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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 14, 2018, 01:06:06 PM »

Just sitting here for a moment before I shower (finally!) and leave to pick up the high school girls for their dental exams and cleanings. This morning, I messaged my friend Bonnie (who is in town temporarily till next week while her husband does a class with the military) to see if she wanted to walk at the park. We only did 3 miles but it was really humid and the sun came out right before we finished and went to get breakfast, so that was a good amount. Then she needed dog food and I needed cat food so we stopped by TSC before going home. I have gotten bills paid and a few other random small things done at home this afternoon, and just finished a yoga video for the abs. Hence the late shower.

Pam, hope your back gets to feeling better. That is the pits. Just barely over a bout myself. I am finding yoga to help, thankfully. Also did about 5 visits with a chiro.
Lindsay, Erica is fine. She posts regularly on facebook. Lots of destruction in their area, though. :(

Morgan's 12th b-day is tomorrow, so I need to get ready for that. Hard to believe that she will be 12. I plan to hike in the morning as it's one of my last few chances with my friend. It will be a humdinger heat-wise but I can't go very early these days now that school has begun so will have to wait until 9 to start. :(

Have a good evening!
Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on August 14, 2018, 12:44:07 PM »
Hi Pam and anyone else who drops in. :)

Just another school day packed full of learning here. :)  Unfortunately, I have a feeling this week isn't going to end up that good because I have one that woke up with a fever and sore throat.  That will undoubtedly make its way through our whole family.  No fun! :P :P  Who wants the flu in August?? :o  Any takers? lol :D 

The rest of the day is to finish school up, do some laundry and ironing, get a workout in, figure out supper and fix it, and hopefully make it out to the greenhouse this evening to begin cleanup for the fall planting.  I am sure the kids will throw in some jumping on the trampoline in there somewhere. ;)

Everyone must be super busy.  Even less than usual showing up here.  Just wondering, has anyone heard from Erica lately?  Been thinking about her with all those fires in her area and have lost her email so don't know how she is.

Pam, I loooovve Winnie the Pooh too!  Since I was little EVERYTHING was Winnie the Pooh and has been with my kids too!

Anyway, on with the day. 

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 14, 2018, 09:45:44 AM »
Wow!  Time is flying by!

It has been go go go around here!  Must be for all of you ladies too!  Haven't seen a lot of posting going on here.

I have been having a little back trouble as of late.  Went for an adjustment last week.  Have to go back tomorrow as well.  He is doing some new kind of treatment that is kind of a scraping thing along my spine.  I have some scar tissue along my lower spine so he is working on breaking that up to give me more range of motion. 

Thursday night we went to one of the last regular season home games for my son.  It was good to see him for a little bit.  They made the playoffs, so they played (and won) in Kenosha WI last night.  Tonight they have a home game.  I am meeting his gf there for the game.  Hubs is in Detroit for work today. 
Son is moving Friday (or Sat. depending on the games) to Ohio for school.  I will need to work on getting some of his things here organized for him to pack up and go.  Looks like he might not have much turn around time to get it together.  I was hoping they would lose so he would have a couple of days off before leaving.  It is a big deal for the team, because they have never made the playoffs before.  I guess I will try to root for them, or at least stay neutral!

We had a fun weekend.  Went to see the movie Christopher Robin with my girlfriend.  Hubs went to another ballgame with a friend of his.  The movie was really cute.  I enjoyed it a lot.  But, then again, I always loved Winnie the Pooh!  It is definitely more geared towards a more mature crowd.  At least 9 and up.

We spent the night at our friend's, and then went to the Detroit Tigers game on Sunday.  It was such a fun day!  Long, but super fun!

Yesterday I focused on laundry, and had to run to Aldi to grab some produce.  Did a corn and black bean salad over greens for dinner.  It was tasty.  I will be grabbing some of that for lunch/dinner today. 
We walked last night as well.  Felt good, but wow, was it hot! 

I did a short walk this morning already.  About a mile and a half.  It is starting to heat up, so I'm glad I at least got that in!

I need to fold one last load of laundry as well as the things that were hanging to dry.  Will get those put away.  Dishwasher needs to be unloaded. 

Need to leave around 4:30 to get to the game.  I will be there early, but want to try to beat some of the rush hour traffic.

Hope you all have a great day and evening! 
Managing a Household / Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 14, 2018, 09:27:20 AM »
Hello Ladies!!
Managing a Household / Aug. 13, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on August 13, 2018, 02:00:33 PM »
Hey girls.  Where are you all? ??? ???

We had a productive weekend, I guess.  The guys and hubby got another rental up and ready to rent, back home we got the house cleaned and all the yard work done, plus some other small projects.  At this particular rental, an outdoor swing got left behind that just needs to be repainted, a brand new plaid loveseat, and a nice flag and flagpole that we moved home to use.  Who knows why people leave this kind of stuff behind?  It is all nice though, so I was glad to get it.

Then this morning I went in to fix breakfast and figured out that the refrigerator had quit AGAIN. :P  It was just repaired several months ago.  Hopefully spoiled food will be covered by warranty, but I am seriously thinking we should look into commercial appliances anymore.   They are designed to be opened and closed a lot and obviously residential models aren't designed to hold up to much of anything:P  This just happened to be the first week I did a meal plan based grocery list and shopped for 10 days.  Yeah...we were only on day three when the fridge went out.  Soooo....that was a wonderful start to my week.  Other than that, we are plugging away with schoolwork and that is going extremely well.   

I woke up with a really bad sinus headache that is not subsiding.  That is adding a level of difficulty to the day.  I will keep going the best I can.  Hoping I feel like a workout this evening while supper is cooking.  That usually makes me feel better, in most cases.  With sinus stuff, I don't know though.  Enough complaining from me.  How is your day going? 

Managing a Household / Friday, August 10, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 10, 2018, 12:21:15 PM »
Hi everyone,

It's been a long week. Not a bad week but just long and difficult. Our daughter went back to Honduras to teach for this next school year. It's nice having our daughter home but her life is there. It's always hard to say goodbye. But next weekend we welcome our other daughter back home for only a week before she heads to her new home in Ohio to start her Master's program and be with her boyfriend and his family. He has already completed his Master's degree and is working FT so I'm hoping she can find some kind of work as well. I'm not worried.

Back at home, we then have our son that stays with us only part of the week and the other part he lives closer to his weekend FT job. So we have four days with three of us and three days just the two of us.

My plan is to work through the freezer (I think I say that all the time!) but dad and mom gave me a lot of green beans this week and I have about 14 quart sized bags full.  I know there are lots of goodies in that freezer to make some good food! I remembered a recipe mom used to make when I was growing and we kids loved it--hamburger BBQ using a can of chicken gumbo soup, a squirt of ketchup, a squirt of mustard and some brown sugar. I have made that for my kids and they loved it. So we had this one day this week only I didn't have a can of chicken gumbo so I used a can of chicken and rice and that was super good as well.  We have had simple but good old fashioned recipes this entire summer. Meatloaf, tater tot casserole, pork stir fry, enchiladas, roast chicken, roast beef, hamburgers.  All of these brought me back to my childhood and these are meals I raised my kids on.

I will need this weekend to be a lazy one. I feel like I was plateaued and then fell. I'm super tired, my back aches, I'm just not myself. But I have been active getting my daughter ready to leave and then the early morning airport arrival along with a full day, then a volunteer night the same day just didn't give me enough rest.

That's my life.

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 03:15:14 PM »
Catherine: Water aerobics in a lake, not a pool sounds really fun and refreshing!  Hope you were able to get some rest this afternoon.

Alice: I sure hope you find a way to combat those skunks!  How frustrating and alarming for you!   So exciting that your daughter got to see such amazing wildlife!  That is amazing!

Good to hear from you girls!  Hope to hear from some more of you all!

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 06, 2018, 11:03:45 AM »
Yes, it's raining. Very strange but I checked the weather forecast yesterday and I only saw cloudy and no precipitation. Now we get a full blown rainy day. I'm not complaining but I let my automatic sprinkler work my well for 1 1/2 hours this morning before the rain!

We had repurposed turkey leftovers yesterday for lunch and that was really good. I was able to freeze two small containers for a turkey casserole sometime this fall. Tonight I'm making a big pot of spaghetti. My daughter leaves on Thurs. and she's having two friends over for dinner. I figure it is her home too while she is home for the summer so having her friends over is nice for us. I get to cook a meal and we always have a lot of fun with her friends. Often, we just sit and laugh the whole evening.

My youngest daughter had her birthday in Connecticut yesterday and her boyfriend was there. He took her whale watching. The guy who did the tour said that they only see whales about 40% of the time but they were giving a show yesterday, much to their delight. They also saw dolphins that only show up 10% of the time so that was also a highlight. She said she would send pictures later since I don't do FB. She is now on the last 2 weeks of her internship and then she's moving to Ohio the same week that she comes home from CT. Then there were 3.

WE still have our skunk problem but now there is a family with young ones. Those young ones do as much damage and the parents. Digging all over the yard. One night last week I woke up and because it was cool outside our windows were open. I saw my cats on the bay window seat looking outside and right underneath the bay window walks a skunk. I prayed my cats wouldn't growl or hiss or make any noise at all. I also didn't dare slam the windows shut. It walked over to the neighbors yard. We had to take action. We called a man from church who is an expert in capturing these things so he gave us some hints. We also have groundhogs or something living under a neighbors barn. They dug holes to get underneath. We see them at dusk coming out to walk around.

Well, that is my boring life! I'm OK with that though.


Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 06, 2018, 09:58:16 AM »
Good morning!

Sitting here having "brunch", I guess you'd say--homemade Mushroom Chicken leftovers. I went out early to do water aerobics in Bath Lake in Medicine Park (really a wide spot in a large creek that was turned into a swimming area many years ago). Starting at 9:30 AM you have to pay to swim there, but going early we can swim for free, and my 80 YO hiking/biking friend has been teaching them on Mondays there for us. She used to teach them at the local university (as well as regular aerobics, hiking, etc...).

I hurried home to shower and change and get the girls to their check-in at the high school which was ending at 11:15, only to find out as I got into the shower that the crew working on the road on that corner hit a gas line so the building had to be evacuated. So now check-in is postponed till 1:30.

I have a load of towels washing and the dishwasher running. Need to figure out what is for dinner and if I need to thaw something. Might take a little nap as I didn't sleep well last night.

Have a good Monday!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 08:22:00 AM »
Good Monday Morning!

We are finally getting some rain.  It has been so hot and dry for so long here.  Rain is welcome!

Other than, I need to go get groceries, and I hate to in the rain, but we need so much that I have no choice today.

I am going to menu plan before I go, so I need to get to that right away.

I have laundry going, and want to make sure I get that all wrapped up by the time I need to work on dinner.

We were up north again Saturday/Sunday.  Saw a great concert and had so much fun with friends. It was a 4+ hour drive one way, so lots of time on the road!  I am happy to have a much slower week ahead.  The really only major plans we have this week, is to go to our son's baseball game on Thursday night.  He is set to move to Ohio in 12 days.  We will go down to make sure he is settled around the 28th, and to bring down any things he still needs from home.  After that, we probably won't see him until Christmas.   :(

Hope all of you are having a great day, and had a fun or restful weekend (whichever you prefer!)
Alice, glad you enjoyed your turkey!  Maybe you should do BBQ or something for Thanksgiving!   :D  We usually do turkey several times a year, but we love turkey, so that probably makes a big difference for us.

I agree with summer going too fast.  I have heard a lot of people saying "I can't wait for fall", and I am like "NOOOOO!!  Too Soon!  Too Soon!"  Summer has seemed so so short!  I welcome the cooler temps, and even a more "scheduled" way of life I guess, but soon after that beautiful weather comes the nastiness that we call winter!  (Not a fan!)

Talk to you all soon!  Hope to hear about what you are up to!

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