November 13, 2004

What's new in chat ?

Steve is back to work! He is back in chat welcome back Steve. Crystal is back online! Welcome back Crystal! 

Thanks to three of our chatters Laura, Roger, and Jack. Muff will be able to ship her computer to Doctor Red. He will fix it and send it back as soon as it can be fixed, so she will be back online.

It was a very nice week in chat. We have been talking about our fall 2005 get together. We have no solid plans. We do know we want it the fall 2005. Cooler weather I am sure is needed. That's why we picked that time of year. After Christmas we will start making solid plans. We are hoping because it is so far away many will come. Plan for it, please. We look forward to meeting all of you in person. 

A couple of our dreams are to have a 24 hours chat that's hosted 7 day's a week. I know this may not happen for many years to come. But having a chat with someone in it 24 hours a day that you can talk to, when you can't sleep, have pains, or just need to ask if what's happening is normal for MSer's. This is very important to us. As you have seen, we also want our chat to be a supportive chat and we have the best bunch of chatters that we could have ever asked for. This we thank every one of you. MS is so unpredictable - every minute of the day, that we have to all keep in touch with updates. Staying close and sharing is the way to do it. We all work for each other, that's what is making our chat work. The chatters in it that's all of you.

We are very close to our one year mark, this chat was opened in December of last year. We have made a lot of very good new friends. We lost touch with chatting with some of the chatters we had chatted with many years ago. But as you all can see the chatters who were really friends have followed us. Let's not let MS get us down. We all have bad days, but having a shoulder to lean on, or even someone to laugh with, makes it easier to get through the bad times. Do the same for your friends in chat - we all need you, as you need us.   

Lesley Anne is having a UK chat. We have many new chatter's from the UK. We welcome all of you it's a pleasure to have all of you with us. We look forward to meeting every one of you as soon as we can. Thanks again Lesley! We need pictures and stories of our new chatters. It helps new MSer's  see that they can do it also. It helps to know your not alone. What a shock it is to some people that MS don't care how old you are, what color you are, It even don't care what color your hair is! So please help other's we need picture's and stories. They can be emailed to .

We try to update our hosting schedule as fast as we get any changes. Check hosting here 

If anyone has any ideas on hosting daily or nightly Topic chats please contact us at 

Chat fun !

We need someone to keep track of our chatters Birthday's!

Get involved ! 

Host a Party !

If anyone wants to host a chat party, we provide the room, we clean up! We will send out invitations. We all have birthdays, some have anniversary's. Help make a friend feel very important. We are all important in chat! Throw a surprise party for a chat buddy. Thank your best friend for being there for you! He or she deserves a party!

Cheer !

Spreading Christmas cheer!

Steve NL  had the great idea that exchanging Christmas cards would be a very nice way of spreading cheer! What you can do is email us your address, We will make a list and will only share it with our active chatters,  if you don't mind others having it, We will pass it on. When we get them all back we will forward them to you.  Email your address to 

Chat Hosting Schedule

Our revised schedule can be always be found via the schedule link on the chat login page. 

We will keep it updated as soon as we get any change's. Hosting Schedule !

Keep in mind our chat is always open. Guests are welcome anytime of day or night. 

If you come in and one of our chatters is there, say Hi ! If it says AFK next to their name this means they are away from their keyboard. Please wait, they could be away for many reasons. Like getting coffee. Please be patient, they do return as soon as possible.  

If you have any interest in hosting please contact us at 

Preface . . . 


PeopleWithMS contest!

This contest will have a cane of your choice from:

StumblinStyle's Ebay Store   

We thank Bette for coming up with this idea for our contest!

Now that the holidays are fast approaching, how about asking " How do you handle the Holidays?" or "What do you do for the Holidays? Are you on the sidelines?" It can written with a funny tone or regular tone. What ever the person feels at the time.

The start date is now! We will announced the winner in our newsletter December 18th  2004.

All you have to do is email us your entry here

New Stories and Pictures





Your name, story, and photo in the spotlight, right here in our weekly newsletter.  Just send it along to:

People like to read other stories about MS and dealing with the Every day life with MS. Everyone's M.S. is different and everyone's story is different. Get to know the chatters we chat with. Stories and Picture's  


We're starting Recipes again,  If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share, e-mail us; 

Strawberry Bread 

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup of milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, combine strawberries, milk, eggs, vanilla and oil and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt cinnamon and sugar. Add dry ingredients and walnuts to strawberry mixture and stir well. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9"x5"x3" loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean.

This cuts best when can heat slices in the microwave and serve with butter....or whipped cream cheese.

Thank you Lesley !

Tomato, Cheese ,and Basil Salad

4 large ripe red tomatoes, sliced

1/2 lb. sliced bocconcini (balls of fresh mozzarella) or other mozzarella

2 chopped green onions

1/2 cup slivered fresh basil

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar mixed with 6 tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil

In a flat bowl, layer tomatoes, basil, cheese and onion. Repeat until all gone. Generously salt and pepper the tomato layer. Drizzle salad with the oil and vinegar mix and let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Thank you Lesley !


8 cloves of garlic 

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of whipping cream

1/2 pound of cooked fettuccini pasta ( or your favorite) 

fresh grated parmesan or Romano cheese to taste

fresh parsley

Cut the garlic into thin slices, and saute in the olive oil until not quite browned. Add the whipped cream,

pinch of salt, pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce the cream a bit., then toss with the cooked

pasta . Add the grated cheese ( as much as you like) ...and garnish with the fresh parsley .

Thanks again Lesley!


1 pint blueberries, rinsed but not dried
3 cups plus 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour, divided
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat two 9"x5" loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the damp blueberries and 3 tablespoons flour; toss to coat evenly.

3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; mix well. Carefully stir in the coated blueberries, then spoon the mixture into the loaf pans.

4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve, or cover until ready to serve.

This looks yummy ! Thanks Lesley!

Last but not least! James has shared this recipe with us.

Scalloped Sausage and Potatoes

1 pound bulk pork sausage

4 cups thinly sliced potatoes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded sharp American

cheese (4ounces)

1 1/2 cups milk

In skillet crumble sausage and brown it lightly; drain thoroughly. Place half of the sliced potatoes in a quart casserole. Combine flour and salt. Sprinkle half of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining potatoes. flour mixture. sausage, and cheese. Pour milk over all. 50 to 60 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Thanks James & Susan!  We hope to get more James !

All of the recipes are saved on our web site! Check for more here. click here 

New Link Sightings Latest Links 

News Sightings   Always check out the News Page for the latest, breaking news.

Every week we add new link sightings which may be of interest, as reported by our visitors.  This will highlight new links you may want to investigate, before they disappear into the obscurity of some huge link listing.  If you come across any site which you think may be of interest, please e-mail us with the site address and a brief description of what you found interesting on the site.  We'll include it in the next Newsletter.

New on the Website

Message Board: We are slowly working on a message board. Crystal's Husband Daver has given us hope and help! This will give us a forum for discussion of MS topics. And fun stuff too. It really will come it's much more detailed them we expected ! There is so much time in a day.

*** We Need Your Help * * *

Helping Chatters Get Into Chat

People continue to have difficulties getting into Dreamchat.  Tell us in detail what you have to do to a firewall, anti-virus program, or Pop-Up blocker program in order to get in.  If you had to upgrade your Windows or Internet Explorer Service Pack, tell us from what, to what.  We will start a page devoted to all the different problems people have had, and how they have overcome them, as a resource page for new chatters.

*** One major trouble people have been running into recently is with their Internet Security & Firewall Programs.  Holding down the CONTROL key while entering seems to cure the problem.  So give it a whirl if you get stuck at the log-in page. *** 

DreamChat Trivia (repeated by popular demand)

  • New to Dreamchat and wondering how to make those neat little smileys and pictures in the text? Easy, here's the Cheat Sheet:

:) Smile   :* Kiss
:( Sad >-- Rose
;) Wink <love> Love
;} Wry <strobe> Strobe
:p Tongue <nuke> Nuke
:o Gasp <boom> Boom
:# Mad <star> Star
  • How do I copy and paste something?  Mark it as you usually would with the mouse.  Then use CTRL-C to copy it, and CTRL-v to paste it in the message window.

  • I'm a member.  I uploaded my avatar, and nothing happened.  What's up with that?  Even if your avatar is the specified 50 * 50 pixels, and no bigger than 15KB, there is no confirmation.  Apparently because DreamChat personnel review all permanent member's avatars to make sure they are acceptable.  (Whatever that means.)  If they are, they send back an approval in a day or so, and the next time you sign in, "poof" your new avatar appears.

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