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  1. Darlene

    Thanksgiving plans?

    Well, I'm a diehard and did the traditional Thanksgiving dinner I've cooked for the past 30 years or more :). Turkey, stuffing, gravy, potato salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, buttered corn, desserts, etc. It's alot of work but as we ate dinner yesterday, each bite I took reminded me of how the holiday cooking is worth it because of how good it tastes. It took 2 days to get everything prepared but thankfully my girls were awesome sous chefs and made it all come together smoothly. It was actually the nicest Thanksgiving dinner I've done in a while. I pulled out my city girl china and set the table really pretty. We had some friends over so it was a wonderful time with family and friends. Today, however, I'm sitting on the couch trying to get a fire going in the wood stove (nothing new there lol...I'm fire challenged). Leftovers will rule the day and I'll decompress over the weekend. I hope everyone, regardless of the meals they prepared, had a very blessed Thanksgiving
  2. Darlene

    He Proposed

    Too sweet
  3. Darlene

    Quick update

    Sheesh Wormie, I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for both of you.
  4. Darlene


    Out of curiosity, what's different? I wouldn't think that just changing servers would have changed the message board, but then again, what do I know? That's why we have our little Miss Annarchy who knows all things techy lolol
  5. Darlene

    MrsSurvival 10/13/17

    If I remember correctly Vic, Annarchy and I discussed doing that but it would have been an incredibly laborious job...and then the question arose, "Which ones do we archive or not?" so we decided to just move the whole kit and caboodle!
  6. Darlene

    MrsSurvival 10/13/17

    Yeah, never a dull moment around here. We had used GoDaddy to host our site for many, many years. Yesterday, I got an email saying that we were over our quota so they had turned off our site. There was no warning, no notice, they just turned it off. I got ahold of Annarchy and she called them but they were unwilling to work with us at all. They wouldn't let us upgrade our package or anything except spent $1500/month on a dedicated server that would have had nobody else but us on it. Forget that. Thankfully, the people that designed our message board program also have hosting packages so we decided to move MrsS to a new server with a new company. The good news is that instead of only having 1gb allowance, we now have 5gb allowance so we have plenty of room to grow. Sorry about the site interruption, but as I said, we had no fore warning and no time to let anyone know before they shut the site down. A very special and heartfelt thank you to Annarchy for always getting us through these rough spots. Hopefully, all the hassels we've had with GoDaddy in the past are over for her. It feels so good to have MrsS back online
  7. Darlene

    H. IRMA.....Darlene's in Miami

    Thanks so much MtRider for keeping everyone updated on my hurricane trip :). Everything happened so fast, there was no time to do much other than load up the truck and head south. My dad's brother's wife died unexpectedly so he had to go out to Oklahoma for the funeral and got stuck there as the hurricane was heading to Miami. My mom was there all alone and so I had to go down to be with her. At the time, Irma was a Cat 5 with 185mph winds so that was really scary to contemplate as I headed south. I had been through Hurricane Andrew which was 175mph with 20-30mph gusts above that and knew what that meant, but a 185mph was scary. I was so grateful that the hurricane lost a little strength down to a Cat 4, and instead of being a direct hit, moved to the west a little and although we got the strongest side, the NE quadrant, at least we didn't have to go through the eye wall. My mom didn't want to stay at the house even though they have hurricane shutters, so she rented a room at a hotel by the airport. That meant we had to take her service dog and it was alot of extra work. My brother had accidently run over my right foot with the wheel of his 1000lb trailer right before I took mom to the hotel, which really messed my foot up. There was no time to go to a hospital or doctor so I limped my way through the storm. Once it passed, I went out to my dad's car that we had parked at the hotel, only to find that a huge branch had shattered his windshield. The hotel was running on generator and I wanted to get out of there so I drove 25mph from the hotel to my mom's house to pick up my truck to take back and load mom and service dog to take them back home. There were millions of people in Florida that were out power but only God could have kept my mom's street and 2 streets behind her with power. It had gone out for only about 4-5 hours and then came back on so praise the Lord for that. It was weird to sit on her back porch with her house ice cold, and to hear generators 2 streets over. The houses in the area were in pretty good shape, only a few of them had roof damage but trees were down everywhere. My 2 brothers and I went on a lumberjack mission, cutting trees, standing up others, helping their elderly neighbors remove trees that had fallen and blocked the entrances to their homes. The good news is that I lost 5lbs (yayyy! lol) and 9 days later was able to drive back home to the farm. Once I got here, I was slammed with all kinds of things and I'm just now settling back in. Thank the Lord, my foot ended up just getting badly bruised, no fractures that I know about, but then again, I never did go to a doctor about it lol. As always, your prayers meant alot, and is a reminder of how important our prayers for each other are.
  8. Darlene

    Darlene's brother....

    Sheesh. I typed out 2 replies to this thread and the hurricane thread from my phone yesterday and when I looked later, for some reason they didn't post. My brother did have a heart attack...they had to bring him back 4 or 5 times. He's had several surgeries for the blood clots in his legs and lungs and a few days ago, they shocked his heart to get it back into rhythm, which was successful. They put a vena cava filter in to break up any remaining blood clots and to prohibit any in the future from reaching his brain or heart. The good news is that my dad is on his way to pick him up from the hospital. He's been in for almost 2 weeks so I'm sure he's looking forward to getting home. Thank you all so much for your prayers. The physical side of things was scary but even more so is his salvation so if y'all would keep that in your prayers, I know my family would be very grateful.
  9. Darlene

    Too much life

    I have experienced the appliance issues too. Mine did not survive as long as yours did, but I had to live for 6 months last year without a refrigerator. I dumped $700 trying to fix it and finally gave up. I didn't have the money to replace it and then my stove went on the blitz and that put me over the edge. Thankfully, the stove issue was a bad outlet and when my parents found out about the fridge, they purchased one for me. Humbling times are always difficult to bare. I'll be praying for you.
  10. Darlene

    A Heads Up

    I agree
  11. Darlene

    A Heads Up

    She's either your worst nightmare or your best friend lolol. SWAT!!!
  12. Darlene

    Don't shoot! lol

    *sheesh*...I scared myself there for a minute. Thanks so much! lolol
  13. Darlene

    A Heads Up

    I talked with Annarchy this morning and she will be helping me do some spring cleaning here at MrsS. I'd like to condense some of the forums (not losing any, just making everything more streamlined) and give the site a 'fresh coat of paint'. Once we figure out how we're going to re-organize everything, if you come in during the middle of 'construction', please don't be dismayed. I promise the work we'll be doing will streamline and be easy to continue to navigate. Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know before we started so that it didn't surprise everyone once we get started.
  14. Darlene

    Don't shoot! lol

    I was browsing around the control panel today, just checking things out, innocently clicking here and there and before I know it, I think I accidently changed the background colors. It's not that I don't like it better than the blue, and I don't know if it's permanent, but I have no idea what I've done or how I did it...sheesh lol I want to update MrsS but not like this so please be patient while Annarchy rescues me lolol
  15. Darlene

    Our friend Rita is gone...

    No she never came to one of the get togethers...I just met her in TX to deliver some goats to her. I'm sad to hear she passed

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