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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

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Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2012 :  4:51:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I like reading your posts Marianne. I try not to be up all hours of the night but I have my kindle now so I can read myself back to sleep. I think I need to go see a chiropractor or a good masseuse because I can not find a comfortable position for my head anymore.

I have put together one shed in a box years ago thinking it would be quick. not a chance. The directions were impossible. You did great to have it done in one day.

Janiee I was just going to ask if anyone had seen you. Anniversaries are soooo hard. Plant a bush for him. Then each time you water it think a good memory. I have been thinking of canning with a pressure cooker. I have one that is big enough I think. I have been terribly afraid of an explosion. My brother thinks I should just suck it up and give it a try. He uses one on a regular basis to cook his meals. Maybe this summer. Janiee and Patty both are giving me courage.

Maybe it is Linda who won part of the mega millions since Kathy did not. A friend from Maryland told me three winners. Maryland, Kansas and she could not remember the third. We bought two tickets and won three dollars. I do not know if it was from one ticket or what. Cheri said we could live on 4 million so she bought some more tickets.

Glenda- I put you down for 2 hours. It is moving remember doesn't matter how consecutive it is or what kind of motion. I am glad you could be out to take pictures. It is one of my favorite relaxing things to do. I really like to take pictures of flowers. I am trying to do birds as well. They are much harder for me to get in flight.

Ginny, I told Kethry (15) about you filling your own teabags when they arrived for my birthday and she said Cool which from her is a high compliment. She wanted to know where you get the bags. We have spearmint, some wormwood and I do not even know if that is good for tea. We will look in the book when the time is right. We are going to plant some more herbs. She is interested I am going to quietly encourage.

I am feeling better but I did not eat enough over the weekend and woke up this morning very hungry. I had to eat gently and am now feeling much better. If tomorrow is as lovely as today I will be outside working.

The certified teacher came to check the children's work to see if they are making progress, last Tuesday. She can check anytime after March first through the last day of August. Although the home school year officially ends July first and work after that date counts for the next year. Some people are disorganized and then try to play catch up in the summer and get caught because the teacher will not credit their progress with work after July. There are three ways we can report our work. We can make a portfolio of the work usually taking pieces from each subject from the beginning, middle and end of the year with dates on the top, or you can have a state licensed teacher come and talk to the children and look at their work or you can have the children take a standardized test. I have done portfolios and it would take me about five hours to prepare for each child. So, a woman had her name up in the library to do home school reports and I called her. She has been doing ours for seven years of so and while the children are very nervous to have her come she makes them feel good and smart and creative they are very glad when she is done. We still need to finish what ever they are working on but now I do not have a deadline. So, if I want to go work in the garden or build I can without feeling like I am not helping the children meet a time table.

Sweet dreams,


Holly
farmgirl #2499
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2012 :  5:40:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virtual Tour

So, we made it to Stone Mountain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Mountain It sure is an impressive piece of granite. I think the gondola ride supervisor was not impressed with Dianne and Ginny tossing donuts back and forth to each other while the ride was going to the top of the mountain. I was a little scared when Marianne and Kathryn were climbing onto the top of the cars and playing dare you.... http://www.stonemountainpark.com/default.aspx

Rappelling down the side of the mountain was reminiscent of Rio and I sure was glad that Darlys had practiced in Rio. She sure did push out far from the mountain to slide down. It was good she was in tandem with Debbie who had not had the practice in Rio and darn near plotsed herself she was so excited. Maybe it will open up a new sport for her back in Colorado. I hear they have reeeaaaallllyyyy high cliffs there.

Glenda flew in for a short visit this afternoon. She stood at the bottom of the mountain making movies of our gorgeous bodies coming down the rappel lines. I was sad to see her have to leave before supper to get back and rest but it was sure nice to see her up and about.

It was 80 degrees on top of the mountain today. I am glad we changed out of our dresses to go to the top. I wonder if the women in the olden days when it was hot wore under their long dresses what men wear under their kilts.

Holly
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Bearclover
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2376 Posts

Bunny
The Dalles OR
USA
2376 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  08:07:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virtual tour*
Ok, not liking the Gondola ride but Darlys promised me...PROMISED me her lemonade drink when we get back. I told her I needed it before the ride not after.
BTW, I'll clean any fish anyone catches, I have no problem with that. My daddy said if you catch it you got to clean it. Learned that very early on. However, catfish are something else... very creepy things. Cleaned a whole sink full and they were still swimming without innards. We finally just put them in the freezer. We just couldn't eat them until they stopped moving.

Holly, sorry you are under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. I like your idea about planing a pretty flowering bush of some kind.

Glenda, good to hear from you and your out walking about. Hope you are mending up. I haven't forgotten about your flowers. I have been working on a bunch of different ones. My camera just sucks at pictures and I can't seem to do them justice. I'll give in soon and just put some on my website for you to look at.

School started yesterday. I'm going to have sooo much homework.

I better get ready for class...

Oh, Holly put me down for 5 hours of dancing and sewing, and 1 hour of walking back and forth to classes and errands.

Later all!

Farmgirl number 3738

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Cooknnana
True Blue Farmgirl

213 Posts

Kathryn
Chandler OK
USA
213 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  10:51:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VIRTUAL TOUR

Well, the rock climbing was definitely an adventure. I, until this point, had never done any climbing before and making me go first had its good points and its bad points. You were so very encouraging from below and giving me boosts when I got stuck, but when I slipped I was terrified I'd take you all out with me. Luckily, there were several bulky "rocks" on two legs to catch us before most of you even knew we were in trouble. Phew! Yes, a couple of them did have a pony tail, which was even luckier for me. NICE!

It was so nice that Glenda could join us for a little bit. She bandaged all my owwies quite nicely and comforted me with a very secret stash of lemonade; quite the anesthetic… *giggle*

Which explains the "car hopping." But we did it up right, didn't we Marianne? No body could complete a dare like a twisted sister...

The laser light show was incredible and it was so sweet of them to seat us in the VIP terrace, wasn't it?

Although, I do believe that Bunny, Dianne, and Thelma were hypnotized by the lights. Their eyes became all glazed over and they were muttering things like, "Take me to your leader" and "Follow me…" We weren’t too sure whether it was the lights or the group of hunks dancing just off to our right, that had them so mesmerized. Either way, we had a hard time keeping them in their seats.

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Holly, put me down for tow and half hours of movement yesterday; mostly playing and chasing the baby. Daughter and oldest granddaughter went to the gym/store and middle GD riding her bike with the girl from down the street. So Avari and I did laundry, cooked dinner and cleaned it up and chase Juli (middle) up and down the street. We played with sidewalk chalk too; what a mess that was. lol

Oh, hey, my grass/weeds have finally been mowed down…Yay! And just in time for some more rain….hahaha

Have a great day, my friends!

Squashes and hugs!

Kathryn


If there is a will, there's a way; find your way!

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beachymom
True Blue Farmgirl

467 Posts

Kathy
Manchester Tennessee
USA
467 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  11:04:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virtual tour:
Had a blast on the cable car ride to the top. Who knew you were not allowed to sit on the top? Oh well. at least watching the guide running in circles trying to get us down and back inside the car was quite the scene. I LOVED rappelling down the cliff! Let's do it again.....quick before the guide comes back from the bathroom. I'll bet Holly can figure out the controls.
Glad Glenda was able to get pics of us, but why was she posting them to UTube? Hey, was I the only one in jeans on the way down? OK - that's just not right!! Did I see donkeys over on the side that we were supposed to ride back? I don't know if my backside is ready for that!!
Pioneer women wore many layers of skirts and petticoats, so when it got warm, they started removing some of the inside layers until they usually ended up with their outer skirt and one petticoat. My Granny used to tell me that if nobody was around, they would gather up the lower back hems of their skirts, bring them up through their legs and tuck the hems into their front waist band so it was almost like wearing baggy pants!! I guess it made doing chores a little bit easier.

And, my husband, who is of Scottish heritage, tells me that "nothing" comes between a Scot and his kilt... no fair peeking!! This is my husband last Christmas in his family kilt. I know - sorry it's on it's side, I don't know how to rotate, but you get the idea. Don't you just love the beard!!


Put me down for 5 hours of movement today. Between shopping with daughter and housework, I've been very busy.

Weather here is in the upper 60s so I'm really getting seedlings ready. I keep potting up to larger pots, but I'm running out of room in my greenhouse. It is only six foot square with two metal shelves that hold all my little seedlings and flowers. Hubby has promised to make me a bigger one next year....he keeps saying that it's too late to do it now as I've already got this one full. Well, garden calling me. I'll post pics when I can - if it works for me.

Hugs and squishes!!

Kathy

Farmgirl Sister #3983

Take care of the land and it will take care of you.
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Oggie
True Blue Farmgirl

526 Posts

Ginny
Machias Maine
USA
526 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  11:09:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holly - First of all tell Kethry Thank You for the compliment. Anytime I get one from a teenager I know I've got something great! So, Thank You.

As for wormwood it is very bitter and not recommended as a tea unless you put a bit of maple syrup in it to sweeten it. Most people probably make tincture's with it and mix it with honey, molasses, or something sweet to take even as a medicine. It is good medicinally for things like fever, gall bladder, digestive issues, liver disorders, and other more serious ailments but it should be used sparingly and discreetly. A small amount goes a long way. It's not the kind of herb you want to drink while reading a book and trying to relax as you would gag and throw up instead probably, lol.

As for the tea bags, I ordered them off ebay directly from China. Just do a search for tea bags and they come up. It took about 1 week to get here. They come with three sides already sealed and then after you have put your tea in, you must seal the last side yourself and for that you need a sealer. You might try a hot iron as a sealer. Sealer's are expensive but we got an older one somewhere (auction or yard sale) so I didn't have to invest money other than the bags. I don't really have the "string" down pat yet, I'm using thread, and I have no idea where you find a small stapler to use cardstock as the label like commercial tea has on them which is why I simply use labels and cut them.

I hope that helps her and if she is interested in more info let me know and I can try and help her.

Also, get well and take care of yourself! We all need you, not just the kids! :)




Ginny
Farmgirl #2343
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"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." Both by Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) in the Movie Harvey
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darlystippie
True Blue Farmgirl

410 Posts

Darlys
Cupertino CA
USA
410 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  1:38:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My virtual touring will be mixed in with everything else. The weekend in Oakhurst and my "down" day yesterday left me with way too much to catch up with to try to separate my thoughts today. And this is going to be looong ... Sooooo ....

Bunny - lil chickadee ... I'll always be impressed by your resourcefulness. Renting books, using the library (instead of Amazon) - getting scholarships, on-line merchandising, and, in general, hanging in there with an eye to the future AND keeping a rich sense of waggishness. Okay, you are not an ol' biddie, you are an industrious chick!

I can live without catfish. Yes, lemonade for you ... for being such a good girl.

Janiee - so glad to see you are feeling a bit better and that your neighbor was so kind as to mow your whole yard. That had to lift your spirits.

Thelma ... glad your basement is shaping up. But, really, to be banned from the basement! You really gotta talk to Glenda about funner places to be banned from (and the reasons why).

Holly! I am glad you are feeling better. But, how did I miss the fact that, in addition to everything else, you home-school the kids?!!! Your description of the process is interesting. I'm glad the children feel good about themselves after the state licensed teacher visits. Validation of effort is so important. And affirmation of accomplishment is wonderful - even if you know in your heart that your wook is good.

Penny - waiting to hear about the job. Fingers are crossed -- (did you know that's a sign of prayer?)

BTW, lovely pictures of the moon, the tractors and you. Looks like you weren't fast enough to catch the gals in the hammock. My guess is that they are dusting their bods off after being dumped - again - by a certain rougish girlfriend. And the pictures of the heat lightning and garden (nice!) And I'm assuming that the empty sleeping quarters means that the girls are out sipping a bit of lemonade? Gotta mention, gf, nice bags! Oh, and the red hair. NICE. Marianne and I thought a bit more with the red would add even more dynamite to the lush locks. After that success, I've joined the redhead ranks - DH likes the "oops" I made with my color. Nancy has red hair, too. C'mon, Glenda! Anyone else?

Hey - instead of Red Hat Ladies - we can be The Rowdy Redheads.

Debbie, have fun on your FG roadtrip! Sounds like a wonderful way to be connected although our Virtual Trip is so much fun and the wild women are so entertaining. Busy as you are, we are delighted to have you make a little time to "hang" for a bit on this chronologically gifted thread. And yes -- you are doing it right. Actually, even if you weren't - there is NO wrong on this thread! And as for riding the tractor ... I'm so glad that Holly hauled you up and took you for a spin. Nice going - you got the last ride before it ran out of gas. And that was that. However, after the Stone Mountain adventure on the gondolas (I snagged one of the donuts - yum) and rappelling down the side in tandem with you, gf, I think I've had enough of the Extreme Exercise for a while. Between whooping it up in Rio and slipping some surgery inbetween that trip and this one, I may just relax and be a cheerleader for a while. Glenda saved me a lounge chair.

Dianne ... about that birthday card from Marianne ... She said I should just eat the chocolates. (It's easier to get forgiveness than permission - and it's a bit late for permission anyway). She also said I should just keep that card as she is sending you your very own, unsullied, card. So, gf, I will keep the card with my chocolate fingerprints all over it. I guess Marianne didn't want to be embarrassed in case you thought they were hers. (Thank you, Marianne!)

Glenda, little sister, I can feel your energy and your sense of spirit returning. Soon you will feel your naughty self again - getting into Lord only knows what kind of trouble. But, gazing into MY crystal ball, I see mischief in the making. Oh, what we are in for! You know I adore you, dumplin', but aren't we a bit too classy to actually get kicked out of casinos? (They allow most anybody to frolic to their hearts' content!)

Almost forgot to mention, I tossed a few of the Redbird seeds in Oakhurst - and thought to try starting the rest in an egg carton here. Have yet to see any Redbirds. But there was a fat dove, this morning, bathing in a puddle, left from the weekend rain here, on the cover of the hot tub.

I'm, like, wow - Gypsy, are you ever loved! Holly is offering you not only encouragement - but - blood! Holly - I want you in my corner if the chips are down! (Chips? Is that casino code?)

And, Holly, you ARE getting good at posting pictures, gf! I think you've got the knack. (More so than me, that's for sure.) Thank you, too, for sharing that sweet story about your neighbor turning 100. Bless her heart!

Now what was that about not getting blamed for hammock tipping? Oh Holly, the shame! We all know. You were the only one with any zip left after we all "pigged" out. And that effort to hold back your mirth was SO not working.

Spending the weekend at Penny's was exhausting. Spinning that pig on the spit took the wind out of my sails. Food sure was good. Then the girls pulling those midnight pranks ... Holly - you know who you are ... and Kathryn yelling about winning the Mega ... only to find out it was a dream.

Dianne is right about the hosing down. Not fun! But, yeah, we did deserve it.

I'm with you, Dianne, on glad to get out of the swamps ... I'm a sissy when it comes to reptiles of any sort. And those 'gators -- in my book, they make fine boots, purses, y'know - I'm thinkin' accessories! So, if I commandeered that hunky buccaneer to carry me across to "safety" it was only because I'm a scaredy cat - not because he was (ahhhh) hunky. Now, Jan - nice shot. I have to admit that the armadillo was one ugly critter - don't think I like them either.

Ginny, the covered wagon is cool. I was just reading about PermaCulture online. Raised bed, etc. - And the covered wagon looks like just the ticket for protecting starters ... as well as some winter harvests. Great picture! Also, it's great that you have found a friend that you can share stuff with. It sure helps to have a lot in common, doesn't it? Have fun.

Janet, you are a fashion statement! The prairie clothes you chose were adorable! The pasties were delicious ... and I am waiting for your recipe.

Miz Suzy ... Hey and Welcome Aboard! This thread is more of a playground than a retirement slot. Here we are all sassier than we could ever have been in youth. 'Cause we've found freedom! WooHoo! You will find plenty of fun and caring here. This is a community that knows how to bring you in. Enjoy!

As you can see from Kathy's post, things get a little out of hand around here, Miz. Holly will bring you up to speed quickly - and as for Penny -- well -- let's just say that even if she seems to be practical and down home - there is a cheeky broad just looking for trouble behind that sweet smile.

Kathy, have you seen Glenda's posts of the girls rappelling on YouTube? They seem to have gone viral .... 12 million hits already! We are famous! Cute pic of DH with the Christmas tree. Aha - so that's! the Scot's secret! (My paternal grandfather was a full-blooded Scot). And about posting the picture sideways, I have done that repeatedly. If I manage to post one upright it is totally by sheer luck.

It's supposed to get into the high sixties, low seventies here today. A cold front is moving toward us but we are in the South Bay and it's only the North Bay that is scheduled for sprinkles. But the temps will dip.

I have to get moving around here as I always have things to do here after a weekend (or more) in Oakhurst. First up is getting some shirts ironed for DH. Next year, after he retires, I can save my ironing for quilting projects.

Almost forgot! Holly, please put me down for 5 hours for the last 3 days.

Sister #3284 - on her Tippie Toes - oxox, Darlys

Chocolate Kisses ...

That is the best ... to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.

Edited by - darlystippie on Apr 03 2012 1:44:27 PM
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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  3:07:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
good afternoon everybody. Today I am paying for yesterday. I don't know how you know ifyou are overdoing it if nothing hurts until the next morning. Ah, well, a good excuse to goof off today. I will try to upload my activities for this afternoon with my two little partners in crime. I did get 3 birthday cards in the mail today, for March and April, two of which will be late. Thelma I wish you were here with your camera and your know how, my part of the country can be bleak and ugly, or incredibly beautiful, all depending on if we get the rain. Well this year we got the rain and it is so lovely. I wanted to go down to the pasture this morning with my paints and easel but wasn't quite up to it. maybe tomorrow. Im trying to catch up but it seems like two step forward and one step back. but I'll keep plugging away. I tried to get them to take a picture of me but they just didn't get it.

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annielaurel
True Blue Farmgirl

912 Posts

nancy
fernandina beach florida
USA
912 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  4:30:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ginny thank you for that story about your grand-mother and great-grandpartents. I love hearing these stories about everyones families.
Not being a "green thumb person," I am not too good at gardening like my DH so I don't know about seedlings. I am looking forward to seeing how you get them started and see them growing though.

Thelma I had to laugh when I read about you being banned from the basement. Sounds like something my hubby would do. But like you I want to know what is going on. I hope you are going to be okay with your spleen. I am sure your regular dr. will explain everything and tell you what can be done. I am praying that everything will be okay for you.
Love you girl and want you to be well so you can keep making those quilts.

Holly I like your idea for the homeschooling. I think that Vermont has a good reporting system for the homeschoolers. CA only uses the standardized testing as a means for the children and I think that is difficult for them. Here in Florida there is no testing. I talked to some parents and also a public school person and they said there is no testing for the homeschooled children. I don't know how they are monitored other than turning in their work.
I love homeshooling a wish I had had the opportunity to do that with my kids. I tried to encourage my daughter to with her girls but she said no.

Back to school, Bunny. Oh, how I remember the days when I was teaching and going to school. Yes, the homework and those reading assignments. If you wave your arm while you are reading you can count that as moving time. giggle. I am going to use some of the fabric I bought from you in a quilt that is going to be in a quilt show. I will post a picture of the quilt when it is finished. The show will be sometime in the summer or early fall.

Glenda those two little sleepy heads are just too adorable for words. I am so glad that you are getting around so well. And sharing these picture has made me smile.

Kathy you DH looks pretty cute in his kilt and beard. Don't worry about sideways pics. I 've had those and some that were over sized, too.

I hope you are rested up now from the weekend, Darlys and have those shirts ironed, gf. I don't like to iron mush and waited so long to iron I had a big pile the other day. So I popped an old classic musical into the machine and watched that while I ironed. I looked up that stuff on the permaculture and found it quite interesting. DH says he thinks he has a book on it so I am going to find the book and see. I

Well it was good getting down off the mountain even though I closed my eyes all the way down during that repelling. Lucky I had a lot of that lemonade to help me out when I got to the bottom. The ride up in the gondola was okay but there was a lot of giggling and those donuts. I kept trying to catch one in my mouth as they went by but never did get one. I was so happy Glenda that you came and took the pictures. It will be fun seeing us all "flying" down the mountain.

Holly you can put me down for 5 hours today. Did lots of moving at the sewing group cutting fabirc and then cooked and did some gardening.

Kathy, I am all for the fabric swap. We could do one yard. Everyone who wants to do it could send in their name and we can make up the partners and then we could have a swap. What do you think? ( psst! say yes)


Hugs and squeezies,

Nancy

Make everyday a celebration of the heart.
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

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Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
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Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  5:31:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

I think that a fish swimming around in a sink is right up there with a chicken running around the yard with its head cut off. EEEEWWWWW in a squealing voice. I think that might have been the last time I went catfish fishing. My dad made sure my sister and I learned how to clean a fish. My younger brother had a bigger interest he learned how to filet.

I planted a dozen or more herbs years ago. I would bet the reason the wormwood has survived is because it is bitter for the animals as well. We will not randomly make any tea unless we check the books we have here. or a strong website. I have a couple of neighbors who know about herbs as well. there will be a learning curve. There used to be staplers that a person could fit in a pencil case. They were red and small. I do not know if they were small enough or not.

I am thinking Ginny can put the starts in the wagonhouse when the nights do not go below 32. You just need to protect the little darlings from freezing. I do not know if it is in a protected area that you could hang a couple of heat lamps at night to take the chill off. Maybe put a little blanket on them to keep them from freezing.

Jan I think you asked when I find the time to make the little clay dolls. I have only made three and I try to find unaccompanied time which is rare. It takes maybe an hour or hour and a half to make them. It is fimo clay and the nice thing about it is it does not dry out so if I have to stop I can put it in the shoe box and tuck it away before I have to share. I do have plain brown clay to share but Mama it is not like yours. lol

I did not do a lot of anything enjoyable today. I am making Talie read out loud to me. He has a hard time reading because he has a lot of reversals in his letters so his work is taking me a little longer now. He also has to read a piece from the Odyssey in a real translation and answer questions about it. He is the ultimate minimalist. He loves pre history and the Odyssey and the Trojan War, He has read several versions of the Odyssey so he has a good idea of what is going on. There is a six book set of Odyseus' journey that he read as a young child. I think it was by someone with the last name of Pope.

Week before last when it was warm the ice went out on the pond the frogs started to sing their mating calls. Then it went cold again and the pond is silent. We will know that spring is really here when the frogs return and when the peepers come out and sing their songs.

Sweet dreams,


Holly
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

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Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
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Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  6:07:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Virtual Tour

Did everyone have a good time in Atlanta today? I am looking at the google search and at the bottom it says Atlanta beaches. Now all this time I thought we were heading inland and then it says beaches. Now are there water moccasins in these waters? Inquiring minds want to know.

So, where did we go? I enjoyed the theater tonight. It did take a while for us to clean up nice enough to go to the theater but gf's we did it. The show was a wonderful show about music, Look at the second link to this theater. Use your imaginations and let us know where we went.

http://www.atlanta.net/50fun/

http://alliancetheatre.org/

going to bed.

Holly
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

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Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  6:57:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been busy, and by the time I get on the computer, I am too tired to do much on it. I got my shelves put in the shed, but it is too cold and damp to clean any more in the entry, so today I made laundry soap and baked peanut butter cookies and a chicken casserole for supper.
So, put me down for 4 hours yesterday, and another 4 hours today.
We had rain early this morning, then it cleared up this afternoon, but it was cold with the north wind blowing.
Am enjoying the nice warm weather in Atlanta, and the theater show.Such an eventful tour we are on.


Janet
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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
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Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  9:59:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holly, please help me catch up on my moving ... Monday I had four hours and Tuesday, only 3 hours.

Thanks!
Marianne
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rough start farmgirl
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marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
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Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  10:37:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Good heavens and holy Moses! I only knew Stone Mountain to mean lovely handbags and some cute shoes. But, that was super cool. Love those Gondolas, been on a few before: Lake Tahoe has a gorgeous one at Heavenly Valley. AND we have one right here in Spokane over the FAlls!! Who wants to go on another Gondola ride when we hit Washington?

Wasn't it terrific to go out for dinner tonight? To just sit back, order whatever we want and have it served to us! The Sun Dial Restaurant was such a cool place to just sit and watch the world go by ... or actually since the restaurant revolves, I guess we sat and went by the world??? The jazz music was so cool. Everything was fine until Nancy started staring at the gentleman in the corner. She declared he looked familiar. Well, YEA, he is familiar. Once Penny figured out where we had all seen his picture before ... on the backcover of his MANY bestsellers... Stephen King was dining before continuing on to the Alliance Theater. I think he was a bit afraid when 14 farmgirls rushed his table. But, wasn't it nice of him to treat us to front row seats at the show last night. What did you gals think of the show? I mean, a musical about a Stephen King story? I mean, I like John Mellencamp's music... The Ghost of Darkland County Brothers was something else!

Anyway, back to dinner...who partook of the oysters? I went with the vegetarian lasagna, oh it was terrific! But, of course, dessert is always my favorite part and the five layer Death by Chocolate cake was fabulous!!!!!!

Following our late night at the play, I was ready for bed, but Penny thought she saw a carriage ride outside the theater and took off after it. I think Kathy and Kathyrn both joined her ... what do the rest of you know about what happened?

Good night!
Marianne
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beachymom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kathy
Manchester Tennessee
USA
467 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  07:25:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So my wonderful husband bought me 4 lovely dresses for spring. They are soft, knit long sundresses. Good thing I have shirts that match well enough to wear under. I like to keep shoulders covered and my cleavage is not for public viewing. While I love the dresses (I'm wearing the lilac print one right now with soft knit long sleeve t'shirt underneath-still a little cool here) I'm wondering why those "people" who design dresses believe that women want/need to show so much skin? It's getting harder and harder to find clothes at the store that are modest. Am I weird or is skimpy the way it is? Bad enough people go shopping in their pjs. Who started that fashion ok? <cringing and shuddering>
Sorry for the rant, but when I get on my soap box, I have a hard time getting back down.

Anyway, middle daughter wants to plan a garden in her front yard with rocks and herbs and pretty flowers and metal turtles. She likes turtles. I happened to pass what looked like a small junk yard with 'stuff' all over. While walking around, I found this little grouping of metal turtles. I thought they looked so cute and that my daughter would love some of them......smallest one is about the size of my hand & the price tag is $25!!!!! I was thinking there was an old man with white hair, sitting in the shed making these little turtles (and some other kinds of animals too) with an old welding set, wearing glasses and only half his teeth, retired and just doing this for fun......My surprise came when I picked up one of the turtles and there on the bottom, stamped right into the metal it says "made in Mexico"!! I thought I was going to be doing my part to support local cottage industry. What a let down.

<heavy sigh> Well, anyway - I'll be planting beans out in the garden today. Night time temps are between 45-55 degrees so it's safe for the seeds. Peas still growing and doing well. Sunflowers are already a foot tall and stalks are thick and straight. I have good hopes for the sunflowers. I'm trying to help the bees this year a little more than I used to. My garden will have lots of flowers for them. There are colonies less than a mile away. Just past the on ramp at the freeway, there are at least a dozen bee hives. I think that is a great idea. Bees tucked in between flowering trees in a place most people overlook. I don't mind supporting them, but have no desire to keep bees myself.

Glenda - just loved the pics of your little cuties!! My little Jack Russel, Poppy, sleeps with us too. Some mornings, she likes to stay under covers while I'm getting dressed. When it is cold, she snuggles under the quilts and needs real encouragement to get out.

Virtual tour: After the spinning restaurant (glad you told me it was the restaurant that was spinning - I thought I was loosing it!!), Stephen King - woo hoo - so glad I just happened to have one of his books and so glad he signed it for me!! The theater was great also.
The death by chocolate desert was great - who else had seconds. Marianne-you are not supposed to toss popcorn around like that. It's just not acceptable...and no that wasn't me throwing it back.
The musical was interesting...Not Phantom of the Opera, but interesting.
Afterwords, dancing in the street was fun. The street musicians were wonderful and so nice to allow us to join in. It was like one of those old time musicals....we just started dancing and singing...twirling around and dancing with strangers and soon the whole street was full of dancing and singing people. It was wonderful. Almost hated leaving it all and getting back to the hotel. It was so much fun. Did everybody else have as much fun as I did?

Ginny: Please bring some of your home made tea along on this virtual trip. Don't get me wrong, we all love the lemonaid, but sometimes you know you just need a little something else. Maybe we could toss a couple of your teabags right into the lemonaid. Hhmmmmm..

So, where are we off to now. I'm getting ready to get into the garden, so put me down for 4 hours. Maybe more, I usually stay longer in the garden than I plan to. I just love it out there. The more I plant, the more beautiful it looks. I still have to make the arbor for my climbing rose. I'm going to use pvc pipes.

Yes, I am interested in a fabric swap. I have lots of 1 yard pieces. I was making baby blankets for the NICU at our local hospital and each one is one yard of cotton on one side and flannel on the other side....just stitched together. Premies have a hard time staying warm, so when parents come to cuddle their premies, they get a little blanket to help. Anyway after making 3 dozen, I stopped making them to make pillow cases for the million pillow case challenge. I sent 32 off a couple weeks ago to the Wounded Warriors in Afganastan. So, I have lots of 1 yard pieces of fabric. Everybody let me know and I'll set it up. Email me if you are interested & I'll set up partners.

Gotta' run sisters. I'll check in tonight!! Gotta' get moving.

Kathy

Hugs and Squishies!!

Farmgirl Sister #3983


Take care of the land and it will take care of you.
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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

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G
TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  07:26:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Morning girlfriends. Today is a good day, I sleep with my little furbabies because they give me comfort with their little warm bodies competing to see who can get closest to me, they wake me up a couple of times during the night, and if they hear a single sound they are up and letting it be known no one is going to get close to their mama. So I put up with their little nocturnal schooching around for a better position, their sudden barking at probably a poor innocent mouse, and sometimes they are a little stinky the way doggies will get if I haven't managed to get around to their bath, but still I love having them with me. Sheets are easy to wash. I am sorry for people who don't love animals, my life would be so empty without them. It is too cold to go paint this morning so I am going to work on some cleaning and straightening to find a place to cut out some pillowcases for my granddaughter to take to her this week for Easter. I will use the pink faeiry print I got from Bunny and trim with a green that she picked out for me. Then I am going to cut out an apron and try to get it made today. But I will be moving very slowly and resting often. I've learned my lesson.

Darling Darlys, I went back and read every page I could find for the past few days because I kind of skipped over a lot of it, or read when my mind was not clear of pain meds, and I missed that Holly had offered me her blood, I found it and she absolutely did do that, Well, darling darlys scoot over, Holly is going up on that pedestal with you, along with Nancy and all you girls who have been so incredibly supportive of me during my times of trials and tribulations. I am at the stage in life where good friends are the greatest treasure, the greatest gift, the greatest joy you can have every bit as important as family, in fact they become family, and I am blessed to have so many. Some days I feel like this thread is my life line as life keeps knocking me over with one thing after another, then I read on here that all of us have big problems to deal with, it isn't just me. I think it was Robert Fulcrum (does that sound right) who wrote "All I ever needed to know I learned in kindergarten" and he said something about holding hands as we go out into the world, I wish I could find that book again. Anyway, I can feel all you gfs holding hands with me and getting me through this difficult time and I wish I could tell you what a large space in my heart you have all filled. Every night rather than watch the horrid news I come to this thread and read about you and your day and what fun you have had and your bravery in dealing with all the problems you have to deal with. So I go to sleep feeling that I am a part of something so important, this over 50's thread group.
Have a happy and safe day. Much love, GG

Glenda #3534
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beachymom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kathy
Manchester Tennessee
USA
467 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  07:44:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glenda: we are all sisters here and there is love overflowing. We virtually hold each other and hold each other up. Isn't that right sisters?


We are a circle of hands.

If love makes the world go around...we must keep it spinning like crazy!!

Kathy

Hugs and Squishies!!

Farmgirl Sister #3983


Take care of the land and it will take care of you.
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darlystippie
True Blue Farmgirl

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Darlys
Cupertino CA
USA
410 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  12:47:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kathy - the Circle of Hands is Beautiful! Thank you.

Back later.

Sister #3284 - on her Tippie Toes - oxox, Darlys

Chocolate Kisses ...

That is the best ... to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.
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Cooknnana
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kathryn
Chandler OK
USA
213 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  3:02:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kathy, I have to start with you… The circle of hands touched my heart so much , I actually cried…just a little bit. Lol

Glenda. You know I've got your back, your front and your sides; we all do.

To all my friends…whatever I have is yours whenever you have need of it…ANYTHING:, even my blood. I must have missed Holly's offer of blood, (which is so Holly) so I don't know what type she is. Anyone can donate blood in someone's name, but in order for it to used in a transfusion it has to be that person's type. I'm pretty sure you all know this, but I just wanted to reiterate to make my point here. All blood types can receive their own and O- blood type. O- can give to absolutely anyone; they can only receive their own, but…they can give to all. I am O-, so I literally can give to all of you, sooooo. Keep that in mind, ok?

Back to the "circle": There is a Christian girl group called "Point of Grace" and they have a song called "Circle of Friends" that I think suits us to a tee. Check it out if you can…

I'll have to weigh in on the Tour tomorrow, as I am out of time for today.

Holly, I did do a little moving last night and today. An hour yesterday and 2.5 today.

Have a good night, my friends.


If there is a will, there's a way; find your way!

Sister #3282
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

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Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  5:26:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Good evening everyone,

Kathy if you look in the Vermont Country store they have modest dresses. They are kind of pricey but since you are not growing anymore you could justify the cost by the number of times you will potentially wear them before they wear out. I call it cost per use. But since your dh has already bought you four lovely dresses you probably will not need to buy summer dresses for a long time. He was so nice.

I am not sure Kathryn whether you are O- or just O and used the - sign to separate the letters from the comments. I am O+ the universal donor. I know when I was young and my mother was sick her friends went and gave blood for her. Thelma if you need any I can send some out to you too.

I did not do anything particularly exciting today. Barn chores, laundry and supper. I took Ross and Kethry shopping at the coop. I had bulk ordered a 50 pound bag of rolled oats and it came in. I bought granola fixings, honey, unbleached sugar and tea probably other food stuffs as well. I am trying to get a little ahead on the bulk foods that we eat regularly so I do not have to think about them for a while.

Penny are you around? What happened with the job. I am hoping that you are in it because you have not been on the board for a few days. Thinking of you...


Virtual Tour

I did enjoy the show. I wonder if Stephen King was impressed by meeting a fellow Downeaster when Ginny introduced herself? I do like a good show. I had the oysters. I like to try the house special and I like to eat food at restaurants that I do not cook at home. But, I guess eating raw oysters requires no cooking. lol I really liked the ginger and soy sauce dip that came with them. I thought chasing people around the table with one on the end of my fork was entertaining as well. It is always interesting to see how quickly the restaurant clears out when a group of giggling screaming women sit down to eat. Those patrons will never complain about eating near a child again.

Years ago we went to Montreal to see Phantom of the Opera. In the beginning of the show a chandelier comes rushing down from above the audience to the stage. I jumped into the man next to me's lap. What a way to grab an audience's attention.

Well, we left Atlanta and moved north towards Debra's I guess we should have brought her last name and phone number with us because when we arrived in her town we could not find her house and if we did she was not home. I hope she knows we are thinking good thoughts for her.

So, we just kept rolling northward.

Imagine my surprise when I went to look up hundred mile yard sale to make sure we would be in the right place at the right time and there are many to choose from. Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mississippi Valley,Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. I guess I had heard about the one in Pennsylvania. It is happening in July so maybe we will need to find another one in another state. or maybe we can just take a detour.

I am learning a lot about geography trying to figure out a route to walk. I now know that since we are so far west in Georgia we have passed South Carolina right by. We may spend only a day or two in North Carolina because where we are it is not very wide. So, tonight we are in Hayesville.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayesville,_North_Carolina

Well, staying in Hayesville was probably not such a good idea, with a population of 297 the accomodations were not there so off we trotted to.....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlands,_North_Carolina

http://www.highlandschamber.org/ Which seems to be quite the la de da town of attractions and golfing......

Sweet dreams,

Holly
farmgirl #2499
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Oggie
True Blue Farmgirl

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Ginny
Machias Maine
USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  5:49:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holly - Years ago my parents came for a visit and like always, we went fishing. Well the fish really wanted to be caught that day and within 20 minutes we had 60 white perch. We brought them home and Dad filleted every last one for me! I videotaped him so I could learn how to filet but of course I don't have a VCR anymore! David found me a small stapler tonight so I'm going to make up some small tags and see how it goes. Sometimes it pays to live with a packrat! The soil in the wagon isn't yet thawed but I put a thermometer in there this afternoon to keep track of it's progress. We have one lamp already in the coup and the other on stand by for our new chicks when they arrive.

Darlys – I have to check out permaculture. Don’t think I’ve heard of that before but it sounds interesting!

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Dinner at the Sundial was fabulous and I’m so glad Darlys was buying because it was certainly out of my price range! The appetizers alone were like a meal, never mind the Beef Tenderloin I ordered. I realized coming back down from dinner felt like a carnival ride but who had to embarrass us by throwing up their dinner in the elevator? Going 723 feet straight down in 85 seconds in a glass elevator wasn’t that much different from the Mountain was it?

I think Holly and a few others actually saw the show “I Just Stopped by to see the Man” but I went with Marianne to see “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County”. Who would have thought I’d have to come all the way to Atlanta to see my neighbor Stephen King! For me it was worth it seeing John Melloncamp though, he is a favorite rock and roller of mine. But I have a question, how do two Yankees (King & Melloncamp)find themselves writing a “Southern Gothic Musical”?

The street dancing afterwards was so fun! Did you know it is part of the Dogwood Festival? I couldn’t help but laugh seeing Dianne, Kathy, Janet, & Bunny flirting with the musicians. I guess they are as good as guys with ponytails, right? Who would like to go back in the morning with me to look at all the beautiful items for sale? I haven’t really gotten any thing to bring home yet but the flyer looks like they have some wonderful artists making all kinds of things we can drool over if we can't afford them.

Don’t worry Kathy, I have herbs with me so if you are a little out of sorts from the lemonade I can make up a great morning after concoction to sooth even the most upset tummy making us feel great again for the next adventure.

I took the DH for a walk on a trail after work so he can get his muscles built up again, and went out side for a little while and also swept, vacumned, and did dishes. I guess about 3 hours total.

Ginny
Farmgirl #2343
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"I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with."
"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." Both by Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) in the Movie Harvey
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Country Dreamer
Farmgirl in Training

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Karen
Lake Villa Illinois
USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  7:02:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Everyone, I am new here in the forum. I am a Suburban Farmgirl, closing in on 57. Still working but managing to plant a nice vegetable garden, mow the grass and other not quite rural pursuits. What are you talking about in hours? exercise? The virtual tour? Well I hope I will figure this out soon...Getting better but still a digital immigrant!

Hope to get to know you!
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Bearclover
True Blue Farmgirl

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Bunny
The Dalles OR
USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  7:04:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Ok... so I passed on the oysters. Doesn't make me a party pooper. I would eat snails in garlic if you offered them. So there!
I guess I had a bit too much wine with dinner though, I had such a good time with the bass guitarist.. ;)
Wore myself out dancing, I think I need new shoes after all that jumping around.


Well, my X Father in law passed away this morning. I"m a bit bummed. He was a good man. My MIL... not so much. She pretty much kept my boys and their dad at arms length. Yes, my X husband is now living as a woman and that is very hard on a mother but it was his dad that said "enough is enough" "he is still our child and I want a relationship with him or her or whatever". I was very proud of him. But my kids have still missed out on grandparents because of my xmil. She always favored my husband's sister and everyone knew it. When she got married, my mil favored her husband big time. Xmas's were a joke for me. He would get a lazy-boy arm chair and I would get a soap dish from a local casino with flowers glued on and some towels. She really didn't like me and wasn't shy about it. Sad thing is my sis in laws husband cheated on her and they are still friends with him. My x changes genders , I keep a decent relationship with him for the sake of the kids and I'm scum. Oh well. At least I don't have to ever see her again. But I will miss my father in law and know he is at peace and out of pain. He had cancer all through his body.

Not much else to report. Lots of homework to do but I can't seem to get myself in the flow yet. The first week is always like that. Then I'm a well oiled homework producing machine after that.

Later all...

Farmgirl number 3738

My blog: www.bunnyrose.com
My shop: www.bunnyroseco.com

Not all who wander are lost.../
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darlystippie
True Blue Farmgirl

410 Posts

Darlys
Cupertino CA
USA
410 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  9:57:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bunny - I'm sorry about your xFIL and also sorry for all you went through with that family. You are a special woman and I applaud you for your life's story and your future.

Ginny, I googled Permaculture ... I think I can handle it. And, as for dinner, you're welcome. More on that later.

Karen, welcome -- please stick with us and I promise that you will laugh til you pee. We also hold each other up and carefully tend each other's soul-gardens. We are sage and we are silly - and we always look out for each other. We also welcome new farmgirls with a big hug and will have you up and running (or walking, or ....) in our virtual tour in no time. If you've read a few pages back --- you're already laughing. Holly is our captain. She will fill you in on the Move It to Lose It tour. (1 hour moving = 3 miles.)

Holly - I did a ton of laundry today ... and a few other things, too. Made chicken fajitas for dinner. DH did dishes tho. I claim 3 hours of moving today. (I'm getting better.)

More tomorrow. DH calls from the couch.

Sister #3284 - on her Tippie Toes - oxox, Darlys

Chocolate Kisses ...

That is the best ... to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.
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annielaurel
True Blue Farmgirl

912 Posts

nancy
fernandina beach florida
USA
912 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2012 :  05:39:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eating at the restaurant was quite a treat. It was fun watching Holly down all those raw oysters. I can't do that myself so I just had the shrimp. I thought is was lots of fun hanging those spoons from our noses after dinner while we were sitting at the table. That is a trick my SIL taught me a while back. It did bring us a lot of attention especially when we started giggling and laughing so loudly. We must have looked really silly all dressed up with spoons on our faces. And with those red heads shinning so brightly...wow!
Then all that dancing going on. What fun we had.

Holly you can put me down for 4 hours yesterday. I did a lot of cleaning in my upstairs room and closet.

Kathy put me in for the fabric swap. I will email you. I think the metal turtles are so cute. I have a small collection of turtles but not metal ones. I agree with you about the dresses. And some have such awful look fabric or they are too baggy. I find it hard to find something pretty that is age appropriate. A lot of what I like is way too young for me. So I wear a lot of skirts and tops but I like dresses better.

The circle of hands is beautiful and very touching. BTW my blood type is O postitive. I DH and oldest granddaughter have the unusual types. DH is A neg. and GD is O negative. It took a lot of people to be screened before finding O negative blood for her when she had her surgery.

Bunny I am sorry to hear about your FIL. That is sad about your MIlL and her attitude towards you. I have that problem with my DIL. However, I will not let it deter my feelings toward my son and my love for my grandkids. You are a wonderful lady and are showing that in how you conduct your life.

Karen, welcome to the best bunch of ladies you will ever meet. We are here for you to listen to your happy times, fun stories, sad times, and whatever. We joke, cry, learn and just plain tell it all. Just jump in. We love having you.

I am making chicken with carrots, potatoes, onions and a little broccoli tonight for dinner. No dessert planned. I made some muffins yesterday for breakfast so we can have those.

Have a nice day everyone. Hope you got that job, Penny. Let us know.

Hugs and squeezies

Nancy

Make everyday a celebration of the heart.
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