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Coffee Shop IV - not just for coffee drinkers!

Posted by eloise_ca (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 27, 07 at 21:04

Greetings all. This is a continuation from CS III.

I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. Here in Southern California it got sort of hot again today. We had rain a few days ago and it was wonderful, but it was not enough.

I am looking forward to Saturday because I saw a listing for a garage sale that has some plumeria (plants). I have gotten the plumeria bug! Sunday, my family and I are going to the beach for lunch and walking around. Really looking forward to that.

Eloise


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Howdy, Eloise. So, CS IV is off and running, huh. Yes, after about 50 posts to a topic I guess it should be replaced. And, yes, the scrolling gets a little tiring. I'm glad I have a wheel.

'tis cool this morning in the WNC mountains. I believe I saw the very low 40's for a night or two coming up. The Smoky's get a lot of leaf looking visitors in the fall. From what's been written I hope they're not too disappointed.

I'm into my final bag of regular off the shelf coffee. Thank goodness. I don't know why I bought two bags to begin with. It's not like I lived 50 miles from a store. Anyway, Mountain Java (was called Port City Java) is not far away. They sell what looks like 1/4 pound bags of various blends. I've had some of them but will have to go back to refresh my mind. Anyway, I think I'll do some significant switching around.

It's definitely Miata convertible time. Admittedly, it's not much fun driving it on an interstate highway. I mentioned to a friend about a relative that flies single engine planes and helicopters. The relative said with a single engine one has to be attentive to flying about 20% of the time. With a helicopter it's 100%. Maybe driving the Miata on an interstate requires a larger percentage of being attentive.

I don't really laugh at myself when something brings home one of my many faults. I wanted to order from NRA a couple of extra large logoed tee shirts. They only had small and medium. I'm either too fat or am in good company with ones that got the larger size before me.

I hope all of my CS friends are doing well. It's getting time to start feeding the birds. I only do it for about six months out of the year. During my trials with toaster ovens I would toss burnt toast off the back porch. One morning I had a few crows, rabbits and chipmonks. Maybe I'll keep tossing stuff out since my neighbor's garden is about finished the growing season.

Bye, y'all. Gene


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Greetings, eloise, Gene

Since we are sitting here at the Coffee Shop, here's a little coffee humor I'd like to share with you:

The French existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre was sitting in a cafe reading when a waitress approached him. "Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?" Sartre replied, "Yes, I'd like a cup of coffee with sugar, but no cream". Nodding agreement, the waitress walked away to fill the order and Sartre returned to his reading. A few minutes later, however, the waitress returned and said, "I'm sorry, Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of cream - how about with no milk?"

I love walking on the beach in the fall and winter. My favorite beach to visit after a winter storm is Edisto Beach, S.C. One can find some beautiful shells then. I have quite a few that I collected there a number of years ago. I have learned you can no longer do that - one can be fined now for picking up shells and taking them home. I haven't visited there since that ordinance went into effect.

I have never been fortunate enough to walk on the California beach, eloise. I hope you had a wonderful day at the beach today.

Gene, with the Fall months beginning and the foliage turning, I rather envy your being able to cruise the Blue Ridge Pkwy and surrounding country roads, with the top down on your Miata. Sounds lovely.

Down in the 50's here again tonight. I plan to leave a window open and snuggle under a warm, fuzzy blanket.

Have a good week.

Gerry


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Hi all - Gerry, where are you? I'm in MD and we have had some beautiful weather these last few weeks. We need rain though - badly. I'm glad it's cooling down some, but I know that winter will be here soon enough. I'm a winter baby and really love the snow and seasonal/holiday festivities. I would like it better if it wasn't so cold for those things to happen. I guess Fall and Spring make it for me.

I'm still in the middle of my mini kitchen redo. Spent most of the day at the granite shop - still no firm decision yet. The electrician comes tomorrow and I need to get the place ready for him, but I'm jut not into it. He'll just have to step over stuff (or move it himself!!.

I don't have a camera, but maybe if folks could post pictures of Fall in their area, that would be nice. I may get a camera or use my sister's, and then I can learn how to get mine on post - YEAH technology!!!

I owe, I owe (my kitchen remodel), so off to get ready for work tomorrow, I go. Have a good one!!


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Greetings all,

Thanks to Gurley who started Coffee Shop.

Made the mistake of buying a bag of coffee beans from Costco. I previously bought a large bag of beans and did not like them so I gave them to my family. This time, I bought a different bean, but it too is not a very exciting coffee so I stuck it in the freezer until I can mix it with some other beans. I need to just stick with my Yuban with Vanilla beans added to it. It's just that sometimes I have coffee on the outside and it is fabulous, but when I buy it, it is not.

Yes, you do have to pay attention when driving Gene, LOL!
Driving the Miata with top down when it is cool and you have on a warm coat is very appealing! Many years ago I had a BF with an Austin Healy (sp) convertible. We would go out at night and I can still remember that feeling of the coolness of the night, but I had a very warm coat to make me feel so cozy.

Good joke Gerry. The only thing is that there is some truth in the joke, i.e., there really is some people whose brain works like that.

Gerry, I am sure that once you come to visit your DD, you will visit the beaches up in northern California. They are beautiful. We had a great day at the beach. Went to Marina del Rey and had lunch outside one of the restaurants there. We ran into a couple from my church -- small world. We all live in the San Fernando Valley and Marina del Rey is over 30 miles away! There was a group playing a lot of salsa-type music out in a courtyard and people dancing, including my one-year old granddaughter! The day was just beautiful.

It's expected to get cooler here this week, yeah!

Hi gneegirl, I think we are all in the same boat of needing more rain. Well, some states do while others are flooding. Good luck on your remodeling.

Gene, I only feed the hummingbirds. The squirrels and whatever else, serve themselves by eating the fruit from the trees. They still have plenty of oranges in my tree; I see my neighbor has some green apples growing in his so I will find some of those half-eaten in my yard. I have grapefruit, but they don't seem to like those as much.

Reading, "Overworld, The Life and Times of a Reluctant Spy," by Larry J. Kolb. My DD and SIL loved it, but when I started it, I felt it was too slow moving. Now that I am more into it, it is good reading. This is based on a true story about L. Kolb. It starts when he was a kid and didn't know his father was a spy for the U.S., and how he too became one.

Have a fantastic week. Eloise


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Thanks eloise_ca. I'm really getting excited. I THINK the electricians finished today - it looks cleaner today than it did when I got home yesterday. However, I just heard the AC try to come on when I opened all the windows, and heard this humming sound coming from my compressor outside. That's a little unnearving, but his wife will probably call me in a little while, and I'll ask her. I've been dreaming about the granite that I'll probably end up with. I guess that's a good reason to chose that one. I like a lot of the samples I'be brought home, but this one, as much as I didn't like it at first, is really calling me. The cooktop is still sleeping but I hope to wake it up in about 2 weeks - YEAH!!!!!! So, I'm getting there.

Miata - a friend has one - it's the fun car now because she ended up getting an SUV that she uses for day-to-day stuff. We've had so much fun in that car - two single women - not hunting mind you!! We drove to Annapolis with some of my Corvette Club buddies for a day trip. The Miata was new then, and you can imagine the fun we had, driving in a convoy of about 20 Corvettes!! I guess you can tell, I love Corvettes. I had two during those days when I had a ring on my finger. I like them so much that my ex bought a new one to try to reel me back in. We're still friends so I do get to drive/ride sometimes. I love your BF's AH too - always wanted one growing up.

OK, although this isn't just for coffee drinkers, I am one, and have a question. I was in My Organic Market the other day and purchased the worst smelling coffee in the world. It literally smelled like a garbage (not trash) can!! It's a fair trade brand; the name of the coffee is Ethiopian City something or other. I made a pot yesterday morning while waiting for the electrician. It was the best tasting stuff I've ever had. Anyone had the experience??

I have a 4-day weekend coming up this weekend. My company trip is to the Bahamas and I'm not going. So I decided to take off Friday, and of course the holiday on Monday!! So that's my off-cue crazy topic for the day!!

Glad to have this forum - having fun "meeting" you all.


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Hello, everyone,

gneegirl - I'm from South Carolina, about 50 miles inland from Charleston. However, I'm a Tarheel by birth (That's North Carolina).....Your kitchen redo sounds wonderful. I'm one of those "if it works, don't fix it" people. My small kitchen could use something to spruce it up, but it still works good. I may do some painting now that the weather is cooling. And my whole thing with sprucing it up right now was to set a pot of lovely yellow mums on the kitchen counter and an arrangement of those tiny pumpkins beside it.
I will do a little more fall decorating gradually.

Made a trip into Charleston with my daughter-in-law today. We had lunch and then did some downtown sightseeing. Mostly, it was a mother/daughter get together. She is a dear sweet girl. My son is a lucky man.

eloise - I, too, will soon be putting out bird feeders for the winter months. Right now, I still have a few hummers stopping by. It must be migration time as they seem to be much less in number that just a couple of weeks ago......Yes, I hope to get out to CA next spring.

and Gene, we're all glad to see you also have returned. I hope it will be a regular thing.

For you ladies who may not be familiar with the Coffee Shops - we don't have many men posting. Gene is an exception and we have always enjoyed his male perspective on things, and his general outlook on life. Think we could get more men to post if we called it The Beer Bar?? :-)

I'm loving this fall weather. Makes one feel rejuvenated.


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I like the yellow mums idea - love yellow flowers. Thanks for the comment on my kitchen mini redo. I just got the granite quote today - more than I want to pay but less than everyone else. But, I know ya gotta pay to play. Acutally getting excited now. I should be finished by T-day - YEAH!!

OK not to have men posting. We can just lean on Gene's shoulder every now and then. Maybe he will encourage some of his single male friends to join us. Then again, that might not go over too well. Oh well...Beer Bar sounds like a winner!!


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Greetings all. Got back last night from AZ where we went to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday. It was great seeing everyone, but it was even greater getting home :-) My mom had a great time and that is what's important. The morning after the party, we went to my sister's home for breakfast, although we already had breakfast at a restaurant. After eating, mom opened her gifts, and soon after saying our goodbyes, we drove out (almost 8 hrs. on the road).

It's a beautiful day here and I feel so full of energy. The problem I have when I feel energetic is that I want to go shopping for plants or clothing!

I should try some Ethiopian coffee. I had some lousy coffee at my mom's party (we rented a hall for it and had it catered), but my BIL made some great coffee at their home.

So gneegirl (is your name Ginny?), how is your kitchen coming along? My home needs painting on the outside, need a new vanity in one of the bathrooms, and I really would love to have a rod iron high fence in the front yard, but can't afford it all right now. I'll work on having the vanity replaced. Gerry, I am sort of like you, i.e., "if it works, don't fix it". But then, sometimes I see things with different eyes and wish I had newer stuff.

Gene, in AZ my sisters and I keep reminiscing about leaf color in the northeastern states. We get some color here in California, but not like we saw back there. Hope you are enjoying your Miata, and a great cup of coffee!

Later. Eloise


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Hi Eloise - and everyone else too!!

Gneegirl actually has nothing to do with my name. I get so many comments about it. There is a funny story about it - a friend I've know since childhood had taken a test and asked me if I could answer the questions. Not only could I, I answered all of them correctly. He just shouted out, "You are a genious - my girl the genious!!" That turned into "My girl Genie", which turned into gneegirl because Geniegirl was already taken by others on Yahoo. I haven't see this friend in a while, but he actually called me the other day. I told him that I was using gneegirl name. He got such a kick out it, especially since he gave me that name a very long time ago.

RE the kitchen: I stil have my same kitchen. HOWEVER, I think I'm getting there. If I don't change my mind on the granite, I should have it installed within the next two weeks. I now have to pick out my sink and faucet. I did contact Richlite today and asked for some samples. My sister went to the Green Festival here in DC and mentioned alternative countertop options. When I did a search, Richlite popped up. We'll see what happens. I don't know anything about it, but I do know it comes in a color called Merlot - can't go wrong with a color named after a wine, huh!

I'm jealous RE your AZ trip. I have relatives in Chandler / Gilbert. I visited them about 5yrs ago. I fell in love with AZ!! I love the Fall here - leaves and all (even though it seems you can never stop raking them!!), but I would love to take a few years "left".

I'm on my way back to MOM's (My Organic Market) to get more coffee. That Ethiopian City was great!

Off to nod for a few hours. Gotta go back to work tomorrow - gotta pay for the damage I did over these past few days at BB&B!!

See ya!


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Greetings all.

October is a busy month for our family. First it was my mom's b.d., last night we celebrated my daughter's b.d. (b.d. actually on Sunday), next weekend is my grandson's b.d., and I have two friends with b.d.s on the 12 and 29!

Gneegirl, it's amazing how one ends up with nicknames. My brother once said he didn't understand why people took the time to name their kids because they immediately start calling them something else, and in my family, this is so true!

I was born in AZ, but I've never liked it there so I left as soon as I could in 1966. I am not into desert, cactus or rocks, which I relate to AZ as being. I know northern AZ is beautiful though.

Gene and Gerry, hope you are doing well and enjoying this time of the year.

Wonder what Gurley is up to.

Today, we are experiencing wonderful fall weather. It rained sometime last night or early this morning and it looks wonderful outside. I don't know whether I should go out and do some gardening (preferred) or clean house (boring).

Had my coffee, and have been online for a while so my job here is done, later! Eloise


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Eloise, my November is like your October. It's starts with my sister and cousin, on 11/1, and goes from there - all the way to the end!

You know it's funny, I don't like those dry desert, cacti scenes either. But there is something about those mountains and the open space out west that calls my name, every time. NE has some beautiful mountains too - never thought about it until I went to Mystic, CT, to the casino there. It was such a beautiful ride!!

Hey all - coffee, coffee, coffee!! Any have a preference on the seasonal "holiday" coffees? I've tried the Starbucks brand severall years and really don't like it. I'm going to try some others - any ideas?

Have a good one!!


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Hello everyone,

Just sitting here at the computer sipping coffee and reading some of the more current postings. Even lurked on some of the other threads.

On the Marriage vs Living together - I've been thinking - if I am ever fortunate enough to get involved in another relationship, I may decide the living together might not be such a bad idea! I don't think at my age it would really matter to anyone, especially my children. They are very liberal minded - would probably say, "Right on, Ma!"

gneegirl - I can't believe you didn't go on that Bahamas trip with your company. Might have been boring company, but the scenery would have been lovely. Next time, send your ticket this way and I'll travel for you! :-)

Speaking of coffee - has anyone tried the illy coffee? A friend tried it, said she didn't care for it at all. I had been thinking about trying to find some, but now..... At present I'm just doing my old stand-by, Folger's. I buy a bag of Newman's Own Organic coffee now and then, also Starbucks.

eloise, I was getting my DD's birthday package ready yesterday to ship to California, and all of a sudden I just teared up from missing her - first time I've done that. I won't mail the package for a few days yet, as her birthday is not until Nov. 3rd. Seems hard to believe my youngest child is about to turn 32. Oops - I forgot - she lurks here sometimes - hope she doesn't see this! Already, she's holding at 29!!!

We are in rather severe drought conditions here, but not bad as they are in Georgia. I live out in the country and have my own deep well, but still feel the need to conserve water whenever possible. Now, when I have to run the water a minute or so to get hot water, instead of just allowing it to flow on out, I catch it in a bucket and give a drink to some of the most needy plants outdoors. When I need to fill the dog's outdoor water tub with fresh water, instead of just dumping it out on the ground, I use it to water container plants I have outside. My small efforts at water conservation may not amount to much, but it makes me feel good to do it.

Gene, I noticed a few posts up that eloise wrote she hoped you are enjoying your Miata, and a cup of coffee. I have just one special request: If you do both at the same time, please use a sippy cup so you don't get any hot spills in your lap as you're making those hairpin turns on the Blue Ridge Parkway! :-)

I'm in a really good mood tonight. Today was a wonderful day - I woke up on the right side of the grass!

Did some more sprucing up to the kitchen today. Actually emptied the dish drainer and put everything away. And I mopped the kitchen floor to get up all the little doggie footprints they left on the wet floor the last time I mopped! Tomorrow I think I will sweep the fallen leaves off the front doorsteps.

Do any of you ever get those Maxine emails? I received one today: Maxine discusses global warming, voting, hot flashes, choosing turkeys. I just love that old lady. Did I ever tell you she just has to be my twin sister? Looks like we are about the same age, even if she isn't my twin! No, maybe she is a FEW years older than I am.

This is enough rambling for one evening. If I don't soon get to bed I'll surely turn into a pumpkin 'cause it's almost midnight now.

Good night, and pleasant dreams to one and all.

Gerry


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eloise -

The news is so terrible from Southern CA. I know you live in that area. Are you near any of the areas burning?

Please let us know you're OK.

We have finally had some rain is this drought stricken area, though not nearly enough. We're still almost a foot below what is normal rainfall.

Life continues to move in slow motion around here. I've been doing some barn clean out - not mucking stalls - it's not that type of barn. Just getting rid of junk that has collected over the years: old microwaves, broken legged furniture, lamps that could be useful if rewired, containers I thought might be useful "someday". Well, "some day" has arrived, still no use for any of that stuff - so out it goes.

Buds of the last roses of summer began opening today. I am torn between leaving them on the bush, or cutting them to bring inside. I think the latter.


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Greetings Gerry et al.,

Thanks for your concerns. Thankfully we are safe and not directly affected by the fires here in southern California. My SIL couldn't go to work for two days (Valencia), but other than that, we are fine. The fires closest to us are those in Magic Mountain, Valencia, i.e., north of us. We could see the horrible black smoke, and our air is polluted, but we are not near the fires. I feel for those that have lost their homes, and for the firemen/women who continue with so little rest. Nature sure can deal a heavy blow, but when nuts (arsonists) add to these types of tragedies, that is unforgivable. A couple of people I know that live in the fire areas where put on high alert for mandatory evacuation, but so far, they have not had to leave their homes. The Santa Ana winds have subsided, so that is good news. A fencing panel about eight feet long fell from my fence because of the high winds and there is a lot of debris in my yard, but hopefully I will be able to take care of all that this weekend.

Other stuff: Funny Gerry, when I was younger, I thought nothing of living with someone unmarried; now as an older person, I would not do that. I would be miserable too if my daughter left for another state. We do try to be brave, but darn it, sometimes that doesn't work! So your DD is in the Jack Benny club, i.e., the 29 y.o. club, LOL! By the way, I get tons of Maxine jokes. If you ever want me to add you to my joke distribution list, just let me know.

Haven't tried any of Starbucks holiday coffees. They are usually too sweet for me. Haven't seen the illy coffee either/yet.

Hope all are well and enjoying the weather. Eloise


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Hi all, Sorry I'm just getting back to this thread. Hope all are doing well. IT'S RAINING FINALLY in MD!! But, it's been three days or so and I'm getting kinda of lazy. I don't mind during the week because I'm at work all day anyway (except it would be nice to sleep in some days!), but not on the weekends!!!!! It's supposed to rain all day Sat., and then COLD and windy on Sunday. Gettn' that fake fireplace I bought from QVC rolling tomorrow. It has truly been the best thing, especially when the power goes out.To my CA buddies - keep hanging in there! Many prayers are going up and you know what happens when they do - all will be much better soon.Hope you all are doing well.gng


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Greetings all. Things have quieted down now that the October birthdays have been taken care of. And now, it is gneegirl's turn to celebrate her family and friends' birthdays in November! Gneegirl enjoy the rain; we all need it!

Gene where are you? Hopefully you are vacationing or just plain having too much fun in your car that you don't have time to get online!

Sunday was a little trying. I washed my breakfast dishes and noticed the rug in front of my sink had a large water mark. Opened the cabinets and the bottom of the sink was flooded! Rats! Before I stressed, I said out loud, "I am going to church, I am going to church." Which I did once I mopped up the water. At church, four of us decided to go out to lunch. Driving home, my car started making a weird sound every once in a while. Got home and checked the transmission and engine fluid levels, which were good. Then, I found out my sink has a gasket (think that was the name or whatever) that cracked so I replaced it for a total cost of $2.05! I have to wait until Saturday to take my car in. I hope it's nothing serious. Sure don't need a large bill especially since I have the house taxes coming up.

Gerry, hope you got your 'Spring' cleaning done in your barn. I have some things piled up in the garage with a note that says, Salvation Army. I haven't dropped the stuff off because there were a couple of items that I might want to pull out :-( I better just take everything to SA.

Wishing you a fantastic week. Eloise


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Yes, got the barn pretty much cleaned out - now I need to start on the house.

Guess I'll have to join gng on the November birthdays - they're popular in my family, too. Niece on 2nd, daughter on 3rd, another niece on 10th, a nephew on 11th, mine on the 17th, a nephew-in-law on the 25th. Is there such a thing as a nephew-in-law? Anyway, he is my niece's husband.

eloise - Gene is probably out on the golf course enjoying this crisp autumn air.

Time to bring the house plants back inside for the winter. Have to clean out the pine needles, lizards, and frogs. Some of those little critters always escape me and wind up climbing my curtains. I just catch them and put them back outside. They would be sure to die inside in the dry heat, or by drowning in the toilet. Much better chance of survival by burrowing under a rock outside to hibernate through the winter.

On the subject of winter - I decided to purchase an electric blanket for the winter so I could turn the furnace down lower at night. It has been many years since I've had one and after yesterday's shopping trip, I discovered they cost 2 or 3 times what they used to. Gotta turn that furnace WAY DOWN to save the amount I paid for that blanket. I remember growing up sleeping under a blanket with 2 or 3 quilts piled on top of it in order to stay warm - and flannel sheets (usually homemade) Yep, I'm a real country girl - always have been, always will be.

I'm glad to see all of you at the Coffee Shop. Can't seem to get enough of the stuff these days. Of course, now and then I also enjoy a bug mug of hot chocolate.


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Greetings all,

Enjoy celebrating others b.d.s in November. My SIL's is on the 14th, and we will be going out to a nice restaurant to celebrate on Saturday!

When Gene returns, he should have a lot to tell us.

Gerry, funny about the small creatures that hitch a ride on the plants you bring indoors. On another post, some lady found a bird that was on a plant/tree she had put in the basement!

Super personal: I always had an electric blanket years ago, as did my kids. I was a single mother supporting two kids and this was cheaper than having the heat on all night. Then in 1989 (when I lost my son), for some reason the heat from the electric blanket gave me nighmares. I got rid of a new king-size blanket, the nightmares stopped, and I haven't used one since. Every once in a long while, if I have too heavy of a blanket, a nightmare will began and I force myself to wake up to stop the nightmare :-(

We just changed our clocks back one hour. I hate when we have to do this. I am up so darn early, and by 8 PM, I am feeling sleepy. I wish they would just leave the time alone!

Here's to a great week for everyone! Eloise


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Eloise, I have been enjoying the extra hour to putz in the morning and I like driving to work in the daylight again.


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Uh, all these fall birthdays. Why is that, you think? My immediate family has all but two birthdays in the fall, beginning on Sep 16 and ending on Dec 11. Most in November, including my own. It's always been the big spending season for me with all the bd's and holidays. It's getting better as we all get older. We are now giving "services" when we can in lieu of presents and for the most part they are appreciated more.


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I would much rather spend time with someone, doing something simple, as to receive a gift. I have what I need and don't need anything more to dust or buy batteries for or haul to the thrift shop!


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Hi everyone - glad to see you here. I missed you!!

This time change is getting to me too, I guess. I'm truly a night owl but since the time changed, I've been sleepy at 8:00. Guess I haven't caught up on the extra late night and extra hour over the weekend.

kayjones - I'm with you on getting more gifts. When I moved into my house, everyone kept suggesting that I needed to get dining room furniture. My thought then and now, is WHY - it will only collect dust. Well, you know what happened!! I spent gobs of dough on a beautiful white dining room set - AND IT COLLECTS DUST!! I know because I watch it build up until I can't stand it anymore!!

I've got a boatload of birthdays in November too. Then I go to the day after Christmas ( my niece was supposed to be here Christmas day but Mom convinced the Dr to hold things off until the 26th - it worked too. Then I start back in January. My daughter's b-day was the 1st but the only gift I can give her is my love as she's not with us anymore. Then comes mine - I'm looking for that special someone to spend that day with. But, that will have to be someone not looking for a year or more (unless he's very special!)

Take it easy all - will check in later...


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Hi, knees - nice to see you - as my children have become adults, I just send cards to everyone. I give cash to my kids and a smile and warm wishes to everyone else. They do the same for me.


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Greetings all!

Still struggling with the time change; starting to walk around like a zombie. I never utilize the time when I wake up early other than I am on the computer longer, LOL! Kay, I retired from UCLA on March 2005, but when I worked, I loved going to the office early when it was still dark. It's coming home that I liked getting out when it was still light outside. I now watch my one y.o. granddaughter and am there by 7 AM.

My highest months for expenses are October through March which include birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, house taxes, house insurances, and car insurances. For b.d.s I learned to give my grandkids a gift and a check for their savings account (Pris, I don't think my 11 and 14 y.o. grandkids would go for "services"!); the rest of the family usually I give gift card &/or clothing. I myself love getting gift cards to nurseries (plants), Home Depot, etc. Gneegirl, sorry about your daughter. My son's b.d. is Jan. 27, and remains 19 y.o.

My car is in the shop and I am not a happy camper AT ALL. I took it in to the Jeep dealership because they are supposed to be the experts. Each day I call, the guy keeps telling me "good news, they have your car up on the racks"(duh yeah, but are they working on it)! Three days he has said this and they still haven't figured out what's wrong with it. Yesterday afternoon, they "are now going to look at the transmission" and I most likely won't get it back until Monday (I expressed to them my frustrations and said to tell their bosses they need to hire more people to do the work because it is taking too long for them to fix my car)! My jeep was making this noise when I first took off like it struggled to shift, but once it did, it would drive fine (I assumed not being knowledgeable on the workings of cars that it might have something to do with the transmission). In the evenings, I have my DD or SIL's car, but I just drive it home and park because I don't like the responsibility of driving someone else's car. I am totally lost without my car. I missed my yoga class, need to go shopping for b.d. present for Saturday and for Christmas Child gifts due Sunday, if I even get to church, need bird seed for my finches, etc., etc. Anyone else lost without their car?

On a happier note, I had a few plant trades going on and these are all now completed!

All, be well. Eloise


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I fully understand, Eloise, about the younger grandkids. I missed out on the joy of natural grandchildren (from birth) as my two boys married young women who had children. They were half grown when I met them so the gift giving was for a short period of time and now they are grown and moved far away. I usually send money or gift cards because of the distance. The youngest is a senior in high school and what he wanted last year was my time to ride with him as he acquired enough behind the wheel practice for his drivers license. He is the only one still living nearby. I don't know if I've mellowed in my old age or he's a better driver than his stepfather (my son) when I was doing the same for him.

Being without transportation is a real downer. I hate it so much that I've managed to avoid it for the last several years. The last time my car was in the shop it was for front end repair due to a deer jumping in front of me. I was almost at a standstill when he decided to jump across the road in front of me instead of running back into the brush with the other three deer with him. Go figure. He almost made it. He was on the right side of the road and he jumped far enough across the road to hit my left headlight area. Needless to say it shattered all the plastic on the front of the car and totally demolished the left headlight assembly. They just don't make 'em like they used to. (by the way, there were no animals hurt in this incident)

I'm glad this BD thread was started. My brothers' is tomorrow (we exchange calls). He's in Oregon and my SIL's (local) is Sunday after next so maybe I won't forget this year.

I haven't quite figured it out yet, but, the last couple of years I have not had a problem with the time change. I wake up at approximately the same time every morning. The
only difference is that for a few days after the change, I "anticipate" the time and wake up about an hour ahead of time and snooze for that last hour.

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Greetings all,

First, wishing Pris (Pat) a fantastic birthday tomorrow! Hope you are blessed with a beautiful day and lots of love ...

I taught my two kids early on how to drive. Good thing because my son at age 13 took my second car to school while I was at work, and had a minor accident. Of course he felt it was the other person's fault, and I couldn't get through to him that it didn't matter because he was in the wrong to take the car when he wasn't eligible to drive. I wasn't too angry at him because I did the same when I was young and drove my mom's car around the block and got stranded :-) I think this was my reasoning in teaching my kids how to drive early, i.e., in case they turned out to be like me!

Deer, ouch! When I lived in Arizona, we sometimes heard this happening to people on their way to work.

Gerry, are you hibernating?

gneegirl, is the work on your kitchen completed?

I finally finished the book, "Overworld, The Life and Times of a Reluctant Spy," by Larry J. Kolb. It was quite interesting, and named several people that I've heard of before. I am now looking for another book, but what I really need to do is start going through the stacks of gardening and Prevention magazines that have accumulated!

Well tonight, I will eat well. We are going out to dinner in celebration of my SIL's birthday (really on the 14th).

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend full of surprises! Eloise


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Hello, All. I've kept up with everyone's interesting remarks and stories. I appreciate them, and thanks for thinking of me once in a while.

When I was trying different coffees I had something more specific to talk about. From reading my prior posts it seems afterwards I did little more than 'ramblin. I suppose that's okay, too. I hope so.

From about August to early October I heard nothing but how drab the Fall leaf colors would be in these Western North Carolina mountains. It took until about mid October for those naysayers to do a 180. The colors have just about out done themselves. Supposedly, the reds are the best since 1993. Did we have a draught that year, too? I hope they were pretty where you live and I hope you took time to enjoy their beauty.

I use natural coffee filters and not the bleached type. I don't recall seeing a reference to filters on coffee bags. But, somewhere in the back of my mind it seems a company may have recommended bleached ones. Recently I sent an email to a Net coffee seller. Overall, their response seemed to say between the filers we're comparing apples to apples. Has anyone ever read a more definitive evaluation?

I change coffees each time I need it. Being alone it takes a while to go through a bag - maybe a month. Presently I have Folders. It's interesting to read what's printed on the bag. This one suggests for freshness putting it in a sealed container and keeping it in the fridge. Another coffee was to store it sealed in an opaque container and in a dark area. Yes, I suppose I could utilize my time better than reading coffee bags .

I ordered Murmurs of Earth by Carl Sagan. Don't know when I'll read it. I got Thomas Wolfe's (a local native)You Can't Go Home Again. It's still on the shelf. Murmurs is about the gold CD that contains sounds and pictures of earth. There's two Voyager space probes that have entered or are very close to entering interstellar space. They were launched in the early 70's. In case they're ever found by another civilization the disks might be able to be read by them, and they would know it came from intelligent life. The book is about how Sagan, who headed the committee, decided what would be contained in the CDs.

I'm about ready to put my Miata to bed for the Winter. Probably next week. Then, come next May it'll come out of hibernation as it's done in past years. I don't drive it much primarily because I'm always alone. I'll take that back. I did have a THS friend take a ride with me back in the Spring. We drove on the Parkway. I have fold up chairs in the trunk. We found a pretty isolated overlook with great long range view. We sat and talked. The weather was a little cool. I wasn't paying attention and got my bald head almost roasted.

I think $2.90 fuel oil (presently) is about the straw that broke the camel's back, for me. I have a basement room that stays warmer than upstairs. I'm in the process of finding a decent used recliner. I'll buy maybe a 27" SD TV. That's the older (and cheaper) type but will accept TV signals on past September, 2009. I plan to keep my thermostat set on 60 degrees and have a small space heater in the basement room. That should go pretty far toward conserving fuel oil consumption.

I've now been widowed almost seven years. Times have gotten a little better from a remembrance standpoint. Still, I guess they call it depression when something comes on all of a sudden that kicks one in the stomach. I guess it's also called Reality. I think all of we singles get hit with it on occasion. Longer dark hours don't help. But, if it means anything 42 days from today we'll start having longer daylight hours.

I wish everyone well. I hope life is treating you fairly and continues to do so. Regards, Gene


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Eloise, I also taught my kids to drive long before they were old enough to get a license. It never crossed my mind, however, that they would take my car and drive before they were 'legal'. They probably thought about it, but quickly decided it wouldn't be a good idea!

Gene, the leaves here in Missouri were so-so this year - it was just too dry. Normally, we have lots of reds and yellows, causing the trees to appear as big floral bouquets, but not this year. Even the sugar maples were rather drab this year. As for the 'kicks', yes - they come frequently, and sometimes, from surprise sources. As an example: I was at the bank yesterday, and as they brought up my account, a huge picture of my late husband popped up on the screen - it just took my breath away! There are people who misconstrue things, say cruel things, make cruel remarks - the kicks-to-the-gut go on and on, but each day it gets a little easier to deal with. My husband has been gone 6 1/2 months - it seems so much longer sometimes, and at other times, it seems as if it happened only yesterday. I am trying to move forward, but it's a slow process.


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Hi All!! Glad this thread is still going - I think we all need to vent every once in awhile. We all have different lives / lifestyles but somehow it feels good when everyone gathers together to just shoot the breeze and share our experiences. It's fun too.

So many of us have gone through personal loss - of a close loved one. Gene, I know what you mean about the kick in the gut. I lost my daughter 13 years ago and I still get that everyone once in a while. I will say though that if I lost a spouse I probably would be a little more devastated. My daughter was so special and only 18 then but I know she would have left home to have her own family and life. With a spouse, you cultivate a relationship that is supposed to last 4ever. I'm divorced and still miss my marriage - a lot, even though I was the one that left. There is something about being single that makes me smile, especially when I can decorate MY way. But I'm struggling now because I'm still looking for someone bounce things off of sometimes - someone to share this dilerium I'm having trying to get my kitchen finished!! I did loose a very close male friend 2 years ago and everyday something comes to me that we did together or I need him to help me fix something. Now I'm calling contractors - OUCH!! They are awful!! But I just calm down and tell myself that he taught me how to do "this" and put on my brave hat and keep going. So yes,it's tough and the gut-kicking doesn't get better; just not as often. But, I still cherish memories and go to town with those.

OK, off of the teary stuff! Eloise, no finished kitchen yet. Still trying to get granite. HOWEVER, I was riding around the other day and saw an Open House and fell in love!! It's an older home on 2 acres; most of which is wooded. It's entirely too big for just me, but it is still pretty cozy. In my mind I've already moved there - all the furniture and stuff is in place and when I wake up, it's the first thing I think about. Since the market is so scary right now, I don't want to put a contract on it until my house is on the market - gotta finish that kitchen!! It's a big stretch price-wise so I'm still thinking - about the high utility bills with all of that space. I'll keep you guys posted on what I do.

Anyway, been a little busy and haven't been able to check in as much. Plus I'm still having problems with my computer - Explorer. But I'll keep stopping buy. Love having you all around - BIG SMIL!

Sorry for the long post but I'm talky today!

Take it easy all!

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Gneegirl, your post is insightful and nice to read, so we welcome your long posts. I love getting to know people, so tell us more.

It sounds as if you have a plan in your mind and are working towards implementing it - keep us posted on your progress.

As for your computer, have you installed IE 7? I was having computer problems and someone suggested I upgrade to IE 7. I did it and have had no problems.

You could also post on the computer help forum, here on gardenweb.com, and someone there will gladly try to help you.


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Hi All!

I've been "under the weather" for the last couple of weeks and only lurked on occasion.

Thanks for the BD wish Eloise. I really appreciate that.

GNG I hope you get that house you love so much. You won't regret it so get in there and get your projects finished and "get a move on".

Gene, the holidays are always stressful in one way or another. Sometimes it takes looking at things a little differently to appreciate what we have at this very moment. I'm lucky, this year to NOT be having a lot of extra company for the holidays as I probably couldn't physically handle it right now. But, this too will pass and be forgotten and life goes back to normal. I'm lucky that I live in a warm climate. I can always bundle up in blankets for the very few cold nights we have here. My problem is the electric bill to keep me cool enough in the summer. I was hoping to retire soon, but after looking at finances, that "ain't" a gonna happen any time soon. The price of gas alone would push me over budget.

I guess I better get back to work. Will touch back later if I can.

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Greetings all,

Glad to see you post Gene. Ramble all you want as this is what some of us do as well from time to time! Also, how else are we going to learn something new if someone else doesnt ramble about their interests (share)?

Bought Starbucks Christmas Blend today. Its good, but I always expect more especially when someone tells me its great! The girl at Starbucks said she really liked it, but what else could she say since she works there, LOL! I got a big bag of beans and will share with my family so they can also taste it and decide if they want to buy some themselves. I have three, 36 oz. containers of Yuban, and will only refrigerate the container once its opened. Also have a 12 oz. San Franciscos Vanilla Nut that I mix in my Yuban. You would think I drank a lot of coffee, but I really dont. Usually I just have my large mug (two cups) early in the morning and thats it. I do go through those large cans though because I like strong coffee and so I use more grounds than someone else might.

Gene, dont recall where I read it, probably in the Prevention Magazine, years ago, but the recommendation was to use the unbleached type of coffee filters. I, at that time, bought the unbleached filters, but for several years now, Ive had one of those gold-colored mesh filters so dont use the paper filters anymore. Anyway, with the bleached filters, they use chemicals to make them white, and the thought was that these chemicals end up in your coffee! Comparing apples to apples -- lots of times they will say that the leaching of chemicals into our foods is so minute that we should not worry, but why do we need any of it at all is how I feel!

Hope you enjoy Murmurs of Earth, and You Cant Go Home Again once you get around to reading the latter Gene. I started working in 1972, and my boss was a geophysicist. After Carl Sagan went Hollywood some felt he had sold out for the mighty dollar, and considered him a joke -- wont say more.

Today, I called my realtor to take my house off the market. It has been listed for 6 months, and instead of re-listing now, I wanted to have the holidays free from someone showing up when Im home. I will consider listing again in March or April.

Still dont have my car back from the mechanic, aagghhh! The Advisor as his card states, said "good thing you called because I just got back from talking to the mechanic (right) and he has most of the parts he needs and the car might be ready tomorrow evening"!!!! That will be nine days theyve had my car.

Everything is going up, but our salary/pension. My house taxes went up almost $200, gas, electricity, food, clothing, trash collection, etc., etc., everything! I get extremely upset when, e.g., a friend called as to why house taxes increased and was told because of the "bonds we passed". I know for a fact that I didnt approve any "so call bonds to improve " BECAUSE next year, as was this year and the year before, the same story of need is given. I too sometimes will not be as comfortable, whether heat or air, in order to cut down on my utility bills, but then they give away to others and I still have to pay. I have to get off this subject because it really pisses me off the more I think about it!

Kay, we are some mighty women! Out of need we are able to do lots especially when it comes to taking care of our family. When my son took my car to school and had that minor accident, it turned out that he had did that before but just hadnt gotten caught.

Pat, hope your b.d. was wonderful! And, I really hope you are much, much better health-wise.

gng, if that bigger house on two acres is for you and you can afford it, go for it! When I decided to put my home up for sale although it was scary, I told myself that I was not getting any younger and if I wasnt totally happy here, then I should take that risk. It didnt sell this time around, but maybe after I re-list.

Where are you Gerry? We want you to join us in all this rambling :-)

Blessings, Eloise.


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Good Monday evening, Everyone.

I'm still around, though for the last 4 days or so my computer was down and I couldn't even lurk to keep tabs on everyone. It's really good to see a lot of new names here. Also a lot of the old names from years ago are showing up on other threads. The SL forum seems to be coming to life again.

My days are filled with.....well, just living, I suppose is as good a way to put it as I know. Y'all know how that is. I have been packing up a lot of things, doing a lot of decluttering, as I, too, am thinking about selling my place. I won't have to put it on the market as I already have a buyer waiting until I make up my feeble mind. He has wanted it for years to round out his 10 or so acres. Anyway, so as not to be rushed I'm getting a lot of "stuff" packed up now.

After some coercing from my children, I have finally decided that I really do need to move closer to a town that has a hospital, doctors, library, shopping, etc. I really do not relish the thought of close neighbors after having lived in the boonies for so many years. We can't even get cell phone signals out here - why I've heard that the sunshine is even piped in, but I believe that may just be a rumor. God wouldn't be so unkind as to not send us some real sunshine!

One night recently I had difficulty sleeping, so got up and sat in the dark by the window of my bedroom. It was the night of the October Harvest Moon and was almost like daylight outside. Everything looked all silvery in the moonlight and I noticed out in the yard where the moonlight was coming through the trees in my heavily wooded yard, that the ground was dappled like it is on a sunny day. Everything was so breathtakingly beautiful.

I have lived here a little over 15 years and have loved it, but I have no doubts that I will learn to love a new home. I have moved around a lot in my adult life and have loved every home I have ever made. As I was telling a friend recently, we live in a place and make a lot of memories, then when we move we take those memories with us - so we actually never leave anything behind. At least that's my take on things - others may feel differently.

What I really have in the back of my mind is to find a little place to buy, sell this place, move my things to a new home (or put them in storage) - then buy a new, more dependable vehicle, and go traipsing around the country for a couple or three months. But heck, with the gasoline prices like they are now, and likely to go higher, I don't imagine I would get much further than the next county - perhaps the next state. If I decide to do that, I'll need a traveling companion - any takers? Maybe I can find a tape or CD of "I'm On The Road Again" - an old country song by Willie somebody...or was that Waylen somebody? The not so handsome one, whichever that was. Anyway, as I travel down the road, I can play it loudly and think about Charles Kuralt (sp?) and how he used to travel the highways and biways. Gene, I think he was from your part of the world wasn't he? - I must find out if he ever wrote a book about his travels.

Here's wishing Pat a belated Happy Birthday.

Eloise, there is a positive upside to your not selling right now - you'll be home for the holidays. Enjoy the lights and tinsel. BTW, if you don't get your car back by tomorrow night, try my sister's trick - go in and stomp your foot and yell a little bit - not real loud, just some ladylike yelling, maybe even a few tears of anger. She swears it works for her!

I know we don't have to talk coffee at the Coffee Shop, but has anyone ever had what is called cowboy coffee? I stopped by a neighbor's home yesterday to return some canning jars (she had given me a quart of home canned peaches and one of plums) and she was making cowboy coffee. Her coffee maker had died and she was having a caffeine fit. She put some coffee grounds directly into a pot of water on her stove and brought it to a boil, turned it down a wee bit to a gentler boil for several minutes. I stuck around to try some. After the grounds had settled to the bottom we each very carefully poured off a cup of the coffee. WOW!! I was wired for hours! But it really tasted quite good. I have made coffee over a campfire before but always had an old-fashioned non-electric perculator.

White filters vs natural - I just buy whatever is on sale. I have natural well water, so no chlorine in it. I figure if I'm using bleached filters I still come out ahead!And even when I buy the natural ones, my mind wants to think they look just like they might be recycled white ones!!

I'll be turning 69 in a few days. (I know, my profile says my BD is Jan lst, but doesn't everyones?)I guess that makes me one of the most elderly here - notice I said "one of". When I told my daughter how old that felt she said, "That's not old - that's such a wonderful age to be." Sometimes I think that child is so much wiser than I am.

Bless all you Veterans out there. I hope your day was good.

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Good Tuesday morning to you all - Yes, it's Tuesday already and I haven't touched my pillow yet! I will soon, but wanted to hop in and out for a bit to say HI, and thanks to everyone for your comments on my dream house plans. I'll jump back in tomorrow when I'm awake and will make more sense. I did want to say though, I know all about cowboy coffee - love the stuff, but boy, talk about a free high!! It will give you the jitters for sure!

Oh, BTW, I've finally decided on Brazilian Black granite for the kitchen. I'm nervous about it and worried that it won't hold up like some others. Plus my kitch is already dark, and I think it might be a little much. BUT, I needed to hurry up and make a decision. So, wish me luck on this one!!

nite all -

Have a great one

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Gnee, I am sure you will love having granite counter tops, no matter what color. I had them in my last home and loved them - easy to keep clean - I did polish them once a month with a special granite cleaner/polish cream, available from the dealer. Take pictures and post them so we can see how they turned out.


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Good morning all,

Gerry glad that your computer is back up, and that you are here with us. Hope if you decide to sell your home, you find exactly what will make you happy. I have always said that I would want a home with forest/woods in my back yard, but the city in my front yard. I like being able to run out to the stores, library, nurseries, etc., when the mood strikes me. But, I treasure my privacy because there are those days when I just plain don't feel like being bothered with ANYONE and so its great to be able to hide in my home! Having the unobstructed views in your property sounds wonderful Gerry. Sometimes I go out to my back yard late at night, or when I am just getting home, and take the time to look up at the stars. Some nights they are so many stars and I marvel at their beauty.

I will certainly be decorating for Christmas in my home again this year. Of course, this will be done early in December, not November as they are trying to push on us. We are going to Fillmore in December , which isnt too far from where we live. They have a train that takes you to cut your tree. I am not getting my tree from them because I think they will be expensive, but my family is. My DD wants the kids to have the experience of going out, selecting a tree and cutting it. Of course there is an entire program with the train ride: Santa Claus will be onboard and I know the kids will love that. For Mothers Day, we also went on that train and it was great fun. They served a wonderful lunch, had a guy that played the guitar and sang, and drove (is that the right term) the train to a nearby town, then returned to the station.

I am very bad. Since my home is now off the market, I have been buying and trading plants and even did my first order from eBay! This is one of my vices (actually my one real vice). Also went and bought a Satsuma tangerine tree and a papaya -- hope the latter survives.

Amazing how computers add so much to over lives. I have my routine early in the morning: wash up, start coffee, turn on the computer, get my coffee and start surfing! Other than the weekend, after I am off the computer, I am rushing to get ready to get out of the house.

Still, no car. I got a message on my cell from the Advisor that the mechanic didnt have some parts that he needed, and to call him back to acknowledge that I got the message. I did not call him back because I would have not been very ladylike. Gerry, I am not a good actress when I am angry so I wouldnt be able to pull off what your sister did, LOL!

I too have had cowboy coffee! Years ago, we would drive to Arizona to meet the rest of my family, and from there we would all go camping somewhere. We would have coffee out in the open, and yes its strong, but that is exactly what you need when you are out camping. The last time I had cowboy coffee was several years ago when we had a huge earthquake (forgot which year). It happened early in the morning while we were still asleep. We had no electricity so I got a pan, and made some coffee. We did strain it into our cups. Later I realized that we were not supposed to turn on any burners because we didnt know if the earthquake had busted any gas lines, duh!

Age 69 certainly is not that old, and I agree with your daughter. Old is a state of mind, and we can set our minds not to think oldJ I am going on 63 early next year so I am not too far behind you Gerry. Everyone, Gerry didnt say when her b.d. was, but it is November 17! Right Gerry?

Gng, what did you do, stay up all night? I think your selection is wonderful; black makes everything look so much more sophisticated and modern in my view! My DD has this sort of brown with beige color counters and I dont like them only because during the summer, I dont know where the flies were coming in through, but it was hard to see whether it was the dark speck of the granite or a fly! And yes like Kay asked, when you get it all done, post some pictures!

Kay, I have more Maxine jokes for you. Its just that I havent searched my past emails to find them, but will soon.

Gene, hope you still have lots of beautiful foliage around your parts. We are having warm weather here again! A few days ago, it got cold and was overcast all day, yesterday and today, its warm. I had the Christmas Blend coffee again today -- nothing special.

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OK Eloise, you got me on your post! I wasn't going to post because again, it's late, but when I read you post, I fell out laughing. My granite is black with little specks of brown and some gray. I too wondered whether I would think flies were sitting on the counter. Everyone else likes it and is so very tired of my ranting about granite colors. So, I guess that's what I'm going with, before my friends and family dis-own me!!

Everyone else, Thanks for all your comments and questions; I've read them all. I'll respond, probably tomorrow - again, when I'm in my right mind after a good nights sleep. Tonight was a late one because my job is having T-day pot luck, and I chose to make stuffing - the kind that doesn't come out of a box. Plus I made cornbread and gravy. Shoudl be 10lbs heavier tomorrow, just from the tasting!!

Have a good one.

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Gnee, I gained 5 pounds just thinking of your stuffing and cornbread - that is a complete and balanced meal, isn't it? LOL


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Hi all!! Guess what - I'm posting and it's not even midnight!!

Just so you know, the stuffing was a huge hit, even it I'm saying it myself. This was the largest batch that I've ever made (didn't plan it that way though). I took in two large pans and just about every crumb was gone! I made gravy too and it went, along with the cornbread. I check the scale last night before I went to bed and it said it was safe to eat today. I'm afraid to check now though.

Oh well, I hope everyone is well. I think I'm going to call it a night and get some decent shut-eye for a change.

Happy Friday!!

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Good morning all,

gng, glad your dishes were a big success! When I worked, we always had potlucks during the holidays and it was interesting to try the different dishes people brought. Our church always has potlucks; we are having a soup and salad dinner the night before Thanksgiving. A couple of ladies will be doing this (I offered to help) so it not a potluck, but the church is providing it just to get people together. Soup and salad will be fun and different since most people will have turkey and trimmings the following day. I would never have thought that dark specks on granite counter tops looked like flies until I encountered it, LOL!

Went to yoga Wednesday night. I hadn't been for two weeks, and boy did I feel it in my thighs yesterday! I go to a junior college for this class, given only once a week. I really need to do more exercise than just one day, although my one y.o. grandbaby really keeps me running!

It is warm here in southern California! I have been up since 4 AM watering the front and back yards because the lawn and plants were in need of water! It wasn't too long ago that it was getting cold, and now it's warm again.

Last night I went out back to get something, and there was this dumb black cat by my half-whiskey barrel. I think it was most likely trying to get at my goldfish and one small white koi! Hopefully over the weekend, I will remember to put chicken wire or something across the top of the barrel to keep my fishies safe. My sister in Arizona has a pond in her front yard that her hubby built a few years ago. She was so upset because this year, cats got in her pond and the neighbors said the kois' bones were up the street. She had babied those koi, and now gone.

Yes, happy Friday! Eloise


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Eloise, you can also buy clear nylon mesh to put over the barrel - invisible and effective and inexpensive!


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To Gerry,

Happy Birthday Gerry! May you have a fantastic day, Cheers!


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Thanks Kay, I will try to find the clear nylon mesh, which would definitely look better.

I am still without my car; come Monday, it will be two weeks. The 'Advisor' called yesterday late that "good news, your car was ready, but when they test drove it a piston was leaking". I hope I never have to go to that dealership again!

O.k. I have to get back to learning how to post a photo of myself on the Brug site. So far, I have it loaded on Photobucket, but now I have to get it loaded on GW. I hate to learn new stuff -- just kidding! Once I learn how, I will say "that was easy" and then I will post more pictures.

Later. Eloise


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Let's see if this works:

[IMG]http://i5.tinypic.com/6pk1hyf.jpg[/IMG]


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Don't crucify me if this doesn't work - it's been a while since I have done it:


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Greetings all,

Jo aka Kay is showing me how to post my photo. I failed miserably on the Brug site, the GW test site, and I tried here but the photo was HUGE (good thing I didn't submit it, lol)! Let's see how this is now. Happy to put a face to a name Jo. Any other brave souls out there? This is a picture last February when we were out celebrating my 62th b.d. and my granddaughter's 14th (I cut her out and didn't know how to recenter the picture). I don't have hardly any pictures of myself because I am always the one taking pictures of my family! Eloise


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Eloise, I knew you would be beautiful - thanks for sharing your photo with us!

Be brave, folks - if we can do it, so can you! Jo


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Two pretty ladies is a tough act to follow so I'll try to include one with my grandbaby included so I don't scare others off. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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Michael, you KNOW YOU ARE CUTE! That little bundle looks like her mama - pretty, pretty, pretty! Is she talking yet?


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Thanks Jo...that pic is from last spring, so she has grown a bit...I'm like eloise, I'm usually the one taking the pictures so I don't have many with me in them. She is talking away, telling me what she wants for xmas now. She wants a bicycle!...her mom has no idea where that came from, but I am thinking a big wheel or a trike. It is scary seeing how fast she grows up on me.


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Thanks Jo for the compliment. You are a neat person!

tinmantu/Michael, what a precious grandbaby! There she looks about the age of my granddaughter (1 y.o.). She is also talking a lot, but we have no clue what she is saying most of the time. And, no you won't scare others off!

Where's Gerry, Gene, gng and Pris?


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Michael, get her a helment, too! If you get her one right from the git-go, she won't protest wearing one later, when she gets a big bike. I had a dear friend who's son was killed when he fell off his bike, while not wearing a helment.

She might be a little small for a Big Wheel of any kind, unless it's a baby trike like the one - the picture may not post, so you may need to copy and paste the address:


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Trike for Ava

OK, let's try this:

Here is a link that might be useful: Trike for Ava


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Good Sunday afternoon to everyone,

Eloise, thanks for the BD wishes. I had a nice one, but missed DD not being here this year. You may recall she lives near the Jelly Belly factory, which she toured recently. Since she has a great sense of humor, she sent me a large 2# bag of jelly beans - the ones called "Belly Flops". Those are the ones most would consider rejects - shaped funny, colors running, sometimes 2 or 3 melded together. But some really great flavors like cafe latte, chocolate, root beer, and of course, the regular flavors. I think that was a great piece of marketing strategy when they decided to market the "flops". She told me that Ronald Reagan was partial to the Jelly Belly brand and that is what he always kept on his desk in the Oval Office. Fact? or corporate propaganda? Don't know. They have a huge mosaic picture (made from jelly beans) of him inside the factory where they were not allowed to take pictures, but she did get some shots of the "Govenator" which hangs outside. She is still loving it out there and makes California life sound like great fun.

Oh, you lovely ladies! And TinMan, too, and his precious little sweetheart. Thanks for posting pics of yourselves for the rest of us to enjoy. I don't feel brave enough to put my mugshot up for the whole world to see. It's not that I'm not absolutely gorgeous mind you - I am (teehee) - but I prefer to remain mysterious! :-)

gng - have you finished that granite job yet? I just know you're going to love it.

eloise - hope you get your car back soon.

Kay - Jo? Sorry, not sure how you prefer being addressed - you have a very nice looking dog there. His eyes look blue on my computer. Are they?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.


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Thanks for that link Jo....looks like a perfect starter and something that could maybe even be used as a substitute for a stroller in the mall....I'll run it by Kaycee and see what she thinks.


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Michael, what's great about this trike is that it has a HANDLE so that when Ava is tired of peddling, and Grandpa, Mom or Dad has to get her home, s/he isn't stuck bending over for two blocks!


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Gerry, I didn't mean to ignore you - Kay is my 'forums' name and Jo is my real name - call me which ever - I answer to both.

I wish you would favor us with a picture - it makes corresponding so much more effective if we can 'see' who we are 'talking' to! I could see where there might be some concern if you were old and ravishing like me, but surely you don't look as old as me!!!

My dog's eyes are brown - he's a 9-yr. old Border Collie/Springer Spaniel mix - great dog.

I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow, for two weeks, and he's being babysat (is that a word?) by my SIL - it's like leaving one of my youngsters - very emotional here tonite!


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Enjoy your trip and have a Happy Thanksgiving, Jo!


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Michael, I wish the same for you and yours - hug that little Ava for me!


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Looks like we have a few brave people. I would post a picture but I'm afraid it would break the internet and then where would we be?

This is a busy time of year for me so have to steal a moment or two at a time to catch up and post.

What a beautiful granddaughter Michael. And you look proud as punch. My step grandchildren were much older when my sons married their mothers so I've never had the joy of grand "babies". How lucky you are.

If I don't get back before Thanksgiving. Everyone have a wonderful day and don't eat too much!!

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Hi everyone!! What great pictures. I don't have a camera yet, and don't have any recent pictures of me. However, I'm shy about exposing myself so not sure if I would post one. We'll see.

Michael - you and your pal took a great picture. My niece was a year old in August and the cutest little one. She is very picky about people and usually cries when she sees me - I didn't see her a lot until recently, but when I saw her Saturday, she just smiiiiiled. That warmed my heart so much. Kids are so special, especially at the toddler stage. They are like a sponge - learning so much and eager to try everything. Your GD is so precious - I know you have a great time with her!!

I see I've missed Jo, but I wanted to wish all of you very Happy Thanksgiving. I guess we all have a great deal to be thankful for, but for me, I'm really wishing for real peace on this, God's great earth!! That would really be something to be thankful for these days.

Update on Granite - I think I'm going with Brazilian Black. I spoke with the fabricator today about some terms in the contract (unfortunately, I work with contracts all day long so I'm sensitive about those Ts & Cs). They are letting me write in some terms I want to change and then we'll be ready to go. Looks like I'll be able to cook for Christmas - can't wait!!

Question - anyone know where to get Tracy Porter's Octavia Hill collection. I found a few pieces at Target, but their selection is a little slim. I did a search and found a canister/cookie jar on ebay for bid. I'm trying for it even though the shipping charges are high. I figure is's worth it since I really like the item and it's hard to find a match to the ones I purchase this weekend. So if anyone has info..

BTW, not sure if I mentioned it here before, but I bought a Keurig coffee machine! ...talk about being addictive!!

Oh well, getting late. I'm off to la la land. Take care everyone. You all are the best!!

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gng....you should at least consider a digital camera so we can see pics of your new kitchen...a decent one runs around 100 dollars now so it's no excuse. Who knows, once you get it and start playing with it, maybe you will be so bold to have one of yourself. Thanksgiving is still up in the air here so I might be around to wish a Happy one on Thursday....might vent on the estranged thread later tonight or tomorrow. I'm not estranged, but siblings have created distance.

Thank you to all for the compliments on my GD....she is my pride and joy. I get to see her this week and since I have 3 vacation days that I have to use before the end of the year, I'll go and visit her,her mom and father for a few days in December.


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Thanks Michael - loved your comment about taking a picture of myself. Who knows; that just might work! I'll post a picture as soon as my kitchen in finished - I should have the camera by then.

I know about the estranged nonsense. It's a shame when that happens. My parents divorced when I was 12, and if it hadn't been for my diligence, I probably wouldn't even know where my dad is today. We don't live in the same area, and I'm almost thankful for that. I'm very supportive, even to my step-mom. But he is 85 and not in the best of health. I feel guilty not being able to help with his care, but if we lived closer, I know it would be worse. I don't really want that hassle with someone that basically disowned me for his step-son. We have a good relationship now because I forced him to stay in touch when I was younger. Glad I did that.

The most bizarre thing - I bought my house from a woman who's husband had passed away the year before. About two years into my living here, a letter came in the mail for him. I almost threw it away but decided since the evelope was handwritten, to open it. Lo and behold, it was from this guy's daughter who didin't even know her dad had passed!! I felt so badly but I knew someone had to tell her. I was going send the letter back, but couldn't bring myself to let her find out through a letter. I eveually called her since she had put her phone number in the letter. I was so glad that I did that. Evidently he had some form of a relationship with her mom - no sure if affair or not, but she was younger than his other kids here. She explained her feelings and why they had been estranged. The worst part was that she was planning on getting married and wanted to ask her dad to attend the wedding. She was so excited about meeting someone nice and starting a family that she wanted her dad to be a part of. It's a shame that they never had a chance to reconnect.

When you get the bike (trike) send pictures!! Can't wait 'til my niece starts doing those things.

BTW, Hi to everyone else!!

Take care,

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Try not to stress out too much. I know that this time of year is more stressful than we would like and more so for singles. I only wish that all of us had perfect families but since that is not going to happen, at least we can come here to vent and get the sympathy we all need at times.

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Have a lot of catching up here to do, LOL!

Jo, although you are not at home, I am sure you are logging on to the computer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Gerry, yes I do believe it is true that President Reagan loved jelly beans and always had some in his office and sometimes in his pant pockets. Jelly Belly is very well known so I wouldn't doubt it that he got his jelly beans from there, and free, I'm sure. I don't go out of my way to buy jelly beans, but is someone has some, I always like trying the different flavors -- yummy! I would be surprised if your dd and sil didn't like California. My family in AZ love it out here, but they wouldn't move because of earthquakes. I figure, each state has some form of disaster so live where you love being at.

Those not posting your picture: Wish you would so we could all connect names with faces. Try taking a side view, a distant picture, a blurry picture, or if you still resist, how about a picture of your pets (animal or plant) at least :-).

Pris, hope you aren't working too hard.

gng, interesting, but sad story about the man that died and the letter that came to him for his daughter. Sometimes we don't realize how much we miss out when we exclude those in our family. My daughter went to her dad's deathbed a few months ago, and we aren't sure if he was aware of her being there. He lost out on a lot of love by not keeping in touch with his only children (my two). But, he also stole that opportunity from my kids. Don't know what a Keurig coffee machine looks like, but I will do a search once I get off this board. Happy Christmas cooking in your new kitchen!

Michael, the trike suggested by Jo looks great. Just make sure you all keep an eye on your GD when she is around the trike. My one y.o. GD has this sort of little Poo Bear car that has all these buttons to push and make noises or music. Well I found her standing on top of the car! They have hardwood floors and that toy could have gone right from under her. I warned her mom and dad, and since, they have now caught her trying to stand on top of the car. Kids now are just too smart!

Well, I still don't have my car, but when I called the 'Advisor' and he said they are still working on it, my response was that they needed to give me a loaner. I am now driving a blue 2008 Dodge Avenger! I should have asked for a loaner long before now, but I guess I had to get extremely pissed off for my brain to to work.

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Good morning all,

Hope everyone is staying nice and warm. The weather here is still pretty good.

Monday, three weeks and they still haven't fixed my car! The 'Advisor' yesterday said possibly today. They had to order new pistons (remember he said that one new piston was leaking about a week ago). My car must have very rare parts where it takes them so long to get parts. For Pete's sake, it's a 2002 Grand Cherokee Laraedo! I see lots of these SUV's on the road; these owners don't know there are no parts if their cars break down -- I feel like warning them!!!!

Yesterday, I picked up my 11 y.o. grandson from school. This was his first ride in the loaner car. We had the sun roof opened and as we turned around the corner, two separate group of kids yelled out my GS's name! He was so pleased and said, "you know, I wouldn't mind one bit if I got picked up in this car every day"! Kids are funny.

Just touching base. Eloise


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Hi all - like Eloise, just touching base.

Eloise, thought I'd let you know, you have such a warm spirit. Read your post on the "blues" thread - pretty unpifting. Thanks for being you! BTW, hope you get your car soon - or maybe buy that loaner!!

Hope everyone else is doing well. Been pretty busy at my new job and frankly, just too warn out to think enough to write at night over the past few days. I'm been looking for everyone though.

Take care all!


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Hey gng et al.,

Thanks gng. A new job -- hope it's what you wanted.

Guess what, I got my car back last night after 3 weeks and 3 days! Then, guess what, I drove it to pick up my grandson from school today and it's making a weird noise :-( I called the 'Advisor' and he said could I bring it in Monday -- not again, aaggghhh!!! I said I didn't know if I could...

I'll try to not think about the car over the weekend and just plain enjoy the fact that it is the weekend.

We got rain most of today. I don't know whether the rain started last night or early this morning, but it is welcomed.

Gerry, Gene, Jo, Pris, Michael, where are you guys? Hope all of you are doing well and are just enjoying life.

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I'm here, just barely. I was over on the kt lurking on the "getting to know you" thread. Was trying to think of something interesting to say and just couldn't come up with anything. My life has become a dull & boring routine of work, work, work, sleep and start over again. Hoping the new year will see some changes. I really need to get out of Dodge and see what's new in the world.

The boss is trying to sell his business. This has been going on for three years now. It was supposed to have been final last January but bogged down then. This was after more than a year of "due diligence". Now I really believe the purchasers are trying to get the selling price reduced because the economy declined this past year and my boss is not willing to do that. We'll see. If it doesn't happen by the end of the year for transfer on 1/1/08, I believe he's going to back out. As for me, I'm just tired of the whole mess. You know the old saying, s*** or get off the pot. Blech, I need some happy pills to get me out of this foul mood.

Eloise, I believe I would be looking for another mechanic to work on my car if I were you. Did they ever tell you why it was taking so long?

gng, I missed something. What new job??

Michael, did you get the trike yet?

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Hi All...Winter has officially hit in Kansas so I have been busy keeping the heat on in everybody's homes. Have the weekend off and not on call so I'm finally getting a chance to relax. Eloise, I agree with Pris, that was way too long to go without and it's still not fixed. Time for a second opinion IMO. Hope everybody has a great weekend!

Yes Pris, I did order the trike. Not the one that Jo gave me a link to, but I went retro since I am an old bugger and had one similar when I was a kid.

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Michael, I like the one you ordered better - you can remove that handle when she gets older - very nice!

Eloise, I did not have access to a computer the whole ten days I was in Florida! I guess I COULD have found one, but chose to stroll and lay on the beach and play with my Grandbabies!


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It's good to see some of your posting again!

Pris, they said it was the transmission so instead of putting in a new one, seems like they rebuilt part by part. When I called, it would be "that the mechanic had to order some parts, was waiting on some part," etc.

On top of the weird noise, my car is leaking some type of fluid! You guys are right that I should find a new mechanic, but I went to the experts, i.e., the Jeep Dealership! You would think that should be the best place to take the car that carries their name. As well, you would think they had parts there or could get them quickly. I usually go to the neighborhood TuneUp Masters (or whatever their name is), but I felt that it would be something with the transmission and the Jeep place would know right away what the problem was. I don't know how it works when you have a smaller garage fix something that is covered through the warranty. For all I know about cars, another place would have told me it was something else not covered by warranty!

To lift up my spirits, I had a Starbucks Peppermint Moca -- pretty good!

Welcome back Jo! Sounds like you had a great time, and grandbabies are soooooooo very special :-)

Michael, good choice. Yesterday, I bought one of those small cars with a handle where you can push the kids. It's sort of like a little stroller. I thought my one year old grandbaby would like it when I take her for walks! Of course, I also found some very cute outfits.

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LOL, Eloise and Michael - I spent a small fortune on stuff for my Grandbabies. The youngest is four, and a real wrestle-mania kid - he has almost every action figure of the wrestlers. Of course, he had a couple that were wrestling and lost their legs or arms - we replaced those - KACHING.

The older one is 6, and he's into bugs, so we had to buy a bug-maker and all the accessories and supplies that go with it - KACHING!

Then, the youngest one needed new jeans and shirts, etc. - KACHING!

The other one needed toys for his upcoming birthday as well as Christmas - DOUBLE KACHING!

Then Mom says they need bunk beds - I bought those and that was a moderate KACHING!

All in all, I probably dropped $2,000 on the expenses of making the trip, buying meals for 5 for the 10 days and other essentials, but it was WELL worth it - they are so sweet.

I figured that if they lived near me, I would easily spend $200/month on them, so this amount (it's been 1 1/2 years since I have seen them) isn't so bad.


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Eloise, if it's under warranty, then by all means stick with the Jeep dealership... just be a turd if they are giving you the runaround. Sounds like you are a very nice person and went without a vehicle for a while until you complained, then they gave you a loaner. The old adage of "the squeaky wheel gets the oil" does apply when you are in the right. EVERYONE has a boss. If you don't get satisfaction from the person you are dealing with, ask to talk to his superior.


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Hi all!!

Eloise - so sorry you are still having car (mechanic) trouble. Transmissions are tough, especially if they are rebuilt. It can take a while to get out the bugs. Something is leaking...!! It's probably the transmission fluid - duh! Did they tighten the pan????? These are questions to the mechanic, not you. But, be careful driving until you get it back into the shop. You don't want it to lock up on you. Be sure the check the fluid level before you head out. Also check the oil too.

KJ - glad to see you back; missed seeing you around. Grans are great. My sister is having a ball babysitting her newest one everyday. She's 1yr and my sister calls her THE BOSS. But she's a real sweatheart. I remember my mom doing all of those special things when my daughter and 2 nephews were young. It helped a lot, but more than that, the kids remembered. Even now, my nephews mention how much she and my step-dad did for and with them. I never thought of it that way, but they sure did.

Michael- LOVE that trike. I'm going to show it to my sister for Zoie. She's been running pretty good since before she was a year old. I babysat her dad when he was little and he was running track when he was 9mos. I guess Zoie takes after him. I'm sure she'll like that trike by Spring time.

Sorry it's so cold there. I'm ready for some winter weather but only for sentimental reasons. One snow (heavy enough to close down everything) and then bring on Spring!!

pris - I know all too well about the due-dilligence nonsense. I've worked for several places where we were either acquiring another company or another company was considering "my" company. That's tough because it can actually become a FT job responding to all those data requests. Try to get out of that rut. I say the same thing - work to home; home to work. There's got to be a better way!!

RE my job, it's not that new - since June. But I call it new since I really like it and it's oh so close to home - 10 min!! I have traveled more than 100 miles RT to some jobs and they were in a different state. That made it diffifult to sometimes conduct personal business,like banking, and schedule things for the KT redo, and of course Dr visits. At first it was so slow, but now my workload is up to a real job. We were just awarded a new contract which will double the size of the company. Because of that, my boss has transitioned most of her work to me. That combined with my hectic workload, I'm all of a sudden swamped. But, that's a good thing. That 10 minute commute is a TDF dream!!

Anyway, glad everyone is back posting - it was a little slow! Keep it coming guys!

Oh, forgot, I'm getting a camera soon and will try to post picture, of me, and the kitchen when its finished. That should be fun!

take care,

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Hi gng....talked to my daughter tonight and she thought that trike would be great for Ava...Kaycee had one just like it when she was little, minus the handle. Looking forward to seeing pics of your kitchen and you in the near future. I bought myself this camera as a Christmas gift to myself so I can take some snaps next week when I see Ava. Played with it this weekend...verry niiiiice.

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Greetings all,

We had rain over the weekend and now the wind is blowing like crazy! I haven't been outside yet, but I hope my potted plants are o.k.

Us grandparents sure know how to spend $ on our grandkids, don't we? But, they certainly are worth every penny and anything we do for them!

gng, any idea on what kind of camera you are getting?

Michael, looks like a great camera! I ordered one for my DD for Christmas (she never gets on GW so she won't know about this). It's a Canon Powershot A720 IS with a 2 GB disk (holds tons of pictures). I hope it's a good one. I did lots of review checks, but just when you think you found a great camera, there will be one review that is negative.

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Michael, do you still have your website? Post a link to it, if you do - I remember it being very nice!


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Don't you just hate it when there's a power glitch and you lose everything you just typed in? Had a nice long post going and now it's gone. Couldn't have been very important as I can't remember all that went into it.

Michael, My kids had trikes like that (except for the long handle) If they peddle really fast, do you have to run to keep up or do you just pull back on the handle and slow them down??? I would think a double handle would work better but that's just me. I have visions of going around in circles with that one.

Eloise - gneegirl is right about not being too careful before you get back to the dealership to have the leak checked out. #1 son had an oil change at one of those chain places that specialize in that. Lost all the oil they put in because they failed to put something back properly and it all leaked out. He was lucky in that it was a slow leak and did not all leak out on the 15 mile trip home from the store. He did, however, have to fix the problem and replace the oil before he could drive it back to town.

KayJones - Sounds like you had a blast buying for the babies. I have step grandchildren and manage to spend quite a bit on them but nothing near what you did in your one visit. Mine were half grown before I ever met them so I can imagine what I would have done if they were babies. Much more irresistible at that age. Teenagers, gotta love em.


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LOL, Pris - I have a 17-yr. old stepson I would adopt out - want him? He has a sassy mouth and knows EVERYTHING - just love him right now - GGGRRRRRRRR! Ya, those Grandbabies are really great - as I said, I only spent a FRACTION of what I would have spent if they lived close to me. Look out next year - I plan to be living near them again!


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Evening all...beautiful day here, even if it was a Monday.
Eloise, I was looking at that particular camera and it got high ratings on that site where I provided my link. My deciding factor was the 10x zoom. I have high quality binoculars mounted on a tripod and I can take some awesome shots with this thing...can't wait to take it out to the lake and catch some migration pics.

Jo, I haven't been to that site in ages, let alone update it. It was decent in it's day but there are much better links out there to be found...who knows, if I get some good photos with this camera, maybe I'll start updating it again.

Pris, I think the handle is mainly designed to give the kids that have never run pedals a nudge of what the pedals purpose is. Me being a man and all, I'd probably try my luck with leaving the handle on and getting me a skateboard and let Ava do all the work. :)


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Michael, excuse me while I lay here on the floor, LMAO, thinking of what you will look like on a skate board behind your little Angel - too funny! Why not get yourself some inline skates????


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I gave up inline skates long ago, Jo....Last time I was on them I almost took a nice spill. Someone asked me if I was drunk, I said "hell yes I'm drunk, what do think I am, a stunt man?" (old joke)


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I just love, love, love this Forum!! Everytime I think I'm going to just check in to see what's going on, one of you says something that begs me to log on!! Michael, I just read your post about skateboarding behind Ava and 'bout lost it - and I had a cup a jo in my hand!! I'm with you K-J on that one!! Would love to see a snap of that shot!

Thanks for the tip on the camera Michael. I actually think I've see one similar, if not the same on some website. Eloise, I'm going to check out yours too. I do want the better zoom though. I have some pics I took a while ago w/o the zoom and decided that I would like to look at one that had the higher number. I'm being lazy about the whole thing - even the kitchen. My cooktop is still laying in the floor sleeping while I rest my weary noggin from all the whirlwind planning this summer/fall. I think the camera will come first though.

Eloise - I know about the wind!! It was awful! I looked out back last night when I came home and it had knocked down a solid wood door ( I replaced it with the french doors in the kitchen). That thing was HEAVY. I had some work done and the contractors had moved it before. It fell then - almost into the glass part of the french doors. My neighbor moved it for me, hoping it wouldn't fall again. Lo and behold, that wind just picked it up like it was a piece of carboard - right onto my metal lawn chairs. I dared not venture to check out the damage to the chairs. I just bought those things. Maybe I'll look next Spring!

K-J, I'll pass on the step-son for now. Maybe when he turns 18. They are really smelling themselves at that age, as my aunt says. You want them to have some of that so they'll be prepared for the real world. But, I tell you, I just think about what I put my mother through at that age. But, ya gotta love them. They can be just as sweat at that age too. I guess that's why they say "only a Mother could love"!

Power glitches - yeah, know that too. My computer has a short somewhere and at any moment is just, goes! Hate that. It's a slower laptop and it take 4EVER to power back up. Here's to technology!

OK all, that's it for me. I think I may turn in a little early (early for me, anyway). Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow.

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GNG, my 17-yr. old is going through the 'GOD, I'm infallable' phase! He is driving me NUTS! He smells like an old gym bag, which makes my house smell funky. He looks like a gorilla, with his face sporting a full beard - his room would cause the whole house to be condemned if the health dept. dropped by!

He just learned he has been accepted at Baylor, to to go college in Sept. His major will be Information Technology AND How to Spend All Mom's Money! He will be a straight-A student in the second class - geeze, he has NO CONCEPT of the value of a dollar! It will cost $40,000 for the FIRST YEAR! If you change your mind on adopting him, let me know!


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K-J - too funny, but then again, I guess not. Congrats on Baylor though. Maybe that will wake him up some too.

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Knee, I wonder if he will make it in college - he has become so lazy, I'm not sure he will be able to get up for classes. He informed me he intends to live on campus for the four years (if he lasts that long!). There goes the cash register!

Maybe he, (and I), will get lucky enough to find a girl who isn't too particular and get married in his sophmore year!!! LOL In order to live with him, she will need to be blind and her olfactory sense will need to be out of order - he is simply AMAZING to me on a daily basis!


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Greetings all,

Pris, I've had that happen to me too. Sometimes now if I am doing a long post or email, I will write it out in Word first, save, spell check and then post.

Michael, I think the camera I got my dd will work out for her. We mostly use cameras for taking pictures of the kids :-)! I have a Canon A630 that I bought a few years ago. It's heavier than the one I bought for my dd, and requires four batteries! I think I was pretty smart in getting rechargeable batteries and so while four are being charged, I have four in the camera at all times! I'm not that savvy (or adventurous) and so don't even use all the different settings on my camera, but keep it at Auto!

Too funny, I can see Michael on a skateboard with Ava pulling him. She probably could pull you; you know how determined little kids are. Make sure you wear lots of padding, lol! Think you might be safer on skates than a skateboard, at least I know I would be.

gng, hope that wind didn't destroy your chairs! My neighbor has a palm (Washingtonia) tree in their frontyard, and I have one in my backyard. When it gets very windy, those fronds coming down like helicopters, and when they land on my roof top, they make a horrible sound. If I have to go to the backyard when it's windy like that, I am always looking up making sure one of the fronds isn't coming down towards me -- they'd probably knock me down or worst!

Jo, you never know. Your son might end up surprising you! A friend always talked about how her daughter growing up was such a slob; how her room would have been condemned; how she would find peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in her dd's coat pockets, and so on. Her daughter is now a very accomplished woman in the design field and keeps an immaculate house!

I haven't taken my car back yet. Have you guys experienced when you hear a sound coming from your car, you try to show someone, and, nothing, zip, silence? That's what is going on. As for the leak, I am trying to see if it was condensation. I have paper towels down in the garage to catch whatever it is so I can show the dealership. Yesterday, there was nothing.

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Eloise - The first new car I bought after becoming single the first time developed a problem with something electrical in the dash. I took it back to the dealer more than once as it would never act up when I was there. I finally left it overnight and told them to drive it so they could see. Evidently that worked as they had to take the steering column apart to locate and fix the problem.
All well and good until I went to pick it up. As I was driving off the lot I decided (for some unknown reason) to test the turn signals, horn, etc. The horn didn't work. I wheeled around went back, told the mechanic and he stood there with his nose turned up, mouth puckered up in what can only be described as a sneer and said "we didn't do anything to the horn." I said, "I don't care what you did or did not do. It was working when I brought it in and it will be working when I drive it off. Fix it." As it turned out, anything electrical was routed through the steering column and they had not reconnected the horn. That was my first taste of being treated like an imbecile by some shade tree mechanic who automatically thinks all women are idiots because they don't know the technical term for what they are trying to describe.

Michael, I can just see you on your skateboard, hanging onto Ava's trike just like the kids on the street hanging onto somebody's bumper. Just remember those kids have younger and more resiliant bones. I don't think Ava will
be able to carry you home when you break something.

Jo - I have two boys - doesn't work as well with boys. Mine are lucky to have wives that put up with them and clean up their mess. I used to keep the door to their rooms closed because I couldn't stand the mess. About every three months or so I would get fed up and shovel them out. I've found food under the bed, on window sills behind the blinds and the good Lord knows where else. The Oldest had to get glasses when he was about 13. He hated them and after "losing and/or breaking" the third pair, I gave up. Found the last pair hidden behind stuff stored on the top shelf of his closet.

gng - That's a pretty strong wind. Have you determined if you furniture is damaged or not? A good strong wind can make a weapon out of almost anything. I've heard of straws being blown through tree trunks. Of course, that was during a hurricane so the winds were pretty fierce and the tree was probably a palm tree.

Don't have a lot to say about cameras. Limited knowledge. I have a digital which I point and shoot. If it turns out good, great. If not I delete.


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Michael - RE the Camera

Michael,

I took a look at the review on your camera and thought it looked like one on special on QVC. I just got home and it was on TV. Sure 'nuf, I think it is the same one. I just ordered it - $199 plus I got the memory card to bring it to $248 or something, incl. T&SAH. It's 7.1 mp with 10x zoom. I should get it by the 17th (but probably sooner knowing QVC during the holidays).

I like the ergonomics because I have a pretty wide handspread and usually have trouble with little teeny gadgets. How heavy is it? Is there a way to carry it, like a hand strap or something? I would prefer something to slip in my purse or pocket, but I like the reveiws and with your mention, I thought I'd give it a try.

I rushed to order it because they only had 800 left from highlighting it on some special pricing or another, for about 2-3 weeks. I'm going to check out more specs to be sure it's the one I want. But thanks for the tip - it's just so ironic that it is the same one you mentioned.

thanks!

Hi to everyone else too - will post updates later.

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dang gng....I wish I had known....www.newegg.com has it with the card and batteries and charger for under 185....ya gotta talk to me girl! :)


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Thanks Michael - I can cancel the QVC order. I'll check out newegg!


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you can trust giving them your credit card number...I have bought many products from them...fast shipping also


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Thanks Michael!!

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A bump to this thread so Eloise will have to start a Coffeeshop V.....this has been an enjoyable thread....made some new friends on this one and hope to meet more....this weekend I'd need Ava to be pulling me with a sled in tow, the way the weather sounds.


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We're there already!!

Eloise - thanks for starting this one. It has been great to meet everyone. Sometimes it's been a little slow and sometimes just as crazy as tonight's SLF. But I'm so thankful to have met everyone. BTW, I bought my camera so as soon as it gets here I'll post a pic.

Michael, I'm on NewEgg site now - great prices, even less than you said. I think $170-something!

See you all on the flip side!


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Anyone can start the new CS V!!! Who wants to do the honors? Thanks gng, but I am not the originator of Coffee Shop. If you check out the previous Coffee Shop, you will see it was 'gurley' who started it. I continued it after a couple of posters said it was getting too long, as this one is. How about one of you start "Coffee Shop V - not just for coffee drinkers" and when gng gets her camera, we can all post our pictures again just to keep them all on the same post.

I need to go out and get my Christmas tree, later!


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I will be happy to start a new thread.


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I had to try at least one more post to take it over 100....way to go people...let's keep the board breathing!


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There you go - being 'trying' again - well it worked!


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Me trying??....nah, I'd never do something like that...who knows I might try to take this one to 200, if it will let me. Heh..


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You are so ornery! Maybe we can help you reach 200.


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What number is this??


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Didn't I read somewhere that there was a limit to the number of posters per thread. If not, then it must be a "filiment of my imagination."


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This is post #106!


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I guess I'll follow suit but it says you are 107...

I'll miss IV but I'm glad we started V!!

Hi to everyone!


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Well, maybe this one will be 108!


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109, I feel like I am defying my mom and running around the house with scissors.


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Michael - you so make me crack up laughing!!

Jo - I was 108!!!!! BTW, you've got mail!! Hope you don't mind...

Michael you are 110, old guy, and I beat you as this is 110, I think!!!

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Mary, Michael is number ONE in my book!!!

Mary, your mission, should you choose to accept, is to keep score and when we reach post # 199, let's let Michael make post #200, ok?

Thanks for the private email, Mary!


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Thanks Jo....I took it easy today, did some shopping for mom, shoveled off her sidewalk for her and took a ride in the country in hope of snapping some pics of wildlife like pheasants or deer...no luck there, but did get a chance to see just how impressive this 10x zoom is... maybe I'll take this to 200 by turning it into a photo page unless someone complains.
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OMG Michael - You are making my decisions awfully tough. I still like your camera. I checked the website again today and it is no longer the daily special so I lost out on the and additional $10 savings. But, it's still worth it.

I just got back home from my company's Christmas party. One of my co-workers had a Cannon with here. She said that he has owned 5 Cannons and wouldn't get a different brand - ever. I'm going to buy one tomorrow.

BTGW, your pics are absolutely breathtaking. That zoom is something else!!

BTW, that's a lot of snow!!

Enjoy it!


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Post your gorgeous pictures with our blessing!


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That's actually a light snow gng....it did help to get it to melt the ice that was underneath...I might take a trip out to the lake this afternoon. Should be some geese and turkeys out there, had a pelican out there a few years back but haven't seen one since. I think they figured out a better route than Kansas. I know I would. The late games don't really interest me. Since _enver (left out the "d" since they have no defense) lost the other night, I've lost some of my fanaticism.


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You guys are too, too much! O.k. I will also help with getting this thread to 200, lol!

Michael, your camera has a great zoom ability! Snow makes me cold just looking at it. Eloise


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Thanks Eloise...it does have nice capabilities but after today, I am going to have to do a bit more experimentation in different light situations to get the results that I want...here's a link to my venture today. Had one of a deer grazing in a wheat field and because of my haste it came out blurry and deleted it...grr.

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That landscape looks like my part of the country. Flat as a fritter. Not now, but for most of my life. We used to joke that when a sailor at the NAS went AWOl, you could see him running for three days. I live in the Hill Country now but really get homesick for the wide open spaces at times.


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OMG, those are great pictures, Michael - thanks for sharing them with us!


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OK Michael, not fair that you are adding to my confusion with those pictures! They are magnificent. I'm sure if you put a frame around them, you might be able to put the home decor dept of BB&B and L&T out of biz.

pris, I so love that part of the country. When I was staying just north of Chicago for about a year, it was so nice to just get in the car and ride - even got lost and ended up in Wisconsin. I smelled a few things that I hadn't smelled before, but it felt so good to experience that wide-open space. I've been through the mid-west states on a trip to CA with my parents, when I was young. Just brings you "back home"

K-J and Eloise - hey there to ya!!

I'm home today and probably tomorrow, from work, with a twisted knee - YUK. I'm scheduled for an MRI on Thursday morning and I'm hoping for good news. I know there are problems because I fell on icy concrete - stright down, last year when I hurt my shoulder. The shoulder was so bad that I did nothing about the knee. Since then the knee-cap would float. It moved around a pretty good bit yesterday, which I think caused this injury. Wish me luck guys - I'm not normally accident proned, but last year's shoulder injury, and now this - I'm really not too happy right now!! Anyway, thank Goodness for GWF - I've been lurking all day!!

See ya everyone!!


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I hope the MRI comes out well for you gng....I took a spill the other day but got lucky and was only sore for a couple days....I hope yours is the same type. You will be in my thoughts.


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gng, sorry about your injuries! Hope your MRI comes out squeaking clean, i.e., that you didn't tear anything.


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Soooo sorry, gng. I hope it turns out to be something easy to fix.

I don't envy your mri. Do you have an open mri available? I've only had one and will not go back in there again unless sedated. I knew I couldn't get on a crowded elevator but had no idea the mri would cause that reaction. I'm told this only happens to people who are claustrophobic so not to worry.

I know exactly how much that hurts. I have a blind blue heeler who lays on the porch in front of the door. (he wants to be sure he knows when I go in or out the door). His "spot" of course gets pretty slick with the oils from his coat. I came out the door wearing some sandals with slick soles, stepped on his spot and my foot went sky high. I fell on the opposite knee "staight down" and thought I was dying it hurt so bad. (hence the mri)

Michael - Maybe you had "buck fever"????


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Well, Pris - since we have to look for rainbows where we can find them, think of it this way: at least you can STILL get your foot 'sky-high'!


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LOL...never thought about the buck fever Pris....Never have been deer hunting. Did my share of coyote, pheasant and duck hunting in my earlier years but moved to Colorado and didn't make the annual safari's for a few years. Now I'm back here and have no desire..still have my guns, but they are for intruders, not critters.


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Hi all!!

Thank you so much for all of your encouragement!! I am doing a lot better. At least now I can bend my knee a little. Yesterday was AWFUL - I didn't even feel like myself. I'm still going for the mri though - Dr. was concerned about some tightness in the back of my leg that was coming from the left side of the knee. I think (I hope) it will be fine. I just have to still take it easy for ast least a couple of more days.

I do have more good news - I ordered granite for my KT countertop today!! That a feat unto itself, considering my knee. I called the fabricator to see if I could get her to come down in price a bit, but to no avail. They have the stone but in the wrong color. Because of that, they will but it from the place where I found the best color. That's where I thought I could shave something, but not happening at this point. I called the stone store and they told me that they couldn't guarantee the slab I wanted was still there. Since I had an experience at the same place with someone buying the slab I wnated right under me (I got there to reserve it too late), I rushed, bad knee and all, over there. Sure 'nuf, one of the slabs was gone. So I called my fabricator and she told me to let them know she would issue the PO to them right then. So, off to the races on this one - FINALLY. BTW, I'm getting Crema Bordeux. It's a far cry from where I starte, but it is a pretty stone (well, 2).

Hey Michael, will all that power for intrudors, guess we can't just pop-call on ya, huh! I'm a true carnivor, but truly despise hunting. What an oximoron!

Take care everyone!!

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KJ - Looking back on it, I don't think I had much choice. I'm just grateful I didn't tear anything vital while doing my "air splits".

Michael - I learned to shoot as a kid. My father was a hunter and he made sure we all knew how to handle a gun. But, I wouldn't kill an animal unless I had to for survival and that ain't gonna happen any time soon. I do love venison, though. I'll help you butcher & package for the freezer after the kill but I'm not shooting it. Don't ask to me to help process birds though. Dove hunting is big in my neck of the woods. You have to have a million of them to make a meal and the only thing edible is the breast. Too much work for too little meat.

Regardless, I don't think it matters what your "weapon" of choice is. If you point it and get so excited you can't stop your hands from shaking, then your have "buck fever".

gng - Congratulations!!! Yeah! Granite at last.
Now get that camera because we must have pictures of the countertops when they're finished.
Good luck with your mri tomorrow. Be sure to let us know how it turns out.

On another note - I think I've talked about my companys' sale and the fact that it was supposed to finalize this time last year. Well, we had the "mini-due diligence" yesterday and it looks like it's a go for take-over 1/2/08.
I wasn't looking forward to yesterday but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Now I just have to get through the actual takeover and see how many heads are going to roll, if any. I may be retiring sooner than expected. (I'm not overly concerned as I can draw SS and work parttime and not be in too much of a bind.)

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Gng...glad to see the knee is feeling better, definitely keep us posted on what the MRI says....see the thread about somebody dropping by...I haven't shot anyone...YET!! Photobucket
Pris, I'm the same way on the survival thing these days and would rather go pick out a nice Rib Eye or a Fillet instead of spending money on shells, license, missing work, etc. Last critters I killed were about 15 coyotes one winter because they were killing the defenseless sheep we had on pasture. Would chase them down on 3 wheeler yamahas...that was a thrill.


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Spent so much on the granite the only thing I can get now is a camera!! It cost a BIG penny. But, as my ex says, I should have just gone in and asked to see the most expensive stone and picked that one. It would have save a lot of anguish. He knows me well. Too bad he can't help me pay for it!!! LOL.


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Greetings all,

Yeah, gng selected her counter-tops!!!! gng, can't you ask your ex "for old time sake" to contribute towards the granite, lol!

Pris and gng, ouch! Too many injuries going on.

Just adding towards the 200 :-)


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Let's give her as much as she will take - 200 it is!!

Eloise - yes, too many injuries going on. I refuse to accept anymore!!

Hi to all!!


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Poster #135 stopping in to say "GOOD MORNING, ALL"!


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a bump closer to 200....finding that digital cameras don't work so good the colder they get...kind of like me...brrr

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Wonderful, Michael - just beautiful!

Are you headed to your girlfriend's house for the Christmas holiday? If so, PLEASE be safe! Merry Christmas, my Friend!


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Hi Jo....no I will be here...spending Christmas at moms...Kaycee and her family are to be there. I want to see Ava on her trike. My girlfriend lives in New Jersey, told her hell is going to have to freeze over before she gets me to come to that crazy state..heh


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OK Michael - perfect timing!! I just logged on to follow up to you on my camera thread - to ask your thoughts about a choice. Those shots you took are great BTW. Here's link to a camera I saw today. I tried out yours but I think it was too heavy or something. So many people were looking at it though. Everyone gave it great reviews. Since the store was out of stock on everything, this late in the Chrismas season, I asked about similar options. The one I looked at has 18x zoom, with 8.1MP. It is beautiful. The other one I was looking at is the Cannon G9 - everyone was asking for it too. But, as with all the rest, they were out of stock. I'm going to wait until after the holidays to see what sales look like. The folks at the store thought I might do OK with buying a disposable for the before/after shots of my kitchen, until I could decide on one to buy after the holidays.

Granite update all - really on pins and needles. I just got an email from the fabricator that the stone store had not sent them the reserve ticket for my stones. I am frantic now because I don't like the other stones, and I already lost another one I liked. We'll see how things go on Wednesday. Please wish me luck on this one. This has been such a long haul on making a decision that I really don't want to have to start over. Plus, with the stone I've already chosen, I would have a new countertop on the 11th - a real Bday present to me on the 13th, which is also a holiday weekend!!

Granite, granite, granite...!!!

Merry Christmas ALL!!

gng

Here is a link that might be useful: Mary's camera choice


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That camera looks very tempting Mary....in hindsight after seeing what this one can do, I wish I would have spent a bit more to get an 18x zoom. Your link isn't any less bulky of a camera, I wouldn't think. It all comes down to if you want it for simple point and shoot or more for outdoor nature pics. I'd be willing to wager I upgrade in less than a year now that I see the quantum leap that this one took from my old one. By this time next year, that 18x will be in about the price range I paid for this one, I'd expect.....Merry Christmas to all of you!!!...I plan to drop in for further wishes as the day grows closer.

Jo, a very special Merry Christmas to you!...I know this has been a tough year for you....you are a very dear friend to me and I thank you for encouraging me to try to get back here.


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Thanks Michael. That price range is a bit much for me so I'm looking for a sale. I actually found the model underneath for under $300 and it's getting great reviews. I'm going to check for sales on that too because I'd like to stay less than $250. I hadn't even checked that brand and am sooooo surprised at such positive reviews. We'll see what happens.

I gotta ditto you on your comments to Jo. I can tell that there is a special bond - friendship, if you will, between the two of you. That is something to really behold. Jo has been so supportive and passed on so much of her wisdom on this Forum. Many thanks to her!! Oh yeah, glad she revived you back here too. I can't tell you how much I laughed at the old posts. Hugs, and many thanks Jo - and Merry Christmas to ya!!

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143 here - getting closer every day. Just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. (or whatever holiday sentiment you choose to prefer)

Those are really beautiful pictures, Michael. Sure beats the heck out of my digital. But then, I'm not much of a photographer.

I went through my mothers' pictures collected over the years and put them on cd and hard drive to preserve them. They were really beginning to show some age but I could still recognize most of the relatives. Of course, there were some pictures in there that I had no idea who they were. My brother took them to a photo shop to be copied and I couldn't see much difference in the quality of the ones I scanned and the ones he paid to have copied.

gng - Just hang in there girl. Those counter tops will be beautiful when you get them in. Just remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil so keep bugging them.

Update on sale of the company. Should finalize on the 28th of this month. I have a lot of reports to pull to update their info but can't do anything until it gets closer to the 28th. Then I wait and see what happens. (we were at this point last year in the first week of January and it fell through so I'll just wait.)

Again - Have a Happy Holiday and stay safe.

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#144 is coming through the door to say:

May each of you have a wonderful day, filled with happiness and gratefulness THE WHOLE YEAR LONG!


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Michael, I love you too, my Friend! Have a happy Christmas WHEREVER you are and with whomever you spend it with!

Gnee, you are a very special lady to all of us, too! Please keep posting new threads - it keeps up pumped!!! Jo


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Hello, Everyone. To be honest I don't know where to post - CS 4 or 5. Anyway, I wanted to jump in and wish all a Merry Christmas.

As I mentioned in an earlier note I follow your discussions and enjoy them a lot. I'm still "sort of" into coffee trials. I need to find someone else, or others, who also want to sample. For instance I bought Island Blend beans at World Market. 24 ounces? That makes a lot of ground coffee and at two or three cups a day it would be around forever. I usually get tired of a brand in a few weeks.

I'm a little late, but Happy Winter Solstice. I'll bet you didn't realize daylight time was longer on Sunday and today.

I've not taken a scenic trip in my Western North Carolina mountains since putting the Miata to bed for the winter. But, I have thought of going to Harrah's at Cherokee to donate a few dollars. Haven't done that in ten years or so. At least I can enjoy different scenery.

Pris, is there a web site that'll take one by the hand and walk them through the process of scanning old pictures and putting them on a disk? I know how to scan but I've never moved anything to a disk. I know each picture has to have a suffix, like .jpg, to be read by other picture programs. Is that all that's to it?

Eloise, thanks for remembering me and I wish you well. That goes for the rest, too.

Merry Christmas, Gene


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RE: Coffee Shop IV - not just for coffee drinkers!

Hi Gene! You are OK posting on either, I think. We are just challening CS IV to see how long it will last - taking it to the MAX!! Harrah's sounds good but just don't leave enough to sponser everyone else, if you know what I mean. I know how to save the pics to a CD, but I was trying to walks someone through putting them on a USB card and it didn't work. pris, if you know that - or someone else, add my name to the list of students!! Merry Christmas to you too Gene!!

K-J - pumped...???? Where's the pump; I need it for me!! Thanks for your kind words; they really mean a lot. It's all been fun meeting everyone here. Merry Christmas to you, Kid. Keep smiling and holding on, it's all about one dagggone day at a time. If you get there before I do, throw me a rope, and I'll do the same for someone else when I get to the top - kind of like this Forum. We all just keep helping one another along. When we all get there together, we'll have CSXX or whatever!!

Take care all and have the merriest of Christmases!

gng


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Gnee, you are so sweet - Merry Christmas to you, too. Yep, for the most part, this forum moves along smoothly. Every once in a while someone has an unpleasant outburst, but we just accept that as part of something bigger - we never take it personally. I hope and pray that everyone has a safe day tomorrow, as they travel. I am staying home!


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So great to see you post Gene! Yep, I was also confused as to which one to post on, CS IV or CS V, when Michael and Jo sort of started the challenge to get this thread (CS IV) to 200 posts. So, here I am, contributing towards that goal, lol!

I haven't tried any new coffees other than buying Starbuck's Peppermint Chocolate Mocca and their Egg Nog one. They are good, although a bit too sweet for me, but I had to try them during this time of the year. There is a World Market close to where I take my grandbaby to Gymboree. I've never gone in that store, but maybe I will just to check out their coffee Gene.

Thanks all of you for being here: Gerry, Gene, Jo, gng, Michael, Pris! Hope I didn't miss anyone. I sincerely wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and may the New Year bring you lots of wonderful surprises!

Eloise


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Post #150! WooooHooooo - we are getting there!!!

Michael, where are you this fine night?


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