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Soda Shoppe for June 1, 2019

Started by so_P_bubble, May 31, 2019, 06:32:58 pm

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Thanks, everyone, for the advice about the Instant Pot.... I do agree to cook once & eat multi times. Right now my freezer is on overload & I can't find 3 days to defrost & clean up the mess... I have one corner with floor to ceiling storage rack in the basement, that is full of various cooking pots that get used maybe once a year. They are so handy when needed but right now I need to downsize to what I use most. I have the biggest to one of the smallest crock pots & 2 sizes between. Have shelves full of things tried & didn't like but some got side lined because of updates. Guess I will keep watching all your posts of successful dishes, "wishing for" is half the fun in life! I'm not ready to pass down my cast iron Dutch ovens, skillets & even chicken fryer plus all those other pots & pans that fill the cabinets & storage rack, but guessing the Instant pot would be the one of choice when cleaning out.

Such a nice photo of Gloria de.... but I will always picture her with a red hat on!  Such a fun person to have known, always busy and never any whining about the rough times she had, losing her sons and then her husband.

Amy, I enjoyed your link & showed it to my daughter when she visited yesterday. She said they are considering having their "Goldwing" converted to a 3 wheeler but with the 2 behind. They, enjoyed them when living in the Seattle area. My daughter is just a rider, but think her husband is starting to be concerned about the dangers as he ages (be 65 this year), why thinking 3 wheeler. I will be content to ride my e-bike for now, since it is legal to stay on the bike paths & sidewalks. My little Yahama Chappy is fun & street legal but also dangerous being so small. I have had it up to 40 mph on the streets but risky being hard to see & with the many pot holes from last winter... could do a flip & wind up flying through the sky. Let me know if you get one!  :thumbup: 

Thanks, Bubble for that link for Gloria de....

What is that animal, Phyllis? I first thought a cat but didn't know they ate flowers. Great photo!


It's a deer, Shirley.  She showed up a few days ago with her baby fawn.
 So cute!  She stayed around, chomping on my garden plants, but seems to have moved on now.


Did you not recognize it Shirley/  Just like those seen on Jack's photos in the park.


Good morning everyone, a pretty cold one of 47° to start. No wonder I was cold when I woke. Of course the heat is turned off now so it is kind of cold inside. Glad my winter robe has not been put away for the summer. Feels good this AM.

LARRY  this HP computer has given me trouble since I fist got it and it still has not stopped.  I hate bothering my grandson to come and work on it, His job is working on computers all day and being on salary he is on call 24/7. He will always come to work on it but in his own time. He will only work on family computers. I feel bad because he will never take any money from me and I always try to give him some.

AMY  hope we don't get any snow this spring but it has happened in June before. Juneuary is a good name for the temperature this morning here. Too cold to feel comfortable in here. Glad I have a heater for my bathroom and I have it plugged in near me now and the heat feels so good.

JOHANN Mc  thank you for the sad news about Linedancer-Gloria de. She will be greatly missed here in the Soda Shoppe.

JENNY  I seldom see my doctor but see the Nurse Practitioner, she always takes time to listen and answer questions. I feel bad about  your Dad.  I know you want to be there with him and be at home to help your son and Michele.

PHYLLIS  I do so ‎little cooking anymore one of those pots would be useless for me. Everything in this building is so high I even have to rest  my arms on the sink to wash a few dishes, cannot sit to do anything at the counters or the stove. Everyone here except 5 tall people are short and everyone complains about everything being too high. My apartment is a handicap one and you would think they would be lower so things can be reached by sitting on a rollator or wheelchair. Love the picture your son took. My daughter takes all hers now with her iPhone and she has a great camera, but now it just sits there.

SHIRLEY  surprised you didn't know that was a deer. I have seen so many around here the last few years I could tell.

Gotto to go, Have a good day.

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Good morning. I am waiting for my grocery delivery, so I only have a couple minutes.

I was here earlier and wrote a message and then I guess I just forgot to hit "Post".

I was so sorry to read about the passing of Gloria. Like Phyliss, I was kind of shocked, also. I don't think any of us thought she would pass  so quickly.  I am so glad that her daughter-in-law was still with her.  And, I am sure her neighbors and friends will miss her a lot. She seemed to have such a got relationship with her neighbors, as they were so good to her.  She certainly was a pleasant lady and I always enjoyed her messages. 

My grocery order just came and I usually only put the cold things away right away, and then leave the other things till later. The store where it comes from is a little more expensive than Walmart, but I like their produce better.  All the delivery people are always so nice and helpful. They would even put it away for me if I wanted them to. Today it was a young man, who has been here before.  I usually give them a $10 tip, as it is well worth it. I got some steamed shrimp, which I plan to make shrimp salad with.

Gloria, I hope it has been nice enough for you to sit outside.  I have sat outside the last 4 or 5 days, as it was just beautiful.  More people are beginning to sit out.  We try to solve all the world's problems , but we haven't gotten any far. LOL

Jenny, I am so sorry that you and your family are having so much to deal with right now.  You know there is a saying, "God doesn't give you anymore than you can handle", but sometimes that is a little hard to believe.  I pray that things will get better soon.

Phyllis, I have an instant pot and I have not used it yet.  I am kind of intimidated by it.  I see so many comments on FB about people having so many issues with food not turning out or they keep getting the "burn" notice.  I wanted it to make yogurt, but that looks so time consuming and you are supposed to use a certain kind of milk, which I have never heard of.  And, then people put pictures of their hard-boiled eggs and they look terrible.  I guess one of these days, I will just have to "bite the bullet' and try it.

It is now getting onto lunchtime and I do want to go and sit out for a while.  I will play cards tonight.

Hope everyone will haven a pleasant day.



Hi Everyone. It is now a little after 2:30 and just getting here.  I do not want to see this day end as continues to be a very good one for me.  I did write a very long posting in Norm's Bait and Tackle so not going to repeat it here.;u=65

Mary Ann, Scott told his mother that he wants to do the ironing for her as he likes doing it and she had taught him when he was young. Pat didn't even remember teaching him. I always liked to iron as I was growing up except on those very hot days in Missouri summer before we go AC.

Shirley, Pat got the large IPot first and then decided she also wanted the 3 quart size.  She is using both.

Jane, this is a time for us to celebrate Gloria deAgnels special gifts to this life.

Phyllis, Ihave been planningto check with Oldiesman about posting pictures in any of our discussions as it makes the site more enjoyable and memory space on a server is now cheap.  It sure looks like you have a beautiful yard and that dear knows you have it for his enjoyment.

Gloria, I understand your grandson not wanting to take any pay for helping you.  Right now it is a gift he can share and if you paid him it removes some of the joy of giving expecting nothing in return. 


Okay, pick on the old lady that can't see...... ::) , I must not have had my glasses on & do have a problem because I have to take them off to read but if "arm's length" it is a gamble. Went back & looked & sure nuff, it is a deer!   :buck2:  I don't blame that deer one bit for hanging out in that lush garden, a beautiful spot. By the way, when I went back to look, I did realize that I had looked for the head at the wrong end... what can I say????

I ordered a dog ramp to get that bike up the steps into the side of the RV. Don't want to use the bicycle carrier we put behind the Rialta to haul a bike, would be just as difficult for me to get on & inside it won't get all that "road dirt". By the time I get everything in that RV I may have to run along side because there won't be room for me.

Larry, I'll click your link to see what else you've been up to. Think it is nice of Scott to do the ironing. That is one job I always did when growing up with 3 older brothers, they were always wanting a clean shirt for a date. Mom did the washing one day & ironing the next, in between the boys would want something "quick pressed" & I was willing. I go through the steam & spray irons fairly often, but do use distilled water unless I'm out & grab some out of the Brita pitcher. I do iron all my clothes except for the ones I sleep in.

Gloria, my son didn't want to take money when he was doing so many things for me so I put it in an envelope & bought him something I thought he needed/wanted.  After that I threatened him with "better take the money or I buy you something you don't want".  Since I have 3 kids & he is the one that was always here when I needed him, I thought it only fair he get paid. For MY sake! The others come when I call & ask for help, but he doesn't wait to be asked. So far my grands have always been too busy to offer or for me to ask, so a big thumbs up for yours!  Did I tell you that this HP I bought last year in CO was only $250. & is touch screen. My son was absolutely amazed because it is like one he has but his isn't touch screen (not that I know what to do with touch screen) & he paid nearly a thousand for his. So far it has not given me any problems, but because it is Windows 10, still things I don't know how to do or find. They were on sale... guess it was year before last when I got it, never find a bargain like that again! I thought of you when buying & hoped it wouldn't be a headache!

All of a sudden I am so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open... nap time!



LARRY, I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling well enough to do things today.  Some of the new things in your life must be kicking in!  In my family, I was the ironer!  I liked doing it because it hung there and looked great.  My sister cleaned and as soon as she was done, someone walked on it, sat on it, laid something on it or used it.  The clothes just hung there and looked great until I put them away....with pride. 

It's hard to think of some of our good friends being gone.  Even though many of us have never met face to face, you are all so real in my life.  I miss you when you don't post and I rejoice when I see a post from you.  I'm happy to have been able to meet some of you but I still feel that I KNOW you all! 

My cleaning dynamo just left and I'm waiting for it to be time for my daughter to be hope from work.  I'm going to stop by for a hug.  JENNY, they all got home daughter and SIL here, my grandson to Philadelphia and my granddaughter and GSIL to Houston.  They all loved Colorado and it didn't matter that there was snow in some of the places they visited.

Today, I got a thin package in the mail...two 8x10 photos suitable for framing.  One is the one I posted of "The Tulsa Trio" and the other is Emma on her first birthday.  These will hang in the family gallery.  The rest are wallet size (4 different) so I can become SOGGWPIP (Silly Old Great Gramma With Picture In Purse) I'm a happy GG today!

I have to admit that I've also been thinking about the Instant Pot.  If all I did was make yogurt in it, it would probably pay for itself.  So far, I've decided that's not really enough to justify buying it but all the talk about swiss steak is making me hungry....and starting the thought process again.  I've added it to my "long term" shopping list.  That's not to say it can't be erased at some point but I'm a little more than 'iffy" right now.

I hope you are all having a great day! 

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Planting  was done just in time..down came the rain!!
Phyliss, your yard is the deer!! Such a serene place to enjoy.

Joy, I m with you on the eggs, I too need to bite the bullet and do them. My son does 24 at a time and he peels them!! He would cook eggs in boiling water, peel about 3 then turn the job over to his wife but done in the instant pot they peel easy. As for yogurt, I use 2% milk.8 cups  and 2 tbsp. of yogurt that has live culture in it. Makes delicious yogurt and I strain it through a coffee filter to make Greek yogurt. The whey gets used in soup, smoothies and the dogs get some on their food. It really is easy to do....time consuming but well worth it. Once you have the milk cooled and the 2 tbsp. of yogurt in it you let it set for 6 hours or so.and that is it.

Jane , what lovely gift!!! Pumpkin seed are in but if we don't get warmer weather I will have to make them a quilt to keep warm!!

I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Phyllis, what a great photo, total treasure in your back yard..... The deer truly enhances the view :o)
Give em' a ear or two of corn.


PHYLLIS, I knew it was a deer right off the bat!  I remembered you telling how they come into the yard and I was looking for it when I saw the photo.

'm off to Dreamland now.  I welcomed the kids back and shared the pictures with them.  Then I stopped at my son's and shared the pictures with them.  Sarah was putting them up all over the house when I left.  Tomorrow, I have to buy frames for the larger pictures. 

Good night Everyfriend!  I wish you all a peaceful night and a happy tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one!

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Good evening EVERYFRIEND🦋🦋

This has been a much better Dad woke up happy and continued to have a good day.  This was the best news❣️  He started some PT, three different times for nearly one hour each.  They said they would work very slowly to see how he did and what he is capable of doing. 🥰🥰

AMY, Happy you got the planting done before the rains came. 

JANE, how nice to receive a package with pictures of your loved ones.  Oh and speaking of loved ones, happy to read the Colorado visitors got home safe and enjoyed their time in Colorado

JOY, I often repeat the saying that "God will not give us more than we can handle", and I guess that does help to keep us all going😩😩

I wish you all a good evening...pleasant dreams to all.


Lloyd Hammond

Good Morning everyone.well I am up for the day.faking the R V to camping world to have a new dish put on for T V. have to relax in the evening you know. see you all later.



Good morning everyone..

Marking my spot as I need to take the vehicle to the garage .
Jenny have to say that is great news about your Dad....

Enjoy your day everyone.
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Good morning everyone, warmer than yesterday by about 15°. No shivering when I got out of bed.

JOY  we don't  try to solve the world problems when we sit outside. We do get silly at times and laugh a lot.  With the witch that is the manager we need the laughter.

LARRY  glad you had a good day yesterday.  It would be nice to be able to put some photos in here that only the ones who post here would enjoy. We talk about family and would be nice to put photos with the names, or what it looks like where we live. I am used to paying for every thing I get and I know my grandson dislikes working on computers on his time. At times I will make him take some money and tell him to add it to my great grandson's college fund.

SHIRLEY  well that deer had it's head in all that greenery and the rump showed better.  My last HP I had no problems with, was just too full, this one must have been a Monday one.

JANE  I remember my Mom teaching me to iron handkerchiefs, I still hated doing them. I never minded ironing, so nice seeing all the wrinkles disappear. Now I cannot stand to do it and never could sitting.

AMY  hope you do not need to make a quilt for your garden.

JENNY  so glad to read that your Dad was doing better. Eases your worries a bit.

Oh WOW already a wild fire in state of Washington. That is so early in the season for one isn't it?

LLOYD  what would we do without TV in the evening?  Do more reading?

Have a good day.

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June 05, 2019, 08:11:46 am #75 Last Edit: June 05, 2019, 08:13:17 am by Sandy
Good Morning Everyone,
from the cool and rainy
rocky coast of Maine.   

Now June is looking to be much
like May...  wonder if we will ever
have a Summer for me to complain
about!   :knuppel2:

Jenny, glad to see that
your  Dad doing better.  I sure
hope that it keeps up.. 

Larry,  also glad to see that
you are getting things organized
the way that you want.  I am sure
that is much appreciated by Dot and
Scott (your son's name is Scott??)..

Because they know when you
are feeling happily in control
of your well being,  then everyone
is a winner.   :smitten:

I feel those same needs.   So much that
I keep buying things that I might
need in the future... to make mine and
everyone else's life easier.

Wishing everyone a very good day.   



Twenty years from now,
you will be more; disappointed
by the things; you didn;t do
than by the ones that you did.

So throw off the;  bowlines.
Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your; sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
(Mark Twain)


Good Morning Everyfriend!  I've been up for a while....twice.  The dogs are still on regular time and they are afoot around 5:30 every morning.  We go out, they have their pill and then I doze until their hour is up and they can have breakfast. 

Now, I've completed all my obligations and I can enjoy the computer. 

JENNY, I was so happy to hear that your Dad is doing better.  I hope this continues so it will be one worry you can put in the back of your mind.

SANDY, like you, I'm wondering if the rain will ever stop.  I'm grateful for it right now because it makes it unnecessary for me to water the new plantings.  However, it would be nice if it would always be while I'm in bed.  I don't ask for much, do I?

LLOYD, are you EVER going to travel in that RV or are you just going to keep "fixing it up"?

It's about time for me to begin getting ready for work so I'll with you all a good day full of the love of friends and family!

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Good morning. 

Just stopping by to say "Hi ".

Ginny, I am so glad to  read that your dad had such a good day and was in a better frame of mind.  I know that made you feel somewhat better.  Hope he continues to improve.

And, Larry, so glad that you had a good day.  Hopefully,  you will keep having more and more good days.  I think the way you are getting things organized the way you want, has been the reason for you feeling better.  You have some peace of mind now.  And, that always make you feel better.

Good morning to all the friends and I hope you all have a good day.



It is a cloudy and grumpy day in my part of North Carolina.  We had a few days of beautiful weather but now the weather is changing again.  Talk of severe weather this afternoon and it is getting darker now so I guess the weather people are right.  Well, I can't change the weather so will just accept it.

Amy, I cooked eggs for egg salad in the IP yesterday.  They came out perfect and were so easy to peel I couldn't believe it.  I'm pleased so far with my purchase.  And, for the rest of you, I will not give a daily report on my use of the IP....which I am sure you are happy to hear.    ;D

I rolled out the rollator this morning because I felt a little "wobbly".  Oncoming stormy weather will make me feel that way so I am not surprised.  I'm just grateful that I have it to help me get around more securely.  Gives me confidence to keep up and moving.

Ironing.....I never liked it. I'm glad to avoid it now.

Jenny, I'm happy to hear that your Dad is doing better.

Thanks for the nice comments about the deer in my backyard picture.  I promise to not post a lot of pictures here.  Bubble was kind enough to allow it and I know they are supposed to be in the Photos discussion but couldn't resist just this one time.

Take care and MAKE it a good day, Everyone.


Hi Everyone.  We have another overcast morning and expecting a high around 90 degrees this afternoon with a lower than 50% of some popup showers. I got up a little after 4 am this morning but had gotten about 5 hours of good sleep.  So far my sleep has been limited to about 2 hours at a time and then a quick trip to the bathroom is required. 

As I read all the posting in the three discussions I follow I noted that things seemed to have really improved from what we were talking about yesterday and sure glad to see it.  While probably not as peppy today as I was yesterday I still am getting around using the rollator.  I have had breakfast, downloaded an operating system update for my iPad and iPhone, am all dressed and done a few other chores.  I see the rest of the day as a very restful one. 

I started to listen to an audio book last evening that I had downloaded but realized I was too tired so shut it off and will restart listening later today or this evening.  Yesterday was a very productive day and a great day for me as I only used the wheelchair to get up to my big computer and used the Rollator the rest of the day.  I felt much strongly and it felt very good to walk, which I did quite a bit of.  I did a number of telephone calls including one to the SimpliSafe Home Security System folks as their great sale and special offers were expiring at midnight.  I got it all ordered and this time no hold was placed on the transaction as a security measure.  The good news is that I will end up paying less than I had thought when I first talked to them.  The have a panic feature that you can push a button to call for help and so I won't need to get a separate Life Alert to wear.  I actually am buying the equipment for the system and then the monthly monitoring charge is only $25/month.  This will be a project for my BIL when he visits in a few weeks.  So that was two things taken care of at once.  I got some changes started on some other accounts via online but will need to do a little more on that. 

Scott texted me last night saying he would like to come out and have lunch with Pat and I and then expect he will go home and rest until evening when he and the girls will be here.

Shirley, I have reverted back to a bifocal that is clear at the top and the setting I need for close work, which is basically what you get with the cheaters you buy at Walmart or other places that are half size.  I was always putting them on and taking them off.  I bought a second pair just like what I am now wearing and got them for $13 + a little shipping costs.  This eliminates trying to keep up with the little half glasses.  I used a website called and told them I just wanted a duplicate of what I had ordered before.  I think Scott thoroughly stunned his mother in saying he wants to do the ironing.  My mother would wash usually on Monday's, dry the clothes on the outside clothes lines and then gather all of the things into a basket to be ironed later in the weak.  I remember the old sprinkler hear in a coke bottle to dampen some items.  Pat has a couple of irons and she insists on using only distilled water in them.  I see your logic in giving money to your son who is so helpful.  You are giving it as a gift with no strings attached. Computers are pretty inexpensive and the last couple laptops I have purchased a touch screen.  I don't use that feature very often but it can be handy.

Jane, things are coming along very nicely and yesterday I realize I now have my own man cave but without a door, except for the bathroom. 

I just spoke with my son and he will not be coming out until evening.  I am sure glad you finally are having some help with your cleaning as it gives you more time with your furry friends and hopefully get more rest.  You sure work hard.  I saw on the news last evening that Walmart has announced some great new perks for young people including a free education at 6 different schools.  I bet the way you like to cook you would soon love the Instant Pot.  I know Pat sure likes hers. 

Amy, the yogurt feature on the IP is a control that will never be used in this house as neither Pat nor I like yogurt, unless it is in the form of frozen dessert and the taste is basically covered up.

mycheal, I tried putting out corn for dear many years ago but decided it wasn't a good thing and not sure why not unless the squirrels stole it and the squirrels were a real problem around that home.

Jenny, I saw your good news regarding your dad and left some comments in the B&T discussion. 

Lloyd, hope the new dish for the TV is just what you want for the RV. 

Gloria, what better medicine than to laugh a lot.  We had so much fun at our morning coffee groups and lunch groups that we didn't have time to solve the world's problems.  Your giving your grandson money when he helps you is like Shirley just a gift that gives you pleasure rather than paying for his services. 

Sandy, yes my son's name is Scott as have always liked that name.  Glad you buy the things that you want.

Phyllis, glad the eggs came out well in the IP.  I don't think Pat has tried that yet although I have suggested it to her.  Hope your weather isn't too stormy.

Mary Ann

June 05, 2019, 11:25:49 am #80 Last Edit: June 05, 2019, 11:27:26 am by Mary Ann
Larry, you mentioned the old sprinkler bottles - Coke with a sprinkler head.  My mother's bottle was an old ketchup bottle with the sprinkler head.  I'll bet if I had time to hunt, I could find that bottle.  It is either in the furnace/laundry room with the old ironing board or it is in the garage on a shelf that holds a lot of old stuff.

My glasses are near sighted lens in the right and far sighted in the left.  Since my optometrist told me she can do no more for me because of glaucoma, I sometimes wonder about buying two pair of reading glasses at Meijer and changing one of the lenses to see if I could see better on the computer or to read or see the TV.  I also think I'll forget it!

Tom just left for lunch with a friend.  I am not sure he brought up my clean, folded clothes or not.  When I have a bunch of dirty clothes, and it's usually underwear, I put the basket where he will see it to take downstairs to do the laundry.  The basket may sit there several days before it makes its way to the laundry room.  Then I wait at least a week before the laundry is brought up stairs to be put away.  I hear the washer going often, but it is not my laundry that is being done!  It is his!  Now that he knows I want it, I'll get it today or tomorrow. 

Mary Ann

Lloyd Hammond

Good evening everyone. well Gloria I fall asleep in one or two heartbeats reading a paper book or magazine. but do pretty good here on the PC but have done that here also. now about the RV i got the sidelight dish installed on the R V today. should be able to watch T V at night. I do not do well with the on cumming lights at night any more. have VA appointments this week but as far as I know we are ready to move on next  weak. I am ready if Nancy don't start dragging her feet. if she dose I may see about getting another traveling partner. time to get a dish of ice cream and put my feet up.



I think my mother's was a Coke bottle, greenish color... with a piece of rag tied around the aluminum sprinkler neck so it wouldn't leak. Mom would sprinkle the clothes, roll them up tight & put in a bushel basket until she ironed next day, that way they were damp all over. The basket was lined & she put a cover over for the night. I don't remember a morning that she wasn't up first, had a hot breakfast on the table, Dad's lunch box ready with the thermos lid off to let the coffee cool a little before she put it on. Dad never left the house without Mom standing at the open door to kiss him good-by. The rest of us were up & dressed for the day, school or summer time, breakfast over & the day started. Dad worked in the Signal Department of the Missouri Pacific Shops. He was my hero & wasn't anything he couldn't do or fix. What Dad couldn't/didn't do (sewing, etc), Mom could & did. Those were hard days & years and I wouldn't want to change or forget a minute of it. WWII ended when I was 10 years old, but we never forgot.

I'm not sure my eyes are the real problem or I'm not getting the right prescription for glasses. My central vision is where I need the strongest for distance, but I have to take glasses off to read, even a little of that adjustment is wrong for reading, but can read the tiniest print without. Bifocals didn't work because they are for less than arm's length & that doesn't work for seeing the dash of the car. I'm thinking I need to find a different eye doctor. Can't solve the problem tonight so think I'll go to bed!  Sweet dreams to all.

Back to eyes, Gloria, Mary Ann, who else has a hard time reading???  I used the Arial Black on that first part & just Arial on this... NO BOLD. Which works best for y'all? 


Good evening EVERYFRIEND.  Another day that passed much too quickly.  I did manage to get in and get my hair cut and that sure gave me a lift!

Dad woke up in a good mood again today.  Seemed happy with how his PT went and his meals.  Then the doctor, a nurse and a social worker came in to talk to he and Diane about his progress around 4 PM.  Seems they do this every Wednesday so the patients and family can be updated.  The staff all get together and each one reports on their particular area.  They told Dad and Diane they expected Dad to be able to go home NEXT Wednesday if he continues to progress on the plan they have for him.  Well, he did not want to hear this, as he wanted to go home today and he proceeds to tell them he doesn't need this care and he can go home and do everything just fine..... The doctor of course tried to reason with him and told him he does need this week of rehab and then he should be strong enough. Oh my.....poor Diane.  She tells them that he is a wonderful person normally and does not know why he is acting this way. She told dad this was going to work out so well as Bob and I will arrive on Tuesday and be there to help get him home and settled in.  I am sad that he just can not understand that these folks are trying to help him to get stronger so he can go home😢😩

PHYLLIS, I believe I neglected to comment on your nice photo of the deer in your garden. I always enjoy seeing any pictures of wildlife.  We see so many here in our area and it is always a treat.  Sadly, many times we see them on the side of the roads and that makes me so sad as we have taken away the safety they deserve in their lives. 

LLOYD, I hope Nancy will be ready soon to take off in the motor home on a new adventure.

I wish you all a good night of rest.



Jenny, is spite of his being contrary, wanting to go home, that is a good sign to me that he thinks he is strong enough to take care of himself and willing to fight for his rights and not just give up. Not knowing if he would understand that "if he cares for Diane, he needs to consider that if he fell (because he needs to strengthen his muscles), that she could have a stroke or heart attack trying to help him up..... and he wouldn't want that for her". I do think we all can get distraught enough and maybe even medication inhibits thinking that the only focus is on getting home. I am so glad that you will be there to help get him home, kind of a special happening that the best plane fare was best time for helping him. This also gives time for "the kids" helper to get into sort of a routine before you are gone.

I'll have to tell you a little story my mother would tell me when things didn't go right. Probably you've heard it before. About the little boy waiting for Christmas morning, praying to God to help him wake up early, help him get down the steps fast so see what Santa brought. He woke early, raced to the steps and stumbled as he was rushing down. He turned around and spoke to God, "I prayed you would make me faster but you don't have to PUSH!"  Hope you can reason with your dad so he will be more patient... Sorry to say, my father did great when he had all the people around to help him, but not so good without their pushing. My Dad was so proud when the nurses & doctors bragged about how well he was doing, especially for his age. I kid you not, he strutted down that hall to show off!  Prayers for you, Bob, your father, Diane... and the people trying to help.

Cats got me up with these pop up storms, they want out & about the time I doze off, wanted back in. I opened the slider for fresh air & Tom can reach all the way up to the handles but his toenails catch on the screen & I finally got up to come in this other end of the house to let them in and close them off from my bedroom. They all 3 came in & turned right around and wanted back out. Radar showing lots of red, yellow & green scattered all over the state, moving all directions. I'm going to try for another couple hours sleep instead of having breakfast first. Bacon & eggs does sound good, though.  :thumbup:


Good morning everyone

Lovely sunny morning here. I did get my vehicle fixed yesterday and I hope that is it for a while!

Not sure yet what today will be,  hubby spoke of taking a drive and that is fine with me.

My Mom also had a pop bottle with the sprinkler and like your Mom Shirley clothes we sprinkled, rolled tight and put away to the next day. Ironing is a job that I enjoy, be it clothing or quilting blocks.

Jenny, your dad is improving and that is good to hear.I hope he stays until he is better and then can maneuver better at home.

Larry, you sure make your heart sing when we see your long posts...happy with just a hi also but know you are feeling better with the long post.

Better get a move on here.

Enjoy your day everyone.
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


Cloudy morning here with the prediction of several days of rain for this next week.  At least, it is supposed to be cool for awhile and that is fine with me.

Grocery shopping today and that is all I have planned.  I have to make a list and I don't have any ideas of what to buy except I will bring home some Granny Smith apples.  I have an urge to make apple sauce.

Take care, All.


Good morning everyone, had rain overnight, only know because everything is wet out there when I pulled up the shades. There was thunderstorms in the forecast but if we had that I didn't hear any. Once I get to sleep I seldom wake with any noise. Thik I will start staying inside. There are some tiny fling bugs around that can hardly be seen and they bite but in my head, think the like the scent of my shampoo? Itchy itchy and I scratch. I know I should not scratch because I make the bites bleed and then have scabs and when I comb my hair I keep hitting them. Grrr.

JANE  think we would most all of us like the rain to fall when we are sleeping and then have a sunny not too hot days. I for one sure would like that.

LARRY  better to have a good laugh than be serious and gloomy all the time. Just listening to the news can make us wonder when the peace in the world will ever happen. My daughter's younger son is named Scott.

LLOYD  have you seen those glasses that cut the glare of headlights and the blinding sun. You can even put them over the glasses you wear. If I was still driving I sure would have some.

SHIRLEY  I never liked bold print, still don't. I use Verdana regular. To me the regular is sharper and bold seems to blur. Everyone can use what they like best as far as I am concerned.

JENNY  glad you can go see your Dad and that  will make you feel better. I really think everyone in a hospital or rehab just wants to go home to familiar surroundings.

PHYLLIS  with the different kinds of apples I used to get from my sons orchard I used them for applesauce, always tasted better than only one kind of apple. Every time I made it tasted a little different with what I used.

Have a good day.

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Mary Ann

Shirley, the size font you use has a lot to do with what I can read.  Both of your examples were very readable as is Gloria's.  I do appreciate the BOLD but as long as the type size is large, it is OK for me.  I have a hard time reading Lloyd's posts and often do not read them. 

I got up late and have read the only two folders I read regularly and I'll be back later.  We're taking Dot to lunch for her Monday (6/3) birthday.

Mary Ann


Hi Everyone.  It is another cloudy day today and we actually had some rain last evening and brief showers during the night.  Finally some cooler weather.  Scott and the girls were out yesterday afternoon and ate dinner with us and basically finished up the few remaining tasks that can be done.  I am still awaiting the grab bars and have to order the floor covering I want since Lowe's only carries the smaller width. 
I didn't sleep very well last night and spent several hour in further organization of my desk and tray table.  I probably got 4 hours of sleep but got up early feeling better than yesterday and I have been walking and standing a lot this morning.  Scott had to take his car to the garage for some repair and when he gets through he will be out.  I hope to have him take me to the Credit Union so I can cash the first of the savings bonds.  I am going to access my safe deposit box and everything in a tote bag to bring home and inventory and then we will go back at the first of the week.  We will also stop at Wendy's to take advantage of the fifty cent Frostie and may bring some home to put in the freezer.  That will be plenty for today.

We did give Elizabeth the new Chromebook last evening and she was surprised and from what she told Pat no one had ever done something like that for her before.  It gave Pat and I great pleasure to give her the gift to help her with her college work that she is doing online and I know that I won't be around to see her graduate.  She needs the tools now not when she graduates.

Mary Ann, as I think about it my mother may have used an old ketchup bottle.  

Lloyd, now you know you are probably not going to go off and eave Nancy there.  :)

Shirley, back in our childhoods families did most things together.  I was allowed to be a child when I was young and not stressed out with too many activities.  Of course I lived on a farm and as I knew older I had many responsibilities and learned to have a work ethic. I always prefer the bold print even though I have great eyesight.  

Amy, Scott had to take his car into the garage this morning and they will be doing a lot of routine maintence and putting on a couple of new tires. I am sure glad this is another billing period on my credit card.  I put a high priority on posting to my cyber friends and now the way I am set up I can write from my desktop computer, which I usually do in the mornings and then have a nice laptop on the bedside table I can use while laying in bed in the afternoons or evenings.  Am I one lucky man or not.  

Phyllis, my wife prefers the Gala apples.  I have always preferred the red delicious but haven't gotten started back to eating some apple slices as I have been for many years.  

Gloria, I do not believe there will ever be peace on this earth until Christ returns with the New Jerusalem.  I have always liked Scott as a name.  I agree that it is the bigger size of the print that is most helpful.