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Jul 8th, 2007 at 9:16am
 
Welp,it's been way too long since I posted,but better to post with a happy occasion!!! 
I went to my cousin Stefanie wedding yesterday in NJ and had a great time.  I saw family from NC that I hadn't seen in years and people who I knew that I hadn't seen for even longer years!!! 
First time I had used a walker with that many people around that I knew,too.  My sister who is my biggest cheerleader and helper was superior as usual.
Everyone loved my salwar kameez!  It is a peach silk 4 piece outfit with lots of sequince and beading on the pants and the kameez.  For an Italian wedding,many people truly appreciated and admired an outfit from another culture.
I wore my hair up in a bun with a Geisha Hairstix that I finally got to use!!!  I bought it over a year ago,it is peach and went perfectly with my outfit.  My hairstix got as many compliments as my outfit did!!!!
I will post pics as soon as I get some.  Surprising that I didn't get a pic alone of myself,all pics were taken with family. 
There is going to be another wedding type reception at my grandmother's house today,too!!!  Since she is 95 we all believed it would be a major hardship for her to try to make the trip from Bklyn. to NJ.  So my cousin wants to have something at her house today.  She and her new husban will come all dressed in wedding attair. 
Since I got home and in bed around 1:30am this morning,don't even ask what I'm doing up this early!!!It's probaly because my oldest cockatiel let me know the sun was up.  Like I needed reminding of that by a 14 year old!!!! Roll Eyes
I think I'll wear a baby blue salwar kameez today and definately get single pics of the outfit and the hairsticks I'll wear with it. 
I'll have one day(part of today) before I'm back to puppy training and puppy sitting of my brother'sboxer puppy!  That is a whole other entry of antics and histerical humor!!!  Stay tuned!!!!
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Reply #1 - Jul 8th, 2007 at 11:00am
 
Hey Curly,

It sounds like you enjoyed yourself at the wedding and I am dying to see some pics of your hair (and your outfit for that matter).

You must be very tired after all the socializing and lack of sleep.  Birds are bad for waking one up with the sun. 

I hope you have a great day today and that we get to see pics soon.

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Reply #2 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 8:14am
 
Starting the relax and recooperation time after the wedding on Sat. and the garden wedding party on Sunday!  So glad my brother decided to ask my aunt and uncle to watch Champ the puppy today!  Gives me a chance to wash my hair with Babbasu shampoo bar and acv rinse.  I've been using fresh sage and dried rosemary in my acv rinse for a while and like it.  Prep time is ok.
Got another order for my whipped body butter!  Yay!  The girls in the dentist office that I go to really like it!  I'm glad it's selling,too.  Tweeking and getting the recipes "just right" was worth the time,patience and experimenting!!
I think today I will either write up a deep conditioning treatment recipe to use later in the week or just suf the web for some oils and shea butter to use in a new recipe either for hair or lotion.  Maybe I'll have to sew up a lab coat for myself!!!
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Reply #3 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 10:09am
 
You sure are industrious.  I can tell you are a person that can fill their time quite well and never get bored!
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Reply #4 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 2:59pm
 
Hey JD,"birds of a feather flock together"  lol!  I believe you are pretty industrious there yourself! Wink
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Reply #5 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 4:02pm
 
ok,let's see if a pic from Sunday's garden wedding party shows up!  The pics I have from the wedding on Sat. are of everyone else!  Hoping someone sends me pics that I'm in from Sat.  I'll post as soon as I get them!...
This is less than 1/2 of the family.  Everyone was not ready for this pic,but that's what came out!
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Reply #6 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 10:33pm
 
Yippee!!!! A beautiful picture!  I love your outfit!
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Reply #7 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 12:00am
 
That is a beautiful outfit! I love the setting too... very green and lovely.  And, I for one, request puppy training "antics and histerical humor" Cheesy 

I wish I had a puppy to work on! Can't have one yet, though. Mostly 'cause Paul says I can't... meh.
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Reply #8 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 12:41am
 
Thanks,Ladies!
Kiraela,we'll work on your guy so you can get a puppy!!!!
There's nothing like a boxer puppy with a sense of humor!!!
 The pic is rather large,but hey we do everything large here in Bklyn,lol Grin  The setting is in Grandma's backyard near the fig trees and the grapevines.  My favorite thing to do as a kid was to go in the garden,when my grandfather was alive it was all garden,no grass,I would love to pick and eat figs!  Forget about eating lunch or dinner,I was too full from the figs,peaches and apricots!!!  
I'm still in "shout out mode" to my family for a pic from the actual wedding on Sat. with a pic of me in the outfit with Susan's  hairstick!  Have patience and faith and someone will send me a pic!!!
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Reply #9 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 12:51am
 
Ok, maybe this one will come out.....smaller,lol!  These are the grandchildren,some are missing,my sister,3 from down in NC,1 from here and the five no one talks to anymore.  Hey,every family has those that they don't talk to anymore!!!... I just finished telling the picture taker,it's 95 degrees out here and if you don't snap that pic.......don't make me come over there!!!!!!! Shocked  so he says bring it on!!!!!  and that's why my face is not relaxed for the pic!  don't make me tell you the details of what happened next.....it's not pretty and let''s just say I'm very glad my grandmother doesn't hear so well anymore!!!! Embarrassed and I was out of her eyesight for the "bring it on" festivities!!!!!! Grin
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Reply #10 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 3:56am
 
I hate to say it, CurlGirl... you kinda look like you're about to rip off the camera guy's face with your teeth. And as for figs... I love fresh figs... I had a horse that preferred to wait until they fermented before eating them off the ground.. yes. Luna the Alcoholic Arabian. (she was also senile, and would have flashbacks of her younger years, when she was a race horse. Yep, fun times... clinging desperately to a madly galloping, completely drunk horse with no concept of whoa). Oh yes.. sorry. (/end tangent) It's great that the area has such good memories for you Smiley *hug*

I can sort of understand his reasoning behind "no dogs yet"... we don't know if we're staying here past another six months... and it'll be hard enough, if we have to rent somewhere, with two cats. Landlords don't tend to like cats, I've noticed. Also, we don't have much of anywhere to walk ( large, unfenced, UNFRIENDLY dogs down the street in all three directions) so we'd need either a fence, or an in ground shock collar type fence. (my theory is we should just put in a regular electric fence.. not so much to keep future doggeh in, as neighborhood kids OUT!) I still miss having a dog around. I've always had very good luck with German shepherds and shepherd-chow mixes, Although I had a boxer-mastiff-great dane mix once... Big puppy. The parents got rid of her when I was in school one day... too big for the house. and yard. leapt tall fences with barely a bound.  
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Reply #11 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 6:39am
 
I totally relate!  We had an Irish Wolfhound when I was about 4 and my father thought it would be just fine for Mom to take care of a huge puppy and a 4 year old and a 3 year old.  My sister and I are 1 year apart born the same month!!!  My brother is 10 years younger than me.  Me being the oldest.  Needless to say Old English Sheepdogs(which I love to death to this day),I have a small bichon,4 cockatiels and a canary and my brother has the huge black boxer pup!!!  Sister went the way of having a cat!
(((Hugz)))) to you,you'll get that pup when all is ready and then you'll truly enjoy him or her!!!!
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Reply #12 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:07am
 
What great photos, Curlgirl   Smiley  Grandma looks to be blessed with a fantastic family (not the least of which is you!). 
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Reply #13 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:45am
 
What awesome pictures! What handsome guys! ... Oooh the fig bushes!  I love ripe figs Cool
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Reply #14 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 1:54pm
 
Thanks,Ladies!  Hugs,Trisha!!  I wish you could  taste those figs,Lisabelle!  Grandpa(when he was alive) was doing organic in his garden 60 years ago.  The figs come out the size of golf balls,the peaches came out the size of navel oranges,the apricots the size of; I don't what to compare them to!!!  The tomatoes were always 2 pounders!!  There is such a difference when you can get organic or buy organic!    
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Reply #15 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 8:06pm
 
Organic is definately good! When I was about 7, I had a neighbor with a huge garden (the entire one acre lot behind both of our houses!), and she was organic all the way... She even had a tomato plant specifically for me that used to produce some of the biggest tomatoes I've ever seen. One was a full 4 pounds.

Hehe, CurlGirl... it sounds like you and your siblings pretty much have all the bases covered when it comes to pets, eh?  Yeah, my mom made the descicion to take care of a 5 year old, a newborn, and a shepherd-chow mix puppy all on her own! Actually the puppy was born the same day I was.
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Reply #16 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 9:58pm
 
What a great birthday surprise by having a puppy born on your birthday!
4 pound tomato?! Shocked Man oh man,that must have made one heck of a tomato salad!!!
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Reply #17 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:10pm
 
heh, it was a weeks worth of tomato sandwiches Cheesy

And oddly enough, it's not the only time I've had puppies born on my birthday. A few years ago, two of our dogs managed to get pregnant before we could get them spayed (lazy parents, really, but that's another story).. Mine, a border collie mix, had 7 puppies on my birthday:D Of course, they were caught in a house fire 7 days later (we were out of state at a funeral). The other had her puppies under the house, either during or hours after the fire. We used to joke that ginger's puppies were fireproof! (unfortunately, cassie's apparently weren't Cry)
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Reply #18 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:13pm
 
I almost forgot to mention,got a hair compliment from a guy who lives up the block this morning!!! Cool Embarrassed  After he told me he thought my hair looked great either in a bun with sticks or down and curly,I told him about this site and shampoo bars and oiling.  Also all the great members we have here!  He wants the address so next time I see him I can give it to him and maybe we'll have a new male member join our ranks! Cool
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Reply #19 - Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:14pm
 
Cry Cry so sad about the pups!!!! I'm sorry!
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Curlgirl64 wrote on Jul 10th, 2007 at 10:14pm:
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Oh the poor things!  I'm sorry. Cry
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Aww, poor puppies.  Cry
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Aww, that's tragic about the puppies.  Sad

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I agree with all that Angelspun wrote, so I will just say 'ditto".

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Reply #24 - Jul 12th, 2007 at 4:53am
 
Thank you, ladies!!  Yes, things looks rather good.....a hair compliment,a sale of a Satin Sox and a sale of Whipped Body Butter!!!  Pretty good for a day,no?
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Reply #25 - Jul 13th, 2007 at 1:45am
 
hey, congrats on the sales, CurlGirl! And from the recent pictures, even with the hair up, I can tell you definately deserve the compliments!
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Reply #26 - Jul 13th, 2007 at 10:16am
 
thank you,my dear!!!  

Today has been nothing short of a miracle so far!!! Roll Eyes Shocked  I managed to take a shower and wash my hair with this over grown boxer puppy staying out of the shower!!!! Grin  Along with shower chair,bowl of acv rinse,a stern talking to about the dire consequences of joining me in the shower....I was able to finally feel like I had washed away all the sweat and work of yesterday!!!!
My disadvantage of being disabled and trying to keep seperated a bichon who does not want to "play boxing match" with this pup,3 cockatiels who can't understand why they can't come out to play and a canary who finds the antics and shenanagins very amusing is nothing short of a skit Abbott and Costello would want in their routine!!!
I am counting down the hours to when "Champ" goes home with my brother!!  8 1/2 more hours out of 26!!!  Woo Hoo!  I get to sleep after this!!!!!  I did manage to sleep at the kitchen table for a couple of hours though.  Champ seems to think that it is necessary for me to not sleep in my futon and always keep him company to amuse him. Roll Eyes
Since he outgrew the crate I gave my brother,I know there is a major sale on crates with Dr. Foster and Smith.   That boy is going to have his own little condo in that crate when he comes to stay with me!!!!  The toothpicks are not going to do the job of keep my eyes open!  Too much sleep depervation!!!!!
Aside from the puppy stuff.....I did wash my hair with CV shampoo bar,not sure which one it was though.  I made an infusion of fresh sage and dried rosemary for my vinegar rinse a few nights ago.  After this I sprayed all my hair with the aloe vera liquid and vegetable glycerin mix and oiled with camellia oil.  Ahhhhh,feels so much better since the heat and humiditiy make my hair feel like 10 pounds on my head!!  Don't get me wrong,I love the curls not  the weight from the humidity.  I usually keep it down in the house and let it air dry enough so I can put it all up in a bun.  The coolness does feel good on my neck and back though! Smiley  One of the benefits of having long hair is letting the coolness of freshly washed hair cool your neck and back!!! Grin
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Reply #27 - Jul 14th, 2007 at 7:07am
 
Now that the cyclone puppy is either at my aunt and uncle's house or coming back to me,I have alittle time to recooperate and straighten up the disaster at my mother's house! Roll Eyes  I find it quite amusing that when Champ jumps on the coach and I yell off he thinks that he can try to hide in the cushions( with his butt up in the air) and I won't find him!!!  He has a great sense of humor and I find it hard to keep a straight face when I have to correct his mischievious ways!!!!
I hope he is as sweet and affectionate when he is full grown as he is now!  I have a feeling he's going to be close to 70-75 pounds when full grown.  He's at least 35 pounds now at almost 5 months old!!!! 
When he's not here I miss him trying to sit on my lap when I'm at the computer.  It's a great balance exercise for me since I use a Giam Balance Ball Chair for the computer!  Lord help me if he catches me off guard!!!  We'll both be on the floor!
I think today I'll take advantage of the beautiful weather and sit outside with my pup!  I think I'll also make pineapple orange fruit smoothies for lunch and salmon brown rice burgers for dinner!  That should hit the spot!  I'll have enough time to digest and be on the Pilates Performer way before bed time!
For the hair news,still shiny and under control in a braid.  The weather has been very cooperative,staying less humid for a few days has helped!  I wonder how long before the humidity is back and I feel like I have the frizzies back weighing 10 pounds again?????? I do love my aloe vera liquid and glycerin!!
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Reply #28 - Jul 16th, 2007 at 7:34am
 
Another day begins with the Champ!!!!!  I'm so glad my aunt and uncle had him for Sat. and Sun.  The weather played havoc with my symptoms!!  Sad  I was just relaxed and took it easy.  He's back for another day!  Thank God it's not a 26 hour thing!  More training today with Champ depending on his attention span Roll Eyes
Not much happpening in hair news though.  I'm going to try to wash Tues. morning and maybe whip up some deep conditioner treatment.
The weather seems to be cooler this morning and less humid so I'm hoping it stays that way for today.
I bought some Japanese incense,(coils and sticks) and another Japanese bowl for coil burning.  I tried to find an incense burner made out of porcelain or ceramic that was a little square plate without a hole so I could use it for coils.  I searched and googled for it,but no one had it!!!  Sad  I figured if the mountain can't come to you then go to the mountain!!! Grin  I think I willhave to find a pottery or ceramic place near me so I can throw my own clay!!!  I'll make it myself to the specs. I want and the color I want.  I'll also make a little stand for the coils to rest on.  I figure I could use my Arita bowl with ash in the meantime as an alternate for the coils.  I think that would be fun to try to make!!!  I haven't been to a ceramic class since I was 4 years old!  I think it will be alot of fun and a good thing for me to do!  Now off to find a place........where's my Sherlock Holme's hat and pipe when I need it??????  I betcha Champ has something to do with it missing!! Grin
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Reply #29 - Jul 16th, 2007 at 5:24pm
 
Not poor little Champ!!!  He could not have done it!!!

I know friends at work who did pottery after work a couple of years ago.  They really enjoyed it.  I would love to have tried it (oh so unartistic me) but the dogs told me that being left for almost 12 hours a day was all they could handle...Can't blame them.  I guess in life we have to make choices...and since pottery was not offered within 40 km of me...I knew I would not go out after the taking care of my dogs...who need more than food and to go out...but also to be loved, walked and told they are as important to me as I am to them.

I love my little dogs  Grin.  I will miss them when they are gone Cry.  That wont be long I am afraid.

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I called a place for ceramic classes not too far from me and the initial cost is $8 plus the cost of the bisque that you choose.  A pretty fair price because it includes the usage of tools,paints,stay as long as you want or need and the firing of the piece you choose.  This place has only bisque and no pottery classes.  Their other store has that and is further from me.  I'd rather not rely on Stress-A-Ride(oops,I mean Access-A-Ride!) if I'm further away from home and they stand me up or don't show up to pick me up to take me home.  Boy I tell ya,a service that is supposed to be for disabled people making it supposedly easier on them is extremely stressful because of the good chance they are either very late to pick you up or don't show at all or drive right by you!!!
Any way,I did find a cone and coil incense set on e-bay for $7 with a ceramic holder.  I got that because it has a dual purpose.  I can burn cones and coils on the holder.
Oh btw,I asked Champ about the mysterious disappearance and he claims no responsibility and he insinuates that the birds know something!!!  Talk about " a little birdie told me"!!!  This puppy is going to be a worthy chess player with all his stragedy thoughts!!
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Reply #31 - Jul 19th, 2007 at 8:19pm
 
I've had a lot of mixed emotions that past few days,most of them depressing Embarrassed  My mother bought a vacation home in South Carolina in a new development and is quite excited about eventually moving down there for good once my grandmother is no longer alive.  Yes everything is cleaner,brand new and the craziness of city living is non-existent there.  All well and good.  I've been told that if I live down there with her I will have my own bedroom and that's it.  All the things I have here,my bookcases,futon furniture,pots and pans etc will have to be sold.  There is nothing of my personality to come down there.  At all.  She bought a bedroom set for my bedroom,a mattress and grab bars for the bathroom that will be used by me and anyone visiting the house.  I'm surprised that she doesn't want the walk in closet that is in the bedroom for me.  She complains that it is bigger than the one in her master bedroom and the bathroom in her bedroom will not have a tub.  I feel like I'm going to be serving a prison sentence.  I asked if I can put shelves up on the walls and was told if they won't make the room look cluttered and will be able to be supportive on the wall.  Whatever that means. Roll Eyes  My choice I was told was that either I can move down there with her in a few years or find somewhere else to live. Angry Shocked  I'm between a rock and a hard place because I rely on SSDI and am disabled so it's not like I can say screw it I'll find somewhere else to live..  I have my own apt. now in her 2 family house.  I do pay rent.  Not the going rate that it is going for,but the bathroom is tiny and nothing has been done to it in the 27 years that she owns the house.  Who knows when any work was done to it!!! 
Either I can marry the guy that I'm seeing now,but that is not in my plan although it may be in his.  I'm not "head over heels" in love with him.  He is far more disabled than I am and who is going to take care of him as our diseases progress???  I can't do it.  I don't mean to sound cold,but if I am disabled;how am I supposed to take care of me and him?????
I was told my bird cages are going in my bedroom.  Fine,I want my birds and dog with me anyway.  I said I needed my Poing chair in there so I can crochet.  I can't sit in a regular chair to crochet because it reeks havoc on my neck and back.  I again was told it won't fit and told to either live somewhere else or deal with it!  I think you talk to a child under 18 that way,not a 42 year old.  My mother has never spoken to her children as adults.  She has always either been condesending or expressed doubt in anything we do or say.
Example being is my mother is driving and I'm in the front passenger seat and my siser is in the back seat;my mother will ask my siser,"Theresa,should I make a left or right turn up here?"  She'll respond and my mother will either doubt her answer or claim she doesn't know if she should go straight. Huh Angry  Mind you,I'm holding the directions in my hand!!!!  I conclude that her mentality is if I'm disabled then I'm either mentally retarded,stupid or not capable to knowing which direction to go. This woman is college educated and has a masters degree.
So my quandry will be to either sell most of all I have,marry someone and stay here or try to find my own place that is not in a bad neighborhood..............
I do believe this is a time for serious meditation!
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Reply #32 - Jul 19th, 2007 at 8:30pm
 
oh, geez, Curlgirl, that is horrible! I can't tell you what to do, but I can offer a shoulder if you need one, and a hug.
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Reply #33 - Jul 19th, 2007 at 10:24pm
 
Curlgirl...Do NOT marry someone that you're not absolutely 100% head over heels crazy in love with.

Your mother sounds quite a bit like my own in her "my way or the highway" attitude and personal biases. If you can possibly avoid it, honey, please don't force yourself into an environment where you will have to conform to these things. She has only her best interests in mind - not yours.

Look for a place that you can afford on your own. And as for the guy, I'd suggest setting him free if you're not completely crazy about him. Otherwise, you're just leading him on. You wouldn't want someone doing that to you. Hearts are not toys.

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Reply #34 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 1:35am
 
Oh my goodness.  First, let me say you have my deepest sympathy.   Cry  While I am very lucky in my mother (though not in the man she married) my husband experiences similar things with his mother, and also with his father when he was alive.  They hurt.  They hurt more deeply than I ever want to understand, and you are justified in whatever you are feeling.

I agree with Angel, marriage, with this man at least, is NOT the answer.  I think even if you were "crazy in love" you would still need to consider the very real practicalities of your conditions. 

What about a roommate?  Whether your mother is attempting to be selfish, controlling, or has decided she has had enough of your sponging (I understand you are not.  I wasn't either.  I also was in a very real situation where I had a very real need, and I was treated like my need was a choice) doesn't matter.  She has decided for whatever reason that her house is more important than her daughter. 

Leave her to that choice if you can.
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Reply #35 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 2:22am
 
Thank you all ,ladies for your caring thoughts!  Bigs hugz to you all. 
Kiraela,thanks for the shoulder,hon!!

Yes,Angel hearts are not to be played with.  I totally agree.  I think this guy and I have been friends first and then a couple.  It's ok,but nothing that I'm  gagga about.  Knowing me, I would not get married just to avoid another situation and settle for something I'm not thrilled with.  I know when the time comes I would have weighed all my options,made a pros and cons list and then make the best decision for me.  I so appreciate your feelings,sista!!!
Texian Traveler,I am so there with your thoughts!  Thank you so much for sharing those with me and your sympathies!  You too I appreciate!  I'm not so sure about the room mate thing though.  I have a dog and 4 birds.  So it might be rather difficult to find someone who can handle that and me whatever they bring to the table.  Time will tell.
As for now,I think it is a wake up call of sorts for me to either downside or start getting rid of things that I don't need.  Believe it or not I went through all my jeans and came up with 9 pairs that are too big and either need to be given to the consignment shop,e-bay or the church collection!  One small step!  I don't even want to think about my yarn stash to go through! Roll Eyes Undecided
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Reply #36 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 5:17am
 
Curlgirl,

I dunno where I have been. I only just saw your posts about your problems.  I am soooo sorry you are having such a tough time.  I would love to say more but because of a thunderstorm that has been going on for 2 hours, I cannot get one of my dogs to go out (and she wont last 20 hours from last night to tonight), she disconnected me by lying down on the phone cord AND she lay down in the honey and baking soda I have out for the ants to eat (no idea how she got herself into such a tiny corner but what a mess it made of her for me to clean up).  This doesn't even include what the other 4 are up to!!!  I have to get to work here animals!!!  I will think on about your situation and touch base tonight, although I know I will have no solutionw.  Hang in there.  Oh, and don't go get married!!! Wink

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Reply #37 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 6:36am
 
Thanks,JD!  Don't worry I won't go and get married!  I think my mother has left her poison seeds on that subject! Angry  Makes it damn hard to try to dream of a nice good marriage anyway..........
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Reply #38 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 12:09pm
 
You have my sympathies.  Cry  It is always tough when major life changes need to be made and even tougher when you can't control significant aspects of those changes.

Living on SSDI is not easy - I had many clients who were living on it - or should I say, subsisting.  Is there any Section 8 housing you might qualify for?  Subsidized rent could help.  A roommate is also a consideration. 

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Reply #39 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 6:20pm
 
Hi Curly,

I sent you a message from work today...sorry to say I have no further ideas...but I think you should tell people what we both know about housing for the disabled...people need to know!!!

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Reply #40 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 8:18pm
 
Thank you ,BB!  I am checking into section 8 in homes rather than apt. buildings.  I've never lived in an apt. building,nothing against them,but I've always lived in a house either my parents owned or grandparents owned or now that my mother owns.  I think an apt. building would be too much for me to handle both mentally and emotionally.  I've got time so it will eventually sink in and maybe I won't be so emotional about it.  Funny thing is Sat. night my sister,BIL,brother,mother and myself are supposed to go out and celebrate my mother's upcoming birthday and buyitng this new townhouse! Roll Eyes  Like I really want to celebrate.......
On a happier note,I've decided that since I've been crocheting since I was a kid,it's time to "bite the bullet" and learn how to knit. Shocked Cool  I found a great "learn how to knit kit" with a few extra goody essentials thrown in.  So I'll add another craft to the list and maybe have some gifts for Christmas and to give to nursing homes or charity Wink Smiley
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Reply #41 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 8:36pm
 
Section 8 is code talk to me...can you explain?

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Reply #42 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 8:38pm
 
It's either a nightmare living condition or it can be ok for low income people.  Depends on the area.  It is actually a government subsidy.
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Reply #43 - Jul 20th, 2007 at 9:20pm
 
Ugh..as I said in my email, understand how bad it can be...but no pearls of wisdom.  Tell us if we can do anything for you Curl.

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Reply #44 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 8:15am
 
Thanks,JD!  I'm just trying to either accept what's going to happen or trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of and it will be because I want to get rid of it and then move into a place of my own.
Most of my childhood memories are gone because my mother threw them out because we kids either didn't have a place to put them when we were adults or she just felt like throwing them out!  There is a big cardboard drum canaster on her porch that has teaching papers in it from I think 1980!  Do you think that was to be thrown out!  It's a European double standard,plain and simple.  It's the "I can do it,but you can't " thing.  I think that was one of the reasons why I decided not to have children.  I will not allow something that I hate to be allowed to be passed down to my kids.  They see and absorb so much,I didn't want that ugly thinking to be passed down to them.  My thoughts are, if you don't like something,change it or don't partake in it.  I don't want that way of thinking to continue so she can't instill it in my children if I don't have any to instill it in.
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Reply #45 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 2:20pm
 
Cry.  So sad.  Poor Curly.  I believe the saying is (and I heard it a lot as a kid) "Do as I say, not as I do".

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I think that was one of the reasons why I decided not to have children.  I will not allow something that I hate to be allowed to be passed down to my kids.  They see and absorb so much,I didn't want that ugly thinking to be passed down to them.  My thoughts are, if you don't like something,change it or don't partake in it.  I don't want that way of thinking to continue so she can't instill it in my children if I don't have any to instill it in.

That's a huge part of why I decided not to have children either. *hugs* Try not to let her get to you, Curlgirl. You'll manage just fine on your own.
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Reply #47 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 3:44pm
 
Angel, I will be interested to see if you feel the same way in 10 years.  You have not heard the biological clock yet...and believe me...it can get pretty loud and demanding!!!!

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Reply #48 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 4:25pm
 
group hug,girls!!!  Thanks,I'll be ok as long as I keep my emotions in check and do what I feel is right for me!
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Reply #49 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 4:54pm
 
Curlgirl64 wrote on Jul 22nd, 2007 at 8:15am:
I'm just trying to either accept what's going to happen or trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of and it will be because I want to get rid of it and then move into a place of my own.


I really do sympathise with your position Curlgirl64 ! I'm really sorry but it comes across as utterly unfair, cruel, selfish and hopelessly one-sided.

I don't know if my example is going to be of any help but it's worth a try. Although male and an only kid, I had very similar problems with my hateful dictatorial mother too. A permanent contest of wills from about 8 to 18 or so, however I knew that one day I would have the final say !

And when it finally did arrive I got a lot of (very satisfying !) mileage from about aged 35 onwards when visiting her ( as rarely as possible !) by deliberately denying her the things I knew she wanted. Attention for one plus other things I knew always irritated her, because the moment I got any lip (revenge was sweet !) I would say some or all of the following before I got up and walked out the door.... It almost became routine !!

"Look you can't have it both ways either you're a mother full time or not. You've had years to make up your mind. Being a mother is not a question of when it suits you or on the days you happen to feel like it, so don't expect any sympathy from me when you can't get around any more. You made your bed so go lie on it."  Door slammed really hard !! Then nothing for a good few months thank goodness as it always took me ages and ages to simmer down !

In other words forcing in her case to face up to her old age which she kept pushing aside and I think denying to herself would ever happen. She always ignored what I said for a long time but I knew the moment when it started to bite as she suddenly became for the first time ever a little whiney and looking for sympathy, which she never got because her underlying self-centred brick wall attitude never changed. Yet all she had to do at any time was break down and apologise genuinely etc. and we'd have been inseparable.  They always say that kids can tell when an adult is not being trustworthy and open and in my case it was true. Despite it being years and years later.... You just do not forget.

Yet she never did break down and became a lonely miserable old woman, especially when father died as she then had no-one to boss around any more. So our whole family lost....sadly.

Definitely not a nice thing to have to relate in public I know but at least I'd found my mental freedom. And that's what counted.
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Ouch Cadie!  You know, I do remember to appreciate both my parents each day...but things like this remind me how much I should appreciate them.   I cannot imagine life without them (although in the not to distant future I will have to) for they are the one and only sure and safe thing in my life as long as they live.  To imagine that day brings me to tears...but to imagine the many who have never known that safety and security.... Cry

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Reply #51 - Jul 22nd, 2007 at 7:28pm
 
I was very young when my parents got divorced and my mother was adamant about being a stay at home mother which was a decision that I'm very grateful for.  Anyway, without two incomes, she couldn't afford her own home so she applied for section 8.  Our home was very modest but it was located in a clean, quiet, safe neighborhood so it worked out fine.  Hopefully you can find section 8 housing in a nice area as well.  From what I understand this program often has a waiting list.  Even if in the end you decide to go in another direction, maybe you could look into getting on the list just so that option is available to you.

Have you thought about maybe just cohabitating with the man you're seeing?  I think marriage is a huge step and a whole other issue if you aren't in love, but maybe just living as roomates and splitting the expenses could be beneficial to you both.  It may prove tricky but I think if the two of you are honest with each other going into it so there aren't any expectations, it might be doable. Undecided

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That's right, sweetie. Don't let anybody else tell you what's right for you...the answers are already there.

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Arcadian,

For me it is my father.  Right now he is sitting in the locked ward of a nursing home, believing that God is going to restore the eyesight lost due to retinal bleeding from the diabetes he neglected, the rotting stumps of teeth he didn't brush that will have to be cut from his mouth, the money he wasted on get-rich-quick schemes, the wife he neglected who left him to preserve her own sanity (and life, becuase if she had stayed with him she believes she would have killed herself) and the son who got so fed up with his denial of reality that he left him to his illusions.  Those who have successfullly ignored reality for 25 years become VERY good at it.  

I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes parents NEVER face their circumstances.  When that happens, your priority becomes protecting others, yourself included.  While my father has dementia, he really has enough coherence and self-sufficiency to be in a less restrictive environment.  But I keep him locked up because otherwise he tries to go home, where he drives a motorcycle he can't see, and tries to cook on burners he forgets to turn off.  I can't protect him, because he doesn't care enough to protect himself.  So I protect the child he might hit while on that motorcycle, or the neighbor whose house is endangered when his burns.  

I told him if he would agree to selling his house I would find a less restrictive place.  He would rather sit in that home and cling to those illusions.  
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Reply #55 - Jul 23rd, 2007 at 1:21pm
 
Thank you all!!  I'm hanging in there!!  Section 8 is totally foreign to me because I grew up in the suberbs in a very nice home,fireplace,pool,own bedroom,get the pic????  When my parents got divorced when I was12 or 13,we(Mom,sister,brother and me) moved back to my mother's parents house in the city.  Very different life,crowded,noisier,worse school system,just very very different.  So this section 8 thing is morethan shell shock if I go with it and will require lots of research and homework.  Nothing I would shy away from!  It is different when you work and make less money than when you're in my boat and disabled and only get a certain amount on SSDI.  Doesn't stop me though from looking outside the box and try to do something other than sit and do nothing but collect a check.  I can't stand that when people do that! Angry  So all in all I'll hang in!
Funny though,my mom stayed at home when my sister and I were little in the 60's because she was married and you tried to stay at home and raise your family.  My brother was raised by my grandparents because he was 2 when my parents were getting ready for divorce.  If he could have been raised by anyone,I'd pick those 2!!  Nothing could be finer than the morals,ethics and the way to treat people that those grandparents instilled in all three of us.  I don't know what happened when they raised her with some of her totally ridiculous ways!!!  I think my grandmother dropped her on her head a few times! Tongue Roll Eyes
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Reply #56 - Jul 23rd, 2007 at 2:43pm
 
Government programs are typically nightmares - as I am sure you already know.  SSDI is no easy program to get onto!  But Section 8 is out there to help people like you, so it should be worth a little investigation.  The idea is to provide affordable housing to people with fixed or limited income.  I wish I knew more about it to help you out more - I worked in the vocational areas and did not have to deal with the housing issues of my clients (but I certainly knew they were dealing with challenges!).  I would think that with your physical limitations, you might be on a different list (with better priorities) than those who are just welfare recipients that might qualify.  Naturally, you would want to make sure the housing is appropriately accessible for a wheelchair.
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Thank you,BB!  Yes I think wheelchair accessible is something to think about down the road.  I may always use a cane and occasionally a scooter,but you never know what the future holds!!!  It's a shame that alot of section 8 is typically in bad neighborhoods or poorly equipted buildings.  I might have better luck looking for section 8 that is in a private home.  People do have 2 or 3 family homes and rent out their apts to section 8 because they get a subsidy from the government to do so.    Just another option,thank god,to put on the list to think about!!!!
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Reply #58 - Jul 27th, 2007 at 8:20am
 
Went to Linens  and Things yesterday with my mother.  Why I don't know,I can't buy anything;not that I need anything,but what's the point????  Anyway,it was good to get outside and relax!  I'm starting to see a decline in their quality of merchandise.  The bath towels looked like something the "cat dragged in"!  Maybe Bed,Bath and Beyond is farring much better.
Went for a manicure and pedicure yesterday.  Always nice to pamper yourself when you can.  I usually do my own french manicure and it comes out quite well,but yesterday I just wanted someone else to do a mani and pedi for me.
Today maybe I'll do some more laundry.  Did a superlarge load yesterday. Sheets and towels today??  Supposed to rain today,Sat., and Sun.  Oh well:(  I don't have the pup until Sat.4pm so I'll take advantage of the downtime Wink
Hair today is in a braid.  It's humid,I can't be bothered fussing!  Yesterday was a bun with ketylo sticks.  Humid also,but sunny,too so I need to get my hair up and feel cooler.
It worked.
Off to breakfast now!  Birds are still sleeping,thank God!!  I did my Pilates early this morning,showered,dressed and ready for coffee with soymilk,juice,oatmeal with cinnamon and craisins!!! Grin
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Reply #59 - Jul 27th, 2007 at 10:22am
 
The good thing about the situation with your mother and the move is you have plenty of time to consider alternatives and find a logical solution.

(that sounds a little Vuncanish, even to my ears!)   Smiley
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Reply #60 - Jul 27th, 2007 at 9:06pm
 
lol!,Thanks,Trisha!  btw,I forgot to tell you the sunscreen in the Southern Magnolia Minerals is all natural!  How could I forget to mention that since I constantly use or am on the look out for all natural things??!!! Shocked
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Reply #61 - Jul 28th, 2007 at 4:36pm
 
I made salmon for dinner last night and had tomato salad,pasta with red sauce,wine and veggies.  With the salmon I used olive oil,onions,capers,wine,lemon juice,parsley,dill,onion powder,garlic powder,paprika,chili powder(don't ask!) It was good.
This morning was so hot and humid and disgusting!!  My hair looked like something the "cat dragged in"!  I don't even own a cat and it resembled something that a cat would drop at the feet of its owner!!! Tongue Shocked  I had to wash my hair,there was no way I could live with the frizz!  I had braided it the night before so at least it wasn't totally unmanagable!  I used a shampoo bar that was vegan(something I got off e-bay a few months ago),had all the good oils and lavendar in it!  Skipped the ACV and just used Pantene conditioner for curly hair.  Don't know exactly which one,but it gave me the right amount of slip and I was able to manage my hair alot easier!!  Up in a bun and then I braided it hours later.  All is well on the hair saga side,lol!!
I put some yarn lots on e-bay last night.  I put 2 auctions up for 7 days and starting bids at 99cents each.  No watchers,but about 30 people looked at it since last night.  Not too bad;since they're on less than 24 hours.  It would be great if there were some bids!!!  I'm hopeful Roll Eyes
My "teach yourself to knit kit arrived today!!!  Hooray!!!!  I don't like the reading instructions part though.  I think I do much better when there is a visual or someone gives verbal instructions.  Because what the book say and what the diagrams show are two totally different things!  It figures!
I already know I hate purl.  I like knit.  I don't hold the yarn as they instruct you to do.  It looks and feels retarded.  That is the best way I can describe it.  I also am the first to admit that I cast on retarded.  I don't think I have ever seen anyone cast on the way I do.  I'm comfortable with the technique and it's probably the way I do it because I've been crocheting for a while.  My chemise is almost done.  I'll post a pic when it's finished.  The straps are the only thing left and once again the instructions are not what the picture looks like.
Champ is here and sleeping.  So I'll take advantage of that and practice knitting.  I'm also making a crocheted tunic.  I think it's the side-to-side tunic pattern on Lion Brand's website.  I wanted something simple,easy and a no- brainer.  This is it!  As for the knitting,I know I have to crawl,walk and then run,but I'm anxious to have the click of the knitting needles sound smooth and feel the flow!!!  Right now,allyou hear is me curse when I drop a stitch or get pissed when I follow the directions and the end result looks so horrible,it's embarrassing to admit I knit that garbage!!!!  I know patience,patience!!!!  I hear the needles calling me!!! Later!
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Reply #62 - Jul 31st, 2007 at 8:47pm
 
We're getting down to the wire on my 4 auctions on ebay!  I put them up for 7 days and I've got 3 days left.  No bids,but 7 watchers.  All yarn lots.  I have way too much yarn,I mean way too much Shocked!  I think I could open a small store!  Now I've got over 50 sets of knitting needles from an auction that I won last week.  There's newones coming though Roll Eyes  I'm gonna learn how to knit and be good at it,if it takes me a year and a day to do it!!!  I love crocheting though.  I'm making a cowl neck tunic right now and hopefully it will be done withing 2 weeks,if I keep at it everyday.
The dog crate came today for Champ!!  I put it together and let my own pup go in and check it out.  It is HUGE!!!!  I almost had to send in a search party for my pup!!! Tongue  I think it got the seal of approval from her because she rolled around and scratched at the padding!  A good sign.
Anyway,my brother is off to Chicago after doing a 24 hour tour Wed. into Thurs.  He's going to catch a ball game with my unlce and cousin.  So I'll have Champ for  5 or more days!!!  If this doesn't kill me I don't know what will Roll Eyes!
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Reply #63 - Aug 1st, 2007 at 7:28pm
 
AUGUST????? Blah,it's too sticky,hot,humid Roll Eyes let me know when Fall is finally coming.  Today starts a heatwave here on the eastcoast in my neck of the woods.  90 and better for the week.  I'd rather drink straight lemon juice!!!!!!  This heat today has been to say the least oppressive!!!!!!!!!!!  Glad I'm inside with a/c.  My electric bill will look like a phone bill,but it's too hot!!!!!!!!!! 
One thing that does keep me occupied is this crazy puppy's always getting into trouble!!!!!!!!!!  I swear he is a 2 year old human child in dog's clothing!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply #64 - Aug 4th, 2007 at 7:09am
 
Another hot humid one today!!  The thought of a cold tub sounds pretty good even at 5am!!!  I hope the heat breaks soon so I can atleast open the windows and let the fresh air in!  That's if I don't get that putrid smoke coming in from next door! Angry  The old man is a peach,but his smoking habit is....I can't even have words for it!!!
I've been lighting alot of Japanese incense lately.  Whooping Crane by Nippon Kodo is absolutely wonderful!!  Coconut Sky,Vanilla,Cafe,White Plum and Aqua have been smelling great!!!  I think once you try Japanese incense you won't want to burn anything else!
On the crochet and knitting front..........I'm working on the sleeves of the sweater right now.  The body is together,but it's hard to do a sweater when it's the dead of summer!!
New knitters usually "drop" stitches,not me!!  I've been adding on!  Don't know where they come from,but I'll stick with it and continue to practice!!!
3 out of 4 auctions have sold on e-bay!!  yippee!!!  The 4 th one is over in 4 hours.  2 lookers,no bidders.  Oh well!  I did win an auction for this pretty rose color yarn that's sport weight(light) and it''s merino wool and alpacka. That's nice and not itchy!  I'm going to crochet a pretty lacy deep v-neck cardigan after the sweater and finishing that camisole!!  Those straps on the camisole are horrid!!  I've got to figure out how to change that pattern and make them look nice.
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Reply #65 - Aug 4th, 2007 at 9:54am
 
It's true about japanese incense!  I use to burn one called Koyto Autumn and when I went back to Indian incense I had to get use to it again ( cough, wheeze).  Your knitting too!  I'm making some legwamers for dancing. Wink adding on stiches eh? Your picking up to much wool -- what you can do is count how many stiches you should have then knit two together till you have the right amount!  Good luck! Cool
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Reply #66 - Aug 4th, 2007 at 11:44pm
 
thank you!  I still can't get the holding of my yarn right though Embarrassed  it is definately not like crochet yarn holding!!  Leg warmers,arm warmers and fingerless gloves are on my list.  I'd love to see a pic of yours when you're done*wishing* Smiley
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Reply #67 - Aug 5th, 2007 at 10:34pm
 
Knitting!!  My favorite relaxation therapy!  Do you hold your yarn with your right or left hand?  As a crocheter - you might find it easiest to carry it with your left hand and "pick" it with the right hand needle instead of throwing the yarn with your right hand.  That's how I knit.  While on vacation I worked on my mystery lace shawl, finished a pair of socks, and knit 2 beanie hats.

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Reply #68 - Aug 6th, 2007 at 7:38am
 
Thanks,BB!  I hold the yarn with my left hand while I hold the crochet hook with my right.  Holding the yarn with my left hand while I try to knit is not only fustrating,i either have to wrap it under or over my index finger depending on whether I'm knitting or pearling!!! Roll Eyes  It feels very foreign and difficult so I'll try your suggestion and see how it feels.  I'm still adding on stitches instead of dropping them,like a lot of new knitters do though.  Go figure!!! Roll Eyes
You've been busy,too!  Wonderful you finished the socks and beanies!  Hopefully my chemisole/chemise and the sweater I've been working on will be done within a week.  I frogged one of the sleeves because I didn't like the way it looked.  So back to sleeves!!
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Reply #69 - Aug 6th, 2007 at 9:35am
 
The most common reasons for adding stitches is that you are either splitting the yarn to create two new stitches or you are picking up a stitch from the row below (this would typically happen on the wrong side when purling).  One way to check for this is to have a contrasting colored string that you weave between the stitches every 5 or 10 stitches.  On the next row, make sure that you still have that same number of stitches when you come to the spot where the string is between the stitches again.  I use this technique with my lace knitting - it makes it easier to count my stitches and verify that I have not dropped or added a stitch in the wrong place. 

If you can take a picture of your knitting in an area where you think you added a stitch, I might be able to better identify what you are doing.

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Reply #70 - Aug 6th, 2007 at 4:48pm
 
It looks so horrific that I'd be afraid you'd scream and hide!!!  I've been practicing and ripping everything out. Re-doing it,too.  
All the weird stuff happens to me,not other people though!  I've been adding on a stitch on the first row right after casting on.  If I cast on 10 or 20 stitches,I knit all to the right needle and count.  Viola!!!  I've got either 11 or 21!  Too bad they're not $100 bills!!  lol!!  Hopefully when it is alittle more presentable; and you can make heads or tails out of it,I will send you a pic.  Hopefully later this afternoon or tonight.  Thanks for wanting to take a look!
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Reply #71 - Aug 6th, 2007 at 8:59pm
 
I'd never run and hide!  Grin  What kind of cast on method are you using.  Is it possible that you are not counting the first stitch - the slip knot - and you are really casting on one too many?  (I've been known to do that way too many tmes!).  That first row is always a tough one to knit.  I usually use a needle that is one or two sizes larger than I will be knitting with. 

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Reply #72 - Aug 7th, 2007 at 2:03am
 
lol!!I'd run and hide from my knitting at this point!!  I count the slip knot as a first stitch.  I cast on by wrapping the yarn around my index finger and slip the needle under and through the loop on my finger.  It's unconventional to do it this way,but I found out my mother does it this way and the lady at Boye I talked to about the "I taught myself to knit booklet" that I have;she also does it that way.  It's just easier for me.  Possibly what's happening is that when I get to the last cast on stich to knit,I'm somehow sepeating the slip knot into two seperate stitches to knit.  Crazy,I know,but this is me we are talking about,so anything is possible!  lol  I will send a pic or pics to you to show you and see if you can figure this out!!!  Since it's about 2 a.m.(hey,what am I doing out of bed so late?)I'll  take some later when the pup is either sleeping or playing.  I am so tired from having him for 5 days and trying to take care of all my other pets,that it is no wonder I can type straight!!!
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Reply #73 - Aug 8th, 2007 at 2:47pm
 
Somebody please have a serious talk with the weather gods!!!  There was a tornado in Bayridge last night,about a 10 minute car drive from me.  We never ever get tornados up here!!! Shocked  Lots of trees down,roofs blown off people's houses,power out.  This weather seems to get crazier and crazier! 
Hair up in a bun today with SugarStix.  It's 96 degrees outside and my mother decides to take a car trip to Costco's!! Roll Eyes  The car's a/c decided it was not a good idea and said so on the way home when the gauge read 200!!!  I told her either Freeon(?) or water.  So much for a VW!!!  Ice water on my wrists,carotid arteries and ankles was needed as soon as I got home!  This heatwave is no joke!  My MS symptoms really get out of hand with this heat.  I'm staying in until the Fall!!!!
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Reply #74 - Aug 9th, 2007 at 6:08pm
 
Yuk.  Weather sounds uncomfortable.

I have to tell you though, I am hating all this talk about fall.  I am not fond of fall.  While the leaves are beautiful, is signifies the coming of winter, freezing temperatures, freezing rain, snow and 8 hours of sunlight in a day.  Depression time for JD.  Sigh.  Not to mention I am sure my dogs will not survive the winter.  Sigh.

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Reply #75 - Aug 9th, 2007 at 6:17pm
 
oh JD!  I didn't mean to give you sad thoughts Sad!  Maybe this Fall will be happy for you!  I'm hoping that for you Wink
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Reply #76 - Aug 9th, 2007 at 6:19pm
 
Grin Don't worry.  I still have another few weeks of fun and maybe this year will be better.  One can only hope!!

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Reply #78 - Aug 13th, 2007 at 8:09pm
 
Boy,time is flying!  Have had the past 2 days to myself without puppysitting!!  I miss him,but not the messes!!  In that time I managed to do 4 loads of laundry,clean the floors and then microfiber clean them(3),make more carpet freshner,crochet,knit and just finished making warm brown sugar whipped body butter!!  Man oh man my apartment smells soooooooo  goooood!!! Grin    All that's left to do with that is put the shrink wrap on the jars and shrink away!!!!  One of the girls from the dentist office stopped by to buy 2 more jars of whipped body butter.  I wasn't outside more than 10 minutes  when these evil truck size mosquitos went on an eating frenzy,on me!!!  Ouch!!!!  I got bit about 7 or 8 times.  Not little bumps either.  It looks like I've got golf balls on my arms,hands,legs,jeez they were hungry!!!! Angry  I'm not going outside for a looooooong time!!!!
I think tomorrow will be a shampoo and conditioner day.  Champ is here at 4pm and leaves Wed. at maybe 6pm.  Oh well,the mini-vacation is coming to a close soon! Sad
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Reply #79 - Aug 13th, 2007 at 9:03pm
 
Pls explain microfiber cleaning the floors.  And I would love to hear about your carpet deodorizer.  I just use baking soda.

Sorry your holiday is coming to an end.  Poor you.

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Reply #80 - Aug 13th, 2007 at 9:15pm
 
Microfiber pads are used with water.  Wet the pad with water,wring it out,use the special mop for it and starting cleaning!!!  Clean without chemicals.  Everything comes out clean and no worries of chemicals left behind that your pets or toddlers can get on themselves!  I swear by them!
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Reply #81 - Aug 14th, 2007 at 6:00pm
 
Hair:  washed with shampoo bar,twice.  Conditioned with Pantene conditioner for curls and oiled with camelia oil and used aloe vera gel.  Let it air dry and had wonderful spiral curls!!!!!!  Too hot though so I had to put it up in a ponytail by 3pm:(oh well!
Puppy is here at 4pm until 6pm tomorrow........I'm already burnt out!  It's only 6pm. 
Almost done with the second sleeve on the crocheted sweater!  Hooray!!!  It takes so long!!!  If it comes out nice,I'll make it using Lion Brand Wool-Ease.  It takes about 7 skeins at $4.99 each so I'll budget for that in a month or two.
I'm knitting a scarf with Plymouth Encore Worsted weight and really like the bamboo needles I'm using for it.  Also working on the lacy cardigan with silk/angora/mohair yarn.  Too time consuming because the yarn keeps splitting.   
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Reply #82 - Aug 16th, 2007 at 7:56am
 
I finished the crocheted tunic sweater yesterday!!!  Finally! Man it took awhile!  I'll post a pic later today of it.
Still working on the crocheted lacy cardigan.  That will take forever I think! Undecided Roll Eyes  There are 4 pages of instructions for it! Shocked  It was too nice looking to pass up though.  I'm making an extra small for myself.  The pattern goes up to a I think a 2x.  Imagine if I was making that size,it would really take me forever to make!!  I think if it comes out well, I will make that size and either sell it or make it as a gift for someone.
Went to the doctor's yesterday for blood work.  Had to put the pup in his "condo" pet crate while I went,that's another story!!
In my family you have all these horrific digusting diseases and live to be older than dirt!!! 
I'm what you would call a Pescatarian.  I have to eat fish for the Omega 3's and 6's for the MS otherwise I'd be a vegan.  I pretty much consider myself a vegan and eat that way except for the fish,which is for medical reasons.  Anywho,had blood work done because my papertrail in bloodwork shows that my total cholesterol is high,my LDL is high and my HDL is low!!!  I expect this nonsense because that's just my luck and the way things go for me.  I have the opposite reaction to things and events that the regular person would have.  I have eaten my special oatmeal 6 out of 7 days a week for many many years,before the hype came about of eating oatmeal to lower your cholesterol.  It has absolutely no effect on me.  I still have a total of 204.  That was 6 months ago.  I'm expecting the same or near the same number with yesterday's bloodwork.  It's one of the things inherited in my family.  Another reason,maybe small and way down on the list of not having kids to pass this problem onto!  Migraines,varicose veins,high blood pressure,low blood pressure,the list goes on and on!!!!!!  Both my parents have or had migraines and it is a condition passed on to your children.  If I knew that the pain and suffering of that could and would be passed onto to my kids,knowing me,I would not have kids!  Anyone suffering wih sinus or migraine headaches knows what pain I'm talking about!!  I think I stopped getting migraines when I gave up dairy,meat and processed foods about 20 yers ago.  I used to get them every 2 or 3 months,like clockwork.  Now a sinus headache maybe every 4 or  5 months!  Still close to a migraine,but the only differnce is with a migraine I would think if I threw myself down the stairs and hit my head,the pain would be different.  With a sinus headache,I'm more likely to do nadi sudi and work it out of my system!
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Whelp,didn't I say my pics are larger than life??? Grin  Ya have to scroll around abit,but the sweater is there......in there......somewhere,lol!  I can't seem to make these pics small,so the site called tinypic is ridiculous!!!  That's another thing to work on! Roll Eyes
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Such a lovely sweater, dear.  Well done!!   Smiley
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Awesome Sweater!  I love the neck, so cuddlie!!
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Kissthanks,hon!  It took it seems like forever,but it's done!  Can't wait to make it in another color though.  I think either a,um I don't know,a deep plum,wine or a deep coral or salmon......I've got time before winter sets in!!  I do have to make a poncho for my mother's friend though.  They belong to a group in the Red Hat Society,so it will be deep purple and red.  I'll post a pic of that when it's done.
So I've got the lacey cardigan going,the never ending camisole and for knitting I'm doing a scarf.  Just started a pair of arm warmers in a pattern I saw that I liked.  Not crazy for the yarn,but it they come out nice I'll get the yarn that I want for them.
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Reply #91 - Aug 18th, 2007 at 6:23am
 
I made a swater and coat in the same way!  The coat took eons to complete and sadly did not fit me so I donated it.....  There is a book author I met years ago in New York who has some really neat knitting and crochet books.  His name is Kaffe Fassett and does awsome things with wool. He even had a TV show at one point.  I had one of his crochet books and loved it.  Can't remember the name but it was all crochet and was really neat! Wink
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Thanks for the info.  I will look up his name and see if I can find one of his books on Amazon,Barnes and Noble or Walden Books!  Can't have too many books on crochet or knitting,can you? Wink
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Reply #93 - Aug 21st, 2007 at 8:32pm
 
Love the sweater!  Cheesy  But I think we need to see a picture of it on YOU!   Grin  Great job.  :: mutter mutter....must get back to work on my mystery stole... mutter.. mutter...mutter::
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thanks,BB!  I did try on the sweater and was disappointed that it didn't fit right across the upper front chest and shoulders Sad  I'll work on someone taking a pic and show you though(I might be hiding my face because it actually looks better off than on! Grin
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Ok,shock among all shocks to me,I got the blood work back and the total cholesterol is 179!!!  Woo Hoo(happy dance while dog and birds look at me like I've lost my mind!)
The HDL is good and the LDL is alittle high,109(below 100 is good)  the white cell count is very low,2.9.  I expected that because of the meds.  What I'm wondering is if I'm at the lowest dose and am supposed to take the normal higher dose soon,does it knock me out of the pic because of the low white cell count????hmmmm.  I went on the lower dose because of that in the first place.
All other stuff,sugar,thyroid and liver panel are just fine.  Blood pressure was I think 100 over 70.  When I was running it was 90 over 60.  I liked that.
All in all everything is ok.  Got a reprieve from the pup for a few days.  He'll be back for a little while on Thurs. and Fri. while my brother goes to 2 firefighter's funeral's.  (two lost their lives while battling a fire at Deutsch Bank in lower Manhattan)
Started crocheting arm warmers as Christmas gifts for the ladies in the family.  All other projects are going along as planned.  Been using the fun fur on some of the cuffs and it looks nice.  Pic to come soon!!!!
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Reply #96 - Aug 22nd, 2007 at 10:46am
 
The arm warmers with the fun fur sounds cute - you must post pics!  I used some fun fur on a tote that I felted.  I was surprised at how nice it turned out.  The wool felted up great and the fur stayed fuzzy and cute.

I heard about the fire in the Deutsch Bank - what a shame that anyone had to lose their life in a building that is being demolished.
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I would like to see them too! Cool  I wanted to give them a try as well.  Do you do them on four needles?
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Reply #98 - Aug 22nd, 2007 at 5:50pm
 
I crocheted the arm warmers.  Haven't tried to knit them yet,but I will eventually!! Roll Eyes  Still practicing my knit and purl stitches Roll Eyes  I really like the bamboo knitting needles I'm using to make a scarf,but the four needles and circular and double pointed are making me sweat!!!  When I'm comfortable with single needles,I'll be buggin BB for some tips!!!
I'll take pics right now of the warmers and post tonight!!
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there are three sets,but try as I might I can not make this pic smaller.  My theory is correct,"follow instructions or a recipe and you will screw it up!"
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Those are so cute!  Love the furry ends. Cool
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thanks!  I put red fun fur on the red ones,too!
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I was wondering if you could post the instructions for the arm warmers?  I would love to give them a try! Wink
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Love them!  Cheesy  Here's a smaller version of the picture you can use:

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thanks,BB!  How'd you do that????
Lisabelle,which one do you want?  One has an opening for the thumb and one doesn't.  I could post the two for you if you'd like.  Let me know!
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Curlgirl64 wrote on Aug 23rd, 2007 at 3:21pm:
thanks,BB!  How'd you do that????


I use PictureTrail to store photos online.  It is a free service and it automatically resizes pictures.  And as an extra bonus, they give you the URL with the image tags!
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Curlgirl64 wrote on Aug 23rd, 2007 at 3:21pm:
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I'll take both!  Thanks so much! Cool
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Ok!  I'll PM you tomorrow with the patterns(I added the fun fur myself to the pattern,but will include how to do that also) Wink
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Curlgirl64 wrote on Aug 23rd, 2007 at 9:36pm:
Ok!  I'll PM you tomorrow with the patterns(I added the fun fur myself to the pattern,but will include how to do that also) Wink



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Reply #109 - Aug 31st, 2007 at 7:47am
 
Time is just flying by!  Just when you think you have a second to breathe,someone shows up!  Aunt Flo decided to show up 2x this month!!! Oy!  First in the beginning of the month and now at the end of the month!  Is there a break in sight?!
Onto hair stuff!
Last night I decided to do a deep conditioner with Pantene Pro V Moisture Replenishing Mask on dry hair.  My soaked it right up!  I then used Babbasu oil on the lenght and especially the ends.  Quick douse of water,wide toothed combed slowly and carefully,all goes in a microfiber twisty towel.  I slept with that on from about 10pm-5:30am.  I rinsed it out in the shower and then shampooed 2x with a shampoo bar.  I decided to use Pantene Pro-V daily moisture renewal hydration coditioner on the length and ends.  I used alittle too on my head.  Didn't wait more than 1 minute to rinse.I let my hair air dry(which it's still doing).  So far it's very curly and soft.  I'll do a S&D later.
Think I'll have to measure early next week since I washed today and didn't have a chance to measure due to the puppy coming.
I think I'll be moving to South Carolina quicker than anticipated.  My mom came back from a week down to say she doesn't think she can handle another winter up here.  She's always sad to come home because the people are soooo nice down there and it's cleaner and a better quality of life.  I already knew southern hospitality was exceptional,but I think she's really getting a taste of it!  I have a lot of mixed emotions with this.  I'm going down next month for 5 days,after my sister's birthday and before mine.  I think I found a pet sitter for my dog and birds.  That's another story!  I don't go on vacations because I made that choice when I got my dog and birds.  I knew that was a sacrifice to be made and I gladly made it.  No kennels.  So a pet sitter is needed.
I wrote enough.  Later I'll hit on the yard sale that is supposed to happen for who knows howmany weekends!!!
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I went today to my grandmother's home attendant's home for a prayer service.  The lady is Indian and she was the one who told me where to go to get a salwar kameez for my cousin's wedding last month.  My mother and I caught the last 1/2 hour of the Hindu mass at her home.  I wish I would gotten there sooner(traffic,grrrrrr)because the incense,flowers and saris were all so beautiful.  I remember some of the words from my yoga teacher training and felt very comfortable and curious about this prayer service.
The food was mostly vegetarian and spicy.  Fine by me!!  I was able to eat things there without milk,dairy,meat,honey,butter....a vegan's dream!!!  Most of the ladies have long hair so it was a long hair sighting of many long hairs for me!  I had my hair down except for a small portion of it in a bun.  I got a lot of compliments on my hair,made me feel good!
Thought I'd have a free day without the pup,but my brother called and said the firehouse needed guys to work,so he was pulling an extra 15 hours.  So as I type the pup is sleeping by me and my dog is sleeping under my Poing chair where I sit to crochet or knit. 
The weather was very cooperative today regarding low humidity.  Let's see about tomorrow and whether I wear a braid or keep my hair up in a bun.  After that deep conditioning my hair is very full and curly,so it's hard to get it in a bun. 
Still need to try to set up some time for S&D.  I did not see many splits though,good thing.
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Reply #111 - Sep 4th, 2007 at 11:12am
 
My theory stands true!!!  Follow a recipe or directions and it won't come out right!  I'll probably just get rid of the ticker because there really isn't anything I like there anyway.  I'm pretty much at tailbone length anyway,depending on how my hair is measured.  So give or take 1 or 2 months I surpass that or just right past it.
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Reply #112 - Sep 4th, 2007 at 7:19pm
 
I hear ya bout the ticker.  Mine is for weight loss....ok, ok...I have been very undisciplined and it is my fault as I did not set times...just to lose it.  LOL, I notice it isn't really showing up though.  Maybe the ticker place gave up on me...okay, wanted to laugh but for me it is not so funny!!

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Reply #113 - Sep 5th, 2007 at 7:36pm
 
Got it fixed with the suggestion of "one little birdie" who sent me a message!  Thanks! Wink
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Hey Curly, tell your birdy friend I would love the same help...although I am shaming myself as I am not disciplined enough.  BUT...I am starting running with a buddy next week and biking and I know this buddy is reliable since I originally trained them  Hopefully the tables will turn as you suggested.  In the meantime, at least I am back at work full time and running my house.  This girl HAS come a long way since I signed up with LL.   Thanx to you all!!  And thank you Curly for your vote of confidence!!!

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Reply #115 - Sep 6th, 2007 at 10:30pm
 
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Hey Curly, I am going to back track a few weeks to when you said about doing your carpets with baking soda and essential oils.  I had heard of it before but always been unsure.  I thought the essential oils would only cause lumps in the baking soda...as opposed to diffusing.  I tried it to tonight and I am thrilled!!!!  I used peppermint in the main part of the house (to stimulate me and keep me moving) and lavender down the hall and in my bedroom.  It smells GREAT!!!  Thank you sooooooo much for your idea!!!  I used plain baking soda once a week for years around here.  Now I am in love with your idea!!!  I am even going to start a thread about it!!

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You're welcome,JD!  I use peppermint in my little carpet area before going up the stairs to my apt. and I use mandarin orange in one of my mother's rooms(rarity that it has carpet,parque everwhere else)  I love,love,love the smell,too!!
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Reply #118 - Sep 9th, 2007 at 4:16pm
 
ok,so maybe it wasn't such a good idea to wash today since it is kinda humid outside.....but I did it anyway.  For about an hour my hair looked fine while air drying,but then the frizz started to set in.  No aloe vera gel is gonna calm this down unless I deep condition it tonight and hope for the best.  Where is the fall weather when I need it???????
On a brighter note,last night I had a guy come over that lives on my block for coffee.  He actually grew up with the brother of one of my closest girlfriends so I knew already that he was gonna be a gentleman.  Not only did he bring soy milk,he brought me a big beautiful bouquet of flowers and organic wine.  I find that sooooo nice and thoughtful.  I had been talking to him whenever I was sitting on my stoop with my dog and he was always friendly and polite.  Last night was no different.  He even washed the dishes and cups!!!!  Talk about over the top!  
He's growing his hair long again so that's a plus too for us long hairs! Smiley  He said the longest he had his hair was just past his tailbone.  I've got to see a pic so I'll ask if he has any.  The only reason he cut it was because his infant son at the time kept pulling on it and it turned into a hassle.  That was 19 years ago,so time to grow it again!!!!
Anyway,here's the hair part.  I had to check the LL site while he was here just to show him around abit and he asked to see my hair down.  He usually sees me either in a bun or single braid.  So I took it out of the bun and I got the best head massage ever!!!!  That was so cool!!!  All innocent,mind you SmileyI filled him in on oils and combs and brushes and a whole lot of hair info.  All in all the evening was very nice to share with a fellow lover of long hair! Wink
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Reply #119 - Sep 9th, 2007 at 5:53pm
 
Whoooaaa, Curlgirl! Woohoo! lol

That sounds like a dream. All I can say is you go, girl! It's got to be great to have a real live friend who shares your passion for long hair in addition to your long-haired family here.  Smiley
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Reply #120 - Sep 9th, 2007 at 7:49pm
 
KissI'm proud of my long haired family on LL,Angel!  Gotta really try to help this one do things right!  You see so many with long hair that just don't either take care of it or don't know how.
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Reply #121 - Sep 12th, 2007 at 8:19pm
 
Ok, not only is this guy going to cook vegan for me on Saturday,I am going over to his place tomorrow to help him make marinara sauce and can it!  Pasta Dinner(whole wheat pasta) is the thank you he'd like to make me.  The menu is probably pasta,salad,a dessert wine,coffee and soy milk.  I have a sneaky suspicion that Purely Decadent(soy ice cream) is also on the menu!  Hmmmmm,sounds pretty good!  I wonder what he has planned for Saturday's dinner!  Stayed tuned!!!!!
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Reply #123 - Sep 14th, 2007 at 3:28am
 
ok,here's an update!!!  "C"(as I will call him)came by to pick me up at alittle before 1 and we walked over to his place.  We didn't make the sauce,however,we did make pasta together after the tour of his apartment.  I was touched that he went through so much trouble to make it "presentable"as he refers to it.  I could tell he really wanted things to go well and smoothly.  They did,but I didn't want him to think that things were so easy and he could just not care about being proper and such!  I was really touched that he made such an effort as making a good first impression.  All the shopping he did was buying all things fresh and organic and he really wanted to make sue I was comfortable.  We watched CSI Miami and Crssoing Jordan and things were very relaxed and layed back.  It really went nicely.  He walked me home and called a couple of hours later to say he had a really nice time and was looking forward to Saturday.  Not to sound abrupt,but,guys will almost bust a gut to,let's say,"why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free"! lol  I enjoy the effort emensly and do like the attentiveness though!!  lol  Not to say I "wanna see him sweat",but I will!!!  Anything worth getting is worth waiting for,so he's going to have to "wine and dine" me if he wants to see where this possible relationship is going!  All of this aside,it was nice to get out for a few hours and enjoy someone's company that was the four legged kind!!!  He was a gentleman and I did appreciate that!  Let's see about Saturday!  I hear that Japanese is on the menu if he doesn't  make sauce,but either way it sounds like a good date is in store.  Possibly one of his closest friends and his wife may come by. 
More of the twists and curls of a Curlgirl are to come!!! Wink
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Reply #124 - Sep 14th, 2007 at 3:18pm
 
Kudos to him for behaving as a proper gentleman should, and for you (too) expecting gentlemanly behavior from him!   Smiley
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Reply #125 - Sep 14th, 2007 at 4:08pm
 
Thanks,sweetie! Wink  You know the saying,"when it rains,it pours"....well,this is not a bad thing,but I was getting dressed getting ready for my brother to pick me up so I could stream clean his carpets.  (Ya know better than to lend anything to your brother because you'll either never get it back or get it back broken!! Lips Sealed )  any who,the phone is ringing,the doorbell is ringing,the dog barking,the birds screaming....get the picture???  I throw on a bathrobe and make my way downstairs to open the door to this huge,I mean huge baske of flowers!!!  There are legs beneath it and it starts talking!!!!  It was so huge that the delivery person was hidden by its enormity!!!!!  I was so shocked,pleased and speechless,all at the same time!!!!  This is from the girl who is never at a loss for words!  I gotta post a pic of these so you can see this!  These flowers were because he had such a nice time yesterday(that's what the card said.)  Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow on our "official date
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Reply #126 - Sep 15th, 2007 at 3:44am
 
Beautiful flowers, I love it!  I love the fact that he is such a gentleman and treats you so sweetly!  Men like that are quite rare these days, enjoy every moment!!!!  (((hugs)))
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WOAH, those are some awesome flowers !!  Shocked 

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Reply #128 - Sep 15th, 2007 at 7:10am
 
thanks you ,Juri!  The fun is now in the "chase" and the "courting".  He has my attention( Shocked,like flowers don't deserve some recognition?)let's see his "style" on courting a woman!!!
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Reply #129 - Sep 15th, 2007 at 8:12am
 
lol, I think those flowers would get anyone's attention. I look forward to seeing how things progress. Good luck!!
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Reply #130 - Sep 15th, 2007 at 8:46am
 
me,too!lol  Stay tuned Wink
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Reply #131 - Sep 16th, 2007 at 1:21pm
 
ok,hair first.  I washed with Prairieland Herbs shampoo bar,Pinion Leaf for dry hair and then used my recipe for ACV.  It has sage and rosemary in it.  My hair likes!!!  Less shedding,more curls and no frizz!!  Hooray!  I then oiled the ends and alittle of the length with Camellia Oil(I'm going to be so sad when I run out of that!! Sad) used a little Aloe Vera Gel and air dried.  I'm liking this end result very much.  I used a hairfork that I picked up on Ebay months ago,it's made out of wood from Bethlehem.  Works well for me.
On that positive note.....last night's date went very well.  He was a gentleman and a perfect host.  He came by my mother's house and had flowers and chocolate for her(nice brownie points,although she is not swayed by this!)(Good for her,too)She dropped him off at the Japanese Restaurant to pick up dinner for us walked back to pick me up.  THe evening was very very enjoyable and we both are anxious for the next date!  So, all in all this turned out very nice and we both are anticipating a very nice start to whatever and wherever this relationship can go!!
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Reply #132 - Sep 18th, 2007 at 2:39am
 
Today was such a whirlwind!  I did manage to oil my hair though with camillia oil.  I had done a little S&D the day before,but didn't get a chance to today.  Between a cleaning lady coming to my mother's house( I always seem to have to baby sit any cleaner that comes and not even get any cleaning done myself!)  I don't appreciate it or like it that my mother tries to work it that I have to be there to supervise everytime her house is cleaned while she runs around.  I can't sit there and waste time because I work against the clock and have to take advantage of when I do feel good enough to clean my own place,I've gotta strike while the iron is hot!!!  Anyway,lost an hour there,but it didn't set me back too far from cleaning up after Champ had left.  Sometimes people don't understand that when he leaves,I've got about an hour and half of cleaning up after him.  I have to,bare minimum,microfiber my bathroom,kitchen and living room.  Boxer's shed and I need to just feel the floor is clean when he goes.  My bichone doesn't shed and the cleaning up aspect of it for her is different. 
I put my hair up in a bun and was going over to C's place to relax and just share some time with him. 
The day before he had gone shopping with his son and wanted me to meet him outside when he was on his way home.  I did and he had bought me something while he was out!  He had a Sephora bag for me and said he thought he got something I would really like.  He was right!!  He had gotten me a bottle of Amazing Grace cologne!  I either wear Amazing Grace or Heart by Garden Botanika.  I also wear oils,too.  I thought that was so thoughtful and sweet!!
I wanted to do something for him so I ordered Japanese incense and found watermelon scented soy tealights that I hope he'll love.  So when they come in the mail I'll wrap everything up and surprise him.  I had gotten incense holders and various kinds of incense so I'm hoping he'll reall like it!!
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The day before he had gone shopping with his son and wanted me to meet him outside when he was on his way home.  I did and he had bought me something while he was out!  He had a Sephora bag for me and said he thought he got something I would really like.  He was right!!...

Wow, that was really nice of him! I don't know how much Amazing Grace costs, but since it's from Sephora, I can imagine. Flowers and perfume?! Whatta guy.  Smiley

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Reply #134 - Sep 18th, 2007 at 2:11pm
 
Man, this is so cool...it's like our own little storybook romance or something!   Grin  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!   Smiley
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WOW Curlgirl - you've got a real romancer on your hands!  You deserve every bit of it.  Enjoy!
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Reply #136 - Sep 18th, 2007 at 9:43pm
 
thanks,BB!  I am Wink  Today we started blanching tomatoes for marinara sauce(which he's still slaving over)  It's a fun time and we are just enjoying it! Smiley
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Reply #137 - Sep 18th, 2007 at 9:47pm
 
Thank you LaDiosa,Juri and Trisha!!!  This is fun!  It'll be interesting to see how it plays out!
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Reply #138 - Sep 22nd, 2007 at 6:38am
 
I had my first experience with the original remixed Dawn of the Dead.  I think that was it.  There were so many tapes being popped in and out last night,who knows what I saw!! Embarrassed Undecided Anyway,went to a couples place last night that were friends of C's.  This is the couple that came over last week to "hang out with us" at C's place.  The other close couple of C's was there,too.  So with a bunch of their kids,home made Chai tea(with Soy Milk) we all watched this movie!  The night was really nice.  I was flattered that C wants me to get to know his friends and be part of the group.  Things are going really well  I'm glad.  I'm just so tired!!  Got home early enough(10pm),but C stayed to talk and relax.  Before you know it,it was midnight!
I'm back to bed!  Before I go though....some hair stuff!
I washed twice with PrairielandHerbs shampoo bar( I really like this bar!)my hair does,too!  Rinsed with a vinegar rinse infused with rosemay and sage,oiled with camellia oil and aloe vera gel.  I know,boring!!!!  What can I say,most of the time I have "wash and go hair"!  I think today I need to make more ACV.
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Reply #139 - Sep 25th, 2007 at 5:46am
 
The backyard brunch on Sunday at my friend's house went well.  C made 3 pounds of whole wheat organic pasta to go with the sauce we worked on a few days before.  I made my apple crisp and had doubled the recipe.  It all went!  I was glad.  I think C and I will make that for the Halloween Spooktacular for the kids.  I'm getting together vegan dish ideas for that,trying to keep my apartment presentable for possible buyers that come to see the house and put things together for my trip next month.  It's been busy and hectic!
Got the pet sitter taken care of.  I really need someone 3 times a day,but I think my friend(backyard brunch guy) can come by or his sister(my best girlfriend).
Last night C and I watched another Dawn of the Dead or Night of the Living Dead movies,had dinner and I needed to call it an early night so I was in by 9:30pm.  This new relationship is working out so nicely!  I am so blessed and happy right now Smiley
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Glad to hear that things are going so well for you, Curlgirl. Good luck on your trip.  Smiley
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Reply #142 - Sep 29th, 2007 at 4:53pm
 
Man,it's been a whirlwind around here!!  Between people coming to see the house,offers being made on the house,trying to pack bags of clothes and things I don't want or need to get them ready for the church to pick and dinner on Thurs. night at C's place with my mom. 
That went over very well!  I went over early to make a chocolate vegan cake and try to help him set the table and prepare non-animal food things.  He was making chicken and dumplings for my mother and him(I heard from Mom that it was very good and he shouldn't change a thing with it!)  The cake came out good,but about 4:30pm I started to feel like garbage!!  Sure enough "Aunt Flo" decided to pay a visit a week early!!  I was so upset!!!  Between the major cramps and not beign able to cook my fish,things looked dismal.  Mom was met by C up the block(he likes to walk her in his home to show her around).  Mom wound up cooking my fish for me!  I felt alittle better after I ate,but things were cut short because the house was being shown at 8pm.  The lady brought some of her family and made a bid.  So we'll see now.
Didn't tell C because nothing is in writing yet anyway.  No point in getting stressed,right?  Friday night was spent just watching TV and relaxing with C.  All's going well.
Hair is behaving well,the weather is the cause!  Got new hairsticks today.  They are 9 inches long and stainless steel.  I'll give them a try to see how I like them.  Just put them in,me likes!!!
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Reply #143 - Sep 30th, 2007 at 3:17am
 
The new hairsticks are also chopsticks so I had a choice of how I wanted to use them.  I was taught at 5 how to use chopsticks by a wonderful Chinese waiter.  The memory of his patience with a child wanting to learn and the wonder of another culture has given me a pleasant childhood memory.  With the dexterity issue with MS and thank God being ambidextrous(I know spelling is so wrong!) I've taught myself to use chopsticks left handed when the need arises.  Thank God for small favors!!!
I decided to take advantage of not having people come to see my apartment and I did a deep condtioning treatment.
I used coconut milk,Pantene deep conditioning mask(I think one for curls),1/2 Tbps. of hemp oil,coconut oil,jojoba oil,babbasu oil,shea oil and sweet almond oil.  Mixed it all up,soaked my hair with it,put on a shower cap,twistie towel and sat under a bonnet hairdryer for about 20 minutes.  Rinsed this out,washed with shampoo bar,conditioned with Pantene(alittle),rinsed and air dried till damp.  Single braided and went to bed.  Hair feels very good and soft.  Wish I could do this 2x a week.  I'm aiming for 1x a week.  Don't know if I want to take the braid out or just leave it for a day.  We'll see.
People are coming at 11am to see the house  Sad  I'll go to C's place after they leave for lunch,crochet a bit while he straightens up and then we'll just relax abit.
I'm leaving in few days to go to SC to check things out,so mixed emotions there.  I think I have the petsitter ready.  C had keys made for me 2x and 2x they didn't work so that is another thing to straighten out before I go.  My friend Tommy and his sister Anna Marie(my best girlfriend) will take chance a peice and check and feed the dog midday when the pet sitter can't come.  Works out nice since Tommy is also a close friend of C's.  We all live on the same block.  I hung out with Tommy when I was about 16,so we go back along way!
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lol,once you try em,you're hooked!!!
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Reply #147 - Oct 2nd, 2007 at 10:01am
 
Welp, because my right hand works whenever it feels like,I've been using my left hand to use chopsticks and it is not as difficult as I thought.  You concentrate, go slow and viola, "practice makes perfect"! Wink
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Hmm.. using coconut milk sounds like something I might be interested in trying but have no clue as to how to go about it.  Do you just pour it on and let it soak?

I always thought using chopsticks looked difficult as well but it is easier than it looks.  I can only use them right handed though, none of that ambidextrous shtuff. Grin  I didn't learn until I was in my teens and haven't been able to eat asian food without them since. Roll Eyes  
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Reply #149 - Oct 3rd, 2007 at 3:47am
 
Well, in my recipe I pour the coconut milk into the condtioner with the oils that I'm using.  For this last time I deep condtioned,I eye balled the coconut milk and the conditioner.  I only measured the oils.
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Reply #150 - Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:02am
 
Ooo, I've really wanted to try a coconut milk rinse of some sort, but I've heard that some canned brands don't smell all too lovely.  What brand do you use?
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Reply #151 - Oct 10th, 2007 at 3:28pm
 
Don't laugh,but it's Goya.  That's what I've found in the supermarket because the Healthfood store only stocks coconut water.  Has to be Coconut milk.  If you can get one that has 90% coconut milk,wonderful.  Juri has some info. on her journal about one that she uses also.  Good luck and let me know what you think and if you try something else that is good!Smiley
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Reply #152 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 7:07am
 
I'm back!!!  My trip to S.C. was very surreal!  The people are wonderful,friendly,helpful and kindhearted.  Nice to know southern hospitality is "alive and kicking"!  Got 2 hair compliments,too!!!!
Everything is sooooo clean!!!  I almost feel like I could have white socks on,go outside and come back in with white socks!!!
The weather was hot!  High 80's,low 90's.  Unusual for Oct. down there!
My new beau missed me tons!!! Smiley  We've been talking buying a condo down there,wedding plans,engagement stuff!!  All very very exciting!!!!  Infact, a jewelry guy is going to call me today to set up an appointment to view diamonds either this week or next.  I am so excited about this man,it all happened so fast!!!  Funny how when you are not looking or think no one is out there for you,WHAM!!!  Someone,the right one,comes along!!!
If anything would be bought,it will probably be in a year or two.  He can't move down there until he retires at 55 anyway. 9 years!!!!!   Sad Sad  Talk about a long term relationship challenge!!!
Well,back to hair!!!  I haven't even had time to measure!!!  I need to do an S&D badly so maybe an inch is off Sad  Can't be helped,gotta do it!  I'll work on that today.
Got home from airport and immediately had to go the vet with the dog!  She chewed her back leg so badly,it looked like a bad scene from a horror movie Cry!  She has 5 meds,all bandaged up and it ran me $355.  Very expensive!!!  She's worth it though.  She also had a growth or cyst on her head that either fell off,she rubbed it raw or it exploded!  Shaved head and leg!  She is definately not going to a beauty show pageant!!! 
Birds did well with the pet sitter though.  After this dog situation though her phone # is in the garbage!!!  She would not take the dog to my vet because she is a vet tech for someone else!!! Angry  I'm paying you,take my pup to who I want!!!  I could go on and on with this!!!!!  I won't though.
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Reply #153 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 7:17am
 
Ahhhh...southern hospitally Cheesy  I went to virginia once and people were sooo nice.  
Wedding bells in the air!  Woooo! Cheesy
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Reply #154 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 8:17am
 
I will have to try the Goya, then! 

Sorry to hear about your dog.. a friend of mine travels quite a bit and she hates taking her dog to the kennel.  She finally had to adopt her dog out; I tried to dog-sit as much as I could, but the sweetie and I are definitely cat people.. lol.   Still, you should give that dog-sitter the business!  If you paid for her to watch your dog, she should take that pup wherever you tell her to!

I'm so glad you enjoyed your southern hospitality!  I lived in Louisiana, just recently moved to GA, and yes, hospitality is in the genes down here.  Wink

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Reply #155 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 11:00am
 
Thank you so much!!!  We're going to be kinda neighbors!  I have noticed though that I can't find a vegan restaurant down there!!!  Earth Fare,Trader Joe's,Lowe's,etc.  they all carry great stuff,but no vegan restaurant!!! Sad  Maybe if I visit y'all in GA,I'll have better luck Wink
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Reply #156 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 3:23pm
 
I'm a real southern girl too, born and raised for ten years in Alabama, lived in both North and South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, and now Louisiana, and for the most part, southern hospitality is the rule, although, in most of the places I've lived, it's fading into the exception.  Undecided If I may ask, what part of SC was it?

As for the relationship, I'm happy it's going so well, so fast! You deserve it.  Cheesy *bighug*

Last time my parents went for a short vacation, they got a relative(I won't say who, but it rhymes with shmister in law...) to take care of the dogs.. while they were gone, she left the dogs inside for two days so that even their well mannered dog finally had to give up and use the floor, (the little floofball puppy didn't care so much)  and then left them outside over night, in the rain... they were afraid they were going to have to put Maxx down, He's had hip problems for years and couldn't walk for several days after that. So I understand about crappy pet sitters... (I hope the pup is doing okay now)

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Reply #157 - Oct 11th, 2007 at 10:38pm
 
Thanks,K!  I go tomorrow  morning to the vet to have the bandgage changed and check to see the leg progress.
It's Tega Cay,S.C.,not far from Charlotte,N.C.
Sorry to hear that you know about the pet sitter horror situation,too! Sad  I won't be doing that ever again!  First and last time!
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Been on the phone for most of the morning and afternoon with either my bank or Citibank!  Seems I found a check for $100 in a box that I never unpacked from years ago!  Yay for found money!!!  Only problem is the check is 10 years old!!!! Shocked  I've got to go through the unclaimed properties dept. of my state and of course the bank that issued the check does not have a # to call....... Angry
Pup is still on 5 meds and has her leg bandaged up.  She seems to be resting comfortably so I took the E collar off for a while to give her a break.
C is at work and either has a cold or the flu. Sad  Not happy about that!!  I feel bad he feels miserable.  I think he is also going to MA tomorrow for his job.  Not fun traveling and working when you don't feel good!
I did order Amish hair pins today!  Can't wait to get them and try them out.  I had gotten a pair of 9 inch stainless steel chopsticks/hairsticks a couple of weeks ago and love,love,love them!!!  Wish I could have taken them down to SC with me,but airline regulations and etc. dictated better!!
In fact I was searched,patted down at the airport going to SC and searched on my way back,too!!! Embarrassed Shocked  Guess the airport personnell had to show non-discrimanatory action to people using wheelchairs!!!!  That was an experience I don't want to repeat either!  You feel kind of violated and made an exaple of even though you know you've done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide!
Made a deep hair condish last night with Pantene Pro-V deep conditioner,coconut milk,sweet almond oil,shea oil,coco oil,jojoba oil and babassu oil.  Don't remember what kind of Pantene I used,same one as before that I used though.  Finished it up last night.  Mixed all together,saturated whole head,especially the ends,wrapped cotton coil around my head,all in a bun with a clip,put on a plastic shower cap and sat under the bonnet dryer for a half hour.
I rinsed this out after my head cooled off,washed with PrairieLand Herb shampoo bar 2X,light condish over everything with Pantene Pro-V(again,not sure which one Embarrassed)  This time I put my hair up in a microfiber twistie turban for 20 minutes and then took my hair out and wide toothed combed,oiled ends with camillia oil and aloe vera gel. Braided and went to bed!
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Reply #159 - Oct 15th, 2007 at 11:09pm
 
I get the pat down frequently when I travel.  It isn't fun, but it is a small price to pay for security.  People in wheelchairs pose a special problem since they can't go thru the metal detectors.  All you can do it plan on more time to get thru security and be prepared for the worst.
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Reply #160 - Oct 16th, 2007 at 3:16am
 
I wonder if I walked through with my cane if I'd get the same?  I was asked,even in a wheelchair,if I could walk through or stand up?  I had the wheelchair because it was such a long walk to the plane from the check in point.  Hmmmmm,yes,security is very important,I agree.  I would do it again to ensure safety and if necessary be the example to show that no one is excluded to being searched.  My mother did say security showed a special interest in my carry on that contained a pair of hairsticks and crochet hook!!
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Reply #161 - Oct 16th, 2007 at 9:15am
 
If you offer to walk thru the airport screening, it would probably eliminate some of the hassles.  They will look over your chair and your cane, but at least they would not have to wand and/or pat you down.

As for your hairsticks and crochet hooks - don't worry about them.  I travel with several pair of hairsticks, a couple of crochet hooks and about a dozen pair of circular knitting needles.  They may pause to look at them and on rare occasion they open the bag to look at them, but I have never been told I can't take them on.  As for the sticks in my hair - they've never given them a second glance (and probably not even a first glance!).

Good luck with your long-lost check.  I've recovered money from the past - they are right - you have to go thru the state.  You might check out http://www.naupa.com/ ; They have all the databases of unclaimed property and how to recover it.
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Reply #162 - Oct 16th, 2007 at 1:26pm
 
Thanks for the link!!  I'll check it out.  I didn't wear sticks on the plane for fear that they would take them.  I packed a pair of inexpensive good ones though.
Next time I'll know that I can take a few more and take more crochet and knitting projects with me.  I had not been on a plane since 1999!!!!  Alot had changed with security and my mother had requested wheelchair assistance at the airport so it was not even my rollator!!!  I found it interesting that they alcohol swabbed my palms and around the ankles of my sneakers!!!  Put the pads through a machine and then let me go!!  Weird,but necessary for them I guess!!
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The wipes are used to detect explosives.  My computer and computer bag gets swabbed quite often.  The times I traveled with the metal still in my ankle, they would swab it as well.  Now that I don't have that metal any more I've not had that done.   I have seen them swab the ankles and palms of other travelers who were using wheelchairs or walkers.  I guess that is to check to make sure the appliances they are using are not explosive themselves.
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Reply #164 - Oct 16th, 2007 at 7:34pm
 
It's all rather interesting,but serious none the less!
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Reply #165 - Oct 17th, 2007 at 2:10pm
 
Got my Amish hairpins in the mail today!!! Smiley  I love getting packages in the mail(big or small),can't wait to try them.  Delivery was so fast,too!!!
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cool! I have a few packages coming soon too... I completely agree...  *bouncy bouncy bouncy*

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ok,love,love,love these hairpins!!!!!  I used 3 to put up a bun and it stayed with no problems!!!  I decided to sleep with them instead of doing my usual braid for bed.  Again,no problem!!  Me really likes them!! Grin
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Been doing alot of crocheting since C is away in Mass. working on a Electrolux show.  He left Tues.morning and was supposed to be back Wed.,but change of plans with the job Sad  He is supposed to leave Friday late afternoon,be dropped off in the city and then train ride it home.  He'll probably be home around 2am.  We'll probably get together Sat.morn.  (It's great that he lives about 8 houses down from me!!!)  
We had also been shopping for engagement rings on the web before he left!!!!  I found the perfect stone and setting that I wanted.  Simple,but elegant setting for a solitaire.  When he called,I told him about it and he ordered it Shocked  It is supposed to be delivered by Tues. morning!!!!!!  Day after my birthday though Sad  Can't wait to see it!!!!!!!!  I'll give the "scoop" when I see it!!
So back to crocheting!  I did a Tam cap,DC Scully cap and a beret.  Started on Wed.and finished today,Thurs.  I needed a break from doing the cardigans.  I'm working on the second sleeve on one of them.  When that's complete I'll put it together and do the edging and it's done!!!
The other one is going to be a long project!  It requires 1400 yards of ric rak yarn!! Shocked  Got the yarn last month on ebay and started the back,but left it alone.  I'll get back to it soon Roll Eyes
Still no buyers for the house here yet.  A few serious inquires,but nothing.  So the plans of being down south before the cold sets in here are looking pretty dim........I figure spring or summer is when things will happen.  Anyway,it just means more time together for C and me!!!  Provided his job doesn't have him working crazy long hours!! Angry Sad
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Whoa!   Shocked  That was fast   Grin
Not that speed is always a bad thing.  Hubby and I had only known each other 2 months when we got hitched, and we've been married now 21 years.  I wish you the best of luck, sweetie.  *hugs*   Smiley
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Thanks my long haired sista!!!  I guess when it's right,it's right!!!  This is a gut feeling for me so.......here we go!!!!!!!!!
That long term marriage is a major plus in my book!  That's wonderfull you've been together so long!  You inspire me!!!!!! Wink
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WOW!  A ring already!  What a birthday present!  You MUST take a picture when you get it so you can share it with us.
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I sure will!  Don't know when he will officially ask,but he says he wants me to wear the ring right away!!  I'm excited,happy,nervous and all the things that I think you feel on a happy occasion!!
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Congrats, Curlgirl!! Who knows, maybe it will arrive a day early?

As another short courtship story, my stepdad met mom in early summer, maybe june... proposed after about a month, they were married in october of the same year, and as of halloween, it will be (i think, memory's failing me right now) 7 years.
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Thanks,Ladies!!!
My mom and dad had started dating in June 61,engaged July 61 and then married June 62!!!  The marriage ended in Nov. 79:(  no biggie).
Glad your parents marriage K is still going!! Smiley  I wish the ring would get here for my birthday,but they told C it would come Tues.Fed-Ex between 8:30am-10am.  Would have been perfect for my Monday birthday!!!  Oh well,good things come to those who wait,no? Smiley
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Thank you Ladies!! Smiley  You'll make my day tomorrow very special!!  I did find out about my birthday gift from C though!  Sometimes men can't keep secrets!! Roll Eyes  It is a Ranger Hockey jersey!!  I've wanted either a hockey or football jersey for a long time.....so now I've got it!  I think C is going to have his last name put on it,too!  Prelude to my future last name Cheesy!!  stay tuned for the saga(in a good way) continues!!!! Grin
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Oooooo - a jersey!  How very cool.  You MUST have a picture taken with you wearing it!
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Sorry I'm late, Congratulations!!!  Its so exciting!!

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Happy Birthday!!!!   I'm so glad everything is going well for you! Cheesy
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::tapping toes impatiently::  OK - it's Tuesday AFTERNOON!  Where's the RING??   Wink  Kiss
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it's coming!!!!  I can't get a good shot Embarrassed  I'm still trying!!!  It's beautiful and I'm sooooooooo  happy!!!!!!!!!!! Smiley
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Man, where have I been? Happy belated birthday! I hope it was awesome. And congrats (I think) on the unofficial engagement.
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thanks,Angel!! ((((((hugs))))))  here is the pic,don't know if it clear enough,but there is alot of fire and sparkle in the sun!!!!  I helped pick it out so I can tell ya it is color D (colorless) VVS2,74 points,cushion cut....        ...
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ok,the digital pics are not coming out clear enough,but I did get engaged this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!We are both very happy and excited and still on "cloud 9"!  Yesterday's birthday was great and today's engagement was unbelievable!!!!  I can't take much more excitement!!!! Grin
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thanks,sweetie!  I wish the pics came out better so you could see the sparkle Smiley
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hee... If you're not careful showing that thing around, I'm going to end up wanting one too.... *raises eyebrow at Paul* Seriously, though, blurry photos or not it's gorgeous. I'm glad you found somebody who makes you so happy. *hug*
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Beautiful ring!  Congratulations.   Cheesy   Do you have a wedding date yet?
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Better late than never... Embarrassed Smiley
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thanks,ladies!  
BB,no date set yet,but we're thinking either in a year or 2 years.  Preferably cooler weather.  Thinking maybe October or November.  With the leaves changing colors in October,we're leaning towards that.  
So many things to decide,plan,small or medium size guest list,thinking of having it up here in NY...........the list goes on!!! Roll Eyes Cool Smiley
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Well,Halloween came and went.  I went to a Halloween lunch and dressed up as a witch.  Had my hair down and was all in black.  The pictures my mother took of me did not come out.  I don't think she really cared whether they did or not,but I wanted to post them here.  I'm hoping that the pictures that the hostess of the luncheon took did come out and I will try to post them if I get them.  All in all it was a beautiful day here in the eastern part of the U.S.  Unseasonably warm though.  How was it elsewhere for everyone else?
Nov. 1st still find all the leaves on the trees here and I'm bummed that the changing of leaves either has totally missed us or may come later.....
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Ooh, Curlgirl what a beautiful ring, congratulations! Cheesy  I love princess cuts, that's what mine is too.

I'm glad you had a happy Haloween, I hope the other pictures turn out fine.  We'd love to see them.

I can't imagine that the changing of the leaves would skip you entirely, it's most likely just a bit delayed this year.  It'll come. Wink
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Thanks,LaDiosa!  I actually got a cushion cut,although the princess cut was a temptation!!  The princess is a beautiful cut!  
I'm hoping that the leaves will change to beautiful colors before coming down,but past years of seeing this type of delay is that we get a cold snap,a big wind, and everything is off the trees and winter sets in!! Sad
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Man,time is flying by!!!  Can't believe I haven't posted since 11/2. Shocked
Been busy packing some boxes of summer clothes and lingerie that I can use down in S.C.  Really don't want to go and am not sure if I will go or if I do "C" and I think it won't be for more than a year.  He's been great with helping pack some stuff,getting me packing tape,boxes and bubble wrap.  It's nice to be engaged to a carpenter!!!!  I'm getting the much needed help and suppllies to pack! Cool
I've been speding alot of time at C's place with him and we are truly enjoying the time together!!  We've been cooking alot together;which is always a good thing!
Today I made brown rice and beans before we went to the city for a birthday party for one of his friend's cousin.  Turned out to be nice.  I tend not to want to go out to crowded places because it's a little hard to manuver with a cane or scooter.  People are always in a hurry or are pre-occupied and sometimes don't either see my cane or that I'm walking with a brace.  All in all it was a nice time out! I did miss the Ranger hockey game,which I wasn't happy about! Sad
Tomorrow before the football game,we'll either take down the twin bed that I never used or I'll cook pasta and sauce.  Probably do both before the football game!  Then I'll make salmon, Italian style potato salad and a regular salad for dinner.
I did wash my hair with Olive Oil & Babbasu Oil shampoo bar and did an acv  this morning.  I left it down and curly for the party.  I also trimmed off about 1 1/2 inches yesterday to clean up the ends.  I'll have to measure the next time I wash to see where I'm at.
More tomorrow,it's late and I'm beat!!
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Seems you have a lot going on lately, we missed you around here but it's good to know that things are going well. Smiley 

A year doesn't sound too bad, and a change of scenery could possibly be nice. 

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Reply #212 - Nov 11th, 2007 at 6:28pm
 
Thanks!  Dinner turned out well.  The salmon was yummy,if I do say so myself! Wink  I made the salmon,Italian style potato salad with oil,balsamic vinegar,garlic powder,onion powder,parsley flakes,sea salt and a pinch of paprika!  "C" made the salad,which we never got to eat because we were so full!! Shocked
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Reply #213 - Nov 15th, 2007 at 7:53pm
 
ok,hopefully my Rangers jersey will be ready this week!!! Lips Sealed  It's about time!!!  How long does it take to put a name and number on a shirt????
Ordered some camellia oil on ebay tonight!  "C" wanted to get some for me and it was a good price!  Got some Opi and Essie nailpolish today from ebay and a pair of black jeans!  Always good to get packages in the mail!!! Grin  C also bought me a red cashmere sweater that I had my eye on.  Ah, he spoils me!!!
I'm waiting for the porcelain ring holder and am hoping the guy mailed it out. 
Cooked tonight at "C"'s place.  I made Jasmati rice,peas and onions and salmon.  All turned out well.  C said it was delicious.  That's all that matters.  If he likes it,I'm happy!! Cool
Rangers game is on and there's an intermission after the first period so I'm taking advantage of it.
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Reply #214 - Nov 17th, 2007 at 6:53pm
 
Finally!!!!!!!  My jersey is ready!!!!!!!  C picked it up yesterday and I'll take a pic of it when I put it on.  One of my cardigan's is coming along,I'm working on the second sleeve.  When that's done I can piece it all together,do the finishing stiches and viola!  Finito!!One down and another one to complete!
I've got my Thanksgiving Day menu ready:  C and his son are having BBQ ribs because they don't want to make a huge turkey for 2 and I'll be making a Tofukey with vegan gravy,carrots and potatoes with onions.  Butternut Squash soup,vegan cornbread and a veggie.  For dessert I'll make vegan pumpkin pie,vegan upsidedown pineapple dump cake and vegan brownies.  I might see if chestnuts and a salad can fit on the table Wink  Chestnuts are $4 a pound,but I really want to make them.  It's not Thanksgiving without them,sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce!
Tonight I've got to myself while C works on a friend's kitchen marble and tile.  I'm ready for a Ranger's game!
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I think I can breathe again,normally!!!  After Thanksgiving I don't think I ate anything until the next night!  My tofurkey came out really good with carrots,onions,potatoes and vegan gravy!  Glad about that because it was the first time I made it.  C helped me out by making the cornbread,which turned out well.  I made broccoli rabe sauted with olive oil and garlic.  That was good.  C's bbq ribs turned out well,so he said.  I have to trust his opinion on that since I wouldn't know cause I don't eat(vegan thing,ya know Tongue)  The vegan pumpkin pie didn't make it,mystery fairies ate it all!!  The pineapple blueberry upside down dump cake was good for dessert.  So all in all with the new recipes I tried they all turned out well.  The brownies were garbage though.  C made them and followed the recipe so I know it was the recipe and not him. 
He's working since Friday,12 hours,today 12 hours and maybe tomorrow either 4 or 12 hours!!!!  No rest for the weary!! Roll Eyes
As for the pink alpaca cardigan.......I have to attach the sleeves and I think the adult small is really for a child.  It doesn't fit me so I might put it on ebay.  As for the other cardigan,I'll finish that and finish the scarf for mom.
So now here we go for prep time for Chirstmas!!!  Got some ideas for my Secret Santa,too!!!!  No hints,nothing,you just have to wait!!!
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Reply #216 - Nov 24th, 2007 at 7:46pm
 
I made broccoli rabe sauted with olive oil and garlic

Oh my lord I haven't has that in ages!... I wish I could have come over you place for Thanksgiving!  I make broccoli rabe that way too, then I put it on Italian bread and make hero sandwiches! Heavenly!  This x-mass I'm making hubby struffoli covered in farm fresh honey....
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Reply #217 - Nov 25th, 2007 at 3:29am
 
Wish you here here,too Wink  I think you and I could really work that broccoli rabe!!   I'd put mine on whole wheat italian bread and get a glass of wine to go with it!!  Sounds good???
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Reply #218 - Nov 25th, 2007 at 10:58am
 
Curlgirl64 wrote on Nov 25th, 2007 at 3:29am:
Wish you here here,too Wink  I think you and I could really wrok that broccoli rabe!!   I'd put mine on whole wheat italian bread and get a glass of wine to go with it!!  Sounds good???


Yum!!!  Now I got the craving!  I'm going out today and getting some broccoli rabe!   Cheesy
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Reply #219 - Nov 26th, 2007 at 7:07am
 
Sounds good!  Let me know how it comes out.
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Reply #220 - Nov 26th, 2007 at 11:45pm
 
Curlgirl64 wrote on Nov 24th, 2007 at 7:16pm:
 My tofurkey came out really good with carrots,onions,potatoes and vegan gravy!  Glad about that because it was the first time I made it.


That sounds really good and I'm glad to know your take on tofurkey.  I've wanted to try tofurkey but never got around to it, although I do like their franks and deli slices.  Maybe I'll try making the tofurkey turkey for Christmas, or perhaps sooner! Cheesy
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Reply #221 - Nov 27th, 2007 at 7:38pm
 
OOOhh,try it!  I think you'll be pleased with it!  It's relatively easy to make and it's good with the onions,potatoes,garlic,carrots