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  1. Love the colors and how you adapted the pattern to work for this doll. Great idea to go ahead and make two dresses same pattern but different colors.
  2. And when you get there many of the links on page 1 no longer work because of forum software updates. Go to page 4 and use the links Empress Busy Bee posted.
  3. Thats a pretty one. Thanks for finding it for us.
  4. Love the zipped pockets. Thank you for sharing your pattern with us.
  5. Yep pretty much all my life the sound of a chainsaw meant there was work awaiting me.
  6. Awesome that you could make that pattern work for the baby doll. I like this colorway as I am partial to blues.
  7. The guys are outside my window trimming a very large limb off of a tree on the golf course. Its all I can do to stay in out of their way. My inclination is to run out and start stacking the big pieces and trimming and piling brush.
  8. Mary Jo I am thankful that it wasnt a stroke and antibiotics will fix it. Sorry about the tooth. Guessing its going to mean a crown prep. We are waiting for our weekly snow/ rain/ freezing rain event for week to hit. Its due to move in almost any time now. We made a grocery run this morning. Trying to get a few things caught up as sis is having her other knee replaced on Thurs so I will be staying with her some so niece can either have a break to do things she needs to do or go to work.
  9. It looks to me as if it was knitted on one of the Knifty Knitter round looms.
  10. Lea hope you get to feeling better soon. Yes you can still get Chinese finger traps but as to whether kids still play with them that I dont know. After all if their fingers are stuck in one of those they wouldnt be able to text their bff. Seems like you said you were expecting another granddaughter??? Ratdog best of luck to dh on acing those boards. We had a warm sunny afternoon but clouds and rain are moving in. Church this morning followed by potluck. Checked in with sis and niece to get a feel for when I will be needed as sis gets her other knee replaced this Thurs. Just taking it easy this afternoon with some laundry. Yesterday we had bonsai and then I spent afternoon in the pool.
  11. I am meeting many ladies here that have lost their husbands-----some years ago and one just last Thurs. Dh rescued one in the parking lot last week. She started across parking lot before she realized it was slick. He was cleaning off the car and helped her on across. She was so greatful.
  12. Darski always glad to hear whats on your mind or in your heart. Hey Denise its a senior community. Everything is during the day and some things start at 8am! Their New Year's Eve bash was well over with by 9pm---- well it was midnight somewhere. Dh is horrible at keeping his schedule straight and always wants to do it all. Gives no thought whatsoever about logistics of it. One potluck on Sat and two Sun----no problem I am the one left figuring it out. We married in our 40's and even though we have been married 22 years he still lives his life in bachelor mode in many respects. In this case his solution is still to just take a bag of chips (and these are really not bag of chip type potlucks!). After we were married at grocery store he would count out exactly enough bananas for himself for the week. Hey wait a minute I eat bananas too. Back when he joined the volunteer fire department instead of discussing things like how it was going to affect our schedules/lives I was told "I don't care how you feel about it" and on the move I was told "I am moving with or without you. That's your choice." I do remind him that I recall saying something about til death do we part but nothing was said about natural causes and do you really want to go there with the person that prepares all your food knowing she worked in a hospital laboratory (you know majored in biology minored in chemistry ---like do you not know how much salmonella is in raw chicken???) not to mention what was it my conceal carry instructor told you after I took the class you INSISTED I take-------something about good aim tight pattern. By then he is guess thats not too smart is it and we are both laughing.
  13. If you scroll on down it says this: " ‘In de Knoop’ is a lamp made out of one single electric cable. The cable is twisted, turned and knitted into the shape of a lampshade, and as a result, the electricity runs through each and every part of the lamp. The idea was to use nothing more than two basic materials: a bulb connector and an electric cable. Since it is handmade by using a special crochet and knitting technique, each lamp is a unique and attentively made experiment in shape. 'In de Knoop' was an experiment in 2006 and is developed in 2009 to an exclusive and astonish lamp."
  14. Go Chris Go! Denise I do a lot of thinking and dreaming about projects before they happen. Still have lots of boxes to sort thru and thin out but I think we have (dare I say) all (because there is bound to be something we forgot) moving/change of address type things taken care of. FINALLY finding time for me to try out the pool. Dh got scooped up immediately for bowling league, practices with dulcimer group here, attends one of the classes, plays cards, and when its nice hits a few golf balls. Had a great time at Super Bowl party they had here and it was even better that our guys won. Mardi gras dinner next Tues. Wed a group called Victory Belles are performing here. Last Tues evening our favorite place to eat was open for pop up dinner and live entertainment. I also learned my time spent working on prayer shawls for the chaplains to hand out to residents from here counts as volunteer hours. Then heard there is a special dinner coming up for volunteers. Meeting lots of people and trying to learn so many names. I did shuffle boxes in my closet and finally moved my doll clothes patterns so I can get to them. So far only working on mini stockings. That's about all the attention span I can muster.
  15. Except it wasnt easy at all! Old time auctions are becoming a thing of the past. More and more only do them online and want you to haul it to them.
  16. Krys there are several options but you do not buy/own your unit. You can just rent---- all utilities are covered except for landline, internet, and cell. You have to have landline because its necessary the way the emergency system works. I think in the newer places they are switching over to systems that work without the landline. I think some of the newer contracts you are not required to have a landline. They have a contract with CCI which provides phone, internet and cable tv for a discounted rate. They set you all up. I did not have to call anyone to set any of that up and guy came out set up my computer and tv. Phone service is unlimited nation wide long distance and includes a cable tv plan (no box) for half of what my phone service at old place cost me. Out there I used a pre paid calling card for long distance and was on antenna tv. We had a metropolitan calling plan so we could call greater KC area and people there could call us and not pay long distance. Basic there was worthless for us as we never called anyone that was considered local. You dont get to choose your cable provider but its a non issue for us. Just renters also have dining credit, have full access to pool, gym, dial a ride etc. Everything is fine and dandy as long as you have the money to pay your rent. Buy in or home for life you put a large sum of money down---- about what most peoples houses are worth but in our case it was more but that depends on how much square foot of living space you are getting here plus you pay a monthly fee/ rent but it is less per month than just renting. Part of large sum and monthly goes towards long term health insurance. You get a form from them at end of year to use for taxes. There are different contracts depending on if you want money back for your heirs or not and if the time comes whether you want billed 25% or 50% off standard rate for services such as driving me places because its not where the free transportation goes and long term health care. I am glad that we made an appointment with the tax service that rents their office from this place to make sure we were going to be ok at tax time with all we were doing. That guy had a large notebook full of papers as to the amounts that were tax deductible last year. It depends on the type of contract people had. Other tax offices would not have had those. In fact at last Town Hall one man got up and said make sure your tax person understands that this is a continuing care facility and that they understand the tax implications in the letter. He said his were done wrong last year and had to be redone. You are still going to need your own health insurance/Medicare. There is a big event coming up that goes over all kinds of medical stuff we hope to attend. I know this place has visiting nurse agency and hospice. They also work off campus. If you need injections, stitches removed, blood pressure checks, surgical dressings changed you can go to their office at the designated times and they will do it at no charge. We sort of look at that buy in fee like buying into a cooperative. We no longer have to pay to replace the roof, replace water lines and sewer lines inside and out, the ac, furnace, stove, refrigerator, paint the house etc. In 8 years we can have fresh paint and new floors. They will shampoo carpet annually. We will have a roof over our heads and enough food to survive no matter if medical bills take our last penny. I couldnt say that before. Thats huge peace of mind. Buy in people get priority placement in assisted living and nursing home. If need be we will both be in same one unlike some couples where one winds up in one place and the other winds up across town. Nursing home here is as good as any and better than most. They do very well on their accreditations. My mom was assistant director of nursing there when she passed away and stepmom had rehab there for knee replacement some years ago. Everyone's monthly goes up annually in April. There is a % limit but we hear its usually between 3 and 5%. That part scares me a lot but they scrutinized our finances and accepted us so who am I to argue. They would not have let us move in if they really felt we were not going to be able to afford it. We looked at a couple of other continuing care facilities. Buy in was actually higher and not near as many amenities. Do you ever play the what would I do if I won the lottery? For 30 years I said if I won the lottery I would move here and at that time I would have had to wait 15 years to meet age requirement.
  17. Chris I can relate to the irony of your story. I loved the water as a kid. Looked forward to parents vacation time each year as would be only time I would get to go swimming.(I still remember the summer we did not get to go swimming because youngest sister had an ear infection.) It was in spring fed Ozark creeks so water was always cool. When I got older we had a membership to the local outdoor pool for a few seasons but it was not close enough to walk to and neither were the YM/YWCAs. Years later they built a Y just a couple of blocks away from the house where I grew up and just around the corner from the next house I lived at.
  18. Well Lyn we got our weekly snow---just a light dusting this time.
  19. Chris you are on a roll! Love the brights on the sunset dress and like how you worked the Lulu dress out.
  20. Mona I had a membership to a gym with a beautiful Olympic sized pool. Got married and moved out to rural area where most everything was an hour away. I do the bicycle one too.
  21. Lea she's beautiful just like her aunt! Shoot its better for any kid to play hard so you can get them to bed early enough to finish doing what you need to do. It was good to not have today filled with things. Just over to lunch and then back again for supper and entertainment which I really enjoyed. We took advantage of our free time this afternoon to break up with AOL as our ISP. Fingers crossed they get it right so we dont lose that email address but since we seldom use it anymore it would be no great loss. I think that was the last thing we needed to take care of in regards to moving---- key word think as there is probably something we did not think of.
  22. Chris when I married and moved out in country it just killed me to no longer be able to go to the pool. It was very detrimental to my health and mental well being. I swim a few laps, walk, etc but mostly spend my hour holding my board and kicking to propel myself back and forth. Not as easy as it looks. I find it very cathartic and its working those big leg muscles. I could sign up for water aerobics but so far I just watch and then incorporate some of it into what I do. My goal is to just stay in motion for at least an hour. Way back when I could walk 6 miles, bike 12 but the pool was where I was happy. I got addicted to it and pretty much went every day it was open.
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