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Monday, February 08, 2010

The GLBH and I had a relaxing day today did some nearby shopping just waiting for the heavy snow to come. Got our hairs trimmed, need to look good for everyone.
Headed across town to eat at our favorite Deli, lookalike Subway but so much better, cheaper and locally owned. Was a good boy and ordered salad bar only meaning lettuce only for me and heard the same thing I've heard for the last 50 years, how can you eat that dry without salad dressing on and I repeat the same answer I've said for the last 50+ years, don't need any of that oily stuff on there just as good with a little pepper. Life doesn't change much for the Ole Duffer.
Been putting off for some time purchasing something we both will need sometime soon. We've been looking at various samples and colors and just wasn't quite sure if we should "bite the bullet" and finally take the plunge. Heading towards Wally World to cash in our coupons, noticed this Granite Works truck in the other lane. I say hey there GLBH isn't that the place you wanted to visit? She agreed so I say follow that truck, wernt sure where their place of business was. Walked amongst all the granite set on gravel pads and thought this is goanna be harder than her picking out her dress for the # 1 GS wedding. Wow, so many colors, designs, and shapes, how do you chose. I speak up first and ask where is the cheapest one, figuring I wouldn't be looking at it too much. Well at least it was a starting point. There are some things in life my vote just don't count! Found one that looked OK and what sold me was they were going to throw in a free flower vase with the deal if we decided real soon. Now I don't want to rush things but I know a good deal when I see one! Beside that, I hadn't got the GLBH a Valentines gift yet. I might get in trouble for that one! Isn't life the greatest. emoticon Skeeter

  
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MARSHA48 2/10/2010 9:52AM

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ANNE403 2/10/2010 9:17AM

    Good to get things done that you want & the hair trim is a must. My DH is putting off getting his trimmed until next week just before we fly home for GS wedding. He is beginning to look shabby. Today we have ticket for the Tampa State Fair
Country Gold Tour 2010 at 4 PM. We are taking Melvin with us & leaving at his place about 1:30PM. At least DH is walking some better. Next week he has to to have a root canal done. Had teeth checked late Nov just before we left IL. Your blolg's are great. Proud of you! Anne

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URSULAVAN 2/9/2010 10:00PM

    You know, those things are really more for the family than for you, anyway. They will be grateful you took care of it, so they don't have to, though. It doesn't mean you have to plan on using it real soon. :) And, I wish I could eat salad with no dressing! Just can't acquire the taste.

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SPARKNMOM 2/9/2010 9:28PM

    Cute blog. Glad you covered yourself with a "real" gift, however LOL!!

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JUSTLYLE 2/9/2010 7:44PM

    I think I covered my rear on the real gift when I brought her and my DIL home 2 dozen strawberry's dipped in chocolate.
Skeeter

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 2/9/2010 2:15PM

    It is always great to get things out of the way! But my dear friend...don't end up in the "doghouse" Get out and get that valentine's gift; we don't want to see you using that spot prematurely!

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DOLLIE6 2/9/2010 2:11PM

    Proud you all got everything settled before the snow. I know how important that hair is and the kitchen looking good. Be safe. emoticon

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1WALKINGMAN 2/9/2010 11:49AM

    It is good to get that sort of business out of the way, but I don't think that it will qualify as a Valentine's Day gift. I'm with you though, the cheaper the better. I won't have to look at it much, if at all.

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MELLORI 2/9/2010 11:20AM

    What is GLBH?

I want to get some granite or quartz for my island top one day. I thought to go to Home Depot. It needs to be 3 x 4.6 but oval. I was wondering how long I'd have to save up for such an item! emoticon

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RONIROO2U 2/9/2010 8:00AM

    Wow...it does sound like a fun and relaxing day! You're so good to your GLBH! Hope you have a great day today. Good blog.

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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2010 7:32AM

    This is such a fun blog: hope that you like what you end up choosing!

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Now Skeeter, be nice! Part 1

Monday, January 11, 2010

How to report on the outlaws and not get into trouble,just don't let them read it!
I'm sure we all have some relatives we would just as soon forget about. I shall tell you about a few. My MIL was one of 5 girls and 1 boy in her family
My MIL was a very neat,clean,orderly lady. That could not be said of one of her sisters. She often said she told her she would hate to see her house if and when she got married. Well we lived that prophecy. Those were the days when chickens and ducks roamed freely around their yard and porch. I think you get the idea. After we married we went there probably 3 times. They had a heart of gold, very active in their church always willing to help out a neighbor in need and teetotalers. Besides farming Uncle H also was into electronics and GLBH can remember, at a very young age, was ushered to his half converted shop and old hog house to see what he claimed was a picture called TV that he had built. She had never heard of TV's before that. This reminds me of another time when Uncle H's pickup-service truck would not start on a very cold morning, had it parked inside an old garage and decided to build a fire under the engine, fire got too hot and the dripping oil leaks from the engine caught the whole truck on fire. The good news was only one-half the shed burnt, you can guess the rest.
The only story I know about Aunt F happened while she was washing clothes, she was a very large women and they had to feed the clothes into the wringer, I bet you are already getting ahead of the story, did I mention she was a VERY LARGE WOMEN, That's probably where they got the Ole saying" don't ever get your ----- caught in a wringer" came from! This was probable the forunner to Mammogram's. This story was told to me by GLBH' s cousin Don's Wife Jan 11th. 2010, have to give credit where credit is due. We were married in 1958 and could not afford a TV. He had a like new one he wanted us to have for $75.00 and to pay whenever we could. Found out a few years ago it was not just a Relatives discount but he was this way with everyone, very generous, didn't worry about collecting especially from the poor and old.
They had two daughters one Son, asked the S about going to High School, said he quit. went from a 1 room school house and had too much trouble knowing where and when to go. Nice guy, just like his folks, always held an honest job until his health failed and is in a nursing home now.
Other Daughter is real nice, 1st. H worked for the R/R and bought a farm about 40 miles from us. Since we had just started farming too we went to visit them one spring. Cousin Marge said Jack was down the lane plowing up some pasture so could drive out with car and let him know he had company. The farm was very hilly, unlike my own, and as I reached the top of a hill I could see smoke, the tractor had got itself stuck on a very steep hill and the gas was running out the tank back onto the hot manifold and tractor was a burnnin. I excitedly said get in, I'll take you up to call the fireman. He said. "let the ---- thing burn" I've had nothing but trouble this spring with that JD. He calmly watched as the tires became engulfed good then said let's go now. In retrospect, he was right, no way could we have gotten the FD there soon enough. He was a very good man and provider, but died way too young.
The older cousin was like her M and D, real big heart. Had 3 K's. The one Boy was into auto reclamation business after dark. My FIL was a 4-H leader for many years and once took the club to visit the County Jail, and remarked he sure hoped Gary didn't recognise him. Don't know where he is today, all I know is the GLBH hopes he doesn't look her up.
Another girl was married to what I'll call the "mountain man", always dressed in CarHart coveralls, winter and summer, using a cane. They lived about 5 miles from us so would see them at school events and up town. I always spoke but for some reason GLBH was always looking the other way. Their farmett looked just like their G an G's, they would have been soo proud. they had a few added things like hand made signs along road and up their driveway like "If you step on this property you will be shot" , this was one of the nicer ones.
My # 2 S is a landscaper and did a job directly across from them. This elderly couple moved out from Chicago to get away from the gangs and guns. First night they were there was out side after dark doing some last minute unpacking when he heard gun shots ringing over the house, thought the gang had followed him out here, called the cops, went to see "mountain man" and was told their garage light was too bright and shinning on them, this is a distance of over 700 ft. Cops said they had been called their many times. They finally moved out of the area and have not been able to find out where the are, I'm sure the GLBH will want to go visit "family". My BIL always reminds me you can pick your friends but you have to tolerate your relatives!
A few years ago I did see "mountain man" in town without his cane. A neighbor said he finally got his insurance settlement from a work related incident.
Every time I mention some of her fascinating relatives my GLBH reminds me all mine are in the nut house! Now that's not completely true, just one was and besides today we would call it Alzheimer's. She's soo hard to get ahead of.
All for tonight, Part #2 another time.
Skeeter

  
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PICKIE98 1/31/2010 1:32PM

    I think we are related.. your family sounds like royalty compared to mine,, nobody believes MY stories..
You and your dear wife are blessed to get each other, instead of your siblings,eh??
Rural relatives...

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ANNE403 1/14/2010 8:26AM

    What funny story & as always you do a great job! I love the humor you make in every thing you do or say! As always your Sis is very proud of you. Love you & Keep up with the stories! Anne emoticon

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BIRDRIPLEY 1/12/2010 8:32PM

    skeeter, what an awesome story teller you are. I felt like I was right there when the tractor burned and the shed lit up, etc.... emoticon

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LITTLEBILLY1 1/12/2010 5:03PM

  Wow! I thought my relatives were nuts - your may beat them out but I have friends who are nutter than ours put together.

Have a blessed day and thanks for the BLOG. Look forward to Part II.

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CARISSA81 1/12/2010 9:37AM

    Lol - you have to see the humor or these people will drive you nuts, haha. I'm not married, but my bf and I live together, so I see his fam all the time. If I get frustrated by them, I think, If this were on a sitcom, would I be laughing? Answer is usually yes, so I laugh.

It's great you're writing this stuff down though! It's very interesting to read. Guess that makes me nosey!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/12/2010 12:36AM

    Your stories are great.

Guns are pretty common around here too. We had the principal of one of the local schools get into trouble a few years back for shooting a squirrel that was damaging a light on school grounds. Country living is different from city living. It was a city person who turned him in. No one else thought a thing of it.

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ARMATTHAEI 1/12/2010 12:36AM

    Skeeter, be happy that those are your in-laws. My Dad has the family farm, and most of the tractors there are ones that his Dad (Grandpa) used. The water in from the tap is not drinkable, so water has to be carried into the house by bucket for drinking & cooking purposes. The toilet works when it wants to; thank God the outhouse hasn't fallen down, yet. Oh and I have lost track of the # of undrivable trucks, cars, & tractors on the farm, for spare parts.

My sister in her mid-20's lives @ home with my parents & even though she has a 40+ hour/week job in a town near-by as a vet tech, she spends a lot of time helping Dad take care of the animals & crops. Mom, bless her soul, creates tasty dishes from just about any combination of leftovers, the vegies & fruits that are in season, and simple ingredients, aka-the "scratch," that I haven't been able to find in any store since I left home.

Although I can't say much better for myself when I lived out on the farm. When the guys would ask me for a date, in junior high, I'd tell them that if the dog let them get to the house, Dad would meet them with a shot gun.

Well some of those same guys' truck broke down near our farm, several years later, while we were in high school. Dad & my brother saw them walking across the pasture and picked them up. They, the boys, were cutting across the pasture and a field to take a "short cut" to our house to call for help. Dad told them that would probably not be that short of a route, as they would have to cross or go around at least 3 sloughs.

Dad gave them a ride back to the farm, where they heard the dog barking fiercely. My brother told them to stay on the tractor until the dog got chained up or he-dog would probably attack them. Anyway one of their fathers came out to help them fix their truck. They found out that my Dad was a teddy bear, but the dog was more like a mother grizzly protecting her cubs. (The thing is when they asked me about dating, we had a dog that would love on anyone, but I think Dad would have throw a fit about me being too young to date.)

Amanda

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/12/2010 12:07AM

    emoticon emoticonWhat a night time story! I could sit here and read you tales all night! emoticonLove it! Are you sure you don't write for the locals up there? you really should! I sat here and busted out laughing!

Thanks my friend! A Great ending to a Great day!

Have a wonderful night and a better tomorrow!

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A Story that should be told!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Beautiful day outside here in Northern Ill. 33 degrees, some sun and slight wind. Brings my failing memory back to Christmas's years ago. Times sure have changed, as a kid we sometimes got a homemade gift from family members plus an orange from school teacher. One year I did receive a brand new bicycle, I was the after thought of the family {baby} whereas my older sister Ann403 and brother never got one, they always liked me better. emoticon. We went to Grandma and Grandpa B. S. Warner for New Years Day for Christmas and have oyster soup which I never did learn to like. Looked forward to their gift cause by our standards was very nice, like a new shirt or scarf.
Some have asked me where I got the name Skeeter, was given to me by my Grandpa Bertie Steen Warner. As a young kid would follow him around like a little puppy and always ask him questions, He would say "you pester me just like a mosquito" so eventully shorten it to Skeeter. The name has stuck throuout my life. I have been told by my relatives I most resemble my Grandpa B.S., that gets me to the story of his name. He was born in the late 1800's when it was popular to name you after your mothers maiden name, hence the reason for Steen. I never knew for sure but guessing they gave him Bertie to give him caractor. When born was somewhat small, and might have thought he would need to learn how to be "tuff" if teased about his initials. It did teach him not to take himself serious and have a great sense of humor. All his close friends called him B.S. and I have in my possion his many checks that he signed BS Warner. I could tell many stories but time is limited to one. He invited the neighbors over for a Sunday duck dinner, while eating the neighbor remarked how good the meal was wondered out load where he got the duck, knowing they didn't raise any. B. S. answered I stole it from you Jake. Those were the good ole days.
Hope everyone enjoys their Christmas as much as I always do. Merry Christmas to all and have a very Happy New Year.
The Skeeter

  
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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/10/2010 3:26PM

    emoticonSkeeter! I loved this! It brought back so many memories! I do love oyster stew though! I do remember the best Christmas presents were the ones Mama made and the handcrafted things I got from my Dad! Even at Easter I remember him bringing me home easter biddies (live ones) home from the railroad in his lunch box! Oh how my Mama would fuss!

Have a Great Day my Friend!

Barbara

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DOLLIE6 1/8/2010 2:52PM

    I sure enjoyed reading your blogs. Please write more.


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GRAMMACATHY 1/7/2010 10:42PM

    You have the greatest Blogs. Thanks for sharing. My Mom talked about riding in a horse drawn sleigh in North Dakota to her parents friends house. The kids sat in the bottom all wrapped up in a buffalo hide. When they got to the party, the friend had a parrott that only knew how to cuss. Very memorable.

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LEVITE_PRINCESS 1/2/2010 7:08PM

    Omg...I don't know what oyster stew is but your story is great. I was never around my grandpa much growing up and my dad is another whole story. Tell me another one! And tell your pretty wife I said hello.

~Princess~

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SDEHNKE 12/19/2009 3:22PM

    My mother talks of the years that they got an apple and an orange for Christmas and one year they were very prosperous and got a wagon to split between all 3 of the kids. One year was especially lean and my grandma and grandpa didn't have any money for presents. My mother said that grandpa got the bright idea to take his shotgun out and shoot it up in the air. He told the kids that he'd just shot Santy Claus and there wasn't going to be any Christmas. Needless to say, that ruined everybodies Christmas!

Tell us more stories when you have the time, please!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Skeeter.

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PROVERBS4MOM 12/18/2009 9:36AM

    This reminds me of stories of my Grandaddy! I miss him so. Thank you for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

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ELLENIRENE 12/18/2009 7:39AM

    We always had to go to my oldest brother's for oyster stew Christmas Eve. He's 20 yrs older than me so I was just a younin' but I didn't like oyster stew either.
I like stories like yours--I could listen all day!
Merry Christmas

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ANNE403 12/18/2009 7:09AM

    Brother sure glad I read your recent blog (very good) & I remember the oyster stew Grandma W. made. I always ate it with out the oysters & I liked that. THOSE WERE THE DAYS! As us old timers say! We had so many GOOD TIMES at Grandma & Grandpa Warner's! I always felt I was a favorite of Grandpa's as the first grandchild of our Dad's family. Grandpa W. was my favorite. Grandma was so quiet but Mothers parents were even MORe sO! Well enough of that but we have wonderful memories & happy times. Seems holidays bring a lot of the memories back. Love you Sis (Anne)
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1WALKINGMAN 12/17/2009 6:43PM

    emoticonfor sharing those stories. I had wondered how you got the nick name "Skeeter". emoticon

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*EARLENE* 12/17/2009 4:24PM

    Yep, those were the GOOD OLE DAYS!
When I was a kid, we were happy as dickens for what Santa brought us. It wasn't much - but I can't ever remember being disappointed on Christmas morning.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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LASHERTHECAT 12/17/2009 3:53PM

    Wonderful memories... thanks for sharing them.

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year

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Time is not on my side?

Sunday, December 06, 2009

This has been a fall to remember, never in my 52 years of farming have I been so late with the harvest. Most of the country was in the same shape. The year starts out two weeks delay in planting because of too much rain then followed with much less heat units for the summer meaning not hot enough, Al, how do you explain that. Oh that's right, we discovered from all those hacked emails they were cooking the scientific? evidence. Any farmer could have told them the weather has not been trending hotter.
Have two drying bins, in a normal year they work O.K. in drying corn down to 15% moisture. That's when you start at 25% not 30. We averaged about 1000 bu. a day, when when you have over 50,000 bu. to dry you can see what's taking soo long. With all the delays with the dryer have had very few breakdowns. Was down about 3 hours with the combine so very fortunate. Have been babying a big wagon tire for several years, usually just go from field to bin but because if the slow drying would take wagons to town to try to get something done sooner, thought it too dangerous on the road. kept losing air and had several cuts on sidewall, just awaitin to blow with a big load of corn on. One of my many days waiting on the dryer decided to "bite the bullet" and buy a new one before it blew. Called my favorite farm tire store and he informed me he doesn't keep them in stock because of the price, that was my first clew. Called another store, who I found out later has over1.6 Million of tires in stock, and yes he had 8, 4 0f one brand for $421.00 each and 4 of another for $620.00. I asked which were made in America, was willing to pay an extra 200 for American made. They both were. So asked whats the difference for the extra 200, he said that one would last longer. I told him I was 71 years old so why buy the Cadillac, he said I'd buy the cheap one! Time is not on my side? Life can sure be fun!
Finally finished harvest this A. M. 12-06-2009. Have been writing this from the combine while waiting for the last truck to get the load from my grain cart. Going to miss this fine machine that has been such a big part of me this last two month's. As I used to tell my kid's, just get over it.
Now bring on the birth of Christ.
Merry Christmas to all!
Time will never run out only if you let it!
Life is so good to me!
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LEVITE_PRINCESS 1/2/2010 7:13PM

    My hubby would have a good time listening to you. He is from Illinois too!

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LRB605 12/9/2009 8:06AM

    Hello Skeeter....I really enjoyed your blog. I am from the west side of the state and a city boy ..a teacher at that. Your view of things is great! It is so hard to find things that America has made. I know they are there but they are hard to find. Hopefully you will have some time to relax...I know that even in the winter there are things to do. Hopefully this next year will be a little more kind to farmers and ranchers! We need you guys. Maybe those climate guys ought to have their conference here in SD..I think they would change their mind about global warming!
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LASHERTHECAT 12/7/2009 9:14AM

    Thanks for letting me see a view of life that I will never experience... I'm from NOrthern Ontario, Canada and I live in a former mining community. There's a little bit of farming down the road in the Mennonite community, but nothing like you are talking about... Also, thanks for your positive outlook!

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MNABOY 12/7/2009 7:59AM

    In east AR it is the same, late getting in because of rain, late getting out because of rain. Sweet potatoes are a revived crop here, government gave money to build a marketing center, and they are rotting . Didn't have to spend as much on irrigation this year.

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1WALKINGMAN 12/6/2009 10:01PM

    Hey Skeeter! I am guessing that your ground was frozen because it is here in KY. I love farmers and I love to do farm work. My wifes family farms @ 800 acres of wheat, corn, soy beans and tobaccco. They raised hogs until the mid 70's. When I came around I was offered the opportunity to be a part of the opperation but I did not have the faith that I thought it would take to be a professional farmer. All of that being said, I do know that any thing worked for is better enjoyed than anything that comes easily. Congrats on finishing the harvest. Spring will be here before you know it, but for now enjoy the Christmas season. Take care. Neal emoticon

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The Thanksgiving Blessings.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I couldn't let this day go by without taking notice of all the blessings bestowed upon myself and family. Each year older reminds me of how grateful one should be. I lived across from a neighbor for over 20 years who always said "if it's not your wife or your life, don't worry about it". Are there some things I wish were different, you bet, can I change them right now or are out of my control? I try to concentrate on the positive, which are so many. Not in any particular order are Health for all our family. Bountiful harvest. Loving family. Many encouraging Spark friends, are just a few. My wish for you this Thanksgiving day is let the Lord Bless You and Keep You!
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Skeeter

  
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DUMBELLE 11/26/2009 10:07AM

    May the Lord bless you and your family this Thanksgiving. God is good!

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SDEHNKE 11/26/2009 9:57AM

    Have a Happy and Blessed day.

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