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    I've noticed cats doing that too. I think they're...

    I've noticed cats doing that too. I think they're going through the motions that they'd be going through if they were chomping down on the bird or whatever it is that they're watching, as if they're...
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    Tom Cat has shared some information on how...

    Tom Cat has shared some information on how gentlemen dressed in another era. I had just recently got around to sending him the replies here about the gentleman's costume he was wearing in the photo:...
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    Maybe Cassie was frightened by something--that's...

    Maybe Cassie was frightened by something--that's my guess. It's when they stay in hiding or in some very unusual spot that I get concerned.
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    Folks in Florida must have to be tough as nails....

    Folks in Florida must have to be tough as nails.

    You don't need this stress, Jeanie. I hope this storm will blow over. Or blow some place where you're not.
  5. Thread: July chitchat

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    Sam might keep you company there in the corner,...

    Sam might keep you company there in the corner, Virginia. I'm sure she should be there.
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    Another idea about the 30 loads of laundry,...

    Another idea about the 30 loads of laundry, Rose--could some of it be disposable? Sometimes when my laundry has piled up to the point where I'm very unhappy about it, I look it over and find an item...
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    A place in Colorado posts funny signs, and Jeanie...

    A place in Colorado posts funny signs, and Jeanie Z has sent me some examples. Here's one (thanks, Jeanie!):
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  8. Thread: July chitchat

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    I'll be happy to continue starting chitchat...

    I'll be happy to continue starting chitchat threads as the need arises. I just thought that taking turns might be a good option. Or maybe one person does the thread for a few months, then passes it...
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    Another from Tom Cat (Thursday). I had to do a...

    Another from Tom Cat (Thursday). I had to do a double take before realizing that the squirrel is hanging upside down, in the way squirrels do:

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    From Tom Cat (Wednesday): Plugging along...

    From Tom Cat (Wednesday):


    Plugging along here. Getting a few things done outside. The temperature has varied at night from upward of 75 down to 58, and most days hitting 85 to 90 or more by late...
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    Many thanks, ANN, for starting this thread. ...

    Many thanks, ANN, for starting this thread.

    Howie, good news probably for you--Social Security astonished me today by paying on the 1st. Hope that will be true for you as well!

    There's been...
  12. Thread: July chitchat

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    Looking at that photo is cooling. And Howie...

    Looking at that photo is cooling.

    And Howie (or someone), how would you like to start the August chitchat thread? I have started the chitchat thread for 5 months in a row. Someone else should...
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    I thought maybe that animal in your avatar photo...

    I thought maybe that animal in your avatar photo had come to the end of that snowy ledge it is walking on and was speaking up about it. I think it's a cat--maybe Sam? But is that a rooftop or what?...
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    Thanks for the compliment, Howie, but the Social...

    Thanks for the compliment, Howie, but the Social Security Website is down for maintenance. My guess is that the money won't be in until Monday since that's the 3rd but every now and then there's a...
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    We did that, yes indeedy. Well, the word June...

    We did that, yes indeedy.

    Well, the word June looks a lot like the word July, doesn't it? You can hardly tell them apart.
  16. Thread: July chitchat

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    Well, wasn't it?

    Well, wasn't it?
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    Better late than never.... It's almost the end of...

    Better late than never.... It's almost the end of July and I haven't figured up my step counts for June until just now.

    Average step count for June (based on 29 days): 1739, the highest average...
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    Jeanie, hair can certainly wait. It's amazing how...

    Jeanie, hair can certainly wait. It's amazing how many things can wait when you're recovering from a fall or whatever else you're recovering from (like shingles).

    I'm glad people are in contact...
  19. Thread: July chitchat

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    A house with 27 windows and seven...

    A house with 27 windows and seven skylights--that's mind-boggling.

    My heat-avoidance strategies are many. I've always tried to move to places with north exposures. Preferably cross ventilation too...
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    Howie, you've called everyone involved--does that...

    Howie, you've called everyone involved--does that include the NP? I hope so, and I hope you pointed out that you really don't want any seizures. Seems to me it's quite possible that CVS has your...
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    I think I'm seeing two little ones alongside the...

    I think I'm seeing two little ones alongside the grownup on the left and maybe a couple of little ones in front of the grownup on the right?
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    I've heard that too--about chocolate, and it's...

    I've heard that too--about chocolate, and it's definitely true.
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    It must have been extremely uncomfortable to lie...

    It must have been extremely uncomfortable to lie there for an hour and a half on her stomach. The hard floor would have been torture.
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    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/...

    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/115981916_965943243831805_3868412699915113310_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=b96e70&_nc_ohc=HU0velLgQpYAX-9ALzY&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=50692805bef89f...
  25. Not having COVID-19 is something to be very...

    Not having COVID-19 is something to be very thankful for.

    I'm glad I finally have new glasses--and the podiatrist was able to solve a problem I've had for many months, a painful callus on the sole...
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    The days with the high step counts were days when...

    The days with the high step counts were days when I was moving around more in connection with clearing the neighbor's apartment. I was going from one room to another in her place and back and forth...
  27. Thread: July chitchat

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    That was a close call, Jeanie! I'm so glad you...

    That was a close call, Jeanie! I'm so glad you weren't hurt but it sounds as if you must have been on the floor there for an hour and a half????

    Multitasking is something I just can't do at all....
  28. Thread: July chitchat

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    Yup, gloves. They get caught in keyholes when I...

    Yup, gloves. They get caught in keyholes when I use a key but otherwise I can do most things while wearing them. I always wear them when outside this apartment. They've been difficult to get...
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    Congratulations on success with the image! Yes, a...

    Congratulations on success with the image! Yes, a person does have to keep tinkering to get images to show up sometimes. Nice to see you there, wearing your timely tee shirt.
  30. Thread: July chitchat

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    The CDC has just issued new guidelines for...

    The CDC has just issued new guidelines for handling COVID-19, and glancing over the material about retirement communities (such as the one I'm in), I find that residents are even having their anxiety...
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    Recent days have been busier than usual for me. ...

    Recent days have been busier than usual for me.

    Step counts:

    7/9 - 2867 steps
    7/10 - 1784 "
    7/11 - 3072 "
    7/12 - 1949 "
    7/13 - 2245 "
    7/14 - 3756 "
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    I was all set to go to the dentist today for the...

    I was all set to go to the dentist today for the first part of a rescue procedure on an important tooth--something that he said should be done "in the next couple of weeks if possible," and I had let...
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    jendie, a person can get shingles a second time? ...

    jendie, a person can get shingles a second time?

    I hope you can find something for the pain, Jeanie. I looked up shingles remedies but you've probably tried them all: cool washcloths, oatmeal...
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    I like Google Chrome.

    I like Google Chrome.
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    I'd never heard of bear repellent spray but it's...

    I'd never heard of bear repellent spray but it's sold on Amazon. Sounds like something Linda needs to have.
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    She's been here for about 6 years and isn't...

    She's been here for about 6 years and isn't likely to leave. It will be my last encounter with her if I can arrange it but she lives right down the hall, and to do laundry or take out trash I have to...
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    This just happened? And you're calmly here...

    This just happened? And you're calmly here telling us about it? I'd be somewhere off in lala land, I think, if that had happened to me.

    I didn't realize bears ever showed up where you live,...
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    Yes, they were indeed in a hurry. One of them is...

    Yes, they were indeed in a hurry. One of them is about to go on vacation and needs to have the apartment rentable before leaving. I thought they'd at least try to have a charity pick the stuff up too...
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    Jeanie, you beat me to it! A VERY HAPPY...

    Jeanie, you beat me to it!


    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGINIA!

    https://download-free-images.com/00002/happy-birthday-happy-birthday-flowers-318855.jpg
  40. Thread: July chitchat

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    Jeanie, I'm so glad you're having at least a...

    Jeanie, I'm so glad you're having at least a little relief, and I'm betting that Andy doesn't mind applying that cream at all but I know how you feel. Aging often means losing a lot of dignity--and...
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    Now I'm almost feeling sorry for you, Howie....

    Now I'm almost feeling sorry for you, Howie. However, there are occasional males besides you on here. I can think of at least two right now, and then there's Tom Cat, who may get around to...
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    This story is priceless--though it's too bad you...

    This story is priceless--though it's too bad you got hit with what sounds like yet another snag, another issue you might have to follow up on, maybe with calls and letters, until you find out just...
  43. I thought it was a frog too but apparently it's a...

    I thought it was a frog too but apparently it's a fence lizard. Lizards can look amazingly like tiny dinosaurs:
    ...
  44. (OT) Prize-winning Audubon Society bird photos

    Thinking of one of our bird watchers, nuthatch (Joan), today--thought people here might enjoy these prize-winning bird photos from the Audubon Society. Some are quite remarkable--the roadrunner with...
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    I hope to be able to finish matching up the names...

    I hope to be able to finish matching up the names with the flowers soon here but this was from July 6:

    And here are the prairie flowers for the day, top to bottom: little blue stem grass, Queen...
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    I'm finally catching up a bit here. This is from...

    I'm finally catching up a bit here. This is from July 5:


    Waking up with a cup of coffeehttps://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t91/1/16/2615.png and a grilled cheese sandwich. Was up for...
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    Jeanie, shingles must be dreadful--and it seems...

    Jeanie, shingles must be dreadful--and it seems as if most people who have it wait it out until it goes away but what a miserable time it must be while they wait. I hope you're trying any available...
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    Thanks for wondering, ANN. There haven't been...

    Thanks for wondering, ANN. There haven't been very many people signing up for the open house (by appointment only) that I'm having for this apartment but there will be 3 more days of it.

    No...
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    I'll be transmitting your replies to him, as well...

    I'll be transmitting your replies to him, as well as bringing another message from him over here too but sometimes I'm slow. It's possible I may not get to it until late on Sunday.

    The bazaar I...
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    Rose, sure enough--that photo wasn't showing for...

    Rose, sure enough--that photo wasn't showing for me either. Odd because yesterday it was showing. I've tried again, and we'll see how long this one lasts.

    I'm sorry I can't answer your question...
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    Takeout has improved vastly compared to the times...

    Takeout has improved vastly compared to the times when the only options were Chinese food or pizza. Many more options out there. Back when I was still doing "serious" cooking, I tended to forget that...
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    Not sure where to put this, and it's probably...

    Not sure where to put this, and it's probably preaching to the choir here, but this came to me by e-mail thanks to Jeanie Z and I thought it should be out here for others to see. I'm sorry not to...
  53. Thread: July chitchat

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    I don't ever want to ask people why they're not...

    I don't ever want to ask people why they're not wearing masks. Some people have medical reasons for not wearing them. Others may be making a statement of some kind ("Nobody is going to tell ME what...
  54. I haven't had nearly as bad a day as Linda but...

    I haven't had nearly as bad a day as Linda but I'm just about done in.

    Several days of trying to clear out the apartment that belonged to the neighbor/friend who died and I'm ready to rest. I took...
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    Will be be firing off a few rounds from my swivel...

    Will be be firing off a few rounds from my swivel gun cannon today for the 4th. My friend Joe will be here with wife, Joanne. I might put on my gentleman's clothes for the period. Lacy shirt, button...
  56. Happy July 4th to all! It's a relief to know...

    Happy July 4th to all!

    It's a relief to know that Sam is wearing a mask.

    The neighbor who is helping with the apartment we're clearing out turned up today in a T shirt that was bright red on...
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    I don't know how you manage to cook so much with...

    I don't know how you manage to cook so much with all that you have going on, Sunshine, but I hope you're rewarding yourself with one of your special meals, maybe the yummy one you mentioned on June...
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    You hang onto the vehicle door frame while you...

    You hang onto the vehicle door frame while you hoist yourself up onto the stepstool. It pays to grope around on the door frame for anything like a handle. There often is one.

    I've had a little...
  59. Thread: July chitchat

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    Howie, I'm hoping you won't have to get out your...

    Howie, I'm hoping you won't have to get out your pliers. Trips to the dentist can so often mean more trips to the dentist, and today's trip was like that.

    There's a lonesome molar remaining in my...
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    Virginia, in post #6 I meant your brother's...

    Virginia, in post #6 I meant your brother's vehicle, the one you said was too high to get into.
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    Virginia, could you get into the vehicle if you...

    Virginia, could you get into the vehicle if you brought along a small lightweight stepstool? I have one that I've used for years. I picked it up at a supermarket on an impulse and it's been a good...
  62. Thread: July chitchat

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    July chitchat

    Somehow we raced through June and here's July. The loud fireworks started up here over a week ago, and so I knew July was on its way.

    What's going on in your life?

    I'm on my way to the dentist...
  63. Thread: June chitchat

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    Yes, it's these major life events that are...

    Yes, it's these major life events that are putting quite a strain on everyone because everything has to be done differently or not done at all--graduations, funerals, birthday celebrations, weddings.
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    I didn't escape the lingering effects. They're...

    I didn't escape the lingering effects. They're still lingering. The sciatica kicked up and kept me awake much of the night on Sunday night but not so bad last night. If I get too tired, I start...
  65. Thread: June chitchat

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    Virginia, a son and a daughter are in states...

    Virginia, a son and a daughter are in states where the coronavirus is bad. The son is 75--the daughter is still working but probably past retirement age herself. They can't travel here because of the...
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    I've been so busy lately that I haven't been...

    I've been so busy lately that I haven't been posting about my exercise, but a couple of days ago I racked up 3,500 steps. That's a record for me.
  67. Thread: June chitchat

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    I'm sorry I've been so busy lately that there...

    I'm sorry I've been so busy lately that there just hasn't been much time or energy for posting.

    It's annual housing recertification time, and the first interview is today. There needs to be at...
  68. Thread: June chitchat

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    I suggest asking Sam about the missing key.

    I suggest asking Sam about the missing key.
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    Virginia, the paratransit vehicles here have a...

    Virginia, the paratransit vehicles here have a new policy: one rider at a time. That's only temporary of course but for the time being it means a far easier ride arrangement for me. No two-hour rides...
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    I'm finding that some masks are hotter than...

    I'm finding that some masks are hotter than others. It might be good to try out several types.

    Rose, you cut 3 inches off your hair? There's no way that my hair would ever grow 3 inches. So far...
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    I've never seen a red squirrel "in person"...

    I've never seen a red squirrel "in person" either--just the gray ones but some are very very fat--almost porky!--and others are pathetically thin.
  72. Indeed there is. I keep expecting to find a post...

    Indeed there is. I keep expecting to find a post by her--maybe with some more lovely photos. It was so nice of her to share her life with us!
  73. Eye movement problems are scary. They happen with...

    Eye movement problems are scary. They happen with MS too.
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    There's even a shortage of coins

    The coronavirus has caused a shortage of coins, as I found when I requested a roll of quarters (for laundry) and was told I couldn't get one.
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    Here is the red squirrel mentioned in the...

    Here is the red squirrel mentioned in the previous post:
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