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Feb
16
Happy
2013

My brother has been having some serious health problems in the past few months. He has been dealing with everything from back surgery, to an abnormally low sodium count. He has lost 50 pounds due to a poor appetite, brought on by the other problems... :P He did not need to lose at least 35 of them!

He certainly didn\'t need any more problems, but...

On Valentine\'s Day he passed out on his bathroom floor. He was unresponsive, so his wife called 911.

He continued to be unresponsive and he wasn\'t breathing very well, so the doctors took him to ICU and induced a coma. He was there overnight and is still in ICU But-- He is out of the coma and he is TALKING!!!

He is still hooked up to a lot of tubes, but they were able to remove the one that was going down his throat. The doctor\'s said that he wouldn\'t be able to remember anything, and they were right. When he came out of the induced coma today, he wanted to know where he was and how he had gotten there.

He has been hospitalized at least 7 or 8 times in the past 3 or 4 months. (I am beginning to lose track.)

We didn\'t know what he would be like when he came to. To the people on DN who have been praying for me and for him, thank you so much!!! God has answered in a compassionate and marvelous way!

My brother is depressed about being in the hospital yet again. Not that I blame him.

I\'ve been under a lot of stress also. I have lost some stuff in my house that I haven\'t found yet. Also, I was supposed to take some medication to help me with lingering soreness in my rib cage, and I honestly cannot remember whether I have taken it or not. So of course, now I can\'t... :P

For these reasons, I think my brother and I could still use some prayer... for him to be able to gain a brighter outlook, and for me to be able to focus properly on every day activities once again...

I appreciate all of you so much. Thank you to Betsey, Kathy, and Ed who made this wallpaper for me, and thank you everybody else too who has been praying and rooting for me... :)



I am so thankful for Desktop Nexus! :D :D :D

UPDATE: My brother just had a very, very, scary experience at the hospital... fluid got into his lungs and he felt like he was drowning... He is very shook up and needs prayer. I wasn\'t there but my Mom was. Monday, February 18th Happened about 5PM my time... He needs prayer! I feel so badly that he is going through all of this.


Feb
7
Worried
2013

Hi Everybody,

This is to bring everybody up to speed on why I have been semi absent on DN this week.

I used this cute wallpaper of a Teddy Bear with a thermometer in it\'s mouth to let people know that something was wrong with me.



It got the message across, but it also got several people wondering if I had the flu or something.

The good news is No, I do not have the flu! If I had that on top of what else I\'ve been going through, I\'d be a real mess. Believe me, if I had been able to find a wallpaper about bruised ribs, I would have used it. I even thought about making one, but I was too sore to do that when I picked out this wallpaper.

I am sore because I fell off the end of a bench at my exercise club on Monday, Feb.4th. It happened in the locker room. I had put my coat and purse in a locker, sat down to tie my shoes, and was about to put my lock on the locker so I could start my exercise routine. I slid down the bench in order to be at a better angle to close the locker. The bench ended earlier than I thought it did. :P



I hid the floor very hard, on my left side, yelping in surprise as I went down. I had the wind knocked out of me on one side. People ran for help as I struggled to breathe normally.

My trainer and some other employees asked me if I wanted an ambulance, but I said No Way! Eventually they were able to help me back up onto the bench. After about 15 minutes, I was able to get up, hobble over to a stationary cycle & start my workout. Slowly & painfully, I managed to get through the whole routine. I don\'t think I made anything worse, but I was still plenty sore when I left the club.

(Just for the record, my doctor told me later that I should have rested and gone straight home. So I\'ll remember that for next time-- except that there\'s not going to be a next time if I can help it!)

I have been finding out a lot about just how much "fun" a bruised ribcage can be.

I feel fine if I don\'t laugh, make any sudden moves, or breathe wrong. Coughing, Sneezing and Hiccuping are very painful.

The action of lying down hurts like heck. Getting out of a lying position hurts even more. Lying down itself feels wonderful. So does not moving.

My doctor told me not to exercise for at least a week. If I am not feeling better after a week, I have to go get my ribs X rayed to check for fractures.

I got myself into real trouble last night. I made the mistake of going to sleep on my left side. It is weaker than my right side, as well as being my sore side. I woke up at 4AM and tried to go to the bathroom. Every time I tried to move, pain shot through me.

My husband was a real hero. He got up and started helping me and coaching me. After 45 minutes of struggling in pain, I realized that I felt like I was in labor!

Finally after about an hour, I managed to move enough so that I was able to get off of the bed and stand up. As I headed for the bathroom, a weird sensation went through me. I felt like I had never been stuck on the bed at all. It was like just like after I delivered my first baby. I had several amazing moments when I felt great; like I had never been pregnant at all. (Those moments ended abruptly when my newborn daughter started crying.)

Little by little, I am improving. I am still on pain medication around the clock, and I\'m being very careful. I have been able to be on DN some, and I have even been able to work on some wallpapers. (I\'m hoping that I will be able to upload them tonight or tomorrow. That would be so cheering...!)

So that\'s what has been going on with me this week. All of you please stay well, and whatever you do, don\'t slide off of any benches! I wouldn\'t wish bruised ribs on my worst enemy!

CollieSmile :)

PS. Some of you jokers out there like to send me funny links. Usually, I enjoy getting them, but hold off on those for awhile, please.

It hurts when I laugh. :P
Jan
20
Tongue
2013

(I sure wish you could pick more than one of these smilie faces... The smile didn\'t quite fit this time, but neither does the one I picked!)

This will be a short entry because I am up ridiculously late...

The bad news is that my brother is back in the hospital AGAIN.:P The good news is that it is not his sodium levels after all this time. He wasn\'t feeling well, and he has some other stuff going on, including an irregular hear beat-- but he is more comfortable than he was during his last hospital stay. Part of the reason for that is the room he is in. It is larger and more comfortable, and the nurse to patient ratio is better.

He got this room because they wanted to keep him away from flu patients. There are a lot of them right now!

There is still a lot going on with my family, but I am not feeling as overwhelmed by it all as I was. Over the past week, I\'ve even been able to make 2 wallpapers, which I\'ve just uploaded. Here they are:





It felt good to be creating again!

CollieSmile/Elaine :)

Jan
11
Happy
2013

(This post is mainly for my fans and friends, but anyone is welcome to read it.)

Hi Everybody!

I am alive and well on the DN map as you can see, but I\'ve had a lot going on in my non DN life. I\'ve really been scrambling trying to catch up with DN and everything else!

My brother has been in and out of the hospital for the past 2 months. His sodium levels were dangerously low, due to some medications he was taking. He\'s been in very rough shape-- in fact back on Christmas Day was one of the times he went to the Emergency room.

Shortly after New Years, my Mom called me and told me that she was taking my Dad to Emergency at his doctor\'s orders. The doctor thought my Dad had pneumonia. My parents are in their mid 80\'s, and of course pneumonia is not something to mess with!

I went to emergency to give my poor stressed out Mom moral support and do whatever I could to help. In fact, for a number of days, the hospital was my main hangout. That is because my Dad and my brother were both in the hospital at the same time for awhile! (The hospital\'s soup and baked custard were pretty good!:P :))

It turned out that my Dad had a nasty case of influenza.(flu)

Happily, my Dad and brother are home now and doing much better. But my Mom is still struggling to get over her flu, which thank goodness, she did not have to be hospitalized for. I\'m very thankful that I haven\'t caught it myself! But I am still dealing with a lot right now.

Due to additional health problems my Dad has been experiencing, I am going to have less time than I did before on DN. I need to be more available for my parents, and my brother. I also need to take care of some things in my own life that have been getting neglected.

I have to rebudget the time that I spend on DN, because now I have less of it. For that reason, I\'ve had to make the decision to discontinue making weekly profile posts. I\'ll also be cutting down on wallpaper designing...sigh.

I am Not leaving DN though, and I am determined to stay in touch with all of you as best as I can. Here is what I\'ll be doing:

1. I\'ll try to answer all of your profile posts to me. If you have something important to tell me, you might want to PM me. PMs are easier for me to keep track of, and I\'ll answer them for sure.

2. I\'ll be making journal posts more often. I\'ll make mention of them, when I do, in that education slot that everybody, including me, has so much fun with. I love reading those, by the way. In fact, my own slot is pretty silly right now.:D

3. I will still be making wallpaper comments whenever I can. If I comment on one of your wallpapers from now on, please consider that as a hello from me.:) (If you haven\'t uploaded any wallpapers, I will drop by to say hello once in a while. :) )

4. There is one other way that you can stay in touch with me, and I hope that you will. I\'ve formed two Groups that I invite you to join. (Some of you already have, for which I thank you!) I have also joined some of your groups. Feel free to invite me to any you have formed or any that you think I would fit in to. :)

This wallpaper has (in it\'s description) links to both of the groups that I\'ve started.



Groups are wonderful! I\'ve joined 33 of them so far, and I will join more of them if they are a good fit for me. They are my Consolation Prize for having less time to spend on DN. They don\'t take that much time either. That\'s another reason that I decided to get involved with them.

One of the best things about Groups is that there is finally a good place on DN that you can add your Holiday wallpapers too-- i.e. Halloween, Easter, etc. Putting Christmas wallpapers in the "Abstract" Category always did seem wierd to me... There are also great places to put other walls that are hard to categorize. Have you ever had a wallpaper fit 3 categories at once, but you could only pick one? Now you can have one wallpaper in as many groups as you want. I have at least one wallpaper in 7 different groups.

Finding wallpapers you want will be easier too. For example, have you ever tried looking up "Independence Day" or "butterfly" in the wallpaper search bar? Oh boy! 167 pages to search through on each of those, and there is no guarantee that the wallpapers will even be on topic. But there is a Butterfly group and a "Proud to Be an American Group" where these types of walls are now a lot easier to find!

Whatever you do, please stay in touch with me... And have fun with the new wallpaper group system. A couple of people mentioned to me that they are concerned that the wallpaper groups will become cliques. I don\'t see that happening. I for one don\'t have time to stand around clicking away in some group... And with that terrible pun, I am going to end this post while I am behind. :P

CollieSmile/Elaine :D
Dec
22
Monkey
Posted 2012

When I was a child, I loved the way that my family celebrated the Christmas Season.

We put up a real Christmas tree every year. We\'d set a Nativity Set underneath it, and build a stable for Mary and Joseph out of toy Log Cabin sticks. We\'d hang a bright star ornament on our tree at just the right spot to hang over the manger. We never put baby Jesus in the manger until Christmas day.

The Nativity set wasn\'t the only thing under the tree. We\'d always put a wax candle boys choir under the tree. Also we had a Christmas elf choir with a little pop eyed China Santa Claus directing it. I am sure we had other stuff too, but the Manger and the 2 Choirs were the most important things under the tree for me.

We had many well loved ornaments on our tree, of course. One of my favorites was a silver reindeer that I called Rudolph. Among other tree decorations, we had quite a few Santa Claus ornaments.

The Santa Claus ornaments are at the center of this story....

It happened in December in the early 1970\'s. I was 13 years old and in the 8th grade. My oldest sister, Cindy, was 17, a Senior in High School. My other sister, Jayne, was 16 years old, a Junior. My brother Carl was 11 and in the 6th grade.

It was a dreary night sometime between Christmas and New Years Day. My Mother and Dad had gone out for the evening, and had left Cindy and Jayne in charge. I was feeling very moody that night. The excitement of Christmas had died down. The days were grimly marching along towards New Years Day and then there would be school again. I was not looking forward to going back because two of my teachers had assigned homework over the holiday. I hadn\'t touched mine.

All of us kids were in the living room looking at the Christmas tree. Somehow, we started up a discussion about the number of Santa Claus ornaments on it. We started counting. Eventually, my sister Jayne announced that there were 6 Santa ornaments on the tree. I disagreed. I said that there were 7 of them.

I believe that in a way, we may both have been correct. I was including the pop eyed Santa Claus Elf Choir director in my count. Jayne probably was not. Anyway, I insisted that I was right. She insisted that she was. Cindy agreed with Jayne. I found that very annoying..

I told Jayne to come over to where I was on the floor so that I could show her the Santa Claus that I didn\'t think she saw. I got even more irritated when Jayne would not budge. She had the best chair in the room, a cushioned rocking chair. She was probably afraid that if she got up, Carl or Cindy would grab it. I got angrier and angrier. How could I prove that I was right if Jayne wouldn\'t even come and see for herself?

I finally went over and gave her rocking chair a big annoying shove. Jayne flew at me-- and suddenly we were launched into an all out battle, complete with kicking, pushing, slapping, and clawing. We crashed down to the floor and kept right on fighting.

(Concluded in the next Journal entry)
Here\'s the Link:

http://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/the-great-santa-claus-fight-part-two-con...

Dec
22
Monkey
Posted Dec 2012

(Here is the link to Part One.)

http://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/the-great-santa-claus-fight-part-one-4302/

Cindy shrieked at us to stop-stop-STOP!-- but we ignored her. My poor brother was terrified. "They are going to KILL each other!" Carl yelled. I was having some trouble breathing, and my scratches hurt. I was sort of amazed at what was happening, even though I was in the thick of it.

Cindy and Carl scrambled to get out of the way. I believe that at least one chair got knocked over. I\'m amazed that the Christmas tree didn\'t fall down. But somehow our knockdown drag out floor fight headed away from the tree and towards our dining room.

In the dining room on a table, was a plastic icicle tree decorated with small colored Christmas tree bulbs. The little tree toppled over as the dining room table shook. Several little ornaments rolled off the table and onto the floor. Many of them promptly got crunched on the battleground.

Jayne and I fell down on the dining room floor with a particularly loud crash. Directly under us, coming from the basement, we heard a loud startled yowl. Oliver, our Siamese Cat, had been sleeping in one of his favorite places, in the heating pipes near the basement ceiling. We had landed exactly above him! Needless to say, he was probably no longer there.

After that crash onto the floor, we started to slow down some. I think we were both feeling the need to come up for some air. And then--- the telephone rang. We looked at Cindy. "I\'M not getting it!" she announced.

Jayne glared at her and headed for the phone. It was amusing to see her face go from a scowl to a smile, as she was forced to say "Hello?" in a pleasant voice. Then she had to keep on talking just as sweetly. Her current boyfriend was on the line.

The telephone call gave us all time to calm down and cool down. When Jayne hung up the phone she was looking pretty sheepish. I\'m sure that I was too. We started picking up what was left of the little ornaments that had fallen on the floor. We tried to hang the unsmashed ones back on the little icicle tree in such a way that several newly emptied places on it wouldn\'t show.

Jayne and I begged Cindy not to tell Mom and Dad about what had happened. We were worried about getting into trouble.

"I\'ll think about it." Cindy said haughtily. We had really given her and Carl a good scare. We had not quit fighting when she had asked/hollered at us to. She now had a power card to play and she was not going to let it go easily!

A day or two went by and Cindy didn\'t say anything. We were eating lunch in the dining room one afternoon when Mom happened to spot a piece of broken ornament that we had missed picking up from the little icicle tree. Puzzled, she asked if anyone knew what had happened. Cindy promptly pointed to Jayne and I and said, "Ask THEM!" That is how the story finally leaked out.

Mom and Dad were amazed, at a lot of things, I guess. How in the World could we get so Mad about some ornaments on the Christmas Tree? Did we realize how Old we were? Jayne in High School and me almost there too?

We laugh about it now, at least once every Christmas Season. It is a true family legend. Sometimes I am still amazed that it really happened. It will forever be known by our family as "The Great Santa Claus Fight."
Dec
17
Happy
Dec 17, 2012

Hi Everybody,

There are so many of you that I am behind on getting back to! You\'ve had some great things to say and share.. Hopefully, I can finally start playing catch up now!:D

Sara1970 told me something that has stuck with me. I don\'t know anyone that could disagree with it. She read a quote that goes something like this: (her words)

"No matter what is going wrong in your life, someone else in the world wishes they had YOUR problems."

That saying rang so true when I found out about the tragedy in Connecticut at Sandy Hook school. Anyone who suffered the loss of a loved one would trade that agony for my failed hard drive-- in a heart beat!

I was wondering if you all would be interesting in doing something to reach out to the people in Conneticut. Here is what I have done.

I\'ve made a wallpaper for them. In the description, I\'ve written them a letter.



I know that I\'m not the only one on DN who is hurting with these sweet people... I have some suggestions that you can use if you feel led to.

If you are a wallpaper designer, design a wallpaper for them, or upload a beautiful image for them that you find on line. Teddy Bears, Flowers, a beautiful nature scene, a prayer...anything you think of that they might appreciate. If you wish you could make a wallpaper for them and you are short on time, you could take a beautiful wallpaper that you have uploaded recently, and Edit the Title and description for them.

You might want to put a letter in it like I did, or a short note, or a quote that helps you through your tough times. You might want to put a link in it to something special, i.e. a comforting song.

If you don\'t upload wallpapers but want to do something, you can vote up these wallpapers, comment on them and download them.

**********I have thought of a way to keep these wallpapers together in a group. Put the word "SANDYHOOK" in your tag words (as one word)********

That is the name of the elementary school where it all happened. You can list "Sandy Hook" as a tag word also, of course. But right now, my wallpaper is the only one with the tag sandyhook in it. I want my wallpaper to have company! Some of you have made wallpapers already about this, just put that tag in and my wallpaper won\'t be alone anymore.:)

I will vote up and comment on any wallpaper that deals with this tragedy. (I would download them also, but I don\'t have enough hard drive to do a lot of downloads right now.) All of us could easily vote on these walls and comment on them. All we would have to do is enter "sandyhook" into the search bar and we could see all of them at once.

Please pass these suggestions all over Desktop Nexus. For example, If you have some fans that you know I don\'t have, leave a note on their profile with a link to my journal. I have entered these words in my latest journal entry. (Today, December 17th)

http://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/

If you have any questions about this, PM me, and I\'ll get back to you as soon as I can. A PM would grab my attention the quickest, and if you leave questions on my profile, I might miss them.

Have a beautiful and compassionate week, everyone.

Elaine :)
Dec
14
Happy
Dec 17, 2012

I have so much that I want to say and so little time to say it... I have to leave my house in less than 2 hours. There is a Christmas Variety concert at my church today (and tomorrow too). I am in it as a choral singer. There will be a jazz band, ballet, drama, and of course choral singing. It\'s going to be a wonderful concert, and it\'s free. We\'ll only be taking a volunteer offering to support a large food pantry in our area. I wish all of you could see it.

I am truly staggered at all the concern and support that has come pouring in from all of you about the files I\'ve lost from my hard drive. I\'ve gotten wonderful messages on my profile, through some PM\'s and of course, on this wallpaper.



Some of you have had "I\'ve been there" messages. Other of you have had some fantastic ideas about preventing this from happening again. You\'ve said so many wonderful and comforting things! I appreciate all of it deeply.

I want to thank all of you personally, and I will do my best. If I didn\'t have these concerts, I would be doing that right now instead of posting this journal entry. :)

Good things are going to come out of this loss. They already are. Thank you so much to everyone who has contacted me! I will be in touch.

DN members are AWSOME! :D :D :D

CollieSmile/Elaine :D


PS. If you know anyone who would want to read this, please pass the word around!!! :D :D :D
Nov
21
Happy
2012

continued.... (And here\'s the link to Part 1 in case you missed it)
http://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/elaines-sinfully-delicious-turkey-with-a...

Try one last time to find the giblets. When they simply don’t show up, it’s time to substitute your Spice of Assumption for the missing giblets. Assume that the company that froze your turkey got chintzy and took ALL the giblets from ALL the turkeys to make a bunch of gourmet liver pate for a posh mail-order company. Then forget them.

Next, dig your giant stockpot out from under your sink or wherever you keep it. You have a real inspiration―you will BOIL the turkey! After all, people do boil chickens, don’t they? And no basting required!!! Heave the turkey into the stockpot and discover that it STILL doesn’t quite fit.

Remove turkey from stock pot and put on large cutting board. Take a big knife and try to hack the turkey apart to MAKE it fit into the pot. Discover (after extensive hacking) that the turkey does not WANT to be cut apart. Put it back into the stockpot, resolving to hack it apart at the cooked end after it\'s partially boiled.

Fill the stockpot with water. Turn on high. Wash your hands and go read a book or play Tetris on your computer. At last you have gotten the troublesome bird off of your hands for awhile!

You will be surprised at how quickly the pot begins to boil. You will be even more surprised by how quickly a strange thick smoke oozes up from the water of your big pot. Quickly throw open the doors of your house to keep the smoke alarm from going off and to share the pungent aroma with your neighborhood.

Remove pot from the burner. By now you’ve decided that the weight of the turkey against the bottom of the pot must be what caused the scorching. Discard all of the liquid and put the turkey back on the
cutting board. Hack at it some more with a knife with minimal success. Decide that this is a job for Superman, your husband, or whoever walks in the door first. Let the turkey set and go back to your book or your Tetris game.

When your husband (or whoever) gets home, he will be truly amazed at the sickening smell that is permeating your house. He will be even more amazed at the sight of the hacked-up 15-pound turkey. If you are lucky (as I was), he will compassionately try to help you figure out what in the world happened.

It is at this point that you will most likely discover the SURPRISE. The giblets! There they are! They are well done―and scorched to the bottom of your stockpot! How did they get there? Apparently, the
turkey company was NOT chintzy after all!

Solve the mystery by having your husband cut open the turkey at the most scorched part. Inside you will find the melted remainder of the plastic bag that your giblets were in. NOW you know where the black smoke REALLY originated from.

Try to rinse the turkey off. Discover that the plastic odor has really sunk into the bird.

If you think you will enjoy burned plastic-smoked turkey, have your husband try to fit it into your roasting pan to bake in the oven. More than likely, you will NOT appreciate the smoky plastic bird’s odor. As I said in the beginning, this recipe is not for everybody! In that case, insert the carcass into a garbage bag and discard. Then, heat leftovers or go out to dinner.

NOTE: I did make this recipe, as written, when I had been married for 5 years, in 1988. My husband got this turkey from his company as a Thanksgiving bonus. Fortunately, this recipe was not made for Thanksgiving dinner itself. I took it out of the freezer on a dreary day the following January, and prepared it as detailed in the recipe.

I enjoy turkey very much and I have a simple and delicious recipe for turkey drumsticks that I make quite often. But to this day, I have never cooked a whole turkey. For some reason, nobody lets me.:P

All opinions on this recipe are welcome, especially if you try making it according to my instructions. :)


Nov
21
Happy
Posted Nov 2012

This special recipe has been revised (slightly) especially for DN members. I had to put it into 2 parts, so that the journal wouldn\'t take all night to save it. lol Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving! :D :D :D

This is a recipe that I made about 5 years into my marriage. It is suitable for anyone who hasn\'t had to cook a whole turkey before. Few ingredients are needed & no basting is required.

CAUTION: Do read the directions thoroughly before making. This recipe is not for everybody.

INGREDIENTS
One frozen 15-pound turkey
Preoccupation--use freely throughout the recipe
1 oz. of frustration
2 oz. of anxiety
1 telephone call to your mother or another experienced cook
1 oz. of impatience
1 dash of rebellion
Spice of Assumption--as needed


Take the frozen turkey and thaw it in your refrigerator for 3 days. In the meantime, hunt up the wonderful Reynolds Oven cooking bags that you bought three years ago but never used because your mother or some other relative kept inviting you over for Thanksgiving dinner. Read the directions carefully and put the bags away somewhere.

After 3 days, take the turkey out of the refrigerator. Remove the plastic wrapper. Take the neck out of the cavity and search unsuccessfully for the giblets pouch..

Leave off hunting for the giblets pouch so that you can look for the cooking bags that you put away “somewhere.” Your ounce of frustration can be substituted for the cooking bags when you simply can\'t find them, and it dawns on you that you’ll have to fix the turkey some other way.

Get out your favorite roasting pan. Discover that your roasting pan is not big enough for the 15-pound turkey. Use your 2 ounces of anxiety as you start hunting for bigger pans.

You can\'t find the giblets pouch. You can\'t find your oven bags. You need another way to cook the turkey without the bother of basting it. This is the perfect time to throw in the telephone call to your mother or some other experienced cook.

Tell your mother, (or whoever) that you can’t find the giblets pouch. She will reassure you that they must be in the turkey, probably under a flap of skin. Resolve to search again after the phone call. Then explain that you are seeking a method to cook a turkey without basting it.

Now prepare to use your ounce of impatience. The experienced cook on the other end, 9 times out of 10, will explain that there\'s no way to cook a turkey without an oven bag unless you baste it. They will cheerfully outline the method for you, saying something about browning the turkey first at such and such a temperature, then using a tent of foil, and getting a basting sauce out of a cookbook…

In the meantime, let your experienced cook’s wise and well-meaning advice flow in one of your ears and out the other. Use your ounce of impatience (more if necessary) but do keep it tightly covered. YOU know, of course, that you have no intention of babying this bird along―all you’d planned to do was to throw it in the oven and forget it. But your experienced cook does NOT realize this and is only trying to help you. So be polite―but end your conversation as soon as possible. After hanging up the phone, use your dash of rebellion. Decide once and for all that you are NOT going to cook the turkey THEIR way. You are going to cook the turkey the easy way, YOUR way.

To be continued immediately in the next journal entry! :D Here is the link:
http://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/part-2-and-conclusion-of-elaines-turkey-...
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A Difficult Halloween Week with a Few Funny Memories...Friday November 1, 2019What a week... It was such an exhausting one... and a sad one too.Most Halloweens are fairly normal for me. I get home, my husband and I eat a quick dinner, and we pass out candy to the trick or treaters. We visit with the neighb...
How To Post a Desktop Nexus Wallpaper on Someone\'s Profile: A Reprint :D10/26/2019....Well, this isn\'t exactly a reprint yet, but the link below will take you to the actual post, I promise! I originally posted these "How To" instructions back in 2012. I re-did the directions back in December of 2014, so I figure I\'m way ove...
Beautiful Autumn Colors!Wednesday, October 23, 2019I\'m pretty tired tonight, so I\'m just going to put my basic profile greetings in here I think. I\'ve been doing that a lot lately... oh well. If you\'re one of my fans or friends you probably saw this already.Hi Everyone,I\'v...
Just a Belated Repeat... Friday August 30, 2019Yep, I know that today is September 1st- - - but I meant to post this on August 30th, and I forgot. If you are a fan and/or friend of mine, you have probably read this already, since it\'s what I posted on your profile. But if I mi...
Finally Catching Up a Bit...If you\'re a fan or a friend of mine, you probably have this posted on your profile already. Hello everyone, I\'ve been behind in all things DN, especially visiting around. I\'ve been dealing with everything from a very painful tooth to taking a short 3 ...
Easter PostIf you are reading this... you\'ve probably seen it already on your profile... April 19, 2019I\'ve been playing with colors......keeping my eye out for color loving rabbits...and being thankful for what Easter is all about. Have a beautiful & meaningful h...
Striped Cloud Formations...March 31, 2019 SundayIf you\'re a fan of mine you\'ve likely already read this....I did some unexpected & unusual cloud watching the other day. I\'ve got some striped wallpapers to prove it! Have you ever seen cloud formations like these? If you have, I\'...
Happy Saint Patrick\'s Day 2019!Sunday, March 17, 2019I have decided to make a journal entry to commemorate the fact that I stayed up waaaaaay.... too late last night struggling with my Irish Abstract Shamrock wallpaper design. (It\'s below.) I am truly glad that I have a wallpaper to s...
Frigid Weather & Sundogs(If you are one of my fans, you\'ve probably read this already... on your own profile) February 1, 2019I\'ve been a bit out of touch with most of you, because my back decided to go out once again. So up until now I\'ve had to limit my computer time becaus...
New Year\'s a Comin\'...December 30, 2018If you are one of my fans you\'ve probably already ready this... I\'ve posted it on many profiles already. Guess what? It is almost It\'s time to party, celebrate,and have a May you have a wonderful year! I\'m looking forward to great tim...
Almost Christmas...December 22, 2018 (Although it will be December 23rd in 15 minutes... lol)If you are a friend or a fan of mine, you\'ve probably read this... I posted it on many profiles already. Hello Everybody,Merry Christmas! So many of you have already posted wonderf...
"Dear" Neighbors, Autumn Leaves, & SnowI\'ve been wanting to do another journal entry on DN for awhile now. I\'m glad that I\'m getting the chance to do it before yet another month slips by. ***************************************************Sunday, November 11, 2018In mid October, I saw some...
Happy Halloween... :DMonday October 29th, 2018This post will be short and sweet... you\'ve probably seen it already if you are one of my fans. Happy Halloween! Don\'t eat too much candy... save a little for the trick or treaters! Elaine (If you don\'t live in America and yo...
A "Powerful" JournalThis Journal is mostly about things that happened a month ago... because between my Carpal tunnel problems and back issues I couldn\'t do much uploading or typing. I am doing better than I was, so now I\'m trying to play catch up. October 21, 2018 Sunday ...
My Wallpaper Wish List For Traffic Signals & Signs... The good news is that I have created my group... The bad news is that the Header & the Avatar have refused to show up! So I\'ve thought of a way around it for now... I made them into wallpapers!Here is the group cover image. Please enlarge it and have a ...

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