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Old 11-14-2016, 02:08 PM   #5761
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Hi all - I survived a wonderful weekend, and yes. Everyone pitched in helped where they could. Loved having the house full, and the babies (9 mths and 2yrs 9 mths) were wonderfully behaved, a credit to their Mum. There were lots of laughs and fun and food and photos

I was awake at the time of the 'quake, but did not feel it at all - others north of us felt it - go figure. There have been over 800 quakes throughout the country - 200 overnight down south. The nearest aftershock/related quake was north of Taupo, which is about 50 miles away from us, and not felt. The worst of it is that there are over 1,000 land slips, which have isolated Kaikoura, and now there are rain and high winds lashing the area!!


I am hoping to get out to the studio this afternoon and sort out my gear from last Tuesday's class.... I am due up to the plastics clinic again on Thursday - the nerves are still being a nuisance, but not as bad as they were. Next week is my ENT appointment, which I have been hanging out for - I am sick of living on pain relief!


Sounds as though you have all had awesome weekends and trips - so pleased to hear that


Love and hugs and waves to you all from down under, and now it is back to vacuuming the house - exciting, not!!
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YAY! So glad you've checked in Maxine... sounds like your weekend was GREAT!
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It was a wonderful weekend thanks Jeanette - may even put aphoto up when I get time
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That would be good Maxine... I'd love to see picture/s.
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Hi - Jeanette wanted a photo - most of mine generally have only one or two people in them, so I have chosen one of the grandies - you would not have known that we had six children under the age of 6 1/2 in the house on Saturday for the big meal!! The only ones missing of the young ones are the 9 moth old, and the photographer's son!. In the background is our son, and in the foreground with the 'littles' is one of the Aussie grandchildren.

We have not seen the results from the photographer yet - he was a friend of my Son in Law, and I suspect it may be done on 'mates rates' so we may have to wait a wee while for the final results.
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Good Morning Fellow Stamp Addicts!







Maxine, that is such a precious photo! I love seeing most of the children... and WOW! They look so engrossed in what they are doing. I especially love the intent look on the little girl's face. Precious!!!

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Morning everyone,. Jeanette the wee one you commented on is one of DH's great grandchildren. She is a real sweetie.
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Good Evening--I am home from the conference and it was a great time. It was wonderful to reconnect with people that I typically only see only once a year. The Past-President's dinner was awesome Saturday night and we had a blast bowling last night too! I won $100 on the 50/50 raffle today, so I had a smile on my face all the way home....................... I have a meeting early tomorrow morning, so later check in then! Have a good evening and a wonderful Wednesday!
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Maxine, your DH's GGD is adorable! (She takes after her Great Grandfather, right?)

Welcome home, Barb... looks like you got home just in time. (It IS Wednesday, you know.)

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Good Morning--for a few minutes yet in Wisconsin.
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Yay - thank you for Smoochy Barb - I saw him this morning (Thursday) but didn't have time to reply - have been to Waikato this morning and started the process of trying to resolve the nerve issues - again. .

If I get off here I may even get out to my studio and tidy it up after last Tuesday's class......
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YAY! Barb AND Smoochy made an appearance! Thanks, Barb!

Well shucks! Maxine disappeared.... I guess that means she now has a tidy studio.

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Hi friends! Busy morning on the roads - I think all of Miami is either under construction or just congested! My Christmas wish this year is "Kelly! There is a BUS out front every day to take your kids to school!" LOL!!!

Maxine, beautiful photo!! How blessed to have the wee ones near ♥

My boys are going camping this weekend. They are heading with the Boy Scout troop to near the Florida-Georgia border to hike and camp and fish and mountain bike (in Florida - I'm guessing these are man man bike trails with dips and curves?! I dunno!) The leader says he did a trial and error last month and it's semi-grueling - definitely a work out. I hope they have fun, especially in the cooler temps we're having!

Definitely not much stamping time in my future - we have a HUGE group coming for Thanksgiving. My daughter's boyfriends family, which means the house needs to be on point and we need to rearrange some furniture! I'm excited!

Jeanette, I'll tell you what I'll do in December - plan and pull off 3 birthdays! My daughter's boyfriend is so excited and planning to make her this wonderful lunch and fill up the house with birthday joy ♥

DD and I are heading to do some Christmas shopping after school today and before the Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony tonight. I am craving to get our tree and put it up (we buy fresh every year) and sadly, it has to wait until after Thanksgiving is over and guests have gone home!

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Read through but didn't comment on everything. Sorry. Not only did I bring home tons of sponsor gifts, but also a COLD! Ugh! I've been miserable all week and yesterday with my nose running all day, I felt like I was drowning! So Not much has gotten done this week. I did spend a little time going though my stamp drawers and pulled out just a few stamps that are going on the "to sell" list.

Barb, I'll have to upload the pictures from my phone and go through them to see what would be good to post. I probably also need to take some photos of some of the work we did. Maybe by the weekend. I have dinner plans tonight with the Single Chicks and a visit with a GF tomorrow night. My cousin from FL comes in this afternoon and not sure when I'll get to see her. Maybe Sunday.

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Hello- happy Thursday!

We are hopping here- home from Va late Mon nite. I took Mom to the Rheumatologist in Kankanee Tuesday, and she wanted to go to the gravesite on the way home. It is just a jot out of the way- no worries. Well, Tuesday nite after prayers, I told her only angels could come to her in her dreams, cause the last trip she had nightmares for 2 weeks. She woke up exhausted Wednesday- dreams all nite of my Dad. I think with the Dementia, she cannot process it all.
Yesterday, she went to Adult Day Care, and I cleaned and ran errands all day long. Today she had a stress test, and I ran and got my allergy shot and pharmacy business done in between. Had to get up at 5:45 AM, which you all know is very early for me..... After that, she had Physical Therapy.
Mom is having symptoms of a bit of fluid overload, so had to call cardiologist office while she was in stress test, and she gave me an order for a diuretic. So, she is not coloring and running to the bathroom.
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Maxine- so glad the gathering went well and was not too overwhelming for you or hubby. Love the darling pic of the kids and your son. What a crowd! Your studio should be very, very clean by now!
Jeanette and Barb- so glad the trips went well. Barb- we should all go in on lottery tics and have you buy them- you have the best luck with winning stuff! Congrats!


Kelly- that sounds like a blast to me- I think larger groups always make a gathering more enjoyable. I am sure you will pull it off well too!


Maggie- hope the cold subsides quickly! Do you take Vitamins? I loved the coloring samples from FB, especially the black boot!


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Maggie, I'm sorry you came home with a cold. Ugh! Not a good souvenir at all!

Shelly, that's so sad about your mom and her nightmares. I can feel for her... I have often had nightmares when life was troubling for one reason or another... it's my body's way of coping with stress, I guess. They are no fun. I'll pray for your mom to get better rest, nightmare-free.

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Good Morning Ladies--Happy Friday! I am headed to Madison for a stamp show today. I have two classes this afternoon and then a make 'n take market is tonight. The majority of the vendors have a project you can do for free and of course, shop! It is kind of an expensive admission ticket but I did not buy it this year. I had bought one for last year, but after I took an afternoon class, before the market opened, the weather was threatening to be pretty bad later in the night--snow and rain and ice were forecast-- and I have an hour drive home. I asked the organizer if I could go home and use the ticket this year instead and she said yes! So--that is where I am heading today and will stay for the evening shopping. I am not looking for anything specific, but I am sure I will come home with some new toys!

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Soooooo... Barb.... what did you get? Enquiring minds want to know.


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Good Morning Ladies--it is snowing here! Yes, that is after we had temps in the mid 70's on Thursday! It is not sticking as the ground is too warm, but it looks like a winter day with snowing and blowing winds!

I did have a nice time in Madison yesterday at the stamp show. The two classes I took were OK--we made lots of cards in a short time, so they were all pretty simple. I did get a few dies and stamps at the show in the evening and made a couple of cute make 'n takes. There was no "new great thing" that I needed.

We have no plans at all this weekend, other than to finish up a few things outside for clean up for winter. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
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Snowing?!?!?!! I. am. not. ready. for. snow. Barb, please send it to Kelly, not me.
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Happy Sunday morning 😃
Sounds as though it is time Jeanette moved down under if she doesn't like the snow. Come and share a sunny Christmas with us - we don't mind a full house!! .😁😘😇
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Yes! Snow for me! I will gladly take it - but, of course, will share with Maxine!

Yesterday I busted my dd17 out of school early and we went Christmas shopping and shopped til *I* dropped! She was still going strong, but even after my double shot S'Bux, I was pooped after 4 hours!

What can I say ........ I. am. getting. old!

We were going to start some of the decorations but dh wasn't the happiest about that - even though they are away camping and biking. His very very VERY favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and he wants Thanksgiving to look like Thanksgiving! Dd21 wanted to at least put up the garland and the stockings - including the one for her boyfriend - since the (inlaws) are coming to our home for Thanksgiving - I'm guessing she wanted to show the MIL. But dh wasn't happy to hear it, so I guess we can just show her, just not hanging up!

DD19 just got back from the Carrie Underwood concert in town so now she wants to go out shopping - wow - I need a week to recooperate!

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I did have a nice time in Madison yesterday at the stamp show. The two classes I took were OK--we made lots of cards in a short time, so they were all pretty simple. I did get a few dies and stamps at the show in the evening and made a couple of cute make 'n takes. There was no "new great thing" that I needed.

We have no plans at all this weekend, other than to finish up a few things outside for clean up for winter. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Yikes! I'm not ready for the colder weather and never for snow! Glad it's not sticking.

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I've had a really busy day starting out with going up to the Discount Tire store to have them check my tires. I've been there 2 times over the last month and they keep telling me a different tire is a problem The last time 2 weeks ago, they told me to bring it in so they could put it up on a lift and check out all the tires. Today one had a small nail in it, but they said it didn't go all the way through, so they didn't have to do anything for it. They just filled them all up.

While I was gone last week, I had a pair of boots delivered that I had ordered. I had ordered 2 pair, but only one came and yet I got my credit card statement and they were both charged to me. The one pair I got didn't fit good - it rubbed against my ankle bone, so I knew I wasn't going to be able to keep them. Made a trip over to JCPenny's to return them. My GF who rescues cats lives over in that area, so I called and told her I was going to come by and take back the cat crate that I borrowed from her probably 2 years ago. Glad to finally get that out of my garage. She lives across the street from my doctor, and we saw him leave when we were standing outside chatting. So funny because I ran into him at JCP. He was shopping for slippers for his wife and looking for a bread maker.

We got some good rain yesterday. Enough to perk up my potted plants that were looking pretty droopy. We're supposed to get some more on Wednesday. I was NOT ready for the cold though - down into the upper 40's last night and maybe colder than that tonight. It wouldn't have bothered me so much except that Sweet Petunia has figured out how she can jump up and pull herself out of the big box I've had her in. It concerns me since I'm going to be gone for almost a week and I found her out in the garden. I was a little distraught about it, but I called my GF the cat rescuer and my vet's office and we just decided that I had to just leave her with her mama and hope for the best. She's not ready yet to be weaned and if I took her away from her mama now, I wouldn't be able to bring her back to her. I tried a couple things, but nothing was working. I did get her back in the box and she did stay in there and mama went back in to take care of her. She really is a good mama.

My niece and her family will be coming to check on them and feed them as usual. Can't believe she's 5 weeks old already and when I get home, she'll be old enough to start weaning and looking for a furever home for her. When I talked to the Vet's office this morning she said to post a photo of Petunia on their FB page and see if anyone wants her.

I worked outside for just a little bit this afternoon cleaning up some pots that the plants were dead. Cleaned out the hutch. No more caterpillars are going in there anymore. My niece had put a few in there when she came to take care of the house while I was gone and I found about 8 in there today. I took them out and put them in a pot in the garden. I am so ready to be done with these guys for the season.

My cousin came into town Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. She comes every year and stays with my sister. Thanksgiving is our big family celebration of the year. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get over there yet - not until tomorrow after church. I actually almost cancelled my trip the other day. I got an email from my DD saying that a lady from church that she visits was sent home from the hospital basically to die and of course they have no idea when that will be, but she said if it's this week then she'll have to help with the funeral. Then today she emails me to tell me that her MIL is having surgery to take her Pacemaker out because she has an infection and then they have to put it back in. Not sure how long that is all going to take because if she can't deal with not having it in, they'll have to put it back in no matter what. Then if she gets out of the hospital this week, she'll come to my DD's house to recover which means she'll take over the guest room downstairs and I'll have to be in a guest room upstairs. I have issues going up stairs also, but I don't have a heart condition. So not so happy having to share my visit with the MIL who is always whiney and needy. This is not going to be a good trip and I really do wish that I could get out of going. Sorry for that rant.

Gotta go fold clothes and put away. Trying to decide if I want to take browns and greens or blacks and blues on the trip. I don't want to have to take shoes for both, so it has to be one or the other.

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Well let's see... recap... I'm going down under to see Maxine where there's no snow. Kelly is having a blizzard in Florida because Barb sent her a lot of snow. Maggie is choosing what to take on a trip that she doesn't really want to go on.

I think I have it covered.
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Well let's see... recap... I'm going down under to see Maxine where there's no snow. Kelly is having a blizzard in Florida because Barb sent her a lot of snow. Maggie is choosing what to take on a trip that she doesn't really want to go on.

I think I have it covered.
HOpefully things will turn out well on this trip.

LOL! It was 40 degrees here when I got up this morning. Mama and Sweet Petunia have taken over the big crate that I have on the patio. I had gotten a nice soft bed for them and put that in there and mama has taken that over so Petunia is in there with her. I'm glad to see that.
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LOL, Jeanette- your recap is too funny.

Ahhhh, we had a Turkey/Ham meal at my sisters today- lots of people there- was so very nice! I have a brother here from Mass., and my younger sis came too- we went to mass which was said in memory of my Dad today before we headed out. We all squished into my CRV, Ray drove and my brother in the front, and my sis and Mom and I squeezed into the back.


Mom is having higher number with heart failure, so having to give her meds still for her B/P and fluid levels- then we have a meal with loads of salt in it. (She looks fine- just has a little wheezing- so I think the subtle symptoms would be hard for a non-medical person to pick up). She has another Thanksgiving meal on Thursday!


Maggie- I am not sure if I already told you this- I call my girls Petunia. I love that name for the kitty. Hope the mama takes good care of her while you are away.


Boy- the colder weather is a shock- so chilly out! I am not really ready for snow yet either- brrrrrr!


I was able to catch up on some stamping- Yeah....! I have another couple of swaps to complete, then will have time to stamp for fun : )


I am quickly becoming a football widow- I did not notice it too badly until this weekend- LOL My husband and my brother are both VERY into sports...guess that is what it would feel like if my stamping friends or sewing friends stop by.


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Maggie, I'm sure you will make the best of things on your trip and enjoy yourself. So cute to hear of Petunia and her mom keeping warm together.

Shelly, I'm sorry Mom is having some heart failure problems... good she has an attentive nurse by her side. Will your brother be as watchful of these things when she's with him this winter? It's nice that you all went to mass together - in honor of your Dad. Such a lovely service, I'm sure. Hmmmm... I'm sure you miss your DH's attention during football season, but it does give you a wee bit more time for card-making.

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Good Morning Ladies--Happy Monday! I am planning to swap out the Christmas/Winter cards today and hope to get the packages all sealed up and postal tomorrow. I also have a set of cards to make for a swap and also need to spend some time organizing my stamp area as it is messy right now.................

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Good Morning Ladies--it is a week of Thanksgiving so I thought I would share this now..........
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Maggie, I hope your trip goes better than expected amd you have a nice holiday with DD.
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Hi everyone,

We are keeping busy here as usual. Will be spending Thanksgiving up the street with my parents. My sister and her family are coming this year, so excited! Usually they go to her inlaw's extended family. Mom is off on Black Friday so we will go shop til we drop

I hope everyone has a great holiday!
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Good Morning Fellow Stamp Addicts!


I am sure a lot of us will not be on the computer tomorrow so I'm going to go ahead and say...




I hope you enjoy your day immensely!


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Good Morning--I too am going to post a greeting today in case I am not here tomorrow morning. Plus, I will be gone until late Sunday, so I will be back to see everyone Monday Morning.

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Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all! I won't be on the rest of today or tomorrow as I'm cooking, baking, hobbling around! I don't stay put - like ever - lol, and we have a large crowd coming over - so much to do!

Wishing you all a wonderful time with family and friends and enjoying this day of gratitude ♥

For those heading out to shop, be safe!

I'll see you all on Friday
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Hi my dear friends - life this week has been a round of appointments, one after another - including two unexpected ones - one from the Hospice Rural Community Worker and one from the district nurse associated with the hospice. Was a bit of a jolt to the system and made the reality hit harder. DH has had another chest infection, and this one did not respond to the usual meds, so when we saw the respiratory specialist yesterday they changed the meds, and if they don't work it will be IV's once a day at the local ED... oh the joys.


To add to it DD is off work as her two have really bad tonsillitis, and her DH has been really ill too - never mind that she is off colour also and generally run down. never rains but it pours at the moment.


On the bright side I may have squirreled enough $$ away to be able to use the Black Friday sales I may just have to go have a look at my bank balance and then go on line sale-ing


Waving to you all from another wet day Down Under - at least it means I don't have to water the seedlings in the garden.
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