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Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:10:56 AM »
I am still watching TV, Marilyne, in the evenings, but hardly ever watch mainstream TV.  I spend a lot of time cruising Netflix, On Demand, Amazon Prime, and a couple of premium channels (Starz and HBO). 

I just finished watching a short series (on Netflix) based on a book by William Golding, To The Ends of the Earth, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and several very good British actors.  It was good in spite of the fact that I always think Cumberbatch is over-acting.  But, I felt he over-acted as Sherlock, too, and still I always enjoy watching him.   ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Ends_of_the_Earth_(TV_series)

"River" is still on but somehow I was turned off by the idea of his "ghost" partner.  I'll have to try it again....perhaps I've changed my attitude. 

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 12, 2018, 07:36:11 AM »
We've jumped right into summer with the forecast saying it will be 93 deg. today and up to 95 for the next two or three days.  Humidity is up, too, but that is summer in the South and to be expected.

Like you, June, I feel better in the mornings, too, so try to do all the necessary things then.  After lunch I usually nap and spend the time reading.  We managed to get the weekly shopping done yesterday so I was really tired last night and slept well.

I would love to go to the Downtown Farmers Market today but probably won't make it.  Parking and walking is kind of a problem for me since they changed locations and parking is not right next to the market.  I bought some local strawberries yesterday.  They are the smaller ones right off the plant and they have such good flavor.  Actually taste like strawberries.   I intend to make a pound cake today and have strawberries over it for dessert tomorrow.  Darn!  I forgot to get some Cool Whip!  I must go over to Walgreen's to pick up my medicine today so I'll see if they have some Cool Whip in their dairy case.

I am wondering about Lloyd, too.  He is usually so good about posting every day.


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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:20:41 AM »
Amy, be careful taking down a tree.  Sometimes they just don't fall the way you think they will.  In 1996 Hurricane Fran went through here and we had so many trees down or leaning dangerously in our yard.  The price quote from tree removal companies was astronomical.....many were gouging because soooo many trees and limbs were down all through this part of NC from the storm.  We refused to pay their unreasonable price so Tom and I bought two chainsaws...his was gas powered and mine was electrical.  It took us more than two weeks but we cleared all of the downed trees, limbs, and debris from around the house and clear down through the woods to the creek.  Tom called me "Chainsaw Granny".  We were so proud of the job that we did together.

Pretty day here and a little cooler than the last couple of days have been.  David (son) is off to downtown Raleigh for jury duty today and for however long they will require him to come in.  He is not looking forward to dealing with the downtown traffic and all of the state government workers that are down there but he will manage.  As for me....it is Monday so it is wash day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:58:57 AM »
Good morning.  I didn't make it in here yesterday.  It was a day that my body and my head just said slow down...so I did.

I'm sorry, Lloyd, for your accident yesterday and so glad that you didn't break anything.  Please slow down and take it easy.

Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time with your Texas/Oklahoma family, Jane.  I'm sure they are enjoying your cooking and doesn't it feel good to do something for those you love?

Lovely morning here again and supposed to be quite warm.  Stay well, everyone!

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 29, 2018, 07:27:47 AM »
I got to the home improvement store yesterday to get the fridge filter and I think every one in the town was there!  Parking lot was packed but luckily found a parking space not too far from the door.  Larry, I was a little bit shocked that the price of the filter was 53.00 plus a few cents.  And it didn't fix the problem with the ice maker so I'll have to call a repairman, I guess.  Or......buy ice cube trays and make ice the old fashioned way.  That wouldn't be so bad.  With the dish washer not working right now, too, I'm finding that it isn't such a big deal to wash the dishes by hand and, honestly, the silverware looks shinier than it does when they are washed in the dishwasher.

And, yes, I was having that problem with too much water spitting into the ice maker but now it doesn't put water into it at all!  So, no water....no ice.  It seems to me that most of these "conveniences" are not at all convenient!   ::)

Jane, do you suppose you could get your son to come down to North Carolina and fix all my problems?  I would bake a cake for him, or make a really good beef stew, ....or something.....please!?  Well, I suppose he is pretty busy and doesn't really have time to take on more problems so if I get irritated enough with broken appliances I'll have to find someone here to fix them. <sigh> 

Amy, you are so clever to make like a chair so your husband could get himself up off the ground.  I got down on the ground in the yard one time and just couldn't get up and David couldn't get me up either so he got a lawn chair and held it steady while I managed to get on my knees and pull myself up with that support.  I must have looked like a beached whale...... :2funny:

Take care, All,......it is a jungle out there.   :o

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:13:56 AM »
Sunny here this morning, too.  It's nice and lifts the spirits.

Happy Belated Birthday, Jane, and safe travels.  Enjoy your vacation and being with family....especially that new, little baby.

I don't like to go to the home improvement store on a weekend because it is so busy but I really need to get a filter for the refrigerator water/ice dispenser.  It's been acting strangely lately and I'm hoping a clogged filter is the problem.  I would like to have it be a cheap fix rather than calling an appliance repairman, who is definitely NOT cheap!

Make it a good day and a perfect weekend and I'll "talk" to you all later.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:23:17 AM »
I knew I could count on all of you for your comforting support and I thank you all.  Kevin was released from the hospital yesterday and says he is feeling fine.  His heart rate settled back into a normal rhythm during the night.  He talked to his cardiologist who told him that he did not have A-Fib but had what is called Atrial Fluttter.  It can be caused by many things, I guess, but is not uncommon to someone who is "older".  (He is 63.)  To answer your question, Larry, he had a blocked heart artery some years ago and had to have a stent inserted.  He has been under the care of a cardiologist for many years and takes daily medicine for that so in a way, he was lucky to already have a doctor who knows him and his medical history.  He will do a follow up with the doctor who may have him start taking a blood thinner.  But, all in all, it is a big relief that he is back home and, in his words, feeling fine.

I slept much better last night  :thumbup:.  I don't care how old your kids are, when they are having a life emergency, you still worry about them.  And I feel frustrated because I can't do anything to help them!

It's been cloudy and rainy and windy here for the last few days.  I'm ready for some sunshine. :yes:

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:39:16 AM »
A dark and very rainy morning here but that is OK...we needed the rain.

Happy Birthday, Mary Ann!  So sorry that I'm late but hope that the rest of the year will be as good as your birthday celebrations with your family were.

Some disturbing news last night.  My younger son called from the hospital.  He had trouble with rapid heart beat so he went to the emergency room.  They managed to stabilize his heart and told him he has probably developed A-Fib.  They kept him in the hospital and his cardiologist will see him today and consult with the hospital staff.  He promised he would call me as soon as he was released and home again.  They live nearly 5 hours away from me but wish I could see him and talk to him face to face.  Waiting has never been easy for me.




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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:16:22 AM »
Jenny, what a vexing time you are having right now.  I'm thinking of you and hoping that the bad days are over with for now and things will only get better.  I had shingles, too, like so many here have had, and they are no fun at all but they will pass in a few days and you will feel better.  Meanwhile, pamper yourself a little and just take it easy.

Cold here this morning.  We went from a temp. of 81 deg. on Sunday down to 34 deg. last night.  But, the sun is shining this morning and that makes everything look better.  I hope the "sun is shining" on all of you today, wherever you are.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for April 15,2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:30:16 AM »
I'm sorry I missed your birthday yesterday, Gloria.  I hope it was a good day for you and that you got to see your sons and talk to your daughter.    :hb2:

I kept the laptop turned off for most of the afternoon and evening because of the heavy storms that came through.  We were under severe storm, flooding, and tornado watches for most of the afternoon and late into the evening.  It really, really rained!  But, thankfully, we didn't have high winds or hail here and we didn't lose power at our house.  There was a tornado in Greensboro but that is about 90 miles from here and even though we had constant alerts nothing struck here.  I had my bag of medicine and necessary items packed and sitting by the basement door ready to go down to the "safe room" if we needed to but we didn't need to.

Larry, I must look into buying a modem that is compatible with Spectrum Cable tv.  The one that we rent from Spectrum has become unreliable and must be re-booted nearly every day.  Besides, I'm tired of paying a monthly rental fee to Spectrum for equipment that they forced us to switch to when they went totally HD.   >:(

Cloudy and much cooler this morning and there is a lot of tree litter all over the yard but we seem to be back to a normal Mon.  The laundry is waiting, as usual, and so is my breakfast so I must be up and away. 

Take care, All.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:32:07 AM »
I took a day out yesterday.  Went to the library and bank, made the mistake of stopping at a new German bakery downtown.  I bought some multi-grain bread and couldn't resist some Peach/Blackberry Kuchen.  It was delicious.  Had a late lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and came home tired. 

I am having to live in the past.  David tried to start the dishwasher last night and it is just dead.  Checked the circuit breaker and it seems fine so I guess I'll have to try to find a reliable appliance repairman and that isn't always easy.  I unloaded the full dishwasher and washed everything by hand.  I was remembering the old days before I ever owned a dishwasher.  I really don't mind washing dishes but I don't like to dry them so David took over that job.  So now another house problem to deal with....I'm getting a little tired of all this "excitement".   ::)

Cloudy here this morning but a few degrees warmer so perhaps Spring is arriving after all.  Fingers crossed!  Of course, along about August I'll be wishing for Fall.  Never satisfied.... ;)

Take care, Everyone.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:06:27 AM »
Check out the upper back pain and nausea, please, Jenny.  It could be nothing but it is better to know.

Your brother is in my prayers, Jane.  Larry can give you the best details because he also has a pace maker.  I think that a pace maker will help Jim feel better.

Sun and clouds today but supposed to be a little warmer.  We've had practically no Spring at all this year.  Mother Nature is playing games with us.

I slept late this morning so must be up and about to do the daily chores. 

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:46:05 AM »
You have the right to be proud of Mark, Jenny. 

Pretty morning here and supposed to be a little warmer today.  Yesterday was pretty, too, but cold!  Still hoping for rain.

Not much to say today so I'm just checking in to let you all know I'm still alive and kicking.   :happydance:

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:48:35 AM »
The temp. dropped into the 30's here, too, last night after a very warm and breezy day yesterday.  "They" kept telling us it was going to rain here sometime in the afternoon.....it didn't. 

I watched a little bit of the Augusta golf, Larry.  The azaleas and the whole course looked beautiful.  And so many people in the gallery!!  I saw Jack Nicklaus's grandson make a hole in one.  I think Jack was more excited by that than anything he has ever done himself.  It was a nice moment.  I plan to watch more of the actual tournament this afternoon but I must do the weekly grocery shopping this morning.

Sorry that you had another spill, June, and that you are sore and aching as a result.  I hope you heal very quickly.

Have a nice day, All.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:53:08 AM »
Weber wrote JCS to adapt an age old story to modern times and we were in the rock era when he wrote it.  I think it is a production that can always make a nice transition to each modern age and taste but still tells the same timeless story of the last days of Jesus on earth. 

I found the audience noise distracting, too, but understand they wanted to use it as part of the crowd scenes.  I was very impressed with the staging of the Crucifixion.  The studio where the production took place must be enormous.


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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:29:18 AM »
I am envying those of you who are having rain.  We need it very much here for helping the grass and flowering shrubs to grow but also, to wash away some of this ugly pine pollen.  It is very heavy this year and has spread a yellow dusting on everything.   :ugh:

I am wondering about June, too, and praying that she is all right.

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Tranquil Cove / Re: JoanFL - April 2 2018
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:20:39 AM »
It was my privilege to work with Joan when she requested, many years ago, that would I create the weekly graphic that she used every Sunday to open a new week's edition of the Soda Shoppe.  She was always so encouraging and gracious.  I never met her in person but always considered her a good friend.  I have missed communicating with her because of her long, final illness and I'm sad that she is gone but also happy to know that she is at peace and with her Ray. 

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:17:12 AM »
Thank you, Jenny, for letting us know about Joan.  She has been missed here for a long time and I will remember her as someone that was always kind, generous, and helpful.

Gray day here.  I plan to do some much needed housework so it will be, hopefully, just an ordinary day.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:05:10 AM »
I watched Jesus Christ, Superstar last night and was surprised that I rather liked it even though the rock style is 'way past my era.  Not sure about the casting of Alice Cooper as Herod but thought it was interesting.  The man who played Judas was especially good in that part.  I thought the costumes for the Jewish elders were a little strange.  To me it looked like something out of "The  Matrix" movie.  Did anyone else here watch?

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe of April 01,2018
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:59:11 AM »
No snow here, thank goodness.  Easter Sunday was nice.  Not a full sun all day but it was warm with sun and clouds playing tag with each other. 

I had a long, nice telephone call with my younger son and dil in northern VA.  Caught up with all the news about them and my two grandsons.  That was a treat.

The rest of the day was quiet and peaceful and enjoyable.  The dinner wasn't festive but it was good and filling.

It is a little cloudy this morning but no snow, thank goodness!  The ever-constant laundry needs to be done and a few household chores, also, along with watering the grass seed and hoping it will grow.  Perhaps I'll watch a little of the championship B Ball tonight but can't get too involved in it since all of the local teams have been eliminated.  Did anyone watch "Jesus Christ Superstar" last night?  I thought it was interesting.  The rock style is 'way past my era, of course, so it is unusual for me to watch something like that but I was curious.  It is still not my style but I was intrigued by the production. 

Jane, I'm so glad that your brother is home and doing better.  My dil had ulcers and was in so much pain that she thought she was having a heart attack and called EMS.  They discovered the ulcer in the hospital and immediately began treatment for them.  She eventually recovered and never had any more trouble with them, I'm happy to say. 

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 31, 2018, 08:37:10 AM »
It's a beautiful morning but a little chilly.  The heat is on and it feels good.

I got the grass seed spread and watered and I will go out later and water again.  Hope I get some grass from it.  If it works I'll buy more seed and do some other bare spots in the lawn.  I don't care a lot for yard work but it was nice to be outside and if I don't try to do too much at a time it usually goes well and eventually I get most of what is needed done. 

No plans for Easter here.  It is just David and me for dinner so buying a big ham and all the traditional side dishes is really a waste of food for us.  I'm not sure what we will have but we have quite a few choices in the freezer and some fresh vegs. in the fridge.  I think we will have pound cake with fresh blueberries with whipped cream for our indulgent dessert.  Blueberries are my favorite.  In just a couple of weeks the NC strawberries will be ready.  I look forward to that.  I love those, too.  The local farmer's markets will all begin to open in April.  We have many around here with a very good variety of fresh fruits and vegs. plus home baked goods, etc.  That is one of the good things about living in North Carolina.....we have so many sources for locally grown fresh food.

Of course, the last games of March Madness will be played this weekend so I will probably be watching some of that.

I hope those of you that can be with family or friends have a wonderful time.  But, for all of us I wish for a lovely peaceful Easter Day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:05:28 PM »
Larry, we have several stores close to me that offer on-line ordering but I haven't tried them yet.  I'm picky about fresh produce.  Have you or Pat ordered fresh vegs. and fruit online from Walmart and were you satisfied with what they picked out for you?

Also, I want to keep doing as much exercise as I am able to do and once a week around the big store is tiring for me but I feel like I am keeping my legs working as long as possible.  I know that the time will come when I can no longer do that so will have to shift to online ordering then, I think.

Sorry that the rollater didn't work out for you and Pat.  Gratefully, I have David to lift mine in and out of the back of the car and he says he doesn't mind doing it.  I can lift it if I have to but it is cumbersome and I'm glad he is around to do it for me.  I really depend on it now when I am away from the house.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 30, 2018, 07:11:06 AM »
Good morning!  Supposed to be cloudy with some showers today.  We'll see if that happens.  Lately when they predict rain it hasn't happened.  I would like to get out and spread some grass seed in a large bare spot near the driveway before the rain starts....if it starts, that is.  I pay to have the lawn reseeded every year but not a lot of the new seed turned into grass this year so I'll try to do it myself.  I complained to the lawn company but didn't get a lot of satisfactory answers from them.  Think I will have to look around for a new lawn company.

Yesterday was a very busy day.  I had a phone call in the morning telling me of the death of a neighbor's father and the funeral was scheduled for later in the morning.  Didn't have time to make it to the funeral but got out to the nursery near me and bought a pretty peace lily plant for my neighbor and then made a visit to them in the afternoon.  Their house is down the street from me and their driveway is very steep so it was kind of a struggle to get up it but with David's help, and the rollater, I made it.  Also, yesterday was grocery shopping day which is always a long walk through a very large store so last night my legs ached a lot and I was really tired so went to bed at 9:30.  Had a good night's sleep and woke up at 6 this morning ready for another day.

Jane, I don't think you are complaining about needing a ride to church.  How many times in your life have you volunteered to help someone when they needed it?  Now it is your turn and just think how good you make someone feel that they had a chance to offer a helping hand.  Most people are happy to help but often just don't know what help is needed unless you tell them.

Shirley, I used to take an aspirin before going to the doctor just to calm any jitters but now that I am taking a blood thinner I can't take aspirin. I'm not sure that Tylenol has the same calming effect, does it?

Stay well and content, everyone.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:42:00 AM »
I'm up but still feeling sleepy.  I had an appt. with the cardiologist yesterday and that wore me down.  I slept good last night but didn't feel rested when I got up this morning.  I apparently have an elevated blood pressure level and he wants me to take my BP for several days here at home and let him know the readings.  I've NEVER had a BP problem so I'm hoping this is only a temporary thing.

It is supposed to be warm today and I'm hoping they are right.  So tired of cold, dreary weather.  It drags every one's mood down, I think.

Sorry to complain this morning but I am feeling a little down about having to add another health condition to keep track of.  I need to get out today to find something else to think about besides my health.  I feel as though I'm becoming a hypochondriac and I don't want that to happen.  I'm going to try to MAKE this a better day!   :yes:

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:44:42 AM »
Lloyd, I like the idea of breading the tenderloin slices in corn meal.  I'll have to try that.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:57:52 AM »
No, don't cook the tenderloin first.  Slice about a 1/2 pound of tenderloin into 4 slices, butterfly each slice and then pound each slice until it is about a 1/4 in. thick, bread it and then fry it.

Here is a link to a recipe for Tenderloin sandwiches.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pork-tenderloin-sandwich

In a restaurant it would be deep fried but at home it would be easier to pan fry in oil and drained.  You can use any kind of "stuff" on it, such as tomato, lettuce, pickle, mustard, mayo.  I always liked it with lettuce, tomato and some mayo on a hamburger or kaiser bun.

The tenderloin is a lean cut but frying it in oil probably adds a fair number of calories.  But, who cares!   ;D

Gosh, I think I'm going to have to go buy a tenderloin....even though they are a little pricey.  I've made myself hungry for a tenderloin sandwich.

Sunny today but still too chilly to enjoy being out very much.  I would like a warm spring day for a change.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:36:01 AM »
Larry, we had tenderloin sandwiches in Kansas, too, where I grew up.  I would dearly love to have one now.  They were my favorite.  Here in the northeast, and southeast, too, they never heard of them.  They don't know what they are missing.

BTW, for those who have never had them....these are pork tenderloin sandwiches that we are talking about.  They are definitely not low fat and probably not healthy eating but, oh, my gosh....they are good!!

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Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:26:59 AM »
I loved Montreal!  Such a beautiful clean city with attractively dressed and courteous people.  The times I was there I never had a problem communicating.  I took French in college but have very little speaking ability with it.  The minute I said anything the person I was speaking to immediately switched to English...even in old Quebec.

Bubble and Don, I am enjoying "armchair traveling" through your photos and comments.  I would go amok in the Cheese Shop......or in any of the market places!

Bubble, I remember 'way back, when we were all learning PSP, that you mentioned a French Library but I envisioned it as small with just a few shelves.  I had no idea the scope of it until I saw Don's photos.  I am very impressed with your capabilities and even more so with how you find the time to do all that you do.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:18:33 AM »
The sun hasn't risen yet but it is getting light enough to see that the clouds are gone.  When the sun finally decides to get out of bed I will welcome it with a glad heart.  I am definitely going to get out of this house today!

Callie, as far as I am concerned the "recliner radish" position is the ONLY yoga position.  That is the one I do best.

Jenny, your Bob and you are on my mind and I am praying that all of the cancer is gone and now he can just get on with healing.  I had Basel Cell surgery on my upper arm many years ago and it was so deep I had to have a general anesthetic for the surgeon to get it all.  I was left with a very long scar on my arm but have not had any problems with it since.

Gloria de, perhaps a pacemaker would be just what you need to regulate your heart rhythm.  I think your talk with the doctor will help you decide.

Good morning, Amy! So glad that there is no new snow for you to deal with.  But, don't overdo with all of those jobs waiting to be done.

Jane, I hope you had some zzzzs left over from yesterday.  I'm going to go looking for them this afternoon, I think.

I haven't said this for awhile.......MAKE it a good day, Everyone!







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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for March 15,2018
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:50:23 AM »
This the year of the "Never Ending Winter".  It is snowing!  I had hoped to get out of the house today after being housebound for nearly a week but I think I have changed my mind.

You are right, Shirley.  Poor design to put a heating vent under where the fridge needs to go.  I'm convinced that most houses are designed by people who never would agree to live in them.  I think kitchens especially are dreamed up by designers who never cook or clean them!

I must not get started...after all, this is not the Gripes forum.  Off to get some breakfast.....maybe that will improve my outlook.  Or then again, I just may pour another cup of coffee and indulge in some more grumbling.  Sometimes it is very satisfying to be a curmudgeon.   >:(   ;)

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