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  • v FROSTY99
    I know how much havoc a tree can wreak on a pool-we had a huge sycamore by ours and it shed constantly. We left out cover on a lot during the day to help keep that out but the boys swam most days so we never had a big algae problem. We would flip the leaves and bark off every day. I hope you can figure out a way to keep it clean without losing all the heat.
    2 days ago
    You are so right - some of the unsavory aspects of using the Internet can be scary.

    About seventeen years back I so enjoyed being part of a Christian chat & was blessed to touch lives with some really nice people. At one point I was asked to become a moderator & declined; however, one of the other moderators put me as one anyway. I did not like the responsibility - just like I have not liked the idea of being a co-leader to any of the teams here in "Sparkville". I have been asked on a couple of occasions & have refused.

    Over time I realized that there was a lot of questionable goings on in the private chats & when some of the people actually met in person. One young gal told me that she had actually gone some states away to meet a widowed guy from the room & almost the first thing he suggested was a sexual encounter. She said that she left him a note, after he had gone to work (Army "fella"), & headed home. Before she shared that with me, the same "fella" had suggested that he & I talk by telephone &, of course, I told him only if he was agreeable to this end being on speaker phone, with my husband privy to the call. He did not cotton to that suggestion! emoticon

    At one point MSN decided to not allow folks with other servers to join in their chat rooms. I was not about to change servers in order to continue chatting & one really sweet guy offered to pay for me to have MSN. I immediately became concerned for him - seemed he was one who could be taken advantage of if a gal was of a mind to do so. I told him to never offer his hard earned money to people on the Internet. It all worked out well for everyone to stay with the group, because a computer savvy guy knew how to set the room up elsewhere. Then another guy in that room told me that a woman, who he had been chatting with in private chats, had bemoaned the fact that she needed money. He sent it to her, after which she totally ignored him. There was nothing to be done. I did feel so sorry for him to have been duped.

    Three couples actually met & married after meeting in that chat &, as far as I know, the marriages were successes. Two other couples met & married, while members of the chat, &, sadly, ended up divorced in record time. One couple was so quick to marry. It troubled me because the woman hadn't been part of the group for very long & she was divorced with a six-year-old who lived with his father in Germany (another military fellow). I wondered why she did not have custody of the little one. Come to find out she was a roaring alcoholic & somehow was able to hide that fact, until after she married the guy from the chat. That "marriage" only lasted a few months, with her only living with him a couple of weeks. It could have been totally avoided, had he taken time to get to know her better in the first place. She had moved from back East to the Denver area to marry him. He had enough troubles of his own & did not need to take on an alcoholic wife. His profile photo was from quite a few years earlier (his children were little in it & at the time of chatting they were grown & out on their own). He was nice looking in that photo & a lot of the single gals were interested in him. After the failed second marriage, he upgraded his photo to a more current one & in it he was an overweight middle aged "fella", who had not aged well at all. He seemed to look like someone who may have had a drinking problem, but that was only conjecture on my part.

    One of my all time favorite chat friends was a young man between the ages of our two eldest offspring. He happened to have the same first name as my beloved MrV & our treasured son. He is a Christ follower & during that time of chatting, it was such a wonderful experience to "see" him mature in his Spiritual life. I would like to know what he is doing in life & I actually could find him - knowing his name & city; however, that might end up with me breaching my promise to my family, so I leave it alone. Still, as Holy Spirit brings him to mind, I lift prayer on his behalf.

    I am not a member of Facebook. There is just something about it that does not set well with me. One of my young Bible study friends was part of it; however, something happened that ended with her being hurt or deceived (she chose not to share details) & she closed her account. She did say that it was just a bunch of people bragging about their lives. I believe that that was just the group of people she had as friends - probably old high school friends trying to out do in impressing each other. To be frank that young gal was always coming into Bible study bragging on her family plans, so I feel certain that she bragged as much as the others. Just something they all needed to learn was not necessary.

    Our three offspring & eldest Grandblessing have Facebook accounts. Our two daughters enjoy keeping up with their cousins & old school friends through it. Our son is hardly ever involved in it. I am not quite sure why he keeps his account open. Our eldest set this computer up, so I can access her Facebook account anytime I care to. I have on occasion gone on her account to see photos that the other "Grandparents" have posted of our Grandblessings. They are not blood related, but love our Grandblessings as much as we do & the Grampie is great about posting photos & video clips of the Grandblessings. It is a real bonus to us to get to see those likenesses of our Grandblessings. Coupled with what our daughter sends & telephone calls, we are blessed with many chances to enjoy their day-to-day happenings.

    I like coming to "Sparkville" to touch lives with siblings-in-Christ. That is enough social contact on the Internet for this gal, don't you know? emoticon

    God bless!
    2 days ago
  • v TWEDEE777
    Have a great weekend!!
    2 days ago
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    With firm belief in your one hand, your dream in your heart and your eyes on your destiny, the struggling blocks in your way will be overcome. Martha Gouws
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    2 days ago
    I think I bought my suit when I still weighed 279 pounds and now I am at 229 pounds. It fills up with air in the shorts when I jump in the pool. The air goes up the legs of the shorts to the waist band and it lifts my rear end, lol. I probably look like a black bubble floating. The tank top is pink and black.
    3 days ago
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