Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving pictures






Since we are getting close to 200 on the last post, I will post some pictures I took just before and during this Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for so many things, but most of all for family. There are often (even now) crises and conflicts but that too is what family is about. After my dad turned 70 years old, every time we got together he would say, I am just thankful to be here another day. I used to chuckle when he said that. Now, I understand what he meant. I am happy to be around in this amazing world another day.

150 comments:

jan said...

I love the sunrises and sunsets here. John was saying the other day when the Sandias were an amazing color between rose and rust that the most dramatic scenes here are at the beginning and end of the day. I think that may be true of life too. The first pic is sunrise looking out our back door.

jan said...

2nd pic is the t-shirt quilt finished 2 weeks ago for granson. The pic is of him and me. The quilt is for his graduation from college coming up 12/16.

The 3rd and 4th pics are Thanksgiving day at no # son's house.

jan said...

The 4th pic is Abigail, great GD.

jan said...

Yesterday was super busy. I fixed lunch for former DIL and granddaughter and great granddaughter. They are a trio - the blondest blondes (natural) you have ever seen. Gr GD will be 2 in Jan. She is a ball of fire. Just the age that everything in sight is enticing. I do have several books and toys for her but she tired of these quickly. She spied the New Orleans beads I have hanging on a hall tree so got them down for her. She knew just what to do with them - all 7 pair went around her neck.

jan said...

I moved the last comment on last post to above.

Carol said...

Jan..great pics. They show just a few of your good reasons for sticking around.

Love the quilt. I bet GS did also. He will treasure that.

Great pics of the boys. I have a hard time recognizing Terry with his bald head since when I knew him he had longer wavy hair. I do find bald men attractive.

You don't look like you've aged one bit.

Abigail is such a cutie.

Carol said...

I was busy today also. I was so tired of laying on the bed and flipping channels. Couldn't find anything interesting on the over 200 channels I have. Saints don't play until tomorrow night. They play the NY Giants.

I went in to work and knocked out all the charts I had to sign or order meds on. That takes out half the work for tomorrow. It will still be a very busy day since I was off 4 days. It was nice to see people.

I also needed to do that because my broken hand has it's limits. I have learned how to lightly grip my pen. The knuckle on my right pinkie finger is about an inch below where it is suppose to be. No hand modeling for me.

I still have to go to the house every day to feed my cats. I hope they appreciate that. I have three cats over there now. One day I'll go over there and there will be herd of them.

Then I came home and picked 20 bell peppers off my one plant that has amazingly survived my neglect. It's suppose to be close to freezing tonight. I did throw a blanket over it. I chopped up all those peppers and froze them for use later.

I am managing to crip around fairly well.

jan said...

Wow Carol, you did more in one day with a crippled hand and foot than I do in a week. I am mucho impressed. And you are feeding 3 cats. Where did the other 2 come from? I guess they keep the mice and snakes under control.

jan said...

I only post the pics of me that are flattering, and usually from a distance LOL and I take most of the pics. Once in a while my kids post one of me that shows my age and I just stay off facebook until it no longer shows up. You would think at 70 that I wouldn't care.

jan said...

Abigail is all over the place. We have to watch her like a hawk. She is also a little bit of a klutz. While they were in Colo visiting family, she ran into a window sill and has a black eye. It did not show in the pic I posted. I am sure my granddaughter gets looks when they go out in public.

jan said...

I have been off for 5 days - it is harder to go back to work the longer I am off. I am working about 20-22 hrs a week but only need to work 15 1/2 hrs. I am banking some time for Dec. Some people would try to work 8 hrs a day and have more days off, but I find that working about 5 hrs a day works better for me - I have more time for walking and sleep better.

jan said...

We are watching 40 years of Peter, Paul & Mary- on public television. I have always loved them.

Coreen said...

Neat family Jan...and Abigail (do you call her Abby?) is a cutie pie...I noticed that either your grandson is pretty tall or you are a shorty, like me who is 5'2"....

Coreen said...

Carol, no doubt in my mind that you would just keep on ticking, like the energizer bunny, can not imagine anything that would stop you for
very long...but how are you managing driving?...

hope each day it gets a little easier...

About tonite's Saints/Giants game...I will stay neutral, lots of friends are big Giant fans...& the NY guys today said your team
has some 'sensational' players...in particular
Drew Brees, & someone named Graham & Shules?...
& that the coach & Drew combine for a terrific team...sooo... consensusis likely to be a tough night for the Giants....especially down
in your home....

jan said...

Coreen, they call her Abigail. I have noticed with young families today that they do not want the shortened form of the names for children. An interesting change. John has a granddaughter whose name is Sophie Claire (I love it) and the parents want the entire name used when addressing her. No more Johnny or Jimmy or Billy, etc. I interview a lot of young parents in my job. The names are sophisticated too.

jan said...

My GS with quilt is 6 ft 1 in and I am one foot shorter (5-1). Fortunately all my grand kids are taller than me. I have a 14 year old GD in AR who is already 6 ft tall.

jan said...

Coreen, my dad was 5ft 5 in and mother was 4 ft 11 in - Interestingly, both their mothers were tall. 5 - 8 and 5-9.

Carol said...

Coreen..you can pull for your NY boys. It ought to be another good game. I'm never sure which Saint's team will show up. Always nervous. This is a must win game.

That's Graham and Sproles. And we can't forget Ingram.

Carol said...

Coreen..I don't have any problems driving. It's my left foot and my truck has auto transmission.

What's weird is that the worst pain I've had in a few days was last night when I was trying to sleep with my foot on a pillow. It finally stopped throbbing. Then it's bad in the morning when I first get up.

I'll get thru this. God may be trying to teach me patience. That's a tough lesson for me.

Carol said...

Have y'all been following the Bernie Fine case. Another slimy situation. Pervs are coming out of the woodworks. With the incidence of child molestation..there must be a lot in the woodworks.

Carol said...

Don't like the looks of the beginning of this game.

Carol said...

except for that interception.

Carol said...

Speaking of short..that Sproles is only 5'6" and he can crawl thru anything like a little mouse.

jan said...

Just checking - but looks like Saints are way ahead.

jan said...

Carol, that is the way my shoulder is. It it pretty good throughout the day. Hurts some when I turn over at night and early morning it hurts a lot. After I am up and around a while not so bad.

Carol said...

Man..Brees was hot last night.

Carol said...

Have you guys started noticing any similarity between politics..the campaigns and those reality housewife shows? Both totally rediculous. You will never convince me that any of those guys or gal are really trying to win an election. They are competing to see who can look the dumbest. There is that one guy..surprisingly enough.. a Louisiana Republican Buddy Roemer..who sounds pretty sane but they won't let him in the mix. He doesn't fit in the zoo.

I still think they are just testing to see if the epidemic use of those antidepressants have achieved the desired effects on the population yet.

I'm not belittling depression. It is probably the most popular state of mind going these days. I was starting to settle down into my annual.. heading into winter depression.. when I broke up everything. Just when I had a good reason to be depressed..I had to switch into survival mode. Ya don't have any energy to get into self pity when you have to work so hard just to get to your food.

Carol said...

It seems lots of people have things to be depressed about even if they're not watching TV. You can't watch TV and stay happy.

My poolman/boatman called me last weekend to tell me he heard I had injured myself and that he would help me out if I needed anything. I told him thanks. Well..today I saw him..he's in the joint again.

He had already been in jail for about 3-4 years for DUI. He has been out on probation for two years and had his pool business going. He still had two more years on probation. I had discussed with him the phenomena I've discussed here about how often people end up going right back to jail for doing dumb things.

He was stopped the other day while driving his motorcycle and couldn't blow into the breathalizer because he kept coughing. He told me this weekend that he inhaled chlorine gas while mixing some pool chemicals and burned his lungs pretty good. They assumed he was trying to avoid taking the test.

Carol said...

And he hadn't even had time to cover my pool yet. Now I'm starting to get depressed but that's only because I have some quiet time and don't have to struggle to complete my activities of daily living right now. I'll be fine in the morning when I have to get into the shower and get dressed.

Carol said...

Coreen..I did drop in at TM and saw that Sean..AKA Lardass Liberal died. Very sad. It's been hard lurking much over there. Not only because I find politics depressing but the mortality rate/morbity rate over there is just too high.

Have you seen anything from Chloe or Ivy over there? I worry about them. I hope they are in good health and good humor.

Carol said...

Jan..did you see the story about the 8 year old boy they removed from his mother because he wasn't losing weight? I know that's pretty hefty even for most adults but approximately what should a 8 year old boy weigh? My formulas are for adults.

Do you think it was right to remove him from his mom?

jan said...

Great, I just wrote a long comment to your question Carol, and lost it all. I will answer simply - no I don't agree with it.

jan said...

Have not been on line much tonight. Getting ready to go back to North Carolina for 2nd intensive -Dream conf. We leave early thurs morning. Looking forward to it.

jan said...

I am not taking computer this time. I am trying to take care of my arm. I am checking my bag too.

jan said...

They have growth charts for kids. Normal weight is based on height, just like adults.

jan said...

I have one granddaughter who is overweight- her dad, Steve is greatly overweight (my son). It does take work to keep kids from gaining weight in this day and age. Steve had a tendency to put on weight when he was a pre-teen. When he and Bob went to Montana and I stayed in LA to take care of house - and when I got to Montana,Steve was a little tub. I was furious with Bob because he was feeding him fast food every day and milk shakes. When I got there Steve could not walk a block. I got him back in shape in about 3 months. But I cut out all the fast food and milk shakes and got him into some fun activities. He was not a chub again until about 10 years ago.

jan said...

Bill and Terry or their kids never been overweight. I think a lot of it is genetics. There is some obesity in my family and lots in Bob's family. Bill and Terry's bio dad's family are all lean. I do that that makes a difference. That is why I don't think it is right to take a kid out of his/her home for obesity.

jan said...

Terry has a stepdaughter who has a serious eating disorder. We don't talk about weight and dieting around here now. It is really sad. So we have both sides of the issue.

jan said...

disorder is bulemia. She weighs about 90 lbs.

Carol said...

Jan..once that weight goes on..it's almost impossible to get it off. Our bodies are so efficient at holding on to weight for lean times.

Ya have to starve yourself of 3500 calories just to lose a pound of weight but if you do it too fast the body drops it's metabolism because it kicks into emergency mode. It's more important not to get it on to begin with.

Carol said...

Something I was watching on TV the other day had this program about flavoring. It was one of the few interesting things I found on TV. Mostly I just watch the channels fly by as I exercise my remote control. It might have been on that CBS Sunday morning show. That's usually an interesting show.

Well..they had this lab that created flavors. They traveled the world to find good flavors and then were able to recreate them in a lab. They had a drawer full of just chicken flavors..even chunchy..fatty.. fried chicken flavor. The guy doing the interview was impressed.

Now why can't they sell that and people could put it on their broccoli.

Carol said...

Well..it looks like Dr Oz was right about apple juice. I didn't think he would go out on a limb like he did unless he was fairly comfortable with his data. I've found him to be a sharp Doc and I don't give Docs credit for just being Docs.

jan said...

StepGD in ICU - K is 1.4 - she is getting K by IV and they will start TPN soon.

jan said...

tomorrow is her 19th birthday.

Carol said...

Jan..that's the GD with bulemia? How very sad. How long has she been having this problem? She must have been seriously starving herself and purging to drop that potassium so low. Very dangerous.

jan said...

We have known she is bulemic for about 3 years. She was in a 2 month treatment program in Arizona 2 years ago. It did not help at all. At least it does not seem to have slowed the progression of her disease.

jan said...

What did Dr. Oz say about apple juice?

jan said...

I feel so bad for her mom. The doc is telling mom to just stop trying to do anything - that it is up to her daughter if she wants to get well. Easier said than done. The doc is about 60, is from Boston and says she has seen this so many times. She said it is best for parents to back off from doing anything.

jan said...

I am all packed and ready to go to NC tomorrow morning. Taking warm clothes. supposed to be cold.

Carol said...

Have a wonderful retreat Jan. It is best not to take the computern with you.

Carol said...

Jan..you can't hear me but don't go near the water. That was a pretty big shark that they saw off the coast of North Carolina. Looked just like....JAWS!

Carol said...

Everything OK Coreen? Haven't heard from you in a while.

Coreen said...

All is ok Carol, just not much to add...am starting to decorate for Christmas, but think I am trying to do less, it gets harder each year...need to simplify it...

And yes I did read about Sean at TM...sad for
Craig & his family/friends...

Carol said...

Tonight is our Christmas party and I really wanted to go but don't have anything left in me. They are having it at one of the casinos and I do like to go there but I just don't have any more crip hiking energy left in me today.

My nurses at one of my clinics said it was going to be an easy day and I could probably finish there in a hurry and do the other side and get out by noon so I could rest up for the party. Hah! It was one of the worst days of the week.

My first patient came in complaining that the boots he was wearing for work hurt his feet. Said his leg was swollen. I had him take off his boot and sock and he had skin hanging off his big toe. Reminded me of one of those zombies from the Night of the Living Dead. It just about turned my stomach.

I asked him how he could have been walking around like that and he just shrugged. I had to debride that skin. He meat under it was bright red and his leg was swollen..infection of the leg.

I asked the guy if he had diabetes and he said no. I did a blood sugar and it was over 300. A little more interrogating and he had been diagnosed with diabetes years ago..done nothing..ignored it.

Beside caring for his leg..I had to start him on insulin and it took a lot of talking to convince him that it was absolutely necessary.

That kinda set the pace for the day. Extreme dermatology was one of the themes of the day. Another guy..a foreign guy who didn't speak English very well..had this tumor on his lower leg. It looked like a huge mushroom growing out of his leg. Never seen anything like it and don't have a clue what it is. It actually looked like one of those old fashioned door knobs attached to his leg.

He was working and the boot he was wearing rubbed on the tumor and started it bleeding. That's the only reason he came in. He has had that tumor for over 11 years and..again..never even had any medical evaluation.

I actually had a few that weren't too bad between door knob leg man and zombi foot man.

Carol said...

Well..my LSU Tigers are the SEC champs. I was kinda worried the first half when they were 0-10 going into half time.

I'm starting to think that they just like to tease us or make the game more interesting by allowing the other team a nice headstart. That happened several times this season.

Looks like we'll be playing Bama again at the BCS bowl. Hope it's a more exciting game than the last one.

Carol said...

I just watched Tiger win his first golf tournament in two years. I was pulling for him. It is time for his bad Karma to be over.

I think Tiger dealt himself his own bad Karma. It's easy to see how much of a mental game golf is and how one's self esteem can influence the game.

I think I even see it is other sports. Yesterday..LSU started the first half of their game looking pretty rough...couldn't buy a first down. It took a morale boost by the Honey Badger to get it turned around and then it was wham bam thank you ma'am.

Carol said...

I wonder if Jan's John got to watch any football this weekend or if he spent the entire weekend dreamin.

I know he watches football but not sure if he is an avid fan. If he is..I can imagine him getting a hotel room for a day to watch. We'll have to see.

Even though I mostly just like to watch my teams play..I'm crazy about the games when they are playing. Lately..I've been watching some of the other games. I love watching when I can feel a little passion for one of the teams.

It is..especially right now..kinda hard for me to watch those guys get crushed stomped and run over. It even bothers me when they celebrate by jumping on one another when excited. I'm afraid they will injure something when they don't have to. So much trauma to those bones and joints.

Carol said...

Tonight the Saints have the NBC night game. I guess it will be a late night.

Carol said...

Since I try so hard to avoid watching any politics or seeing another story about the Ks..about all I have left are sports.

Coreen said...

Sports is a great fun...a momentary rush when
your team comes up with that needed win...sometimes nerve wracking, others not so much, but in the end, it is always about winning....

And right now you have 2 teams that are in the running for championship wins...

And politics for the most part is tedious & very unfulfilling....

Coreen said...

Not sure Jan/John would be watching TV in NC
thought she mentioned they had lots of activities when they went last time...

Coreen said...

Here's a brewing controversy in CT...

Now that the storms are over, the issue becomes
what is to be done to avoid the mega outgages again..most point to the abundance of trees
that overhang, intermingle with the electrical
lines...so the discussion now is cutting down
large swaths of trees along all roads...

how to do it, how many...each town is voicing
its concerns, since we live in communities that
value the tree lined roads...

the cry is again for underground lines....

It shall be interesting to see how this turns out, or if it becomes all huffing/puffing, with
little in the way of solutions to a problem
that is not going away...We are a state with
lots of trees...

For me, I have mixed feelings about clearcutting the trees but not sure how each
town would determine which trees to be cut, especially where landowners are against cutting
'their' trees...even though towns/state usually have rights of way along most roadways...

Coreen said...

Here's the article from local paper last week
that started the debate, I meant to post it
but forgot...
Power Struggle

Carol said...

Coreen..it's been pretty cool having both my teams doing so well this year.

I was a little nervous about both games this weekend but they pulled it out and we didn't even have Tebow on either team.

I think Detroit shot themselves in the foot last night. Every time they came close to being able to pull ahead..one of their boys pulled a dumb penalty and they lost yardage. One guy even reached over a referee to try to deck one of our guys.

I think that boy named Suh has had a bad influence on that team.

Carol said...

Well..I guess you know where I come down on the issue of trees. I'm a tree hugger. They do increase the work around my places but they do so much for the environment. They inhale CO2 and give off O2. They are homes for the birds and squirrels. They provide shade and a wind break. They also provide organic material for the soil. I could go on....

Let us know what they decide for your area.

Carol said...

I wonder when Jan will be home. She may find a little snow on the ground when she gets there.

We're also going to have a cold week but no snow..I hope. My bones don't like these radical changes in the temp and humidity.

Carol said...

It's not bad enough that I have to drag myself to work all broken up..hobble in pain a good distance to get to my office with a broken hand and foot but that's not enough punishment. The last patient I had today had just come in a bit earlier. He is a paraplegic..can't feel the lower half of his body. He has one leg amputated above the knee..the other leg with a broken femur..non healing wounds everywhere..and incontinent of both urine and feces.

He didn't know the names of any of his medications but one is a blood thinner because he also has a clotting disorder. Now.. I'm stuck taking care of this guy! We are just a couple of medical clinics..not an infirmary or a hospital or a nursing home. I asked him how in the hell could he have done anything to get arrested. He said it was an old charge.

Well..they may think they are punishing him by throwing him in jail but they are punishing me and my nurses just as much..maybe more.

Is there any wonder why I'm accident prone these days?

jan said...

We got home about an hour ago. House was 47 degrees - it is 16 outside. We have been in airports and on planes for 12 hours. For some reason we were routed to Salt lake City out of Atlanta. I am not sure why. I must look at the schedule to see what is going on. Glad to be home. No ballgames since a week ago. They do have a couple of tv's in this retreat center but we were in meetings all the time except when eating. It is like you leave the world behind there.

I will catch up with all the readings tomorrow.

Carol said...

Welcome home Jan. That's a long day. I bet you were whipped. How was the retreat?

jan said...

"Just when I had a good reason to be depressed..I had to switch into survival mode. Ya don't have any energy to get into self pity when you have to work so hard just to get to your food."

Carol, I found this post when I went back to read posts starting when I left town. MOst interesting. I suspect there is truth in this for people who are trying to survive.

jan said...

Coreen, I look forward to pictures you post from your home and surroundings with Christmas decorations. I hope we will see these here soon.

I actually am thinking of putting up a tree this year. I have not decorated for Christmas in years. For some reason, I am wanting to see a tree with maybe the ornaments I have made and collected over the years. As you say, It is a lot of work.

jan said...

Carol, you truly have a unique job. How sad these men have such awful wounds like the man with diabetes and also the man with the growth on his leg. Yet, I hear people say how people who are incarcerated have the best of medical care.

jan said...

Coreen, Just read the article on trees versus power in your state. What a dilemma. It seems underground lines are the answer, however, what to do in the meantime. Underground lines will take time.

This issue is an important one in Arkansas also, as freezing rain and sleet combine with many trees causes the same problem.

jan said...

I didn't sleep well last night. Our house temp was 43 degrees and our bedroom did not have time to warm up before bedtime. We have an elect blanket with dual controls - John had his up to 5 and I kept mine at 2 - I woke up several times freezing - but didn't want to move or wake up john to turn up my control (they are on his side) - The place where the blanket is plugged in makes his side more accessible for the controls. Finally, I decided I was tired of being cold and moved to John's side. Why didn't I do that earlier? I do like my space while sleeping - so usually stay on my own side of the bed.

Carol said...

Nice to have you back Jan.

Both of you guys better check your trees out..especially if real trees. They had a news story on the other day about a family that found a S---- slithering in their tree. Non-poisionous..nothing to worry about. Your cats might get a kick out of that Coreen..free toy..no batteries required.

No Coreen..that story was not from down here in bayou country..it was up north somewhere. We shake all the critters out of our trees before bringing them in the house.

Carol said...

And more proof there is a God and she reads our blog. When I got to work with a game plan for that prize inmate I got in yesterday afternoon..he had been released. Thank You God!

Carol said...

Jan..I'd move those controls over to your side of the bed. Extention cord.

It's cold here today..not cold by NM or CT standards but cold by bayou standards. And you have to remember I live in a tent..well a wooden tent. It's going to be in the low 30s.. maybe colder.. at night all week. Yuk. Only 43 outside now but I'm cozy inside right now.

jan said...

Carol, the intensive/retreat was great. We are with the same people in our group for 2 years. This is the 2nd time we were all together. The first time was in August. We have bonded as we all share a story/autobio of our life up to now that we have 20 min to share in the group. We did that in August. Now we are sharing our dreams with each other. We have a mentor who is with us in all these activities. We all arrived on Thurs. Then Friday, Sat and Sun we have classes and our group meetings where we share our dreams. It is pretty structured. We also have non-structured time too and we have paints and other artsy stuff we can do too. It is like a playground for adults who want to learn more about dreams. It is in a beautiful retreat center. We all have our own rooms and all meals are prepared. The meals are great too - very healthy. Lots of homegrown veggies. They grow some of the veggies there. Gorgeous setting too. John complains there are too many veggies - he says they give him a diarrhea- I LOL at that.

jan said...

Carol, I am turning up my side of the controls tonight. Our bedroom was really cold and did not warm up much over the night.

jan said...

Glad your problem inmate was released. You have enough on your plate.

Carol said...

How do you heat your house Jan.

jan said...

We have gas heating - it is a furnace in the basement. We had turned the thermostat down to 50 - and with 16 degree temp- it took a while to get the temp up.

Carol said...

If that uses heating oil..I heard that is really expensive these days.

Carol said...

And Jan..our inmates are in our care and custody. That means I'm responsible for their medical well being. You know I take that seriously.

We do have our limits though. If they come in with something that is not life threatening or not going to alter their longterm health if not attended to..I give them advice on how to deal with the problem when released.

I'm quite sure they may see steam coming from my ears if it doesn't pop out my mouth when they tell me that while they are being tied up with their unfortunate incarceration..they would like to take care of a few things they didn't have time to deal with when they were too effed up on all their street pharmaceuticals. The oriface that gets involved all depends on my mood and or tolerance level that day.

I do always take the time to teach the proper use of the health care system. Most of them probably don't appreciate that education but they are the biggest abusers of the healthcare system. They go to the ER for everything and they don't care because they will not be paying for that service..the rest of us will be.

Because they don't care what they are doing to the system or what they are doing to the rest of us..I try to stress that the ER will only treat the emergency and doesn't care about helping them manage any chronic disorders. The motto of the ER is "treat them and street them". One of the ER docs I worked with even had those words as a screen savor on his laptop.

I think I told y'all that I was talking to a nurse at a prison in California who said something about the state paying for sex changes. They must have stopped that practice because I saw a headline on a news blog the other day about some inmate in Cal sueing to get a sex change operation.

Carol said...

Jan..how is your step GD?

jan said...

Hi Carol, apparently she is doing ok now. I have not heard in a few days. I am going to see Terry tomorrow and will find out. No news is probably good news.

jan said...

Carol, I know you take your work very seriously. Remember, I went to school with you and worked with you. I don't know anyone who takes their work more seriously. I am sure the inmates under your care are getting the best care around.

jan said...

Hey Coreen, how are you doing up there in the northeast? I am waiting to see some Christmas pictures.

jan said...

I have had a scratchy and somewhat sore throat for about a week. I am sure all the stress is taking its toll. Thank Heaven it is not a headache. I have been taking some tylenol for it and sucking on throat lozenges. It helps some.

Coreen said...

Still not sure about a real tree this year Carol, but sure would not like any surprises!!!

Right now leaning toward not putting up a real one, the inside tree is standing but not
decorated yet...

Carol said...

We're waiting for your Christmas decoration pics Coreen. It's alright if there is no s.... in the pic even though that would be a plus.

Carol said...

Who said this? See if you can guess.

"The gays have got to be pro-life,"... "As soon as they find the gay gene, guess who the liberal yuppies are gonna start aborting?"

I had a great idea. If they could add this woman to the cast of Jersey Shore I'd watch it..well only if those Jersey girls will beat the s--- out of her. That would be a real treat.

Carol said...

Jib Jab doesn't doesn't need any animated cartoons with these Repub candidates. All they have to do is weave together some of the things they do and say on TV. Are these candidates trying to be so funny or are they serious?

I didn't think the Repubs wanted to win last time when McCain and Palin ran and I'm pretty sure that they don't want to win this time either. It's so much easier to criticize than to create.

Carol said...

Jay Behar is going off HLN after this week. It's the only show on HLN that I really like. I DVR it every night. She is very entertaining and she has on some really entertaining guests. Rats.

Why can't they get rid of some of the others on that Network who shout and repeat themselves over and over and over.

Maybe the world isn't going to end in 2012...just the one we like. Now..how far away is that new planet they found that looks a lot like earth?

jan said...

Carol, sorry to hear your fav show is going off. I have seldom watched her evening show, but love the View.

jan said...

Have a full blown cold now. Had a bad night last night. It can only go up from here.

Carol said...

Jan..I'm sorry you're feeling bad. I don't know about you but I find that having to use a lot of heat gets to me. When it's been off for a while and it comes on..it smells like warmed over mouse do do. It doesn't matter where I am it seems to smell the same when the heat comes on. I really don't think a mouse can hang out in my window units here.

Carol said...

If you like the view..you would have probably liked Joy's show. I just started watching it this year.

Carol said...

Rumor has it that Kirstie is putting her weight back on. It seems that once fat has found a home..even when it leaves for a while..it come right back home. We just have to get used to having the company.

I thought I'd gain some weight with my decreased activity due to my loss of bone integrity but I have actually lost weight. It's a lot more difficult to graze which is my favorite way to eat.

Carol said...

I fell asleep early tonight but had to get up to put the Magster out so now I'm wide awake.

Carol said...

"By employing a plethora of tax-dodging techniques, 30 multi-million dollar American corporations expended more money lobbying Congress than they paid in federal income taxes between 2008 and 2010, ultimately spending approximately $400,000 every day -- including weekends -- during that three-year period to lobby lawmakers and influence political elections, according to a new report from the non-partisan Public Campaign."

"Of the 30 companies analyzed in the report...which raked in about $4.2 billion in profits during that period, paid a three-year tax rate of 1 percent"

While the people are suffering with no jobs.."2010 year was a record year for executive compensation..The CEO's of some of the largest U.S. corporations made, on average..about 343 times more than workers' median pay"

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/264481/20111209/30-major-u-s-corporations-paid-lobby.htm

POWER TO THOSE OWS PROTESTORS.

Carol said...

Actually Jan..it was all the checks you probably have on your Holmes stress inventory that finally got you into the condition to catch that cold. Take it very easy right now..very easy!

I wouldn't recommend that anyone find and take that test right now. I'm sure it's on the Web. I think Christmas gives everyone a higher score to start with so all you need is a few more stressors to put you in a dangerous category.

I remember..not so fondly..the first time I took it. Lynn W gave it to me. She was teaching a class on stress. I scored like in the 95% chance of having an accident..illness or worse. That afternoon I went to play softball. I was on a team at the time. I ended up catching a fast ball with my trachea. As soon as I could breath again..I thought about that test.

They don't have an item on that test to check for knowing how your high score increases your chance of having an accident but they should.

Carol said...

I believe that stress is a more important etiological factor in illness..accidents..or death than heridity or physical pathology.

jan said...

Amen about the stress causing injuries and illness.

jan said...

I had a nice drive with Terry Thursday through Friday. He was taking his stepson back to Phoenix. We had a great talk there and back. Stepson slept all the way. I don't know what is keeping Terry from getting sick. He has so much on his plate right now. He and Bill have both got lots going on.

jan said...

We put up a Christmas tree this afternoon. Terry went with me to get it and hauled it over in his truck. Then his 10 and 19 year old daughters helped me put lights and ornaments on. It has been at least 12 years since I put up a tree. It looks nice. I found lots of things in the Christmas boxes that I had long forgotten about. I found a really cute stained glass hanging lamp that I do not remember.

jan said...

Coreen, Terry is my 2nd son.

jan said...

I felt rotten last night but am better today.

Carol said...

Glad you are feeling better today Jan. I made some gumbo for supper. I wish I could send you some. It would cure any cold.

Carol said...

Well..R2D2..I mean RG3..Robert Griffin III.. won the Heisman trophy. He was a good choice. I was proud that our Honey Badger was in the running.

jan said...

My mouth is watering for gumbo. I bet it would cure the cold too. Last night was pretty bad. Throat hurt pretty bad but today was not bad. I hope tonight is a better night.

jan said...

I looked up the Heisman trophy winner. I have been to a few Baylor games. While I was in Dallas I dated a Baylor alumni for 2 years and then were friends for another 2 years. He was a big Baylor fan and a Baptist. I just could not take the Baptist stuff. We were on totally different political sides.

jan said...

What is a honey badger?

Carol said...

Jan..if you Google it..the first thing that pops up is the animal.. on Wiki..which they describe as the most fearless animal on earth. The second thing that pops up is Tyrann Mathieu..LSUs star cornerback. He was up for the Heisman trophy last night.

He's pretty exciting to watch and often this year when things weren't going too well for LSU..he made some daring plays that turned the game around.

He really didn't look so fearlesss last night. He looked like a little kid standing up on that stage with both hands in his pockets..rocking back and forth.. like he didn't know what to do. He's cute.

Carol said...

I was very impressed with all the Heisman trophy candidates and really impressed with the winner..RG3.

Interesting thing is that they impressed me so much more than those Republican candidates running for president. Scary..huh? And scarier that I would rather watch a Heisman trophy program than a political debate.

Here's an article about Tyrann:

Tyrann Mathieu Heisman Finalist: Honey Badger Up For Award After Stellar LSU Campaign

Carol said...

Do you guys really think that Ms Sandusky didn't have a clue what was going on with her husband all those years? I don't!

The only thing that could explain it is that she wanted someone who could bring home the bacon but didn't really like pork or to be porked. There had to be some pretty big signs.

jan said...

Carol, Thanks for link to article about Heisman trophy and story about Tyrann Mathieu.

I too feel that Sandusky's wife must have known something. I cannot believe he did what he did and she didn't know or suspect something.

Of course, if she had admitted even to herself that he was doing this to boys, she would have had to at least leave him. I am sure there are few women who would give up that kind of lifestyle.

jan said...

Coreen, I hope you are ok.

jan said...

How was your gumbo? I bought some special tomato soup at Whole Foods (they make the best tom soup with herbs and spices) 2 nights in a row. I was craving it.

jan said...

I rode with son, Terry to Phoenix the other day. We stayed in a motel. I woke up with a God-awful cold. Terry went out to take his step son to the court. I got up, showered and dressed. I put my phone in the pocket of my sweater. I went to the bathroom and when I was getting off the potty, my phone fell out of my sweater pocket and into the potty. Fortunately I had only peed so I reached in and got it. Cleaned it off good. Took out the battery and dried it with the hair dryer. I called John so that part worked ok. When I tried to text Terry it didn't work. After a few hours that function came back. Now it is working just fine. John says he will not borrow my phone again. He said he does not want it next to his face. I told him, "It was only water and chemicals. " He said he didn't care. It is just the idea that it had been in the toilet.

jan said...

I threatened John with his life if he put that on facebook. He has a habit of doing that.

jan said...

Coreen, did you watch X Factor thurs nite. I was glad Melanie Amauro went through. I felt bad for little Rachel Crow, the 13 year old. She fell on the floor and sobbed when she was voted off. I was reading that Nicole, the judge who tied up the vote got some hate mail over that.

Carol, when the 4 judges tied up the vote, they went to the audience votes and Rachel got the lowest number of votes.

Carol said...

Jan..you would be surprised to hear how often that happens to people. So far that is about the only fluid I haven't dropped a cell phone into. I try to be unique. How many people drop one into asparagus saute like I did? Before that it was the river..the swimming pool and dishwater.

I was reading an article today about a mom who gave her iphone to her toddler to keep him busy while pooping. He dropped it into the toilet.

And another thing..cell phones that haven't hit a toilet are full of E coli. They are the dirtiest things we have around us.

Carol said...

The Saints game today was ugly. They won but it was ugly.

jan said...

They won! Congrats! Your teams are doing good.

Carol said...

I guess a win is a win. I better not bitch.

I've always believed in the power of prayer and Tebow for the last 7 weeks has demonstrated it's power.

You said that the Boncos was one of your boys fav teams Jan. What do they think about the power of the Tebow?

I couldn't see the game here so I watched how it ended on SI where they just had a graphic of what was happening.

Carol said...

Coreen..I'm worrying. I know you say you don't have anything to say but if you haven't noticed I haven't had much to say either..for a good while.

Carol said...

It looks like Elizabeth Warren is doing well in the polls. If there is a great..honest..intelligent..capable..candidate like that and she loses...this country is in big trouble.

I just can't understand how the 1% can totally hoodwink the other 99%. What gives?

I know I piss people off when I say that maybe the antidepressants have made many in the population apathetic and are controlling their minds but I'm looking for a logical explanation and that one pharmaceutical that the majority of the population takes.

I've thought about those chem trails..you know those clouds that come from the planes in the skies. Some conspiracy theorists say they spray us with chemicals. That's a real stretch even though I do feel the need to hold my breath when I see one.

Carol said...

Jan..why don't you put up a pic of the tree you put up with some of the memorable oraments you have collected over the years..and their stories. That would be cool.

Carol said...

Today in my email I had a email from Amazon saying my order had been shipped. It was for something costing $159. I hadn't ordered anything so I opened it. It looked ligit with a order confirmation and place to click to track the order. It looked just like a order confirmation from Amazon.

I checked my account at Amazon and there were no orders. I called Amazon and had no orders. I reported that email. That is very screwy.

Be very careful people. There are scammers out there.

Carol said...

I had another head scratcher today. A nice looking 48 year old man. Looked like a Hawaii 5-0 guy. I asked how long he would be in jail..which is one of the usual questions I ask so I can determine how long I will need to provide care. He said probably forever. That surprised so I asked for what?

He was in for his unteenth DUI. I found out that he had been incarcerated all but about 3 months of his last 20 years. He got his first DUI at age 17.

I told him that after all the time he had spent in jail.. I just didn't understand why he couldn't learn that he couldn't drink and drive. He had no explanation. None of them do.

Carol said...

Another head scratcher..today Sandusky's lawyer told people that if they believe the sex charges against his client they need to call 1-800-Reality. Jane VM did and it was a XXX sex hotline. Interesting coincidence. Can't make up this shit.

And another...Barbara Wa Wa has selected KKKs..Kim and fly as some of her most fascinating people of the year. It's time for Babs to hang up her journalist license.

jan said...

woke up at 4 am again. Am getting over the cold but have a sinus thing that wakes me up and sore throat from post nasal drip. Maybe I need to get one of those nettie pots. I keep putting it off. Just lots going on to.

How is your ankle Carol?

jan said...

I too do not understand why the Kardashians are such news. Give me a break. so many people doing amazing things and she picked the KKK's. I don't get it either.

jan said...

I will post some pics of tree and stuff. I was hoping Coreen would do that.

jan said...

I don't watch news often, but when I see Sandusky on TV, he comes across like he thinks this is nothing. He must be a sociopath.

jan said...

John now has bad cold. Feel sorry for him.

I am tickled for Eliz Warren. I sure hope she gets that senate seat. We need more women in Congress and in govt overall. An article in the paper said more men are staying home taking care of the kids now as women having better time finding and keeping jobs.

Coreen said...

Jan, please do post your Christmas decorating
pics...I can always do another post (that is
if it lets me...last post was very difficult to
get done)...I have a few pics so far, but keep
forgetting my camera in my travels...

Maybe you & John wound up with colds as a result of your recent air travwel...all that
recycled air in the cabin....

Coreen said...

From last week (forgot again when I saw it) a
'survey' of what TV shows Republicans & Democrats watch...

Hmmm...what happens when you watch shows that
each 'side' likes...

More humorous is the media spin about this survey, the way they describe the 'liberal watchers would lead you to believe that they are intelligent, worldly, elightened while those evil republicans are village idiots, neandrethals, dumbos...yada,yada,yada...I marvel at the ever so obvious bias of the media world...

And yes Carol, for the most part I line up with
the shows the dreaded republicans watch, though I only watch a few from the list at most, but then again I watch David Letterman, not Leno,
but that just may be my east coast bias.....
Democrat v. Republican TV
watching

Carol said...

Well Coreen.. that was pretty accurate. I like most of the programs the liberals like.

We all like DWTS and that's suppose to be for conservatives. Oh well.

Carol said...

I will record Barbara's special so I can fast forward thru what I don't want to watch.

She said today that many people were asking her why the KKKs so we aren't alone there in wondering why.

Coreen..one you will like is Derek Jeter. I can see that pick. And also the gay couple on Modern Family. I'm cool with that pick also.

Carol said...

A lady in New Zealand found a baby seal asleep on her couch.

"According to the report, the seal wandered from the bay waterfront, through a residential area, across busy roads, under a gate, through a cat door, and up some stairs before he was found at around 9:30 p.m."

Better than a s---- in your Christmas tree.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/baby-seal-house-couch_n_1146980.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C120042

Carol said...

And Coreen..I do see many conservatives as evil..greedy..selfish..and some of their supporters as "neandrethals snd dumbos" because they support concepts that definitely aren't in their or many other's best interest.

I would kinda see myself as being conservative but the problem is that I really don't see conservatives as conservative.

Carol said...

And Jan..Barbara mentioned today on the View that some of those fascinating people picks were made because they were people in the news. I really don't think many people are interested in the KKKs..I think the media crams them down our throats. You can't pull up a website without seeing many articles on trivia on the Ks. I don't ever hit on those articles..even if they said one was abducted by a alien.

Coreen said...

Sorry Carol, but pretty sure that those that
support Republican views & are middle class
don't feel that they are working against their own self interest in doing so, although
I know that is a favorite liberal catchphrase used against those that do not agree with their
view of what govt does & should do...

There are many in the middle class that don't agree that big govt is beneficial....& honestly I don't know anyone who wants to pay more taxes...no matter what 'class' they are in...

Carol said...

The hardest part of paying more taxes is seeing how our tax dollars are wasted. If they were used more appropriately..it wouldn't be a problem for me..only if the ultra rich weren't getting so many unfair breaks.

Carol said...

And Coreen..you do pay some disgusting taxes up your way.

Coreen said...

Precisely the problem, what you believe is wasted tax dollars, may not be what other taxpayers feel is wasted...what you deem appropriate may not be what others deem so....

As for the class warfare this adm. is waging,
it is beneath contempt...am so tired of this
diversion...the ultra rich whoever they may be will survive...oh that's right, depending who those 'ultra rich' are & if they agree with the left's view they are exempt from attack...meanwhile attention is diverted
from the abject failure to do the one thing
this adm. needed to do from the get go for the middle class...create jobs...instead obama thought he was unique, special, the cool cat who was just short of idolized by a large segment of the country & with his liberal contingent in control (for a couple of years) pushed through the worst poorly crafted health plan...which has angered most people & never addressed the problem that was the original complaint from the middle class...the ever increasing costs of health care...the obama
plan DOES NOTHING to stop insurance costs from
going up, actually those that actually pay for
health insurance have seen costs continue to go up...

Just one of the reasons those middle class individuals have little to no faith in the agenda of this adm. & the dems. & may very well
choose to support republicans...

Coreen said...

Yes Carol, where I come from, we pay & pay & are always asked to pay more (with a small return)....& when the payer is struggling to support their own, they balk at paying to cover unknown others, who they see as takers, not contributors...at the
expense of their own family's welfare...

Hate to tell you kid, but those inmates/patients you speak of, would be perfect examples of what those middle class who
may support rep. principles that you think are
against their self interest....would find problematic to use their taxes to support...

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