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Melody...I do hope you have a successful surgery. All your surgeries and health issues...good grief Melody...it feels like if it isn't one thing it's another. I hope you can finally get a stretch of time without any of that.

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5 hours ago, awhfy said:

Look at Athleta, a Santorini Thera dress is great for travel (get the tall tho, they’re kind of short). Not linen tho

I have one of their original Santorini dresses.  I'm looking outside the box a little.  I actually like short for the summer - I have a long torso but short legs so shorter actually looks better on me.  

The one I was thinking about (IF it goes on sale) looks really short on the model, but she's 5'9" and all legs.  I showed it to my French co-worker and she said it would be great for the hot, humid summer in the South of France.  I could spiff it up with my denin jacket at night, add jewelry or a scarf.  I was surprised when she said I could even wear my high-tops with it.   I've got time.  I'll probably buy and return many dresses.  I'd kind of like to be able to wear it also to some of the wedding events for my grand-niece.  It'll be hot and humid in Pennsylvania, too, in August.

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Anita - ahhh.  Good that you know to keep a close eye on the reservations.gov page!  I have not yet been up to Glacier NP.  I always wanted to combine it with going up to Waterton NP, but it wasn't available the past 2 years with COVID and Canada closing the border.  It's a bit of a drive for me from Utah, so I'd have to find another place to stop at least for the night.

I've camped in Gran Teton - love it.  Always tried to get in at Lizard Creek, which is the northern most campground.  Makes a good drive going North to Yellowstone or South to Teton or Jackson.   Problem lately is that I think about it too late and there's nothing left.  

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Anita, I kept thinking you were going to Alaska in March, for some reason.  So you have some time!!

 

Melody, I'm sorry you need more surgery.  I hope you recover quickly!

 

Slidergirl, I looked up the company you mentioned that had a dress you liked because I wasn't familiar with it.  You are right, they are costly.  Many of the dresses were lightweight and cotton based.  A-line style...is that what you are looking for?  I liked quite a few of them.  They are really nice.  I kept thinking Chadwicks had some similar linen dresses, but I don't think I have seen any lately.  

 

I am always looking for things.  I guess I am too fussy sometimes because I struggle a lot.  I just got in an order from Macys with 5 things and they are all going back, lol.  In my defense, I knew most of them were iffy to begin with.  One thing I try to do is make sure I'm being open minded and try things that I am unsure about.  I always find that things look so much different on sometimes.  I have gotten some of my favorite things by trying on something I was pretty sure I wouldn't like.

 

I did find a cute ribbed knit tank style dress at Kohls.  What I liked the most was the fabric.  Usually, something like that would  have thin, too stretch fabric that showed every line.  This one did not.  It's an oatmeal color, so great for summer but especially vacation, where I seem to want lighter color choices.  I used Kohls cash I had so I got it for less, in addition to be on sale cheaper than what you see here.  So I couldn't go wrong.

 

Women's Nine West Rib Sleeveless Racerback Swing Dress (kohls.com)

 

I am happy to say we are not expected to get any snow from this awful storm.  It seems to be moving along the coast, and we are inland. We are having very cold weather though. I understand that Florida is going to be pretty cold this weekend (for Florida) and NYC has gotten a foot of snow.  I hope you are safe, Margaret!

 

We are well below the norms for snow this year.  It is really weird.

 

 

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The one I was looking as is called the Isha.  I did the measurements they posted and on me it wouldn't be that short.  But the pintucking and buttons down the front looked cute.  The indigo color was nice, too.  But, I've only spent that much or more on a dress twice - once for my wedding dress and once for a tank dress to wear to the Hollywood Bowl.  I saw that Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack have some Faherty, but the one Isha dress was the ugly orange stripe in XXL...  I'm 98% not a dress person, but I do like to have one onhand, just in case.  

 

A girl can dream.

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6 hours ago, Anita Latte said:

Melody...I do hope you have a successful surgery. All your surgeries and health issues...good grief Melody...it feels like if it isn't one thing it's another. I hope you can finally get a stretch of time without any of that.

I wasn’t planning on having this thumb done until I fell on our cruise in October & jammed the dickens out of it. I can’t hold anything in my left hand since then so it’s time. Melody

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Isha!!!!  That is the exact dress that caught my eye when I went to the site.  

 

Sometimes, it is about how much you will get out of something, and how much you love it.  I am really good about not buying something I don't love, and if I order online, which I do a ton, I send it back.   I'm learning so much about myself these days.

 

But spending a lot of money can be hard.  I try to take advantage of sales, I use Rakuten, etc.  

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Melody, I didn't know you fell.  That is awful.  

 

I ran into our wood framed ottoman on Martin Luther King Day.  It was snowing, and my dog was running around and I was trying to catch him to take off his sweater after he came in.  It hurt like crazy, and I kept trying to ignore it. The next day, it was purple and I couldn't walk on it.

 

I have been telling myself I didn't break it, and even if I did, they don't really do anything anyway.  It still hurts though.  You have me wondering if I should get it checked out!

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34 minutes ago, laurspag said:

Melody, I didn't know you fell.  That is awful.  

 

I ran into our wood framed ottoman on Martin Luther King Day.  It was snowing, and my dog was running around and I was trying to catch him to take off his sweater after he came in.  It hurt like crazy, and I kept trying to ignore it. The next day, it was purple and I couldn't walk on it.

 

I have been telling myself I didn't break it, and even if I did, they don't really do anything anyway.  It still hurts though.  You have me wondering if I should get it checked out!

Get it checked, it might be a toe that needs to be stabilized 

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Laurie.::I am going to Alaska in March! Celebrating my big birthday and chasing the Northern Lights among other things in and around Fairbanks.

 

I haven’t looked up anyone’s dresses but Kat, I wanted to share that I discovered a new brand today called Wool And. They have several simple dresses in different styles that you can dress up or down and most seem to be a nice knit material in a wool blend. A lightweight blend. I have a 150 weight Smartwool pull over hoodie. I love to wear it to the beach for some sun protection or anywhere for sun protection because it breathes so much better than a rash guard, which I wear in the water. You can feel any breeze through the material. The Wool And brand gives a similar weight so should be summer friendly. I’m debating one for myself.

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My thumb surgery just got scheduled for this Friday!! Had to go get a Covid test this afternoon 🤞. I won’t be on computer for awhile afterwards but I’ll be reading. Melody

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On 1/29/2022 at 6:13 PM, Anita Latte said:

Laurie.::I am going to Alaska in March! Celebrating my big birthday and chasing the Northern Lights among other things in and around Fairbanks.

 

I haven’t looked up anyone’s dresses but Kat, I wanted to share that I discovered a new brand today called Wool And. They have several simple dresses in different styles that you can dress up or down and most seem to be a nice knit material in a wool blend. A lightweight blend. I have a 150 weight Smartwool pull over hoodie. I love to wear it to the beach for some sun protection or anywhere for sun protection because it breathes so much better than a rash guard, which I wear in the water. You can feel any breeze through the material. The Wool And brand gives a similar weight so should be summer friendly. I’m debating one for myself.

I just started having some posts from them show up on my FB.  I might look it up.  My one fave for wool for any season is Woolx. Not a large selection, but the shirts and leggings I've gotten work great.  

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Melody, good luck on your surgery!  That was fast!  I hope you have a speedy recovery.

 

Anita, I know you have discussed the benefits of wool.  I still have trouble wrapping my head around wearing wool, and having it be good for warm weather.  I usually get a bad rash from wool.  I think I want to try out a shirt or something and see how I do.  Does it shrink at all?

 

I have linen shirt that has a different kind of texture to it.  It does not require any ironing, and really doesn't wrinkle.  It was my go to shirt this year, and I brought it on my cruise.  It is this one here:

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The reason I mention it is because it goes against everything I thought about linen.  So maybe a wood shirt will do the same.

 

When  left work today, it was 34.  I swear, it felt like a heatwave because we have had so much zero degree weather lately, including this weekend.

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Just to clarify, it probably sounded weird when I said that linen shirt doesn't wrinkle.  The fabric has a really nice texture to it, so I guess it disguises the wrinkles?  That sounds better. 😊

 

Looks like we will get a little snow starting tomorrow night.  Melody, are you in the path of this storm?

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Snowing to beat the band, about 12” so far, supposed to snow all day into tonight!!!  3F right now at 0530. Everything is closed as the city announced last night that they weren’t pretreating streets & weren’t going to plow until the snow stopped (huh???). I don’t have to go anywhere until Friday for my surgery. Making cream of chicken/wild rice soup & maybe chicken tortilla soup (easy for me to eat after surgery.). Also just put blueberry muffin tops into the oven. Told our SIL to swing by on his way home to get a bowl of each & some muffins (he owns a commercial landscape company (22 trucks) that plows most of the many medical complexes & hospitals (zero tolerance on snow/ice). City may not be plowing, but he’s been out with his crews clearing since 0300. Our teacher daughter is ecstatic as they closed school & said traditional snow day (no remote learning). Other daughter will work from home today & son works from home every day. 
 

this is our first real snow of the year (we’re almost 2’ behind normal). Melody

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Melody - we lucked out here with the snow - only had a "drive-by" dusting of maybe 1/2 inch as it worked it's way to Colorado.  But, we got the cold temps - single digits and some negatives overnight and low 20s/high teens daytime.  Don't mind it because it's sunny out.

 

laurspag:  I have a linen shirt that has a similar crinkling pattern to it.  It really does hide the wrinkles.  I don't even have to iron it!  Good for traveling.   I'm also a wool person year-round.  It has to do with the weight of the wool used for the garmet.  I've got wool tshirts that I wear year-round and am always comfy in them.  The are 150g wool, so nice and light.  I'd give one a try and see what you think - you can always turn it into a Winter/evening shirt.  Several good companies - Smartwool, Woolx, etc. 

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They told us to expect between 8 inches and 13 inches between now and morning.  It would have been way more, but the temps were a bit warmer today and yesterday, so it started as rain.

 

I may check out some of these wool shirts soon.  Any shrinkage or special care?  I tend to throw things in the washer and dryer, I'm not really one to dry many things flat.  With work clothes and things like that, I will put them in the dryer for just a few minutes, as it takes care of the wrinkles.  Then I hang them up to finish drying.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, laurspag said:

They told us to expect between 8 inches and 13 inches between now and morning.  It would have been way more, but the temps were a bit warmer today and yesterday, so it started as rain.

 

I may check out some of these wool shirts soon.  Any shrinkage or special care?  I tend to throw things in the washer and dryer, I'm not really one to dry many things flat.  With work clothes and things like that, I will put them in the dryer for just a few minutes, as it takes care of the wrinkles.  Then I hang them up to finish drying.

 

 

I rarely put clothes in my dryer.   My Woolx shirts and leggings I just wash and hang dry.  I have a whole hang drying setup in my one bathroom.  I also do cold wash - only sheets & towels get warm (and they go in the dryer).  The tag from one shirt has machine wash cold, dry low.  I haven't noticed any shrinkage in any of my wool things.

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One thing about being prepared for snow is how much better we handle it.

 

I know a lot of places that have the ability to work from home told their employees to just that - log in at from home.  People went to the store early enough.

 

They have done a great job with the roads.  I think I could drive anywhere I wanted today, without even blinking.  The roads are completely cleared.  That being said, I think we only have around 9 inches.  They said we could get about 3 more inches this morning, but the snow has been so light that I don't think we have gotten close to that.

 

Earlier though, since they did still have some snow on the roads and they were calling for more, my sister and I decided to bypass breakfast because she lives in an apartment and has outdoor parking.  We are going to reschedule.

 

So I am off to do whatever I feel like, since they also canceled my audiologist appointment for later.

 

I've been working on odds and ends today, so far, and will be reading a book later.  I slept later today, which is a shock.  I think my mind was so much more clear than it has been.

 

Now, I did go to the doctor's yesterday, because that toe I thought I broke a few weeks ago mysteriously started to throb so bad, I could barely walk.  That was strange, because I was on the elliptical and everything last week a few times.

 

Apparently, you aren't supposed to be putting all those miles on your sneakers with a broken toe.  Who knew?  She said to back off, rest the foot so that the swelling goes down, and then ease into it in a few weeks. The xray did clearly show the break.  She said it was lined up beautifully to heal up as long as I let it.

 

So another good reason to be off today!  Look out couch and puppies, here I come!   🙂

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I’m home in recliner after the thumb surgery, nerve blocks are my new best friend. No need for pain meds till the block wears off.  Had the thumb joint removed, tendon reworked & something done to the cubital nerve by the elbow. Can’t even remove the sling (for anything) till Monday. Can’t show till Monday (I hate sponge baths). Melody

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I'm glad everything went okay for your, Melody.  I'm sure it feels good to be home.  There is something very comforting about being in our home.  I think we feel safe and so much more relaxed.

 

For the first time in a very long time, I spent a day just reading and relaxing yesterday.  I love watching the Olympics, and I finished a really great book called "One by One" by Ruth Ware.  I love her books.

 

It was so good not to be thinking about work, the house, finances, etc.  I need to remember that it is okay to do this sometimes.

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Melody - recliners are the BEST post-surgery!   I lived in mine when I had my shoulder surgery and when I shattered my leg.  So much more comfortable than bed and lots of pillows!

 

Sorry about the toes folks.  I never thought of going to see a MD for them.  I always taped it up to the next toe and wore sandals until it felt better.  I guess I'm lucky they were good after my "Dr. Kat" treatments!

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On 2/5/2022 at 10:23 AM, awhfy said:

I’m home in recliner after the thumb surgery, nerve blocks are my new best friend. No need for pain meds till the block wears off.  Had the thumb joint removed, tendon reworked & something done to the cubital nerve by the elbow. Can’t even remove the sling (for anything) till Monday. Can’t show till Monday (I hate sponge baths). Melody

Be sure and stay ahead of the pain. I took my narcotics every six hours for about 2-3 days, then didn't need any after that. Those nerve blocks are pretty awesome, aren't they?

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On 2/6/2022 at 6:31 PM, PurpleHays said:

Be sure and stay ahead of the pain. I took my narcotics every six hours for about 2-3 days, then didn't need any after that. Those nerve blocks are pretty awesome, aren't they?

I’m doing well, swelling is down, I’ve taken 2 pain meds (a few more anti-nausea). I get the large splint off on Tuesday & have my first pt session. I’ll be in a custom splint for 8 weeks. 

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