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Buon giorno!


Coffee, Tanya.

It's 37 and cloudy in the not sunny South this AM headed for the upper 20s tonight.

DD is going to stay at her mother's a while longer. They are enjoying just the two of them and DD's MRI wasn't very good. The doctors in her system are all up there but for on GP here that she can see. I guess they'll figure it out up there. She's had back surgery before.

I need for the weather to settle for a while. The temp and pressure changes have been giving me a hard time since before Christmas.
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Hello, everyone! Thanks for the birthday wishes! Needless to say, because of the snow ([sign in to see URL]” on the back deck by the time it finished), we stayed put.

My podiatrist called and apologetically canceled today’s appointment.

And it’s 31F and sunny, and schools are closed. So are the DC area federal offices that aren’t under furlough.
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It was "sick city" here at the Queue household this weekend. Well, actually, it was "MsQueue sick city." I had come down with a bad head cold on Thursday, and I was trying to shorten the duration of that on Friday when I drank a couple of cups of echinacea tea. Friday night and into Saturday, I was tossing cookies on a regular basis, recovering yesterday only enough to watch football from the sofa. I still don't know if the stomach woes were viral or a bad reaction to the echinacea, but I don't think I'll try THAT herbal remedy again, just in case.

I'm hoping all goes well the next couple of days so that I'm back in top form to attend to Mr. Queue after his ankle-reconstruction surgery Wednesday morning. We're looking at a 6-week minimum of recovery time before he will be able to put ANY weight on that leg. Our first-born and his wife are helping out, mainly by installing their old TV in our bedroom so that Mr. Queue can binge-watch TV while recuperating. (We've never had a TV in the bedroom before, opting to have only one set in the den -- which is in the basement in this house.)

Wish me luck. Nurse Ratched is ironing her uniform today...
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When I was in high school I contracted some kind of fungus infection on one of my feet. It was quite painful and I had to soak my foot in some kind potassium permanganate or something like that several times a day. I had to stay on my with my foot propped up and use crutches to move around. I developed this purple crust on that foot. I had to stay on a cot in a spare room because the den where the TV was was too small to put any kind of single bed in and the TV couldn't be moved because of the outside antenna. It was misery, so I can sympathize with Mr. Queue and Nurse Ratched.

I read a lot and listened to my radio.
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When I was in high school I contracted some kind of fungus infection on one of my feet. It was quite painful and I had to soak my foot in some kind potassium permanganate or something like that several times a day. I had to stay on my with my foot propped up and use crutches to move around. I developed this purple crust on that foot. I had to stay on a cot in a spare room because the den where the TV was was too small to put any kind of single bed in and the TV couldn't be moved because of the outside antenna. It was misery, so I can sympathize with Mr. Queue and Nurse Ratched.

I read a lot and listened to my radio.



Mr. Queue will also be able to have his laptop computer on a tray in his "recovery room." Thanks for the sympathetic thoughts, Cooter.

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Best wishes for the Queue household in the days to come. How will he navigate the bed to bath path? Crutches? And will he be getting PT and OT? I suggest that you discuss with the therapists the logistics of bathing, since that was an issue for me (couldn’t get my foot wet, nor the IV port on my arm until i got foot and arm protectors from Amazon. I went over a week without a shower and was going nuts.
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I'm sorry you were so sick, Susie! Glad you're on the mend. Sending good thoughts for Mr. Queue to recover as easily as possible from his surgery....

I'm sorry to hear about DD's MRI, too, Cooter. I hope it won't come to surgery again, but I hope they can find her some relief.

Hawk, I formally left the church when I left for college at 18, too. But in truth, I was already questioning when I was 5 years old, and it just got worse over time when no one could provide logical answers that comported with the religious messages we were taught. But yes, Sermon on the Mount is one of my very favorites, too. There are just certain hymns and scriptures that are filled with love and peace -- the messages I would EXPECT from a faith. Instead, every week at confession, the priest would order me to stare at the huge crucifix in the church as I said my penance, and see Jesus' pain, and think about how my sins made him suffer. Um, no.

But the foundations of love and peace and how we should treat one another are EXACTLY the foundations on which I would hope most people build their lives.

It got down to 1 degree above last night, and it's supposed to go back down to 1 degree above tonight. Aw, c'mon. As long as you're going that close, just get to zero and call it that, LOL. Had to go out for a school board meeting a bit ago, and it's sooooooo cold....

Please continue to think good thoughts for Andrew. Today, he had his interview for the staff position with the Illinois Legislature. He said he thought it was the best interview he had ever had. There were four interviewers. All kinds of testing, too. After the interview, they immediately sent him for a second round of testing.

When he called, he said that he really wants this position over the one at the Obama Presidential Library. He said this one would allow him to keep his hand in politics and feel like he was making a real difference in people's lives. Sooooo.... Hoping for the best! In the meantime, he has another interview for a staff position with a Chicago County Commissioner in the morning....

Andrew told me that today was the inauguration for the Illinois Governor, so all kinds of people were running around everywhere. When he finished his interview, he was walking around the capitol rotunda, taking pictures of statues, when a woman's voice from behind him said sternly, "Young man, you can't take pictures like that." Andrew turned around, and it was the State Senator whose campaign staff he had worked on! emoticon They talked for a bit, and she said she hoped he'd get the position. (She is one of his references, so hopefully that will help.) Then, when he was taking the elevator downstairs to leave, who rolled into the elevator but Tammy Duckworth! He was so excited to see her. He had worked on her campaign three years ago, but he know she wouldn't know him, so he didn't say anything. But it was neat to be rubbing shoulders. emoticon

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Lis, it sounds like things may be coming up roses for Andrew. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him!

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Thanks! I'm so grateful opportunities are arising!

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Wishing good luck for Andrew.

I would sacrifice some chickens and beers for luck for him, but I'd have to wait until the weekend since I had a last glass of chardonnay out of an open bottle and then opened another [sign in to see URL]. This weather has hit me pretty hard. I had to take my third pain pill a couple of hours or so ago and hope it will still be effective when I hit the sheets. The wine should help out.

As long as I'm at it, I could sacrifice some chicken and beers for Mr. Queue also. [sign in to see URL] Nurse Ratched.
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Buongiorno y'all! So, how is that for linguistic fusion? lol

I am sitting here on the veranda with a pot of hot coffee just watching the morning sunrise. Now as darkness passes into light, the skies are crystal clear. And my little amateur weather station reports 4*C (40*F) with clear skies and a light 5kmh breeze out of the NE. Working toward an afternoon high of 10 or 11 C (50 or so F). Winter weather I can live with. Certainly beats the hell out of Winneshiek and Fayette Counties, Iowa. To quote my dear friend George -- "At twenty below with blowing snow, you keep the riff raff from moving in".

Not much happening here today other than Taco Tuesday here on the Italian-Slovene Border. lol

Lis, I am wishing Andrew the best in his search. Although I will be honest. As a former seven year resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood on the south side, I I am no fan of either Chicago or Cook County politics. But that is a topic for a different thread.

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Good morning to you, Hawk! It is 29F here (-2C) and foggy as I'm about to go to bed.

You're sipping coffee, I'm finishing a glass of chardonnay.

May we both feel blessed that we're not in Winneshiek and Fayette Counties, Iowa.

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40 here, and breezy and starry.

Sounds like you have things under control, Nurse Ratchet -- I mean, Susie. Bathing IS the big hurdle in recovering from surgery on a limb. I'm glad to hear that Amazon has adequate coverings.

Good luck to Andrew, Lis. It must be really exciting to be young and where the action is.
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Coffee, Tanya.

It's 37 and overcast this morning becoming sunny later in the morning. I'm hoping that my limbs will co-operate so that I can get more chores done today.

The etouffee that I made last night was really good. I have enough left for a couple of light lunches. I may do some kind of pasta for tonight. I haven't made pasta in a while.
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Good morning, all. It was 29F when I went to bed last night and it's 29F this morning, with clear skies and lots of stars. We're supposed to get to 49F today. Yesterday was similar, and yesterday morning's frost all over the sidewalks and lawns never did melt off, except for where the sun hit it directly. This morning there's another layer of frost on top of it, so walking Kudo requires great care.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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I did get a few errands run and made a haircut appointment for tomorrow. Janet had told me about some specials they've run for the week at Kroger that end tonight. I really didn't need much of anything but took advantage of the prices and spent about ninety bucks, which was almost forty under normal price.

One thing I always get when I go to Kroger is the fresh wild caught Pacific cod filets. They are super along with some broccoli.
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Cooking up lamb shanks tonight. Brand new (to me, anyway) recipe, using a pressure cooker. All I know for sure is that it smells amazing in this house right now!

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Well, winter has arrived for sure. We had freezing fog overnight, and the trees were absolutely beautiful. Then we continued with freezing mist all day, which further coated the trees. Beautiful, but all of the county schools (but not ours in the city) had to cancel. The streets were very slippery with a thin sheet of black ice.

We'll have freezing drizzle tomorrow. Then we'll have freezing drizzle Thursday morning, changing to snow in the afternoon. Then an inch of snow Friday.

And then....

8-12" of snow Saturday. (Our county is right in the center of the "heaviest snow band" bullseye on the Indy news stations.) Then ANOTHER 1-3" of snow Saturday night. And 30 mph winds to blow it all around Saturday and Saturday night.

Sunday, it will finally stop snowing. And drop to 7 below zero, with wind chills between 20 and 30 below zero.

Good golly, Miss Molly!

We're supposed to host about 30 people for our Kiwanis winter party Sunday night. I've already emailed the President and the Member Activities Chairwoman about postponing....

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Good luck for all of you folks in the snow belt.

That sounds good, Peter.

I remembered last week about putting grapes in a freezer bag and freezing them. I love them like that! You also wind up not eating as many, and I swear the black grapes are better.
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Not much happening here. It’s really cold.
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