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ImageLarryR
Nov 10, 2013 8:15 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hi, Lance. Good to hear from you! Skye is so lucky to have you as his father.

Sharon, I don't know how supportive her mother is or whether she has room for them to move in. I also don't know quite what the familial relationship is between the mother and Jennie, the owner of the house. I do know that Jennie is not only upset about non payment of rent. The mother never paid any utility bills either. The utilities are in Jennie's name, and the non payment has adversely affected her credit rating.

I certainly would hate to see the family spend Christmas at a shelter.
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ImageSharon
Nov 10, 2013 10:17 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
That's bad. Sounds as if the mother is the irresponsible one. And poor Jennie. Wow.

Those little children, though . . . that is just the saddest thing, I hope they are somewhere warm and happy.
ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Lance and everybody . . .

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, it's sort of painting itself and it isn't finished yet. Guess I'll know it's done when I get to the end.
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Imageirisarian
Nov 11, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Interesting way of painting.
Imagemcash70
Nov 11, 2013 10:07 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
It has a lot of depth to it.
ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 10:26 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Somebody said snow is in our forecast this week --- gotta get this yard done NOW!!!
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 12:45 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Had a good weekend. Went to the zoo, it was an absolutely beautiful day. Of course I forgot my camera memory card, so can't show pix until I download them. Took hundreds of pictures.. got to see red pandas for the first time. We also got to see the maned wolves.. they're brand new for our zoo. Took lots of pictures of the tigers. We have a mama tiger who had 3 cubs a couple of years ago. I think one of the cubs was kept here and, well, isn't a teeny baby any more! Sunday was an even more beautiful day.. had a really late start to the day, but didn't have anything major planned other than putting more Christmas lights up. Got the "arches" up over the driveway, have to replace one of the pipes as it got pretty badly bent so looks horrible IMO. Need a 6' section, so have to get a 10' & cut it.. not that big of a deal. Got the lights on the fenceline and along the edge of the house and in front of the window. Still need to the do the walkway w/arches.. found that a LOT of my lights don't work! That sucks!! Oh well...

Today's the day I start my new diet.. which means Die with a T. Bleh. Lollll.. need to get that scale to down, not up, so everyone wish me luck!

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ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Luck luck luck, Toni!
Can't wait to see your animal pictures.
Imagevic
Nov 11, 2013 1:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Glad you had a good week-end Toni - you needed it!

Toni - Play a game with yourself - for one week, commit to eating clean, just one week. You can eat anything you want but no sweets or junk. You'll be amazed what happens in just one week and hopefully it will help you stay committed to your weight loss. Lovey dubby
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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 1:26 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Vic - That's what I normally do.. but as of late, been needing the chocolate a little too much (stress). Hence the chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, etc. But I'm not gonna starve myself, gonna just eat better rather than lots of junk. But Junk's so nommy!!! It calls to me..!!!! LOLLLLLL!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Tonight's left over menudo, tomorrow's grilled pork steaks & quinoa, Wed probably left over rib tips & broccoli, Thurs probably grilled chile chicken (btw, how was your tequila lime chicken?), Friday no idea, haven't thought that far. Too warm to do a lot of crockpot cooking.. pretty sad when every place is getting cold & snow before us!! Yesterday I think it actually hit 70! I know I watered half of my yard.. had to. No moisture.
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
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SunnyBorders
Nov 11, 2013 1:39 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks, Sharon.

Children being evicted before Christmas sounds Dickensian,
but, as Larry indicates, life is more complicated than that.

Interesting painting technique, Sharon.
And an excellent demonstration.

Selling off spring bulbs at a local garden centre (Terra);
five packages of what's left for $10.00.
Couldn't resist, so now continuing to plant bulbs in our garden.
(mostly, white crocuses (Jeanne d'Arc) and species crocuses).
ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 2:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Weedeating down my daylily foliage leaves a lot to be desired, particularly when the weedeater and I are not particularly friendly. Sheesh.

But Toni -- you've already had the snow. We haven't yet.
And it's about 70 out there right now, though tomorrow will be another story.

Still more to do. Already got tangled in a loose wisteria creeping thing and landed on my backside right in the middle of the daylily patch. I usually get the creepers before they get that far, but this one was hiding. Soft landing, though, lots of daylily foliage.

I said a word or two and Sunshine turned her head and snickered.
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 2:17 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Charlie - Wow.. crocuses are usually the first to fly off the shelves here, if we even get bulbs in! I love crocuses... so happy seeming first thing in the spring!

Evictions are nasty business. Many years ago ('04-'05), I worked as a "property preservation specialist" for a few big banks. Which is a fancy way that I evicted people. I *personally* didn't do it, as I was here in Denver, but I would send my contractors & the Sheriff's dept to the home to serve the papers.. then resend the contractors out after 2-3 days (depending on state law) to remove the people's belongings. Was heart breaking at first, to see pictures of baby gear & children's clothes just left there after the people got evicted. But my heart unfortunately got hardened to it, especially when I saw that some of these people hadn't paid rent / mortgage in almost a year. I can understand missing a month, but this was during the huge boom in the job market, so it's not like these people didn't have opportunities. Detroit was one of my worst cities, though... had literally hundreds of properties to maintain there. And I kept my contractors way too busy there.. I'd send the order to evict, they'd evict, the police would reinforce the eviction, 2 days later, squatters would be in the house, re-evict the squatters, board up the doors/windows, 2 days later, NEW squatters would be in the house. This would go on & on & on.. One house was sooo horrifically .. disgusting I guess would be the best way to describe it. This was in Ohio and the house was so filthy and unkept there there wasn't just mold growing on the walls, there was MUSHROOMS growing on the walls. Yes, actual honest-to-god mushrooms. Another house in upstate WI we basically had to tear down due to the black mold. Then there was a house in UT that took 21 rolloff dumpsters to empty out. Yes, 21 dumpsters. My contractors actually found an additional car in the garage that 2 different sets of contractors didn't find. Or, the enterprising contractor who, instead of emptying out the house to the front yard and leaving it there per state law for the minimum of 48 hours, decided to have a blow-out garage sale and sell all the the person's goods (oh that was a big mess I'll have you know..). But I know all about evictions. And it's horrible. Simply horrible. Evicting a renter is much easier than a home-owner, though. But I know first hand how horrible it is. And it's always the children that suffer.
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
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ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Toni, you've had too many terrible jobs. No wonder you are so stressed. What's your college major that you get into such sadness? Sociology?
ImageLarryR
Nov 11, 2013 4:02 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Gosh, Toni, what stressful jobs!

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

Our first snow of the season today. Was only supposed to be flurries. Took Oliver in to Cedar Rapids for a face trim. His hair was falling over his eyes to the point where you had to look hard to even find them. Ran into a snow squall that was so heavy I couldn't see but four or five cars ahead of me. Couldn't read the road signs either until I was right in front of them.

Just took some photos:

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Can you guess what's under the snow?
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ImageSharon
Nov 11, 2013 4:10 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh my goodness, Larry. I've been out with the weedeater all day working up a sweat! Wow. I'll bet that's part of what's moving my way tonight. So beautiful especially on the grasses. And no, what's beneath the snow?? I can't even guess.
Imagevic
Nov 11, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I can't guess either but the snow is beautiful. Driving in snow squalls is so scary Crying
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SunnyBorders
Nov 11, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Last year, Toni, Terra was out of spring bulbs quite early.
Today, all the purple giant crocuses were gone and only white and yellow giant crocus packages left.
As previously said, I like to use a fair number of yellow and white crocuses because they're easy to see in spring.

Home Depot still has giant crocuses (as well as species crocus) but the bulbs, at Home Depot, are smaller.

Larry, glad you and Oliver are back safe at home.
Don't know, but for one horrible moment I thought it was Oliver covered with wet snow.

I am getting fed up with the voles eating crocus bulbs over winter.
Interesting that crocus bulbs (at least some) are listed as poisonous.
Apparently they're not to voles.
On the other hand, they don't seem to eat the daffodil bulbs (also listed as poisonous).

Sad, Toni, but you can't save people from themselves.
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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Sharon - lolll.. my original degree plan was.. you ready for this?

English - emphasis on technical writing. My university, however, dropped the BS line of the English degree and transferred me into the literature plan as there was only like 4-5 of us in the Technical Writing degree plan & everyone else was in the literature plan. What on earth good is a literature degree if you're not going to teach? It was my hope to become an editor for a newspaper or something. That kinda got thrown out the wayside...

You'd think with what I've done that it'd be sociology or something along those lines. But, to be perfectly honest, my minor (and I have enough credits for an associates) was in Psychology. Was a licensed crisis interventionist for 3 years. May go back into those lines.. get a BS in Psych, but getting kinda old for that kind of stuff.

Larry - Can't really tell from the leaves, but almost looks like holly? Oak? Something VERY dark... but the storm hitting that part of the country is a HUGE one!

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ugh. Have spent most of today cleaning out my coworker's office. I know it's not nice to speak ill of the dead, but damn was this guy a slob! I found a bag of chips in the back of one of the drawers of his desk.. that expired in December 2010... crackers, candy, jerky... and the PENS!! my god the pens.. I knew he was a pen thief, but wow! We're talking probably close to 100 pens!!
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OjodelGato
Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
Imageblue23rose
Nov 11, 2013 5:43 PM CST
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, IN
Sharon, that negative painting is coming together nicely. I've never seen anything like it before.

Toni, Good luck on the diet. Vic is right. One week (or one day) at a time is a good way to tackle it. If one day turns out not so good, get back on track the next day. Difficult, I know. Especially when stress like you are subjected to gets you down. Just don't skip breakfast!

It is funny what people will put in their desks and then forget. When I go on a weeks' vacation, even though my desk is locked, I clean it out so no one will find something embarrassing in the event something happens to me and I don't come back. Morbid I know, but my mom used to do the same thing when I was growing up. When we left on vacation, the house had to be spotless.

Larry, I guess "the holly and the ivy" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Love that shot of the grasses all bent over like it is huddling for warmth and protection from the cold.

What a beautiful quote from "The Snow Queen!" Just read the synopsis and it sounds like a wonderful book.


Vickie
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