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Yesterday was a really great day. Our son, who we haven’t seen since March, (lives in Minneapolis)  finished a 3 day trip at LAX on Saturday night,  dropped his deadhead home, rented a car and drove here to see us. Normally he would stay with us but he didn’t want to take any chances and stayed in a hotel. We spent the day and evening outside, distancing and wearing masks. He flew home after breakfast this morning. It was so different from all his other visits before Covid. We are so hoping that this virus is under better control by next spring when our first grandchild arrives! 
Sharon

 

 

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Good morning girls,  Sharon, sounds like a really nice visit with your son........and CONGRATS on having a new

grandbaby!😀 how exciting!

 

Purple Hayes, I saw NC polling places on the news over the past few days.......seems your state is having mega early

voting too! Actually, on Saturday, Ali Velshi was in Ashville (he is on MSNBC) and has been traveling around the country interviewing voters.

I visited there a long time ago and loved it😀 I visited The Biltmore Estate with friends...........

Amazing place!

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Had a lot of fun yesterday.  My son came up with a box of doughnuts and then he and I took off for Mississippi to visit one of the casinos in Biloxi.  He came out ahead and I came out almost even.  We had a good lunch and a lot of fun.  My husband and I are off to early vote today and then to the store for provisions in case it gets stormy this week.

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8 minutes ago, Keksie said:

Had a lot of fun yesterday.  My son came up with a box of doughnuts and then he and I took off for Mississippi to visit one of the casinos in Biloxi.  He came out ahead and I came out almost even.  We had a good lunch and a lot of fun.  My husband and I are off to early vote today and then to the store for provisions in case it gets stormy this week.

Hi, you flew to Biloxi for the day? How were the casinos? Busy? How was the set up for being safe? Did they have

all the tables spread out?

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We drove.  It is only about a 1.5 hr. drive.  We left here at 9, got there at 10:30, gambled, ate and left at 4 and I was home by 5:30.  My son lives and hour away so he still had to drive home.  The casino got busier as the day went on but not like it was before.  They have a lot of the slots shut down for distancing.  If there are 4 machines in a row they will have the middle two turned off.  Everyone wore a mask.  We went to Beau Rivage.  I live fairly close to Atmore, Alabama and we may go there next month.  I didn't look at the table games closely but they looked like the chairs were spaced apart.

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2 hours ago, Keksie said:

We drove.  It is only about a 1.5 hr. drive.  We left here at 9, got there at 10:30, gambled, ate and left at 4 and I was home by 5:30.  My son lives and hour away so he still had to drive home.  The casino got busier as the day went on but not like it was before.  They have a lot of the slots shut down for distancing.  If there are 4 machines in a row they will have the middle two turned off.  Everyone wore a mask.  We went to Beau Rivage.  I live fairly close to Atmore, Alabama and we may go there next month.  I didn't look at the table games closely but they looked like the chairs were spaced apart.

AHHH.... glad you had fun. I didn't realize you live so close to them! So you are on the panhandle!

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3 hours ago, Lois R said:

Good morning girls,  Sharon, sounds like a really nice visit with your son........and CONGRATS on having a new

grandbaby!😀 how exciting!

 

Purple Hayes, I saw NC polling places on the news over the past few days.......seems your state is having mega early

voting too! Actually, on Saturday, Ali Velshi was in Ashville (he is on MSNBC) and has been traveling around the country interviewing voters.

I visited there a long time ago and loved it😀 I visited The Biltmore Estate with friends...........

Amazing place!


Thanks, Lois. It is really exciting for us. They told us On a Zoom visit in August and it was a total surprise. Just hoping that things will improve by spring so we can fly there to see the baby! 

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Hi Sharon, when is she due? And where do they live? I also hope you will be able to visit.......looks like the winter

is not going to be good......this past week's total of cases is higher than they have ever been☹️.....going back to the

the start.......once it gets cold? And folks cannot stay outside? The virus doesn't care where folks live.....it just 

goes on and on........

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Sharon - it had to be so heartwarming to see your son again!  And, congrats on the future grandbaby!

 

It is cold still up here.  It's just going to be in the 30s again today.  2 signs it's cold:  I went to put out my garbage can last night about 11pm, barefoot as I've been for months.  When the garage door opened, I saw snow on the driveway!  Ran back in to grab shoes.   Yesterday, when I started my car, the "low tire pressure" alert came on for all 4 tires.  I have to drive down to the mechanic and get them pumped up for cold weather.  I'm not changing them out for my snow tires for a few more weeks - if I get to do my trip, I don't want to be driving on snow tires.  

 

I had the Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake casserole from Trader Joes for dinner.  Really very good,  Bechemel and melted cheese can make anything taste good 😉  And, it was good for my blood glucose.  I was getting a tad tired of salads,  and my brain can't think much of what to cook.  I am going to make "eggs in a 'cado" tonight:  2 eggs baked inside avocado halves.  A good healthy dinner.  bake the 'cado halves with the eggs in the middle at 350 for about 15 minutes.  The choice of toppings can be anything from some cheese to "Everything" seasoning to some salsa, etc.  

 

OOTD:  some leggings and a Tshirt.  

 

P.S  The Below Deck marathon continues today.  Just in case you get bored and need some mindless entertainment.

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Hi girls, had lunch with a girlfriend today..........it was really good. A local place and they make almost everything

from scratch. I had a wonderful bowl of butternut squash soup (really delicious🙂) along with a grilled chicken

pita sandwich....it had hummus, arugula, chickpea and quinoa tabbouleh, and tatziki in it.

It was all so good!

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5 hours ago, Lois R said:

I had a wonderful bowl of butternut squash soup (really delicious🙂) along with a grilled chicken

pita sandwich....it had hummus, arugula, chickpea and quinoa tabbouleh, and tatziki in it.

It was all so good!

 

40 minutes ago, awhfy said:

Pasta fagiole here, high of 10 & snow on ground

 

Your meals sound so good!  Can I have Lois's chicken pita sandwich for lunch and Melody's soup for dinner, please??

 

I feel like I am in a rut. It's still warm here so I haven't really started thinking of fall/winter recipes, but I do love a good soup. I just recently started watching a cooking show called "My Greek Table" on TV and this recipe really sounded good to me:

 

https://www.dianekochilas.com/protoyiahni-tomato-chicken-noodle-soup/

 

 

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Lois, the baby is due in late March and they live in Minneapolis. We don’t know If it’s a boy or girl as they have decided they don’t want to find out  until the birth. We are hoping for the best as far as being able to go for a visit. 
 

Your lunch sounded like a lot of fun.  I love butternut squash soup and the grilled chicken-yummy!

 

Thank you, Sally. I know that you miss seeing your daughter. Missing our kids is just the worst. 
 

Thanks, Kat. It was a great visit. We are used to seeing him every few months but not now with the threat of the virus, He didn’t even want to take a chance on staying with us which we appreciated even though it made me sad. This will be our first grandchild and we are so looking forward to this new experience.

 

The Cheesy Spaghetti Squash is going on my list. I made the Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto tonight. It won’t be going on my list again. It had a sort of weird flavor that I really can’t identify. Neither of us cared for it. Thanks to this thread, I’ve certainly learned about a lot of TJ’s items that I have over looked in the past
 

Purplehays, the limoncello looks lovely!
 

Oh, I forgot to add that I dressed up on Sunday and Monday including make up. 2 days in a row! Today I worked in the yard again so just the old stuff and no make up.

Sharon

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Good morning friends🙂

 

Sharon, I have no kids but I will say I think it is GREAT they are waiting to find out what they are having!😀

Funny, the friend I had lunch with told me her son and his SO are having a baby.......she was totally shocked LOL

I asked if it was an accident but she didn't have that answer.  Hopefully everything will work out for them.

She didn't think they were "planning" to have one so I think it was a surprise. 

 

There are some cauliflower items I like and some do have  a weird flavor (to me anyway). I found some cauliflower

tots from Birds Eye in the frozen section......(instead of potatoes) and I must say, they tasted really good!

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Sharon! Congratulations on the first grand baby!  I, personally, am glad they’re waiting to find out. There are too few good surprises left in the world. A healthy baby is all that matters. 
 

I can’t eat anything cauliflower. Now that they’re putting it in everything I have to be very careful with reading labels. Docs aren’t calling it an allergy (yet), but are calling it a reaction. 

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Sharon...Congrats on the new grand baby!!! So exciting! We also waited to be "surprised" at DS's birth and didn't know beforehand. Our thought was exactly as Melody said...there are so few true surprises in the world that are happy whichever way they go. Even 20 years ago there were so many cute gender neutral clothes. I had A LOT of heathered gray! And I loved it...

 

Not relating at all to the cold weather discussion. I was out planting yesterday morning and it was 85 feels like 95...Today should be much of the same... I think there's a break coming in a week or so? Maybe a high only in the upper 70s! Our temps are still above 70 overnight.

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Sharon - yeah on tge TJ's stuff.  Sometimes things that you think may taste good are just weird.  If you go back soon, look for the Pumpkin Soup in the refrigerated section (by the salads).  It was very good to me, nicely seasoned.   I used to be anti-cooked cauliflower.  I could only do fresh stuff.  I'm not sure what changed, but I can eat certain cooked items, not all.  

 

Lois - give the Mashed Cauliflower a try in the frozen section - it's either Birds Eye or Green Giant.  I get the Green Giant one that is Cheddar and Bacon or the Birds Eye with sour cream and chives.  Both are really good and don't have that "cauliflower" taste.  

 

Cynthia - I totally understand the food rut.  I used to have times where I'd go in a tizzy about cooking, then I have times where I wouldn't want to set foot in the kitchen.   My eggs in avocado went well last night.  I had to bake about 20 min instead of 15 to get the whites cooked enough.  I have to remember to get a bigger avocado next time - even with scooping out some, my eggs overflowed.  I put salsa on the top when they were done - it was a good mix.  It'll be made again!

 

And, for the weather - the snow that fell the other day is still on the ground, and it's cold again today - high 40s *yay*.  I have chores out and about to do tomorrow, so I do have to hit the mechanic first in the morning to put "winter air" in my tires.   Have to get refills for my drugs, see my hair stylist for coloring and general gossip,  grocery run.  Today - just staying put.  If the wind stays down, I may go out for a brisk Fall walk.  

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Hi everyone!  still in busy work season, so once again trying to play catch up :)

 

Sharon, I loved hearing about your visit, & sending good thoughts your way that when the new grand baby comes, you will be able to visit :)

 

Cynthia, I am in a food rut as well, the novelty of "what's for dinner?" has worn off, at least for now....  

 

we finally bought a new washer, & I'm super happy with it :)

 

Had some of what I guess were side effects from the shot, I received the shot around 4 on Friday, & on Monday started feeling weird, then developed very slight sore throat, very sore body, & slight fever & very tired,  feeling normal now though.  

 

& last night,  Dodgers!!!  it's been a long time coming, & last night we were treated to fireworks from every direction, pretty, but not so smart with the fires....

 

Lois, I think that your friends kids won't be alone in the surprise baby this year, I hope that everything works out for them.  

 

I hope everyone is doing well, & staying safe....  apparently I'm expected to be working right now as boss just texted me lol....   

 

-Debbie

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Hi Debbie, congrats on the new washer!🙂

 

Well, for the first time in over 40 years (I think it is that long).......I am 62 now.......I will be signing up for Health 

Insurance on my own. (I was always a plan from work). I have been researching Obamacare and it looks like I have

a few choices to pick from and thankfully I will be eligible for a tax credit which gets deducted from the monthly

premium.  I just have to figure out the best plan for me..........I have gone over it multiple times........so weird

doing it on my own!  The enrollment period for 2021 starts Nov 1st and goes through Dec 15th.  I need to get 

signed up......I have multiple meds I take and trying to make sure whatever plan I choose covers them all.

Had to take a break from researching!

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1 hour ago, awhfy said:

Lois, whatever medical you get look into a supplemental as well. We found having a supplemental (I had Kaiser) saved considerable money on copays, etc. 

Hi Melody, I thought a supplemental was for Medicare.......this is just regular health insurance. So you buy 2 health

insurance policies? I just googled it.........you are right.......well, now I will have to see how much

extra I would need to pay for the additional policy.

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10 minutes ago, Lois R said:

Hi Melody, I thought a supplemental was for Medicare.......this is just regular health insurance. So you buy 2 health

insurance policies? I just googled it.........you are right.......well, now I will have to see how much

extra I would need to pay for the additional policy.

We always had a supplemental & I also had an accident & cancer policy. Both came in very handy. Even under Medicare I have my accident & cancer policies (they cost about $3-4 a month). Supplemental aren’t terribly expensive & we’ve definitely felt that they were worth it 

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