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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: Today at 08:26:39 AM »
This was sent to me by our June

A definition of globalization
that even I can understand and to which
I now can relate:
   What is the truest definition
of Globalization?
 Princess Diana's death.
   How come?
Answer :
 An English Princess with an Egyptian boyfriend
crashes in a French tunnel, riding in a German
car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian
who was drunk on Scottish whisky,
(check  the bottle before you change the spelling), followed closely by Italian Paparazzi,
on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines.
This is sent to me by a Canadian, using American Bill Gates' technology, and
you're probably reading this on your computer,
that uses Taiwanese chips, and a Korean
monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers
in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian
truck  drivers, hijacked by Indonesians,
unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen,
and trucked to you by Mexicans who
are in the US illegally because the current
president, born in Kenya and educated as a
Muslim in Indonesia refuses to enforce
US law.
That, my friend, is Globalization !

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: Today at 08:25:53 AM »
Good morning everyone, 65 tp start the day. From what I just heard on local TV we might be in for thunderstorms tonight and much cooler tomorrow.  Oh well this is New England and weather is hard to predict.
In Roger Williams park in Providence every Memorial Day week end they set up a service men-women boot with a flag in it and a summery of the person who wore the boot. They have more tham 10,000 boots there and it is a beautiful sight to see. It is all set up by volunteers. Last year someone stole some of the boots.  Some people have no respect at all.

CAROL  my daughter was close to the border when they lived in San Diego. The last place I worked there was a lot of Hispanics and a few Asions. They were all good workes and all worked on on speaking English even when talking together. They came into the states legally.

SHIRLEY  glad someone liked that Three Presidents. I do not remember who sent that to me. Sad to see a beautiful well made house neglected. When I lived at my son's house it was about 120 years old. Wass a rooming house at first for a mill. That mill is now condos. A lot of small rooms that my son took down walls and made bigger. Blocked some stairs and made a room over them. Odd going into the basement and seeing stairs goind to the ceiling. I had stoage on stairs that went up from below and were blocked at the top and it made great storage for me.

This state borders Conn. Mass. and the Atlantic. You can drive from the northern border to the Atlantic in an hour or more depending on the traffic.

JUNE  wish I was there to see that Victor Borge film. He was one I always enjoyed.

LLOYD  hope you slept well and had some happy dreams.

AMY  my Mom had a big cast iron stove that they had converted from wood to an oil burner. Living in a city is was hard to get the wood and a place to store it. In summer she would do most cooking for the day and shut it off. Then at supper time she would light it up again to cook the meat or what else had to be done then. I think now and wonder how she did her canning on hot summer days.

JANE  I would love a Hoagie or a Sub or Grinder as we call them here.

Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: Yesterday at 08:41:49 AM »
LARRY  I never have the speakers on the PC on and at times when my daughter gets on Skype I forget to turn them on, I do not have the TV on all day, just watch the few shows I enjoy. I do like the quiet.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: Yesterday at 08:37:57 AM »
We have heard on the news about those who oppose everything President Trump does and how he want to deport all the illegals in our country. He is not the first president to do this. I came across this checking out the stories I have saved over the years. Bo idea where I got it from.

                  THREE PRESIDENTS

Where are the MEN in Washington these days?

 Did you know this? the secret Word is ILLEGAL
What did Presidents Hoover
 Truman, and Eisenhower have in common?

Back during the great depression, Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to
American citizens that desperately needed work.
Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after WWII to create jobs for Returning veterans.
In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans. The program was called Operation Wetback. It was done so WWII and Korean War veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them!
Now, if they could deport the illegal aliens back then, they could surely do it today. If you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself.
Why, you might ask, can't they do this today? Actually the answer is quite simple. Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower were men of honor, not
untrustworthy politicians looking for votes!
Reminder: Don't forget to pay your taxes - 12 to 20 million illegal
aliens are depending on it.

When I visited my daughter in San Diego we could see wetbacks waling down the street. They lived only 7 miles from the border. The fire that was the closest ever to their home  and they had ti evacuate was started by 2 wetbacks starting a fire in the desert to get warm and it got away from them. After the fire was out and they looked for the source of it they found the 2 bodies burned to death.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: Yesterday at 08:28:16 AM »
Good morning everyone. Yesterday was one of those days I ached all over.  I sat here and turned the PC on and then just shut it off. Stayed on the couch all day.  This morning iis a bit better, thank God.

JANE  yesterday I found a lot of zzzzs ans slpt good last night, too.

AMY  I like te peace in the country but this town is growing too fast now.

LARRY  the ticks that carry Lyme disease are very tiny, about the size of a pencil point. I heard that this year there is a new tick around that carries a different disease.

SHIRLEY  yes JOAN would be writting many demerits in her book for all that w++k some here do.

BEVERLY  been a long time since you posted here. Thanks for telling us about Pat. I have added her to my prayers.
Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:08:38 AM »
Do not know where I got this one but worth sharing. Has pictures with it but  cannot  post them here.

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control....
Not many people get a picture of this proud bird
snuggled up next to them

Freedom and Jeff
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken
wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way
even after surgery, it was broken in 4
places.   She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand
and both wings were broken. She was
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the
decision to give her a chance at life, so I took
her to the vets office.   From then
on, I was always around her. We had her in a
huge dog carrier with the top off,  and it
was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to
lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her,
urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay
there looking at me with those big brown eyes.
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still
couldn't stand. It got to the point where the
decision was made to euthanize her if she
couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't
want to cross that line between torture and
rehab, and it looked like death was
winning.   She was going to be put
down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in
on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go
to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't
bear the thought of her being euthanized; 
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone
was grinning from ear to ear.  I went
immediately back to her cage; and there she was,
standing on her own, a big beautiful
eagle.  She was ready to live..  I was
just about in tears by then.   That
was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly,  so the director
asked me to glove train her. I got her used to
the glove, and then to jesses,  and we
started doing education programs for schools in
western Washington 
.   We wound up in the newspapers,
radio (believe it or not) and some
TV.   Miracle Pets even did a show
about us.

In the spring of 2000,  I was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  I had stage 3,
which is not good (one major organ plus
everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of
chemo.   Lost the hair - the whole
bit.   I missed a lot of work. When I
felt good enough,   I would go to Sarvey
and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would
also come to me in my dreams and help me fight
the cancer.. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day after
Thanksgiving.   I went in for my last
checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not
all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last
option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they
did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for
the results.  I went in Monday, and I was
told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and
take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty
and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her
up, and we went out front to the top of the
hill.   I hadn't said a word to
Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me
and wrapped both her wings around me to where I
could feel them pressing in on my back 
(I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she
touched my nose with her beak and stared into my
eyes, and we just stood there like that
for I don't know how long.  That was a
magic moment.  We have been soul mates ever
since she came in.  This is a very special bird.

On a side note:   I have had people who
were sick come up to us when we are out, and
Freedom has some kind of hold on
them.   I once had a guy who was
terminal come up to us and I let him hold
her.  His knees just about buckled and he
swore he could feel her power coarse through his
body. I have so many stories like that.

I never forget the honor I have of being so close
to such a magnificent spirit as

Hope you  enjoy this.


Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:06:08 AM »
Good morning everyone 53. Local news weather shows it pouring in the southern part of the state and it is dry here but rain will get here soon. Supposed to get into the 70's this afternoon. This rain and damp weather is doing a job on my back. Yesterday I stayed on the couch most of the day, even when my CNA was here. Something else I seldom do I took a couple of asprin inbetween my pain pill times. Nothing helped much, even the back massage the CNA gave me.

LLOYD  if we get into the 80's here the humidity will climb with it.

AMY  my daughter keeps wanting me to move t o Arizona, they have an ex tra bedroom that  would be mine but I cannot seeing me living that far out in the boonies. If they do not deliver the wood how would you get it home? Would cost you to hire someone with a truck to haul it for you. I know here they always deliver wood. Younger son has a wood stove he uses in the coldest days in winter other wise he uses the furnace.

CAROL  this morning is better than yesterday and the pain is something I am used to living with by now but yesterday was one of the worse ones. I think a lot of the problems with the kids today is that parents do not teach them manners like we were taught and we taught our kids. Sad. When my daughter worked a a school she said she couold tell the ones who were taught at home and those who were more neglected or raised by baby sitters.

JUNE  the lady who had the meeting said she will be back in 6 months. Who knos if anything will change. She did ask a few for t heir apartment number and their phone numbers. Some of the complaints seemed to surprise her. More  than half the residents had complaints.

JOY  like you I dislike meds.  The NP I see had d ropped 2 of he ones I had taken for years. Will see how it works when I see her again in July af ter visiting the vampire. Hope you feel well for the family gat hering this week end.

GLORIA de  one of my CNAs was in the hospital with double pneumonia. Yesterday was her first dayback and one of the residents here had pneumonia.  Even with the shots they have for it now do not seem to work for some people.

JENNY  I am just stubborn enough to get outside most days. Yesterday was one of the few days I did nothin but lay on the couch and watch TV.

Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 09:25:24 AM »
Good morning everyone 61 with rain coming later and near 80 the end of the week. Yesterday was just about a perfect  spring day. I spent most of the day outside. No sunshine this morning. I can hardly move this morning so will just go lay on the couch and wait for my CNA. Have a great day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:07:12 AM »
To help
Murray Lancaster

I  love stories.  One of my favorites is about a little girl who was late coming home for supper.  Her mother made the expected irate parent's demand to know where she had been.

The little girl replied that she had stopped to help Janie, whose bicycle was broken in a fall.

"But you don't know anything about fixing bicycles," her mother responded.

"I know that," the girl said.  "I just stopped to help her cry."

Not many of us know anything about fixing bicycles, either. And when our friends have fallen and broken, not their bicycles but their lives, NONE of us knows how to fix that.  We simply cannot "fix" someone else's life, even though that's what we would like most to do.

But like the little girl, we can stop to help them cry.

That is the best we can do.  And that is a lot!

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:06:17 AM »
Good morning everyone 53 and sun is shining. Yesterday morning was sunny and warm and very humid. Clouded up and started raining on and off most of the afternoon, a few claps of thunder, too. Went out and it felt like walking into a sauna.
Just heard someone stole a rescue vehicle in front of the RI hospital in Providence. Police trailed him over the state line and arrested him. Thank goodness no one was in it

JANE  toward the end of June we should have native strawberries. Will have to get a few quarts and freeze some for next winter. That is about the first local food here.

JANE I was here yesterday morning  ???

MARY ANN  I used to post here a couple of times a day but lately seems I get here in the morning and that's it. I get back to the compiter late afternoon for the daily visit on Skype with my daughter. I check email in the morning and again after chatting with my daughter.

SHIRLEY  I believe none who post here will ever forget JOAN.

JUNE  sorry you lost your post.

WOW it really was quiet here yesterday. Maybe everyone was out enjoying a beautiful spring day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:08:58 AM »
True Freedom
Author Unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before a
crowd is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in
life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply
cannot learn and feel and change and grow and
love and live.
Chained by things that are certain, he is a slave.
He has forfeited his freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:07:21 AM »
Good morning everyone 62 already. Yesterday that was the high. Rained all day, hope today is better. The walks and pavement in the parking lot are drying and forecast is for warm and muggy. Humidity is already 77%. Gee maybe I should move to Arizona? Nah I am a Yankee and as much as we complain about the humidity I cannot picture myself living any other place especially at my age.

MARY ANN  maybe they will talk to the witch and she will change her mean streak?  The ones with the most complaint she took their names and phone numbers.

CAROL  when we find a good doctor who takes time to listen and really helps and the move or retire and we have to find a new one. I have seen a couple of Moose in northern Maine. Even from a distance they are huge. We all are praying that something happens here.

AMY  my Mother had an old White sewing machine that I got when she died. I loved it and made a lot of clothes with it. Well that ex husband of mine gave it away saying I never used it. I was never comfortable with an electric one, too fast.

JANE  good thing I cannot get into a market. I would buy too much and there is not much space to store things in here. The rain here yesterday was light with a break at times.

JUNE  the former tenant comes here at times to visit with friends here. The witch told the maintenance man to have her car towed because she did not want her  here. He told her she couldn't have it towed because she was a visitor and her car was parked in the visitor area. She wants him and the resident helper to do her dirty work.

JENNY  I watched after the wedding and they left in the carriage to the castle.We have had a lot of rain here this month, wish it would fall where it is really needed. We are praying the meeting brings changes but I doubt it.

AMY  where my daughter lives now all the neighbors help each other. They help and use the barter system of years ago and no money is used.

LARRY  more than half the tenants here aired their complaints. That alone should tell them something is wrong here. Wish I could gain at least 20 pounds, I am just a bag of bones now.

LLOYD  I read this yesterday about a way to keep mice out.
Mice Deterrent
Sprinkle borax on the floor and along the walls - mice like to run along the side of the walls, but they don't like the borax on their feet.  This way they are less likely to return to that area of the house.
Don't know if it works but worth a try.

BUBBLE  will be lonesome for both of you when Don leaves.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:18:32 AM »
Good morning everyone 46, cool this time in May. Turned on the TV and saw the newly wed Royal couple heading to the Castle.

Well yesterday's meeting went OK. The witch and her lacky were not there the building owner was not either. One woman was, don't know he title but a touble shooter I guess. Boy did people open up with all their problems, me, too. She took the names and phone numbers of a few, me included. Said she would have one with the witch. She will be back in 6 months. The lady that  was evicted was here, glad she was. At first she said only tenants could ask questiong but the evicted one told her about being evicted and having 5 days to get out so she let her  make remarks. She was surprised at some of the things she heard. Now we wait, wonder if the witch will cool it now.

JANE  you Freezer Surprises is a good way to make room in the freezer so you can freeze more surprises.

LARRY  when I check humidity where my daughter now lives it is in the low teens and even single digits. Really dry there. My clothes keep getting baggy. No appetite anymore. If they ge t t he wit ch out of here and get  someone who knows how to treat the elderly mabe the stress will leave all the residents here.

AMY  will have to wait 6 months before we know what will happen here.

JANE  we should have rain later and some outdoor graduations. Hope the rain holds off till the ceramonies are over.

Better get moving, my son will be here around 10 so better go get dressed for the day.
 Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:14:51 AM »
Directions to His Mansion Located on "Victory in Jesus Boulevard"
(Author Unknown)
1. Begin your journey by making a right turn onto "Believeth in Jesus Boulevard," also known as "John 3:16 Thoroughfare."
2. Continue traveling North, as you proceed through the green light, leading directly to "Jesus CHRISTreet."
3. From there, you must turn directly onto the "Bridge of Faith," which will pass over "Troubled Waters."
4. As you pass over "Troubled Waters," you will enter into the "Tunnel of Obedience," making a right turn onto "Keep Straight Road."
5. You are now on the "King's Highway," heading Northbound leading directly to "Heaven-Bound His Way."
6. Continue to travel North for three miles: one for "The Father," one for "The Son" and one for "The Holy GHOSTreet."
7. At the first exit, make an immediate right, entering onto "His Grace Boulevard."
8. From there, make another immediate right onto "Gospel of Light Lane."
9. As you continue traveling North, at the next intersection, make a right turn onto "Prayer Boulevard."
10. As you travel, you will undoubtedly end up on "Temptation Road." Do not, I repeat, DO NOT follow or yield any other vehicles while traveling upon this thoroughfare. Many travelers make this common mistake and end up on "Sidetracked Loop."
11. Be sure to avoid the intersecting "Sin Street," as it leads directly to a Dead End.
12. Pass by the following side streets: "Envy Drive," "Me First Lane," "Have It All Avenue," "Hypocrisy Street," "Gossiping Lane" and "Backbiting Boulevard," as each road is full of potholes and will force your journey to slow down.
13. As you proceed down "Long-Suffering Lane," "Persecution Boulevard" and "Trials and Tribulations Avenue," remember to keep your eyes on "The Prize Street," and you will avoid getting lost.
14. Without a doubt, if you follow these directions, your final destination will be "Streets of Gold" through "Victory in Jesus Boulevard!"
God bless each of you in your travels with our Lord Jesus Christ!

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:14:01 AM »
Morning everyone, don't know it it is good or not. The meeting today and I am nervous about that. still moisture in the air and from what I just heard tomorrrow will be another washout.

JANE  I have 2 smart phones sitting in the boxes they came in. First one was a Jitterbug that I saw on commercials and the AARP magazine. It is an Android and I cound not unserstand it. Then I got an iPhove from Consumer Cellular, At least it had Windows installed and I knew that.  Did not Consumer Cellular and quit them after several months. Go just 2 minutes over and they charge more and jeep doint that even when I selldom used it anyway. Just have a simple flipphone from Tracfone. Suits me because if I use it once a week that  is a lot.

LARRY  when I see some of the styles these days I do not like them at all. When I see older people-seniors even-wearing those skin tight clothes all I think is how uncomfortable. In the bullerin it said 35 pages of complaints, there is only 53 apartments here. There are some who will not attend and others will go for the free coffee and DDdoughnut. This state does no do much for the elderly. Small state and everything is from the state not counties.

JENNY  as this manager goes on she is like a worden or dictator. Just wants to rule everyone.

GLORIA de  the meeting is today at 10am.

CAROL  every day here has stress except weekends when the witch is not here.

LLOYD  hope y ou catch that mouse.

Better get going if I was to get downstairs for 10.

AMY  good morning

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:00:16 AM »
To my children
Author Unknown

When I spill some food on my nice clean dress
Or maybe forget to tie my shoes,
Please be patient and perhaps reminisce
About the many hours I spent with you,
When I taught you how to eat with care,
Plus tying laces and your numbers too,
Dressing yourself and combing your hair.
Those were precious hours spent with you,
So when I forget what I was about to say,
Just give me a minute.....or maybe two,
It probably wasn't important anyway,
And I would much rather listen just to you.
If I tell the story one more time,
And you know the ending through and through,
Please remember your first nursery rhyme
When I rehearsed it a hundred times with you.
When my legs are tired and it's hard to stand,
Or walk the steady path that I would like to do,
Please take me carefully by the hand,
And guide me now as I often did for you.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:59:26 AM »
Good morning everyone,  54, another rainy day.   Just heard on the TV the weekend will be more of the same. Thought April was supposed to me the showery month not May. The weather guessers are saying that next week will be cool and possibly more rain.

JOY  no fun when a job gets to you and you hate it. I had some that I did not like much but when one has to work as long as a person can get a pay every week just put up with it. My CNAs complain about the paper work they have and still have to put it all on their tablets, too. I don't think much will be accomplish with that meeting tomorrow. She will just harass the ones who signed and show up.

LARRY  the link you put for that site looks interesting. Will check it out.

CALLIE  the witch is the second manager here, the first one left for a better job. This is also the first meeting like this in the 12 years since the building opened.

SHIRLEY  thanks, hope something will be done to get rid of her.  Time to shut off part of your house tat y ou do not need?

JANE  we are all anxious for tomorrow and a couple are rtoo scared to go to the meeting. Wold be better if we had a professional advocate but nothing like that we could find here. At least an adacate would know how to fight. LOL with you bike fall.

JUNE  this meeting starte with a petition and we pray something will be done to change.

SHIRLEY  hope the timing and your appointment and the pool workers work out OK.

AMY  that meeting is tomorrow at 10am.

LLOYD  I remember wat ching a honey bee gathering pollen at my son's. Fascinating seeing the pollen on the legs getting bigger.

CAROL  tomorrow is the day for the meeting. I dread going but know I have to. We are tired of being harassed.

Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:24:36 AM »
Try This

When you have an "I Hate My Job" day, try this.  On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson.  Be very sure you get this brand.

When you get home, lock your doors, draw the curtains and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed.  Change into very comfortable clothing and sit in your favorite chair, open the package and remove the thermometer.  Now, carefully place it on a table or a surface so that it will not become chipped or broken.

Now the fun part begins.

Take out the literature and read it carefully.  You will notice that in small print there is a statement, "Every Rectal Thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson is personally tested" .

Now, close your eyes and repeat out loud five times, "I am so glad I do not work in the Thermometer quality control at Johnson & Johnson."

Author Unknown

Many years ago I had a teacher whose husband unexpectedly died suddenly of a heart attack.  About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students.

As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, "Before class is over, I would like to share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important.

Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves.  None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.  Perhaps this is God's way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day."

Her eyes beginning to water, she went on, "So I would like you all to make me a promise.  From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.  It doesn't have to be something you see - it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground.

Please look for these things, and cherish them.  For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the stuff" of life.  The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.  The things we often take for granted.  We must make it important to notice them, for at any time...  it can all be taken away."

The class was completely quiet.  We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently.  That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today.  Go barefoot.  Or walk on the beach at sunset.  Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.  For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

Thought of the Day

The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and believing in yourself.  Guard this gift with your life. It is the only thing that will ever truly be yours.

Tiffany Loren Rowe

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 15, 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:22:27 AM »
Good morning everyone. don't know what gremlins got into this PC. It was OK when I shut down The other night but in the morning I could not get online at all. No S&F and no email. All I could do was play a few games, that was not a happy day. I did call my grandson and he got here yesterday evening.  Things are missing and he does not know what is wrong this time. Said he will come back when he has more time.
Friday morning there will be a meeting in the community room to find out about the 35 pages of complaints. A petition was signed by almost every one even the new people in support for the others. Owners of the building and the witch's boss will be here. How nice, they will serve coffee and DD doughnuts. The witch would like to poison us I bet.

BUBBLE  thanks for the new book tp write in and love the graphics. Both I have and used before. Love the boy giving his granny a ride and she looks scared bu sill enjoy ing it. Love your story, no wonder his poor neighbors are going crazy with the bagpipes at night. Thanks.

JANE  we had wowser of a thunderstorm right after my grson left. Did not last long but sure was loud and bright. Rain hitting the windows sounded like it might have been hail.

AMY  darn too late for me to get a slice of your blueberry pie.

LLOYD  I know what you mean about sitting at your computer for a long time. Take care and hope you leg will start heeling faster.

Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:07:47 AM »
The 7-Ups of Life
(Author Unknown)
1. Wake Up - Decide to have a good day. "Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice & be glad in it." Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart." I Sam 16:7
3. Shut Up - Say loving things & learn to listen. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3 "Gossip betrays confidence, avoid men who talk too much." Proverbs 20:19 "Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise." Proverbs 19:20
4. Stand Up - For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10
5. Look Up - To the Lord. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
6. Reach Up - For something higher. " toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
7. Lift Up - Your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything." Philippians 4:6

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:06:57 AM »
Good morning everyone,45. Feel better today. My DIL was going to come and cut my jair yesterday and I called and cancelled it. Something I always look forward to. I laid ont the couch with the TV on most of the morning and the afternoon I spent in bed sleeping. Got up and met with my daughter on Skype and she cut it short because she could tell I was not up to it. Slept good all night and do feel much better this morning.

LARRY  I am waiting for the fresh strawberried here but that will not be till next month.  A lady I worked with hears ago went to Georgia one year and brought me some peaches back and I never tasted any so good. Makes a different tree ripened and what we get in the markets.

CAROL  I turned the heat up yesterday and finally seemed warm. Rained all day and no sun showing yet but walks are dry now.

GLORIA de  hope you feel better today.

JUNE  no book yesterday, mostly sleep, must be what I needed most. Very unusual for me to sleep most of the day away. I never could lay down and read.

AMY  I don't  remember ever being too tired to backe some pies. All kinds and loved all of them.

JENNY  I renenber when Joan posted  I Threw it Out. I would like it  if I could throw arthritis out. Wish they had some med t o get rid of it or really calm it down when it is damp weather. This town has a farmers market close to where I live but those who went say  prices are terrible. I rather go right to the farm I like, prices are higher than markets but still less than the farmers market.

JANE  no rain is in the forecast for today and by afternoon the sun is supposed to wake up. Rest today, something you have not had time to do since your trip.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:06:22 AM »
Happy Mothers Day

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:00:29 AM »
Good Morning everyone. Woke up not feeling good so just coming in to let you know I am still alive. Rain on the way and I ache all over this am. Going to lay on the couch and mabe sleep or watch TV.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:51:45 AM »

Threw it out
Author Unknown

Last Week I threw out Worrying,
it was getting old and in the way.
It kept me from being me;
I couldn't do things my way.

I threw out those Inhibitions;
they were just crowding me out.
Made room for my New Growth,
got rid of my old dreams and doubts.

I threw out a book on MY PAST
(didn't have time to read it anyway).
Replaced it with New Goals,
started reading it today.

I threw out childhood toys
(remember how I treasured them so)?
Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too,
threw out the one from long ago.

Bought in some new books too,
called I CAN, I WILL, and I MUST.
Threw out I might, I think and I ought.
WOW, You should've seen the dust.

I ran across an OLD FRIEND,
haven't seen him in a while.
I believe his name is GOD,
Yes, I really like His style.

He helped me to do some cleaning
and added some thing's Himself.
Yes I placed them right on the shelf.

I picked up this special thing
and placed it at the front door.
I FOUND IT - its called PEACE.
Nothing gets me down anymore.

Yes, I've got my house looking nice.
Looks good around the place.
For things like Worry and Trouble
there just isn't any place.

Its good to do a little house cleaning,
get rid of the old things on the shelf.
It sure makes things brighter;
maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:50:48 AM »
Good morning everyone. 55 and a beautiful spring day in the forecast. My CNA gave me a wonderful back massage yesterday and my back felt much better after. If they do any thing else while here the back massage is what I really like best. Wish I could start every day with one.

JANE  glad you had a day ot rest yesterday. When I used to go to San Diego I came home on Friday to have a day  to get rested from the time change before going to work on Monday. First time I went I did not do that and had a very long day at work on Monday.

LARRY  don't know how many of JOAN's stories I have left to post. If I could get my firs t external plugged into this PC I know I have more on there, more older ones.

DON  I just saw on the news about that attack. Thank God you, Bubble and family are alright. Cherry harvest? Yum, would like picking some, would eat most of what I could pick. Like picking blueberries or strawberries. Have to taste some from each plant to make sure they are good, right?

CAROL  I have 4 Kevins in the family, one in my family and 3 in the inlaws. 2 were the same age and when they would call I had to ask which one they are. Had another Gloria, too, but everyone called her Becky -her last name Beck. I agree we did have more freedom in our lives and were happier before the smart? politicians came up with all their rules.

SHIRLEY  would love seeing scenic photos. Jenny sends me some at times and I save them to the externa. I have (traveled) many places since I got a computer. If my daughter had not moved to San Diego I never would have gone out of the New England states. I chnge the wallpaper on the PC with a different scene often. On a hot summer day I start putting winter snow scenes up.

JUNE  it has been years since I fell so cannot blame it on that. With so many suffering with arthritis wonder why they still have not come up for helping, then again they still have not cured cancer either.

JENNY  I am glad that Oscar from Bis' Nest told me about notepad and copy paste. Have not lost many posts since then. Yesterday's CNA  was a fill in for a regular one who was out with double pheumonia. I have 2 regular ones and they are both good. I cannot be picky about who i get becaus it does not cost me anything, my insurance covers the cost.

ROLEY/PETER  we all worry about Lloyd whe he does not post. I pray he is alright. How are you doing these days. Nice blue sky here this morning.

AMY  naybe you better wear blinders on when you head out so you do not see the quilt stor and especially the chocolate factory. Now that is a place I would love to go into.  There has only been a couple of CNAs that I asked the office not to send anymore. Most are good but some I like better than others.  The one who was on sick leave does a much better massage with the right pressure. The young ones are the ones who do not want to do anything.

JANE  I watch Perry Mason at 9am. Cannot stay up for the night one. Have a smiley day at WM.

Have a good day everyone.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:27:00 AM »


If Jesus were to do His same ministry on earth today, He would be in trouble with:

the FDA for turning water into wine without a license,

the EPA for killing fig trees,

the AMA for practicing medicine without a license,

the Dept. of Health for asking people to open graves, for raising

the dead and for feeding 5,000 people in the wilderness,

the NEA for teaching without a certificate,

OSHA for walking on water without a life-jacket and for flying without an airplane,

the SPCA for driving hogs into the sea, and
the National Board of Psychiatrists for giving advice on how to live a guilt-free life.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:25:28 AM »
Good morning everyone, a little fog again but should clear soon. My back is really acting up this morning so will make this short. Even hurts sitting here so most likely will spend the day on the couch watching TV.
Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:29:56 AM »

Tomorrow is not promised
Author Unknown

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are and who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be: your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength, will power, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from, In fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart...

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again...

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high...

Hold your head up because you have every right too. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself... for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish.

Create your own life and then go out and live in it! "Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last...Tomorrow is Not Promised".

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:29:24 AM »
Good morning everyone. Think I was in bed before the chickens last night and awake before the rooster this morning. 44. Had a different CNA yesterday. She was very nice. Some don't seem to want to do anything but this one couldn't do enough. Not a big talker either. The fog here burned off fast here yesterday but along the other end of the state it lasted till noon time. On the local news just now the showed the south shore again and it is a thick fog again. 0 visability in Newport. Clear here.

LARRY  Elizabeth sounds like a very busy young lady and not afraid ot work. That is a treasure these days.

JOY  I am with you about all Shirley does. Even on my good days I would never have been able to keep up with her.

JUNE  woke this morning with birds chirping. Been a long time since I heard them here.

JANE  know what you mean about never seeing family again. I fel t that  way when my daughter got married and left for San Diego. Then every time I went there when I left there and had all I could do not to start crying. After more than 40 years I am glad for all the times we have been together and thank God for Skype and our daily visits on it. She sent me pictures of my granndsons often and I have so many of them now. I look at them often.

CALLIE  one of the tenants jung a humming bird feeder off the front porch but have not seem them yet. Maint enance man's wife used to hang one there but no longer does. Love watching them.

CAROL  looks like that last meeting with the church ladies is a fun time.

MARY ANN  glad you can still make that trip.

SHIRLEY  I often wished I could get into mountains. Highest place here is only Jerimoth Hill 812 feet and is on private property and you have to get perission to cross their land to go there.

CAROLYN  prayers for your grandson and a full recovery.

AMY  darn I am too late for your strawberry rhubarb crisp. I do like rhubarb and used to make a pie with it, nice and tart.

Have a good day.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for May 1st, 2018
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:11:08 AM »
Two Days We Should Not Worry
Author Unknown

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance; Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
     Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
 It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
     Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

 It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
     it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened
 Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
     Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.

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