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    WOW! Was gone for a couple days and I sure missed a lot.

    Irish, I wish I had some of your cauliflower. I love it cooked and then mashed like mashed potatoes. Also if we were in MI now, I would love to take one or both of your dogs for as long as you needed. We did "dog day care" for 12 years and now I miss it. Told DH that when we move, we'll have animals again.

    Took a lot of Mom's and our things to a garage sale that a friend was involved with. Mom made $15 and we made $26. Not a lot, but got rid of lots of little things. Starting to de-trash and de-clutter. I can hardly wait to move.

    Thanks for the info on the honey and cinnamon. When I have ear problems, which affects my throat, I drink hot water with honey and apple cider vinegar. Now I'm going to add the cinnamon also.

    I did really good with eating and being gone . I'm off pop/sodas again. Didn't even have one this weekend. Took a large bottle of water and just kept filling it. Even had salads when possible instead of other things. Hoping the scale is good to me tomorrow, of course with all the outside work that DH and I did today, it should be.

    Today we worked on getting the lawn and yard looking good for winter. I really had fun "puttering" around. I pulled the tomato plants, raked leaves, dug and threw weeds and even mowed some of the lawn. Had more energy than was normal and it sure felt good. Now it's time for a hot bath and some relaxing time.

    Cindy, hope you hear about the job soon. Know the waiting is the hardest.

    For all of you who will be new grandma's, I am envious. DD is not into children at this stage of her life. But then I was 38 when I had her, so I guess she's taking after her parents. I do love to do baby quilts, so if anyone needs one, please let me know.

    Take care - remember - be good to you!!!
    It's not the years in your life that count. It's the LIFE, in your years. (Abe Lincoln)

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    Good Morning! I'm going to ask what everyone might think as a dumb question but "what's the difference between ground cinnamon and cinnamon powder"? Do I need to go to the health food store for the right cinnamon? I used the ground cinnamon last night with honey and hot water - it tasted bad. Am I doing something wrong?
    It's not the years in your life that count. It's the LIFE, in your years. (Abe Lincoln)

    "The Best" The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

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    Wow - working all weekend I really had a lot to catch up on. You ladies have all been busy with tons going on. I've been sitting in a "box" for the last 2 days. My 12 hr. shifts. Yesterday turned cold here and I had to really warm up when I got home. Good thing was I was seriously tired and all the police officers kept me in stitches all day long. Went to bed super early last night and have been up and getting things done before I head out. Going to JoAnn's for their Columbus Day sale and to pick up a few things for my Mom.

    Well, I'm off ladies. Everyone have a wonderful day. Think warm happy thoughts, drink lots of water and eat tons of veggies!!!!!
    The trouble with Trouble is.....It usually starts out like fun!!

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    Di, I would think ground cinnamon and cinnamon powder would be the same thing. Different cinnamons taste different. Vietnamese is good flavored, but stronger. I've had to throw away some inexpensive cinnamon because it tasted 'green' to me. You can get your cinnamon from the grocery. I get mine at the health food store because I know I like the taste of theirs and it's less expensive. I've had a lot of good flavored ones in those 99 cent bottles. I only threw out one. I'm using a teaspoon of cinnamon and about 2 teaspoons of honey. I've had it on an apple, a banana, in cooled tea and coffee. None tasted bad.

    CHQ, with a 9 pound cabbage sitting here, I will eat my veggies. My house looks like the produce market. I do need more lemons and bananas. We've had two nights below freezing. Brrr.

    The newspaper had a recipe for soup with quinoa and vegetables. I think I will try, but I prefer Mexican spices to Italian.

    Have a healthy day!

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    I made it back from JoAnn's alive!!!!! Bought DH Ravens fleece to make him a comfy blanket for Christmas. I made him a small red & black plaid one last year and he loves it, but it needed to be longer. They have a new plaid Ravens fabric this year and he'll love it. Dropped that at my BFFs so he wouldn't see it. She'll sneak it over on one of our quilting nights....hehehe.

    Also picked up a few things for my Secret Santa's box. I'm having trouble on that end. She wasn't very informative on her list of wants or needs. Weekend of the 19th I'm going on a retreat, hope to pick up some things she'll like then. Plus I'm doing the Ornament exchange. Need to get busy on those as well. Also have to finish up a bag for a friend of mine. I'm heading to my quilting room to get busy!! What a day off. Good thing I have another one tomorrow before going back to work again!!
    The trouble with Trouble is.....It usually starts out like fun!!

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    I"m at my retreat and having fun!
    I think cinnamon powder is the same thing as what we all use. You might need to start out with less cinnamon. I have Penzey's and it is so strong. I made a drink and the cinnamon about made me sick. I had strange feelings in my chest. From now on I will go easy on the cinnamon until I get used to it.

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    I love Penzeys cinnamon, they have several varieties. I agree about the cinnamon, it is good, have done it for awhile and it has helped with my blood sugars.

    Well I didn't have to wait too long, got a phone call from both today, the one that is part time wants more paper work done before they will make an offer.. The one that is full time gave me a verbal offer with salary, they just needed me to sign for the background check and send email address for my references. That all was done in 30 mins. ZThey said it could be back by the end of the week. And if it does I could start on Monday. AMEN!!! I am so happy to get the job.

    wow a 9 lb cabbage that is a lot of cabbage. I need to get more veggies. I am out, will be going shopping in the next day or two and will have to plan food for packing lunches now that I may be working soon.

    I am so excited.
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    Cindy - reading your post I am soooo Happy for you!!!!!! Always love to hear FANTASTIC news!!!! Sounds like things are turning around for the good now. Keep us posted!!!!
    The trouble with Trouble is.....It usually starts out like fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryHouseQuilter View Post
    Cindy - reading your post I am soooo Happy for you!!!!!! Always love to hear FANTASTIC news!!!! Sounds like things are turning around for the good now. Keep us posted!!!!
    Yes it is great to get good news. One of my references just let me know that he has already responded to their email. I am so excited, having a hard time sitting still. I have been working on finding my casual business clothes since i wont have to wear scrubs to work. And will probably have to get some that are smaller as the weight loss has been happening. That is a good thing.

    Will keep everyone posted.........no more 12 hour shifts for me. LOL
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    Cindy, the bells are ringing for you!!!!
    It's not the years in your life that count. It's the LIFE, in your years. (Abe Lincoln)

    "The Best" The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

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    Cindy, great news - and all that excitement keep you away from fattening foods!!

    Sewnso, how's it going?

    Since I'm on here right now - and it's getting late - I'll post our Taboo Tuesday. Because of some recent posts, it's a double taboo. First off, exchange your regular size dinner plate for one that's smaller. When you put your meal on the smaller plate - your visual image makes you feel as if you're actually eating more. Secondly, exchange your sugars this week for some local honey - see if those recipes posted earlier will help you personally in some way.
    So, smaller size plates and local honey. Keep healthy and lose weight.
    Kathleen

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    van...smaller plate is a good idea. pop and i haven't used dinner plates in years. we use the luncheon plates. a little smaller, but not a great deal smaller. yes, prob need to look up some local honey. also. p.m. ed you
    cindy, congrats on the job. hope everything falls into place for you. scrubsss.... did you used to work in the med field? nurse? 12 hr shifts. i don't know how nurses do that, and on your feet to boot. 10 hrs used to be all i could handle. and on cemet floors to boot. I got to joannes also today. didn't get a lot. but got a new mat with my 40% off coupon. and a couple red's to help out a quilt i'm working slooooowwwly on. another one of those 5000 piece quilts. no fur babies for me. ours passed away about a yr ago. but i do have the 3 yr old grdsn tomorrow afternoon along with his strep throat and croup. hooorahh.

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    Cindy congratulations. It sounds like things are finally working out.
    I was hoping to to get some local honey from my BIL tonight. He has several hives that he inherited when my FIL died. The last few years my FIL was alive he wasn't the best mentally and somehow screwed the hives up bad. My BIL has been having a terrible time with them. He is getting very little honey. He said they had some disease and other problems. He thinks it is straightened out. If it is still a mess next year he said he might give it up.
    I forgot to go to JoAnns I also have a 20% off your entire purchase coupon that includes sale items. I am running low on all colors of thread. I have been trying to use up all the odd spools I have.
    All the talk of different vegetables sounds so yummy. I have decided to try some new things. I would like to try one new vegetable or vegetable recipe a week. I bought some okra today. I have thrown it in soup and had it fried in restaurants but I don't think I have ever cooked it. I will have to search for ideas on line. We have a store here called Jungle Jims that has all kinds of weird vegetables and fruits.
    Off to sew. My guild meeting is tomorrow night and I need to make a postcard.
    Healthy eating to all. Pat

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    I am a respiratory therapist, so yes I am in the medical field. I will still be working in medical, be working with an oxygen company. Will be a monday - friday 8 hrs a day job. So it will be a bit different than the hospitals but I can do it.



    Quote Originally Posted by sewNso View Post
    van...smaller plate is a good idea. pop and i haven't used dinner plates in years. we use the luncheon plates. a little smaller, but not a great deal smaller. yes, prob need to look up some local honey. also. p.m. ed you
    cindy, congrats on the job. hope everything falls into place for you. scrubsss.... did you used to work in the med field? nurse? 12 hr shifts. i don't know how nurses do that, and on your feet to boot. 10 hrs used to be all i could handle. and on cemet floors to boot. I got to joannes also today. didn't get a lot. but got a new mat with my 40% off coupon. and a couple red's to help out a quilt i'm working slooooowwwly on. another one of those 5000 piece quilts. no fur babies for me. ours passed away about a yr ago. but i do have the 3 yr old grdsn tomorrow afternoon along with his strep throat and croup. hooorahh.
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    My favorite plate is a soft coral Fiesta salad plate - my only piece of Fiestaware, so I can use it often. I will check the Farmer's Market tomorrow for some local honey- what I have is natural raw honey, but I'm betting it's from downstate. I don't worry as I don't have many allergies, but for this week I will try it. Last week - fried snacks, I get a gold star, please and thank you. None here, though I did have a bag of Rice Chips in my hand yesterday.

    I will make it to JoAnn's Friday, but the sale will probably be over by then. I thought I needed more red dotted fabric, but I made a design change and will be okay. I'm not buying any more fabric for a donation quilt. I can always pick up a packages batt if nothing else that catches my fancy is on NOT on sale (for the 40% off coupon) though, currently, I am several batts ahead. Now that I have found one I like, I don't mind stockpiling a few in case the price goes up.

    Good news, Cindy. It sounds like is the job you wanted.

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    I dont think I can go any smaller on my plate, I am already eating on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for that reason. If I don't use a plate it is a small bowl.

    I always get the local honey, find I do better with it than other honey. I may have to get a second bottle to take to work with me, I like hot tea with honey and may have to take some cinnamon with me to add to my hot tea also.

    I am enjoying all the hints that are more natural than using medications to correct ailments over times.
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    My DH has arthritis. He won't go to the doctor. He is a big baby. He has been popping Aleve like candy. I am trying to get him to try the honey. Or I have something called Bio Tools I have been using that is working great for me. He is going to destroy his liver and stomach with the Aleve.
    Anyone have a good way to make okra?Also I need to eat more greens ( kale etc). I have no idea how to cook them. My DH brought home a bunch of green beans yesterday. I guess I am canning more green beans. I gave some to my mom to share with my sisters.

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    The doctor called today. I did have the tainted injection (times 2). I didn't talk to her, but she left a very long message. She said the CDC site has more info, but to go the ER, my doctor or the pain clinic the minute I don't feel well. A stiff neck is one of the early symptoms. Guess what I have today - and yes, before I read that. A stiff neck. Of course, I've had arthritis in my neck for at least 48 years, so this isn't my first stiff neck. The CDC site says the incubation period is more than the 30 days I had previously heard. +2 months. Grrr.

    Busy, busy day. Here's a funny mind picture for you. Today is my ex-husband's b'day, so I baked him an apple pie. While I had the mess made, I made one for my 'friend', too. It was interesting delivering them back to back. My children say if I wrote my life story, I couldn't sell it because no one would believe it.

    I wanted to get some more weeks out of the gardens today, but a cold wind was whistling through. We were rained on for our walk. Lily doesn't like it, but Moira doesn't care.

    The only thing I've done with okra is throw it a soup. What are Bio Tools?

    K and I had dinner at Ruby Tuesday. They have gone to very small salad plates. I didn't have salad, but my daughter did. I ate my cinnamon and honey with a spoon tonight.

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    irish. i have started grilling my cut up okra on the george forman with a little salt and pepper. gets it a little brown, but without the flour and oil to coat or cook it. i also boil it whole, in just enough water to cover it, until just tender. sort of a little more than el'dente. WW considered it a 'free' veg years ago. not sure about the up to date food list. and i have to say, my husband cringes as i eat it. but he is a true michiganer. my dad was military, so we lived all over, but quite a few years in the south.
    off to the dr. for strep throat. courtesy of the grandson.

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    Bio tools is an herbal supplement a friend got me started on. It is sold by Advocare. It is working well for me. I also like their shakes for breakfast. They are an easy fast breakfast. They are high in protein and low in carbs. I have been making one and drinking it on the way to work. I usually eat breakfast at about 7:30 AM and don't get my lunch until 1:00PM. I rarely have a chance for a morning snack and am surprised I don't get hungry before lunch. I am hooked on the Advocare products. I love them all. I can get 30% off if you are interested.
    I made chicken cacciatore for dinner with green beans and brown rice. It was delicious. Lots of vegetables in it. I am trying to get more vegetables in. I think we are having vegetable soup tomorrow. I will find something to do with my okra besides put it in my soup.
    Irish I hope the stiff neck is from arthritis not from the shots. Will be praying for you. If it gets worse get to the ER before it progresses. You need to catch it early.
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    Irish, I hope you talked to your doctor today. Please stay on top of this.
    I had a great time at my quilt retreat. Wow, was there a lot of food.....very yummy food. I only worked on my Celtic blocks. I wish I could say I finished them but I will have to spend another day on them. Tonight I plan on just relaxing and watching tv. I may even go to bed early. I am so exhausted!

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    Pam, glad to hear you had a good time on retreat. They discussed ours at quilt guild last night. It isn't until late March. It is amazing how tiring eating and sewing can be isn't it. They showed some samples of a few of the classes they will have on my retreat. There is one on a fractured quilt. It looked pretty interesting. Their sample wasn't a good example though. I am planning on going to Fabric Shack on Friday. Fabric Shack has a really good variety of fabric. I was there a couple of months ago and got some Paula Nadelstern fabric and wish I had purchased other colors. Hope they still have it. I sure wish they had given more info on supplies I need for it. I know I need a panel or really large design. But they didn't say how many or anything. I have seen a fractured design where you cut up 4 of the same designs. Not sure if this was the same technique or not.

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    Irish, i heard on the news yesterday, that any of the following--go straight to the dr. STIFF NECK, FEVER, CHILLS,
    SICK TO STOMACH, etc, etc. GO TO THE DR. AND TELL THEM TO TEST YOU. EARLY TREATMENT IS WHAT SAVES YOU. xoxoxo

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    I didn't have any luck with my own doctor's office today. The nurses are sure the incubation period is 4 to 30 days - gee, they know more than The CDC in Atlanta that is now overseeing this thing. My doctor wasn't in. The nurse decided I could see a young hotshot at 5:40. No, thank you, I've had experiences with that one. Munson, which is the big hospital in Traverse City has set up a hot line for people who have received the injections. I'll try that in the morning. SewNso, it's okay. All I want is a blood test. I am not going to have a spinal tap. I will call the pain clinic if I don't get any answers, but I bet they are inundated with calls. Poor young doctors who only want to alleviate pain. They chose steroids from that pharmacy because they wanted preservative free ones.

    meanmom, is your Paula Nadelstein fabric the panel with the East Indian looking medallions in the gorgeous colors? I saw that one at a LQS, but I'm too far behind to stockpile it. I missed the monthly sale there yesterday. One of the people I delivered a pie to yesterday is such a talker, I couldn't get out of his house in time to get to the store.

    How are your food plans coming? Last month I posted two questions from an article in Ladies' Home Journal about how to avoid 'that cupcake'.
    !) Do I really have to have this?
    2) Am I even hungry right now?
    Three is interesting: Is this food splurge worthy? There are some wonderful foods out there, but there are a lot of ordinary ones. Save your splurges for the foods that are worth it.

    I have a cake to bake for a funeral Friday and cookies for a concert Sunday. I will probably use some of my overabundance of apples for the cake. Maybe something with chocolate and caramel for the cookies. While I'm baking, I'll get something out to my college students.

    Bazaar quilt - the borders are overpowering the center, but I'm committed so what is, is.

    I AM losing weight.
    Judy

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    Judy glad to see you on here today. I hope you are OK. The Paula Nadelstein fabrics I NEED are the other fabrics in the patternista line. But I love the one with the medallions. My guild retreat is in March and I think I want to take the class on fractured quilt block. I was looking at the medallion fabric as a possibility for the fractured block. The person who presented it at guild Tuesday was not very clear on what we needed. I do have until March to find something. I do tend to like abstract things. I plan on emailing the guild president to see if she knows anything. I looked on here for a tutorial of fractured blocks and didn't find anything. I am sure I will need tons of money at Fabric Shack tomorrow. They have so much to choose from. I am too far behind to stockpile any fabric too but probably will anyway. My DD and grandson are going with me tomorrow. I am sure we will have to go out to lunch. Hopefully they will have something that isn't too bad for me. Not sure where we are going yet.
    I made vegetable soup and corn bread for dinner. The corn bread smells so good baking. We have decided we are going to start wearing hazmat suits to school. So many of the kids have snot noses already. I know I cleaned one kids face at least 15 times today with a baby wipe. Also wiped her nose tons of times. I am probably doomed to be sick thins weekend. I got a flu shot today and she sprayed me with nasty stuff numerous times today. Got me so bad I had to take off my outer shirt and wear a tank top the rest of the day. I washed my face and my whole arms after one mess. I guess I will start popping vitamin C.
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