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    Did someone say chocolate? That will get my...

    Did someone say chocolate? That will get my attention every time!
    My son and family are coming up for a visit over Labor Day weekend and every time they come they bring me a different type of...
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    I knew it was in Pennsylvania . . . and the town...

    I knew it was in Pennsylvania . . . and the town started with a P! Do I get at least one point?? Hahaha
    Had to laugh when you mentioned the lipstick . . . that was my Mom . . . didn't want to be...
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    Look on the bright side . . . you have hair! My...

    Look on the bright side . . . you have hair! My DIL is only 40 and has been coloring her hair for years. When her roots grow a little you can see she is totally grey!
    At 60, my former hairdresser...
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    AMEN!!! Wish it had never been invented! ...

    AMEN!!! Wish it had never been invented!

    Thinking of you, Sunshine.

    Good job, Jeanie! Please be careful and as Virginia said, take your time.

    Virginia, do you really get your hair cut and...
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    Well stated, Rose. We're all here to support and...

    Well stated, Rose. We're all here to support and be supported in any way that's needed.
  6. Looks similar except mine also had some whipped...

    Looks similar except mine also had some whipped cream on top and bits of caramel in the filling. Those are pecans and chocolate on top and a chocolate graham cracker type pie crust. Oh so good, but...
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    Glad you have your Mom home, Ann!

    Glad you have your Mom home, Ann!
  8. Thank you all for the kind words and birthday...

    Thank you all for the kind words and birthday wishes. Didn't go out and do anything special but received lots of birthday phone calls from friends and relatives. My husband surprised me with a...
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    Sounds like lots of good news here! Glad to hear...

    Sounds like lots of good news here! Glad to hear it.
    I've been occupied lately learning about my father's Croatian family history. Very interesting. One of my brothers took his two young adult...
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    Yet another mass shooting tonight, that's two in...

    Yet another mass shooting tonight, that's two in less than 24 hours and three in less than a week! This time, it's 9 dead, 16 injured (so far, it's early reporting) in Dayton, Ohio. Isn't that...
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    Good news about your mom, Ann! Your orange...

    Good news about your mom, Ann!
    Your orange blob is very weird and a little scary! I remember "The Blob" movie from when I was a kid. Didn't it grow and creep into a house while people were...
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    Dog vomit mold . . . it creeps . . . and makes...

    Dog vomit mold . . . it creeps . . . and makes decisions but has no brain? Sounds like a horror movie or a description of the current president!
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    Sunshine, I thought you'd like this article....

    Sunshine, I thought you'd like this article.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/a-middle-school-teacher-customizes-surfboards-to-give-people-with-disabilities-the-ride-of-their-lives/ar-AAEWXla
  14. I remember Peg having "stem cell" treatment but...

    I remember Peg having "stem cell" treatment but it did not entail killing her immune system with chemo drugs. As I recall they took fat cells from her abdomen, did something to the cells (spin?) and...
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    This hen will spill the beans! I will be 67 in a...

    This hen will spill the beans! I will be 67 in a couple of weeks. I was diagnosed at 47.
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    Ann, I'm so sorry to hear your dear mom is in the...

    Ann, I'm so sorry to hear your dear mom is in the hospital. Hope the problem resolves and doesn't require surgery. You're a wonderful daughter, she's blessed to have you in her corner. Too many in...
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    Thinking of you, knowing the heartbreak you are...

    Thinking of you, knowing the heartbreak you are feeling with the loss of Tabby Grey. I'm so sorry. Hugs.
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    Lacking empathy Money is all that matters Will...

    Lacking empathy
    Money is all that matters
    Will he ever feel?
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    It seems it's our turn for the heat . . . 101...

    It seems it's our turn for the heat . . . 101 here at 4:30!
    Forgot to go to bed earlier last night. I didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. but regardless, my internal alarm woke me up just before 5, in...
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    Thanks for the advice. Annoying little insects,...

    Thanks for the advice.
    Annoying little insects,
    they make me crazy!
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    Sprinklers, water balloon fights, slip-and-slides...

    Sprinklers, water balloon fights, slip-and-slides ...... summer fun! Oh, to be a kid again when hot weather meant fun, not agony!
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    Persistant ants march Scouts searching for fresh...

    Persistant ants march
    Scouts searching for fresh cat food
    Unwelcome diners!
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    Ants invade once more They will inherit the...

    Ants invade once more
    They will inherit the earth
    They respect no one!
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    Linda, I hope things have settled down and your...

    Linda,
    I hope things have settled down and your DH is on the road to complete recovery now.
    Every time I have been to the ER they have questioned me about allergies to any medications. It is...
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    I keep seeing on the news about the terrible heat...

    I keep seeing on the news about the terrible heat that is sweeping the nation. Hope everyone is keeping cool and that there are no power outages. Oddly, it has cooled down here. Barely made it to...
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    It's 82 here at 8 p.m., low is supposed to be 54...

    It's 82 here at 8 p.m., low is supposed to be 54 tonight, but that's not unusual for here. Good sleeping weather. The expected high tomorrow is 74. We have much lower humidity than most of you. ...
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    Happy Birthday Virginia! *boogie Birthday...

    Happy Birthday Virginia! *boogie

    Birthday Happiness

    As we observe your birthday now,
    Your cake and gifts don't matter much.
    These common things aren't really you,
    Ribbons, paper hats and...
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    Glad you're okay, Virginia. Just sent you a PM...

    Glad you're okay, Virginia. Just sent you a PM to verify the phone number.
    Hugs.
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    Just sent her a text. Will let you all know if I...

    Just sent her a text. Will let you all know if I hear from her.
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    Getting very concerned about Virginia. She...

    Getting very concerned about Virginia. She hasn't posted since the 9th. Please check in, Virginia!

    Pretty trees, Agate.
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    Glad you feeling better, Cherie. I had a...

    Glad you feeling better, Cherie. I had a co-worker friend who had bouts of diverticulitis. She avoided anything with seeds or nuts and drank lots of water. I didn't know that certain drugs may be...
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    Son helped my husband take apart, clean, and...

    Son helped my husband take apart, clean, and replace the pump for our fountain on Saturday. He cleaned the cement tiers with his trusty power washer. When he got it all put together and leveled...
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    You're not alone, Virginia. I was the second...

    You're not alone, Virginia. I was the second born child of five and the only girl. Teased is an understatement!! The third born child (brother) was hyperactive and I think his goal in life was to...
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    Family left this morning so I'm catching up with...

    Family left this morning so I'm catching up with the happenings here. Enjoyed having my son, daughter-in-law and sweet little Everett here for a few days. The kids handle all the cooking when they...
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    Just checking in . . . felt the earthquake here...

    Just checking in . . . felt the earthquake here this evening, even though we're 250 miles away from LA. It was the longest lasting earthquake I think I've ever felt. It was a long rolling quake, no...
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    My husband has a pair of Costco hearing aides. ...

    My husband has a pair of Costco hearing aides. They are about 6 years old now and he is due for a new pair. The service has been really good. Unlike most things, they have come down in price. I...
  37. Oh Virginia, I'm so glad you weren't hurt! ...

    Oh Virginia, I'm so glad you weren't hurt!

    Here is a bath bench like I had. Kind of pricey but very sturdy. The handles on the sides are helpful when getting up and the legs can be adjusted for...
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    The chicks have grown and daddy still watches...

    The chicks have grown and daddy still watches over them....
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    Hi friends. I'm here, just not much to say these...

    Hi friends. I'm here, just not much to say these days. Glad to hear you're doing better, Jeanie.
    Looking forward to my son, his wife and Everett coming on the 4th. We will celebrate...
  40. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, you're a good...

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, you're a good person and a great example for a young couple just starting out in life.
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    Wow, I guess I should have kept my mouth shut...

    Wow, I guess I should have kept my mouth shut about this subject! I certainly did not intend to put any pressure on you, Virginia. I'm sure that this girl sees that her father is lonely and has the...
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    Virginia, here is a pic of Tula with Dahlia taken...

    Virginia, here is a pic of Tula with Dahlia taken a few months ago. Dahlia did not come with the girls the last visit. She has been having arthritis problems in her back. She is 7 years old now...
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    Friends enrich lives. I encourage you to make...

    Friends enrich lives. I encourage you to make friends and enrich your life wherever possible. You deserve it, Virginia!
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    I didn't know exactly what a no see um was, so I...

    I didn't know exactly what a no see um was, so I looked it up. Yuck!! It probably will be a very bad year with these pests since they flourish in wet climates. With all the flooding, rain and...
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    I totally agree, I have so much appreciation of...

    I totally agree, I have so much appreciation of natures little nuances now. Take time to smell the roses! Disability forces us to step out of the "rat race", giving us the gift of time so that we...
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    Dearest Rose, I'm just catching up reading your...

    Dearest Rose,
    I'm just catching up reading your posts tonight. You and Jim have been on my mind. I am so glad to read that Jim is doing better. Thank you for sharing. You are such an eloquent...
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    Look who was caught peeking in my slider...

    Look who was caught peeking in my slider yesterday, checking out the cat!
    Crazy turkey!!
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    I don't know why the picture does not show for...

    I don't know why the picture does not show for you, it does for me, but I'll give it another try.
    http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=5231&stc=1
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    Sorry Virginia, I don't mean to make anyone...

    Sorry Virginia, I don't mean to make anyone worry! When Tula comes for a visit, I am in constant demand, much to my delight. We are both a couple of nuts and enjoy each others antics immensely. My...
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    Just recovered enough to catch up reading here...

    Just recovered enough to catch up reading here and post after, sending my daughter and Tula off for the long drive home this morning. Had 3 wonderful days with our lovely daughter and precious...
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    So sad to hear about Peg, she was too young and...

    So sad to hear about Peg, she was too young and it was so unexpected. I too am shocked at this news.
    We could always count on Peg to start a new monthly Chit Chat thread and give us a peek at her...
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    Happy Birthday Agate

    We all depend on Agate to let us know when it's a forum member's birthday, but I happened to go on facebook just now and saw a post where someone wished happy birthday to Joan today! I'm ashamed to...
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    Checking in, I'm fine, just not much to say. ...

    Checking in, I'm fine, just not much to say. Thanks for asking though.
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    Thank you, Virginia, for holding down the fort! ...

    Thank you, Virginia, for holding down the fort!

    My girlfriend from high school days (and her brother) came for a visit today. It was nice to visit with her, even though I talk to her on the...
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    Well, the little quail family is larger than I...

    Well, the little quail family is larger than I thought! As of yesterday we had only counted 5-6 little chicks. But today, once the rain cleared, the family was observed pecking around near the edge...
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    Caught a quick photo today of the little guys as...

    Caught a quick photo today of the little guys as they dashed across the walkway and disappeared into the poppy jungle. Dad was up watching over them again. Sorry the picture quality is so bad, pics...
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    I have a cousin who almost always speaks with his...

    I have a cousin who almost always speaks with his eyes closed! He does not have MS or any other disability that I am aware of. He's highly educated, intelligent and has a very good job, but it...
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    Easy to tell males from females by their markings...

    Easy to tell males from females by their markings and color. Male birds are almost always more colorful than the females.
    See here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/California_Quail/id
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    The Giant Stride . . . I do not remember those,...

    The Giant Stride . . . I do not remember those, did you hang on it with just your arms or was there a bar for your feet too? Can't tell by the picture. I can see why they don't have them anymore. ...
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    I've been enjoying watching a quail couple in the...

    I've been enjoying watching a quail couple in the yard. The male is so attentive to the female. He follows her around everywhere and I've observed him actually chase away pigeons and a blue jay...
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    That's a tough situation, Cherie. Wish I had a...

    That's a tough situation, Cherie. Wish I had a good suggestion for you, but I don't. Vent when you need to, we're here to listen and support.
    Hugs to you.
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    Thought I'd share a pic my daughter sent of a...

    Thought I'd share a pic my daughter sent of a Maypole tradition in which Tula and friends participated in, on Mother's Day. Tula's got the yellow ribbon on the left. Wish I could have been there....
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    OT: Climate Change in Haiku

    Stumbled on this tonight and wanted to share it. The "Water Meets Air" was especially relevant to what's happening right now with all the flooding and fires we have been having across the U.S.
    We...
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    Dementia and the immune system

    Interesting.
    https://www.wired.com/story/air-pollution-dementia/?fbclid=IwAR28aiEfnWkcQE-A3rZdz5B3EUHbDtRA0iOeuddQ0kfZ4evYEk7_2x3fVr0
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    Finally got a picture of the beautiful Altamira...

    Finally got a picture of the beautiful Altamira Oriole that comes daily to bathe in my fountain.
    The picture was taken through the window by my computer.
    He's just beautiful and is the exact same...
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    Click on "product" in the top white bar, then...

    Click on "product" in the top white bar, then scroll down to the video of the man demonstrating. Looks pretty stable, although I sure wouldn't want to try that!
    Wonder how stable it is if you...
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    Welcome back, we've all been worried about you! ...

    Welcome back, we've all been worried about you! You're one tough cookie and proof they can't keep a good cat down!
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    Looks interesting

    Saw this on FB, looks interesting. Anyone ever hear of it?
    https://www.mylifeglider.com
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    Will do, Funnylegs! Hope your friend and all the...

    Will do, Funnylegs! Hope your friend and all the people can keep out of danger.
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    Nisqually? Where's that and how far away were...

    Nisqually? Where's that and how far away were you at the time?
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    Hi all, everything is good, just 2 aftershocks...

    Hi all, everything is good, just 2 aftershocks according to the USGS website, but I didn't feel or hear them. I was surprised at how loud that quake sounded last night. The shaking was not bad,...
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    Only a 3.5 but centered just 6 miles west of...

    Only a 3.5 but centered just 6 miles west of here. Not bad. Each quake is different, this was a fairly loud boom followed by shaking. We have several pocket doors and they rattle in the shaking. ...
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    Damn, just had an earthquake!

    Damn, just had an earthquake!
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    Snow? Oh no! Meant to post this yesterday, for...

    Snow? Oh no! Meant to post this yesterday, for May Day. ( It will be 2 days late when most of you see it due to time differences!)
    Happy Belated May Day!
    Our superbloom continues and gets better...
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    I hear coyotes howl and yap often and very close...

    I hear coyotes howl and yap often and very close by, especially at night, but in the daytime too. I've seen them many times on my property, sometimes just one, often more than one. They have become...
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