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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 2090950 views.

From: Susan1206


Good morning, dear Sensational friends ~

I've been having a bit of a computer problem over the last several days and hopefully, I did two Windows updates and perhaps that will solve my problem.  If not, it will have to be sent to my SIL who will deem my laptop old and probably purchase a new one for me.  I guess that would not be so bad but it is like anything else....a new model.....a new learning curve.  So, I will say a prayer that these updates will solve my problem.

The weather this week-end was beyond beautiful.  I am sure all of you experience the same.  Temperatures rising into the 80's and sunny.  Almost (and I say almost) time to turn on the air conditioning.   Finn with his golden retriever mane was panting all of the time.  This Thursday he will go to the Salon for his yearly yachting cut....it's a once a year really short haircut and yes, his hair grows back as thick as thick can be.  He will be more comfortable.  Soon, he will trek to our Vet who will complete his annual Morris Animal Foundation study.  For those new here, Finn is a Hero and  has participated in a Golden Retriever Canine Cancer program for the past 10 years.  Hopefully, 3000 Goldens who are enrolled in the program will find an answer as to why the breed is plagued with cancer.

So, on we go.  Me, to the gym for a bit of a work out and tonight the wrap up of our zoom spiritual  Easter program. 

Stay well, friends.  Stay smoke free.  That's the most important thought of the day!     Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan and all.  Only 36 here this morn, cooled down.  Was some great weather Susan.

I worked on the tractor in PA into the late afternoon and thought I was going to get sun burned.  At

least I was wearing a hat.  I get these sun spots on my head they call precancerous and have to have

them frozen off.  Just had that done Monday.  I used some cream during the Winter that made them

go away.  The doctor still said she found 3 little ones out of my sight.  I'm suspicious because she gets

paid for surgery for freezing them off.  She keeps making appointments for every 4 to 6 months but

think I'm about done until I have a problem. 

I remember Finn being in the cancer prevention program from way back.  I know Brandy went at 8 1/2

from a cancer tumor in her leg.  Some of the others might have had tumors where I couldn't see them.

Glad he is still going strong and getting his warm weather haircut.  Already got mine early. 

Took care of our and our daughter's garbage yesterday.  Saw where her neighbor cut the tree that fell

across her driveway but left the huge cutout of my daughter's lawn where the tree roots pulled up.  If

I had a trailer to move my backhoe I could clean that up in half an hour but think would take hours with

hand tools.  Have to be careful going by the ho;e with garden tractor, couple feet deep.  Daughter's chickens

are laying again in the warmer weather so she gave me 3 dozen eggs.  The pups and I eat 5 eggs every morning.

I make an omelet thing and put cinnamon on my part of it.  Supposed to keep the peaks of our Glucose down.

So it keeps our A1C down a little lower.  The pups aren't supposed to have any, wife tells me.

Looks like you got some exercise Susan.  My test after exercise yesterday was about 118, not so good.  I'm still

not back up to speed.  Don't have to tell anyone how hard it is to get up to top speed where the Glucose is really

burned off.  I was usually hitting in the 90s and sometimes in the 70s or 80s.  I'll get back there.  Like I was saying,

none of the Diabetics I know do any exercise and little or no attempt at dieting.  My brother embraces potatoes

and bread like they are his friends instead of the enemies they are.  Both turn to sugar right after they're eaten.

Our Monte Carlo SS was moved from the body shop to my brother in law's driveway last Fall to get it out of the way.

Was hoping he would finish the paint this last weekend while it was warm but he had to finish some flooring in his

home.  So have to wait for the next warm spell.  Would be nice to have it back, been done since August, last year.

It needs some mechanical work. 

Hope everyone has a great day.


Brandy in foreground, Dixie, her sister in back.  Dixie still alive.

Monte Carlo SS in front of dad's old barn.


From: JavaNY


Enjoy the day everyone. Cooled down a bit here also, but not bad. Easier to exercise in this weather than the heat.  


From: Kittyarnold


Good morning everyone....we are having a partly sunny day with April showers later....our daffies are lovely and on the way our....the hyacinths are blossoming and being that this is only our second summer here don't remember what else was here....we will see.....anxious to start the veggie garden but it is  too soon....hope everyone has a wonderful smoke free day....


From: Susan1206


Dear friends ~

Brrr...cold here by the lake.  Already in the high 30's and a freeze warning in effect.  Just went out to cover the lilac bush (in buds) and all of my favorite, the forget-me-nots with dish towels.  Hopefully, the wind will not be a problem tonight.

Trying to tackle the gym every other day.  Did the treadmill and bike there yesterday.  Today, the bike here for 30 minutes (3.5 miles)  Guess I'm slow..

Hi to all ~ Keep the Faith ~  I think it is wonderful you are exercising and staying fit, Ernie.  I try to take the least amount of rx I can get away with!   Our booster shots this Friday.  I will feel better when I have it for the plane ride at the end of the month.



From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

So you reside in or near New York City ~  That must be an exciting way of life.  I've visited twice ~ once when I was a teenager and my Grandfather was sailing to Europe on either the Queen Elizabeth or the Queen Mary.  We took a tour of the ship before he departed.   And once, in the 1970's.  Overwhelmed, quite frankly at the tall skyscrapers....spoken, I guess, like a girl from Ohio :-).  We did visit Mama Leone's (not sure of the spelling) and saw Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.  Have never been back.

How are you doing with your quit?   Sometimes, I know it is not easy.  Try and avoid people and places that would be triggers.  Not always easy......



From: Susan1206


Hi Miss Kitty ~

Yes, it is always fun to see what is popping up in the Spring.  Right now, I have forget-me-nots everywhere.  Of course, I "scatter" all of the dried seeds in the fall from the plants.  It's my favorite plant!  I need to have Jim's help to dig out some of the green & white hostas which can be troublesome.  Always a joy to see the rebirth of flowers.  Feeding the birds.....the squirrels....the ducks and the chipmunks.  Have resorted to Discount Drug Mart for bird feed....they are eating me out of house and home....

Enjoy the weather...we have a freeze warning here!   Susan


From: Susan1206


Dear Jerthie,

A career in cosmetics ~ I'll take a recommendation for a good "line" eraser other than fillers or Botox?  Lol   So many on the market........

I'm a bit discouraged today as I made my Mother's recipe for Pumpkin Bread, using Almond Flour.  This is for a friend who must have Gluten Free.  At any rate, I grabbed Super Fine Almond Flour and what can only be described as a "fatal disaster".   The bread was mushy and would not set up.  I ended up throwing it all out.  Any suggestions?   I think the "super fine" Almond Flour just didn't get it!  Well, even in our later years we have cooking disasters.

Now making a good old fashioned pot roast.  Jim wants gravy (I don't eat that) so on we go......

Stay warm.  It's cold down here!   Susan


From: Jerthie123



You could use skincare with retinol to help with lines and wrinkles!  A serum before moisturizer at night also helps, as does sunscreen in the morning after moisturizer.  A good night of rest also goes a long way!

Almond flour would result in mushiness... I learned that the hard way too.  I am not sure what to replace that with.  I don't bake enough TO know.  Pot roast and gravy.... Oh yummy!

Cold here today but expecting warmth in the next few days with sun!  Good day all.


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty, Susan, Paul, Jerthie, and all.  Another cold morning but starting to warm up today.  We

have sun and not so much north wind today.  And nicer tomorrow.  I've about finished preparing the garden

tractor for it's grass cutting season.  I ordered a new air filter element, it's 10 to 15 years old.  I already cleaned

out the carburetor with carb spray and could use the old one until the new one arrives.  Sharpened the blades

this Spring, looks like I skipped it last year, they were marred up terrible.  Will have to sharpen daughter's tractor

blades also because I'm certain I skipped hers.  I better check if I have an engine oil filter for her tractor this morn.

My tractor is a 1996 with a 2 cylinder Kohler engine.  I'm getting quite a few holes in my mower deck.  I was welding

them but there are many now.  My daughter had the same model with a similar deck, might see about using that

one in a couple years.  I gave her a John Deere garden tractor I bought in a moving sale because her Craftsman tractor

was getting to hard to keep running.  Think her mower deck was still good.  It's twilight outside at 5:30 AM, Summer is

going to win the weather battle soon.  My deck will work until the mandrels that hold the blades weaken. 

I'm lucky I'm a man sometimes, don't care to much about wrinkles.  I would have liked to keep my hair for a few more

years because of the looks and the precancerous spots I get even though I almost always remember a hat when out

now.  The nurse told me last week it's partly because we didn't wear hats in the sun when we were young.  I really liked

my long hair when I was young, didn't want to cover it up.  Most did in the 70s.  I see lots of older males that still have hair.

Our omelet for the puppies and I is about the only cooking I do.  Long time ago I baked chocolate chip cookies but just as

well I let it go because it's very not good for diabetics.  As close as I got to baking bread. 

I got fooled along with many others.  I bought a 2 Terabyte external ssd drive case thinking it was a drive itself.  It was a

deceptive description.  So I have to order it again.  I didn't give a good review, along with others, so fewer will get fooled in

the future. 

Wife's flowers are coming up.  I'm spreading potting soil, from the flower pots she is retiring in the pool area, on the bare

spots in the lawn from all the excavating I did building drainage ditches.  The puppies are being terrible on the elongated

rectangular pots that she usually uses around the pool.  Probably be back next year.  My older daughter started the pool

area flowers when she worked at a greenhouse in the Spring every year for some years. 

I love pot roast and gravy but should be only a once a year thing for me, very hard to burn off the calories.  I can se big meals

on the scales and my glucose blood tests I do. 

I get my birdseed at Agway, a little cheaper than Tractor Supply.  Think it's a 50 pound bag.  We just get sunflower seeds.  Wife

says the smaller seeds were just pushed out of the way, from before I got involved in it.  I try to scare away the black birds and

squirrels, they scare away the smaller birds and eat too much.  I caught about 7 chipmunks and moved them down the road about

half a mile last year, haven't gotten into that yet this Spring.  It seems like you have one or two chipmunks when you really have 10

or 20. 

Hope you all have the sunshine today and enjoy the day.  But wear a hat for me.  smile


Wife's flowers around the pool.