. No cavities, yay! Genetics gave me good teeth, at least. I was in my thirties when I had my first cavity. I was so upset, lol. The things that upset us sometimes are ridiculous. Do you ever look back and think ‘boy, if only that was all I had to worry about??’

    • Tamra, Oh my gosh! Yes! Boys that I thought I would DIE without. I don’t know if you listen to country music but Garth Brooks has song Unanswered Prayers and I always think this line is amazing and SO TRUE!! “Some of Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

      BTW I do not have good genetics. Sooooo many cavities. On a upbeat note Alice is 8 and doesn’t have any! I’ll go with that win.

  42. Diane K. Brimmer says

    My foot appointment went well. I did have to have a thing called a seed removed. Little sore today but I can walk on it much better now. Just wish they wouldn’t keep coming back.

    • Diane, a SEED? I’m gonna have to Goggle that. I have a planters wart (they grow into the foot) that little sucker comes back year after year. They tried burning it. Cut it out. Stubborn little so and so……… shhhhhhhh I don’t want to jinx anything but apparently it doesn’t like Idaho winters cause ya know…….. shhhhhhhhhhhhh

  43. Jeanette Jackson says

    We went shopping and bought some nice things. Came home earlier than usual because I think I’m getting a cold.

  44. We didn’t get quite as much snow as forecast, but only 5 inches or so. Still today’s high was 18 degrees, tonight below zero.

  45. shelly peterson says

    Didnt do much today. I did run to the store, after it started to snow. The roads were like an ice skating rink.

  46. Call me crazy (my relatives in Florida do) but I love when it snows. We’re supposed to get some tomorrow. Saw my doctor this morning for my annual checkup and all went well. Results from the blood drawn (4tubes) to follow.

  47. I read all these posts about the cold weather and the snow and do not relate anymore…Gone for me for the past 20 years are those kind of winters…In 2013 I visited my daughter-in-law and was so cold that I walked around a heated house with 2 pairs of socks and all the jammies and robes I could find….the only cold and snow I can handle is in pics and books!! Out into the warm sunshine right now.. just talking about the cold makes me shiver.. lol

    • Michele, I swore I would never live in the cold again. I SWORE NEVER AGAIN!!
      Yeah, yeah, yeah….. The Husband is pretty persuasive and here I am. With kitchen are work saying “when pigs fly” and lots of small flying pig knick knacks. In IDAHO.

  48. Kate Sarsfield says

    The house phone rang at 7.30 this morning – I got to bed at 3.30 – wrong bloody number, grrr! Got some laundry done then a bit of weeding until it was time to bring Mum her breakfast. I’m hoping for a nap some time this afternoon …

    • Kate, WHY do people call so EARLY! That’s RUDE!!! You made me remember, middle of the night last night I got a phone call from someone I don’t know ON THE FACEBOOK app…. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I blocked him and went back to sleep. Why?! Why would you call someone you don’t know? In another country?! WHY!?

  49. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Just got back from getting my hair cut and now I am freezing! High of 26 outside and a high of 68 in the house! I am glad to see that bright round thing in the sky. I think I remember it, I think it’s called the sun. Lol

    • Diane, that SUN THING you hear of?? I saw it!! FOR REAL!! With my own 2 eyes!! IT IS REAL!!!!! We got a high of 33 here.
      I need to get my hair cut soon. But, I can not get off the MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!! I need FREEEEEEDOM!!!!!!!!!!! (That was my best Mel Gibson from Braveheart)

  50. Today is Michael’s day off, which really means he is helping me, lol. He’s picking up a Walmart grocery pick up right now and went to pick up some paperwork for me. He’s a big help. I’m going to work until it’s time for Church tonight. Then it’s Chicago night on TV- I love Wednesdays!!!

    • Sonya, bless you! When The Husband helps me I cringe. It’s soooooooo much more work. I have A Knitting circle on Wednesdays I was so sad that I couldn’t get out. Too much snow and ice to drive to town. So I sat on the couch and knit and Netflixed.

  51. Tamra Phelps says

    It has been a long day. The bus they sent to pick me up for my doctor’s appointment had a problem with the wheelchair lift, so we had to wait an hour for another. Fortunately, the doctor was able to work me in later. But that meant we had to wait longer at the doctor’s office, then we had a TWO HOUR wait for the bus to head back here. And it was raining like mad. And there were about six stops to pick up others because people were getting off work from the first shift. Ugh. The whole time I was, well, busting to pee, lol. When we finally got back, I was like, ‘Can’t talk, gotta pee, NOW!’

    • Tamra, OH MY GOSH what a day you had! I bet you sleep like a log tonight. We are so alike! I run into the house chanting ‘gotta pee, gotta pee, gotta pee’. You’d think I would learn to pee before I head up the mountain. But, noooooooo I never learn.

  52. Terri Quick says

    It’s going ok. I’m just at home relaxing with my 2 dogs.

  53. Sage Singers membership meeting, then a quick swim. Got up to 30 degrees. whee.

  54. Jennifer Wilson says

    All I wanted was a simple sundae. I wanted ice cream, and was going to get some from Kroger but figured with my blood sugar problems I shouldn’t have it in the house. . . so I went to a place that has a make your own sundae station — $2.99. But they discontinued wet toppings (chocolate, caramel, etc.) So on to Burger King. The app pulled up my closest, I ordered, went to the drive through — had to wait 12 minutes on the single person ahead of me to get their food, and then was told they couldn’t find my order. Turns out the app said a BK 20 minues in the opposite direction of home was the closest one to where I was sitting in a different BK parking lot. So I lost my money from ordering on the app and came home. Still no ice cream. Told hubby that he can pick up some for me tomorrow since he’s headed to town.

  55. I had a pretty good day. I did my food shopping and my laundry is done. I made hubby his favorite (baked ziti) for dinner.

  56. shelly peterson says

    Today wasn’t the greatest. I still dont feel great and it seems like things just aren’t going right 🙁

  57. Shannon Holmes says

    Not a lot going on with me lately. I guess that’s a good thing? LOL

  58. Laurie Nykaza says

    Worked a few hours today. Cleaned the house and made lots of phone calls.

  59. Dad is hectic. Need to prep lots of stuff for a last minute family dinner this weekend. ARGH!

  60. I had trouble sleeping last night, so, I’m pretty tired. It is early in the morning so I hope that I have a good day despite that.

  61. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! No snow today but the ice is treacherious. I don’t like ice skating like I did when I was a kid. Of course I don’t land as gracefully as I did either. LOL

  62. Kate Sarsfield says

    A door handle came off in my hand this morning. Thank you You Tube!

  63. It has been very rainy and thundery all day. It is supposed to continue tomorrow too. We have been having fun with the kids today in spite of the rain.

  64. Tamra Phelps says

    Getting better in physical therapy. My second and third walks are almost as long as the first, which is what you want. That means you can walk around your house and safely get back to where you started, lol.

  65. Dana Rodriguez says

    Terrible storms here in SC. Powers lines and trees down everywhere. We have been lucky so far.

  66. Quiet day at home. Made eye doctor appointment for next month. Ordered a prescription refill. Excitement….

  67. One of my nieces has been searching our ancestry. She called me today and filled me in on both of my parents’ relatives. It is something I have always wanted to do but just never got around to. She traced the family back pretty far and it was so interesting. She plans to send me a copy of everything.

    • Terri, That is so cool! One of my cousins did this for one side of my family. It was really interesting! I even look like my Great. Great G’ma. I really wanted to tell my late brother “NAaaUHHH I wasn’t adopted!” He’s in heaven just laughin’ and laughin.

  68. shelly peterson says

    Today was an ok day. I didnt do much.

  69. Went out to the shoppes yesterday and enjoyed the morning out.. Up at 5am out the door by 6am.. Feed and grain opens at half 6…..then to the 7am openings.. Home before 9am.. Still had time to work outside and reap some basil to make a fresh pesto with pasta for lunch…Today is a seed planting day so up and at them..I had a father who was up everyday at 3am to get to the bakery for 4am so I guess between him and my mum who at 9am wanted to know who was going to bring her coffee I favor him….

  70. Kate Sarsfield says

    Oh golly, it’s cold! We’re due another storm at the weekend that’s heading from Texas! What did we ever do to them? Anyway, Texas aside, I’m heading into town this afternoon for a Dr.’s appointment, collect Mum’s meds, grab a bit of shopping …. blah blah …. & home asap for a big mug of soup to warm up!

  71. Shannon Holmes says

    Made some chili today, bad winds today as high as 50 mph.

  72. Tamra Phelps says

    Not much here. It’s snowing, and supposed to keep snowing until there’s 4 or 5 inches. We haven’t had much snow this Winter, which is fine by me.
    Oh, hey Connie, thought I’d point out that to order Girl Scout cookies from Alice, we need to click on the red ‘My Cookie Story’ line. It took me a few days to figure that out, lol. Yeah, I’m that slow. Or just lunk-headed.

  73. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Hello there! I think I am getting old! I find more and more little things like a stiff neck, hobble on the foot or even slept wrong and have a sore back. I couldn’t be getting old!! Not with Hunter (4yr. old) around! Oh have to tell you this one. He comes home from school and tells his mom, ” I hate it when people call

    • Diane, OH Hunter is sooooooooooo cute!!! I saw his picture on Instagram. He is a hoot and a half!!
      Old? I HAVE a arthritis lump on my thumb and on my index finger. They just POPPED UP!!! WHAT THE?!!?!? And my knuckles are killing me. Old is NOT for sissies!

  74. Today has been a good day. It was supposed to rain, but it didn’t rain so very much like yesterday. Also we had called for a service man to come out, but my husband figured the problem out ahead of time. It is nice to save having a service call.

  75. Snow, snow, snow… No swimming, no errands, just snow.

  76. Jennifer Wilson says

    I had my husband get a flu shot this week. Hope it’s not too late. First time I’ve ever heard of our local school system taking a day off for flu.

  77. shelly peterson says

    Last night was a bad night for sleeping. I hope I sleep better over the weekend.

  78. Today I spent a good deal of time looking out of my windows watching the snow come down. It was really windy and I just kept hoping no electric lines would go down. Drank hot chocolate and listened to a variety of music. It was a beautiful peaceful day.

  79. Shannon Holmes says

    Later I am going into town and getting some Mediterranean Deli!

  80. Laurie Nykaza says

    a fun day yard work and planting some new plants with the husband. the weather’s hot out now.

  81. Moving slowly today.. have to chlorine the aviary.. bathe the dogs then who knows what?? Maybe just sitting around contemplating the wonderous lightness of being!!!!

  82. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Sorry about yesterday not finishing what my grandson said to his mother. He jumps off the bus and yells ” I hate it when people call me Hunner! It is Hunter with a “T”!” Lol 4 years old and he notices how people pronounce his name. He is just the greatest thing since sliced bread!

  83. Kate Sarsfield says

    General Election day here in Ireland so voted, got the weekend papers and back in time to watch Ireland beat Wales in The 6 Nations Rugby. We’re in the middle of Storm Ciara (pronounced keera) as well so we’re indoors for the weekend. I grabbed this opportunity to start re-grouting & sealing the ensuite. I may come to regret starting but I’ll take a big messy job over dusting & polishing anyday!

  84. We did get about 8 inches of snow yesterday. Today sunshine, swimming and errands. Tomorrow rehearsal and more snow.

  85. Tamra Phelps says

    So, I decided to go back to the posts from February 2018 to comment on because I missed them. I was busy almost dying, lol. Connie, did you redecorate that green and purple master bath? I must’ve missed those photos. If you haven’t posted photos of that, you should! If you have, I’ll find them during my stroll through posts past this month, lol.

    • Tamra, This bathroom is still UGLY!!!!! It’s still PURPLE!!!!! THANK HEAVEN’s The Husband is as handy as he is and the green toilet went bye-bye and I have a white one. Which stands out like WOOOOOOOOOOOOO in my green and purple ugly bathroom. The steps into the tub are so tall, 9.5″ tall each one. THEN it’s one 19″ drop into the tub! There is no stair or seat to stand on to balance! IT’S WEIRD!!!!!!

  86. Jennifer Wilson says

    I spent most of the day sleeping. I don’t know why I am so tired. My cpap said I slept 12 hours, and I know I slept for a while having taken it off in my sleep . Hopefully will keep me from getting this crud that is going around to rest up.

  87. shelly peterson says

    I spent most of the day relaxing. I had my grandkids over for a while.

  88. Laurie Nykaza says

    Target shopping today so it was a fun day to go out and do lunch too.

  89. It is Sunday and a true day of rest here.. After mass and remembering people on the prayer circle making lunch then read read and relax… I do not plan on even making lists for the week….that takes up too much reading time.. Glorious Sunday to all….

  90. Kate Sarsfield says

    Oh boy, that was one wild night! Winds off the Atlantic blowing at 250 miles an hour – the west coast got it really badly. Thankfully it was only up to 80+ here. Time to get back to grouting the ensuite!

  91. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Kinda a hard day as I poured my heart out on your one post. The guilt I carried for 5o some years of thinking I would be responsivable for hurtting my mom and changing what happened to my family. Living in a small town and everyone knowing what happened. Wow this is too heavy to put on here. I am sorry! You said to speak your mind. But probably not that much. LOL

    • Kate Sarsfield says

      Diane, you were not and are not responsible for the actions of your family. Let’s start chipping away at that huge load of guilt on your shoulders so you can stand tall again xxx

    • Tamra Phelps says

      I read your comment on the other post and it was not too heavy! Kate is right. You have nothing to feel guilty about, yet when things happen to us as children, we tend to continue to feel them as we did back then. As adults, we know we have nothing to feel guilty about, but that child inside still feels it. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, DIANE! And I’ve gotten a little heavy on here at times. Don’t let that ever stop you from letting it all out.

    • Diane, you know we would never judge. It’s not your fault! Small towns are absolutely the worst for gossip mills. I truly wish I was rich, I would get a plane ticket, knock on your door, give you a hug and come back home. Okay maybe see the bees then go home. Maybe a glass wine too. THEN I’ll go home.

  92. Ginger Hafer says

    I made an early morning trip to the grocery store.

  93. Another 2 inches of snow over night. Good last rehearsal before our concert on Friday.

  94. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, not much is going on here today. It’s been a boring day. I did get to see my youngest nephew, which is always nice.

  95. Jennifer Wilson says

    I have all my tax stuff ready to take to the accountant. Not exciting, but I hope I get a refund this year.

  96. I had my checkup done a few days ago. My husband came with me. In the waiting room there was a woman who never stopped coughing. Yesterday hubby had a sore throat and today he feels like he has the flu. He’s had the flu shot but there are various strains of it. I feel so bad for him.

  97. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much today. but my grandson spent the day with me, we played some games.

  98. Kate Sarsfield says

    I’m going to do a Connie here: SNOW is forecast!!!!! I said SNOW!!!!!!!

  99. Shannon Holmes says

    I am having trouble focusing on things lately and I hate it.

  100. Monday Monday..I have a new lease on work right now… I am retired and there is no reason for me to feel like I have to work my you know what off everyday like a lunatic…so as of today i plan on taking it a bit easier.. yes chores and gardening must be done everyday but if I don’t get all my list done there is always tomorrow.. lets see how long this lasts…LOL

  101. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I want to first of all thank all of you ladies on here for your openness and kindness. Connie, Thank you for having a place where we can speak our mind and know that there are others who share our same concerns for one another. God bless you all!

  102. My husband had an appointment this morning and I tagged along for the ride. We ate breakfast out. It has been a good day so far.

  103. Good swim today. After 10 inches of snow this weekend, we saw the sun for the morning and now more snow in the forecast for tonight. Sigh.

  104. Tamra Phelps says

    Mondays are always ugh, lol. And the flu is going around here, double ugh. I had the flu shot, so I hope it covers this strain.

  105. Jennifer Wilson says

    My husband dropped the stuff off at the accountant today — and they asked him some questions, and instead of calling me, he guessed with the answers. ARGH! I e-mailed them and told them not to rely on what he said.

  106. shelly peterson says

    Another day of dialysis and not feeling well. Still not sleeping very good.

  107. Woke up to see about 5” of snow fell overnight. The tree branches on the pine trees are bent down from the weight and look beautiful. Watched Parasite movie that had taken best picture at the Oscars. It was in Korean with subtitles. It deserved the Oscar.

  108. Shannon Holmes says

    Did some food prep yesterday for the leftover bowls the nutritionist gave us recipes for.

  109. Today was my deadline for Valentine cake orders.. Have all my orders lined up according to complexity and pick-up or deliver…. The house is spotless due to my awesome daughter only laundry and making lunch…Off into the garden for an hour or two….

  110. Diane K. Brimmer says

    We have several schools closed do to illnesses. My son’s 5 are all sick, Oldest daughter had 3 sick in Florida, n now my daughter who lives just 6 miles from me had 2 at home. I feel like a germaphobe! Stay away! I use to roll my eyes when older people would say that but I now understand. Yes, I did say roll my eyes! LOL

    • Diane, WOW ALL 5!? Bless you Son’s and Daughter in Law’s I can only imagine what they are going through! That’s a lot of sick babies!! I’m adding them to my prayers tonight!
      You ARE staying home RIGHT?!?!

      • Diane K. Brimmer says

        I am so affraid I am going to get it. I did stop and see little Morgan. She is so small, she doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her. She is my little gymnast. I took her so Seven-up and chicken soup. Little Hunter thought he should help her with it as that was way too much for just her.

  111. Kate Sarsfield says

    Not much happening today – just trying to stay warm & keep the wild birds fed. Choir’s cancelled because although the snow isn’t sticking here, the roads are like glass.

  112. Tamra Phelps says

    Feeling a little under the weather, but physical therapy went well. Walked 40 feet, practiced transfers from chair to bed. One of the therapist was watching and she said that for the first time I reminded her of how I was when I was ready to go home before. Hopefully, it continues that way.

  113. Had a fun WinterGreen outreach. We had about 15 people. Passed around some plants and then everyone made their own tea blends to take home.

  114. Jennifer Wilson says

    I’m trying to get approved to teach English online and I did my 3rd mock class tonight, and I think I didn’t pass — it was close, but I’m not sure, but I’m going to think I didn’t so if I did I will be pleasantly surprised.

  115. shelly peterson says

    I went into the doctor and got on some meds, so I hope to be feeling better soon.

  116. My day was really good. My 2 granddaughters (sisters aged 14 and 9) did FaceTime with me. They’re growing up so fast. They were showing me some of their new moves from their acrobatics classes. I kept saying ok that’s enough because I kept getting nervous for them.

  117. Diane K. Brimmer says

    The weather is supposed to change again and get into the teens. Below -0 wind chill factors. Think I will hibernate for the next few days. Maybe clean out a few junk drawers.

  118. Kate Sarsfield says

    One storm’s died out but another’s on it’s way. Storm Dennis – bit of a wimpy name for a storm! Anyway, taking advantage of the sunshine to catch up on laundry. The glitter & glam of Panto seem very far away!

  119. Starting a bit late today but packages came and had to be opened of course!….ready to go out and check the green compost and do a bit of cleaning and using urea around the trees…

  120. Good swim with one friend. The other 4 usual people didn’t show. Snowing again. sigh. But weather will be good on Friday for our concert.

  121. Tamra Phelps says

    Walked 45 feet today on the first walk. We’re starting the steps now, which means you lift one foot and tap the ‘step’ just to practice putting all your weight on one leg or the other. Yep, you have to relearn all of this crazy stuff.

  122. Shannon Holmes says

    I tried chickpea pasta. It wasn’t bad. Not a lot going on with me.

    • Shannon, I saw a recipe a while ago for chickpea pasta. I may have to try. Today was pretty good over here. I went to my ‘knitting’ circle. I love these ladies. Lots of fresh ideas for cute things to knit.

  123. shelly peterson says

    Today was a day of dialysis. I am hoping the meds kick in and I feel better soon. I need some sleep.

  124. I finally began filling out my new address book. It’s a chore that I have been putting off since I bought the new address book about six months ago knowing it would take a while to complete. I finished about a third of the addresses so far.

  125. Haven’t we all had “blue days”.. days where we are not really depressed but just down..today is one of those type days…if my mum was around she would tell me to smile and stop it! wish I could…this does not take away from being grateful for all I have.. so much much more than so many people…but that being said I just can’t seem to pick up the mood.. so I will put on music not the blues for sure and get a move on…..

    • Michele, The blue days are the worst. I’m with you, I have so much and I am so grateful for all of it. The Husband, The BEST Granddaughter in the world. Perfect kids. But, when the blue hits……. I think for me it’s just all the gray skies and no sunshine. It’s gonna get better soon. Right?? RIGHT!!

  126. Just a bleh sort of a day really, household chores, paying bills, making appointments …

  127. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well, poor Morgan went to the doctor after having a temp over 102. for 4 days. They aren’t sure what it is! They ran some tests and we have to wait and see. Not sure if she has the true influenza! REALLY! Well, now little Hunter (Morgan’s brother) has come down with it. They are both so bummed because they couldn’t go to their Valentine’s parties. Breaks my heart to see them both so sick. Poor mom & dad! I have to kid sit there on Saturday, hope they are better by then.

  128. Only thing I did today was get a haircut. Resting up for the concert tomorrow.

  129. Tamra Phelps says

    Yesterday they said I didn’t have a UTI. Okay, then what’s with the constant need to pee and pain in the left side??? Today, they said oh, okay, the culture did show some unpronounceable bacteria, you do have a UTI. We started Cipro. On top of my usual doxycycline that I have to do at least 6 months of due to the MRSA. Then the nurse comes in and says ‘turns out it’s Cipro resistant. We have to switch to Invance (spelling???) and it’s a shot.’ A shot you have to take in the bottom because it’s too much for the arm. Do you know how long it’s been since I had a shot in the butt???? Since I was a kid, probably.

  130. My day is going well. I went to my strength training class even though it is 1 below zere here with the wind chill factor.

  131. Shannon Holmes says

    We have been having some nice weather here. I am going to my last appointment with my doctor and I am sad that I have to find a new one.

  132. shelly peterson says

    I relaxed most of the day and then went to dinner with my son.

  133. Have no choice but to put a smile on my face today…customers picking up their cakes so cannot look down in the dumps….One already cam for p/u at 6am.. thank goodness I was made-up and dressed!!! Going to make a special dinner open up some wine and try to get thru the day…This will pass it always does!! More music maybe Broadway show tunes…Happy Valentines Day to all….

    • Tamra Phelps says

      I have those days, too, Michele. I’ve been told that if I really think about it, I’ll discover some bad event in my past that happened around that day…like somewhere in the back of your mind, your brain knows that happened on this day years ago, so you’re blue. I’m sorry, I just don’t buy it, though. I think if something made me that blue, I’d remember it, lol. I think we just all have those days.

    • Michele, WOW NEEDS A CAKE at 6am?!?!? Great job putting on a smiling face!
      Hope your Valentines Day was as sweet as you!

  134. Kate Sarsfield says

    Made-up and dressed at 6am? The only way that would happen here is if I was heading home after a night out! Long as you don’t hit the wine at 6am, I reckon you’ll do just fine xxx

  135. Kate Sarsfield says

    Right, here goes: It looks like Mum’s cancer might be back. Her bloods last week were not good & the hospital wants her to have a CT asap. So next Wed. we’re heading to Dublin & should know more by Fri.

    On a lighter note, it’s stopped raining (for now) so I’m taking it all out on the poor weeds!

  136. Christina Gould says

    My day is going fine so far. It’s early here on the west coast. Welcome back! I haven’t seen you in a while.

  137. Happy Valentines Day! Off to sing at our concert.

  138. Tamra Phelps says

    We’ve started trying to take steps (as in stairs) in physical therapy. It’s hard. There’s no other way to put it. It was hard last time, too. But it will come eventually. The issue is my right leg. It’s where the original infection was, where the sepsis started. It’s a little weaker than the left one, so it has to be strong enough to hold all my weight for that moment when I lift my left leg off the floor. It will take a few days to get there.

    • Tamra, you are REALLY kickin’ now. It’s gonna be a boring two days for you now isn’t it? You don’t do physical therapy on weekends right? Course, you could probably use a little rest.

      • Kate Sarsfield says

        You can still exercise even lying in bed – obviously it’s not weight-bearing, but it keeps those muscles & joints working!

        • Tamra Phelps says

          They only do therapy on weekends if they miss a day during the weekdays. Kate, at night I lay in bed and do those muscle tightening exercises, lol. During the day, I sit in this chair and do exercises, or grab the walker and practice standing, getting up, putting weight on the legs. I’m just trying to get home as soon as possible!

        • Kate, that’s a great idea. There are a lot of seated exercises too.

  139. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!! I did so surveys and I finally got up to 7000 points. With the points I had just enough that I could redeem themFor a $50.00 E-Gift card to the Outback Steakhouse. Well, that’s where is took my sweetie. We met my brother and his wife there. We had a blast just the 4 of us.

    • Diane, that’s AWESOME!!! Hook me up with some survey’s!! I wanna go out to dinner too. How many survey’s did it take for you to get to 7000 points?
      I’m glad you had fun!
      We are going to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate Valentines Day.

      • Kate Sarsfield says

        Love doing paid surveys! It’s not much but it does mount up. Last year I ‘earned’ enough to cover the cost of my car insurance, Christmas prezzies etc.

  140. Jennifer Wilson says

    Still going through some of my grandmother’s stuff. Found a beautiful handmade piece that my husband thought was from the 1920s. It dawned on me what it was today — it didn’t have any hair with it, but I think it’s mourning art made from my great-aunt’s clothing. My great aunt passed away when she was 5 months old. So if this is what I think it is, it was made by my great-grandmother who died when I was only 3 months old . I’d never seen any mourning art like this before, but found something similar (only that one had hair) on eBay. It’s beautiful. My great-grandmother was quite the needleworker. I have a photo of her in her 80s knitting, and I have more items my great-grandmother handcrafted than I have photos of her.

  141. The sun made an appearance all day today with a beautiful blue sky. Just like the words in John Denver’s song, “Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy…” it does put me in a happy mood even if the temperature was in the teens most of the day. It’s currently 7 degrees going down to zero tonight. Brrrr…

    • Terri, when I was in high school that was my favorite song!! I was crushed when John Denver died. The sun came out here too. I saw blue sky!! It was beautiful. It’s supposed to start snowing tonight and all weekend. UGHHHHHHHH

  142. shelly peterson says

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I went to dialysis and watched my granddaughter.

  143. Shannon Holmes says

    I hope your Valentine’s was nice! I went to one of my fave restaurants with my best friend.

  144. laurie nykaza says

    Great day to celebrate all together with the family dinner out with great desserts too.

  145. Well 100% better today.. we old girls bounce back quick…have years of sad behind us so this one was just a minor blip….up and out in a few…did not plan on going out tomorrow at all but got a last minute birthday cake order for Wed so have to go to the grocery.. tomorrow will be an outing day even though it is Sunday….

  146. Kate Sarsfield says

    The winds are getting quite strong as Storm Dennis approaches so I’m off for the papers. We can do crosswords by candlelight if the ‘leccy’ goes. FYI: leccy is Liverpool scouse (the local dialect) for electricity, ditto prezzy, piccy, ciggy … when I was little I was always confused as to how LiverPOOL turned into LiverPUDLian, how could a pool become a puddle? I’m beginning to lose focus here!!!

  147. Ginger Hafer says

    Since it is too cold to go outside this morning I did a little house cleaning.

  148. Christina Gould says

    My day is going fine so far. I’m a little nauseous, however. Thanks for the giveaway!

  149. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well, I am off to go kid-sit! Really cold with blowing and drifting here today! I would rather just stay in the house. Lol

  150. Robin Abrams says

    My day is going pretty good. Got up went grocery shopping got dinner in the slow cooker now cleaning.

  151. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, so far the day has been pretty low-key. I just got my daily shot of antibiotic, which they decided can go in the arm because it’s barely over the amount you usually put in the arm. So, it hurts at the moment. It always does just after, for about fifteen minutes.

  152. Had an excellent concert/dinner last night. I do like Olive Garden’s Alfredo sauce. We sang real purdy.
    Today I went to Caucus training which will be for selecting State positions. I turned in my ballot for the Presidential Primary.

  153. Jennifer Wilson says

    My husband texted me and said he dealt with the most impossible customer he’s ever dealt with in all his years working in retail. 😮 . I need to be deciding what to fix for dinner.

  154. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much today. I did go to dinner with family but holy moly it was a 3 hour wait. Some family members dipped out.

  155. jennifer bowen says

    my day was grate i got house work done and got to see a movie so how was your day

  156. Well as much as I do not like go out on a Sunday here I go.. out early to mass and to light some candles.. then off to the garden shop to p/u dove food that I ordered.. 2 grocery stores for my lists then back home…. figured I might as well do all my errands today then I can stay put for the rest of the week…I am back emotionally finally….all the grey skies cleared up and I am smiling again.. as mum would say all things do pass….Happy Sunday all!

  157. Kate Sarsfield says

    This Dennis storm is odd – mad crazy for hours, then a lull and then back to squally winds, hail & sleet. Anyway, it’s ‘supposed’ to improve before tomorrow. Sincerely hope so as I’ve got a lot of driving to do this week.

  158. Christina Gould says

    My day is going OK. I’m paying bills today, yuk. Thanks for the giveaway!

  159. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good day my web family! I have been going through papers for taxes and insurance purposes. Well one thing about it I am throwing away just about everything in the file cabinets. My husband saves literally everything! I am not kidding. He calls me the fire bug as I start burning and burning! I tell him he might want to get out of the way as he may be next! Lol! He is a gem! but a Gem in the rough!

    • Diane, WE ARE so the SAME person!! Ohmygosh I save everything!! AND I call The Husband my diamond in the rough. There was an article my Mom saved about turning ashes of your loved ones into diamonds and from that moment on….. diamond in the rough! I tell him I have to fatten him up cause I want A BIG DIAMOND!! LOL!

  160. Tamra Phelps says

    Sunday is so slow around here. It actually makes you look forward to Monday, lol.

  161. Shannon Holmes says

    Watching PK fish on Youtube. He shows you everything and cooks his catch most shows.

  162. Just a nice quiet day at home. No Sage Singers rehearsal after our concert on Friday.

  163. Jennifer Wilson says

    I have about 1 foot left to crochet on the sleeping mat I am making out of plastic grocery bags. :). I had problems with my arm for a long time so I didn’t get a lot done on it, but after physical therapy last fall, I am able to work on it again now. However, I’m out of plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) so I’ll have to make that before I can finish crocheting. 🙂

    • Jennifer, that is the coolest sounding project! First the grocery bags and then the sleeping mat. SO COOL!!! I am knitting a doggie-danna. Dog bandanna. HOLY moly I picked the worst yarn! It has no give so my fingers hurt. I also forgot just how big Bears NECK is!! But, it’s gonna be cute….. eventually.

  164. shelly peterson says

    Today was a day spent relaxing.

  165. Rough day with sick kiddos! hoping they’re better tomorrow.

  166. Shannon Holmes says

    I had a hard time going to sleep last night. Made some overnight oats last night and some Earl Gray Tea bread.

  167. Ginger Hafer says

    Going ok so far. Cleaned the bathroom and am now doing the laundry.

  168. Christina Gould says

    I did not get enough sleep last night. I hate it when that happens. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Christina, Do you get good at math when you can’t sleep? I do. As in “IF I fall asleep right now I can get 5 hours of sleep”
      “IF I go to sleep now I can get 4 hours and 16 minutes of sleep”. I hate nights like that.

  169. Kate Sarsfield says

    I was at the doc this morning for blood tests, then went to the bank to lodge a cheque, then the week’s shopping. I’ve to be up at 5am to take my sister to Dublin for a little op – UGH!!!

  170. Had a lovely hour and a half massage today. Very nice.

  171. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I am on here kinda late today as I was up to the daughter’s house helping her. She has surprise guests coming and needed so help tidying. I was helping little Morgan (she’s 8yrs. old) clean her room. Afterwards she said to me that she was just exhausted. I said ” If you think your tired what about me? I am 53 yrs. older than you!” She said “That makes you 61!” I said yup! she looks at me with a very serious face and said, ” You must be really tired”. Oh the honesty of kids! LOL

  172. Tamra Phelps says

    Monday has been kind of ugh here. Everyone just seems tired. Include me in that group, too.

  173. Jennifer Wilson says

    Had a mammogram today and now I’m feeling like I’m getting a cold. I hope not. And I hope I don’t catch anything from being in public today. Seemed like everyone was coughing or sneezing. When I had to sign for the mammogram, I used a tissue to pick up the pen. LOL

  174. My stores are beginning to put out items for Easter. I love making Easter baskets for my grandkids.

  175. shelly peterson says

    Today was just a day of dialysis for me.

  176. Shannon Holmes says

    I got a hair cut and made some marinated mushrooms so far.

  177. Laurie Nykaza says

    Our car needed some repair today so we spent time there at the garage and then went to go shopping for birthday gifts too

  178. Have no idea what happened to my comment from yesterday.. Mercury Rx I guess.. lets see what happens to todays…Carnival fever is high here but with the fear of viruses arriving during this time the cruise ships are being turned away…believe me a serious flu here would inundate the public and private hospitals….staying home and occupied until Ash Wed…have some orders for Mardi Gras/ Carnival desserts so will stay busy….

  179. Christina Gould says

    My day is going fine so far. I woke up early, 5 am! Thanks for the giveaway!

  180. Kate Sarsfield says

    I managed 3 hours sleep last night then up v. early to take sis to hospital in Dublin. Thankfully all went well but she still has to wait for biopsy results, but it’s looking good – phew. Home by 3pm to get Mum up & showered (I’d left her a picnic of breakfast/lunch). Now to get ready to take her for her dreaded CT scan tomorrow – cross everything ladies!!!

  181. Tamra Phelps says

    The second antibiotic they’ve got me on is making me feel blech. I mean, it drains the energy right out of me. (Connie, Twitter won’t let me tweet from the entry form. Keeps saying it thinks it might be automated??? Twitter seems to have lost its mind lately.)

  182. Spent 2 hours volunteering at my local Dems office putting packets together for our caucus on March 7th.

  183. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well another late evening on here! I found muscles I didn’t know I even had. I think I picked up 1000 and 1 little pieces to Hunters games, legos and little dinosaurs. I think I am getting old!! I did have the thought of using a shop vac to get all of those little things but Hunter wouldn’t go for it. I told him, “Think of all the battle damage that could be done to them dinosaurs?” He wasn’t impressed with Grams logic. I didn’t even get fired though!!!

    • Diane, I know exactly what you mean. Alice loves those little Lego kits and those pieces are tiny. AND THERE are just so many!!!!! I love the idea of the shop vac……. what if you NAMED the shop vac Dino?? We named ours JAWS.

  184. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much today. I relaxed and went grocery shopping.

  185. Customer coming any minute for their birthday cake.. at least it is after 7am!! What to do today.. first is scrubbing the floors then out into the garden with a load of wash in…

  186. Shannon Holmes says

    Going to the grocery store in a bit as we are expecting some snow tomorrow.

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