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Soda Shoppe for September 15, 2020

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What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.
- Jewish Proverb


Get married and you will be happy for a week; slaughter a pig and you will be happy for a month; become a priest and you will be happy for the rest of your life.
Polish Proverb


To love someone who does not love you, is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall.
Congo Proverb


A picture is worth a thousand words, and yet picture books are for infants.
English Proverb

Lloyd Hammond

well not a good morning. first off I could not sleep very well. so I got up came in here and got a blank spot Made a post and hit post and so p bubbly kicked me off. so I am just going to go see if I can fiend a good Movie. I have shut the bedrum door, so wont bother Nancy's sleep. see you all Later.



YOU ARE BACK, Bubble!!!!! Love the Proverbs & graphics. Cute frog & the mind whirls at the sight of the guy knitting. It is re-hab, therapy, or maybe his grandmother taught him?  Thanks for the new site.

Lloyd, another short night for me, too. Both cats were sitting by the bedroom door waiting for me to get up. They like the cooler nights and want to stay outside but every time I look they are sleeping in the pool area. They feel safe behind the pool fence. The fox can slip through the wrought iron fence around the yard, but the coyote can't get through, nothing but a cat or climbing animal can get into the pool area. Guess I will fix me an egg sandwich & go back to bed.


Good morning everyone..

Another one with a restless night..hope to have a good sleep tonight!
Last  night  while watching tv in my night clothes ,came a knock on the door!! Gosh did I scurry to get my housecoat on.....to find our neighbour  from the back line . He had brought over fresh pulled green onions and two items I had no clue about. He handed me a slip of paper with the name on..Crystal Apple cucumbers.......never hear of them before.

I did manage to get part of the garden cleaned and bring in 3 of the crooked neck pumpkin...can only carry one at time.

Today we are off to look at flooring.......not a fun job. Cool enough that we will take the dogs with us.

Bubble, thank you for the new start page. Proverbs prove a point. I knew a man that knitted.....he made beautiful sox for his daughter. He also did embroidery.

Better get a move on.

Enjoy your day and stay safe please.
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


I'm up and attem!  I slept very well last night.  I was so tired when I went to bed there was nothing to do but sleep.  And that other person did find her own place to sleep because I had my SPACE!

Today, the only things on the agenda are to label an put away the salsa and order my meds at the drug store.  I'm going to see if Frankie can stop and pick them up for me.  She said she's coming out sometime today and it would save me a trip!

BUBBLE, nice to see you back!  I love the new place, too.  I did a double-take at the pic of the man knitting.  I've known lots of med who did women's work around the house but none that knitted! 

I have a couple bills to pay and I'm going to start picking some of the green tomatoes.  I got up to 43º this morning and one of these days we'll have a frost.  I noticed some color on the tomato vines this morning so I'll bring in whatever I can today.

AMY, those crook neck pumpkins must be huge!  You're going to have to have a real "yard sale" if you have very many of them!  I think Christy is bringing me one from her garden this weekend.  That will be one of my chores for next week and I feel a pie coming on!

JENNY, I'm sorry your plans fell through and you had a rough trip home.  But isn't it nice to be home!  I think that old saying is right...."There's no place like home".

Guess I better get ready!  It's almost time for the boinger and I know Mickie will be ready for breakfast....I'm ready, too.

I hope you all have a great day!
Make it your own in every way!
And don't forget to share it with your friends in the Soda Shoppe!  We miss you when you're not here!

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The knitter was an Ethiopian/Israeli soldier waiting for his bus. Buses are not very regular...


Good morning every one. Wow a whole 45 this morning. No wonder I felt chilly when I got out of bed this morning. One  thing about this new AC I have it can run on fan only and I had it on that yesterday letting just fresh air in and circulating. Nice. Sure do not need it cooling now. We are now getting smokey  sky from the western fires. I know my daughter is getting it in Arizona.

SHIRLEY  I have a lot to learn about this new iPhone. Don't even know the name of it. I need to go online and learn about it. Will call my son later to find out the name so I know what to look for.  One thing Mike could not do Saturday was get the WiFi connected. Sent a SOS to his son-my PC guru and he came yesterday and in a minute he got the password in. He is the grandson I rely on for tech trouble. He is the dad of my little great grandson. He starts school the end of this week and he does not want to go to school. He will be in kindergarden all day. Seems like my 3 had half a day in that grade. My Mom never had a written recipe it was all in her brain. I need a recipe for everything.

TOMEREADER  I had an android phone a few years ago and could not understand it.

LLOYD  great you took Nancy out for dinner. So many restaurants around here have closed down because of the virus. They could not afford to change their restaurants and pay upkeep on them anymore.

JANE  boy you sure are a busy lady all the time. I sit too much I know but some days walking around with my rollator starts me back hurting too much.

PETER  wow what a place to go shopping. So many different thing for sale. Thank you.

AMY  gardens did not do good here either this year. Both of my sons had a bad crop and my daughter in Arizona didn't have a good crop either. Love the moose in the sprinkler. Mom liked lapping the water up.

JENNY  glad you made it home safe. That traffic back up would have really been horrible.

BUBBLE  thanks for the new page. Great graphics, love the man knitting. I had a BIL who knitted and did beautiful work. The Jewish Proverb is something many gossips should read and take to heart. Love all the proverbs. Thank you.

Have a good day and stay safe.

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Good morning.  A pretty sunny morning after some haze earlier.  The weatherman said the haze was from all the fires out west.  That is almost unbelievable that the haze is traveling all the way across the country.  I saw some pictures and can hardly imagine how difficult it must be to have all the smoke all the time.  Has to do something to your lungs to go on for so long.   Prayers for all those people.

I have another internet friend who lives in the northern part of Calif. and they have had their RV packed up ready to leave at a moments notice. She said they won't have to tell her twice to get out.  So far, they have been safe, but they can see the red sky all around them.

 Must be so traumatic to have to live with that fear always in the back of your head.

Nothing new in my little part of the world.  I just wanted to make an appearance.  Need to get dressed and get on with the day.

Please have a good day and be safe.



Good Morning,

I've started some new eye drops because pressure is creeping toward the glaucoma stage.  Hope my eyes adjust to them because I'm surely not liking the effects right now.

Have I mentioned that #2 son and I began a "dinner date" every two weeks when dil gets her nails done after work?
It's always at my house but we alternate providing the meal.  Last time, he brought Chinese which we both like but dil doesn't.

Yesterday, #1 son came over for a couple of hours and did some "clean-up" with the pot garden and flower beds.
 We talked about his coming over on the weeks that his brother doesn't.  Nothing definite but I'd like that.

Still working on photo album for #2 dil.  Hope eye drops don't make that a problem.

We're getting a thin layer of smoke from the fires in the west - including the ones in Colorado.  Not really affecting the air quality much but makes it hazy.  I've always heard that the eastern part of the USA was affected by the dust during the 1930's.  Makes me wonder how those east of New Mexico were affected when all that atomic testing was going on in the 1940's.

And that's what's going on in my little corner of the world.

Wishing Everyfriend Everywhere an Enjoyable Day.

Lloyd Hammond

Gloria when we go out in publick we ware the Masks. but yo will be surprised how Many do not. Our youngest son's wife Mother was in the hospital and ought the vireos and died from it. so when I see someone not waring a mask out in public, I tell them if you lose someone close kin or friend I bet you will start waring one. maybe I should keep my mouth shut, but cant help my self. Good night and sweet dreams.



I'm off to the "Land of Nod".  It's been another one of those days.  My cleaning lady (granddaughter Frankie) came today and my house is spick and span once more.  She hits the corners and ledges that I usually miss.  She likes to clean so this is a win/win situation for both of us.

Something really strange just happened!  I got a really strange screen and some buttons at the bottom.  As I pressed the X on each of the buttons, something went away and after about 6 buttons, my post came back looking just as it had before all that started.  I've never had that happen before.

And now I'm off to dreamland....I hope!  I wish you all a peaceful night's sleep and a happy, healthy tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one!

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G'Morning All. Hope you all have a good day, today is the 400th Celebration Year of the 'MAYFLOWER' casting off from Plymouth to cross the Atlantic, to mark the occasion i believe there is some kind of celebration arranged in Plymouth today, i hope the new rule on crowd gathering does not spoil whatever has been arranged, enjoy your day and get those turkeys ready Lloyd !. :thumbup: .

                                  Cheers all. :thumbup:


Good morning everyone..
Dark out there..all too soon it will be drk going to bed and dark getting up .

Our search for flooring yesterday was interesting to say the least. We did bring two samples home yet when put against the oak  we have in here it didn't fit in. So back to the drawing board.

Getting the oil changed in the van this morning then home to work around the house...toss up on whether it will inside or out.

Callie, that sounds like a wonderful "date" a win win for all of you.

Jane, there are lots still in the garden ,some that have just started to grow, doubt I will be able to ripen those but others are very close to ripening.

Joy, I have been watching  the devastation of the fire....how does one get over this?

Gloria, I don't mind this cooler weather...we do put a fire on in the morning but let it go out. Kyle calls it a 3 stick fire :)

Lloyd, smart to wear a mask. I am not fond of wearing them but it is for my protection and others. Here it is the young one that don't abide by the rules of staying apart. High school and university ones  that gather not wearing masks.

Enjoy your day everyone...stay safe please.
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, a nice 46 now and I like that. If it keeps on being these temperatures the witch will have to let the maintenance man turn the heat on. Got my flu shot yesterday and also a tetanus shot. Last time I had one of those was 30 years ago, thought it was about time for another one. First time the community room was open since April but only for the shots. After that I came back up here for a phone appointment with my doctor. That went great and better than going to the office. She  is going  to send someone here to do the vampire bit.  Last evening I looked out at the sky and the sun was starting to set and it was a big orange ball in the sky. That is how much smoke we have in the air.

JOY  we are having the smokey sky here, too. Last week on TV they showed  pictures of Los Angeles and of San Francisco and those looked like one would need more than a mask to breathe that air.

CALLIE  Well I see one son every Saturday morning and he always brings me some kind of treat. My other son I don't see that often but he is the one that takes me where I have to go. He will be going to pick apples and will bring me half a bushel to enjoy and make at least one pie with and an apple crisp and applesauce plus many to just eat and enjoy. We have not seen a blue sky for several days and even the sun barely penetrates the smoke here and I live on the northeast coast or about 35 miles from it.

LLOYD  yesterday on the news they were talking about the next state to us-Mass.-and those who do not wear their mask will be fined $50 for the first time and if they still do not wear one they will double the fine each time they are caught.

JANE  this morning I tried deleting some things off my desktop and they would not move.  then I went to refill my coffee and came back and tried deleting them again and the did go to the recycle bin. That had never happened before. Yvette does a pretty good job of cleaning in here but that ir really not in her jod description. She does go above what her job calls for. She does spoil me because she knows I cannot do the house work that is called for to live  in a clean apartment.

PETER  400 years for the Mayflowe leaving England? Wow we are still a lot younger country than you are. Just looking at the old building on the walks you post for us sure shows it.

AMY  just imagine if those fires were in the early summer what would happen to the gardens with no sun to help things grow. The last few days the only way we know the sun is up there is a slight brighter spot in the sky.

Have a good day everyone and stay safe.

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Good Morning my dear friends!  It's starting to get light out there.  Yesterday, we had the same kind of day that other on this side of the country had and I suppose today will be the same.  The sun is there but it looks like it's behind a cloud.  This would be a good day for me to be out doing my errands.  Bright sun keeps me home.  The glare is too much. If I have to make an appointment, I try to make it between 10 and 3 then I know I won't be driving into the sun either coming or going.

I'm all set up to make a batch of green tomato jam today.  Yesterday I picked all the green tomatoes that I know won't have a chance to grow up.  Some of them will be jam before this day is over. 

I'm also planning a batch of green tomato piccalilli before a frost comes and kills everything.  I know one thing for sure, if the green tomatoes pick off easily, they're never going to ripen and if I get them off, maybe the rest will.

Frankie wants some green tomatoes too but I forget what it is that she wants to make. And, of course, somewhere along the way, I'll have to have a batch of Fried Green Tomatoes!

GLORIA, yesterday it was so cold in the house that I turned off the A/C and turned on the heat so it would come on at 68º.  It came on around8 a.m. and took the chill out of the house and that's all it needed all day. Then last night, just as I was getting ready to head off to bed, it came on again.  This morning it's been on once since I'm up.  It's just enough to take the chill off.  Outside, it's only 41.  That's brrrrrr chilly!

I guess I better get on my horse and get moving.  It's almost time for the boinger.  And the day begins! 

I wish you all a lovely day!
Make it your own in every way!
And don't forget to share it with your good friends in the Soda Shoppe!  We miss you when you don't hang around!

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Lloyd Hammond

⌐Good Morning everyone, I am just up getting to be Habit to sleep in, It says 63º and going 79º it is over cast saying partly sunny, but I think the whether guesser was right yesterday when he said was smoke from the fires from CA. Have a great day.



We haven't had as much haze here that I have noticed but we will be getting rain tomorrow and Friday from the remnants of Hurricane Sally.  I think I'll ask David if he wants to go to the grocery store today before the rain gets here and get just a few things to tide us over for a couple of days.

The cooler weather has been so nice.  Not cool enough yet to have the heat pump kick over to heat but at least the air conditioning isn't runnig.  I had the windows open for awhile yesterday and that was nice.

Take care, All.


I realize most of you are scattered out all over the country, but wanted to make a food recommendation.  I don't know if any of your stores have these: Nature's Bakery Fig Bars.  They come in several flavors, Raspberry, PeachApricot, just plain Fig, (also have a chocolate brownie - I don't recommend that one).  These bars are: dairy free, nut free, vegan, Kosher, no High Fructose Corn Syrup and plant based. That should cover anyone with allergies or dislikes.  They come in a box of 6 twin packs.  They are especially good with your morning coffee or cup o' tea; at night with a glass of cold milk, or just for a quick snack/dessert after lunch. The twin pack has 2 separate squares, so you don't have to eat the whole thing.  If you did, it is 200 calories.  Very little sodium, no cholesterol, only 5 grams of fat, not saturated, 3 grams of dietary fiber. Before my hubby passed, at work the snack machine stocked these, and they ran out as soon as the man loaded the machine.  Shortly, my grocery store (Kroger) started stocking them, at first only the fig, then the rest of their assorted flavors.  The price is "not bad", a little more than some things like this, but for all the things that are not in the bars, it's super.  They also put them on sale from time to time.
Hope you all can find them near you, and would enjoy!


Tome, one more question, my gr-daughter has a problem with soy... and I've discovered it is in everything, EVERYTHING! How about these bars? I've gone to cooking with real butter because all the things I used to cook with (Crisco, Blue Bonnet, etc...) now contains SOY! I will see if they are available at my Kroger/Dillons. Thanks for the tip.

I have a batch of green chili cooking, mouth should be watering by now but maybe made a mistake cooking in the large Circulon pot. I usually brown the meat in cast iron pot after frying a few slices of bacon for flavor, no bacon, no cast iron, no flavor. I saute' the onions & garlic in butter in another skillet & dump all together with green chilies, Ro-Tel, etc... So good over refried beans, enchiladas, etc.... it doesn't smell as good. Maybe I'd better check the recipe, haven't made it for quite a while & might have forgotten something important! 

Phyll, been getting warnings about Sally on the iPad all day, watched a video of an 18 wheeler blow over with the winds. The coast people are sure getting hit hard this year. Wonder how Joan's son & family are doing with their place on the island. Bet that gr-son (Finlay) is so grown up we wouldn't recognize him.

Better check the pot. Much to do & not much time left to do it~~



We were off this morning to the doc to get our blood drawn for our yearly physicals next week.  They drew about half the amount they used to and there was no urine sample taken.  We asked about it and they said that Medicare will no longer pay for it🤪  Probably why there was less blood drawn as well.  I do not even know why they are making us go in for our appointments as it seems many doctors are doing it over the telephone...which would be fine by me.  I would be happy as a lark if I never had to go to the doctor again😘

While we were out and about we decided to drive on down to the Colorado Capital area to see how things look now after all of the rioting and the protesters and so forth.  It was horrible to witness....chain link fencing around it and window boarded up and still a lot of graffiti. There are some Federal Buildings there in the same area and they looked the same as the capital did😩  We passed by several of the homeless encampments.....oh Lordy....the sadness of the whole mess is heartbreaking.  So much trash laying all along the roads.  Sadly way more illegal drug paraphernalia than you can imagine.  Everyday we hear they are trying to find a place to move these poor individuals where they will have bathrooms to use and showers.  Of course NO ONE wants them in their area! 

Dr. Dave had to have Mohs surgery done on his head today for a melanoma they found in his scalp.  Michele is having her every other week Chemo also today. 

Bob's iPhone was unfixable so he pulled out his old iPhone 4 and got it charged up and at least has a phone to use for now.  He wants to wait to buy a new one until the newest one comes out in a month or two....🤪🤪. I think this old one is going to drive him nuts, but he says he can deal with it😘

I am not sure if I mentioned it or not, but Sunday after we returned home Bob started having all these bites show up on his upper part of his body?  After much searching I came to the conclusion they are probably bed bug bites😡😡. He and I slept in different beds in the hotel room, so I am fine.  We thought that was the end of it as they were looking so much better last night, but sadly, he appeared to have some new ones this morning😡😢 We took very little into our motel room with us, so our actual bag of clothes were still in the car.  Tonight we will be on the look out for any hitchhikers that may have managed to come with us.  We accidentally left a pillow of ours on the bed, and that might have been a blessing in disguise!  I checked the LaQuinta where we stayed and they did not have any known bed bug issues.....but ???  I would like to think it might be spider bites but with the research I did on the internet they certainly look like bed bug bites 😩

We have been keeping a watch on Hurricane Sally as she hits the gulf coast.  We have many friends and relatives along the entire area😩
SHIRLEY, I saw yesterday that they had close the bridge heading out to Dauphin Island where Joan's son and family have been living during Covid.  Of course the landfall of Sally was in Gulf Shores, the permit home location for  Joan's Family 😩. I see pictures of Finlay every so often and he of course is a big kid now!  Nearly as big as his dad.  He is probably around 14 years old. 

I hope you all have enjoyed your day. 

"Love many, trust few; learn to paddle your own canoe"


Hello Everyfriend!  This was another hazy day!  The sun was out but it was like there was a haze over it all day.  The high temp was only 76 and that's fine with me.  It was cold enough in the morning for a sweater.

JENNY, I hope you find the source of the bits and are able to get rid of it quickly.  That's no fun, especially after the hectic trip you had coming home. Your trip down town must have been depressing!  I'm kind of glad I don't live near any big cities.  We've had some protests here but nothing destructive.

I managed to get the green tomato jam done today and I ended up with 14 jars...12 canned and two in the fridge.  I did I in 4 oz jars so I can share it with others and see how they like it.  I still want to try the piccalilli but I think I'll wait until next week.  Frankie's birthday is coming up on Saturday and her mother and stepfather are comin up from Maryland for the weekend.  I'll need to get ready for them and then celebrate with her so I think I'll just wait as I'm sure the green tomatoes on the vines will wait.  I have some red ones to use up and I think I'll get stuff to make salads over the weekend. 

Right now, my brain is a bit fuzzy.  It did way too much thinking for one day.  I'm going to take Mickie out and then head for the haystack.  Someone told me that's where they hid all the zzzzzs tonight. 

I wish you all a peaceful night's sleep and a happy, healthy (bug free) tomorrow!  And may God bless us, every one!

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Lloyd Hammond

Good night and sweet dreams. Hope to see you all in good health and good spirits
In the morning.




Good morning everyone..

We are heading back into warmer weather for a few days. Today we are looking at flooring..again. I think we both are  getting discouraged at what is available in the lines we want. Lots of dark colours but we want a lighter one to go with our oak cupboards and baseboards.

Jenny,  poor Bob, hope he is feeling better. Those hitchhikers are not the souvenir one wants to bring home!!

Junee, nice to see you :)

Jane, you have been busy and it doesn't sound like you will be slowing down a bit. 

Gloria, between water and fire they do go where they want and destroy so much  when doing it. Can't imagine trying to pick up the pieces and carrying on after this.

Better get ready..
Enjoy your day everyone..stay safe.

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