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Messages - MaryTX

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
October 20, 2019, 10:50:58 am
Patricia, the time by your name on your last post was 9:42AM. That was the time I received it.  I'm in Central Time Zone.  What time did you send it in your time?

Medical Corner / Re: Other Medical Conditions
September 24, 2019, 07:52:34 pm
As of September 19, Losartan and Valsartan from the following pharmaceutical companies are the only ones on the recall list at present: 

Torrent, Teva, Macleods, Camber, Legacy and Vivimed Life Sciences

The one I take is from a different company and is not on the list (at least for the moment).  I also take a generic Toprol.

Computer Store / Re: Tablets, Pads, Smart Phones
September 17, 2019, 01:20:24 pm
Jeanne, I turn my Ipad off completely when I'm done with it.  There is a button in the upper right corner.  I don't trust the cover on mine.  It turns the screen off but I don't think it actually shuts it off.

I mainly use it to read my Kindle books.  If I am sitting close to a plug when I am using it, I will plug it in while I'm reading.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for September 1, 2019
September 01, 2019, 12:17:29 pm
Shirley and Bubble, Carolyn Stirling is still in New Zealand.  She used to post in the old SeniorNet. She left after a disagreement with another member and we emailed back and forth for several years. We are Facebook friends.  I am seldom on Facebook anymore but she does post occasionally. 

Carolyn introduced me to Carol and her artist husband Keith Corner in Australia. My maiden name was Corner.  A distant cousin of my Dad's was into genealogy and researched the family line back to the mid 1700's.  If I remember correctly, Keith several distant back cousin.  We lost contact over the years. 

Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
August 13, 2019, 04:01:11 pm
Jeanne, my daughter and I recently flew from Dallas-Fort Worth to Seattle and back.  When she made the reservations, she mentioned a wheelchair was needed at both airports. They were waiting at check in, wheeled me thru security and right to the gate and to luggage pickup.  In Seattle they even wheeled me to the rental car place. We also flew economy and aren't frequent flyers. It's been 10 years since I had flown.  I couldn't have made the trip otherwise. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
June 10, 2019, 01:44:35 pm

FlaJean, thanks for the info on the "Ruby" novellas.  I'm not into that stuff either but Ruby is a character.  I'll have to order them. 

I prefer books and still have a "Hold" list at the library, but because of arthritis in my hands, it's getting harder to hold a book, as well as the print seems to be getting smaller or my eyes think so :).  I can increase the size of the print on the iPad so it's easier to read.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
June 10, 2019, 09:56:17 am
FlaJean, I'm the one who likes the China Bayles books. 

I stayed up until close to midnight Saturday night to finish "A Plain Vanilla Mystery" and I felt the lack of sleep yesterday :).  She always starts each chapter with interesting and informative information on whatever herb, spice and/or plant the book is about. This book was about vanilla and orchids.  I love orchids but my green thumb doesn't extend to either orchids or miniature roses! I do well with big roses but my thumb turns black when I even look at an orchid or a miniature rose.  I won't mention how many of both have turned up their toes in my care ;D.


Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
April 16, 2019, 06:04:09 pm
Marilyne, I keep a second window for Marine City open most of the time and when I am off the computer, I click it on full screen. I can glance on the screen when I walk by and see if anything is coming by.  There are probably seven or eight ships come by during the day.  Many are our favorites from Duluth and have seen several new ones to me. 

www.marinetraffic.com shows where ships are all over the world.  My screen comes up automatically to the Duluth area.  By moving the screen to the left, you can see Sault Ste Marie.  Move it down towards Detroit, increase the size and you will see the St Clair River and Marine City. The chat feature is nice also and I have learned quite a bit from them. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
April 13, 2019, 04:07:37 pm
Hi everyone.

I picked up The Tale Tellers at the library yesterday, read it in one sitting! It took me until midnite :). I agree it started a bit slow but finished with a bang. I have read all of her Dad's books and her books are nearly identical to his.

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
April 07, 2019, 05:58:57 pm
Mary Ann, have you ever watch the Marine City, Michigan ship cams on the St. Clair River?  It was a very busy day on the river today, and while I was watching the Alpena, American Century (headed to Duluth), Lee A Tragutha and the barge/tug Marmee/Victory headed to Soo passed by.  The cams are so detailed, you can actually see into the ships.  They also have an online chat group and I learned quite a bit about ships and shipping.  What caught my eye at first was the "Alpena" as my Dad was born and raised in Alpena.  I've never been to Michigan.  Cathie said next summer we will take a trip up to the Great Lakes.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
April 02, 2019, 10:40:37 am
Good morning everyone.  My eyes have been bothering me the last couple of weeks along with this stupid cold/cough I can't seem to shake so my reading and the computer have suffered also. 

I did finish Susan Mallery's California Girls .  It was good but typical.  I started reading her books several years ago with her Fool's Gold series.

A friend brought me one of my favorite author Susan Wittig Albert's latest books, "Queen Anne's Lace" in her China Bayles mystery series.  I'm looking forward to starting it.

I do have very eclectic reading tastes :) .  I even read cereal boxes :) .

Have a good week.

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
March 08, 2019, 02:45:12 pm
Mary Ann, Sun Knowles or Sunshine as she was usually called, was from Tyler, TX and passed away in September of 2017.  We used to email frequently, but she finally got where she had real difficulty using her hands and couldn't use the computer. She lived with her daughter and sun-inlaw. She had a very interesting life.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 24, 2019, 11:08:20 am
] FlaJean, thanks for posting the "Fantastic Fiction" website.  I try to keep up with new books from my library's Upcoming New Books listing but miss some of my favorite authors since they don't purchase every new book.

I started reading Tony Hillerman's Lt. Leaphorn books when he first started the series and he certainly passed on the writing gene to his daughter as she seamlessly carried on the series as if he was writing it. 

Photos and More / Re: Photo Slide Shows and Home Videos
January 28, 2019, 08:28:46 pm
Shirley, they couldn't find it!
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2019
January 28, 2019, 05:53:38 pm
Jenny, my prayers are with you and all your family.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2019
January 24, 2019, 04:46:42 pm
Amy, does your city or county have exclusions for jury duty?  Here in Texas, if you are 70 or over, are a caregiver of a disabled person, have children under 5, are disabled or a couple of other exclusions are reasons you can ask to be excluded.  I have done my civic duty several times over the years but there is a limit.  The last time I went, they had called 150 people and only 50 bothered to even show up.  I can't believe 100 people had valid reasons to get out of it ::).

Jane, I hope you can pile on enough sweats and flannel PJs to make it through the winter!  We're holding our breath that our heat pump will hold up until summer.  Last summer, the A/C portion went out.  He was able to patch it together to last the season, and then the heat part went out during our first cold snap.  Luckily, it was just a burnt wire that time!  Our house is 25 years old and it's the original.
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
January 01, 2019, 12:02:28 pm
:balloons: HAPPY NEW YEAR :balloons:
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 1, 2019
January 01, 2019, 11:55:41 am
:hb2: HAPPY NEW YEAR :hb2:
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for December 1, 2018
December 11, 2018, 11:09:30 pm
More dog and people food stories.....

Back in the 70s, one night we had T-bone steaks for supper.  We filled up our plates and Claude realized I hadn't put A-1 sauce on the table.  He got up to go to the cupboard and Cathie's dog Sunny grabbed his steak and out the door she went :).

When I was a kid, every other Sunday dinner, Mom would fix a rump roast.  One Sunday we finished eating and Mom put the roast up on the counter to cool before she put it in the frig.  Here came the dog and out the door went the dog, the roast and our supper for the rest of the week:).

Our dogs now sit right by the table every night and I swear they begrudge every bite we put in our mouths. They have never reached up on the table or the counters though, not like their predecessors did!

Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: Cooking Recipes
December 06, 2018, 07:51:46 pm
Mary Ann, I love the Collins Street Bakery fruitcake.  We've been there a couple of times and they are very generous in giving all kinds of samples :).  Reminds me of the grocery stores on a Saturday years ago.  Most gave dozens of samples and you could go and make your lunch just out of samples :).

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
December 02, 2018, 11:39:52 am
Marilyne, my former in-laws and families were all Norwegians and some were not long off the boat.  The first year I spent Christmas with them, lutefisk, lefsa, an other Norwegian foods were served.  My brother-in-law and I were the only "furriners" as we were called (Rick German and me Irish) at the table.

The lutefisk was passed around.  We took some but none of the younger generations would touch it.  We thought it was bland but okay. This was brought up everytime it was served while I was still in the family :).

Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
December 01, 2018, 04:09:26 pm
Amy, I had never heard of "dudley nose" before but our first Golden "Twisty" had a pink nose. Is it uncommon?  He was the first one I had ever seen.

Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
December 01, 2018, 11:01:11 am
Jack, when I saw the pic you posted of Mimi on the bed, I did a doubletake! Cathie did also. In that pic, she is an exact double of my Missy (aka The Princess), in coloring, size, face everything :) . In other pics I've seen of Mimi, I always thought she was more blond than golden but in that pic they are doubles :)

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 20, 2018, 09:40:52 pm
Mary Ann, I don't know about Michigan, but Texas has an "Alternative Certification Program". If you have a degree (BA, BS, MA in any field, you can apply for the alternative program.  It usually takes a year of online classes, etc and once you are in the program, you can apply for an emergency conditional teaching certificate.  Once you finish the program, you can take the examination for a teaching certificate.  Cathie said you can have a 100 Master's Degrees here in Texas and they only pay you an extra $1000 a year!  In her school (middle school) she is one of only a handful that have an actual education degree.  Most of the teachers have alternative certification. She said there are several different alternative programs in the state. 

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for November 15, 2018
November 16, 2018, 10:04:22 am

Good morning.

This is another test.  I hope this will be the final formatting attempt. 

Mary :-\

It was!   Took awhile.  :)
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
November 13, 2018, 03:53:02 pm
Mary Ann, now that the leaves are falling off the trees at Grand Haven, I noticed some kind of a building on the beach. Do you know what it is?

Computer Store / Re: General Computer Q & A
October 30, 2018, 01:28:06 pm
It's like the "Windows 10 for Dummies" book but it is geared more for seniors.  I started working with mainframe computers back in the 1960s, but the older I get the harder it gets to comprehend something new" :)

Computer Store / Re: General Computer Q & A
October 30, 2018, 10:05:42 am
Jeanne, my daughter bought me a "Windows 10 for Seniors" and it really helped.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
October 18, 2018, 08:02:43 pm
Callie, I agree with Marilyne.  I loved THE ADDRESS from the beginning but just couldn't get into THE DOLLHOUSE.  I've always thought the Barbizon was an interesting place from what I have read about it.  I probably quit too soon also but there are many books I want to read.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
October 18, 2018, 12:06:08 pm
Marilyne, I was disappointed with THE DOLLHOUSE and didn't finish it.  I got close to halfway and asked myself why was I continuing to read it when I couldn't get interested in it.

I'm now reading Karen Kingsbury's newest WHEN WE WERE YOUNG.  I really enjoy reading all her books.

I'm #10 on the reserve list for Nicholas Sparks' EVERY BREATH and #29 for CRAZY RICH ASIANS.

Callie, I get on the library's reserve list sometimes even before a book has been published but ordered by the library. Sometimes I'm pretty low on the list and other times I'm on top or close :).