Monday, May 1, 2017

Financial Planning.....

by Dianne

 Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working 
 in the family business.

 When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his
 sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with
 whom to share his fortune. 

 One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most
 beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took
 his breath away. 

 "I may look like just an ordinary guy," he said to her, 
 "but in just a few years, my father will die and I will inherit $200 million. 
 Impressed, the woman asked for his business card. 
 Three months later, she became his stepmother.

 Women are so much better at financial planning than men........


Just_Lin said...

Dianne LOL That was a good one.

Well, my daughter and I got home last night. It was a long ass day. I forget exactly how long the flights were but the one from Paris to Charlotte was almost 9 hours long and then the one from Charlotte to San Francisco was another 5. Plus, that second leg of the flight was delayed by 2 1/2 hrs due to construction on SFO runways.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time on the trip and saw a lot of things. I always thought it would be neat to be able to see the Roman Coliseum and place my hand on it's walls and I did that. My grandfather came from Paris so I always wanted to visit that city and see its sites and now I have. I must say some of the trip was pretty difficult for me and my sciatica. It was walking, walking, walking, on uneven cobblestone streets. I thought it would kill me the day we visited 3 medieval villages outside of Barcelona. Not only did hips and legs kill me that day, but so did the bottoms of my feet. Add to that the fact that I got some upper respiratory thing on day 4 of the 18 day trip. I am still coughing and blowing my nose. My daughter came down with it the day after me and is also still sick but she's not as bad off as me as I have COPD so my lungs are really a weak spot for me.

Seven days of our trip was a Princess cruise and was on their gorgeous new ship, the Majestic, which is the largest in their fleet. We had one "at sea" day on the ship and that's then they play Bingo. I actually won for a change. I won $337!

Mary/MI said...

Bwah ha ha!!!That was funny Dianne!!!

I survived Karaoke/DJ night lol! The crowd was big, but thankfully well behaved!
I rarely sing unless someone request a song to hear me sing. When the "older" crowd is there, they almost always request me to sing their favorite oldy/country songs.

Jim helps to set up and tear down the speakers. He's not to knowledgeable on my Karaoke
set up. It requires a lot of cables and wire hook ups to my computer,mixer,2 computer screens,etc. I sometimes wonder how I keep everything straight lol!

Our next gig is an annual Karaoke contest. I keep saying it's my last year doing it, but here we go again! It is held outside after the Memorial Day parade.
Many years ago I won 1st place, when someone else was doing it. It is usually very hot and almost always under the threat of rain and windy. Once in a while we donate our time and money to their local charity fundraiser. I think I will let them know this is our last year, and donate our last pmt to the charity.

As you may know, I have gotten poison ivy!! I was cleaning out a small area of my flower bed. Last fall a friend gave me a few stater plants. I put them all in one spot and hoped they would take by this spring. Most looked good. I pulled what I thought was a long vine/weed! As soon as I pulled it I wondered if it was the ivy weed. I forgot all about it until the blisters started showing up. It was a warm the day I pulled it, so I was wearing shorts, short sleeves and sandals, and no gloves!!
An accident waiting to happen :(

I have tried different remedies on different spots, just out of curiosity. The best was using Dawn liquid detergent and very , very hot tap water.
Jim said he just used the very hot sauna when he got poison ivy, I doubted him until I tried the hot water. If my other spots flare up I may have him light our sauna lol.

Mary/MI said...

Hi JLin!! Welcome home! I so envied your trip and loved the pics! You looked so beautiful in the Eiffel Tower pic. Wow on the cruise and winnings! Your exclamation point at the end of the $337 first looked like $3,371 ! <----- notice I put my "!" far away lol!!!
Get plenty of rest!! I remember all the walking and dragging luggage. It didn't help that I was with 2 20 somethings gals who walked very fast lol!

Dianne said...

Welcome home JL.. we missed you a lot. Really enjoyed the pictures and so glad you had fun. Sorry you got sick. I think you get sick bugs easy when you travel. Hope it didn't mess up your trip. It seems like you were gone for a long time. I wouldn't be able to do a trip like that with all the walking. I think it might even be hard to push my chair over the cobblestone. Good win on your bingo. Did you play slots too? I'm drawn to them. How was the cruise? I'll bet you rested today. Did you have plenty of clothes?

Mary, glad your dj night was with good people and that you had fun. What old country songs do you sing? I'd sure like to listen to you singing. How are your itches doing? Better?

It's really nice that you donate your money for the contest.

Today I pulled out all of my coach purses to just see what I have and organize them on my shelves. I forgot about some of them. I think I. Done shopping purses for awhile and I have wallets to match each purse. I'm styling!

Barb, what's up gal?

Just_Lin said...

Mary I'm sorry about your poison ivy. I guess you'll be keeping your eyes open for it now that you know it's around. I don't remember ever having it but I understand you can get it from your dog's fur if they have been exposed to the plant's oils. Many years ago when my kids were little, my mother was visiting and took the kids for a little hike. They were gathering wild flowers and my mother ended up with poison oak or poison ivy on her inner arm. Boy, was she miserable with it! Thankfully, the kids didn't get it.

Speaking of dogs..... My dog is still at my daughter's house and apparently my dog and one of hers has been skunked. I'm supposed to pick my dog up tomorrow and I sure hope the smell isn't too bad as I'm already having enough respiratory trouble with my cold and asthma as it is. I have a little bit of codeine cough medicine that I've used the last couple of nights to help me sleep. I actually have a doctor appointment Thursday so maybe I can get more. Being able to rest at night really helps.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne When you have so many Coach purses and wallets that you have to get them out and organize them, that makes you a serious "collector". I can't be bothered to have more than one purse at a time except for an evening purse for special occasions. Right now I'm loving my Travelon travel purse that I bought specifically for this last trip. There are places on the side to carry a water bottle and small umbrella. A special place for my Kindle or for a tablet. A place for the passport and credit cards. It's so organized. I think it will become my everyday purse from now on. Oh, and the zippers lock easily and it also prevents scanners from being able to steal your credit card info. Do you have a special travel purse?

I think you're right about me getting sick when I travel. It sure seems that way, lately. I guess I get run down from so much activity and not enough rest. Plus, my asthma makes my lungs vulnerable. I probably should have been using lots of hand sanitizer. Between my age, my asthma, and my weight issues, I don't have the best stamina. By the way, I lost a few pounds while on the trip. I never passed up dessert so I attribute the loss to all the walking.

Oh, I lost more in the slot machines than I won by playing bingo. LOL

Mary/MI said...

I am still itching! I know it has to run it's course, but I need it gone now lol! I was going to travel to a graduation picnic Fiesta in Indiana. My Great niece is graduating from high school, and her Mother, my Niece is celebrating finishing her nursing degree. She has been a nurse for many years and always continuing to advance in her career She was at one time head of ER. I am sure I would be miserable traveling that far!

I spent most of today in my eye specialist office. It was supposed to be a simple laser treatment to relieve the pressure in my eyes. They only did one today. Well, after the procedure my eye pressure was higher! I had to have drops put in, wait 20 minutes and get checked again.. still high, so more drops and another 20 minute wait!
Finally it was low enough for me to leave! I have to go back next week for a check up. I may have the other eye done, not sure.

Dianne said...

Wow, Mary you're spending time at drs like I've done. It sure gets old, doesn't it. Sorry you had issues today. Also so sorry your still itching. I wonder how long until it will stop? That's a shame you have to miss your trip. It probably wouldn't be too fun though. I go back to eye dr on Friday for hopefully my last checkup from my cataracts. It's been drug out since my left eye has been bothering me and the reaction I had to the drops. LOUIS is still seeing double in one eye and supposed to hear from eye surgeon to fix it. I guess he'll call if it bithers him enough. I have reminded him over and over. He remembers when he goes shooting.

JL, did you get your smelly dog back? How was it? I hope not too bad. How are you feeling? I do have a travel purse but not as snazzy as yours sounds. I have one for car travel, one for cruise plus evening purse. I got a new cruise Purse this time. I guess I am a collector. My daughter and granddaughters will have something when I die!! Did you get rested up? Wow...that's great that you lost weight on your trip and enjoyed eating too. i don't think that will happen to me on our trip. I wish!! Let us know how dr appt goes tomorrow.

Kayla is a couple of weeks from graduation. We are so happy. We really didn't think we'd see this day over the last year. She goes to prom on Saturday night.

Barb, how are you feeling? Just a few days until your trip. Did you find any other shows? I saw Elton john had to cancel.

I go for my mammogram tomorrow and then hair color/cut. Trying to plan out nails, pedicure, and hair with vacation is hard to work out.

Just_Lin said...

Mary Your eye appointment didn't sound fun at all. Did they give you an explanation as to why the treatment worked exactly opposite to they way it was supposed to? I have a doctor appointment today. I have had an upper respiratory thing since 4/16 (Barcelona) and I am exhausted. I actually slept for 12 hours last night and I feel like I could go back to sleep again right now. Unfortunately, I can't due to the doctor appointment. LOL

In the old days, one would put calamine lotion on spots of poison ivy or poison oak. Do they still use that?

Just_Lin said...

Dianne My dog smells slightly of skunk. Fortunately, it isn't too bad or else it would set off my asthma. She sleeps on the bed with me.

So glad to hear things are going well for Kayla. That's wonderful. Hopefully, Jake-ass is long gone out of her life now.

I had to change my hair appointment to next week because of being sick. My white roots are looking pretty obvious as it is. I'm finding it harder and harder to camouflage my thinning hair. Ugh!

Just_Lin said...

Barb Where are you?

Mary/MI said...

My blisters/rash don't seem to be in a hurry to go away!

JL, Yes, Calamine is still around along witha whole slew of so called "reliefs" in lotion,gel and spray forms. I finally just wiped them all off and put cold compresses on the spots and left them alone to dry out naturally. The itching actually is not as bad now. It just has to run it's course, which is usually 2 or 3 weeks!
I didn't get an explanation about my eye pressure. I was later only seen by his assistants. I see he scheduled me with a different Gr for next week, which is strange!

Dianne, I have a big purse collection too. I have no idea where that fetish came from lol! I know I get a bit disgusted when I see woman with filthy purses! The worst are the ones who have light colored cloth type purses and have stains and dirt all over them! Ick!!
I did think of you when I was being kept at the Drs office lol!

Jim's friend that stays forever is visiting tonight! Bless his heart, Jim scooted him out the door and took him to the VFW. They have been gone a long time. I sure hope he can shake him when they get back! Sometimes he follows Jim in and stays till after midnight! I think Jim must be trying to wear him out lol1 We will see. It hasn't helped before!

sacBarb said...

J/L, Here I am! Sorry I've been MIA. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I have been so tired lately. I sleep in until 9 or 10 and take a nap in the afternoon and I've been going to bed at 10pm, which for me is really early! I've got a lot to do before I leave for Vegas on Monday and I'm not getting it done.

Sorry about Ursula getting skunked. Our cocker spaniel got sprayed by a skunk one night. He came in the doggy door and looked like he was spitting. We were laughing for about 30 seconds until the smell hit our collective noses. I shoved him back out the doggy door and put the barrier on it so he couldn't get back in. Since it was about 11 pm, we made him stay outside all night and in the morning I made Chad walk him up to the groomers, which is about three from the house. I followed them up there and gave Chad a ride back home. I didn't want that smell in the car! Even though the dog was in the house only for 30 seconds at the max, the house smelled like skunk when I got home from work that night. Luckily, that was on a Friday and we opened all the windows and left them all open the whole weekend. Plus, we sprayed a lot of room deodorizer all weekend. The groomer got the smell out of the dog's fur and he smelled good when I picked him up at the groomers.

sacBarb said...

Dianne, I'm so glad that Kayla is going to graduate. It sounds like she has turned a corner and is doing much better.

sacBarb said...

Mary, Next time we have a blogger meet-up, you are going to have to sing for us!

How's the poison ivy? Is it gone yet? We have a lot of poison oak around here and at the river. Each of my kids has had it at least once and it wasn't fun! But like J/L said, we put calamine lotion on them and it helped with the itch. I always kept it in the house.

Mary/MI said...

My itching has not gone away!The only spot that is clearing up, is on my left ring finger. It's weird that that was the only finger to get it. My waist, knee and arm are still a bit angry looking. I have been having to wear mostly light sweat pant type clothes because I can't stand anything on my waist.I have a tiny spot on my neck and under my boob :(

SacBarb, I wonder if all the crazy up and down weather has anything to do with your feeling tired? I have been sleeping in and generally feeling like a 90 year old! Our weather goes from sunny to cold and rainy. I always feel more energetic in warmer weather.
I finally took Zoie for a long walk today. I have been laying low since this crazy poison ivy showed up! I kept her away from anything even resembling ivy!!

Dianne said...

Happy Birthday JL!! I hope you enjoy all your celebrations today. Lots of meals out. What did the dr say Thursday when you saw him? I hope he gave you something to be feeling better. If I was close, I'd be taking you to lunch...darn it.

Mary, you are really having a rough time with this itching. Maybe you should go to the dr and he could help it get better sooner. It seems like it's taking a long time. I'm sorry you're not feeling better. Good thing no dj this weekend. You'd be singing that old song about poison ivy.

Hi Barb......yes, we are so pleased with Kayla. I guess Jake saw a picture of Kayla with her friend ( guy) and threatened yo kill the family. The mom called police and supposedly he's back in jail. I think that picture was intentional in my mind as she seems to not make the full break and that's playing with fire. Tonight is the prom.

sacBarb said...

Dianne, Is the restraining order still in effect? He needs to stay in jail for a long time. These short stints don't seem to have had any effect on him at all!

sacBarb said...

J/L, I hope you have been celebrating your birthday in a big way.

sacBarb said...

Mary, I agree with Dianne that you should go to a doctor about your poison ivy. I bet they have something that will help heal it faster.

Just_Lin said...

Barb For the second time in the last few days, I slept for 12 hours last night. I can't get over how tired I am. I'm still recovering from all of the activities during the trip plus being sick on top of it. Maybe today I'll just stay in my robe all day, watch TV, and sleep. That sounds very appealing right now but I'm only on my first cup of coffee. Maybe I'll perk up after I've had two.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne Well, I ate my way through my birthday. My friends, John and Jane, took me out to brunch. They are also going to take me to The House of Prime Rib in S.F. on the 16th as a birthday treat. My husband and I would go there on special occasions. Last night my friend, Kathy, took me to dinner. The original plan was to go to Benihana which I LOVE, but I decided I didn't want to sit at the hibachi table with strangers in case I had a coughing fit and I also felt too tired and decided I wanted to do something close and easy so we went to a nice little restaurant here in town. We went back to her house later for birthday cake and coffee with her husband. I must say, I was treated very nicely on my birthday.

I am now on antibiotics and waiting for results of a chest x-ray. I also had blood drawn the other day and have the results but not the doctor's remarks about it, yet. I didn't see any surprises. I'm still on the very highest edge of normal for glucose and my cholesterol is good but my good cholesterol sucks. It should be greater than 50 and is only 36. What would help? Drinking olive oil? LOL

Just_Lin said...

Mary Because of Dianne's comment, I now have the "Poison Ivy" song running through my head. LOL I'm sorry that is still plaguing you. The part on the waist must really be bothersome. Maybe you should go to the doctor. I know it's a pain in the butt but maybe they have something that works better than over-the-counter stuff.

Mary/MI said...

I had a horrible night last night! I can't believe the only spot to be healing is my finger!The knee and waist are the worst because they keep getting rubbed by my cloths. I prolly should run around nekkid lol! I may take your advises and go to the Dr. next week.I have so much coming up in the next 2 weeks! I don't have time for this!!

I'm glad you had a good Birthday JustL. I sure hope you start feeling better soon!
I had that song running through my head for a long time lol!!

Dianne, I don't know Jake-ass, but he sure does scare me! I hope he doesn't eventually go "postal". I know, that when my ex realized he no longer had control of me, he went berserk! I was afraid of him until he passed away last year! He was a Jekyll and Hyde
type of person. He could put out a sweet front and fooled a lot of people, but underneath, he was a volcano ready to erupt!

We are under a freeze warning tonight, so I have put off putting out my hanging plants. I bought a few because they went on sale. Matthew has been taking over my flowering bush trimming chores, including putting out 15 bags of ceder mulch around them. He knows I am leery of getting into more nasty ivy! So far he hasn't seen any. I may have pulled the only poison ivy plant left. Yay me!

Dianne said...

Hi..nice to see everyone on the blog this weekend. It's always fun to see what's up with all of you. I sure wish we lived least two of you do.

Yes, Jake-ass is crazy and scares us too. The restraining order is still in place but I don't know how much water it would hold with her responding to his texts. I got mixed up on's next Saturday. Kayla's last day of school is Friday...that the Lord!! I think her friends mom is going to file a restraining order against Jake too. She's not real thrilled with Kayla right now under the circumstances of Jake threatening them.

Mary....GO TO DR!! This has gone on for too long. You need to listen to your fellow hooters on here. At least you didn't get our big snow we had a week ago for a day. It's pretty here with 80's and some rain...just enough to get car dirty. Yup, keep those plants inside. We are going from air conditioning to heat...crazy.

JL, it sounds like you had a fun birthday and still celebration to come. Yum. a prime rib house sound really good. Makes me hungry right now. You need to celebrate all month...especially while you're still young!! I think you still might be younger than me. Let us k is his your test results come out. I had a mammogram last week and they made me nervous as she kept taking pictures over and over of the right side. My dr called on Friday though and said all was good. It just is scary.

Barb, guess you leave tomorrow. Check in if you get a chance. Have a great time and win big bucks and enjoy your show(s). I'm sure you will. I'll bet it's getting hot there now but at least not like summer. Will be anxious to hear all about it.

Went for Chinese last night and brought a lot home so guess what LOUIS is having for dinner tonight? He finishes up school on Friday and the off for the summer. He's looking forward to it.

That's about it....did some laundry and filing exciting.

Dianne said...

Whew..I wrote a lot!

Just_Lin said...

Dianne It's not helpful that Kayla responds to Jake-ass on her phone. I do understand it is hard to ignore texts coming in, though. I'm sure he's expert at pushing her buttons.
Would it help if she changed her phone number or would he just get it from someone else? Is it possible to block things coming from a specific number? I don't know but maybe she could look into it.

Just_Lin said...

Mary Does your rash hurt? I don't understand how it got in so many places. Are you sure that some of it isn't Shingles? Please go to the doctor.

Just_Lin said...

Barb Are you packing? That concert is going to be so much fun. Play an Ellen slot machine for me. Do you have plans to do anything else while you're there?

Mary/MI said...

SacBarb, I am feeling a lot better today! I have had shingles, very painful experience!
Since then,Jim & I have had our shingles shots.
The areas are still red and tender, but not itching as bad.

JustLin, the rash just itches. It does hurt a lot where I covered a big spot on my
waist line because it ripped my skin every time I moved. I didn't realize that until I took the bandage off!. I put some Neosporin on it and is a lot better now.

Today I signed Queenie up for obedience class. I would love to bring her in more, but she doesn't mind very well and teases Zoie too much. I hope they can train Jim while they are at it lol! He lets her get away with too much.

Dianne, I love Chinese! It is hard to find a really good place around here. My favorite is Lemon chicken. I am fussy about the egg rolls. I don't like them all mushy.
I go to have my eyes checked tomorrow. I sure hope I don't have problems this time!

Dianne said... careful Mary ..I had a shingles's shot and then a couple of years later got shingles. They said it was milder because of the shot but still.....I'm glad ur better today. We have a pretty good Chinese by us. We just get too much there. I can't eat it close to ww day because of the salt. Hope your eye appt goes better this time. I still have one more for these darn cataracts.

We had a horrible hail storm here today. I had been at lunch where the big part was but I got out of there early. Thank goodness. There are a lot of broken car windows all over town. One mall even had the roof cave in on Greeley about an hour from here. We had some rain but nothing bad. I Made sure I was home and in garage before the storm rolled in here.

JL, no it's not good at all that Kayla responds to him. She had him blocked but then took the flock off. She says she has him blocked again. She can't seem to get away from him. Scares me. Im just looking towards the 25th when she graduates. I think we will all breathe a huge sigh of relief. How are you feeling today?

Barb, guess you are winning big bucks tonight. My friend went to a Derby party and won $6400. She had bet $600. Wow..lucky. I'd be off shopping. Hope you really have a good time and are feeling better to enjoy yourself.

Mary/MI said...

I wonder if you can have shingles and poison ivy at the same time?
The area around my waist looks more like shingles, where the other areas are more
I think I will skip lunch with my friends tomorrow. We are meeting at a place over an hrs drive from me. I would be traveling the farthest. I would not like my belly to be crunched up that long!

My Dr appointment was only an hour. My reg Dr was not there so I had one of the other ones check me out. She put the eye drop in my eye. I asked her why she put it in my left eye, when it was my right eye lol! She looked a bit embarrassed and put it in the right/right eye! My eye pressure was lower, but she would like it a bit more lower. I go back at the end of the month.

Dianne, I heard about the hail and wondered if you were out and about!

Just_Lin said...

Mary I'm sure it would be possible to have shingles and poison ivy at the same time. The poison ivy could have compromised your immune system, allowing the shingles to rear its ugly head again. Please see the doctor.

Dianne said...

Mary, I see that JL and I are going to have to come there to drag you to a dr. It won't be pretty and you will be responsible for all our costs since we there to enforce health care on you!!! Now does that encourage you to go on you own? Seriously, we are concerned about you.

That would not thrill me that the drops were in the wrong eye. I'm glad they weren't doing a knee replacement or something!! Grr on drs !!!

No, thank goodness I was out of the hail. Terrible damage to so many. Today I was driving home from lunch and a big truck came by and a rock hit my windshield. Well, a hole with little lines coming out showed up. I figured it would be weeks to get it fixed but place is coming over tomorrow morning to fix it. We've used our car insurance twice in the last two weeks and they have been great. We just signed up with them a couple of years ago.

JL, when is prime rib night? Are you feeling better?

Mary/MI said...

I know I am being stubborn about going to my family Dr. I promise if not improved by tomorrow, I will make the call, so don't hit the airport yet lol!!!

I didn't do much today except take a load to the recycle place. Jim went to the Casino so Matt and I ordered pizza for supper.Matt put up our new tv antenna and put out new cable because Queenie annihilated the old one.It goes to my kitchen tv that carries local channels. He also ran a new line to our spare bedroom so I will have something to watch when Zoie and I need to get away from Jim and get some sleep lol!
Our temps have been in the mid 70s. I put out some hanging planters now that the frost warnings are gone. I tend to get carried away in buying too many flowers,then spend a long time watering them. I will see if I have better control this year lol.

Just_Lin said...

Mary Okay, we're going to hold you to that about going to the doctor. How's the rash today? Aren't you glad we don't live closer? We're nagging enough from far distance. LOL

I love how you and Matt get all sorts of stuff done when Jim is gone. That reminds me.... Right before my trip, my stove decided not to Bake any more. It is gas and works fine for Broil but absolutely nothing goes on in the Bake mode. I need to see about getting it fixed. I'm assuming something needs to be replaced in the control panel as the igniting element and gas come on fine in the Broil mode, just not in Bake mode.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne It seems you've been getting some interesting weather lately. So far this morning, it's kind of gray from the marine layer hanging over us. I was glad it was a clear and sunny day when Jodi and her daughter made their quick visit. It was a gorgeous day to see the ocean and it was her daughter's first time seeing it.

My dog accidentally bit me on the thumb yesterday during a game of Keep Away. Boy did it hurt! One fang punctured the side of my thumb and the other fang hit me right at the cuticle. I bled some under the finger nail. I guess I shouldn't be telling you this a you are not an animal person. She didn't mean to do it. My dog walker is in North Caroline right now playing with young tigers. I'm jealous. She has many years experience handling wild animals so she gets to do a lot of cool stuff with them.

Just_Lin said...

Barb How was the Cher show? I bet it was fantastic.

Dianne said...

JL..OUCH!! I hope the dog was sorry. That's literally "biting the hand that feeds you". I keep asking u if you're feeling better but you don't reply. Im assuming that means you are almost all well now from you trip sickness. We are having crazy weather. Woke up to drizzle this morning and then about noon it turned to beautiful sunshine. I had my car washed so hope it stays nice for a few days.

Barb, u should have used my driver guy in lines. He would have taken you anywhere you wanted to go. Sounds like the show was really good. She sure looks good for 70.

Mary, well, how's the rash today? I have my bags packed.

Dianne said...

My son took me to lunch today for Mother's Day. It was so nice to spend some time with him. I put a picture of us on FB. He's pretty cute eve if I'm a little biased.

LOUIS was gone overnight to Breckenridge for meetings and came home tonight. They gave him a beautiful swivel clock inscribed to him for 20 years at the college. It's very nice. I went to dinner while he was gone.

It won't be long until my vacation. I wished I was already packed. You know how that goes!

Just_Lin said...

Dianne That was a very nice photo of you and your son. I think that's the first time I've seen a photo of him. He's a very handsome fella.

I have a technician coming this afternoon to check out my phone and internet service which has not been working 100% the way it should ever since I signed up with them. If I answer my landline phone too soon, there's static on the line. If I stream movies for too long, I lose internet connection. If I watch TV and am recording a different show at the same time, there is some intermittent interference on the picture. It's annoying.

Did I tell you that my oven stopped working on the Bake mode? I need to find a repairman for that, too.

Dianne said...

Hi everyone. .....well, yesterday was Kayla's last day of school and she has passed all her classes. Tonight is the prom. I posted some pictures on FB. We are so happy that this has all come to this after the last horrible 14 mos. She graduates on the 25th and then a party on the 27th. Thank all so much for listening to me, praying for Kayla and just standing by me. It really means a lot.

i don't think Jake is completely gone. I guess his grandparents made him leave again and somehow blames Kayla for that and continues to threaten her.

Today Barb and I went to my good friends retirement party. We were flattered as it was all family and us. Very nice day.

Barb, you're back, right? Anxious to hear all about your trip. All the details, please. How was the weather there? Did you feel good, I hope so.

JL, did you get the oven fixed yet? I hope it's just a part. How about the phone and internet? We had a guy come today and install new smoke alarms that last for ten years and then you replace them. No battery changes for those ten years. They were $35 each and then he installed them for us. Plus he fixed our backdoor as the springs broke. He's reasonable and can do everything. He even dusted way up on those shelves ten feet up. Very dusty over the years.

Thank you for the nice compliment about Todd. I always have pictures of his boys but never of

them all. When we were at lunch I thought it would be a good picture of mom and son. I always love those lunches.

Mary, I think I saw you at a shower on FB today. You looked very nice. What's up is in your life?

Happy Mothers Day to you all

Just_Lin said...


Just_Lin said...

Dianne All my issues with phone and internet seem to be resolved. I wish that guy was also an appliance repairman as I would hire him to fix the oven. He was really thorough and courteous and obviously knew what he was doing. I still need to find someone to deal with my oven. I assume it is an issue with the control board (maybe just a fuse) as the oven works fine in Broil mode it's just that nothing happens anymore when I push the Bake button.

My daughter took me out for a delicious dinner last night. I had a lovely salad with strawberries, feta cheese, candied walnuts and vinaigrette dressing, then a main course of filet mignon with peppercorn/brandy sauce, house potatoes which are kind of like au gratin potatoes, and creamed spinach. Tuesday I'm going to the House of Prime Rib so I will have to get serious about WW again after that.

I went to my second painting class yesterday and that was a lot of fun. I wish they were held more often than once a month. I had only signed up for these to classes but they run until August. I need to go to the Parks and Rec building this week and sign up for the next couple of classes.

Dianne said...

Happy Mother's Day to all of you.

JL, your dinner sounds wonderful. I love creamed spinach. You will have to tell us your meal at the prime rib place. Went to breakfast with Tammy, James, Emilee and Louis. We then went to movie to see Snatched. It's with Goldie Hawn. She's still cute. A very funny movie
Kayla as with the prom kids at her dads. I guess she had a good time last night.

I'm glad you are enjoying your painting class. You will have to show us some of your paintings. I'll bet they are really nice.

Mary and Barb, hope you are having a nice Mothers Day.

Mary/MI said...

Hi there! It looks like everyone had a great Mother's day!
I cooked chicken and dumplings.
Zoie has been having terrible itching ! She has been so miserable! All I could think, was that I had changed her food. Same brand, just different mix, grain free chicken and peas. I took her off of it and bought what she was eating before. So far she is doing better.
Speaking of itching lol, I am a lot better. My arm still itches a bit. I did make an appointment with my Dr for tomorrow just in case it didn't go away. I think I will cancel.

Mary/MI said...

Dianne Who was the cute guy in the picture with Kayla?
I see you were with a cute guy too :) That was a sweet picture!
I am so glad Kayla will be graduating. Jake needs to get on with his so called life and find some gal who can put up with his crap if that's possible!

I forget where you are going on your trip. How cool your hubby got that awesome gift!

sacBarb said...

Happy Mother's Day Everyone. I went to a concert of Chamber music today with Sharon. We got the tickets a long time ago and I didn't realize it was on the same date as Mother's Day, so Dean and I are going to celebrate next weekend.

Mary/MI said...

JustLin, I'm glad you got your phone and internet fixed. I use my duel oven a lot. It would drive me crazy if it quit!
Zoie has accidentally bit me a few times. I have learned not to play too rough with her or to be careful when taking a toy from her!
Your dinner with your daughter had me drooling! That's my idea of a perfect meal!
I went back to the top of this blog and re read what you wrote about your trip. It brought back so many memories of my trip there, especially the walking lol! I remember very well the cobblestones!I hurt like hell and lived on Motrin, but I would do it all over again! This time with someone who would walk a little slower lol!
I have seen the adds for painting classes around here. I have been tempted to go, but I am so, not talented that way! I would go with you though :)

Mary/MI said...

SacBarb, I almost stepped on you lol!
I love chamber music! Hell, I love pretty much any kind of music, well, except rap crap or head banger stuff.

sacBarb said...

Dianne, Your son Todd is very handsome. Maybe it's the name. I have a handsome son named Todd, also. LOL I'm so happy for Kayla that things seem to be going well for her. Sharon and I did have a great time in LV. Cher was fabulous, as expected. She told us about the weekend she turned 40 and how different it was than when she turned 71, which is her current age. She ended by saying "what is your Granny doing, tonight?" She changed costumes for every song, except two. Her dancers entertained us while she was changing and they were very good, too. There were people of almost every age in the audience. A lot of cotton tops, like us, and a lot of young people, too. While we were waiting in line for a taxi there were three young girls in front of us that were still singing her songs and gushing about how wonderful she was. By the way, Dianne, did you tell me you had a driver guy in LV? If you did, I didn't remember. We did wait in a seriously long line, but the Monte Carlo hotel people were really good at organizing the cabs and people and it didn't take very long. However, the cab driver we got was a grouch and he didn't know where we were going because we told him we were at the Grand Desert Resort and we didn't say Wyndham Grand Desert. He kept saying "where?" It was kind of a downer to an otherwise great evening!

sacBarb said...

J/L, I am sorry I missed your birthday. It sounds like you had a good celebration. I wasn't on Facebook at all, except for posting the night we saw Cher and the one post when we saw Mat Franco. I remember seeing him on America's got talent and was very impressed and glad he won, but he was even better in person. The resort gave me a voucher for a free show and we debated about seeing him or one of the Cirque shows and we were both so glad we chose to see him. He is really amazing. I'm not much of a gambler, but we had some time to kill so we both put $20 in a penny slot machine,and it kept us both playing for about an hour and a half before it was gone. I cashed out with $.05, because, contrary to the name 'penny slot' the minimum bet was 30 cents. I gave the cash out slip to the woman sitting next to me.

We had great weather in LV with temps in the 70s the whole time.

sacBarb said...

Mary, I agree with Dianne and J/L, you should go to the doctor about your poison ivy to be sure that's what it is.

Mary/MI said...

SacBarb, I loved her concert too! I went about 10 years ago. She mesmerized me! She is such an icon! I think over half the audience was gay lol! The gay community loves her. I loved watching them dance to her music.
Her costumes were pretty risque back then. I was wondering if she still did that. I would, if I had her body lol!

Just_Lin said...

Dianne These two painting classes I went to were about painting with water colors and had to do with teaching various techniques using a Japanese brush which is really a remarkable brush and can do all sorts of things. It really wasn't about painting a painting so much as practicing using the brush to do different things with it such as making leaves or a water effect or one stroke to make a tree trunk with shading included. The next class we will be using acrylic paints.

You and your daughter got an extra gift for Mother's Day just knowing that Kayla graduated. Yippee!

I've been wondering about that movie. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Just_Lin said...

Mary I love chicken and dumplings! I haven't made it in years. I made a "mess 'o kraut" as my grandpa on my mother's side would have said; pork ribs and potatoes in sauerkraut. I was having a hankering for it ever since being in the Alsace region of France. It's next to the Swiss border and has German influence. Little did I know that it was once part of Germany before it was France, then Germany controlled it during the war, then it went back to France again. You can go to a restaurant there and find escargot and sauerkraut on the same menu.

Yes, the cobblestone streets make it extra hard for us folks with walking issues. Anytime your feet are angled to the left or right, it throws off the hips.

Just_Lin said...

Barb Welcome home! I'm so glad you had such a good time at the Cher concert. She is definitely an icon, that's for sure.

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I'm finding this one to be pretty traumatic. The last time I was this disturbed by a birthday was when I turned 21 and realized I was officially an adult and my childhood was behind me.

sacBarb said...

Mary, Yes, Cher wore some very revealing costumes and they all looked great on her! Her dancers are great and entertained us during every costume change.

sacBarb said...

J/L, I'm sorry this was a traumatic birthday for you, but I understand. I am a little traumatized about this year's birthday. It's hard for me to believe I am really this old! For years I didn't think about my age, but lately, it is really bothering me. Maybe it's because I have more aches and pains than I have ever had.

Dianne said...

Hi...JL.."I'm not sure of your age but I was 70 in November. It was hard and it's still hard to tell someone my age. I have a hard time believing it myself. I'm like Barb, it's the aches and pains I don't like either. I guess I remember my parents being this age and now it's me!!

It sounds like you were on a cooking frenzy the other day, JL. How was prime rib night? I think it was last night.

We went clothes shopping for louis tonight for a nice sport coat for the cruise. He won't rent a tux anymore as they never seem to fit. I'm ok with it , especially for Alaska. It seems a little more casual. We ended up with the cost, shorts, shirt and tie. He's lost 35 pounds and is kind of in between clothes that he has at home.

I had a good day at ww today. I hit 36 pound loss and got a couple of charms they hand out..finally. I can tell in clothes but not to look in mirror. It's kind of discouraging but we both have a lot to lose. I'm still riding my bike very night and off soda. I'm very nervous about vacation in two weeks.

Mary, how is the rash? Did you end up going to drive or not? I guessing no. What's new your way. They are once again predicting snow for tomorrow and Friday. I hope not. I really hope not for next weekend as it's Kayla's grad party.

Barb, any other trips planned? Are you rescheduling your retreat? I know you really enjoy going.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne This was my 70th birthday, too, and I'm finding it kind of difficult. In my 60's, I could still think of it as late middle age. Not at 70!

Congratulations to you and Louis for the weight loss. Way to go! I don't know how much soda you used to drink but that's a lot of empty calories in that. Now that I'm done with my birthday celebrations, I need to get serious about WW again. My prime rib dinner was great, by the way. We started with cocktails so I had a Bloody Mary. For dinner, I had the house salad which they dress and mix at the table. I had my favorite cut of prime rib which they call the English Cut. It's about four very thin slices covered with au jus. I also had creamed spinach, baked potato, and yorkshire pudding. Coffee and a little ice cream with hot fudge sauce was a perfect way to end the meal.

I am finding this print to be smaller than usual and I don't find any way to change it. Do you think it is, too? Do you think Tina changed it?

Just_Lin said...

Barb I have a feeling I'm not going to like the sound of any birthday numbers from now on. LOL

I was awoken today by my dog vomiting bile on my bed. I popped up faster than if it was the alarm clock. LOL When I went out for prime rib with John and Jane the other night, John purposely got a cut that included the bone so he could send it home for my dog. I let her have it yesterday afternoon and, even though I took it away before she actually started eating much of the actual bone, I think it was the culprit for her upset tummy. She sure enjoyed having it, though.

Just_Lin said...

Mary Waving a wing at you. I saw you posted some of your vacation pics. Are you getting the travel bug again? Maybe my future trips should only be to places without cobblestone streets. LOL

Dianne said...

Hi..well, it's been snowing hard all day here with a lot sticking. We have about 4". The trees on the green belt right behind our house are all broken and down. It's supposed to snow until tomorrow night and then nice all weekend. I feel bad for all the outside graduations tomorrow. The schools are scrambling to find places for them. I'm glad ours is inside next week. We still need nice weather for the party n next Saturday. We usually don't often get snow in the city after a Mothers Day but.... I don't like it. I had two dr appts of opposite ends of town and it wasn't fun driving everywhere. I couldn't cancel though as it would take too long to get in again.

I was released by the eye dr today. My left eye isn't seeing as great as my right but both together are really good. No more glasses just readers. JL, I don't notice if the print seems smaller as I always enlarge it to read it. I'll mention it to Tina.

JL, your dinner sounds wonderful. Yum yum... I would have enjoyed every bite. That's too bad about your dog. Yucky on your bed. Hope he's feeling better and no more throw ups. I was drinking about 3-4 sodas a day with the refills at lunch it added up. I treat myself every once in awhile but not often.
I was thinking you were a year younger than me but only six months. It is hard not saying 60's anymore..I completely agree with you.

Barb, I see you were at a show today. You know with all, the shows I e been to, I've never seen that one. Do you've seen it four times? I'll bet you can sing every song. Hope you had fun.

Mary...missing you

sacBarb said...

Dianne, Yes, Today was our last show. It was the fourth time I have seen Phantom of the Opera, but it has been about 3-4 years since the last time. The first time I saw it, Sharon and I took a Sports Leisure Bus trip to San Francisco to see it. It was really nice because we had lunch at Fisherman's Wharf before the show and they gave us wine on the bus ride back to Sac. My son got me the CD for my birthday in October and we went the following January, so I listened to it every time I was in the car for three months and yes, I knew all the words to all the songs. There are a few shows that I don't mind seeing multiple times because I like them so much. Jersey Boys is another one and it's on our schedule for next season. We just renewed our tickets.

We are going to try to reschedule our retreat for sometime in the fall and if that doesn't work, maybe early next year. Fall usually is a busy time for everyone because of the holidays, so it may not happen then.

sacBarb said...

J/L, I know how you feel about leaving your 60s. This year I will turn 75 and thinking about it as 3/4 of a century is really daunting! I remember when I was in elementary school and talking with my friends about how old our parents were and they were only 40ish then. The closer I got to 40, the younger it seemed. Now, I can't really say that! Plus, as I get older more people I know are dying, because we are all old! My Uncle Mike's partner passed away the day before I left for Las Vegas and it did put a damper on the trip. I'm worried about Uncle Mike because he and Jim were together for over 50 years and Jim was the caretaker in the relationship. Jim has been ill for about four months and he went downhill fast. Jim was 84 and Uncle Mike is 92. My cousins and I don't expect Uncle Mike to last long without Jim. He has a lot more health issues than Jim had.

sacBarb said...

Mary, I hope your poison ivy has cleared up. I have enjoyed the pictures you've been posting. I have noticed that you have also been posting on Herman's pictures. I am amazed that they are actually walking that Camino trail. I wouldn't have been able to do that at any age.

Mary/MI said...

Hi gals! I have been busy. I have a Karaoke job Sat night. I needed to upgrade my system, add music, file music and make sure all my equipment is ready to go!

Jim finally bought a fenced in kennel for Queenie. I got my patio back!! Jim was so frustrated. She got out 3 times tearing at the bottom of the fence! He spent a lot of money on it. I told him he should buy the heavier panels, but they were a bit more expensive. We wound up adding some of Zoies kennel panels all around Queenie's pen. That made Zoies pen smaller, but it was kind of big anyway.

Hooray, my poison ivy is all clear!! My skin is still a bit tender, but so much better! I cancelled my Dr appmt.

Our temp dropped like a rock! Air condition with the upper 80s Now in the 40s!! No snow Dianne!! Keep it please! We are supposed to get rain. I hate moving my equipment when it's wet out. Moisture is not a friend of electronics, especially my speakers!

I better get to bed. I have a lot to do tomorrow. Sorry I didn't comment to each of you. Love yah!!

BTW,I will hit 70 in Dec, so I am officially still in my 60s lol!!

Dianne said...

Well, I guess we are pretty darn close to the same age with Mary being the baby. See, that's why we watch out for're our baby!!

I'm checking out the weather for our upcoming trip. It's really hard packing for the cruise and then 8 days on the road with such different weather. I'm kinda of organizing a few things getting ready to pack. We leave in ten days. I really need my nails done but trying to hold off until next Friday. They will not look pretty for graduation but they will for the party. Oh so many decisions.

Mary, I hope you don't get our snow. It was a lot and miserable and 29 degrees yesterday. It's only sprinkling rain off and on today . I went to lunch with one of my long ago bosses. We try to meet every couple of months. I even paid this time!! He always does so thought I'd treat. I then met louis at our financial person to understand these 70-1/2 withdrawals you have to do at my age. I also need to be reassured I don't need to get a job. I'm a worrier especially when it's spend money vacation time.

Mary, have fun at your job tomorrow night. When do the dog classes start for Queenie? So glad your rash went away.

Barb, I love a Jersey Boys too. We saw a show in Branson about them too. I love the music. I'm really sorry about your uncles partner passing away. Boy, they have been together along time. It's sad after so many years and at their ages.

JL, is your dog feeling better? No more throwing up?

Just_Lin said...

Barb I'm so sorry about the passing of your Uncle Mike's partner, Jim. 50 years is a long time to be with someone. Do your cousins live close to Uncle Mike so they can keep an eye on how he's doing?

My friend and former boss, Mel Turner, passed away while I was on my trip. He was the former mayor and current councilman of Citrus Heights. He had been doing so well on experimental treatments for his pancreatic cancer right up until the time that he wasn't. He was only 67 and was just such a very neat guy. We worked together in the 70's and 80's for a county-wide crime prevention program that worked with all the police departments. In fact, Mel is the one that hired me. Boy, we had some good times. Working with the police departments is how I meant my second husband.

Just_Lin said...

Mary Yay for the rash being gone! Was it a miraculous recovery so you wouldn't have to go to the doctor? I know I've had a few of those. Just when the doctor or dental appointment finally arrives, the ailment has suddenly resolved itself.

Queenie sounds like a handful and probably needs a lot of activity. Some dogs are just wired that way. She's still pretty young, though, right? How old is she? Are she and Jim going to go to training classes? It's equally important for the human as for the dog. The rest of the family will need to learn whatever Jim does so things are consistent with the dog.

Good luck with your gig tonight. Hopefully, there will be no rain on you or your equipment.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne Your trip is coming up fast. Making decisions about what to pack is always difficult. I know I would have changed a few things about what I took and didn't take on my last trip. Generally speaking, I was warmer than I expected to be in Barcelona and colder than I expected to be in France. Thankfully, I had brought a black cardigan as well as a light black jacket because I was wearing both at the same time in Paris.

I've been through the Panama Canal before but I've recently been looking at a Canal cruise that stops at Limon, Costa Rica, where you can get an excursion to go to a sloth sanctuary. I'd really like to see that. It's a round trip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale.

I finally got my nails done yesterday. They were starting to look pretty bad but I put it off because of my injured thumb where the dog accidentally chomped down on me. She is fine, by the way. She was fine that same afternoon. No more vomiting.

Dianne said...

Hi..Boring day. I'm waking up so darn early every day lately. I've been awake since 7:30 with nothing to do all day. I got a few chores I've been putting off done, went to grocery store for couple of things, vacuumed car..that's it..,my lunch date got sick. I am meeting barb at the movie at 5:30. This time next week I'll be complaining not enough time to pack. Lol.

JL, I struggle always with packing and I do need a jacket for Alaska but don't want to take up too much room in suitcase. I'm taking one long sleeve heavier shirt for excursions. We've always been so lucky with weather in Alaska. I hope that luck stays with us. I do take gloves though. I remember one year needing them. So, you are already looking at your next trip? I think a river cruise would be fun.

Next week or rather this week will be busy with graduation and party on Saturday. Ive got a pretty full week planned. Louis went shooting today or. Would have drug him out!!

Mary, how was last night? Looks like a lot of songs were requested. Did you have fun? Did weather hold out?

Barb, what are you doing over the weekend? Anything fun?

Dianne said...

Cute movie ...everything, everything. A for sure love story. Not many people there. We enjoyed it. Went and had a sandwich afterwards and then home. It's been a long day. I didn't even have a nap.

What's everyone doing?

sacBarb said...

J/L, I do have some cousins that live near Uncle Mike and they have been taking turns going over to see him. The caretakers are very good with him and he does like them so that's a good thing, but the family stays in close touch, too.

One of the Jennifers lives in Citrus Heights and she mentioned her councilman passed away and he was pretty young. That's only three degrees of separation between you and Jennifer. Small world!

sacBarb said...

Dianne, Dean took me to lunch at Outback Steakhouse and a movie today for Mother's Day because I couldn't go last Sunday. We went to see Snatched with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. It was pretty funny. Neither the restaurant nor the theater were very crowded and Dean said we should celebrate a week after Mother's Day every year and avoid the crowds. We had no trouble parking and no waiting for lunch and hardly anyone in the theater.

How long are you going to be gone on your trip? You probably told us, but my memory is so bad! I have always wanted to go to Alaska, however the older I get, the less I want to travel. I was happy to get home from Las Vegas.

sacBarb said...

Mary, I'm glad your poison ivy has cleared up and you're feeling better. When does Queenie start her classes? I hope she does well in them. A friend of mine has two dogs and she went to obedience classes with both of them. One of them got it very quickly and the other on didn't do as well. She had to work a lot harder with that one at home.

Dianne said...

Hi Barb, we went to see that movie last week and I enjoyed it too. I thought it was pretty funny. Our theater was sold out. Glad you enjoyed your Mother's Day today.

We leave on the 30th and come home June 13. Our cruise is from June 2-9. I'm looking forward to it. Always ready to get away. I think it's harder to travel too. I'm so glad we r not flying. It's just getting harder on louis with the luggage. I'm not much help.

Dianne said...

Barb..we r up late