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Imagesjweld
Sep 12, 2011 7:35 AM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

How's everyone doing today? What did you do for the weekend?

William's baby brother started daycare today. He's so tiny, only 4 weeks old. I can't believe she went back already. I had to contact my licensing specialist and have my license amended so I could take him early.

I didn't do too much this weekend. It was quiet for a change. Heather is doing pretty good. She is off her pain killers and is hanging in there.
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Imagecececoogan
Sep 12, 2011 8:11 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Adorable baby.......................
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageMaria
Sep 12, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Goodf Morning everyone, here to tell you about the Propane gas and no there is no leak. To fill a tank costs $631.53 plus company charge $5.87 surcharge $3.00 and special delivery charge of $175.00, because I used it all up, it came to a total to 734.64. , very expensive hurricane but it could have demaged my house since I am surrounded with trees what with nearly living in the forrest. After I had the electricity, I lost the TV, computer and telephone for another 5 days before they fixed it. The phone line weakened its fixture on the pole that holds the cable line for these three items due to the storm and ended up on the street.

Now I am quoting Ernie "This is my story and I am sticking yo it' :-))
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Imagecececoogan
Sep 12, 2011 11:48 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Wow that is one big chunk of change.............. I don't think my brother or my son pay near that a year to heat their houses. Course what do I know for sure. They lie ..........................................
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageMaria
Sep 12, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
I am certain they most likely have some electricity too Cece, but if nothing works in the house and all one has is Propane it is very expensive.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Imageokus
Sep 12, 2011 4:00 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
We use oil here - too far in the Bundoo for mains anything else except electricity - and it costs us around £700 to fill our oil tank, ( around $1000) which we have to do at least twice a year. Last year it was 3 times because of the extreme winter. So it isn't sounding excessive to me.

We changed our boiler and put in a new tank this year in the hope that a more up to date one will be more efficient - looks promising so far. We are waiting to switch to the new tank once the old one is dry The old boiler would have had the old tank empty about 4 weeks ago just heating the water. The new one has only gone through half what was left in the old tank to date. If that pans out into the winter the new set up will be half way to paying for itself in the first year.

We just had the remains of Hurricane Katie - it was centred in the north of Scotland about 300 miles from here and only a tropical storm by the time it got here but the winds here have still done a fair bit of damage locally. heaven knows what has happened further north. We don't expect hurricanes this side of the pond, you may keep them!! had enough of those when we lived in Texas.
Carol

Imagecececoogan
Sep 12, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
we heat with oil also and they were out last every 7 weeks to fill us up. Never under 700 dollars. Its iffy when the electricity goes out cause then the blowers won't work and it gets to be expensive.

You know I was told long long ago, if you don't pay for it you can't use it. They still consider heat, lights, and water luxuries. Yeah well they may be luxuries but without them I'd have had my kids taken away lickety split and then some. Told them fine, find me a plan I can work with with 250.00 a week. My expenses just in mortgage, electricity, heat, and water exceeded my 1020 a month take home pay. Was told to get a third job................................
the faster I go, the behinder I get
leaflady
Sep 15, 2011 8:54 AM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
CeCe, I understand how unreasonable some DFS caseworkers can be. However there are good ones who will bend over backward to help you. I've had both kinds.

I guess by now I feel comfortable enough to give out a little more personal information about myself. My real name is EvaMae. I live in the midwest on a family owned farm.

Sheri, that is a precious little bundle from heaven you have there. As are all the children in your care. I'm glad to hear Heather is doing well.

My main propane heater(in the living room)is very old. Jack could remember when the tenent/hired farm worker bought it used in about 1949 or so. It's a 100,000 BTU so it could put out a lot of heat if all of the burner bar was cleaned and burning at top performance. Jack did the best he could when we brought it up here but the stove is so old we found out there was no replacement available so he had to be very careful. That meant that some of the holes aren't completely cleaned out. We moved it up to this house the winter of 1995 as the tenent house was no longer being used, my lungs had been ruined by the woodstove among other irritants, and we had to stop using wood. It has no fan so I keep one behind it to blow the heat out into the room and others to move it down the hallways. It does have heat settings tho and I only keep it on about 1/2 way up on the dial. It costs about $1900 a year to heat the house, heat water, and cook. I use oil filled electric space heaters in the kitchen to heat it and the utility room and another one in my bedroom. I have a small electric heater I use in the bathroom only when I shower. The LP gas man was here the other and filled it. The children pay the bill and I just give them a monthly check.

I need to get busy. I'm waiting for the doctor's office to call me back and let me know when to come in to give up a pint of blood. It's the treatment for a clotting disorder I have. I make too much hemoglobin and such so every once in a while I have to donate a pint of perfectly good blood which it then trashed. I wish I could find a blood bank close by. I wouldn't bother to tell them about it as someone who needs blood needs the hemoglobin and other extra stuff.

GOD bless and keep each of you.




I think fall has arrived here. No leaves changing color yet, but we have the cooler temps. Days are in the mid to upper 60s.
Imagecececoogan
Sep 15, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
our high today was 57 and I woke up this morning to 41 but leaves aren't turning yet. Looking at 70's by Sunday possibly low 80's by Wed. Is this weird weathher or what?
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Imagesjweld
Sep 15, 2011 10:04 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I have 3 families that get help to pay for daycare. Two of them have one case worker and another has a different one. The one the two of them has is great! She works with them, responds quickly and fixes any glitch in the system. The other one is very slow to respond to anything. When Jodi (DIL) worked for a week filling in during the summer, she called her case worker about daycare help and was told she had to wait until she was working regular hours. One of my other moms works as a sub in the school system and sometimes only works one day in a month, her case worker puts her in for aid every time right away. Go figure! Yes, some of them are great and some not so great.

Well, EvaMae, Hello there! (LOL I know you've been here a while but not as EvaMea) I just love all my little kids so much. Some days I just don't like them all so much! Today was one of those days with me and one of my almost 3 y.o. boys! He has always been prone to tantrums and has a rough life for such a little guy. Mom and dad aren't together and share custody so he has two homes. On top of that some days when dad has him, dad has to go to work REALLY early so then he gets taken to his grandma's house and then she brings him here. He's also here 9-10 hours most days. All of that has got to be tough for a little guy. When he's not throwing fits, he is a sweet little guy but oh boy can he throw a fit! Today he kicked a girl so I set him in time out. He screamed, slammed the bathroom door, punched the floor, kicked the floor, and wiped spit on my wall! If he was my own child I know what I would have done but my hands are tied by the laws of licensed day care.

Cherie, how has your brother been doing?

2 more weeks and Corey moves back home. This could be interesting. I'm hoping and praying that all goes as well as can be expected. He does have a job interview next week but it's not one he's overly thrilled about but he's not picky at this point. It's at one of the time share places doing phone sales. The one possible good thing is that he has shown an interest in the past in marketing and it could give him a foot in the door and a taste of it to see if it's really something he wants to pursue in further education.

Tomorrow is a new day and I for one,. am looking forward to it! I hope it's a good day for the rest of you. IT'S FRIDAY after all!!!

Sheri
ImageMaryE
Sep 16, 2011 12:38 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I'm a midnight rambler tonight. Went to bed at my usual time, around 9-9:30, and got up at 11 because of several things. The wind is blowing hard, so that's noisy, I just never got warm and cozy because the bed only had a light spread over the sheet for summer. Tonight doesn't feel a bit like summer. I added a blanket. My stomach was growling so here I sit having toast and warm milk.

Today I canned 21 quarts of beans. Tomorrow I've got a box of apricots to do. I also need to clean house a bit, things tend to get out of control quickly when there is canning equipment and boxes and bags of produce wherever I can find places to put them. I hope to have enough tomatoes to be canning them soon, but they are taking forever to ripen. I might have to pick them green and ripen them in boxes or on the basement table. This year I have Big Beef, Oregon Spring, Legend, and a gold slicing tomato called Jubilee that is a winner! A few of the gold ones have ripened, we ate them along with a red one and the gold was the best. I wanted to try them to see if I can have a few to sell at the co-op.

Time to try sleeping again.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagecececoogan
Sep 16, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
The depression has set in with my brother. He is making statemets like " i'm being just a burden to everyone", " I;m so tired of fighting this", Maybe I'd just be better off dying and getting it over with". His Doctor has put him on Zoloft to try and alleviate these mood swings. It didn't help that his gf pput an end to the relationship cause she has no more to give? What? The emotional support by just being a normal healthy person is gone?

Its just another bump in the road for him. He'll make it through this........too and it shall pass. He's a stubborn Texan. We ALL are....(.in the this family)
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageAnnaZ
Sep 16, 2011 7:35 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Workout done for the day, but I need to drag my carcass up and do the dreaded CARDIO............... Grumbling YUCK! Movie for the session is Bucket List. I started it yesterday. They just finished their skydiving session. LOL Pretty good one so far.
ImageMaryE
Sep 16, 2011 7:51 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's a good movie. I don't watch many. Hope you can cardio, laugh and cry all at the same time!

Cece, I know this situation with your brother's cancer, surgery, and depression is hard for you. Group hug The girlfriend's true nature showed up when the going got tough and he needed her support, but it could have been worse if she had been his wife and had access to bank account, credit cards, etc. I'm sure he doesn't look at it that way yet in the midst of his health crisis, but eventually he may be thankful that she departed when she did.

Windy and just above 40 here this morning. Brrrr. A good day for canning.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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leaflady
Sep 17, 2011 9:01 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
CeCe, my heart aches for your brother and all of the family. So sad that the gf couldn't cope any longer but I agree that it is for the best that she isn't his wife yet. I can understand why he would feel some depression over all that has happened to him. Hope the Zoloft helps. So often another antidepressant is needed to get it to work well.

Sheri, I agree that your little temper tantrum boy has a lot to deal with for that age. I suspect he is acting out of frustration and inability to make sense of what is happening in his young life. What he wants and needs most is some stability and special attention. I doubt you have the time or energy to give him special attention with all the other children there. But if you could just slip in a hug or little kiss each day and whisper "Jesus loves you and so do I" quite often it might make a world of difference to him and in his behaviour.

Mary, where do you get all that energy? That's an impressive amount of canning you did in one day. It has been years since I did that much canning.

Saturdays are my do nothing but the most important tasks day. I spent the first 1/2 of the day sleeping or watching some TV. Kyle came up and turned on my LP heater as the house was rather chilly. It warmed up quickly. I was only outside a few minutes at a time to let the birds out and gather some eggs and to lock them back in tonight.

This evening I did manage to clean and mince some of the sprouted garlic. Little by little I'm getting it done. But what am I to do with the bulblets too small to mess with? I guess I'll get as much dirt off them as I can & then burn them. Only way I know of to keep them from sprouting again. I found more the other day when I was weeding in one bed. They look as tho they will be pretty good size so I just left them be for a while. When I dig them I'll just bake them in a casserole or put them into some soup or stew. I need to get busy and get large cloves planted.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
Imagecececoogan
Sep 18, 2011 7:09 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Saw my Mom yesterday. It was my granddaughters birthday party. Brother was supposed to come but didn't. Asked Mom how he's been with the Zoloft and she says he refuses to take it. He doesn't like how it makes him feel. He was supposed to take half a table a day for a week. Then a full tablet from then on. She says he took half of one for two days and refuses to take any more.

Its my Mom I am getting more concerned with at this point. Brother dear is just treating her bad. It is NOT my mothers fault he has cancer nor is it her fault that gf is the way she is, but he is taking everything out on her. Big sister I think is going to have to go have a good little "talk" with baby brother. And soon. Very very soon.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageAnnaZ
Sep 18, 2011 8:38 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Ah, Cece.........the "Come to Jesus" talk.............good luck. And he is sposed to take half a TABLE a day??? You will run out of tables shortly, at that rate. LOL Yeah, I know what you meant, but it still read funny. Big Grin
Imagecececoogan
Sep 18, 2011 8:56 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
ha ha guess if I don't see the red squiggly line I don't worry about it. Yes the BIG "Come to Jesus" talk. He can't keep running all over Mom and get away with. She on the other hand won't say anything to him because "he's sick" he's about to become much sicker, me thinks.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Imagesjweld
Sep 18, 2011 12:46 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

Yes, I do make sure all of the children in my care get at least one hug a day and a few special moments of my time. No matter how busy, they all deserve that. I do have time at the end of the day when he is here and many of the others are gone. I will usually have him sit on my lap and read a story. After a time out, we have a talk and I always tell him, as I always have with my own children, "I love you very much but I'm not happy with the way you were acting."

Cherie, sadly, when we need to lash out at someone we often lash out at the ones who love us the most. Subconsciously we know they will love us no matter what. It is very possible your brother does not realize just what he is doing. Perhaps a kind and compassionate conversation will help, but it may not. Depression is a wicked thing and can bring you down to depths a person who has not suffered from TRUE depression can ever understand.

EvaMae, your Saturday sounds like the day I am having today. There are a few things I need to do but won't do more than that.

My son will be moving back in 2 weeks. I just hope it doesn't create too much stress. My anxieties are building up and I am trying to keep them down.
ImageMaryE
Sep 18, 2011 12:59 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Go get him, Cece. Tell him he's not acting like a man. That'll get him right in the ego!

Anybody want home made bread and fresh apricot jam? I put it in small jars for Christmas giving along with the usual cookies and fruit cake (real fruit, not that sicky sweet red and green citrus peel stuff). Last year I wished for some jam in little jars, so this year I have it.

Eva Mae, I guess I have energy because my winder hasn't unwound yet.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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