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  1. Dorothy

    More court drama

    that is what he wants - for you to just drop it.
  2. Huge project and not much time. Have fun - I still enjoy my kitchen. I went with Silestone countertops because they don't require any maintenance. I'm happy with them so far.
  3. My freezer was FULL of food before Christmas. Then I bought things I "might" want for Christmas - including a cherry pie which is still in the freezer. I really need to keep eating more from the freezer. I did us a pound of stew meat this week. Next week will be something chicken - not sure what yet.
  4. I hope your baby is fine. Agree with your decision for both of you to start counseling. Hopefully your husband's work partner can steer him in the right direction.
  5. Dorothy

    Vacation Chronicles

    sounds like this is being a very good vacation for both of you
  6. Sounds like you are doing well - how is Levi doing? Is there a homeless shelter or group serving Thanksgiving dinner where you can volunteer?
  7. Dorothy

    Next steps

    I agree that counseling is a good idea. Any way to increase income or decrease expenses?
  8. I didn't do a good job keeping track, so did a new inventory last week. Here is the updated version - now updated through tonight: Category / Item Total Meat Salmon fillets - individ 7 6 (had one for lunch Monday) Ham pieces - baggie 1 Ham hunks - baggie 5 Ham slices - baggie 7 Breaded fish - individ 8 Chicken Rotisserie - baggie 2 Bacon - baggie 3 Pork chops - boneless - lb 1 Beef sausage - lb 1 Beef stew meat - lb 1 Deli meat - blk forest ham .4 lb 1 Chicken breast - 1.25 lb 1 Chicken breast BBQ ?? - baggie 2 1 (took 1 out of freezer to eat on Wed - it is rotisserie for 3 meals) Beef, ground raw 8 Salmon - large (1 # - 2 #) 15 11 (sold 4 to a friend) Chicken whole 4 lb 1 Meals Chicken pot pies 7 Eggplant Parm 1 Amy's sm veg lasagna 2 Swedish meatballs 2 1 (dinner tonight) Frozen dinners - assorted 6 Misc Flour tortillas 0.75 Marshmallows 0.5 Choc chips - 2/3 cup? 1 Garden seeds 1 Flour - 2 cups? 1 Butter 1 Waffles 1 Pecans 2 Fruit Strawberries, org, 10 oz 1 Cherries, org, 3 lb? 1 Vegetables Brocolli w/ cheese sauce 1 Brussel sprouts 1.5 partial bag used for lunch & dinner today California blend 1 Green beans 1 .5 cooked 1/2 bag Wed to eat Wed & Thurs Peas - 3 open; 1 new 2.5 Corn 1 The large salmon fillets are from Zaycon and at least two of them are sold to friends, but haven't been paid for or picked up yet. The 6 frozen meals and 2 swedish meatballs are from this past week - they were on sale and I like to have something on hand for when I need a quick easy meal. The chicken pot pies were from about a month ago. I buy the box of 8 when on sale at CostCo - they are my "go to" food for when I don't feel good - like when I take my monthly calcium absorption pill.
  9. Dorothy

    Here we go..

    Are you there yet?
  10. Dorothy

    Little by little

    Freedom, you are making great steps towards "freedom"! Keep up the good work!
  11. Dorothy

    My stressful day

    I'm glad he is going to be OK
  12. I'm so sorry - and it is worst when the "mom" of the house is sick!
  13. Just got back from over two weeks in Panama on Wed night. I'll eventually post an update & pictures. The short story is that my cabinets & countertops aren't finished, so will be going back for about a week towards the end of either Sept or Oct. My first "ride" of the fall season is Oct 3 & 4, but I might not actually do a ride depending on how "technical" and scary it is. Might take Shiloh & Lucky and just play around. So will leave Friday and come home Monday. All trips require at least a day to get ready and a day to unpack. Next ride is two weeks later, but is only a one day ride, so will get home on Sunday. Then two weeks later is another two day ride. Two weeks after that (Nov 14-15) is another ride, but I'm going to skip that one because I will be on a 7 day Carnival cruise that week with friends. I am cancelling the Hawaii cruise originally planned for Feb 2016. There is then a THREE week break between rides so the next one is one day ride on Dec 5. After that is a FOUR week break with the next ride on Jan 2 & 3. I will leave for Panama again a few days after I get back from the Jan ride. That will be a 2 week trip minimum. So far there are also rides scheduled for Mar and Apr.
  14. Good - It took me a couple of tries to find the "right" therapist, but when I did, she was awesome! Still took time, but I was moving in the right direction and now I'm doing so, so, so much better!
  15. I did similar to dtmmb, although the psychiatrist was for a pretty limited time - maybe 18 months?. The LCSW was for much longer - I saw her early this year and need to make an appt for next month.
  16. Update - dark blues are added; green are changes / notes Meat Bacon 1 (about 1/2 lb) Beef sausage 1 lb (was 2 but put one in fridge to cook) Black Forest Ham 3/4 # deli meat (for chef salad?) Chicken - rotiss breast 1 from right before I left town Chicken breast raw 1 pkg Chicken breast? Cooked 1 pkg Chicken - mystery? 1 pkg - might be cooked w/ BBQ?? Chicken thighs 1 pkg Chicken - whole 1 Fish sticks 6 meals I ate one meal last night and still don't like them. I got them because CostCo didn't have my Panko Breaded cod fillets. The breading sticks to the pan also. I decided I don't have to eat them I will cook them another week, freeze them and give them to the dogs over a period of time. Fish sticks - dog food Breaded cod fillets - 12 - from CostCo today; not Panko breading; eating one tonight and this is the rest of the box Ground beef - cooked 1 Ground beef - raw 8 Ground beef - maybe 2 or might be stew meat? Ham pieces 1 baggie (all ham is in baggies - 6 - 8 oz) Ham hunks 6 baggies Ham slices 12 baggies (was 13 but put one in fridge to use) Pork chops - boneless 2 chops Salmon 10 9 fillets Other Tortillas 1 partial pkg from right before I left Mushroom ravioli 1 pkg Grated cheese 1 small container Marshmallows 1 partial pkg really old Nuts - mixed 1 food saver bag Pecans 1 food saver bag Waffles 3 boxes of 6 each for when I run out of bread for breakfast Flour - whole wheat 1 bag - ?? below Flour - white partial 1 bag Wheat gluten 1 box - ?? below Butter - 1 lb (was 2, but opened last stick in fridge today so 1 lb went to fridge) Vegetables Broc in cheese sauce 1 really old Onions - partial 2 Peas - partial 2 Peas 1 bag Bell Peppers - partial 1 Corn 1 bag Fruits Strawberries 2 pkg Cherries 4# 1 Desserts Ice cream sandwiches 2 Aldi brand ice cream cones - 4 ; bought a box of 6 this week Angel food cake 1 about 2/3 cake from before I left Pecan pie 4 or 5 slices from a few months ago Meals Chicken pot pies 4 Alfredo chicken 1 pkg = 2 meals Eggplant parmesan 1 Amy's vegetable lasagna 2 really old This is going VERY slowly . . . tomorrow I will open the ravioli for lunch and make spaghetti for dinner which will use one pkg of ground beef and be several meals. The ravioli will be 2 or 3 meals - may just cook one and leave the rest frozen. I didn't go to the grocery store yet, so will probably start on a pkg of waffles Tuesday morning.
  17. From Friday 7/24/15: I got back from 2 weeks in Panama late Monday - complete with the worst "heat rash" my dr has ever seen and a sprained ankle that I did in the Panama City airport on the way home. I babysat for 10 hours yesterday, so still getting back into my home routine. Time to do a meal plan and figure out what I need from the grocery store - which led to me doing a freezer inventory Meat Bacon 1 (about 1/2 lb) Beef sausage 1 lb (was 2 but put one in fridge to cook) Black Forest Ham 3/4 # deli meat (for chef salad?) Chicken - rotiss breast 1 from right before I left town Chicken breast raw 1 pkg Chicken breast? Cooked 1 pkg Chicken - mystery? 1 pkg - might be cooked w/ BBQ?? Chicken thighs 1 pkg Chicken - whole 1 Fish sticks 6 meals Ground beef - cooked 1 Ground beef - raw 8 Ground beef - maybe 2 or might be stew meat? Ham pieces 1 baggie (all ham is in baggies - 6 - 8 oz) Ham hunks 6 baggies Ham slices 12 baggies (was 13 but put one in fridge to use) Pork chops - boneless 2 chops Salmon 10 fillets Other Tortillas 1 partial pkg from right before I left Mushroom ravioli 1 pkg Grated cheese 1 small container Marshmallows 1 partial pkg really old Nuts - mixed 1 food saver bag Pecans 1 food saver bag Waffles 3 boxes of 6 each for when I run out of bread for breakfast Flour - whole wheat 1 bag - ?? below Flour - white partial 1 bag Wheat gluten 1 box - ?? below Butter - 1 lb (was 2, but opened last stick in fridge today so 1 lb went to fridge) Vegetables Broc in cheese sauce 1 really old Onions - partial 2 Peas - partial 2 Peas 1 bag Bell Peppers - partial 1 Corn 1 bag Fruits Strawberries 2 pkg Cherries 4# 1 Desserts Ice cream sandwiches 2 new this week Angel food cake 1 about 2/3 cake from before I left Pecan pie 4 or 5 slices from a few months ago Meals Chicken pot pies 4 Alfredo chicken 1 pkg = 2 meals Eggplant parmesan 1 Amy's vegetable lasagna 2 really old Observations: 1) I took two pkgs of blackberries out of the freezer yesterday to make cobbler. Both were new unopened bags, but one only had half of the amount it should have had. Then after completing the inventory, I looked in the pantry to see if I had elbow macaroni for the beef sausage casserole - 2 bags that say 1#, but one bag has less than 4 oz in it. I looked at both ends and the seam and everywhere to be sure nothing ate some, but the bag looks good. Twice this week - items under the amount they should have. I don't remember this ever happening before . . . 2) 4# bag of organic pitted cherries - probably from last summer when I found out I like cherries. I had forgotten until today that there are pitted already. I've been knowing I need to do something with them, but . . . so, now I can open the bag and take some out to see how they are raw after defrosting. I LOVE cherry pie / cobbler, so might have some baking in my future if anyone has a recipe that they really like and isn't too hard. 3) salmon - ate that once this week already. I didn't realize I had so many, but it should be about perfect to use up before I get more. I ordered from Zaycon for the first time and have 25# coming in October. Two friends have expressed interest in buying some from me, but not sure how much. 4) Strawberries are old and (I'm sure based on history) have some frostbite. I'm not a huge fan of cooked strawberries. I bought them to put in smoothies so will try that. Hopefully they taste OK there. 5) I don't eat a lot of desserts, but enjoy them - need to eat the pie and get strawberries to finish the angel food cake (or eat some plain) Plan of action: 1) need to buy potatoes and make potatoes au gratin w/ ham 2) making a casserole with the beef sausage - some of that will go back in freezer 3) need to buy veggies like broccoli, etc and / or salad ingredients 4) I do NOT need to buy a rotisserie chicken when I go to CostCo today! 5) I only have 3 apples - need to buy fruit (or eat a lot of cherries) Then on Saturday: Added to freezer, one bag of broccoli which I will eat this week and 2 frozen pizzas from Aldi's. I've heard good things about them, so got the chicken alfredo to try. I got a phone call about that time and then later didn't see the pizza in my basket so thought I put it back and got another one. When I was checking out, I found the missing ones under the flexible cutting mats. I wasn't going to go back or make them put it away, so I got two of them. One of the two pizzas was mostly eaten because I didn't start making casserole soon enough. I didn't like it. I have two pieces for a friend to try. If she likes it, I'll give her the other pizza. Otherwise, I will try out the Aldi return policy. angel food cake is all gone - w/ strawberries last night, before breakfast and this afternoon; the last piece just eaten plain. And today: One ice cream sandwich eaten today. Added to the freezer - a meatloaf pan and a 1 qt round dish of sausage casserole (from the pound of beef sausage that I didn't include in the inventory because I put it in the fridge). Yes, the freezer is getting fuller . . . One of my meatloaf pans is missing! I know I had a clear glass one before I bought the two blue glass ones. Didn't need it as the recipe made exactly the two meatloaf pans and the one qt dish, but . . . One meatloaf pan just finished cooking for dinner tonight and a meal on Tuesday. I decided to put the two frozen dishes in foodsaver bags instead of layers of foil. The round pyrex dish has a lid which I put on, then put in a gallon bag and did the foodsaver thing. The meatloaf pan was wrapped in one layer of foil and I custom made a bag for it. When I sucked the air out, it pulled the foil down into the pan and then popped the foil
  18. Freedom, do you have any other friends who might be able to use the desk for a couple of years until you want it back? I have a friend who kept a piano for many years and I am currently keeping (and using) a dining set and a bedroom set that belong to my friends who are in Panama. It could be a blessing to someone else now and then you can have it back when you need it. Just be sure it is spelled out in e-mail or however that you are loaning this until you need it back and they need to tell you if they can't house it any longer.
  19. GL Girl - my dots are maroon, but I never paid attention to them - thanks!! now I can do that too
  20. any word on your deposit?
  21. I have found that when you reply to a blog post, it doesn't move it up to the top. Many of us (I suspect) just check the few top blog posts for any updates. Because of that, I would start a new blog post each time you have updates that you want to be sure others see. Any guess of pay-off date?
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