View Full Version : Weekly Scumble June 22 thru June 28

Shirl Parker
06-21-2009, 11:56 PM
Hi everyone! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the happenings of our everyday lives! I hope you will all chime in and look forward to hearing about them.

I guess we are going to have to start calling this the "Scumble Light" if we don't start getting more input from you fellow pastelists. Either all of you are as boring as I am, or nobody is connected this summer.

As for me, I don't have anything interesting to talk about. I heard from my friends in Canada today, and they say it's finally warm enough to go outside, but now there are too many bugs to go out and enjoy the weather. I know what they mean. Usually by this time, we have an abundance of mosquitos, but it's been very dry and they are still pretty sparse. Yeah!!

I hope you all have a fine week.

Tracy Lang
06-22-2009, 03:03 AM
Hey...Scumblers....Life for me has not been boring! I am sporting a huge black cast on my left hand courtesy of my pup...she charged one way and my hand the other...two fractured bones plus they had to cut my wedding ring off!! OMG...the pain!!! At least was my left hand.
Also dealing with the late friday news of a bad mammogram...will find out more tomorrow but am scared ****less!!!

Shirl Parker
06-22-2009, 09:12 AM
Whoa Tracy! I feel your pain with the hand injury. I almost got my hand broken when it collided with the very hard head of a dog. He jumped up just as I was reaching down to pet him. Finally relieved the pain with accupuncture.

06-22-2009, 11:34 AM
Ouch! The hand sounds painful. I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers for a good outcome regarding the mammogram. Hopefully it is just something benign like a cyst. But, if there is any question, make sure to get some good answers and a 2nd opinion if needed. Sometimes these things need to be taken care of right away but sometimes the doctors want to wait and see. My advice is to do whatever needs to be done ASAP. That said, I hope and pray it is nothing serious.

Not much going on around here. I had some bloodwork done last week, and have an appt. on the 7th of July to go over it and for a med check.
I have the start of a painting waiting for direction. I hope to get to it this morning for a little bit. I need to plan these things better.
It has been strange weather wise. Monsoon season seems to have begun a bit early. usually we don't have the rain until July sometime, but they began a couple of nights ago. We had a strange early summer with rains that were not monsoon rains either. Weird, but we will take it as it is always dry around here. The mosquitos haven't been out much yet, but with the rains come the little buggers. nothing like how they are in MN though which is where I'm from.
I don't have anything exciting this week. I do hope to get my hair cut one of the days, not sure what day that will be though. It is a 45 minute drive just to get to town where we do our shopping and errands etc. including the hair salons. So, I have to plan this out so as not to get too tired.

I hope you all have a great week. Shirl, I hope more people come here to talk and I hope the mosquitos stay away from where you are for as long as possible! I have a friend in Canada too and she had a gazebo built so she could enjoy being outside without being swarmed by the mosquitos and other bugs.

Take care and stay positive Tracy!


K Taylor-Green
06-22-2009, 11:50 AM
Oh Tracy, what bad luck you have had! I'll be sending good thoughts that your mammogram is nothing serious.

We are so busy here. I finished a Labrador commission and shipped it last week. Now I am working on another to be shipped in a few days.
I am taking the Summer off from commission work so that I can work my dogs. It is bad enough finding time with the heat of midday getting in the way!
We will be expecting puppies in mid August, maybe again in Oct. That depends on Kansas' cycle.
I'll be really busy then!

06-22-2009, 12:52 PM

Life is NEVER dull around our family! :lol:

Tracy: Oh, my goodness! Know I'll be thinking about you and sending prayers!:heart:

Here is Wisconsin, we are getting lots of rain, also! Weeds and Rain! They just go together. The good news: They are easy to pull out of the wet ground. The bad news: It has been raining so much I can't get out to pull them out and they are growning like weeds! :eek: :p Good excuse for staying indoors and paintings!

I leave Thursday for my trip to PA and NY for the family reunion, visiting family and doing some genealogy research...and hopefully a little en plein air painting and some photo ref. photography!
As it gets closer to leaving time, I think of more and more things that have to be done before I leave! :rolleyes:
But, this morning I just have been painting! Live is good! :heart: Since I am not supposed to sit in one place for more than an hour or so, I'm on a breaking from painting...what to do? Visit WC of course!

Let's hope that some of our usual Scumble posters are out painting and will join us again, soon!
How about some of the rest of you? What do you do besides painting?
Here is a challenge: When I'm not painting I......
Here are some for me:
When I'm not painting I
read, quilt, garden, play violin and piano, cook, do genealogy research,
restore old photos on my computer, practice copperplate/Engrosser's script penmanship, to name a few!

CM Neidhofer
06-22-2009, 04:14 PM
All of our casinos here in Colorado will be open 24/7 starting July 2. I am going to a graveyard shift because that's what hubby works at Walmart and we'll at least be home together at the same time now! I'll be working three 12-hour shifts and have four days off! So maybe I'll have a little more painting time.

We're planning a little road trip to South Dakota in August. We went to Mt Rushmore the first time, but I want to see the Badlands this time. Then maybe over to Wyoming and back home again. Probably a three day trip.

Been trying to sketch out a piece for painting and having a hard time with it. Might scrap it and try something else...not sure yet.

Just found out that my oldest son in Florida, who will be 25 next month, has degenerative discs in his back along with some twisted vertebrae. His pelvic bone, in the back between his hips, also moves some. And he has one leg a full inch shorter than the other. They gave him an insert for his shoe that he has to wear the rest of his life now. The doctor said he doesn't even know how he moves and some of the vertebrae were so twisted the doc did a second set of x-rays because he thought they messed them up the first time!! Poor kid...he works so hard and was just married last year. But he keeps going!


Shirl Parker
06-22-2009, 04:23 PM
Hey Christine, Wish the best for your son. I wonder if one of those osteoporosis drugs would be good for a degenerative disc problem. I just found out I can get the yearly injection of Reclast and it will actually cost me less for the copay than a monthly drug.

Shirl Parker
06-22-2009, 04:25 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Day one, and we have more posts than last week :lol: :lol: :lol:

Shirl Parker
06-22-2009, 04:35 PM
Elsie, I like your idea.

When I'm not painting, which is way too often right now, I am on my computer, reading mail, planning paintings, managing my finances with Quicken. That's interspersed with reading mystery books that I get three at a time every 4 weeks or so. I started getting them when I was working, and built up quite a supply in preparation for retirement. I have them all separated by author gender, and then alpha by author. I've already read all the women, and read them first when the new ones come. So far I am up to the D's in the men's group. Did I mention I'm a Virgo!

Then there's walking and caring for my dog, and doing computer stuff for others in my group of friends. We are active with the Museum here, and I'm responsible for emailing all the working artists as well as the rest of the membership. Periodically, I dog sit, sometimes staying over at their house.

In the winter, I rent out the other side of my house to visitors from Canada, friends of people I know. That's about it.

06-22-2009, 08:37 PM
tracy knowledge is power. it is the waiting that is killer! good luck and will be thinking of you.

shirl any good mystery writers you can recommend? enjoyed poirot on masterpiece last night.

living in canada the bug bites are bad. lots of rain this week on the east coast. we have had a lot of sun during the week days it is the weekends that have been bad.

got the vinyl tablecloth on the table. easel up and that was it. the kids were keeping things hoping. tired at night. think i may have to get up at 5 am to get the pastels going. i need to get the papers off and break em in half. do you people make charts? how do you know what the color is after it is spent?

06-23-2009, 12:38 PM

Hi, All!
There is nothing like trying to get ready for a trip and finding a million things that HAVE to be taken care of BEFORE you can leave!:eek: After a panic meltdown last evening:crying: and some rational going over my lists of things to do, to take, to pack, to get ready, I snapped out of it and am fine! :p
Always happens! With a little help from my family, I'm on the road Thursday!:lol:
So, this will be my last posting for about two weeks!
Where's Elsie? Somewhere in Pennsylvania or upstate NY!
Keep Scumbling! Get dusty!:heart:

Shirl Parker
06-23-2009, 01:14 PM
Have a wonderful trip Elsie!

Tracy Lang
06-23-2009, 02:24 PM
Thank you all for your kind words and positive thoughts. I am scheduled for another mammogram and ultrasound on Thursday! I am keeping positive :)

Sara, I hope your bloodwork checks out okay!

Christine, It's nice that you and your husband will have more time together now.
Kate, more puppies!!!Can't wait to see pics...so cute:)

Gingersnap, yes, the waiting is the hardest!!! I have some color swatches, but, then as my pastel collection grew...I got lazy. I do "know" my favorite colors and brands for reorder though.

Elsie, have a great trip!!! I'll look forward to reading about it when you return.

Luckily, we don't have many mosquitoes in my area...they like to feast on me and I have returned from some vacations just covered in bites.

...when I am not painting I enjoy reading, cooking, working in my yard, going for walks, and hanging out with my husband, family and friends.


Dot Hoffman
06-23-2009, 04:26 PM
Been fighting with FB pages....as in can't find them. Oh well.

This a.m. the school system moved one of their temporary classrooms down our narrow residential street (it's only 3 car-widths wide -- enough for one car to park on each side and one to come down the middle. The people at the end of the street were screaming at them when they had to turn the tight corner. Took them almost 1/2 an hour. I had such fun pulling weeds in the front while they were doing that :lol: :lol:

K Taylor-Green
06-23-2009, 07:27 PM
Elsie, have a great trip!

Dot, you have a wicked sense of humor!:evil:

When I am not painting, I am on the computer, researching Labrador bloodlines, cleaning kennels, training dogs, watching grandkids, and trying to find time for the day to day life stuff! Somehow, I think I lost my husband in there!:lol: But he is involved in coaching little league and I guess we will catch up with each other during the break between baseball and Fall soccer!
No one can say we don't live life!

One of the things a good breeder does has to to with certain genetic testing. You want to make sure the dogs you have chosen to breed are free from certain genetic diseases. So I do hip ex-rays, eye exams for inheritable cataracts, and for my field bred line, tests for Exercise Induced Collapse and Centronuclear Myopathy. I got my test results back for Kansas today. She is EIC and CNM clear!!!:clap: :clap:
I had her hips done and eyes done a few months ago. We are all set to go. One more pass for her Junior Hunter title and we will be arranging a couple of "dates" with this good looking Hunting Retriever Champion I know. :heart: :wink2: :thumbsup:

Tracy, continued good thoughts for your test on Thursday!

Deborah Secor
06-24-2009, 08:03 PM
Hi there everyone. I haven't been around here much and thought I'd just drop in to catch up.

Tracy, I feel for your hurt hand, but even more for your fear. You have my prayers!

Enjoy the trip, Elsie!

You just won't believe what I'm going through with my mom. Get a cup of coffee and settle in... you really won't believe this tale.

Don't worry, she's fine. But the handicapped parking placard has gone missing. Simple to replace IF you can find the paperwork. It was issued in 2003, and was required to stay with mom in the car, or be available to show if there was a citation issued. Mom, who is 97, moved in with us last year and I have dredged every file twice, mine and hers. No paperwork. Searched cars, searched the safe deposit box (across town), searched so many places I think we looked in the freezer!

Mom bought a shredder a couple years back because her friends convinced her it was dangerous to throw things away at the apartment, and she had a shredding binge before I could stop her. I fear that's the fate of the paperwork. (I'm trying to picture the thief that would climb into a dumpster at a retirement apartment and steal papers, but perhaps that's due to being very tired now...)

Okay, I take her over to the Motor Vehicle Department and find out that because her NM Driver's License expired many years ago (um, no she doesn't drive at 97, thank God!), she needs to have a new State ID to get the handicapped placard, and has to have original paperwork filled out all over again by a doctor.

We make a trip to the doctor to get that done, a morning's effort right there.

She has to show the MVD: her birth certificate, her Social Security card, and two proofs of residence. We have a birth certificate (1912) but no one can tell if it's authentic, so it might need to be replaced. We have no SS card---they didn't issue cards when she got her number. She's never had one. I have no way to prove she lives here with me because all of the bills are in my name (except the health insurance card--I hope.) I ask why it's so difficult to get a handicapped placard and I'm told that the Americans with Disabilities Act made it harder, because so many people were using placards that weren't theirs and hogging all the spaces from people who really need them (like my mom, I might point out.) So they linked the placard to the ID exclusively.

MVD says, nope, can't get the placard without the SS card. I look online to see what documents they need and darned if they don't want a state-issued ID card! We are now in the Twilight Zone. Catch 22 is in effect. Can't get the ID card without the SS card. Can't get the SS card without the ID...

So I call the SSA 1-800 number and, after wending my way through a maze of choices TWICE, none of which are anywhere near what I want to know, I finally, finally reach a human being when I refuse to say anything to the taped voice. I talk to a lady there who goes through all the ID mom has, hems and haws for a minute, and then suggests that I apply to be added to my mom's SS information, so that I can get her an ID card. This requires I make a trip to the local SS office, with my power of attorney in hand, my ID and SS card, and all the info from mom, but will require at least a week's processing time, or more. Then I can return to the SS office and apply for her card, IF I'm approved as linked to her.

So--to get a parking placard replaced I have to make a trip down to the SS office, apply to add my name to my mother's info, be approved, return in a week and apply for my mom's SS card, wait for all that to come through, then go to the DMV with her new SS card and all the other documents they need, process that request, and wait to see if we'll be approved. For one little HANDICAPPED PARKING PLACARD!!! It will take no less than three visits to various bureaucracies (not to mention the visit to the doctor), and may take weeks of parking in regular parking areas, schlepping her up and down steps (three today), around parking lots (she's very slow), lifting the walker or wheelchair in and wedging it between cars, possibly for weeks on end.

Okay, can anyone tell how much heartburn I'm coping with at the moment? :eek: I can't tell you how glad I am to be going to church tonight. But we'll have to park in the regular parking spaces.... <sigh>


06-24-2009, 08:25 PM

I am so sorry to hear about everyone's troubles and truly hope everything gets better soon. Right now, everything's going fine for me, and I got a nice consulting gig that will be for 320 hours, at a really good hourly rate. It will be at St. Johns in the Detroit area, and I probably will be travelling there for that time. I love working for hospital's IT departments! Just for comparison's sake, in a few hours at this pay, I will hit the amount I was getting weekly on unemployment, so that's how bad the unemployment rates are. I am so happy to have a gig again, I can't even tell you how much of a relief it is! Best of luck to all!

K Taylor-Green
06-24-2009, 09:03 PM
Deborah, I think I feel sorrier for you than for your mom! All the dealing, driving, frustration, and stress. I hope she appreciates it all.

My mom is in her mid 70s, but doesn't get around well, hardly drives anymore, and has basically decided to sit out life. Everything that it would take to get her back to some kind of fairly active life style is just "too hard". Course it is mom. But most of this she has allowed to happen. At least she is a roll model for how I DON"T want to be! :rolleyes:

Paula, congrats on the job! We are in the position of just being grateful that Jess has one. His company had to take a 15% pay cut all across the board. Now, he is working 10 hr days! And there is talk of working Saturdays! But this is affecting just a few people in his company, so the pay cut stays in affect.

Dot Hoffman
06-25-2009, 11:01 AM
Deborah, I understand your frustration. The NM DMV is the worst.....it took us THREE DAYS to get my car licensed, because at the advice of our attorney, it's in our trust which meant they needed to copy the original trust.....the whole thing!!!! AFTER waiting for hours to get waited on, then waiting hours more to talk to the head honcho. Then to the bank to get it from the safe deposit box, then back to the DMV another day to wait for hours again. Then wait for an hour while they copied it. Then wait to get waited on again. One of the clerks told us that's how the "supervisors" get their jollies.....

So sorry you have to go through this nightmare.

Shirl Parker
06-25-2009, 12:48 PM
I feel for you Deborah and hope you get your placard soon. In the meantime, when you have three in the car, drop your mom and you or the other person at the front door and then park the car. Of course, you have already thought of that... Plus I'm sure if it's just the two of you going to church, one of your fellow worshipers will watch your mom while you park the car. Give them an opportunity to do a good deed.

Here in Brownsville Texas, I took my Dr's certificate to the DRIVEIN WINDOW where there is seldom a line and was done in 10 minutes. Talk to your state senators.

Shirl Parker
06-25-2009, 12:58 PM
I have no idea how many times or for how long this has been circulated, but it was the first time I've seen it, so I am passing it on here:

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of Cleveland, Ohio…

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written.”
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a “gift.”

Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title "7%." I'm in the 7%.. Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

CM Neidhofer
06-26-2009, 01:25 AM
Oh my....Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson all in one week. Saw a pic of Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond together...man...I'm feeling OLD!! :(


06-26-2009, 05:25 PM
I'm sorry for everyone's troubles. Tracy I hope the repeat mammogram went well. I just recently read a book written by a doctor called "In Hippocrates' Shadow" and in that book he made the case that something like 90% of "suspicious mammograms" turn out to be false positives - and I hope yours is one of them!

Deborah, I almost cried reading the story about your mother. It's just mind-boggling. I get sick even THINKING about having to deal with all that bureaucratic red tape, for whatever reason.

Paula, glad to hear about the gig. It's a tough economy out there. I think my job is secure the rest of this year, but most of us in the group suspect we will get laid off in 2010 - most of us too young to retire and too old to find another comparable job! But right now the customer I support on an outsourcing contract is pushing more and more for the work to be offshored to India. Four years ago we were 100% US employees. Now it's 60% in India and only 40% in the US, and the customer is pushing to make it 80/20 instead. We shall see, but our office is a ghost town these days, and it seems like every day someone is coming around to say goodbye.

Tomorrow I head up for my annual two weeks in Canada. I usually go in August but my first grandbaby is due then so I'm going now. My dog Bran is getting his cancer treatment and has a big open sore on his nose, so I'm a nervous mama and hope he will be okay while we are away, but he seems happy and has a good appetite.

All my pastels are packed to go and I hope to get to use them a lot up there. My sister and her daughter are up there too. My sister is a marvelous artist (oil painter) so I always feel self-conscious doing anything around her, but I'm trying to get over it. :D