Messages between mamawalker and Emerald63

By Emerald63 on Oct 26, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Ohai Linder! You know how I said a week ago that we were having our last gasp of summer? Um, no... Nope, no '94s in site, but we've got 3, count'em 3, '84s coming up. Sheesh! After that, a brief window of mid-70s, then "down" to the upper '60s. BTW, one of those '84s is set for Halloween. ++ An earache, eh? I have them all the time and they are NO fun. But mine are from all the swelling I get associated with my assorted (and weird) allergies. If yours comes back, here's a trick for treating the pain. Take a styrofoam cup (plastic or paper will do, but styrofoam's better), scrunch up a paper towel in the bottom, then pour very hot/boiling water over it. Drain the excess liquid, then place the cup over the effected ear, making sure to get the entire outer ear inside the cup. Press firmly to make a seal, then sit back and let the moist heat do its thing. Ahhh! I learned that from a sympathetic flight attendant during my first ever plane trip when I was 13. I think having that same ice pick pain was a harbinger of things to come and maybe also pointed out some sort of abnormal ear structure that leaves me vulnerable to easily stopped up eustachian tubes. A couple of times recently they were so plugged that when they popped during the night, it woke me up! I'm really glad the antibiotics are helping your pain. Sinuses and ears are tough areas to treat, hence symptom relief with moist heat being such a blessing. :) ++ Where did you go to college? What did you major in? Unless I'd turned my mandatory minimum 5 year undergrad into 6 years (or more) I can't imagine having had to cope with even 1 job, let alone 2. You ROCK! ++ The non-trip was disappointing in many ways, but since I was the least ready to go I've ever been, I actually gave a sigh of relief. Yes, Mark has vacay time left. Not sure what we're going to do with it yet, though. His anniversary date at work is in April, so we have until then to use them. He's talking about going down to Florida before our spring trip, but November and December are already eventful, including 4 b-days in addition to holidays. I'm thinking maybe we could make our spring trip extra long, maybe take in a theme park or two. I'll keep you posted. Hugz bakachoo! :D

By mamawalker on Oct 18, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for the gratz!! +++ I have been pretty healthy for so long that I was surprised last week by an earache (first one I've had since early elementary school!). Finally broke down and went to Express Care when I couldn't handle the ice pick stabbing me in the side of the head any longer. Diagnosed sinusitis....antibiotics. Still a few days to go on those but at least the ice pick went away mostly. +++ We had a morning in the mid-teens and 3 inches of snow on another day which was gone too quick. Now it's Fallish again.+++ Ulcers!! Yuck! I had 2 when I was in college and working 2 jobs besides. Back then, docs didn't even know to try antibiotics. It was Tagamet and no spicy foods and rest and, oh yeah, no stress or worry. Ha! A full-load in school and 2 jobs?!? But, once my body and brain knew what the problem was, it seemed to heal itself. Haven't been bothered by them since. Poor Mark, though. I know his pain. +++ Sorry about your non-trip. Does he still have vacay time left? +++ Well, that's all for now. Cats are well, I am feeling better and other than a couple of days with no internet, Life Is Good!! Hugs n lubz to you both!! :D

By Emerald63 on Oct 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Fang-Q, Linder!! Saw the pic and the caption just came to me, a gift straight from Ceiling Cat. Not surprising, as catclypses are up in his "neighborhood." And Congratsez on your own 2 recent Kitteh FPs! ++ As it turns out, we did not go on our trip. :( Mark continued to have stomach issues all the week I last messaged you, the worst being on Friday, 10/7, the day before we were to leave, when we were supposed to packing the van with camping supplies. Between that and Hurricane Matthew, we figured it might be best just to stay home. Who wants to end up at a hospital while on vacay? Especially if it's already packed with storm victims? But having to cancel was the last straw for Mark. He finally called and got himself an appointment to be scoped by a gastroenterologist. That happened last Wednesday. And... they found the problem. Two, count'em two ulcers. He was prescribed 2 antibiotics, some special antacids, and some pain meds. He goes back for a repeat scope in early December to make sure they're healing properly. We are SO hoping this 100% ends the 10 year nightmare of unpredictable and incredibly painful incidents. Yes, it's been going on TEN YEARS. (O_o) I simply can't believe no one during all the ER visits over the years has ever suggested ulcers, let alone told us to follow through with a gastroenterologist. Mark was still not feeling up to snuff, so he used the rest of his first week of vacation leave to stay home. He went back to work yesterday and OMG he was so sore when he got home, especially his knees. Even worse, because of his ulcer meds he cannot take his Aleve. =:O It's Tylenol or nothing, though he says that, for him, Tylenol *is* nothing. Poor baby... ++ Our last gasp of summer was likely yesterday, when it got up to 94'! Ridiculous!! We're still in the mid-70s the rest of this week, but at least that's in the ballpark of average, not in outer space. It's gorgeous outside right now. I hope you're doing OK and enjoying whatever weather *you're* having. (((Hugs)))

By mamawalker on Oct 16, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Catclypse is AWESOME!!!

By Emerald63 on Oct 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Ohai Mama! Been rushing around trying to get ready for our fall trip while trying not to trip over Mark. From time to time he has stomach issues (not digestive, actual problem with the stomach) that leave him in tons of pain, even though they're not dangerous. Saturday was a total wash for trip prep as we spent 8 hours at the emergency room. And he's home today, too. We think maybe there's a malformation in there somewhere that acts up every now and then. Either that or the surgical mesh they used when he had a belly button hernia repaired years ago has migrated. You see TV ads from lawyers about stuff like that. We are **hoping** this round will pass entirely before we leave. ++ Rereading my last message I saw that I never got around to trying to upload my other butter sculpture pic. I"ll try to get to that when we're back (last week of October). ++ I saw your "flip-flop" kittehs LOL. Funny kittehs iz funny! Also, are those current pics? Do you already have snow?! Hell, it's 82' here today. I saw a snowy pic wally01 posted. You know if that one's current? I hadn't heard about any snow in Tennessee yet. Do you know if she's up in the mountains? ++ Well, gotta go. Much to do. You take care and I'll talk to you when we get back. (((Hugs)))

By Emerald63 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Crap. I shoulda looked first. It said the other pic uploaded, but it's not in my Pics. Will try again later.

By Emerald63 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Here ya go, as requested: There's also one more image from a different angle in My Pics.

By Emerald63 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:02 PM

That's the one! Go figure, I'd already faved it. Man... seeing the Yardbirds live. I am SO jealous! Was this with or without Jimmy Page? I did some reading on who was in the band when. They were both in it in '66, but not for long. Both these guys - in the same band!!! =:O ++ Thanks for faving this one: (The Starry Grump). Not sure why it's still going nowhere; I thought it was a total hoot. Ah well, the ways of Cheezland are fickle and mysterious. Gonna try to get those butter sculpture pics uploaded now. TTFN.

By mamawalker on Sep 12, 2016 at 8:36 AM

This one? +++ +++ More later!! <3

By Emerald63 on Sep 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Hiya Mama. Snow? <shudder> Erg. 'Kay, definitely not moving to MT. I can't imagine dealing w/ such a long season of wet, muddy ground & gray, gloomy skies. Even when it's neither, it's because it's so cold the ground can't get mushy & you're dealing w/ snow blindness. Yup, I'm just a barrel of laughs when it comes to extolling the not-virtues of snow. ++ I know exactly what you mean about being down in the dumps. Even if all here at ICHC were still functioning as it should, I'd be down about Sylvia. But the absolute battle to make LOLs & even get them "take" is both maddening & so depressing. I feel like I've lost partial use of myself w/o this much loved form of expression. No, it's not even in the same galaxy as truly being disabled, but I do feel silenced. Just sitting around making LOLs would be such therapy right now... if it were possible. I've tried a couple other builder sites but I haven't become truly conversant. If the New Cheezlords want to look like they're trying but really mean to drive people away, I think they may succeed. F*****g Bastards. Sigh. ++ Moving on (yes, please!), have you met Winnie face to face before? Any idea what concert she's going to? Please tell her I'm still in awe of her virtual non-stop ability to create side-splitting humor for such a long time & that I'm sorry about whatever disagreement happened between her & the old Cheezlords. I never knew what it was about, but it was a sad day for fans of hers when she left ICHC. ++ I don't think Santana was in the LOL I'm (not) remembering. I think it was someone who's no longer with us, but I don't recall if it was a recent departee or a while ago. And no wonder you got to see so many great acts - SF in the late '60s? Holy Cow - that was the mother-lode of music! Were you of age then to go to nightclubs? In the "doesn't even compare but still cool" department, when we saw Styx at the fair, during "Come Sail Away," I noticed the colored lights on the Ferris wheel were changing in time to the music. Definitely looked like a starship. :D ++ Mark's pretty much healed. His ankle has a tiny twinge now & then. But his psyche is still shaken. ++ I'll try to upload pics of the butter sculpture. Been having trouble getting things to upload. ++ Can yo do me a favor? I made what I thought was a killer LOL, but it's been on my DB for 3 days & has no faves. When it's busy here & peeps will see, could you fave it for me? Fang-Q so mush in advants. (Hugs)

By mamawalker on Sep 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Ohai, sweetie!! We've had snow on the East Ridge (that was Labor Day) so no picnicing. Not that I'm much of a picnic person any more.Been down in the dumps since Sylvia left us but I know that is absolutely not what she would have wanted. I am mostly reading and playing on FB (have hooked up with lots of cheezpeeps there). Kind of excited for October though. Winnie Wonka is coming through town on her way to a concert in Missoula and we are going to cheezmeet for lunch! I haven't been to a concert in ages but when I lived in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in the late 60s, I saw EVERYONE!! I think maybe the lol you're thinking of is the Carlos Santana story about him sweating on me at a show at Lake Tahoe. I'll look around for it. My son and I saw lots of shows in Reno, too, in the 80s. My Mom worked for a radio station and we got free tickets. Our favorite, though, was the Beach Boys because it was outside on a great summer evening! Sorry to hear about your car/truck troubles. Has Mark healed from the crash yet? Give him my best, please! My cats seem a little upset with me that it is getting cold so early this year. Apparently, I am in charge of food AND weather now. Personally I love it. The trees are turning and wood smoke is in the air. Thankfully all the rain has put out the big fires in this part of the state so it's not Forest Fire smoke anymore. The Fair sounds really fun. I think I'd kinda like to see some butter sculptures. Can you take pictures?? LOL!! Love you long time, my friend. Massive hugs from me Six and Magic!! <3

By Emerald63 on Sep 8, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Hiya Mama! Been ages since we caught up. How you been doing? Anything interesting or different happen up your way? ++ We've had a variety of weather here, a real smorgasbord. We're inches ahead on rain for the year, which is good overall but has made our humidity miserable. ++ Well, we're gonna have to buy our second new vehicle this year. >:( Mark's truck is close to 250K miles and has started developing more problems and more expensive ones, at that. Better to go ahead now than wait for the current one to go to pieces on the road. ++ On a better note, our state fair starts tomorrow. I'm hoping to get to it at least a couple of times to check out the domestic arts building (needle arts, quilting, etc), as well as the art displays. There are professional and amateur works in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, etc. Oh, and also the.... Butter Sculpture! It wouldn't be State Fair without that. Now that the two best stores in our town for Christmas shopping are gone, I'll probably also be looking to get some of that done while all the "exotic" booths are available. (Exotic isn't saying much in our state, though.) We'll check in at the birthing barn and enjoy the petting zoo, too. We passed on the concerts this year. Yes, one is Lynyrd Skynyrd, but we saw them there less than 5 years ago. Over the years we've seen Styx, Boston, Huey Lewis, the Doobie Brothers, and others... only a mile and a half from our house! I remember you posting a LOL sometime back about having seen one of the classic rock greats live, back in the '70s I think, but I can't for the life of me remember who it was! If you do, can you remind me? I'd love to fave the LOL, too, but don't go to any big trouble finding it. I can do that myself at some point. ++ I hope you have something as entertaining to look forward to soon. Or... at least not anything ooky. There's something to be said for not-ooky. TTFN! :D

By mamawalker on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Sending a reply to Mark! :D

By mamawalker on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:29 PM

I sent Mark a FR just now. But I see that you became friends with cua which was the whole message thing to begin with. If you and Mark feel like it, please accept my FR. Just in case there is another privacy issue!! ;)

By mamawalker on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:06 PM

PS....The reason you can't see it is cause I deleted it like you asked!! :D

By mamawalker on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Sent a message to Mark. Hope it went through.

By mamawalker on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Hi, my dear!! Are you guys (Ohai, Mark) on FB? I need to send a private message!

By Emerald63 on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:57 PM

We Will Sock You? ....BRILLIANT!!! And I love you, too. *Mark waves ohai back*

By mamawalker on Jun 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM

That's a wonderful lol, Em!!!! Thank you....I value your friendship as well!! Oh and fankee for the gratzez, too!! Love you, woman!! *waves ohai to mark*

By Emerald63 on Jun 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Oops! Forgotted FP multi-gratsez fur Windsday!

By Emerald63 on Jun 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Ohai, linder! Dis also a bit late, but I hadz a bizzy day!

By mamawalker on May 29, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Ob corse it snot too laet!! My parties have been known to go on for months!! I'm too old for that anymore though! Thank you for the card and the laugh!! *braaaaap* :D

By Emerald63 on May 29, 2016 at 1:45 PM

O NOEZ! I haz a layt! I ken still wish u Happy Birthaversary?

By Emerald63 on May 19, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Moo and Quack FP Gratsez! That's the great thing about good LOLs mad ages ago... they never get old! :D

By Emerald63 on May 6, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Lovin' the Clark Kent kitteh! I'd never thought of it before, but yeah... without phone booths, that guy is in a world of hurt. Have you watched any of Supergirl? It was OK. Not the coolest show, but not the worst. Mostly Mark wanted to see it, so we watched it. Anyway, if you haven't seen it, it seems like Supergirl always has her costume/uniform on under her clothes. (Yet there are never any "panty" lines.) When it's time to fly off and save the world, she just rips her shirt open and there's the Big Ol' S. Of course, they never explain where/how she gets her cape or tights. When she's wearing pants, the second is not prob, but when she's in a skirt or dress? For that matter, how does she get her Supergirl skirt tucked in when she is wearing pants? The lives of super heroes... who knew they were even more complicated than we previously thought? Oh, and... when does she find time to sew all those shirt buttons back on? Inquiring minds want to know...

By Emerald63 on May 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Mark works second shift so the only time we ever get to go out to eat together is on weekends. Even lunch time won't work, because he's doing the crazy making getting ready to do whatever errands he can't do on weekends and then get to work on time. S'kay, though. I actually didn't want to go out on Sunday night anyway, because Episode 2/10 of the new season of Game of Thrones was on. I made up a skillet of something I invented, which has sliced Andouille sausage, chopped onion and green and red bell peppers, a can of baked beans, some brown mustard, ketchup, and a few dashes of hickory smoke flavor in it. I call it Andouille Skillet. Fairly fast, very tasty, and very filling. Not at all healthy, but hey, that's what birthday dinners are for, right? Mark often does the cooking on weekends because... <shakes head in disbelief> ...he actually *likes* cooking. But this recipe is my baby and it's what I wanted. He *did* get me multiple presents - three special edition Terry Pratchett books all the way from England, as well a Doctor Who coloring book. The pictures in that one are gorgeous, although there are some I'll **never** be able to color, the ones with the scariest of the alien monsters. Too creepy to even look at! But lots of good ones, too. Phooey on the recent "Adult coloring is sooo relaxing" fad! I've been doing coloring like that since back in the 1980s, aifinkso! And a lot of the recent so-called "relaxing" coloring books are chock-full of overly detailed pics with tons of tiny spaces. Fussy, fussy, fussy! For myself, I can do small spaces, but I also like to have larger ones, too. Doing wide swathes of color is what's relaxing for me. So... yeah. A pretty good birthday. :D

By mamawalker on May 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Welcome, sweetie! Hug felt good and I will pass along the rubs in a few minutes. Your weather report could have been MY weather report. So nice to have....nice. Been a long day in the pooter lab so imma go feed the cats and then feed me. I'm re-reading Harry Potters for the first time in years, so I also have that to look forward to. Hope Mark is taking you somewhere special. Or at least cooking? Love you long time!!!

By Emerald63 on May 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Fang-Q, linder! That's a lovely birthday LOL. :D Consider yourself hugged and your kittehs rubbed. Finally had a nice sunny day here, after a very chilly, dark, gloomy, and rainy weekend. We had really nice amounts of rain, though, which we really needed. We had been about half-way behind where we should of been for rain-to-date for the year, but now we're more than an inch ahead! *clappity-clappity*!!!

By mamawalker on May 2, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Happy Birthday, my friend. Have a wonderful day!! Much love, linder, six & magic!

By Emerald63 on Apr 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Blessed Earth Day to you, my friend -