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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: Today at 09:28:13 AM »
Sometimes I feel...
Bob Perks

Sometimes I feel that the world is too much.  God reminds me that I am a part of His world and He has much to offer.

Sometimes I feel, that as hard as I try I am nowhere near where I wanted to be at this point in my life.  God reminds me that the journey may be long but it will be worth it and I am right where He wants me to be.

Sometimes I feel that there is too much for me to do.  God reminds me that I am not doing it alone.  Take each step wisely and put things in perspective.

Sometimes I feel that there are too many mountains to climb.  God reminds me that He made the mountains so that when we reach the top we are closer to Heaven, we can see where we've been and the beauty of where we are going.

Sometimes I feel that when I am excited about life no one else around me is.  God reminds me that is why He placed me there to bring excitement to those whose lives are weary.

Sometimes I feel like God doesn't hear me.  God reminds me that He does indeed listen and respond.  It is I who blocks out His Voice when I don't like what He is saying.

Sometimes I feel that no one understands me.  God reminds me that He understands and that's all that matters.

Sometimes I feel that the world is closing in on me.  God reminds me that he is there even in the smallest spaces.

Sometimes I feel I am failing,  God reminds me with Him I cannot fail.  Delays and denials are not failures.  There are more choices, better ways to get me to where He wants me to be.

Sometimes I feel at peace.  God reminds me:

Galatians 6:16
New Life Version (NLV)
16 Those who follow this way will have God's peace and loving-kindness. They are the people of God.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: Today at 09:27:38 AM »
Good morning everyone, finally woke later this morning, just before 6:30. T hat waking up near 4am was getting me into bed at night be tween 8 & 9.Had a lot of snow melting yesterday afternoon, this morning everything is covered with frost. 21° now and Wednesday the weather guessers are saying near 70° on Wednesday. If that happens it would break a record set in the early 1930's.

JANE  when something hurts for a couple of weeks it is time for a break from it. God knew you needed a good sleep and that was needed more that going to church yesterday.

AMY  my daughter will not get close enough to a spider to kill it, she just hollers for Gary, before when he was working she would call one of her sons. She has never been bit by one.

PHYLLIS  hope we do not have anything blooming early here. Every time that happens we get a freeze that kills blossoms and then spring is not beautiful. My son lost his apple crop a few years because of that. I would love seeing things blooming now but will enjoy it more in the right time.

LARRY  my SIL has a few solar panels up and is going to put  more. One of their neighbors used to install them professionally and told him he would help. They also have a windmill to set up, that would be for pumping the water from their well. Every thing takes time. In the little over a year they have moved there they really have not had time to just sit and enjoy. Like you I have a fear of snakes. I will delete an email, shut off the TV just because one is pictured there. Joan would be happy to know that something she posted is still being enjoy ed here in the SS. I have a lot more on my first external drive. If I could get someone to plug it in I would have more of them to post.

JENNY  I wish Joe would understand how much Joan means to all of us and want to know how she is doing.

JUNE  glad to see you this morning but not happy to read what happened to you. Glad you live where you are and get help so fast. Take care of yourself. Just come in and say hello so we know you are OK. Hugs and prayers.

AMY  enjoy the warmer days before we are back in the deep freeze again.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: Yesterday at 06:35:18 AM »
50/50
Bob Perks

I am not an odds maker.  I know little about mathematics, still I can add, subtract, divide and multiply.  Sometimes without a calculator! In my mind it comes down to this.  It either is or it isn't.  You are or you are not.

When I met my friend, Steffe Berdy, she said to me, "I always thought that life was black and white then God dragged me through the gray." After she died, I decided to permit myself to see in between the things of life.

That being said, I also decided that gray must be a transition.  One either "is" or on the way to it. Another either "isn't" or on the way to it. Thus the "gray."

I knew I had to share this idea with you after seeing the movie "50/50."  I was in the audience for the first showing of the movie in our area. It's about a young man who is told he had cancer and a 50/50 chance of survival. For me, personally, it was a very powerful movie. Memories of my son, Keith's battle with cancer shadowed every scene.

"Sixty-five percent chance of survival.  Better than 50/50. But not ninety-five to one-hundred percent. That's what the doctor said about Keith.  But it's more than a numbers game.  It's my son and sixty-five percent didn't sit well with me." (From my book, "The Flight of a Lifetime!")

In my "either or mind" he either would die or he would live.  What we did in the "gray" would make the difference.

At the end of the movie, I stood up in the theater and shouted, "Time is a precious thing.  Don't waste a moment of it.  If you love someone don't wait...tell them now!"

Then I walked out.

Whatever you are facing right now, today, "is" the way it is.

Whatever you choose to do about it, is the gray, in- transition phase.

If you feel so afraid that you tremble at the thought of what might be, then God is shaking you to get you to do something.

Not making a decision is still a decision.  Not responding to the challenge only leaves you right where you are without any idea of where you are headed.  You are headed somewhere.  The Earth does not sit still.  The world does not wait for you so it takes you right along on a journey where you have given up control of your destiny.

No one stays in the gray.  You are in transition, evolving without effort on your part, but still changing.

Some choose to stay where they are because they worry that something worse will happen.  They almost become comfortable with the pain, the darkness, the ugliness of their situation.

"Why doesn't God rescue me?" they ask.

My God is the God of miracles, still he calls upon us to "do" His will, not to waste away.

Psalm 106:43
"Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin."

God feeds the smallest bird, but he does not throw the seed into the nest.  That's why He gave them wings.

He calls on you to act upon your faith, not dwell upon your woes.

God is an action God.  He wants you to "do" not just think about, ponder for awhile, what could be in your life.

You are either happy or sad.
You are either healthy or ill.
You are either a believer or not.
You cannot be fifty-fifty.

Like those who profess to be believers and then when faced with a challenge, doubt that God is there in their life.

He is waiting for you to walk out of the gray and into the "Light" of what could be.

John 9:36
"Who is he, sir?" the man asked.  "Tell me so that I may believe in him."

He believes in you!

"I believe in you, too!"

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: Yesterday at 06:34:19 AM »
Good morning everyone, 30°. Started snowing around 8 last night and still coming down. The trees are all dressed in white and look beautiful. Does not look like more than 2 or 3 inches but is deceiving from up here. The Maintenance man was out with his small plow at 4 this morning clearing the walks and the front of the building in case the emergency truck had to come.

JANE  I agree about the see-sawing. A few days ago my daughter said it was close to 80° and now it had been into the upper 30's.

LARRY  when I try to do anything these days it is hard and I get worn out, even doing the few dishes after a meal. Then I think back to how I was on the go from the time I rose in the morning and get into bed at night. How did I ever do that.

AMY  you are like my daughter about spiders. If one happens to get into the house she calls her husband to get rid of it. With me it is snakes, hate even writing that word.

JENNY  glad you like what I have been posting. They are thanks to Joan because I saved quite a few of her stories.

Have a good day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:17:03 AM »

A ball of clay
Bob Perks

A ball of clay in your hands. Your life.
A single musical note on a staff.  Your part of life's song.
A finger print.  You touched life and it remembers.
A kind word spoken. Eternal echoes you may not hear.
A gesture, an action done out of kindness.  Action reverberates into the
future even in ways you may never know.
To love.  To live fully.
To be loved.  The reward.
To give without expectation. The truest form of giving.
To receive graciously.  The gift you give the giver.
To laugh.  To see light.
To smile.  To share the light.
To forgive.  To be bigger than the hurt, stronger than the transgressor,
more Christ-like than the sinner.
To fall.  To learn.
To rise after every fall.  To win over and over again.
To be thankful and grateful. 
To live humbly and fully aware of the bountiful life you have discovered in the ball of clay.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:15:40 AM »
Good morning everyone, I am finally awake. I was so worn out from going shopping Thursday that I laid on the couch dozing on and of all day and then was in bed by 8pm. How we do not appreciate what we took for granted till we cannot do it.

MARY ANN  on one visit to my daughter in the spring they took me to the Desert  where the cacti were in bloom, beautiful to see. I was attacked by one and know how it feels.

LARRY yesterday was another day of drizzle and tonight we have snow in the forecast. Sun is shining now.

SHIRLEY  you are amazing with all you do. Wish I had a bit of your energy.

JANE  snow starts tonight here. They make it sound like a lot of it, maybe 4 inches. Do you remember when we would wake in the morning with at least a foot of snow? Younger people these days would be surprised at the snow we used to get.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15,2018
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:10:47 AM »
Good morning everyone, Had a great day out with my son and got every thing I wanted ion the stores but wow I was worn out when I got home. Was in bed by 8pm and asleep maybe 5 minutes later. Woke up before 4 am. Now I am ready for a nap. Already up to 46° and raining.

SHIRLEY  wonder ig I like the thorns more than the roses. Cacti fascinate me with all the thorns and the beautiful flowers they have. The Saguaro cactus is amazing how old they can get and how tall they can grow.

JUNE  triple E is a very wide foot and that is what my older son wears.

BUBBLE  love your new graphic.

This is it for now, cannot keep my eyes open. Have a good day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:40:59 AM »
 The blessing of thorns
Author unknown

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her ease.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't enough, her husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose annual holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come.

What's worse, Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. "She has no idea what I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder.

"Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered aloud. For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of her child?

"Good afternoon, can I help you?" The shop clerk's approach startled her.

"I...I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra, "for Thanksgiving?"

"Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving Special?" asked the shop clerk. "I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued. "Are you looking for something that conveys gratitude this Thanksgiving?

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. " Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Then the door's small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, "Hi Barbara...let me get your order." She politely excused herself and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses.

Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped...there were no flowers.

"Want this in a box?" asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer's response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers!?! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.

"Yes, please." Barbara replied with an appreciative smile.

"You'd think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again," she said as she gently tapped her chest.

"Uh," stammered Sandra, "that lady just left with, uh... she just left with no flowers!"

"Right...I cut off the flowers. That's the Special... I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.

"Oh, come on, you can't tell me someone is willing to pay for that?" exclaimed Sandra.

"Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling very much like you feel today," explained the clerk. "She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery."

"That same year I had lost my husband, "continued the clerk," and for the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel.

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra. "I learned to be thankful for thorns," answered the clerk quietly. "I've always thanked God for good things in life and never thought to ask Him why those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times are important. I always enjoyed the 'flowers' of life, but it took thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort. You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others."

Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her friend had tried to tell her. "I guess the truth is I don't want comfort. I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

"Hey, Phil!" shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement... twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!" laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously. "Do you mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?

"No...I'm glad you asked," Phil replied. "Four years ago my wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem. He rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from "thorny" times, and that was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific "problem" and give thanks to Him for what that problem taught us."

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend the Special!"

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life." Sandra said to the clerk. "It's all too... fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God's providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don't resent the thorns."

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. "I'll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. "I'll have them ready in a minute."

"Thank you. What do I owe you?" asked Sandra.

"Nothing." said the clerk. "Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year's arrangement is always on me." The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. "I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you'd like to read it first."

It read: "Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns. I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to you along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant."

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:39:11 AM »
Good morning every one, warmer this AM 38°. My son will be picking me up about 10 to take me shopping. Need new shoes and only one shoe s tore where I can find narrow ones. He gets his shoes there too, triple E. It has been raining but is supposed to stop before then.

AMY  heard yesterday that the witch is taking one tenant to court to evict her. She is the one who was served an eviction notice more than a year ago about an hour after she came home after 3 weeks in the hospital.

BUBBLE  thanks for the link, all wonderful, especially your frogs.

JANE  just heard on TV about snow here Saturday, too. Sorry the trip to Texas was not one you could go on.

LARRY  like you I feel like we know each other better here in the SS than our families know us. Glad you enjoyed the Bob Perks. I think I have more of his writings. I do know he no longer has his site, could no longer afford to keep it going. I copied your poem, those were fun days. Thanks for sharing with us.

CAROL  I remember my Dad telling my Mom there was a hungry man sitting in the yard and she would fix a plate of food and put it on the back stairs for him.

JANE  like you I was about 5 when I first saw my Mom fixing a meal like that. I was  7 when we moved and never saw anything like that again.

SANDY  I read an article a few days ago about human waste was better fertilizer for gardens than cow manure.

AMY  love your PHD. If that was all it took we could all hang up our diplomas. There are always some of that projects half done.

JANE  hope the groomer going to the homes works great.

Guess I better get into the shower and start getting ready for my son. I am quite slow with every thing I do.

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Card Shoppe / Re: Holidays, Birthdays, etc.
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:01:22 AM »
BUBBLE  wow you outdid yourself with all the Valentine creations.  I love the frogs and was waiting to see them because I know you like them. Thank you.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:59:56 AM »
Sometimes I feel...
Bob Perks

Sometimes I feel that the world is too much.  God reminds me that I am a part of His world and He has much to offer.

Sometimes I feel, that as hard as I try I am nowhere near where I wanted to be at this point in my life.  God reminds me that the journey may be long but it will be worth it and I am right where He wants me to be.

Sometimes I feel that there is too much for me to do.  God reminds me that I am not doing it alone.  Take each step wisely and put things in perspective.

Sometimes I feel that there are too many mountains to climb.  God reminds me that He made the mountains so that when we reach the top we are closer to Heaven, we can see where we've been and the beauty of where we are going.

Sometimes I feel that when I am excited about life no one else around me is.  God reminds me that is why He placed me there to bring excitement to those whose lives are weary.

Sometimes I feel like God doesn't hear me.  God reminds me that He does indeed listen and respond.  It is I who blocks out His Voice when I don't like what He is saying.

Sometimes I feel that no one understands me.  God reminds me that He understands and that's all that matters.

Sometimes I feel that the world is closing in on me.  God reminds me that he is there even in the smallest spaces.

Sometimes I feel I am failing,  God reminds me with Him I cannot fail.  Delays and denials are not failures.  There are more choices, better ways to get me to where He wants me to be.

Sometimes I feel at peace.  God reminds me:

Galatians 6:16
New Life Version (NLV)
16 Those who follow this way will have God's peace and loving-kindness. They are the people of God.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:58:45 AM »
Good morning every one, 28° and to get up into the 40's later. Not bad for February. We have had some big snow storms on Valentine's day some years. Winters the last few years are not like what they used to be. I remember the cold and piles of snow all winter but this year and last year the winter was not that bad, not as cold or snowy. At least this year we did have some temps down near zero.

LARRY  moving here was a mess. My family moved me but they left  every thing for me to find a place for, emptying all the boxes, etc. I could not go through that again. I am not able to do as much as even the 31/2 years ago.

MARY ANN  one of the CNAs I had used to go to a high rise in a city and would tell me horror stories. Even fist fights between some old men where the police had to be called. There is another place here is town where the mother of a CNA lived and things were stolen. If there was a delivery to a tenant and they were not home and it was left in front of their door someone would seal it. That never happens here. There is 299 units there where there is 52 here.

SHIRLEY  you really pay attention to your body, I just kept doing what I had to or wanted to do till age got into the picture and arthritis set in. I really hate not  being able to do things anymore. It still bothers me to sit here and seeing others do my work.

JUNE  we have learned that when the witch is pleasant watch out for the knife in the back.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:36:31 AM »
Good morning everyone, starting 25 degrees colder than yesterday. 20° and the sun will be shining so hope it warms up some.  Evaluation  went fine and the witch did say as I was leaving they would be up to check my apartment. Just heard on TV that a school bus driver picked up kids from a middle school yesterday. She said she was running late so decided to make a u turn on a 2 lane road. She hit a tree, backed up and hit another tree and broke the back window then kept driving. One of the kids must have taken the video they showed. The kids screaming and being tossed around. That driver has been fired. Thank God none of the kids were hurt but all were scared. That was in Mass.

MARY ANN there are many senior housing places around but there are worse horror stories from most of them Too big and fights break out. At least here all the tenants get along. Some places have a 4 year  waiting list to get in. I really hate the thought of moving again. I just might get to be like several others and stay in my apartment and only go down for mail. Hope can not do that, I like being with people. Joan did post many by Bob Perks and I saved quite a few of them.

LARRY  Where my daughter lives was a huge cattle ranch. After they had the well drilled my SIL built a structure around the pump. That was before they even had the house there. They went back a few months later to find that the cattle had been eating the wood in the pump house. They now have a barbed wire fence around 2 acres of the are where the house is. There is still cattle wandering around and even cowboys going around to heard them. I had read several years ago about them trying to find more wind resistant material for the Olympics and thus the tighter outfits. The suits they wear for the summer swimming cannot get smaller I hope.

PHYLLIS  like you I have watched a little of the ice skating and nothing else. I always watched as much of the winter Olympics as I could but not really interested this year.

CAROL  if a few more of us would get a lawyer we night be able to do something but people are too afraid of being evicted.

JENNY  I love the one on one time with my sons. Those have always been special times to me. My daughter and I have our Skype time every day and we both look forward to that. I so agree about too much talking in the Olympics. Watching the skating I do not care if the skater did a triple this of double that, I just want to enjoy watching them. Same with the Rose parade New Year's day, we miss floats they describe because they have a commercial. Years back one  channel had transparent commercials so we could still see the floats. I have not bothered to watch it the last few years.

MARY ANN  I know what you mean about your shoulder. Glad I had my right one replaced when I did but I cannot do what I used to do with it. Cannot raise it above my head with any weight in it and the left one I cannot do much with at all. Even my pain pills do not help my back much, just had to learn to live with it.

SHIRLEY  would not work. Her boss likes her because she saves him money. She is supposed to work 40 hours a week and if she works even one full day I would be surprised. Maybe if I had some green paper folded in my hand to shake her hand she might lay off?  I stood on skies once and looked down the hill and said no way, I was a teen then.

JUNE the visit went as normal, both of us polite. 

JANE  I am one of the lucky ones and do sleep the night through. Seldom have a night when I wake up. 

SHIRLEY  a good eye doctor can tell if something is wrong just by looking into the eyes. That amazes me. We think of out eyes for seeing but not for telling anything  about our health.

AMY  sun is bright and beautiful and now up to 23°

LLOYD  the joys of central heating these days.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:33:20 AM »
Larry
Happy Birthday

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:31:04 AM »
Gloria de
Happy Belated Birthday

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:17:44 AM »
An oldie that Joan posted.
50/50
Bob Perks

I am not an odds maker.  I know little about mathematics, still I can add, subtract, divide and multiply.  Sometimes without a calculator! In my mind it comes down to this.  It either is or it isn't.  You are or you are not.

When I met my friend, Steffe Berdy, she said to me, "I always thought that life was black and white then God dragged me through the gray." After she died, I decided to permit myself to see in between the things of life.

That being said, I also decided that gray must be a transition.  One either "is" or on the way to it. Another either "isn't" or on the way to it. Thus the "gray."

I knew I had to share this idea with you after seeing the movie "50/50."  I was in the audience for the first showing of the movie in our area. It's about a young man who is told he had cancer and a 50/50 chance of survival. For me, personally, it was a very powerful movie. Memories of my son, Keith's battle with cancer shadowed every scene.

"Sixty-five percent chance of survival.  Better than 50/50. But not ninety-five to one-hundred percent. That's what the doctor said about Keith.  But it's more than a numbers game.  It's my son and sixty-five percent didn't sit well with me." (From my book, "The Flight of a Lifetime!")

In my "either or mind" he either would die or he would live.  What we did in the "gray" would make the difference.

At the end of the movie, I stood up in the theater and shouted, "Time is a precious thing.  Don't waste a moment of it.  If you love someone don't wait...tell them now!"

Then I walked out.

Whatever you are facing right now, today, "is" the way it is.

Whatever you choose to do about it, is the gray, in- transition phase.

If you feel so afraid that you tremble at the thought of what might be, then God is shaking you to get you to do something.

Not making a decision is still a decision.  Not responding to the challenge only leaves you right where you are without any idea of where you are headed.  You are headed somewhere.  The Earth does not sit still.  The world does not wait for you so it takes you right along on a journey where you have given up control of your destiny.

No one stays in the gray.  You are in transition, evolving without effort on your part, but still changing.

Some choose to stay where they are because they worry that something worse will happen.  They almost become comfortable with the pain, the darkness, the ugliness of their situation.

"Why doesn't God rescue me?" they ask.

My God is the God of miracles, still he calls upon us to "do" His will, not to waste away.

Psalm 106:43
"Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin."

God feeds the smallest bird, but he does not throw the seed into the nest.  That's why He gave them wings.

He calls on you to act upon your faith, not dwell upon your woes.

God is an action God.  He wants you to "do" not just think about, ponder for awhile, what could be in your life.

You are either happy or sad.
You are either healthy or ill.
You are either a believer or not.
You cannot be fifty-fifty.

Like those who profess to be believers and then when faced with a challenge, doubt that God is there in their life.

He is waiting for you to walk out of the gray and into the "Light" of what could be.

John 9:36
"Who is he, sir?" the man asked.  "Tell me so that I may believe in him."

He believes in you!

"I believe in you, too!"

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:16:04 AM »
Good morning everyone,rain finally stopped but it is cloudy. Have no idea how much rain we had but there was no downpours like were predicted.

LARRY  I did not watch the opening of the Olympics this year. About the only thing I have watched so far was some of the ice skating last night. The witch insists I am smoking in here, this is a smoke free building, I do not smoke. At times when I am outside walking some of my friends are in the smoke shack, a small shack where they can smoke. I will stop in to talk with them so the smell follows me. The fridge is not snow white so she says it is stained. My CNA had just washed it that morning. She is nuts. I would move if I could find a better place. This is a small one, 50 apartments, most have hundreds of them and are not just for seniors and with my luck I would be on the top floor of one of the high  rise buildings. Bad enough I am on the top/third floor here.

LLOYD  looks like you are one of the people who can say
without bad luck I would have no luck at all. Bad enough you had to go out when the ground was covered in ice. Hope today is better for you.

GLORIA de  my Mom used to say Green winter fat cemetery. Also if it was a warm winter too many germs around so more sickness.

JANE  today I am having a pity party. Praying I can hold my temper when I go down  to the witch's office for yearly evaluation. My appointment is at 2pm and I hate looking at her. Keep thinking “this too will pass”.

JUNE  hope the feeling of another cold has passed and you do not have one.

JENNY  knowing my son he will want to pay for shoes and I will not let him. We will not come home before we stop somewhere for lunch either. That was not MY 23rd Psalm, cannot even remember who or where I got that. I wish I had read it when I was still working.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:37:12 AM »

The 23rd Psalm for Working People
(Author Unknown)
 
The Lord is my real boss and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray before I speak,
And to do all things without murmuring and complaining.
He reminds me that He is my Source and not my job.
He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions
That I might honor Him in everything I do.
 
Even though I face absurd amounts of emails,
System crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks,
gossiping co-workers, discriminating supervisors
And an aging body that doesn't cooperate every morning,
I will not stop - for He is with me!
 
His presence, His peace, and His power
Will see me through.
He raises me up,
Even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own,
Even when the company threatens to let me go.
 
His faithfulness and love
Are better than any bonus check.
His retirement plan beats every 401K there is!
When it's all said and done,
I'll be working for Him a whole lot longer
And for that, I bless His Name.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:35:48 AM »
Good morning everyone, well it is morning but it is raining again. I went out to walk my son to his car yesterday and it started a light r ain while I was walking back. Just a drizzle on and off but last night it poured. Right now it looks like a drizzle again. Already 45° so no fear of freezing. Supposed to be a warmer than normal week ahead, Good on Thursday my older son is taking me to get some new shoes. The ones I have now need replacing. Then if I am not too tired he will take me to WallMart to use my gift card.

LARRY  the manager is crazy. She will pick on someone and make life miserable. There is one lady here that moved in when the opened up. The witch started with her after she first was hired. Threatened her with eviction for smoking in her apartment. That lady has never smoked so got a lawyer and then the witch started on someone else. Now it  is my turn. I do not remember where I got those Hymns from. Glad you liked them, too.

CAROL  glad you survived the lack of sleep. Know how that feels.

ROLEY/PETER  always good seeing you post and glad you are home.

JOY  the witch said the fridge is nicotine stained from my smoking in here. As if I can afford to waste money to buy them. A few have got in touch with the owners but they like her so never checked out the complaints.

MARY ANN  I no longer drive but worry about family members who have to drive on bad roads in the winter. So many mornings they worn of black ice.

JENNY  glad you took home more $$$ that you left in the mountains. Sounds like a bad drive on the way home. You are right, the witch must save the owners money so she can do no wrong.

JUNE  like you I eat because I know I have to but am never hungry. I used to have a big appetite but then I was very active.

LLOYD  hope you had a good sleep last night.

AMY  nothing worse than getting rain after a snowfall. That is when everything turns to ice and is dangerous.

LLOYD  I rather have y our 14°  than what we have now in the 40's. That is more normal for this time of year than the warm one we  are having.

JANE we went camping from early spring till late fall but never in winter. Must be quite an experience to wake up and see all the fresh show.

Have a good day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:31:49 AM »
Hymns for Everyone
 
The Dentist's Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns
The Weatherman's Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
The Contractor's Hymn: The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: There is A Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: Standing on the Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn: Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent's Hymn: I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn: Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: Send the Light
The Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By
The Realtor's Hymn: I've Got A Mansion Just Over the Hilltop
The Pilot's Hymn: I'll Fly Away
The Paramedic's Hymn: Revive Us Again
The Judge's Hymn: Almost Persuaded
The Architect's Hymn: How Firm A Foundation
The Telemarketer's Hymn: A Charge To Keep I Have
The Postal Worker's Hymn: So Send I You
The Waiter's Hymn: Fill My Cup, Lord
The Gardener's Hymn: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
The Lifeguard's Hymn: Rescue the Perishing
The Criminal's Hymn: Search Me, O God
The Baker's Hymn: When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
The Shoe Repairer's Hymn: It Is Well With My Soul
The Travel Agent's Hymn: Anywhere With Jesus
The Geologist's Hymn: Rock of Ages
The Hematologist's Hymn: Are You Washed in the Blood?
The Men's Wear Clerk's Hymn: Blest Be the Tie
The Umpire's Hymn: I Need No Other Argument
The Librarian's Hymn: Whispering Hope

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:31:04 AM »
Good morning everyone, not raining yet  but will be coming in later and most  of tomorrow. 35° now but is to go up to 50°. The weather gal just said that along the coast they could get 3 inches, not that much here.

JOY  I agree when trees are covered in ice and the sun shines it is like diamonds sparkling. The manager here is only the second one here.  Before I moved here some tenants tried to get a petition signed to get rid of her. There is not one tenant who likes her. She wants to charge tenants for anything that goes wrong in their apartments. Like me, I had a problem with the fridge/freezer. The drain from the freezer was blocked and the maintenance man had to call the company. They sent a man here and he drained that line. No more problems, now she wants me to pay $700 for a new fridge. Heck I did nothing to it and it was put in when this place was built. That is just one thing in the building she wants people to pay for.

LARRY  just going through Costco is enough to wear anyone out. As long as you dome in and say hello we will know you are OK. Just rest as much as you want/need.

JANE  hope you enjoyed your trip to the Amish store but did not spend too much.

AMY  glad you have a good mechanic who looks out for y our vehicles.

JUNE  I think we all miss Hal. His death was so sudden it shocked every one.

ROLEY  good to see  you. I wish you the best nest week on your hospital trip.

AMY  not too much mischief for you to get into today I hope.

PHYLLIS  my oldest son called me yesterday and asked if I wanted some baked beans. Of course I said yes. He gets the urge to make them at times and knows those are the only kind I will eat. He asked me my recipe and it was the one my Mom used. That was my supper last night.

Have a good day.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:56:00 AM »
For a chuckle, this is one Hal sent me 3 years ago.

Hillary and Donald walk into a bar
 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump walk into a bar and grab a booth. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says:
"The media is really tearing you apart for that scandal."

Hillary: "You mean the Mexican gun running?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean SEAL Team 6?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi ?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean voter fraud?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the  drones in our own country spying on citizens without the benefit of the law?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million right before it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Hillary: "Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The NSA monitoring citizens' phone calls, emails and everything else?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Obama's ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Obama's threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Obama's repeated violation of the law requiring me to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Obama's unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate's advise-and-consent role?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Me, The IRS, Clapper, and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don't pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck middle class tax-paying citizens again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?"
Trump: "THAT'S THE ONE!"



Life is hard, it's even harder if / when you're Stupid.
JOHN WAYNE


Life is hard, it's even harder if / when you're Stupid.
JOHN WAYNE

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:52:53 AM »
Good morning everyone, another cold one at 13°. The sun is shining and the sky is blue so it might warm up.

LARRY  I do not blame anyone for staying off the roads when they are slippery. One thing about the CNAs I have is that all live here in town so from my home to theirs is no more than 10 minutes. Then an accident can happen just around the corner from home. I am at the stage I eat because I know I have to, not because I am hungry. Yesterday my son that lives 3 miles away came and brought me some of his home made baked beans.  He uses my old recipe and I got it from watching my mother preparing them. I had some for my supper last night and they were very good. That Crabby old Lady reminded me of a lady at the nursing home where my daughter worked. Her family brought her there and never went back. She wanted to be outside every day. The staff called her the unofficial greeter. When I went to get my daughter after her shift I would get out of the car and go and talk to her. Not many did but the ones that did saw her eyes light up. When my daughter had a break in the kitchen she would go and visit with her. Very sad how her family never bothered with her. Out of sight out of mind.

SHIRLEY I had that in a folder and the date was 5 years ago so most likely it was one Joan posted. Told you I had saved many of them.

JANE  I always loved the taste of BBQ sauce but it did not like me. My family knew so when cooking on the grill they left chicken or ribs for me with no sauce.

JUNE  the washers here have so many settings and instructions you have to read every thing before you start. If you want to add fabric softener you have to sit there and listen to the washer so you know when to add it, no dispenser for it. Crazy, I don't use the softener so my CNA does not waste time sitting there. I preferred white vinegar instead, got all soap out and the clothes were soft. The smell did not last, good thing. I learned that from a man who sold and repaired washers.

SHIRLEY  I have an appointment with the witch Monday. It is annual  re-certification time. 2 years it did not because 1 year no SS raise and last year $2.00 and she cannot take half of your raise, only 1/3 and they work with whole dollars.

LLOYD  I am hoping it warms up enough here so later I can go out for a walk and fresh air.

JANE  hope the snow holds off till you get home.

AMY hope the garage has the part today.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:20:22 AM »
Crabby Old Woman
 
heart touching and sobering
 
 
When an old woman died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in Moosomin, Saskatchewan,
it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.  Later, when the nurses were going through
her meager possessions, they found this poem.  Its quality and content so impressed the staff that
copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.   One nurse took her copy to Alberta.
 
The old woman's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the
News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health.  A slide presentation has also been
made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.  And this little old woman, with nothing left to give
to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.
````````````````````````````````````````````````
 
Crabby Old Lady
 
What do you see nurses? . .. . What do you see?
What are you thinking .. .. .. when you're looking at me?
A crabby old lady .. .. .. not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. .. .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food ..     .. .. and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice .. .. .. 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice .. .. .. the things that you do.
And forever is losing .. .. .. A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not ..     .. .. lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding .. .. .. a long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? .. .. .. Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .. . .. you're not looking at me.
 
I'll tell you who I am .. .. .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. .. .. as I eat at your will.
I'm a small girl of Ten . .. . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. .. .. who love one another.
 
A young girl of Sixteen .. .. .. with wings on her feet.
Dreaming that soon now .. .. .. a lover she'll meet.
A bride soon at Twenty .. .. .. my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .. that I promised to keep.
 
At Twenty-Five, now .. .. .. I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide .. .. ..  a secure happy home.
A woman of Thirty . .. .. ..My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other .. .. .. With ties that should last.
 
At Forty, my young sons .. .. .. have grown and are gone,
But my man is beside me . .. . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. .. .. babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children .. .. .. My husband and me.
 
Dark days are upon me .. .. .. my husband's now dead.
I look at the future .. .. .. and shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. .. .. young of their own.
And I think of the years .. .. . and  the love that I've known.
 
I'm now an old woman .. . .. and nature is cruel.
'Tis jest to make old age .. .. .. look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. .. grace and vigor depart.
There is now a stone .. . .. where I once had a heart.
 
But inside this old  carcass .. .. .. a young girl still dwells,
And now and again .. .. .. my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys .. .. .. I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living .. .. .. life over again.
 
I  think of the years, all too few .. .. .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact .. .. . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. .. .. open and see.
Not a crabby old woman .. .. .. look  closer .. .. .. see ME!!

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:17:20 AM »
Good morning everyone, another cold one  with another forecast of winter weather. The weather person is telling everyone to beware of black ice. I have no desire to go outside in the cold today.

LLOYD  no fun when you do not sleep at night. I don't need a machine for sleep but some nights sleep just eludes me. We need some of that Fairy Dust that JOAN used to spread for us every night in what seems like years ago now.

JANE  last Tuesday my CNA called in to say she would not be in because of the roads. When the boss called me she said half of her workers called in.

LARRY  when I have  to fast before seeing the vampire I always bring a snack with me. Last few times my son took me so we went out for breakfast. Love those one on one times with both my sons. Wish I could see my daughter as often in person and not just on Skype. Glad you felt much better yesterday. That Forest item when I first read it. Like the city people who moved to this town because it was quiet and then wanted all the conveniences of the city.

MARY ANN  we can thank AMY for the Travel Plans. She sent it to me and I loved it.

CAROL  some of what I posted is what JOAN had posted and I saved. Have a full folder of them on my external. I have another external that was full and I have many on there too. Trying to think of how I can plug it in so I could have access to them. I knew how I drove on snowy roads but I was always watching out for those who thought they could drive like the do on dry roads. Every year there are so many driving in winter for the first time they really do not know how.

JANE  like you my daughter makes her own BBQ sauce. She has an old recipe from my SIL's aunt. She share it with her as long as she never gave the recipe out of the family. She did at the age of 98 and it was given to her in her younger years from an old aunt. I have a 43 year old grandson who still has not found the right girl for him. He works too many hours to meet some.

AMY  we had a little over an inch of show yesterday then rain and sleet so everything turned to ice.

JUNE  seems new appliances are all confusing to us. I know they sure are to me.

AMY  burning wood can sure mess up a chimney. A chimney fire is not good. This winter there have been some around this state and the houses burned down.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:53:30 AM »
Forest Service Comments
 
These are reported to be actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by campers and backpackers completing their trips:
 
"A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."
 
"Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."
 
"Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."
 
"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."
 
"Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."
 
"Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."
 
"Need more signs to keep area pristine."
 
"The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."
 
"Too many rocks in the mountains."

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:50:45 AM »
Good morning everyone, looks like we are in for a miserable weather day. Starting with snow and ending with rain. Glad I do not have to go anywhere. It is down in the teens so cold enough for snow. Schools are already closed in many towns and it has not even started yet.

LARRY  hope you feel better today. I have had days where I did not feel up  to posting so know how that feels.

SANDY  I am glad you enjoyed the in continence.

GLORIA de  there was a time when I was at the computer most of the day but now not so much.

DONKLAN  thank you for the update on the new Medicare card. Always disliked having out SS numbers on there and all our documents/cards.

SHIRLEY  so sad when Alzheimer's hits a person. MY DIL's Dad was hit with it. To see him just sitting there was heartbreaking, he was a smart man and lively as long as I had known him and that was before my son ever met his future wife.

JANE  Hooray, feels like getting a close friend back.  That's how I felt the month my PC was gone.

JUNE  it does get cold where my daughter lives now and they do get some snow but it does not last long. They get more rain than in San Diego.

AMY  you should have posted that Travel one yourself. I laugh every time I read it.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:40:40 AM »
Blame the Internet
Author Unknown

I don't want to do the dishes,
I don't want to do the wash,
I sprinkled clothes a week ago
And now my iron's lost.

I don't wanna clean the pots,
I don't wanna rattle pans,
I wanna read my emails,
And chat with all my friends.

The table needs some dusting
and the floor could sure be mopped,
But I know if I get started
There'll be no place to stop.

The closets are stuffed so full
Now things are falling off the shelves,
I wish for cleaning fairies,
And magic laundry elves.

They could sprinkle fairy dust
And twitch their little nose,
And the windows would be sparkling,
And I'd have no dirty clothes.

I don't know what I'm saying,
My head is in the sky,
I must cook that meat that's graying
And bake that apple pie.

My husband needs a flea bath,
The dog needs some attention...
Oh, the other way around I mean!
My brain is in suspension.

I'm running around in circles,
I'm getting nothing done,
I keep thinking of the internet,
I'm missing all the fun!

I know I'm not addicted...
Though I hear that all the time,
But I guess that stuff will have to wait,
'Cause today I'll be ON LINE!!!

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:39:35 AM »
Good morning everyone, cloudy again with  rain due later. 19°. Hope it warms up before rain starts.

ROLEY  the last few weeks I have had to log in every day when I get here. Then it did not want my password. One day I just clicked on the log in a few times and I was in. Crazy, had the same password since I first joined.

JANE  you have a wonderful neighbor who believes in helping. Nor many like him these days.

SANDY  glad you got a chuckle with the Travel Plan I posted yesterday. I know I laughed when I first read it.

LLOYD  glad you can stay inside when it is that cold. I know  I no longer go out when it is cold anymore.

LARRY  I heard about that train switch that caused the accident. My first thought was wondering is someone did that on purpose. So many weird people in the world who knows. This is Patriots country so od course there was too much talk about it on TV. Sunday was too much on the NBC channel, from noon till well after the game was over. I did not know till Monday morning the Pats lost. Just heard that in Gardner, Mass. A school bus skidded on an icy road and went into the side of a house. At times the towns. States do a good job on main roads but forget all the side roads.

JUNE  I remember after the first year my daughter lived in San Diego she wrote to say she never thought she would get used to sunny weather all the time but she would love to see rain or snow.

CAROL your saying you took notes remeinds me of when I first joined Bis' Nest in SN and I would make notes and then when I would go to type in the postbox I couldn't read them. Then Oscar told me about notepad and from then on that is what I have used.

AMY  glad you passed the travel plans on, it really is good for some chuckles.

JOY  you mean you get sleepy here in the SS? Goodness we will have to see if we can stop that and wake you up.

JANE  hope you do not get much snow and it gets treated fast.

Time to get my breakfast made.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1,2018
« on: February 05, 2018, 06:49:49 AM »

MY TRAVEL PLANS FOR 2018

I have been in many places, but I've never been in
Kahoots.  Apparently, you can't go alone.  You
have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito.  I
hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane.  They
don't have an airport; you have to be driven
there.  I have made several trips there, thanks to my
children, friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you
have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity
anymore.

I have also been in Doubt.  That is a
sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too
often.  I've been in Flexible, but only when it was
very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there
more often as I'm getting
older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!  It
really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old
heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don't
remember what country I was in. It's an age thing.
They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

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