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Imagevic
Jan 8, 2018 7:06 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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Imagevic
Jan 8, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Hope I didn't lose anyone -

Many of you are bone chilling cold with icy and snowy conditions.

Spring will be here before we know Thumbs up

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Imagevic
Jan 8, 2018 7:11 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Terri - Hank is the same way if he grocery shops with me - oh my goodness the things he sneaks in the cart Whistling Please stay safe. Ice is so scary Crying Group hug
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Imageaspenhill
Jan 8, 2018 7:45 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Vicki, that is a beautiful photo for the start of the new thread.

I'm staying put today, doing the paperwork that somehow I've fallen way behind on for the last three weeks Whistling No plans to go anywhere. Bonnie will probably leave work around noon or so to avoid the icy conditions that are supposed to hit our area from 1:00pm - 9:00pm. Not sure what Suzanne is planning. She takes a commuter bus back and forth to DC but has to drive about 15 miles from the bus stop to the house. Lowell will work the usual day regardless. Mike has headed out to a job this morning, but he may be back earlier than expected depending on what really happens with the weather.
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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ImageHemophobic
Jan 8, 2018 7:51 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Vic: Thanks for the beautiful photo for this new thread.

Toni: hugs on the loss of Oracle. What a sweet life she had with you, though.

Karen: your DD and hubby provided those kids with what they needed. God always gives us answers, just not always what we expect or want. Blessings on you and yours.

Here is my little champ. The number 1 is behind the man's shoulder.
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I'm trying to upload on YouTube the video of her floor exercise which gave her that medal,
but apparently my password on Google has changed and I'm waiting for a text message so
I can access YT.

Meanwhile, here's a sweet kittie video on YT for your pleasure:
https://www.viral-kittens.com/en/m/pusheen-cat-vs-christmas-...
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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ImageHemophobic
Jan 8, 2018 8:04 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
So Google tech. support will get back to me in 3-5 business days. Bleh!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Imagecritterologist
Jan 8, 2018 8:11 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Great photo of OUR little champ! You know we all take such delight in Alexa, it's like she belongs to all of us to some small degree.

So sorry about Oracle Girl. Thanks for sharing those lovely photos with us... very elegant, with her smoky coat and svelte lines!

Joyanna went off to school this morning. crossing fingers for no calls from the nurse today.

need coffee...
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ImageArleneB
Jan 8, 2018 8:12 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Vic, your picture looks like hope of spring and the banner is a tundra! Recycled banner. I'll have to look around for something new.

Well, a lot of posts since yesterday. Nice to see everyone so chatty.

Sorry to hear about the quads, Karen. A beautiful memorial to them, the weeping cherry and now an angel wind chime. A lovely thing, taking in foster children too. So they got their family a different way, but a family. Funny how you thought for a year about the chimes before you bought them. I'm glad you got them too. None of mine are the really good ones but I have been tempted many a time to pay the price. Someday I probably will.

Oh Mary, I just was reminded of your story about your friend with the dentures. David has a habit of bringing his tooth cup out by his chair and taking his partial out sometimes too. I guess they just never get comfortable with them? I worry about him dropping and breaking them too because they weren't cheap! Yum on the apple butter. Funny, I always thought apple butter was just thicker applesauce with more spices! Ha! Until I read the recipe, with vinegar. I don't blame you for not wanting to completely thaw the freezer. If you can make enough room just thawing a bit with the hair dryer, go for it.

Mary Ann, how is the glove situation working out? The other day I had to cut up some of my frozen peppers and when I do my fingers freeze and I remembered I have some gloves that my mother got when she worked at Chef Pierre, now Sara Lee, when they had to work in the freezers. They worked really well and might work for your project, without other gloves too. I have an extra pair if you would like to try them? They are thin gloves with silver threads woven in. I don't know that it's really silver, but it looks like silver. Metallic anyway. I have used the kitchen moth traps Mary mentioned. They work really well.

Congratulations to Alexis! Wow, what a great showing. Like Sally said, it's showing all the hard work she is putting in. I'm sorry you had so much trouble sleeping. That sure can wreck a day and sometimes it snowballs.

Toni, I am so sorry about Oracle Girl. And about having to work with frozen ground for her resting place. I'm glad the toe is mostly healed. I hope you had a hand truck for moving the tile with all the problems you have been having with your back. I don't blame you for wanting your vehicle in the garage. If I were in Michigan still, mine would be too. Down here we barely even get much frost on the windshield. Oh my gosh, when we were in MI in November it was cold and had snow and the windshield wiper fluid even froze. I think when we got the oil changed and they top off fluids, I suspect they just added water. Jen let us park in her garage with a light bulb under the hood to defrost, then we had to siphon it all out and replaced it with quality fluid. What a pain!

Moon, that is so funny about apologizing for your warmer weather! Rain headed our way today too. No sunshine until next Sunday so even with warmer temps, it won't seem as warm. I was hoping for sun to get those seeds I planted in the greenhouse to germinate. Eden is sooooo cute!!!!! And Jordan is handsome. What a smile. Yes, she looks like she is Daddy's little girl. I do like the name, Eden too. I knew about peanut butter but not the gumdrops.

Jill, hoping you and yours are feeling better each and every day. Glad your FIL knows, and told you, that he now sees why they needed to move up there.

Larry, I was glad to hear you were throwing the snowballs in the air for Brique and not at Wilma! Hilarious! Ugh on the tedious job of pricing. Just a reminder, here is the link to their website:
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Sally, when I was younger, I couldn't drink water unless it was ice cold. Now I can drink tepid. I don't drink much of anything cold anymore either, but not for that reason, just not liking it. I hope the opposum isn't damaging anything in your garden.

Vic, I'm so glad the chimney is fixed and that it was an easy fix! I can imagine having to open up everything at 4 am in 7 degree weather. Did the smoke alarm go off?

Terri, that's funny about Mike putting in junk food in the cart. Some shopping trips we seem to do that too, but thankfully not many. David cannot resist his chips though. We have been trying to stick to the healthier chips but boy, the bags are small and the price big! I did get him using salsa or hummus instead of sour cream dip though, so that helps.

Warming trend here so I'm hoping it will make a difference on feeling like getting some projects done.

Hope everyone has a good week.
ImageMuddymitts
Jan 8, 2018 8:26 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Oh -- I hope you get that straightened out, Angie -- I'd love to watch her floor exercise! And congratulations to HER for doing so well!! Your "little champ" for sure!!

Toni -- I'm so sorry to hear about Oracle. What a beautiful cat she was. And a very lucky cat, to be so loved. It never gets easier, losing them though. Group hug

Karen -- I'm sorry that your kids went through such heartache -- but things do, indeed, work out exactly the way they are supposed to. I believe that with all my heart. They have the children they were meant to have.

Ah Mary -- I actually have an unused package of pantry moth traps -- needed them for moths in one of our closets awhile back. I never thought to use it in the garage!! Good thinking!!! Thank you.

Part of the problem of putting the bird seed into some kind of container -- is the physical act of getting it there. I can no longer lift 50-lb. bags. I'm doing well to scoot it onto a shallow lid to keep it off the floor of the garage to avoid it getting wet, etc. Picking one up to dump into a garbage can is beyond me. I could ask the feed store to divide the bag into two bags I guess -- but I hate asking people to do more work, so that I can do less. Glare Hmmmm..............

We have a rainy day here. It's warm-ish -- will be in the 40's -- and the wind from last night has calmed, so that's good. But it sure is dreary out there!!
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ImageMuddymitts
Jan 8, 2018 8:34 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Crossed Arlene. Your genius heating-pad warmer-upper idea is working beautifully! Thank you again -- so much. Your gloves that your Mom gave you sound interesting. I wouldn't want to take one of your pairs, but if you could give me a brand name, I could Google them and order a pair!! Thumbs up

I'm another one who can't drink cold drinks. Hurts my teeth -- and dulls flavor somehow. I prefer room temperature -- even milk!!!
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Imageaspenhill
Jan 8, 2018 9:18 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Angie, congrats to Alexa! I would love to see the video if you get it working Thumbs up

Mary Ann, I was thinking that for the bird seed you could use a big scoop to move it from the big 50 pound bag to a closed container. That I what I usually do with things like that and eventually the bag is light enough that I can then dump the rest.

I love cold drinks, the colder the better Big Grin I have one of those Yeti cups that keeps my drink so cold that the ice doesn't melt for ten hours or something like that. I like hot tea too and hot soup broth. One extreme or the other, tepid is bleh for me Big Grin
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ImageMaryE
Jan 8, 2018 9:48 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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Good morning. We have a partly clear sky with the moon and some stars showing. Wind is from the southeast and the porch thermometer says 34. Peaches was happy to see me bring her breakfast. She tries to rub, tries to eat, prances around my feet, and in general is just so happy she doesn't know what to do! Lovey dubby Ryan had her fixed. PC has not been here now for 4 days. Last time he was gone it was for 2 or 3 weeks. In the half light of morning I can see Patch silhouetted against the gray sky on a low hill way down in the pasture. I give him hay and a treat of an apple, carrot or mushy pear once a day and he forages for the rest of what he needs. Sometimes he ignores the hay.

Mary Ann, I will try to think of a solution to the problem and I am sure the rest of us will, too. There IS a way! If you can't lift maybe you can shovel, drag or wheelbarrow the bag over to the storage can and transfer it by buckets or coffee cans from the bag to the storage can? Work smarter, not harder!

It's true, you can drink more water if it is not ice cold. Most people don't get enough fluids. My teeth are sensitive to cold and also to liquids that are too hot. It's funny... when we were babies we all drank warm milk, and now most people think cold is the only way unless it is hot chocolate. I pour milk into a cup and warm it in the microwave.

Karen, I agree, it was the family they needed and the kids who needed that family.

Arlene, I remember that a man named Ernie Weed who was on DG had taken his teeth out and laid them on a table when he was watching tv, fell asleep and his dog chewed them to bits. He got new ones and did it again with the same expensive result!. Some of the people on this thread will remember Ernie and his beautiful Golden Retrievers. He was a great gardener, too.

Daylight has come with streaks of sun lighting up the snowy mountain peaks. I'd better get started on my DO list!
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ImageArleneB
Jan 8, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Vic, posted your link again and locked the other thread so hopefully everyone finds us over here.

Mary, oh my gosh! Glad we don't have a dog, but for it to happen twice!!! Yikes. I'm glad Peaches has warmed up to you. Sounds like she doesn't feel like fetching her own dinner like PC does.

Today seems to have taken to just tinkering around, cleaning catch alls, drawers, bins, etc. David went through a container of pens and markers and tested them all and pitched the dead ones. Little things like that. I have a basket full of shampoos and lotions from travels, mine or Matts. Gonna combine most, tossing conditioners, we don't use at all. In a pitching mood so it's a good day to do it.

Starting to rain and breezy here.
Imagemcash70
Jan 8, 2018 10:20 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Thanks for the new thread Arlene and Vic, beautiful photo to start. Thumbs up

Toni, sorry you lost another kitty. Group hug
ImageMuddymitts
Jan 8, 2018 10:22 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Well of course -- duh. Sometimes I can be so thick. An empty plastic coffee can would get that birdseed transferred in no time. Today is going to be busy -- so tomorrow I'll start by finding a metal garbage can and getting this done. I'm sure that there are several empty ones around here that could be put back to work!!!

Thanks for the good idea!!!

BTW -- Tobias (pinto kitty) has decided that he likes being petted so much -- that if I reach across him to pour his food, he'll take advantage of the proximity of a hand (or arm) and arch up his back into contact with it. Rolling my eyes. Don't think he's ready to be picked up and put into a traveling kitty-cage yet -- but it's only a matter of time. Big Yellow Grin

And still no sign of Blackitty....... Sad

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Imageaspenhill
Jan 8, 2018 10:53 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Arlene, I'm in that kind of mood today too and doing the same kinds of things. Even though each thing seems little in its own way, it sure is satisfying in a big way.

Mary Ann, I have to relay this story to you. When I was cleaning up and organizing around the pole barn a few months ago, there was a huge spool of black plastic pipe that Mike uses for water line replacements. I was pulling and tugging to drag it to the location where I was consolidating all his pipe, sweating profusely, not getting very far, and about to give up when Bonnie came outside, saw what I was doing, and asked me why I didn't just tip it up on end and ROLL it Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Never even occurred to me - giving way to Mary's adage of work smarter not harder Big Grin
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Imageaspenhill
Jan 8, 2018 11:03 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
You guys just triggered a memory about false teeth LOL. My grandfather had false teeth. We had a party for him on his 80th birthday and my cousin Judy made a big sheet cake and actually put 80 lit candles on it. I looked at her very skeptically while she was lighting them and said that granddad would probably have a hard time with that. She just laughed and said it would be fine. Well my grandfather blew and blew so hard that his false teeth came flying out of his mouth and landed on the cake. He never even skipped a beat. He picked them up, put them back in, and kept blowing those candles until they were out Rolling on the floor laughing Another time when he was visiting, I came downstairs in the early morning and saw my parent's dog Abby on the couch chewing something. Abby was notorious for taking things off night stands - mostly my mother's earrings, but this time she had granddad's teeth. I got them away from her before she did too much damage, cleaned them as best I could, snuck in to granddad's room while he was still asleep, and put them back. I told my mother, but we never mentioned it to granddad Whistling
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagevic
Jan 8, 2018 11:31 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Terri - glad you're staying put and hope your loved ones stay safe. Thank you on the photo Thumbs up I'm a cold drink person too!

Angie - Thank you on the photo and what a wonderful picture of the WINNER Hurray! Hurray! I've opened your link in another tab.

Jill - Glad Joyanna is back to school.

Arlene - the smoke let us know it's time for a new battery in the smoke alarm *Blush* Thank you for locking the previous thread. I thought I did it - getting dingy in my old age. Whistling I did that drawer thing in the kitchen yesterday which included pens, pencils, etc.

Mary Ann - I love that your hands are staying WARM! Hurray!

Mary - I do remember Ernie but didn't know his dog ate his teeth Crying Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing It's not funny but you have to laugh.

Margaret - Thank you Lovey dubby and you're welcome!

Terri - what is it with false teeth and dogs? That is funny about the cake - good for him - keep right on blowing Thumbs up

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ImageArleneB
Jan 8, 2018 11:51 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Weird, some of the posts didn't show up until I refreshed.

Great photo of Alexis!!!

Mary Ann, I'm still hoping Blackitty shows up.

I has started a post and copied so I wouldn't lose when I refreshed but I did. Bummer.

Terri, funny about granddad and his teeth, both the cake and the dog. Bad dog. My grandpa used to click his to entertain us when we were not much more than toddlers. That's about all I remember about him, except he was tall. Well, at least tall compared to the rest of us.

I'm surprised Joyanna had school with the weather, but then again, they call for school closing here with any little threat and there is a chance of ice later. The pavement looks wet but there wasn't anything on the car. Weird.

Rusty seems especially restless today. He's driving me crazy.

Imagecritterologist
Jan 8, 2018 12:18 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
School got out 3 hours early due to wintry mix starting around noon, so Joyanna had an easy first day back!

2 degrees colder and we'd have snow falling instead of this mess... c'mon...
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