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Wishing everyone a healthy,. happy new year. Stay safe.

Miller: Hope your knee doesn't give you a hard time.



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Hi, sorry I haven't posted in so long. I hope everyone is doing well.

Denise, I hope your finger is healing up - finger cuts hurt so much because we have to use our hands for almost everything! I'm so glad the tornadoes didn't affect you. We're having very weird weather this December - temps in the 70's and now rain and more rain.

Gail, you're reading some very interesting-sounding books. I like the idea of cooking dishes that are from the area of world you're reading about. Lately, I've been re-reading an old favorite.


I finally had my arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday. Everything went well and I was feeling great at first. They had said I might need to use the crutches for balance only, but that I'd be able to put pressure on my leg. And I could at first - didn't need the crutches or even a cane.

Then all my bandages simply fell down to my ankle when I got up to go to the bathroom last night about 10pm. We were kind of distressed because they had said to leave the bandages on for 72 hours. We called the post-op number and they said my husband should go to an all-night pharmacy and buy new bandages until we could get back to the doctor this morning and have it re-dressed.

The worst part was the intense pain that hit after all the medicines they put in the wound during surgery wore off. I felt like a train had hit my knee - had to start using the crutches not just for balance - but just to be able to get to the bathroom. Got very little sleep, but they increased my pain medicine today and called in a stronger medication, too. I start physical therapy tomorrow. I hope it goes well.


Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and many blessings in 2016!!!
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Gail, that book sounds interesting. I hope you stay warm.

We had a major storm come through yesterday. Mostly rain but a few tornadoes did touch down. Thankfully not near me. But it was kind of scary. More rain is scheduled later on. UGH.

It's funny how much you use a finger when you injure it. I sliced into my left middle finger pretty deep and I keep trying to use it. OUCHY LOL

I hope all is well with everyone.
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Today is a real winter day: temps in the 20s with wind/chill about 10. Snow and wind gusting. Guess what? I'm staying in! LOL Started a new book, the latest in the series of Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai police. The series by author Qui Xiaolong (that's his last name) is Shanghai Redemption. Very good series with a different flavor.

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May you all have the Christmas day you want.



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Dearest Friends:

I want to wish you all a joyous, peaceful Chiristmas, and a great 2016. May all of your fondest dreams and aspirations come to fruition in the new year.

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Gail, I wouldn't laugh at you for going Italian. Why not? I think it's kind of cool. I've somewhat done it when I was reading a series of books that took place in Ireland. It's funny cause I was just thinking of making bean soup for supper tonight. I will be checking out the Elizabeth George series.

Miller, I had surgery many years ago around my birthday and I told the doctor I'd like to wait until after my birthday for it so I understand waiting for after Christmas. I will be sending healing prayers your way.

I am in a bit of a Bah Humbug frame of mind right now. We are getting a lot of rain right now up until Christmas, and I haven't really done any decorating. I've bought presents and enjoyed that but it's just not the same without having my kids when they were little. Oh well this too shall pass.

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OK, so please don't laugh at me. I've been listening to Italian opera all day long and reading mysteries by Italian authors that are set in Italy. Long story short, I've been cooking Italian like crazy. I made two different types of ragu (one Neapolitan and one Bolognese; and two bean soups (one sausage and beans with a tomato base; one white bean) Want a little bit of Italy in Wisconsin, come visit Gail.

I'm reading some more of the Elizabeth George series on Inspector Lynsley. The last book was so thought provoking that I wrote a blog today that was inspired by Lynsley's reflections in one of the last chapters of the book. Any of you read the whole series?

Sending hugs and lots of positive energy.

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Started a new author the other day. The author is Michele Guitari and the series involves Michele Ferrari, Chief Superintendent of the elite Squadra Mobile in Florence, Italy. (Yes, as you can figure out I'm on an Italian mysteries kick.)

Weather here got very cold: teens to twenties. It's supposed to warm up on Sunday. That's OK; it's sunny and that's the most important thing.

Wishing you all a good weekend.

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Miller: I understand your not wanting to be in recovery during Christmas. It's good you have a date set for surgery and it's not too long afterwards. Sending lots of positive energy your way. Perhaps before you go in you can find a funny book.i.e. one from the Stephanie Plum series if you haven't read it yet. I was laughing my head off with "Two For the Dough."

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Denise, I'm glad eating some protein at bedtime is helping you sleep better. A good night's sleep is worth so much. I want to try the latkes recipe, too - they sound so good! I have a dental cleaning next week - I hope they don't find anything that needs to be done. I know what you mean about the annoyance.



Gail, it's very kind of you to donate hours to those in need. The potluck and sing-along sounds like great fun. I don't think I've ever been to an actual sing along, but I used to sing in the church choir and we would lead others in singing. It sounds like people really enjoyed your casserole!



I finally have a date for my knee surgery - it's scheduled for December 29th. They offered to do it on Dec. 22nd, but I didn't want to be on crutches over Christmas. I've waited this long, so an extra week won't hurt anything. After the surgery, I'll need to do physical therapy again. I'll be glad when it's all over.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.
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A Timebank friend of mine moved to another state and told me to transfer her hours to my account and use the time however I like. I've been donating hours to those in need and I feel like Santa!

Last night I went to a Christmas pot luck and sing along. Our entire bridge group was invited and I brought a dairy free, gluten free, fat free casserole. I didn't think many people would eat it since the hostess had a big ham, but there was only about 2 portions left in the end. This was the very first time that I went to a sing along during the holidays. Any of you ever do that? After dinner we sang about 20 carols and really had a blast. The only other sing along I ever went to was on a boat ride in New Zealand, many years ago. I met up with a bunch of Brits on the boat and we had a very good time.

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I will be trying to make the latkes. Sounds yummy.

I had my teeth cleaning at the dentist. Apparently one of my back teeth has the filling separating from the enamel and it feels like a crack. Nothing to worry about yet. Just a bit annoying.

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3 C grated potatoes ( I used my food processor. )
Bit of grated onion ( about 1-2 T )
2 eggs, beaten
6 crushed saltine crackers
Salt to taste ( I added about 2 pinches and let people add to taste at the table. )

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl.
Heat a good 1/2 inch of oil in a large frying pan.
When oil is hot drop large spoonfuls of mixture in pan being careful not to crowd. Remember, you'll have to flip the latkes over. After a bit, when the underside is golden brown, flip the latkes. When done let the latkes drain on paper towels. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. I used a single plate an put a paper towel between layers. Made about 13 latkes. Serve with sour cream and/or apple sauce. Mm good!


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Gail, So glad your celebration went well. I would like the recipe as I love latkes.

Miller, One time I had to go back and do a second because there might have been something and it was negative. But I was scared and am so glad yours was the same.

I am enjoying the cooler weather and sunny skies. I am finding out that if I eat some protein before going to bed I seem to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Hmm I'll see how it goes.



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Our Hanukkah celebration was so good. Everyone said the latkes were the best ever. I got the recipe off the internet. The secret ingredient was crushed saltines. Let me know if you want the recipe. After dinner we sat in the family room and just visited. it was great. I cleaned up as I went along, so the final cleanup was a breeze.

So I finished VIPER, and will be starting the next de Giovanni book tomorrow. I must tell you that every so often I need to take a break because the description of the poverty that existed in Fascist Italy in the 30s was horrible. I can just imagine and that's the problem. It's very real.

Miller: I'm delighted that the mammogram was negative. It must have been scary waiting before you got the good news.

Denise: Hope you sleep better. Let us know.

Sending you all hugs,

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Hi all, I'm feeling more cheerful today. Went back for my 2nd mammogram this morning (the radiologist saw something on the first one that she needed to see more clearly) and it was all-clear. I didn't even have to have the ultrasound they said might be needed. That was a relief!! Still waiting to be scheduled for the knee surgery. If the surgeon's scheduling assistant doesn't call by tomorrow, I'll call her.



Denise, I'm glad your doctor appointment went well and you got some good advice for better sleep. My daughter takes melatonin every night and it's been helpful for her. I hope it helps you, too. The sleep specialist she saw also suggested that she turn off the TV and computer about an hour before bedtime and do something low-key such as reading.



Gail, my daughter has a light box like the one you mentioned and it helps her in the wintertime. I think you're right about diversion - staying busy is a good way to keep the mind occupied. I hope you enjoyed your traditional Hanukkah with your daughter and her husband. The menu you planned sounded delicious.



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Ah, ladies, I too know about seasonal depression. There is a special light that is sold that I am told helps enormously. A friend of mine has one and she swears by it. As for me, I've learned that the very best treatment for depression is diversion. I read, do puzzles, watch TV, cook, etc. anything that gets my mind otherwise occupied.

Last night I contacted my daughter and her husband to ask if they'd like to come over Sunday for potato pancakes (latkes). She said that would be wonderful, so I guess I'll have a traditional Hanukkah after all. My daughter and sil recently decided to become vegetarians, so I'm thinking of making a broccoli and cheddar quiche and a salad to round out the meal. I've got homemade stewed plums with creme fraiche for dessert.

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My doctor's appointment went well. I got some good advice on getting to sleep. I have been having a hard time going to sleep because my mind just keeps hopping from one thing to another and won't quiet down enough to get to sleep. My doctor suggest I take melantonan, and start writing down what was going on that day to help pinpoint what might cause it. I've been depressed too. I think for me it's the seasonal one since when I get outside in the sun I seem better.

Gail, I'd go ahead and light the menorah anyway for yourself. And have company over. Too bad your grand kids weren't closer so you could teach them your traditions. I will be checking out those books.

Miller, I know the weather does affect moods, and when it's dark and gloomy it does get me down too. I wonder if the ability to get news so quickly from every where has contributed to the bad stuff we hear about. I am sure it's been going on before but now we are hearing about it. I turn off the news now. Just concentrate on your surgery and getting better.



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Gail and Denise, I'm glad you both had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was very quiet.


Denise, it sounds like you're well on your way to finishing your Christmas shopping. I did a bit on online shopping and bought a few gift boxes today. I hope your appointment went well.


Gail, you're doing very well to prepare for Hanukkah and Christmas. It's wonderful that you're so supportive of your family and their new traditions, but I can certainly understand how it would be very sad to see the old traditions be lost. I wish your grandchildren lived closer so you could have the Hanukkah celebrations with them. Instead, I hope you can carry through with plans to have one or two people over on Sunday for the special meal. I've always wondered what latkas would taste like - they sound delicious. Lighting the candles sounds really lovely, too.
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I'm struggling with a lot of depression right now (this is a chronic problem for me) and it's very difficult to make myself get ready for Christmas or do much of anything else. Plus the weather has been so dark and cloudy and then the news in CA has me feeling even more hopeless. I keep wishing everyone in the world could just get along and love each other, but I know that's naive. The world has changed so much since I was born (in 1954) that's it's hard to stay hopeful sometimes. I'm missing my mother a lot these days, too. I could use some of her wisdom and her love right now. This is my second Christmas without her. A lot of our old traditions with family get-together's have diminished over the years and I don't imagine I'll see any of my extended family over the holidays. Still, if my husband and daughter and I can all stay reasonably healthy, I'll be glad. I hope to have my knee surgery before Christmas if the surgeon has time - I'm still waiting for his assistant to call me with his schedule. Maybe this depression would abate a bit if I didn't hurt so much all the time.

Sorry this post has been so gloomy. I'll try to make my next one more upbeat.

Best wishes to all.

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Good Morning:

Yesterday I bought goodies for the Christmas baskets and finished writing out holiday checks this morning. Just have to go to the basement and dig out two Christmas shopping bags and fill them with the goodies I purchased and then I'm done.

This Sunday at sundown is the start of Hanukkah, the 8 day Jewish festival of the lights. Both of my children married Christians, and only two of my grandchildren celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. The other two just celebrate Christmas. Yesterday I sent the two who celebrate Hanukkah Hanukkah gelt (money). Hanukkah is a very minor holiday and the gifts are very modest, i.e. a small check, a pair of mittens, a CD, a book, etc. ) The Christmas checks will go out tomorrow.

Since Vic died over 3 years ago there have been no Hanukkah celebrations: lighting of the candles and eating potato latkas (potato pancakes). I miss this and have been toying with the idea of having one or two people over Sunday for the special meal. I decided that this year I will light candles no matter how Sunday shakes out. The fact that there is no family celebration, saddens me. It's just not the same with the grandchildren out of state because Hanukkah is really for the children. I think of my childhood which was so rich in tradition and it saddens me that so much of the past is lost.

Moving on to another topic, I was so depressed yesterday when I learned of the shootings in California. God, when will this all stop?

Sending you all hugs and hoping you all have a good day.

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Denise: Oops! The author is Maurizio de Giovanni. This morning I started book 4 in the series. Hope you're feeling better and you had an easy trip to the doctor's yesterday.

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Gail, Who is the author? I love reading stories based on other countries. Sound interesting.

Had a quiet Thanksgiving. I just kept it simple with a turkey breast, sweet potatoes, stove top cornbread, hubby's favorite, and a couple of other things. Watch some football both college and NFL.

Have a pain management doctor's appointment today. Rain this morning so I hope it's over with by the time I am on the road.

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Well, ladies, I found a great new author and have just ordered a few more of his books from the library. These books are translated from the Italian and take place in Fascist Italy in the early 1930s. The setting is Naples, Italy and the character studies are excellent. The protagonist is Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, 31-year-old Commissario of Police. The series is very engaging and the books are well written. I've read 3 so far.

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I had just about the very best Thanksgiving ever. There were 9 of us: my son and daughter and their families and my sil's mother. They played games and were laughing so much. I was just too tired to play too, but it did my heart good to hear them have so much fun. Wonderful when everyone gets on so well.

Recuperating today now that they've left. LOL Tomorrow I'll start to label and freeze the leftovers. Made turkey vegetable soup today and did 4-5 loads of laundry...I lost count.

Will do another load tomorrow and get the house cleaned.

Happiness to all of you.

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Woke up to 38 degrees this morning which is really cold for Florida. Today and tomorrow will be cold and warming up for Thanksgiving. We did the Thanksgiving at Cracker Barrel last year. We got the full meal and brought it home. It was okay but not enough for the price. So this year I am cooking but am keeping it pretty simple, turkey breast, Stove Top, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls. I have to have those heat and serve rolls as they remind me of past Thanksgivings.

I've actually got quite a few Christmas presents bought. Now I need to wrap them and not wait until the last minute. LOL

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Holy Samoli! It's 12F and we are expecting a high of 25 today. I'm not going anywhere. The good news it's supposed to be a sunny day.

Stay warm and safe everyone.

Gail

Miller: Yes, sometimes it's good to bite the bullet and do things that will avoid stress in our lives. I'm sure the dinner from the deli will be great. I've known others who have done this and were completely satisfied.

For some reason I haven't read in a couple of days, Have been listening to beautiful classic music (mostly opera) and doing computer games that exercise my brain. Lovely. That said, I'm planning on getting back to the books today.

Sending you all warm wishes for Thanksgiving.


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Hi all, sounds like everyone is busy with Thanksgiving and/or Christmas plans.

I'm actually not cooking this year - am ordering my Thanksgiving dinner from the grocery store deli - hope it's good, but if it's not great, that's okay, too. I just didn't need the stress this year. Have lots of orthopedic issues going on and it's just my husband and daughter and me, anyway, so it'll be low-key. We used to get together with both families for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's every year, but now that my mother and father are gone and my MIL is elderly, things have changed.

I do need to start buying a few Christmas gifts soon for DH and daughter. The last several years, I've ordered them online and avoided the stores. My Christmas list is shrinking, too, as we don't get together with extended family anymore. Am planning to send out Christmas cards, as usual, but will do that in December.

I finally used my little fire pit tonight for the first time. We had hot dogs and s'mores and it was a treat. My husband and daughter went back in the house after we ate, but I stayed outside with the fire. I enjoyed looking at the little fire and the stars in the night sky. The half moon was bright and some clouds blew in and the dark sky and white clouds looked like black and white lace. It was beautiful and I enjoyed having a bit of fun and adventure on my own.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a good week ahead!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! (in case I don't get to post again)

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Wind chill down to 21 this morning. Ah, Wisconsin weather!

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You exchange gifts for Thanksgiving Morgan? Or did I get that wrong?

Hope your knees heal soon.

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As 2 of us are still recoving from knee surgery we will have Thanksgiving here which is fine. This house is bigger and no steps plus more room for the 2 dogs and baby.
As everybody can't buy presents they settled on a $20 present , left me out I think but thats ok, I will do my own thing. Not sure how the knee will be by then for shopping. I already bought my oldest daughter an Ipad as she took her vacation to take care of us and enjoys some of the games and I made her very happy. which is what I wanted to do.
I am not thinking of Xmas as yet til I am free of the soreness and can move more comfortably. I am afraid some day Xmas will start in July the way they are moving it up so much. One year I could nit even buy xmas cards as they were already gone!! Then I hear the Happy Holiday thing instead of Merry Xmas and that makes me angry. Where did our right so to enjoy Xmas as we always have go??
I better get to my knee exercises. Think I will add some arm exercises too, just feel the need to move . Gorgeous fall day here, all the snow is melting and mky daughter is haning clothes outside. wish it would last. Georgine


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For our family Thanksgiving is the most special holiday of the year because it's a time for good food, laughs, thankfulness for our blessings and.....NO STRESS. It's amazing how stressed out folks get about gift giving, especially at Christmas. I give $ and I give what I can. End of story.

My tummy problems came back yesterday and if they persist I'll try to get in to see the doctor this week.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

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I will be so burnt out by the time Christmas day is here from all of the ads on tv, music, and such. I'd say it's the stores but my local radio station starts that crap about the same time. I have to turn it off and I've told them it's too early. But so many others think it's neat. UGH

I love Thanksgiving but now it's just hubby, me and our daughter who spends most of the time in her room, and she has to work that day. She's a vet tech and the animals have to be taken care of.

The one thing I don't mind is buying presents for others. I've actually started. Go Me!

May today be a great day for all!

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First wet snow of the winter, made a mess and bad driving conditions. I got to the clinic and had my staples out and all is healing as it is supposed to do. Snow came in the evening and supposed to melt over the weekend. good riddance!! trying to finish my Eobb novel yet, nearly done.
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I added that author to my list. Still reading Robb. I have a Tami Hoag waiting for me as well as a Liuke Delany so I am set for awhile, just need more time to read. Cool rainy day so a perfect day for reading. Georgine

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OK ladies, I found another good author: Elizabeth George. I read the first of her inspector Lymley series and started the second today.

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Sunshine and clear sky but cold. Knee is still sore as i knew it would be. I am still reading Robb, Too many interruptions around here but today is quieter til tomorrow. Granddaughter and baby will be back Tuesday. Hopefully I can finish the book today. Georgine

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I've had books that I just couldn't get into. I put them down and sometimes months later I'll pick one up and it clicks. LOL

Having a rainy day today. Watched football both college and the NFL this weekend. Talk about ups and downs. Alabama won! Roll Tide. But my Broncos lost. Sigh.

I haven't started any new books yet. I love the suggestions here. Thanks!



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I had a heck of a time getting through a Ben Arronovich mystery,MIDNIGHT RIOT. It took me 3 days! I couldn't get into it but kept reading because from time to time it gave me a good laugh.

On to bigger and better things. Will start another author tomorrow.

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Hi, just stopping by to say hello.

Georgine, I hope you have a complete and speedy recovery.
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Denise, good luck with all your Christmas preparations - I need to get started, too.
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Gail, have you found any new books you like?
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Things have been quiet this weekend. I'm still trying to get used to the time change. It gets dark about 5:15 now and used to stay light until 9pm - what a difference that makes!! My sciatica has flared up again and I'm not sleeping well at all, but am sure things will get better soon. Will see the new surgeon about knee surgery later this month.

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DENISE: This makes a great zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower soup. Just substitute 3/4 lb -1 b of the vegetable for the mushrooms. If using large zucchini, peel and scoop out inside before weighing. If using broccoli, be sure to use the stems...but not the woody stems...with the florets.

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J. D, Robb is the latest paperback out, Death in Obssesion if I have it right, book is in another room. More time to read now I am waiting for the knee to heal. Pain is better each da. They put me on a pain program at the hospital as the last time I had a bad time with the pain. this is working fine.
I picked up the Tami Hoag latest in paperback and gave it to my reading buddy first and now I have it and now my granddaughter wants me to read it so she can have it. takes her so long to read the book we give it to her last. She adopted a baby girl so life has changed for her.
As I may have said, our granddaughter is staying with us while her knee heals so having the baby here is new for us too.
We are having gloomy foggy drizzly weather too. I always light candles on these days as they make me feel better. Forecast is a thunder storm for today and rain/snow mix for tonite. I never like November because it is so brown and bare.
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Gail, thanks for the soup recipe. It will come in handy. I got some sun this morning and am hoping it stays sunny today. I really like J.D. Robb.

Hubby is taking the afternoon and tomorrow off. This weekend is the Blue Angel Home air show and the base will be packed. He works on base and wants to avoid that mess.

I am going to start ordering Christmas presents and other stuff. Maybe this year I can get it done ahead of time. Presents wrapped, tree up before Christmas eve. Well I can hope.


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Denise: I'm sorry that the bleakness has got you down. Many of us here in Wisconsin live with that plus the cold for most of the year. I find if I sit by a window and take in all the light I can it helps a lot. Thanks for mentioning the Robb books. I've never read those.

I make my own cream of mushroom soup. It's got mushrooms but no cream.

1 lb fresh mushrooms (clean with a paper towel; do not wash as the mushrooms will soak up the water.)

7 C water + 6-7 chicken bouillon cubes OR 7 C chicken bouillon stock
3 tablespoons butter ( NOT MARGARINE)
3 tablespoons corn starch or flour
1 teaspoon sugar

Put 6 3/4 C water and bullion cubes or stock in large pot. Dice the mushrooms and add them to the stock. Add the butter and sugar to the pot and bring to a boil. Meanwhile dissolve the corn starch or flour in 1/4 C cold water. When the mushrooms are soft use an emersion blender, blender or food processor to make the soup smooth. Return to pot if you didn't use an emersion blender and return to a boil. Add the 1/4 C cornstarch/water mixture to the the pot and stir it through. Bring the soup to a boil for a a couple of minutes. Then turn off the heat. The soup is ready.

I have never frozen this soup so I have no idea how it would store. The soup is very good and will not last long. If you are looking to make a gravy to put over the pork chops, take a cup of COOLED soup and add 1 1/2 T cornstarch or flour, whichever you used for the soup.. Stir till fully blended. Then return this C of soup to the heat and bring to a boil. It will thicken up so you can use it as a gravy.

Georgine. Hope your knee heals quickly. You are so fortunate to have someone to look after you.

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Georgine, I hope you heal quickly! At least you are in good company. Which J.D. Robb book ar you reading? I just finished her latest and loved it. I also got her short story book which the theme is Alice in Wonderland. Has really good short stories in it from her and a few other authors.

I am a bit down due to the fact it's been overcast or rainy here. I need some sunshine! I am hanging in the there!



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Finally am home recuperating from the knee surgery. today is a pretty good day. I finished John Sanford's book in the hospital and now am reading J. D. Robb. My oldest granddaughter had knee surgery just before me so we are both recuperating here and my oldest daughter is in charge. Granddaughter is on crutches, I am using a walker and so is my husband. We also have our 2 labs, great granddaughter,the terrorist, never a dull moment. It has been quite a hoot. I am trying to do the leg exercises but my leg seems to have quit taking directions from me and just sits there but I can do 2 of the other ones.
Beautiful fall weather now and we patients don't want to try doing the steps to get outside which is too bad as the 30s and snow is coming.
Hope everyone is doing well, Georgine

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Miller, which beach are you going to? I had to switch my doctor and my dentist for not listening to me. I now have two that actually listens and discusses my care. I am doing so much better now.

I am trying to eat better and eat food that is like what I ate growing up. There were not a lot of processed food. There are some things I haven't figured out yet like I use cream of mushroom soup when I make pork chops sometimes for the gravy. I am trying to think of what to use for the distinct taste it brings. I know mushrooms but the cream part is baffling. LOL

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!

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The last few days have been beautiful. Yesterday I say in the sun on the front porch and read. I'm looking for good series again. I just started the Ben Arronovich series on Constable Peter Grant. Quirky but we'll see how it goes. PLEASE, help me fine something really good. I'm open to books that are not intense, gory or psychological thrillers.

Enjoy the week and happy reading.

G.

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Hope everyone is enjoying Halloween!!
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Miller: I'm so proud of you for doing what is best for you and not being intimidated by the doc. Some act like they're God's gift to creation. I m probably in the minority, but I don'e care about the personality of the doc; I care only about his/her competence. That said, I ask a lot of questions, am polite but firm, and it is clear I don't take anything from any of them. With the exception of two in over 50 years, it has been my experience that they have been competent practitioners and very kind. Pretty lucky I would say. Up until the last couple of years, the one I was at loggerheads with on a regular basis was my son; but that was personal, not professional. With me, what you see is what you get.

Had a nice, easy day today and finished the latest Louise Perry book in the Monk series. This was the most difficult to read because of the subject matter. I won't say anything about it because I don't want it to be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that is was sort of like a Criminal Minds case.

Enjoy the weekend, and for anyone in the west in the path of the storm, take special care. This hurricane will be the worst ever recorded.

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Miller. i would prefer to take ibuprofen as opposed to Hydrocodone as ibuprofen works on the inflammation as well as the pain. Because of my kidneys I can no longer take ibuprofen.I do take the hydrocodone and I use a salonpas patch as well but neither stops that knee pain.after 20 minutes so especially with the hills around here. good thing "brandy is young and strong--too strong-- and she helps me keep going. I had to nag my doctor to get the pain pills but he knows I am not a pill taker. What is with your doctor?!! That knee pain is nasty, I can't wait to be rid of it. I agree you should see a different doctor. I will have the same surgeon that did the right knee. He is so nice, everybody likes him. Doctors are well paid , you would think they could at least be courteous and cooperative.
enjoy sitting by the sea. sounds wonderful!! Georgine

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Gail, I'm glad you had a good time last night. It does sound like lots of nice things are happening for you and I'm very happy for you!! Also glad you've discovered the secret to not having heartburn!

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I'm finally taking my trip to the beach. Haven't been in two years and I love the sea so much. Would have preferred going before the weather turned cooler, but it's supposed to be somewhat warm for October, so I'm glad. I wish my orthopedist had given me something for the knee pain so I could be more active on the trip, but he balked at the idea, so Advil will have to do. I will have to limit my walking, but the condo has a porch swing so I can at least sit and look at the sea. The orthopedist was so dismissive and condescending of my feelings and complaints about the pain that I've decided to have the surgery done by another doctor. I don't feel safe having surgery by a doctor who doesn't listen.

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Good Morning:

I can honestly say that I had a VERY good time at the TimeBank party last night. There is always good friendship, but the best part was the sing along at the end. There were some talented people there, especially one guy who did a Louis Armstrong imitation of the song IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD. The lady who drove last night was very nice. The good news is she lives very close to me and asked if I'd like to be her walking partner.

All sorts of nice things are happening to me. I met a young widow at the co-op supermarket and we have become friends. I've been helping her negotiate her way through medical insurance options and a few other things and took her to Aldi's this week. Aldi's is much less expensive than where she had been going and since she is living off her savings and has no job, she needs to save where she can.. Anyway, she is an avid knitter and will be knitting me that 1930s style for which I recently obtained the pattern.

I mentioned on Tuesday morning that I had a terrible night fighting heartburn. That morning I went for my yoga class, and when I bent over forward the acid reflux came back. A search on the net led me to an article that pointed out all the chemical additives in foods give us acid reflux, other gastro problems and cause us to gain weight. That day I watched what I ate very carefully: fruits, veggies, meat, and diary with no additives. Well, Tuesday night no heartburn. The same thing Wednesday nigh, Late last night, even though I had lots of spicy food like salsa and chili, I had no heat burn. This "no additives" seems to be working for me.

I went to the library yesterday and got a boatload of mysteries by authors I haven't read. Can't wait to get to them. Will let you all know if I find some very good ones.

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A friend from Israel is in town for a visit. It was so good to see him...such a nice man and an exceptional human being. I hope to,see him again before he leaves.

Tonnight I am going to the 10th birthday party of the Dane County TimeBank. They are having a cake walk so I baked a chocolate cake. It should be fun. I joined it some years ago but haven't been active for a few years. Now I'll be getting back into the swing of things.

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having my coffee. Hubby feel and hurt his back so my sleep gets interrupted but I use the time to read more and fall asleep again.
Colds and flu are still going around here, hubby just got over his. I haven;t had a cold or flu in years. My doctor said i am just lucky?? whatever, have enuff allergies to make up for it!
Gloomy, rain and cool here in northern Minnesota so light my candles and turned on the heater in here. Nice and cozy.
Today I will do as much as I can to get things in order before I go for knee surgery.I just bought a John Sanford book and eill take it but if I remember correctly they don't give you much idle time, lots of PT but at least this time I know what it is all about. I have kept up the exercises so hope I benefit from them.
Have a good day and hope the sun shines where you all are, Georgine

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Gail, What no moose? I thought it was pretty funny. LOL

I think I have a cold. I have a slight fever and feel icky with a runny nose. UGH I hope that's all it is. So I am just going to do what I can. Not getting my DDL here as I don't want to expose her.

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I hope this joke doesn't offend anyone. Point of fact, the Canadian exchange rate is about the same as the USA.
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I't was announced today that Canada is preparing to increase it's commitment to assisting the United States in its war against terrorism.

They have promised to commit two of their largest battleships, 6,000 armed troops, and 60 fighter jets.

However, after the exchange rate is factored in, that comes down to a canoe, two Mounties and a flying squirrel.



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Georgine, just do the best you can as that's all we can do sometimes. I have a bad back and hips that hurt like crazy. I just do what I can. I also agree about not throwing books away. I only do it if the book is in horrible shape.

Just doing a few chores.

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Beautiful fall day here too. Unfortunately I didn't sleep well at all last night. Had heartburn. Yuk! Had to take 3 Tums before I got some relief.

Going to do some laundry and then try to read.

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Nice fall day, Brandy and I will walk. Bad knee has hampered me and need a pain pill and Salonpas patch but they only do so much. Knee surgery Oct. 29th, have had enuff trying to struggle with it. My main exercise is walking Brandy but have had to cut back.
I am trying to catch up on teams, have read quite a few mysteries but need to give away more books, getting overwhelmed. I get suspense from Harllequin but they are not always what I like but at the same time have some continuing I don't want to give up.
I do trade books, give away, etc. Don't want to throw books away. Trying to do better on teams, Georgine


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Gail, love the jokes. I like the clean ones.

Miller, I hope your knee will feel better soon.

It is hard sometimes to get into a book. I've had to put one down and then months later pick it up and it magically gets interesting. LOL

The weather here is getting cooler, and my hips are feeling it. Ugh. Finally getting to where it's nice enough outside to do some gardening and not worry about melting. Oh well.

I hope everyone will have a wonderful day.

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Gail, sometimes it's hard to find a really good engaging book to read - hope you were able to find one that interests you. The one I'm reading now (Halloween in Paradise by Kathi Daley) is okay, but nothing special.

Regarding your question about my knee - I tried physical therapy and it only got worse. I'm going to see the surgeon tomorrow to discuss surgery. I hope to have it sometime in November. I dread it, but my brother, nephew, and some online friends have all had it and were very happy with their results.

Hope you have a good week!
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OK, so here are some Ole and Lena Jokes:

Ole is so cheap that after his airplane landed safely, he grumbled: "Vell, dere gose five dollars down da drain for dat flight insurance!
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Ole wore both of his winter jackets when he painted his house last July. The directions on the can said "put on two coats".
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Lars: "Ole, stant in front of my car and tell me if da turn signals are vorking". Ole: "Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No...."
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And my favorite for today:

LARS: Have you heard dat dey elected a Pole to be Pope?
SVEN: Ya, it's about time, dose Catlicks have had it long enough.


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I don't know what's the matter with me but I started 3 books by different authors and had to put them down...boring or too intense. Got to go fishing for a good read.

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Miller: Is there a PT exercise you can do for that knee? I was going to have shoulder surgery but when I learned it wouldn't improve my range of motion I said to heck with it, because I don't often have pain. When I do an ibuprofen does the trick. Funny, but when I had cataract surgery a few months ago I had to put drops in my eyes 4 times a day. That was like doing PT because of the position of my left arm. Long story short, the range of motion of my left arm improved. I also found that eating little or no gluten minimized the amount of pain I experienced.

Denise: It wasn't that long ago that i did without a cell phone. I hardly use mine..maybe 1-2 every couple of months. Hey, I don't even know my cell number and have it taped on the back of my phone!

G.

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The old horror movies don't bother me, but some of the new ones do so I don't watch them. I tend to dream when I sleep and remember them. LOL

It's bee cooler here and so nice. Taking my dog outside and I am not getting eaten up by mosquitoes.

Computers were suppose to make our lives easier but sometimes I think they make it worse. LOL

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I shut my computer off last night and when I restarted it this morning it wouldn't let me get in.

But today I got everything with my lap top straightened out. WOO HOO! Today I had a phone appointment with Apple regarding my IPad. I didn't have my husband's security stuff and need to get everything switched to mine. It takes 24 hours so the tech support set it up to walk me through it tomorrow morning. When I mentioned that I spent 6 hours at the store with my lap top yesterday and that I've got to go back to the store, the tech asked me the problem and then he walked me through so that the issue was resolved. Can't believe it's all OK now. Yesterday in the Apple store they updated my computer free of charge to the EL CAPITAiN version. OMG! everything is wonderful.

Going to start a new book today, the latest of the Gamache series.

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Gail, I'm in a small town just outside of Raleigh and about 3 hours from Charlotte. I can't imagine spending six hours at the Apple store - that really would be exhausting! I hope you can get some rest tomorrow.
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I think I've finally decided to get arthroscopic surgery on my knee. The MRI showed a meniscus tear and the orthopedist said he can "clean it up" inside so there's not so much debris to cause pain - of course there's nothing he can do about the arthritis. I've tried the cortisone shots and they just don't help enough. I've planned a trip for this month, so I guess I'll try to have the surgery in November, if the surgeon is available.

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Today I went my first yoga class and it war great. There are 3 more class's over the next 4weeks. I was able to do everything according to my abilities and really felt included. Looking forward to next week and my next session.

It was great that the morning gave me strength to get through the rest of the day. I have had very few days in my life the were as exhausting as today. I spent 6 hours at the Apple store to get my lap top up to snuff. It was very stressful, very stressful. I got home just in time to play bridge tonight and that was good for me. Now I'm home and ready to crash.

Tomorrow is another day and hopefully it will be calm and undemanding.

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MILLER: I didn't realize you are in NC. My son and his family are in Charlotte. Are you near there?

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Hi Gail, I don't play Bridge, but I wish I did. The one time I tried it seemed so difficult, but I was very young and just trying to fill in for someone. Haven't tried to play again in over 40 years!!

North Carolina is drying out today - the sun is actually shining. I feel very fortunate that we only had a tree fall on our fence from Hurricane Joaquin. I feel sorry for the folks on the NC coast, as it flooded there, and also very sorry for the unfortunate people in South Carolina. They're calling it a 1,000 year flood there and things looked pretty grim on the news last night. Hopefully, now that the hurricane rains have passed, things will get better for everyone.

Have a great week everyone!!!

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Miller: I'm not familiar with those authors and will have to look them up. Thanks for the recommendations.

Yesterday I finished another Daniel Friedman mystery, Don't Ever Look Back. Well written and goes to the heart of a few deep social issues. The hero is almost 90 years old and we learn his inner thoughts, trials and tribulations and he goes through the trauma of aging. This former police detective only seems to feel alive when going after bad guys, even with a walker!

Went to play bridge at a neighbor's last night and had a good time. Any of you play?

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Hi, just stopping by to say hello. I haven't read anything by JD Robb, but would like to read at least one of her books so I can see if I like them. I've been reading books by Morgana Best, Joan Hess, and Michael Connelly recently. It's good weather for reading - we've had rain every day for a week. I'm ready to see the sun again, though.

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OMG! How do you sleep after reading horror stories?

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Gail, To Die For sounds familiar. I need to check it out. The futuristic New York isn't too bad. They have more up dated computers, robot servants (the rich), but still the same murder to solve stories.

Today is kind of rainy and gloomy more of a day for the old type of horror classics like Dracula, The Mummy and Frankenstein. I prefer those to some of the new "slasher" movies.

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DAP: I've heard of JD Robb but never read her books. Got to look into it. What has kept me away is that the books are set in a futuristic NYC. Wasn't sure how that would go down with me because NYC is where I was born and grew up.

I just started DON'T EVER GET OLD, by Daniel Friedman and like it. The book I read before this was TO DIE FOR by Linda Howard...also very good.

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That it would. Though isn't it funny how when we were kids time seemed to stand still when we were waiting for something. Now it seems as if time moves quite fast. LOL

Not much new here. Today we are having a rainy day and kind of gloomy. Not feeling too well lately but it happens since I've been a diabetic. Sugars too high then too low. Ugh. Most of the time I can keep them even but when it gets really hot and I over do it it happens.

I believe the new book in the In Death Series by JD Robb is out. I love that series. Has anyone else read the series? If so what do you think of it?

I hope all is well for everyone.


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I got a good laugh from this one. BTW, if any of you have some jokes to share I'd love to hear them.

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Long Life

A man goes to the doctor and says, "Doc, I would like to live a long life. What should I do?" "I think that is a wise decision," the doctor replies. "Let's see, do you smoke?" "Oh.. Half a pack a day." "Starting NOW, no more smoking." The man agrees. The doctor then asks, "Do you drink?" "Oh, well Doc, not much, just a bit of wine with my meals, and a beer or two every once in a while." "Starting now, you drink only water. No exceptions." The man is a bit upset, but also agrees. The doctor asks, "How do you eat?" "Oh, well, you know, Doc, normal stuff." "Starting now you are going on a very strict diet. You are going to eat only raw vegetables, with no dressing, and non-fat cottage cheese." The man is now really worried. "Doc, is all this really necessary?" "Do you want to live long?" "Yes." "Well then, it's absolutely necessary. And don't even think of breaking the diet." The man is quite restless, but the doctor continues, "Do you have sex?" "Yeah, once a week or so..., only with my wife!" he adds hurriedly. "As soon as you get out of here you are going to buy twin beds. No more sex for you. None." The man is appalled. "Doc... Are you sure I'm going to live longer this way?" The doctor replies "I have no idea, but however long you live, I assure you is going to seem like an eternity!"



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A Texan is in a Wisconsin bar and is telling a dairy farmer how large his ranch in Texas is. He tells the farmer his ranch is so large that if he gets into his pick-up truck and drives all day, he would not reach the other border of his ranch.
The Wisconsin dairy farmer thinks for a minute and then responds," I used to have a truck like that."

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The weather is finally cooler. Woo Hoo! Been walking outside more.

Haven't read a book lately just mostly magazines. Trying to get better organized. My never ending quest. LOL

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Went to the library today and picked up a slew of books. I started the Ann Charles mystery, NEARLY DEPARTED. It's supposed to be good. Anyone ever read it? Also took out HOW TO BE A JEWISH MOTHER. I was ROTFL. If you want a good belly laugh, go for it. It's a very quick read and will have you in stitches.

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Hope you are all enjoying this Labor Day weekend and are staying safe. I'm planning of reading THE MING AND I, by Tamar Myers and may also start J. A. Konrath's WISKEY SOUR.

Anyone know of funny mysteries. I read all the Janet Evanovich books, and am looking for something similar: light and funny.

Gail

Miller: I used to love bridge and played in a neighborhood group for over 20 years. This past winter I rejoined and am really liking the nice group of ladies in it. It's not at all like the old group. These women are down to earth and caring.

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Oh Gail, I think it's great that you play bridge. I tried once and it was so hard - I knew nothing about the game. A friend needed a replacement and begged me to come, so I did. It seemed very complicated, but I imagine if you know what you're doing it's very engaging.

We had a wonderful thunderstorm here and now there's lovely light rain falling. I think I'll make a cup of coffee and curl up with a good book.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Played bridge last night; we had two tables. This group is made up of ladies who are mostly from our neighborhood, and we get together once a month. It was very enjoyable and I found myself teaching some of the others. Only two or three of us are more experienced.

I finished the Sandra Scoppettone book and started another, LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DIE. Will also start a Tamar Myers book today, THE MING AND I.

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Miller: The Lynn Cahoon mysteries sound like something I need to get my hands on. Thanks for the tip.

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I've read some of Diane Mott Davidson's books and I enjoyed them. I haven't read anything by Paige Shelton, but I'm always looking for good cozy mysteries, so I'll check into those.

I enjoyed the LowCountry books by Susan Boyer. Haven't read anything by Scoppettone before - in fact, her name is new to me. I'll check her out.

Right now, I'm reading all the Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon. I really like them. Not deep, not dark, just light reading with enough mystery to keep me interested.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Started LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, by Susan Boyer, and MY SWEET UNTRACEABLE YOU, By Sandra Scoppettone. just getting into them. Never read Shelton's works. Are they very good?

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Has anyone read Diane Mott Davidson's Culinary series? I wonder how it is?

Just finished Paige Shelton's If Onions Could Spring Leaks. I really liked it. It is a cozy mystery with ghosts. Oh and a few recipes. It's a light reading which I like sometimes. I recommend it and the previous ones.

Gail, I say it is high time to enjoy yourself. We had to buy a TV a couple of years ago and got a flat screen, big screen. Love watching my football on it. lol

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Started a new author, Sandra Scapponne and read two of her books. I liked them a lot. Back to Tamar Myers, this time with the DEN OF ANTIQUITY SERIES. Am just finishing up the first in the series, Larceny and Old Lace, a quick easy read.

I replaced my TV and really splurged. I went in thinking I was going to get the cheapest large TV I could find. Then I saw the picture on the screen with the latest technology. Amazing! I decided to get it and the electrician will be here shortly to put it up. In the past I wouldn't have dreamed of spending that kind of money on myself, but now I'm looking at things logically, not emotionally. I have the money so why not spend it. I'm 74; time to enjoy.

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I went looking at appliances yesterday and they don't come cheap. That wouldn't be so bad if they lasted a long time but the life expectancy seems to be about 10 years if you're lucky. UGH... Also, many are using materials that look kind of flimsy. Have you noticed?

Well, I haven't read all week because my grandson and his girlfriend were at my home. It was delightful to see them, but quite a bit of work keeping up. He's leaving tomorrow so things will calm down.

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It seems like manufacturers intentionally make things that will break in a few years. I guess they make more money when we have to keep purchasing the same items again and again. My mother's large appliances - and even smaller ones like her mixer - lasted almost her whole married life. I wish it was still that way.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.
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