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  • brian: not   everyone  would   take trouble to tell  chatters  Lindancer
    June 04, 2019, 12:48:22 am
  • brian: thanx  lindancer
    June 04, 2019, 12:47:23 am
  • Lindancer: Good morning, This is a message from one of Gloria's neighbors. I am sorry to tell everyone that Gloria passed away yesterday.  I am sure this is not the correct place to post, but I am not familiar with this site,but know that Gloria spent many hours talking to everyone here.
    June 03, 2019, 11:25:02 am
  • brian: better   do more  research  Poochers
    May 09, 2019, 11:30:48 am
  • brian: snip·ing /ˈsnīpiNG/ noun 1. the action of shooting at someone from a hiding place, especially accurately and at long range. "sniping assumed great importance during WWI, especially where trench warfare was prevalent" 2. the action of verbally attacking someone in a sly or petty way. "there has been
    May 09, 2019, 11:29:42 am
  • Pooch1: "Sniper" is a noun.  "Snip" is a verb.  Not funny to be unknowing of the difference in how the two words are treated.
    May 09, 2019, 09:03:06 am
  • brian: so military  snipers   just   snip  LOL
    May 08, 2019, 11:22:01 am
  • Pooch1: 3rd graders learn to double a final consonant preceded by a single vowel before adding 'ing.'  Snipping refers to cutting remarks.  A snipe is a bird.
    May 07, 2019, 06:46:46 am
  • brian: its  sniping  not  snipping poocharooni lol
    May 06, 2019, 11:02:33 pm
  • Pooch1: Well said, Oldiesmann.  Perhaps brian can devote his time to other chat rooms instead of constantly snipping at you.
    May 01, 2019, 10:49:02 am
  • Oldiesmann: brian: If/when I find a suitable solution, I will install it here. I run this site in my spare time and do not have an unlimited amount of time to develop/find a proper solution.
    April 29, 2019, 04:58:04 pm
  • brian: wellmycheal  looks  like its not  going to happen--------   doesnt  seem to be  a problem in my 20 years   senior  chatting with other rooms!!!!!
    April 21, 2019, 11:34:37 am
  • mycheal: Chatroom would sure be nice
    April 17, 2019, 08:11:25 pm
  • brian: almost  every  site   on the Net  has a  chat room--------  now  why is  that? I suggest you  go to a room  like [link]   and   ask  them!
    March 18, 2019, 12:24:02 pm
  • Oldiesmann: Finding one that will integrate with the forum system is not easy. If you've got some ideas please send me a PM or email with links and I will investigate further.
    March 17, 2019, 09:12:31 pm
  • brian: chat  systems  are a  dime a   dozen
    March 11, 2019, 11:53:11 pm
  • Oldiesmann: brian: The chat system we used to have on this site stopped working and I haven't found a good replacement. If/when I do I'll put one in again.
    March 10, 2019, 02:00:43 pm
  • brian: no chat  still?must  be  to technical      LOL
    March 09, 2019, 04:20:34 pm
  • joyous: Cold weather has arrived in Louisiana!  It is 30 degrees now at 8:00 A. M.  and prediction is for no higher than 49 today..  Certainly  BAD fir our traditional Mardi-Gras , but it WILL go on.------JOY
    March 05, 2019, 09:00:27 am
  • Oldiesmann: Glad it's working for you again. I didn't actually change anything though so I'm not sure what the issue was
    February 21, 2019, 12:22:09 am

Norms Bait and Tackle

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Mary Ann

Patricia, I don't see why you can't use your bathroom scale to weigh Farrah.  The biggest problem would be keeping her still while you read the scale.  I assume you stand still when you weigh yourself.

I have a digital scale and Annie picked up Kendrick and weighed herself and Kendrick, then weighed herself.  The difference at that time was 15 pounds and at the vets a few months ago, it was 15.5 pounds.  Several months in between and I think that is not a bad gain.  The vet did not comment on his weight, so I guess it is OK.

Mary Ann


Mars Gal - Our early evening TV programming is filled, year around, with various Home Show commercials. They are shown repeatedly, from about 5:00 pm to 7:pm.  Since the first of the year, it's been the RV/Camping Trailer show, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.  The commercial we look forward to returning every Spring, is the "Hot Tubs! Hot Tubs! Hot Tubs!"  It's an ongoing joke with us, because they have shown the same ad for at least ten years. It never changes. The same group of four smiling people, sitting in the round hot tub, and the same man "jogging" in the long narrow hot tub. I'll be disappointed if they ever update the commercial, and we no longer see those familiar faces! :D   
We have 12 lane freeways here in California, (six lanes in each direction), but mostly in the Los Angeles area, or heading over the Grapevine Highway, that goes from the Central Valley down into L.A.  I like them because the trucks/big rigs, are required to stay in the two right lanes. 

Mary Ann - Generally speaking, I think most cats prefer the canned foods to the dry, but maybe that's only when they are getting older?  Winnie was happy with just kibble for years, but when we switched to the wet food, he loved it.  I always kept some fresh kibble in a separate bowl, and he would snack on it off and on during the day.

Patricia, I watched another "Buying Alaska", last night. This one was a family moving from Utah.  He was a dentist, and was opening a practice in North Pole.  The show from the night before, (the woman who wanted the house with the heated chicken coop), was a doctor, and would be working in a hospital in Fairbanks.  Her husband was an aeronautical engineer.  He didn't say where he would be working.  There are lots of "reality" shows about AK, on many of the cable channels.  A very popular one is, Life Below Zero >> Chip and Agnes Hailstone - live with their seven children on the Kobuk River in Noorvik 19 miles North of the Arctic Circle.  It's very popular, and supposed to be authentic. I've never seen it, but AJ watches it occasionally. He also watches Deadliest Catch, On the Discovery Channel, which is about crab fishermen off the coast of AK.  Alaska State Troopers, is a series that airs on Nat'l Geographic channel.  I don't watch it, but AJ does.  I think the troopers go into remote areas to find and confront people who are hiding out, wanted  for various felonies, drugs, etc.  Two troopers were killed last year, and it was shown on the show.  I'm sure you've seen some of these shows on YouTube or similar?


Catching up, we have four highways surrounding the town, and they must merge somewhere as there are only two ways out of this valley, North and South. The valley is roughly 250,000 square miles. If you go North, you can circle to go South again or stay North and go to the North Slope and the oil and gas fields.

 If going the Southern route, you travel Southeast. Both routes out of the valley require traversing the lowest mountain slopes, not a trip I recommend in winter because of whiteouts; but then I'm not a driver and not in control, so I become dropoff paranoid.
Intown we have traffic circles, roundabouts and four lanes in town highways. After some reckless driving and some years back, three young siblings killed on their bikes, they put in those speed bumps on various neighborhood streets and around all the schools.

MaryAnn, she weighs 15 pounds so has lost .5 lbs? She is certainly more active, perhaps its the better food and no more of the extra fat, salt, and chemicals? I thought it would be more. I cannot think of more than one or two of the cats I've had that liked wet food, and that was only the gravy. Both Sarah and Farrah did/do not like wet food, tuna or people food. Neither cared for catnip but its said that about one-eighth cats are immune to catnip.

Marilyne those Alaskan reality shows are scripted just like Survivor and the Kardashians.  Like other house shows, they probably had already chosen the house they ended up with. I've read articles from the sons in the family from that Deadliest Catch show and they've spoken out about the dangerous situations the writers and show personnel pushed them into and scenes filmed a certain way for more drama.

The Deadly part comes into play as the Bering Sea is responsible for more deaths than many others. The Troopers', (I understand); show is similar to the older show "Cops." Noorvik is 400 miles Northwest of Fairbanks, next to yet another federal park.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)

Mary Ann

January 10, 2019, 05:44:57 pm #11583 Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 05:47:22 pm by Mary Ann
Patricia, on our tour of Alaska, we probably came in from the SW as we had taken the train from Anchorage to Talkeetna, past Denali to Fairbanks and we must have left by a SE route to North Pole and down to Valdez, west to Palmer and back to Anchorage.  I don't remember the names of the towns so much as the scenery.  And the flowers and vegetables!  I have a disk that Terry put together of my trip.  I'm sorry it is too large to share.

We haven't weighed Kendrick recently at home, but when we took him to the vet last summer the vet weighed him at 15.5 pounds.  I was pleased because it had been at least a year since we had weighed him at home and I didn't think a half pound gain was bad for him at his size.  The vet did not complain about his weight. 

Tom is getting supper and it is to be chicken something from leftovers.  A friend from Arizona called him and they are on the phone now.  Tom is a multi-tasker; he can talk on the phone and work at the same time!

Mary Ann


Good evening Everyone
from the freezing cold and windy rocky coast
of Maine.   Wind chill is going to get
us tonight..

I got my Chromebook touch screen  computer
today and after fiddling with it for about
six hours,  I have made arrangements to
ship it back.   

I don't like it.. 
Too much work for me to learn a
new operating system...

I spent a lot of time today working
on it,  and found it wasn't worth
the effort that I must  put into it
to work for  me. 

Good night all!!!! \\

Good Night


The morning has started off auspiciously. My toilet is malfunctioning. Great! If I can't fix it, I will have to run out to the plumbing store and get replacement parts. The thing decided to begin a "work-slowdown" and is refilling very slowly and with a hiss like an air leak.

Shan went out on the porch this morning around 5:30am, and I forgot he was out there until 7:30 when I went to get some breakfast. He didn't hold it against me, though, because he is right here being his usual helpful self.

Mary Ann

January 11, 2019, 09:45:32 am #11586 Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 09:47:57 am by Mary Ann
MarsGal, that's quite a start for any morning.  I doubt I could replace any  parts, but I do know how to plunge!  I've left Kendrick out a few times and he's been none the worse for wear and has attached himself to my side when let in.  I think the worst for him was the time I forgot about him and we had a hard rain.  Tom discovered he was outside and let him in and when Kendrick came to me, he was soaking wet.  We have no places for anyone to hide in a storm, even people, so the cat got wet.  He still liked me.

I've had my own troubles this morning, not as irritating as a slow toilet.  It seems every place I click onto wants me to sign in (not S&F).  I have a small book with user names and passwords and the sites don't seem to like what I post.  When I finish S&F, I've got to check to try to get my e-mail.  Such is life!

At my left in the Random Image is a picture of Shan with the round blue thing with a tail for a mouse.  Kendrick has one too and I should get it out for him.

My computer is doing funny things this morning.  All of a sudden the cursor disappeared and when I put it where it belonged, my copy disappeared.  I wrote the start of a sentence and the next line went above it instead of below.  And the screen moves up and down with no help from me.

Mary Ann


Hi Everyone. It is another sunny but chilly morning here and we are only going to get up into the low 50's this afternoon.  After a couple extreme exhaustion days I am feeling more alive this morning.  I have fixed Pat's breakfast and emptied the dish washer.  I plan on taking the rest of the morning quietly.  Our house keeper will be here in about 25 minutes.  Since I am feeling like getting out today we plan on going out to eat our main meal at Honey from the Rock and then stopping at the shoe store as I need a new pair of shoes and I want ones that I don't have to tie.  That will be plenty for today.

MarGal, the 12 lanes sounds a lot like what we had around Atlanta.  Did you ever do the Ross type of oil painting?  Bob Ross had such a calm demeanor about him and a very soothing voice. Sorry to see you are experiencing the problem with the toilet.  I hope it will be an easy fix. 

Sandy, I hope you enjoy your Acer Chromebook.  I believe that is brand I had and would probably still be using if I hadn't caught my foot in the cord and pulled it off on the floor with a mighty crash.  I really like how light weight it was and the fact you didn't have to worry about virus protection and updating.  It is also ready to use very quickly.  Are you going to use the touch pad or will you use a mouse. I think they have made some significant changes since I had mine three or or years ago. 

Mary Ann, do you have any snow on the ground up your way? Did you do any maintenance or run any problems that might have erased your cookies that let you sign on automatically?  I expect you have already tried rebooting but it not give that a try. 

Patricia, it is bad when you have to put on your outside winter wear to go into your hallways.  Your lifestyles are quite a bit different than ours.  The minister we had in Anchorage had his own plane and often flew into the interior.  It had the skis so he could land on the water.  The weather we had gotten for Stacey also has the automatic off and I think it will turn off if tipped over.  I now have it in my office but don't use it more than a few short times during the winter if my office seems cold.  It is hard to understand how a show that is scripted can be called a reality show.  I can see that just filming a policeman or someone like that doing their daily work can be called a reality show. 

Marilyne, our early evening TV programs seem to have either drug or lawyer commercials.  I am so thankful for the mute button.   

Sandy, sorry to see you don't like your Chromebook.  I found it was basically like using the Chrome Browser, which is what you have to use with the Chrome book.


Drizzly sprinkles going on here again today.  It's been like this all week - just wet enough that I don't want to go out and drive anywhere, but not any good measurable rain.  It did snow a lot in the Sierra, so that will help with California's water supply, when it begins to melt in the Spring. 

I'm going stir-crazy around here, after so many days of being cooped up, so I plan to do some shopping, regardless of the weather.  Nothing I desperately need at the grocery store, but just walking around a brightly lighted grocery store and seeing other people, will be a welcome break.

Larry, I'm glad you're feeling better, and plan to go out for your main meal today.  We also have the drug commercials during the evening news programs.  As I'm sure you've noticed, they are all focused on ailments that plague us older adults . . . arthritis, diabetes, digestive problems, et al ::)

Sandy, I'm sorry that the Chromebook, isn't going to work for you.  I've thought about getting something a bit more up to date, but at my age, I'm most comfortable with familiar tech devices where I don't have a learning curve to worry about.  The same applies to new small kitchen appliances. I have no desire to get any of the new style pressure cookers and the like.

Mary Ann, you mentioned that Tom was talking to a friend on the phone, while making dinner, which reminded me how poor I am at multi-tasking. When I was younger, and had babies or toddlers to take care of, I'm sure I was good at doing two or three things at the same time . . . but as I've grown older, I like to complete one task, before taking on a new one. Of course back when everyone talked on the phone, we didn't have hand held or cell phones, so it was hard (and could even be dangerous) to drag that cord around the kitchen. I don't think anyone has a kitchen wall phone anymore anyway, except for me!

Mary Ann

January 11, 2019, 12:30:02 pm #11589 Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 12:36:39 pm by Mary Ann
Sandy, I had an Acer computer a few years ago and I don't remember why I did not like it, but I didn't.  It was before Chrome.  I had my nephew, Terry, upgrade the computer and in the process, he wiped out the whole works.  Terry was the nephew who was not well for several years and today would be his 60th birthday.  I no longer have that computer and I probably on my second laptop since. 

Larry, Windows 10 and Firefox both did updates in the last two weeks and somehow my touchpad was enabled.  Since I use a mouse with my laptop, the touchpad isn't needed.  I like to think I fixed the problem.

Tom has been complaining lately about the slowness of his computer.  Since he does work here, I let him arrange with Comcast/Infinity to change and we're in the process now.  I have never had problems with AT&T and would not have changed except for Tom.  The new modem came today but Tom is teaching so nothing will be done until after he gets home.  I have heard complaints about Comcast but if he gets more speed, he will tolerate any interruptions.  The change involves my phone and Internet and I do not want to change my phone number; I don't think that will be necessary. 

A funny thing with Comcast - Dot has Comcast as her server and when she calls me, the caller is "unavailable" so I am wondering if mine will be the same.  Since I know Dot's number that is not a problem, but all of the robo calls seem to be "unavailable".  One time they used Dot's number, but only once. 

Marilyn, Tom uses earphones when talking on the phone.  I'll tell you if there is something new on the market, Tom has it.  For a guy who has little money, he has all of the latest conveniences.  I kid him sometimes about liking to spend my money, but we don't.  He buys his own toys.  That is why he drives for Uber and teaches.  I'm glad to hear you've been getting some rain, even a little.

Mary Ann


Sun, lovely sun! It looks like it will actually stay a while today. Snow tomorrow, but I didn't check when it will arrive.

Success! I remembered I had replacement parts in the basement, so I didn't have to go out. The toilet seems to be working now.

I just acquired two Audiobooks on physics for non-physicists. One is on particle physics and the other is about Einstein's Relativity and basic Quantum physics. They come with online access to additional material but I haven't tried to find out how to get to it yet. I hope it doesn't have any heavy algebra (or - shudder - calculus). I couldn't get past imaginary numbers in algebra.

Larry, I was never into oils or acrylics. I used to like working with watercolors, pen & ink, pastels, and sketch pencils (not the colored ones). I still have my art supplies, though I haven't done anything with them for many, many years.

Mary Ann

MarsGal, lucky you with sun. We are cold (27 degrees) and overcast.  I haven't looked at radar so I don't know if snow might be headed our way or not. 

Larry, you asked if we have snow.  There is snow on the ground, but no great amount, just enough to cover the grass.  Roads are mostly clear as are sidewalks. 

Mary Ann


Good morning from a cold Interior at minus 29. We are on our way down to that forecasted minus fifty.

Farrah has been playing with her blue skirted mouse that I got out earlier this week. It's out until she tires of it and back in the closet, it goes. Her cat bed was on the floor this morning, she must have overshot on one of her leaps up as it sits atop a four-foot chest. Usually, her landings, even in the dark are precise. I'm sure she acted like she meant to do that.

MarsGal, the toilets in this building all have a large black bullet-shaped container in the tank so you can no longer mess with it but need to call maintenance. Sometimes "progress" is aggravating! My second husband was a jack of all trades and taught me many little fixes to do to avoid expensive repairs. Progress has overridden many of those helpful hints and procedures.

We've had several fire alarms recently and yesterday that was fixed. An older man in one of the seven HUD apartments had his stove removed. He has a CMA/PA during the day but his neighbor said he'll now have someone at night. He is really nice, very gentlemanly but you can tell something is off in his demeanor.

It's nice that people are able to live somewhat independently but as they age, perhaps it is better to live in one of the senior homes. He'll have company instead of sitting all day, each day in the first floor social room and will have activities geared to his lifestyle. I cared for my mother in her Alzheimers before she needed to go to the Pioneer's home and I moved my father in with me when his multiple strokes caused memory loss until he too moved into the Pioneer's home. So, I've been there and hate to see someone needing help and company.

MaryAnn, I've had the series of updates as well. Unfortunately, each update reopens the touchpad and now I just automatically go back in and turn it off per update. Sometimes they turn One Drive and Cortana back on which is a nuisance but easily fixed. Sometimes an update or system cleanse will delete various browser settings and temporary files and I need to reinput them again.

Larry, those police shows are scripted as well. they can cut out the scenes they don't want and splice the film so that it is viewed differently. At one time I worked for twelve years in Media Services at the University. While my department was audio-visual, we were across the hall from the film unit where they created training films, classroom films and helped to edit many of the state and independent films. It was amazing what could be done with film and that was in the early seventies!

I was involved in one short film for the accounting classes on accounting rules. My voice was heard saying "rule one, etc. and one of the interns would then state the corresponding rule. I also donated my wedding dress so a student could illustrate one of the rules by wearing it. Such was my small portion of fame.  ;D

MarsGal, I saw a book on Kindle about understanding Physics and put it on my "to read" list. The information given said it was written for everyone and I certainly hope so!
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)


I just watched the Ojibway on the Ship Cam at Marine City, MI. It's the first time I viewed a ship on that cam.

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)


Be Careful Shopping!
Health & Science
Food inspections by the FDA have been sharply reduced, alarming critics
By Laurie McGinley and
Joel Achenbach
January 9

The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation's food supply -- one of the many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that are making Americans potentially less safe.

The agency, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. He is working on a plan to bring inspectors back as early as next week to inspect facilities considered high-risk because they handle sensitive items such as seafood, soft cheese and vegetables, or have a history of problems.

"We are doing what we can to mitigate any risk to consumers through the shutdown," Gottlieb said.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit advocacy group, described the inspection reductions as unacceptable.

"That puts our food supply at risk," said Sarah Sorscher, deputy director of regulatory affairs at the group. "Regular inspections, which help stop foodborne illness before people get sick, are vital."

Foodborne illnesses are a major problem in the United States, sickening 48 million people each year and killing 3,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

Food inspections are just one of the public health and safety efforts that have been cut or curtailed during the shutdown, now deep into its third week. The federal government also keeps airplanes from colliding, inspects pharmaceutical drugs, pursues criminals and defends against possible terrorist and cyberattacks. It is a 24-7-365 effort to make Americans safer.

But a shutdown upends the calculus of risk management as agencies including the FBI, Coast Guard, Secret Service, FDA, Federal Aviation Administration and Agriculture Department face drastically reduced resources.

"You can't shut down the United States government at this magnitude and expect that everything's going to be hunky-dory," said Bruce McIndoe, founder and president of WorldAware, a risk management firm with corporate clients around the globe. "You're going to see a much higher risk of a failure in the system."

Every federal agency has to make a judgment call about what to go without. Who is essential? Who is not? This is not simply about people, but also about functions. The government has operational mandates.

Some of the results are clearly visible, as in the much-publicized cases of trash piling up in national parks. But there are subtler and more significant effects involving government functions that are unseen by most Americans but have far greater effects.

The FDA, for example, typically conducts about 160 routine food inspections a week in the United States, with about a third involving high-risk processing facilities, Gottlieb said.

The agency's inspectors look for problems such as unsanitary conditions, insect infestations, and salmonella and E. coli contamination -- as it did, for instance, in the recent investigations of romaine lettuce.

Gottlieb said that legal guidance from the 2013 shutdown said the agency could not conduct regular food inspections during a funding shortfall. But after canceling more than 50 high-risk inspections, he said he has sought authority to call back about 150 furloughed inspectors to focus on high-risk facilities.

The agency is continuing to inspect foreign manufacturers, imports and domestic producers involved in recalls or outbreaks, and places where inspectors suspect there may be a problem.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture operates in parallel with the FDA, inspecting meat, poultry and egg products, and those inspections have continued, according to a shutdown plan forwarded by a USDA representative.

About 60 percent of the FDA's activities are funded by user fees, which enable the agency to continue many operations, at least for now, including drug and device reviews. About 40 percent of the agency's activities, including most of its food-related work, are paid for by appropriations, which have not been approved by Congress.

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)

Mary Ann

Thanks, Patricia, for the site at Marine City.  I saved it this time.  I saw the Objibway go through the Soo at some time, maybe last night.  As I watched today, the Kaye E Barker came into view and I watched it for a long time, longer than I've seen any ship at either the Soo or the Duluth Harbor.  As the ship went by, several crewmen walked along the side of the ship and with snow blowers or shovels got the snow off the deck into the river.  I will have to have Tom put the site in with the other ship sites.

I wish Trump cared about what he is doing to the people by shutting down the government.  Especially with the employees not getting paid, but also services such as you posted of things like no food inspections.  One item in the news online had to do with people not buying meat from supermarkets.  I know the two are not tied in with each other, and I believe it was an ad, but pretty soon we won't be able to buy any uncanned food.  I do not want to make this political, so I'll quit now.

I find my Reply as I type still moves occasionally, but not like it did.  Maybe it will calm down one of these days.

Mary Ann


Mary Ann.....what is the SOO link?  Whenever I go there, I see four cams but no activity.

Click for Neenah, WI Forecast

Mary Ann

January 11, 2019, 10:05:51 pm #11597 Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 10:14:00 pm by Mary Ann
Don, I have to do this in two installments because when/if I leave here, my post disappears.  This really is the second one and I'll explain in the next post.

Well, actually I did not need two posts, just add to the first.

The first one is a map of the Soo area, both US and Canada.  The waterway is the St Mary's River which runs between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
The second link is in Sault Ste Marie Michigan (the Soo) facing the ship area.  They change the view occasionally and the other one is more interesting because you see the ships in the locks.  When they come from Lake Superior going East, they must be lowered to the level of Lake Huron - and vice versa if going to the West.

Mary Ann


A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)


Thanks for the links, Patricia. I couldn't tell whether or not they are postulating that the mirror image was an image like a movie run in reverse or if it represents actually living in reverse. Imagine living your life backwards. Bizarre.

Snow is to arrive here this afternoon and drop, last I heard, 2-3 inches of snow with most of it falling overnight.
The temp here is 17o. Brrr!


Good morning on this bitter cold morning.

Like MarsGal,   they are predicting snow for our area, although it will be heavier a little south of me.  They are saying we might get 3 to 5 inches.  I don't have to be out in it, and I got a grocery order yesterday, so I am all set with enough food.

I didn't sleep well last night and was up and down.  So, I am sure a nap will appear sometime later today.

I saw a ship the other day in the Soo locks.  The picture was not real clear, so not sure if it was coming in or going out. There was snow on the ground, tho.

I haven't had any breakfast yet, so I am starting to feel hungry.  Need a cup of coffee to start off with.

Have a good day.



Hi Everyone. After 4 or 5 sunny and fairly warm days we are going to have cloudy skies and cooler weather today.  We do go out to lunch at Honey from the Rock and it was very good as usual and very busy yesterday.  From there we went to the shoe store where Pat is getting her shoes and you sit down and someone waits on you.  I found the shoes I wanted, which are slip ons.  These are the most expensive shoes I have ever purchased but I expect then to last for several years and they were comfortable out of the box.  The only thing I plan to do today is go to my meeting in a few minutes and then after resting this afternoon I will watch some basketball and pro football this afternoon.

Marilyne, I expect if the truth were known that it is the older people watching the news.  I wonder if most young people aren't getting their news from social media?  I hope you were able to get out for awhile yesterday.  I'm impressed that you still have a wall kitchen phone.  The only phones we have used for quite a few years now are cell phones.

Mary Ann, there is a setting to turn off the touch pad as I think you know.  Too bad the updates don't leave our settings alone.  I have used Comcast Internet since we came here and it has been pretty reliable.  Pat talked with her sister in the Kansas City area several times yesterday and they were in the midst of that big snow storm. 

MarsGal, you are a lot more studious than I as I have no interest in Quantum physics or anything of the type.  Did you ever get into the coloring craze that went around?  Pat was interested for awhile but don't think she has touched the book or supplies for a long time.

Patricia, I hope you fire alarm problems have been solved.  I firmly believe there is a time when going into assisted living is indicated.  There is a TV ad I have seen several times that says the persons father made the children promise not to put their mother and I suppose him as well into a care facility. Our children have the right to live their lives.  I know it is a personal decision so am not criticizing anyone who disagrees with me but I have made it clear to my wife and son that when the time comes they would get no opposition from me. 

Joy, glad you can stay in and out of the snow.  I hope you can get in a nap today.

Mary Ann

Larry, it looks like when I turn off my computer at night that things revert to the original.  I just went to the touch pad area and it showed I should disable the pad.  I clicked on Apply then OK and I should be all right for the day, but tomorrow will be something else.  I have a red light on my sound and that has a mind of its own and there is nothing I can do with that.  Right now the light is on, meaning the sound is off.  One of these days the light will be off regardless of whether the sound is on or not.  I can live with that, but the mouse pad trouble is irritating.

I have not had a wall phone for years and I'm probably on my third set of cordless phones since I changed but I don't know how many years that covers.

At the end of my dad's life, I wanted to buy the house from him.  He said 'no' because then we (Norm and I) would put him in a home.  I did not pursue it and I don't know how much after that he died.  Norm and I were the only ones involved in his will so it was not a problem.   

I haven't had breakfast yet so when I finish S&F, I'll see what I can find.  I hear noises down stairs so Tom is up.

It's 28 degrees and I see by radar the snow is headed in our direction.

Mary Ann


Good morning everyone.  Still just the light drizzly rain here, with outside temp at 49 right now, and expected to go into the mid 50's today.  That sounds comfortable to me.  We rarely go anywhere on Saturday, because of the crowded roads and grocery stores, so I will likely be spending the day inside. 

Larry, I agree that the only people watching the evening news, that comes on here between 5:00 and 6:00, are the old folks like us. The commercials are all for meds or items that would only be of interest to seniors.  I doubt that the younger generations ever actually sits and watches the news on TV, unless there is a serious news story happening somewhere in the world. We try to keep busy during the day, and don't turn on the TV until five, when we finally relax. The only time the TV is on during the day is for sports events.  Occasionally I will watch a movie during the day.

We like our kitchen wall phone, just for the vintage look of it. Our kitchen is old fashioned looking, and is "decorated" with items from the mid-century modern era.  Also, the wall phone is handy if I happen to be in the kitchen when the phone rings.  Otherwise we use our cordless phones, that we have sitting beside each computer, and also beside the bed. All of them are land lines.  We both have cell/smart phones, but only use them for texting, or for taking with us when we leave the house. If waiting at a doctors office, or sitting anywhere, I do like to use mine for checking my mail, or looking at S&F or Facebook.  Other than that, my cell is turned off and in a case in my purse.


Thanks for the Soo links Mary Ann.....

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Larry, you mean the adult coloring books? Heck no.


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Good morning from a 45 below Interior filled with ice fog, (frozen exhaust and other emissions). Our forecasted high for today is -18 with Sunday's expected high of zero. Thus goes winter in the Interior.

I have nothing planned today except to wander about and work on my lessons.

MarsGal, what I took away was it was a reverse mirror world in infancy. It's a theory that makes sense and also that allows for much that wasn't explainable or verifiable.

Larry, Michael, mid-fifties, has no close family as his mother died two years ago. He does have siblings that live in the lower 48. Michael lives in one of the seven Hud allocated apartments on the first floor. They are for older adults with mental difficulties who can live independently, but I think he would do much better with activities and events scheduled. I know many of his neighbors go to an institute for the day.  He likes to talk with everyone who goes by.

Larry, I don't watch the news, but I do have different email synopsis from newspapers and science sites. I like to read and learn about many subjects, and I was delighted to find a cohort in MarsGal. While my favorites are history and genetics, I also like space, physics, and nature both in the world and in people. I have taken lessons on various topics my entire life. I'm not saying they went anywhere or stuck with me, but it all dates back to those round table style dinner tables of my youth.

I haven't had a land line since perhaps 2005. I have a cell phone that I take with me and one that stays home by my computer. I don't watch or read sites on them because they're both minutes by minute androids.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)


Patricia, and here I was just getting used to the idea that time might be recursive, and not just in mathematics concepts and programing. Mighty big speculations on time travel being possible, that time is not a straight line after all, but circular. Ahhhhhhh! I'd say Quantum physics is a big joke, but some of it is actually beginning to work (Quantum computing). I guess this is what you get when you put mathematics geeks and physics geeks together.


MarsGal, time travel must be possible and it has to be if a spaceship is going to travel long distances or utilize a warp drive or rift. We already know that time folds so what else haven't we learned?

If we are going to leave earth and explore as it looks like we'll have to as I see no signs of any real conservation; we will need to emphasize that in our classrooms. I believe that we need to emphasize a quality education for all. How many great minds able to accomplish great things have we lost due to presumptuous reasoning or greed?
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (20 May 1806-1873)


MarsGal and Patricia - Here's an online article for you two to ponder.  My cousin sent it to me earlier this week.  I'm really curious as to what you each think of it?  Is it a fake news scare story, or is this really going to happen?