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When you are a bear of very little brain, and you think of things, you find sometimes that a thing which seemed very thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
A.A. Milne

Good morning, everything went well at work yesterday. I have errors to do today, but it feels so relaxing to have a couple days off. Some how days off feel better after a long week.


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"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
– Isak Dinesen

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MaryAlice, many years ago I was working at a car dealership as the comptroller. The body shop manager asked me if I would straighten out his personal bank account while I was eating lunch. No problem. Right! He never balanced his account and was running into problems. The bank usually charged $30 to go over his records and fix things. (This was 30 yrs ago or more) They gave up after 1 week on just one month. He gave me 3 mos. to take back to a write off balance. Every month there would be several entries that said (I F--ed Up!!) I got it to $10 to write off though it probably was 10,000. each way off. I have never seen such cussing in a check book in my life. Made him bring it to me monthly thereafter with no cuss words allowed. And told him he must open a savings account. He had over 11,000. in checking not getting interest which actually was a lot back then. emoticon
Autistic children usually do very well with pets. Pets seem to understand them and love unconditionally.

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"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
– Aldous Huxley

Good Afternoon. I've been a bookkeeper for 30 years, I've seen just about everything, but today took the cake. I've been working on accounts that needed major clean up because the people didn't know the difference between income and expense. Today all my accounts were pretty boring, they were all right till I got to the last one. All I have to say is he didn't do anything stupid. Anything he didn't know what to do with he put in an account called Ask My Accountant. I have never seen that account before. At least I know where the problems are.

There is an autistic child that lives down the street. There is a big fence around his property. Every time I have walked the dogs for the last 5 years the boy has run to the fence and stuck his hand though to pet the dog. Last night, his father was opening the gate while the family got in the car. The boy saw Mutt and took off running right into the street. I took Mutt to his side of the street, the father was yelling for the boy, the boy had both arms wrapped around Mutt, squeezing him something fierce, Mutt's tail was going 90 miles an hour. I told the boy Mutt would walk him to the car. Mutt walked very nicely to the car. The boy held Mutt's collar, his eyes as big as dinner plates and a smile that went ear to ear. The father just stood there shaking his head. I'm not sure what surprised him most, that the dog would let the boy treat him that way, the dog would walk the boy to the car, or that in less then a min I had gotten the boy back to the car with no yelling or fighting.

When it is icy out Momma uses Daddies 4 footed cane. She doesn't normally use a cane, but this year she has used it quite often.


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Linda- be careful on the ice. It happens so quickly. I have also slipped.

Yesterday, I found a Valentine Greeting Card that was sent to my mother. It had at the top : "To the one I love and lost." It was signed Joe. I have no idea who Joe was and my son just laughted to find his grandmother had a card like that. They loved their grandmother as she was so much fun.

Lots to find when doing the family tree.

Have a goor tracking day.
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2/25/15 8:42 P

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
--John Quincy Adams (sixth President of the United States)

It was raining this morning, so no walk. instead I got a running video of running in Argentina. I was riding my stationary bike watching a video of running across a glacier. I don't know who's bright idea it was to run across the glacier at 4 miles an hour, it looked pretty stupid to me, Now when they were running along Glacier Bay, that was oh so pretty, I wished they would slow down to a walk.

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2/24/15 2:16 P

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Family tree maker has a chart I used once. The only thing is you have to tape all the pages together. I gave a pencil to everyone and asked them to correct. Add or just leave a message. Some changes where out there and I just noted them,many where helpful

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I found a cousin on my fathers side but do not know how to link her tree to mine or even how to find her tree. She says it's there. My Ancestry is due to lapse feb 28 so I must get busy. I talked to her for over an hour yesterday. She knew my father more than I did. emoticon

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We are hosing a family reunion this spring, I hope it all goes well. The last reunion was over 10 years ago. I would like to make a large wall chart to add everyone's names to it. Any suggestions on this? Or suggestions for things to do? We will play some kind of games. We will also have a it fire for roasting smores over and some singing around the fire, but that will be after dark. We will be staring at 2pm -???

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"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
– William C. Durant

Good Morning, I'm going in an hour late this morning because yesterday was, well lets just say we all high fives each other for getting though the day and my boss said that because of the stress and not getting our breaks we should take an hour comp time this morning.

I've had Family tree maker since before the internet. Since we were one of the ones that didn't get the internet for a good long time. I never updated, didn't see any reason. When We had the internet and I got on Ancestry, They said they couldn't talk to my FTM so I up graded. Now I up grade every time Ancestry says they can't talk to family tree maker. Normally about every 3-5 years. I have Family Tree Maker on the PC and it is windows 7. Windows 7 is the bottom of the list of systems Ancestry can talk to, so I'll properly have to brake down and get FTM for the Mac soon. I'm not getting another PC.

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Hello all,

I am still cleaning our boxes of papers. I think I will get them sorted and then do more scanning of photos. I am glad I am pretty organized which helps.

I need to get a new Family Tree Maker.
How often should one update?

Take care.
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2/22/15 10:58 A

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"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."
– Grandma Moses

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MaryAlice, love the quote re: hate.

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Hate is like fire; it burns those who hold it.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
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"Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is.… It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best."
– Sir Laurence Olivier

Good afternoon, A beautiful day. It was frosty this morning, now I'm in a tee shirt with the windows open. The weather person says to enjoy this weather. Winter will be back on monday

I only worked 4 yours today. This might be the last week I have short days. Right now they have to pay the temp agency, they want to by out my contract and make me an employee. Then I can work 20 hours a week for the payroll company and 20 hours a week for the bookkeeping company. In case you are wondering why I am hit and miss getting on, I have 3 monitors connected to two computers on my desk. Sometimes when i get home the last thing I want to see is a computer.

I treasure everyday with DH, he is 11 years older then I am, has already passed the age most of his family passed and is 20 years passed when the DR said he would pass on.

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Mary Alice- They took skin cancer off the top of my head the day before I lost my husband. It still has a scab but it is getting better.

Nice that he worries about the chores. Treasure those times.

Sandy- That is new to me. Thanks.
mnleona@aol.com

Yesterday, I emailed some pictures of my family to a cousin. I hope he can identify some of the people I do not know. The scanner my son bought for me lets me email.

Still going through old photos.

have a good day.
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"He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality."
– Anwar al-Sadat

Good evening.yesterday I walked the dogs in a tee shirt. At 5 this morning we had the days high now I need a jacket, the wind is blowing and I'l have to go between showers.

A week ago DH went to the Dr because he had a sore on his hand that wasn't healing. The Dr did a biopsy. Today he went back to see the Dr. It was stage 1 skin cancer, and the Dr cut a good size piece out of his hand. I came home from work and the poor man was all upset. I told him look it was stage 1, the DR cut it out, it's gone. He looked at me and said, "I know, but he said I couldn't use my hand or get it wet for 24 hours so now you have to do the dishes tonight and fix breakfast in the morning." DH is retired, I'm not and he does everything he can so I don't have 2 jobs, but give me a break. I think I can load the dishwasher tonight and fix breakfast in the morning.

All i have gotten done lately is little odds and ends. Lots of research, but not nothing to show for it. DS has some digestion problems. The Meds they have him on make him more likely to get cancer. My genealogy came in handy when the DR asked about family history. The good news is that all the cancer in our family is sporadic, no gene. No loaded gun for the meds to pull the trigger.

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Hi Everyone! I have gotten sooooo much genealogy done lately. I just received the new GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL GROUPS/PAGES ON FACEBOOK (in English)
This list does not promote for-profit businesses. It is too long (124 pages) to post in the group, but if anyone sends me their email address, I will be happy to forward the list to them.

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"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
– Winston Churchill

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day. I called Mom this morning to wish her a happy Valentine's Day. She isn't doing to well. Mom went for a 3 mile walk on an old runway. She was a mile and half in and turning around when the weather changed. She was walking into a bright sun with 20 mile an hour winds. Mom says she got home and her face was burnt. She doesn't know if it is wind burn or sun burn or a combination, but it doesn't feel good and looks worse. Mom says she is lathering moisturizers on several times a day and this is making the hair around her face very oily. She says she will be a sight for church tomorrow. She is the minister so no hiding, she will be front and center.

Not my genealogy, but the office I'm in is really the offices of 4 companies and is known as the strong woman office. 3 of the companies are well established companies that are doing good business and growing fast. All the companies are owned by woman. One of the companies is The Faith Based Business Ministries. The lady that runs it can follow her genealogy back to 3 people that signed the Declaration of Independence. Her faith is the faith of her ancestors and the premise of her business is to teach business based on the constitution and the real religion of our founding fathers.

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"Never let life's hardships disturb you…no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages."
– Nichiren Daishonin

Evening, Well I made it though Friday the 13th. Everything that could go wrong did. well everything at work has been going wrong Friday the 13th wasn't any different. I guess thy could have gotten a payroll program that was less user friendly, but it would be a stretch. I went in this morning with 2 simple things that needed to be done and left with 3 big things that had me totally stumped. I felt bad about it at first till my boss called the company and they told her if she wanted to do that she needed to, 3 pages of instructions later we could try and fix the problem. There just weren't enough hours in the day.

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"Discontent is the first step in progress. No one knows what is in him till he tries, and many would never try if they were not forced to."
– Basil Maturin

Good afternoon, well work isn't doing very good at keeping me at 20 hours a week. I got 31 last week and am at 20 right now and will be going in for 8 tomorrow. I'm not complaining just saying.

I got an e mail the Church of Latter day Saints is having an series on beginning genealogy. I'll have to look and see if I can find the e mail. I just remember that it wasn't a regular channel. it might have been their channel. I can only get the 3 major channels and one of them doesn't come in very good, so I didn't pay much attention to the e mail.

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I had to make my potato salad and measured everything. I usually just do this and that. My mother added relish (a Texas thing) but my husband did not care for it (a Minnesota thing) so I left it out of mine.
I made a copy of the recipe so now the kids can make it when I am gone.

Today I plan to only work a short time on the boxes. It gets overwhelming.

I was watching Genealogy on PBS at 3 AM (CST) this morning. I do not watch PBS and just happened to see it. Interesting and I will look for it again.

Have a good day.
Leona

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"Don't let other people tell you what you want."
– Pat Riley

Good morning, A very foggy morning, but then that is normal. Mutt and I have gone from our morning walk. Yesterday I wore a tee shirt to walk the dogs, today I wore a hoody. Now to do laundry and walk the Duke.

I know it has been hit and miss as to weather or not I'm here. I haven't gotten into a good routine since I started back to work. I'm not working the same everyday, I don't know day to day what I'm working the next day and sometimes i go in thinking I'm working 4 hours and work 8. But this is because this is a start up company and they are trying to keep cost down till they have paying customers and it is taking more time than they thought to get the software up and running. I hunk I'm off the next 2 days, going back Friday and then off for the weekend.

I don't know that any of the family recipes are written down. We find recipes, and change them to what we like and what we have, so it might never be made the same way twice. That's how i was was fought to cook and that is how my mom was fought to cook.

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Today, I am going through old family recipes. I have a binder for each of our kids so they can have them emoticon
Leona

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"The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you."
– Brendan Behan

Good morning, We had a foggy start, but a beautiful day now. I took it easy yesterday. I did my exercise time, but just walked. No bike, stairs or rowing Mutt and I walked before breakfast this morning and I did 15 min on the bike, I'll walk Duke in a few and Mutt again after dark, but not pushing today. It would be so nice to walk the two together, but neither will walk on my left because of my staff and they both want to walk beside me. Two big dogs pushing each other out of the way don't make for a very nice walk. Yes my dogs walk beside me, never ahead of me.

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Peaceful be heaven, peaceful the earth, peaceful the broad space between. Peaceful for us be the running waters, peaceful the plants and herbs! Peaceful to us be the signs of the future, peaceful what is done and undone, peaceful to us be what is and what will be. May all to us be gracious!

-Atharva Veda 19.9

Good Morning, I worked 12 hours yesterday and didn't get home till after I'm normally in bed. I spent the day sitting at a desk so why does my body feel like I was beat up? Well when i had a break, lunch and before work i did do the stairs, 26 flights all together, but I have been doing the stairs and my legs aren't what is bothering me.

It was 38 when i took Mutt for his morning walk. We are going for the high 60's maybe 70.

It has been awhile since I had anyone on ancestry contact me. The one they like to contact me about is where a son was born 10 years after his father's death certificate says he died. But according to his wive's bible, he went hunting with friends and his friends came home and said they were attacked by indians. They didn't know where his body was. According to his journal, he left the hunting party and went to The Montana Territory to start a new life. Guess that was his way of getting a divorce when divorces were illegal.

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I was going through some boxes yesterday and found an old email copy I had. I tried to email them way back when and it did not work and did not work again yesterday. I looked on ancestry and found another one and he contacted me. They are on my husband's side Lately I have found 3 new contacts.
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Hello all,

Mary Alice-glad you like your new job.day

Yesterday, I separated lots of pictures into envelopes. I will scan them later.

Today ia a little warmer and we may get some snow.

Leona


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"When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action, choose the bolder."
– William Joseph Slim

Goof afternoon, I yucky day, cold and damp, not even any sun t brighten things up.

My job is entrusting, never a dull moment. I spend quite a bit of time with ok now we need to do this, but how. It is new soft wear and no one knows. I just try things till something works. The office is on the 3rd floor of a 6 story building and the roads are suck that if I leave the house 65 min before I need to be there, I'm 30 min early. If I leave 60 min before I need to be there, I get there 5 min before I need to be there. Well it isn't the roads so much as school busses and school zones. So I leave 65 min before I need to be there and spend 30 min going up and down stairs. Well not so much yesterday because my calfs hurt so bad. I had been concerned about the dress code. Well it looks like most of the office wears black slacks, bright blouses in bold prints and a couple strings of beads. well black slacks i have plenty of, most of my blouses are solid colors, and i don't have many strings of beads, but I think I'll be fine.

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Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.
--Mike Ditka

Good morning, Mutt and I didn't get our walk this morning. It was raining just hard enough I wasn't walking in 40 degree weather. I did do 30 min on the stationary bike. I'm leaving a little early for work today. Yesterday I had 4 school busses, 2 school zones, and a train.

Just saw in the Today's show that a guy has been walking 25 miles to work, and 25 miles home again 5 days a week for 20 years. I'm not sure what he does besides walk.

emoticon on the award. The only thing I was ever recognized for, was when I was a child, Mom put me in a sailing class. We sailed little prams, but even so the sail and mast was quite a bit bigger then me. At that time when I was really concentrating on something I had my tongue sticking out. One day when I was wrapping my sail around the mast to put the boat up a reporter came by. The next morning there was a big picture of my with a sail and mast taller then i was with my tongue hanging out on the front page of our small town paper.

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Glad you were able to figure out the software.

I got a notice that I got an award on a picture I submitted to a web group I joined. I was looking at it and what it is is something that other members can give you. I had a like, following and 2 awards listed on it. One award was Peer awards and one was from a pro. I thought that was pretty nice. I haven't ever tried to get anything like that for my photography, but joined because of a friend whose pictures I was going to vote for.

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The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.
Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Helping the Girls with their Income Taxes"
US humorist & showman (1879 - 1935)

Good afternoon, I'm back from work. I'll only be working 20 hours a week this week and maybe next. I spent the morning reading software books and comparing it to the computer. She had installed new software and no one had had time to look at it. It took about an hour, but I got her the report she needed the most and figured out how to get the rest.

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"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
– Nathaniel Hawthorne

Good morning, I woke to another fog adverse today. Mutt and I took our morning walk in the fog. Tat kind of limits where we go since I don't want to be on the main road. For 3 days Mutt and I have gotten 6,000 steps before breakfast, except DH says Mutt got 12,000, he has 4 feet. I might have to lower my step goal a little but looks like I'm ready for work.

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"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
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Good morning, I'm doing better today. The temp agency called and reminded my I start work on Monday, as if I could forget. My hair has settled down and is more waves then curls. Since I don't know the lunchroom setup, I went to the store and got things that don't need heated up that I can eat for lunch and snacks.

I've been getting up early and walking Mutt before breakfast to get back in the swing of things. This morning, the owls were calling each other and everyone in a while you would hear a rooster in the back ground. On the way back it was the other way around, mostly you hear the roosters and every once in awhile an owl would chime in. It was about 5 and Mutt had to water a mailbox so we got off the road. Mutt was done and we where just getting back on the road when the lady across the street shown the brightest light on us. Are you OK out there? Yes, just walking the dog. I know that I watch you walk by every morning, but I've never seen you stop before. I didn't know she had ever seen us, It must be 5 years since I've seen her, and Mutt does have his places to stop and this wasn't one of them, but when you need to water a mailbox, you need to water a mailbox. Good to know someone is watching me in the morning.

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Morning, Daddy passed 3 years ago Monday, I'm not sure why but I'm taking it harder his year. I want to get myself for my new job Monday, so I'm letting myself have this time and just going though the motions of everything else.

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Hello all,
I have not been on for awhile.
I lost my husband of almost 57 years on January 8 to acute leukemia. He was diagnosed on Dec 11 and was gone within weeks.
It has been hard and I am trying to go on.
Our son bought me a scanner for photos before my husband was diagnosed and so I have been scanning photos. I am doing it at our son's sheet metal shop in an office. The other day I found a family photo and almost walked into their office to ask a question. but he is not here.
I am trying to get them done so the family knows who is who.
When my husband was sick, I looked on ancestry and found 2 people had tried to contact me on the ancestry message board.
One was the grandson of my real father. I now know my great grandmother was 100% Native American. I knew there was some in me. I am contacting him as soon as I can get more info together.
Ann- so sorry to hear of the injuries.
Mary Alice-glad you got the job.

Have a good day.
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It was nice of you to try to donate to the places that make wigs for cancer patients. I have gone to one place here that donates the wigs and have heard of another one now (second one way north and I don't know if they are continuous). That is sure helpful for people who have no money to get new ones.


We have had such nice, warm weather this week. Tuesday I heard it got to close to 76. Yesterday was in the 60s, I think. Today it is supposed to get to a high of 76 and by tomorrow night I think it is supposed to start snowing some. Great. I want to go downtown to a class on Saturday and it will be cold and snowing. The class is on on researching genealogy in Missouri where my Dad's family is from. Mom's was from Illinois until her family moved. I don't know if they went to Wisconsin first or Missouri, then Wisconsin and back to Missouri. I did find where my ggrandfather was naturalized in Wisconsin. Anyway, since I haven't been able to find much out I think that the class might be helpful. Hope Cassie and Orzo don't mind too much if I take extra time down there to go back into the library collection to look things up or take time with the Librarian to figure out the computer system. I used the computer at one of the branches and got to the ancestry site, but I couldn't find much of anything out even through there. I did see information on my Dad's entrance into service. I could not find out any other information when I was on there and I couldn't get to my tree to recheck what I had or get to the hints that it won't let me see from home since I can't pay for a subscription. I did find one thing that said my ggrandfather was living with someone of a different name when he was 10, but couldn't find anything else (his name was spelled wrong there, so I got that spelling down, too). So I definitely want to get to this class.

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Good morning. It is very foggy here, but we will have another nice day. Tomorrow another cold front moves in, well not so much cold, just taking us back to normal this time of the year.

Yesterday I went on a job interview. I was worried about it. Not so much about the requirements, but the dress code. Full suit, heels, stockings only jewelry, pearls and stud earrings. Light makeup, no perfume. Well, I wore a full suit, I have never worn heels, makeup or perfume. It turned out they had asked for very professional dress. Their idea of very professional dress and the temp co's idea of very professional dress for a bookkeeping office are too different ideas. They wanted business caesural, more towards the business end. In other words they wanted me to look like I would normally dress to work in an office. Anyway I got the job, I start Monday. It is further out then I wanted, but I wasn't finding anything close.

I looked up 3 more groups that made wigs for cancer patients, non of them wanted white hair Even the one that made wigs for people over 40 didn't want white hair, but they said they would take hair with less then 50% gray. And here I thought they just wanted hair, but they all say they don't die the hair and there is no call for white hair.

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"The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter."
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Good morning, Mutt and I got an early walk then i went and had 14 inches of my hair cut.

I had planned on sending it to lucks of love and discovered they didn't want white hair, they only made wigs for children and they didn't color the hair. Someone told me there was a group that was like Locks for Love but made wigs of people over 40. I'll Have to find out about them.

My hair isn't cut quite like I wanted, but then the lady cutting it couldn't cut it like I wanted. When I was little I had a head of curls, Then the curls fell out till beauticians said it was hard to believe I ever had curls, my hair was so straight. When this lady too the first cut, she said I didn't tell her my hair was so wavy, it bounced up shorter then she expected. Well now it is the length I asked for, except it is wavy, so if you pull it out it is about 2 inches longer then I wanted. Oh well looks like my curls want to make a comeback and it is growing on me.


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"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
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Good morning, DH is walking around singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood". Mutt and I are getting ready for our walk and enjoy the sun.

On the Todays show they asked that we send in pictures of the weather in our neck of the woods. I would tweet them a picture of me wearing a tee shirt walking the dog, but this grandma doesn't know how to tweet. DGS got me on FB, I almost learned it and decided it was a waist of time. I guess they serve a purpose but I don't know what it is.

As you can tell. a niece found a picture book that we wrought had been lost in an accident.

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Good afternoon. Another beautiful day. I called my temp agencies today. One I got the normal we will call you if we gat anything, the other had some jobs in a hospital I would love to work in a hospital, just not one making $10 an hour 75 miles away.


Ann, vent away, I'm sorry for all the accidents in your family

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Hey Gang, just needed to vent. This past week has been insane. Last Sunday morning my 90-yr old mother fell on ice. My brother took her to the local hospital, and they sent her into Philadelphia. She has a skull fracture and she had some bleeding in her brain. We went through a day or two of absolute terror, and then a day or two of being only somewhat less frightened, once they told us that she wasn't bleeding anymore but we were seeing some serious cognitive issues. By Friday she was well enough - and coming back cognitively - to transfer her from the hospital in Philadelphia to a rehab hospital that is closer to her home. They evaluated Saturday and I don't really have a solid idea of what they decided out of that yet. To add to the general freak out, my sister and I put off driving up from Virginia once we knew she wasn't in immediate danger because we just would have been in the way and now winter is hitting, so at this point it may be Wednesday before we can make the drive. Oh, and her 95 yr old sister fell on the 3rd (her birthday, no less) and broke her arm and her 93 yr old sister fell about that time and fractured a patella. The middle on is getting off pretty easy - exercises for now, maybe some pt down the road. The eldest has a big honking cast on her arm, and if all goes well my mom should spend 3-4 weeks in the rehab hospital and we're not sure that she's going to be able to go home to her 3-story 200+ yr old house when she is discharged. This is the first day in a week I haven't talked to my brother at least once, I've talked to one sister every day, and I've exchanged emails with the other sister most days. I've also spoken to the eldest sister 1/2 dozen times, emailed all of my cousins on that side a couple of times, contacted the Quaker Meeting my mother belongs to to let them know what was going on, and posted on Facebook at least once a day so that assorted family members and former neighbors would know what was happening. Thanks, I just needed to vent some stress. I've gotten a couple of walks in, a few errands, and otherwise I've spent a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring...

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Good afternoon, I had big plans for today since the weather is so nice. I got up early, washed cloths and hung the laundry on the line, then life got in the way. Mutt didn't want his carrot last night. I had left it in his crate. When I let him out of his crate, he emptied his water bowl and when I let him outside, instead of going and doing his doggy thing, he tried to empty the galvanized tub the boys use outside. He eat breakfast but slowly, then nibbled on his carrot from last night. The stupid dog has garbage gut again. Then I started a book, I told myself i would read one chapter, They must have skipped chapter heading because when i got to the end on the chapter, I was on chapter 13 and it was time to fix lunch. I read during lunch and figured then I would take Mutt for his walk. When DH came home and asked about Mutt and if I had a good book I looked down and realized i was 98% through the book and it was 2P. I finished the book and Mutt got a 3 mile walk.

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I did get to look at the 1860 census where I found my ggrandfather under the different spelling. It showed him living with a family with a different name at age 10 and I was wondering if they had the indentured servants at that time. Only thing was that he was going to school according to the census. I couldn't see anything that showed he was a servant to the family. My guess is after the next class I will see what I can do at the main library with help from the genealogy librarian on the computer and maybe looking for some books they may have there.

Things are getting busier for the next two months. Today was the sign up for the Passion Play. Practice is Thursdays and Fridays and the play will run from Palm Sunday through the day before Easter. My friend is going to audition to sing the song she did last year and has the words for all the songs which she will give me copies of because I like to sing the songs, too, but I don't know all the words. Of course, I don't know the tune, either.

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He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), The Fad of the Fisherman (1922)

So I don't have any worries. Nobody ever accused me of being methodical!
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Morning 40 and rainy today. There was a break in the rain and Mutt and I got a 30 min walk. My shoulder is doing much better and I'm using it quite a bit just not to it's full extent. I have just enough discomfort that I remember no to over do it.

There are so many free genealogy sites, well free till you try to use the hints or see other peoples trees. Maybe it is because I have used Ancestry so long, but I have problems navigating the other sites and I'm sure as heck aren't going to change if they won't let me see what i would paying money for.

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I tried using the library version of ancestry today and I just can't figure it out. I did find a couple more spellings for Heisenstein, but was trying to find what I had put on my tree and it didn't link to my name anywhere. I just couldn't figure out how to get to it at all so I couldn't try looking at the hints that it said I had when I tried to find it the other day from home (I actually could get to the tree without the subscription, but not to the hints). I also tried to look for my dad and couldn't pull him up. I had to leave for the craft class, so wasn't able to look much for anyone else. I guess I will have to go downtown to get with someone who can help me one on one to figure out how to do anything with it.

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Fancyqtr, I have to replace the toys every so often too. CM can turn them on at night sometimes and hits the run button instead of the timed button. Only buy when on sale, too expensive for me otherwise.
I know what you are talking about , the site refers you to $$ site whenever you find something interesting.
The Indian problem is that they refer to Native Am. as black when you go back to 1800's. Would not care if it was the truth, but not a fact. I had seen pics of great Grandmother smoking a pipe in front of dwelling. The pic destroyed by my aunt for some reason. She wasn't happy being part Indian. The docs say colored not Indian. But this site takes "colored" as being black always. I have not tried the $$ sites yet. Not working, too expensive for information not necessary. Good luck. emoticon

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Linda, the Native Americans is something that I would like to find out about, but I can't even figure out where it might be IF it is true that there is some in my ancestry. My grandmother told my Dad at one time that there was Mohawk back there somewhere, her sister told her daughter that they were part Cherokee. The Mohawk was supposed to be on my grandfather's side and the Cherokee would have been my grandmother's side. Going back on her mother's side I don't see anything, but her father's side I can't find anything about. I finally found out he was born in Missouri, was a farm laborer, and buried in Oklahoma, but that is all I can find. I don't think the census even showed where his parents were born, but I'm not sure anymore. I can't get any farther anywhere than what I have already found.

I have been using Family Search since I can't afford to pay the Ancestry subscription. Unfortunately, they have done a contract with Ancestry now and a lot of the stuff you still have to go to Ancestry to get the actual information and pay their subscription. If you are a member of the LDS church it is all free, but you have to go to one of their centers to get into Ancestry otherwise. I don't know if it is free to non LDS members at them. Our library has more internet stuff we can get to from any branch, but all the books are at the main library and are not available to check out so you have to go downtown for any of those. I have problems going very far from the house, so haven't gone to the main library to go through their books yet. Computer time is limited to 30 minutes, though, so researching on the internet is hard to get done. If I get out of here in time today I might try it, though.

Sometime I would like to get one of those battery operated toys for Orzo and one for Cassie, too, that gives treats if she hits the right thing. Cassie just doesn't play with anything, so I have tried to get her to learn by using a ball that I can put treats in. She will work on that a little bit. I'm not sure I can get to the point I can afford one of those, though.

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Chrisy Miss , my sweet little old lady cat, loves being on a crinkly bag with 2 or 3 twirling feather toys around her. It's the only way she would get exercise. She even sleeps under them while they twirl above her. I must buy batteries at Costco or I would be broke.
Found a site that really has free ancestor info. Thought it would be a good place to start. (Family Search). The old records were not very nice to Native Americans. But, that was life back then I guess.

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Sounds like Duke has a lot of fun playing by himself when you can't play with him. Here it is the cat that does that. I think cats will do that a lot, though, if they are cats that like to play. Orzo does. I have his blanket strip stuck in a bag on the closet door in the dining room (blanket hanging out) and he will run and grab that, roll with it, take it over by the kitchen, etc.

I was looking through Zinio at the Library last night and found a magazine on Military Genealogy. I haven't looked at it yet, but downloaded so I can. I don't think I had seen it on there before. You can keep the magazines you order from there (e-magazines) unlike when you borrow an e-book, which is the same amount of time that you borrow a regular book, so I have a bunch of magazines to read.

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Good morning, today it is windy and drizzly. I took Mutt for his walk, but my solder isn't up to Duke. Weather periling I'll go out back and play fetch with him.

DH said he was afraid of hurting my shoulder and slept in the guest room last night. I guess it was a good thing. I put the heating pad on one side of the bed and spent all night with my shoulder on the heating pad, then when I got too hot moving to the other side and back and forth. I can now tell you Duke doesn't sleep at night. He bounces that stupid ball off the wall.

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It's good that something told you not to go out walking last night if those guys were racing with no lights. How stupid can they be?

Hope your arm and shoulder feel better soon. I am hurting all over, but not from injury. I am just hurting from spending the entire day at the Stock Show yesterday. I sat down twice while there -- once for just a couple minutes not long after I got there and once when I ate lunch. I have been getting up and down and did a little (very little) cleaning, but it's hard to get up and down.

We have been having quite a bit of snow today and tomorrow is supposed to be cold at least in the morning, so I have been staying in. Even Cassie doesn't want to be outside. After the snow is melted I might go to the library and use their computer to see what I can find on the genealogy. Tomorrow is a craft class at one, so maybe I will go early to try to find some. There is a subscription the library has to ancestry so that anyone using the computer at the library can use ancestry. My tree says there are 17 hints but if I try to see just the hints from here it says I don't have any. Maybe that is because I have looked at them before, I don't know.

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"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good Afternoon. The sun we were promised never showed up. Since this afternoon is suppose to be nasty, we went to the park to walk this morning. I don't mind walking around here everyday, but DH has been told to go for a walk everyday and he wants to walk some place different everyday.

I was doing some chair exercises, they had a mobility exercise for the arms. I did it and felt fine, but something told me no more. I woke up and can hardly move my right arm. I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder. I'm right handed, I think That's what they tell me anyway, but I do quite a bit left handed. The problem is what I do right handed I can hardly do left handed. I write right handed, if I try left handed you can't read it, I use the mouse and a styles left handed. I can do it right handed but I'm slow. My problem more then not being able to do some things is that my brain has decided that cookies are a great pain deliver.

Last night I decided it was too dangerous to go for a walk, but Mutt couldn't understand. For some reason that I don't understand, a couple guys decided to drag race 4 wheelers down our road after dark without their headlights on. I wear a reflexive vest, but if they don't have their headlights on it won't reflect.

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Good morning, it is foggy this morning but the fog should burn off soon and it will be a pretty day with the temps in the low 70's. Today and tomorrow then the rain and cold will be back. I'm thinking about taking Mutt down to the county park. They have a 1 mile trail though the woods. We will do the walk several times. Mutt loves it. OK Mutt loves walks, Mutt loves car rides if they are short, the hound in Mutt loves the woods.

I have been at military records, Dad's family was very proud of the fact so many of their ancestors were in the revolutionary war. The looked down at Mom because she was first generation US from England, so her ancestors would have been the British. What I found made Mom happy. One line of her family came over on the Mayflower, 2 lines jumped back and forth across the Atlantic, So yes her mother was born in England, as was her grandmother, but both her father and grandfather were born on the US and found a wife on a visit to England. She has as many ancestors in the revaluation and Daddies side of the family.

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Saturday I went to a class at the library on researching military records. She went through quite a lot, but a little too fast for me to get much down in my notes. Someone else was having the same problem and asked for a copy of the slide show, so she is going to send us some over email. That will be plenty helpful. I had just found information on one of my ggrandfathers and the civil war (at least I think it is him, though there were a LOT of men with his name in the area at that time -- only two from IL listed in the Civil War). He was 18 or 19 at the time.

In two weeks there is a class on research in Missouri, which is where my Dad's family was living. His grandfather was in Illinois, I think, but moved to MO or at least his wife moved to MO.

Last night my cousin I hadn't talked to for a couple of years called and she has started getting interested in genealogy, too. She hasn't done much yet, but did find some information on my ggrandmother and the DAR in Oklahoma. There is a lady going to do a program on her in early March. Apparently my ggrandmother was interested in joining, but never actually joined. Patricia also has something that her mother left from another researcher on the family, so she is going to send me a copy of what she has and I am going to send her what information I have. Mine is mostly what her mother copied, though, so I don't know that I'll be much help. Patricia has a really large family Bible that she had information in that was actually written on pages in the Bible and mine are note papers that were in a Bible that grandma had. It will be nice for two of us looking for information and may bring us closer to each other.

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The weather has been nice so have been exercising outside, walking and biking.


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we always had ours on the beach, So swimming, sandcastles, frisbee, horse shoes, and long walks. Yes the whole family walked as one big group down the beach.

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Our family is going to have a family reunion this spring. Can anyone recommend a good website for things to do at this reunion. probably be around 30 people. It should be perfect weather for an outside gathering.

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"Action is the antidote to despair."
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Good morning, well it is still morning here. i took advantage of the water and walked both dogs and hung out a load of laundry. Such a pretty day the heater is off and the windows open. The sun is out and we are going for a high in the upper 60's

The thing I don't like about the SPAT is that it doesn't have a screen. I had thought about wearing my pedometer so I could see my steps then remembered the phone DH gave me for Christmas has a fitness tracker on it. It says the tracker works best if you buy the fitness watch that goes with it, mo thanks I'm not spending more money for another gadget I don't need or want. Without the watch it says everything is an estaminet. Well I walked 30 min. My tracker said I took 3150 steps and the phone said I took 3056 steps. They are close. I checked it several more times and the 5 stayed the same. It will be an estaminet though because I noticed every time you picked the phone up or moved it around while talking on it, it recorded a step. When I set it up I set my goal at 1/2 what I have on SP. I'm not one of those people that is more likely to forget their undies then forget to put their phone in their pocket. I have a good old fashion phone shelf by the door. Thats where the phone is except when i leave the house.

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This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.

Western Union internal memo, 1876.


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"The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, the second is disastrous."
– Margot Fonteyn

Good morning, Another blah day. I took Duke for his morning walk. walk for 5 min, 5 sec of rain repeat. But it is one of those days. I'm doing a reading challenge. 40 books in 6 months. No problem with that. The books need to be at least one from 13 different genres. 4 of the genres are genres I tend to stay away from, so I've set up my day read one chapter, crochet a row and clean for 5 min. Figure this way I'll either get the books from the genres I don't like normally read read or one of the temp co will call and mess everything up. Lets hope I the temp co messes everything up.

The school doesn't seam to be helping Tony. DD decided she would watch Tony. I mean really watched him. She discovered he had little or no self esteem. She thought martial arts might help. She took him to several schools. One was little more then a day care, one taught the children, but didn't seam to understand children, now the third, invited Tony to join the 4 to 6 year old class the day of the visit. He did warm up exercises that were geared for children, then showed the children a simple block punch. Then some older students came in dressed as zombies and the children had to fight the zombie invasion. Tony loved it and on the way home told DD that the teacher understood. DD isn't sure what he understood, but he made a connection to Tony in one class. Maybe this is what Tony needs, someone that understands.

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"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."
– Edgar Watson Howe

Good morning, It's raining so haven't walked the dogs yet. It should clear up in a hour or so and will walk they then. At least it isn't too hot to walk them that late in the day, but then when it is that hot I don't mind walking in the drizzle we have now.

Mutt is mad at me and in his crate giving me the eval eye. Quite some time ago, Mutt took the pillows off the spare bed and made himself a bed. It looked strange in the living room, but the house is about the pets right? Well the pillows have gotten dirty and nasty. I guess they have gotten flat too, Mutt has started digging at them like he wants to fluff them. Well last night he got his claw caught in one and tore it. I told DH I was afraid he was going to get stuffing all over the place. One go the stores had the large dog beds on sale so I went and got one. I picked up the old pillows and put the nice new bed in their place. Mutt dragged the old pillows back to the living room. I put them outside in the trash. Mutt gave me the eval eye and went and curled up in his crate. He hasn't even gotten close to the dog bed yet.

I have the boys tonight, but thats ok, I have trains.

Guess it is a good thing the family considers me the family tree keeper and tells me every thing. DS is having some genetic profiling done since one of the side effects of one of his meds is skin cancer. DS sent me 3 pages of health questions about my family going back 5 generations.

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"Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality."
– Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens

Good morning another dreary day with no sun. The temp co with the job I was hoping for says they still haven't heard back, might be just as well. One of the other temp co called they have a job 11 miles from me and they are looking for someone that can do accounts payable well enough that they can hit the ground running. Now I'm waiting on that one, but it is day one. Not week one.

I just spoke to Mom. She said that she called off church yesterday. Several people complained saying she lived 35 miles out and how did she know what the roads were like. She said if the big Baptist Church across the street from the church called off service and the guest minister slid off the road trying to get there, she was calling off service.


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"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
– Miles Davis

Good afternoon, After almost a week of wet cold dreary weather I'm ready for some sun. Cold and sun will do, I just want to know that big orange ball is still there. Weather report says we might see the sun by Thursday. It stopped rain this afternoon enough so both dogs got their walks. I spent the morning doing the only thing this weather is good for, reading a good book while drinking hot tee and crocheting an afghan.

One dog was curled in a corner sleeping and the other was chewing on a rubber ball. There where 4 more rubber balls beside the dog. DH came in and asked how many balls the dog needed. I said 5. He said he didn't think so. The dog stopped chewing the ball and went to greet my DH. With that the ball rolled where he couldn't get it and the dog stood there staring at the ball whining. I went and got the ball. DH asked why, the dog has 4 more balls. Yes but he needs 5. DH left shaking his head.

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Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
.. Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

And the cream of the wretched crop: .. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

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After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.

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Good afternoon, Last night Mutt kept whining, I kept asking him what his problem was. Of corse he never answered my. Then about 9 at night he started rubbing his ear on the rug. Now I know he has another yeast infection in his ear. I went ti get the stuff to clean his ears and only had enough to do one ear once. So this morning first thing I was a the pet store to get more stuff. Mutt and Duke both get yeast infection often. They use to clean each others ears so I seldom I to worry, but lately Mutt hasn't been letting Duke clean his ears. he still cleans Dukes. I'm thinking I'll need to put him back on taste of the wild. Both dogs were on taste of the wild till they started keeping each others ears clean, then for cost reasons I put them back on regular dog food.

Duke plays outside most of the day, chasing birds or throwing his ball. with it being cold i have been keeping him inside more. It drives DH crazy, I guess he never watched Mutt and Duke play in the backyard. The dogs roll around on the floor with their mouths open looking like they are going to bite each other in the neck, DH thinks they are killing each other. After about 1/2 an hour, Mutt has had enough and goes in his crate. Sometimes Duke lyes down by my feet, but most of the time he runs to the back door to go out. Today he decided he was a lap dog. A 70 pound lap dog.


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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)

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Good morning. I woke to a light frost, I know this is nothing compared to wheat my northern spark friends have but it is different for us and looked pretty.

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Hope these old tombstone epitaphs are still funny to you.
Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903-Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down.
It was.

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In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up And no place to go.
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In a LondonCemetery Jokes, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.
Dec. 8, 1767
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In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
Anna Wallace:
The children of Israel wanted bread,
And the Lord sent them manna.
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
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In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast.
Pardon me For not rising.
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In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.
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In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays The Kid.
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger
But slow on the draw.
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A lawyer's epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange.
Here lies an honest lawyer,
And that is Strange.
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John Penny's epitaph in the Wimborne, England, cemetery:
Reader, if cash thou art In want of any,
Dig 6 feet deep;
And thou wilt find a Penny.
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In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:
On the 22nd of June,
Jonathan Fiddle Went out of tune.
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Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls,Vermont
Here lies the body of our Anna -
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
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On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God.
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In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you soon will be.
Prepare yourself and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:
To follow you I'll not consent
Until I know which way you went
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Last add, from Boot Hill, in Tombstone, Arizona:
Here lies Lester Moore
One slug from a 44
No Les
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What is time? — the shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries - these are but arbitrary and outward signs, — the measure of time, not time itself. Time is the life of the soul. If not this, then tell me what is time?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Unitarian, poet)

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Good morning. I have walked Duke. I'm trying to get outside things done. It is in the mid 40's now going to 30. No word on the job. That could mean they didn't pick me to interview, that could also mean that they were so busy because of the holidays they didn't make a decision.

I crocheted one of those headband/ear warmers that are popular right now. DD kept pushing her hair out of her face so I gave it to her, She just said thanks and put it on like a headband, well it has turned colder. She sent me a picture of her wearing it like a ear warmer and I need more of these. A friend called and asked what I was doing, I told her what I was making and she said she needed one too. DH asked if I could make hats too. he needs one. I guess he is feeling the cold this year. I've been making hats and he always said he didn't wear hats. Well now you know what I've been doing with my free time.

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“Life is a lot like a Yahtzee cup…we get to be with people ‘randomly’ who we might fall in love with, create something amazing with or, simply, enjoy a few moments in time.”
– Don Southworth, UU minister


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Good morning. Yesterday I told DH I would walk the dogs as early as I thought could get away with and they still could do their thing for the night. Well the best laid plans. They started with the firecrackers at 4P. At 7P there was a brake and I took Mutt out, he is the easiest to control, it wasn't a 10th of a mile before they started up again and Mutt said we were going home, so our 2 mile walk was an about 500 steps. Duke just got a quick trip to the backyard. The rain chased everyone inside about 1A. Mutt got a 3 mile walk this morning and I'm getting ready to that Duke out.


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"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."
– Colette

Good afternoon, Santa didn't forget. I asked Santa for a job, I know your real surprised, well one of the temp agencies called this morning. There is a company that needs a payroll clerk. If you don't know when you work with a temp agency it is a three step process and this is step one. Step two is that the temp agency presents me and faxes my resume over. The company wants to start interviews on Monday. They must be in a hurry to want it that soon with tomorrow being a holiday.

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

Good morning Dh is waiting for the big brown truck. The Christmas present that we ordered back in Nov that they told us would be here for Christmas then said they would mail between Jan 9th and 23rd, we received an e mail that is out for delivery via UPS and we will get it between 9A and 7P today. Actually we are celebrating Christmas today. Christmas and New years. DD worded Christmas and has to work New Years. we are just not going to n=be home this afternoon.

It has stopped raining, the sun isn't shining, but it isn't raining. The rain we got yesterday, while it wasn't pleasant, was what we needed. A nice steady light rain that soaked in. It also put a bumper on the fire crackers. Not going to complain about that.

I'm having a problem with family tree maker. When I click on a leaf, if it is a record it comes up, if it is someone else's family tree, it tells me I must update to windows 7. I have windows 7.I was pretty sure I did, so I checked. Yep my PC says operating system windows 7. Properly just a clichι while they change things and will fix itself later. I just like to see if other have something different that I should research.

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1. My family coat of arms ties at the back . . . is that normal?
2. My family tree is a few branches short! Help appreciated.
3. My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
4. Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!
5. My hobby is genealogy, and I raise dust bunnies as pets.
6. How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
7. I looked into my family tree and found out I was a sap.
8. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
9. I'm searching for myself. Have you seen me?
10. If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help.
11. Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem, leads to two more!
12. It's 1999. Do you know where your Great-Great Grandparents are?
13. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
14. A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.
15. A new cousin a day keeps the boredom away.
16. After 30 days, unclaimed ancestors will be adopted.
17. Am I the only person up my tree? Seems like it.
18. Any family tree produces some lemons, nuts & a few bad apples.
19. Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?
20. FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
21. Gene-Allergy-It's a contagious disease, but I love it.
22. Genealogists are time un-ravelers.
23. Genealogy is like Hide & Seek: They Hide & I Seek!
24. Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.
25. "Crazy" is a relative term in my family.
26. A miser is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor.
27. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.
28. I should have asked them BEFORE they died!
29. I think my ancestors had several "Bad heir" days
30. I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNE flower
31. Only a genealogist regards a step backwards, as progress
32. Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality
33. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
34. It's a poor family that hath neither a lady of the evening nor a thief.
35. Many a family tree needs trimming.
36. Shh! Be very, very quiet . . . I'm hunting forebears.
37. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors!
38. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
39. I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes
40. Genealogists live in the past lane
41. Genealogists do it generation after generation . . .
42. Cousins marrying cousins: Very tangled roots!
43. Cousins marrying cousins: A non-branching family tree
44. All right! Everybody out of the gene pool!
45. Do I hear the rattle of Chains?
46. Always willing to share my ignorance . . .
47. Documentation . . . The hardest part of genealogy
48. For a reply, send a self-abused, stomped elephant to . . .
49. Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
50. Genealogy-will I ever find time to mow the lawn again?
51. That's the problem with the gene pool: NO Lifeguards
52. I looked up my family tree . . . there were two dogs using it.
53. I researched my family tree . . . apparently I don't exist!
54. SO MANY ANCESTORS . . . SO LITTLE TIME



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"Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating."
– Honorι de Balzac

Good Afternoon, I woke up to a cold dreary day. It is 40 and a constant drizzle. I can't get warm.I took Mutt out for a walk 3 times,, only to turn around after a couple min because of the rain. We final managed a 20 min walk.

I finished the boys afghans and have started the girls. Their parents are big on board games. Beka asked how cool would it be to have an afghan the was a checker board. Well that is easy enough to make. I looked for game afghan suitable for a 5 year old. I found a round one that is a dart board. Well really you throw plastic balls with strips of velcro glued to them. Somehow i can see her putting it on the bed and throwing all kinds of things at it.

I've used FTM since before the internet. One of the reasons I played around with FTB was since i had always used FTM I wondered what else was out there.

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Oh wow, MaryAlice, you'd think that they wouldn't work that hard to promote a product that is hard to use. A few years ago, when I was just getting started with genealogy and was still living in Seattle, when my sister came east to visit the family I handed her a netbook with FTM loaded on it and asked her to find out what she could. She sat with my mom, asked questions, and entered info. She had never used FTM before and had no trouble with it. The disclaimer I need to attach to this is that that sister is very tech savvy, but I've always found FTM very easy to use... and after years of using it I'm still finding useful features that I didn't know existed.

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Good afternoon, I've been working on the boys afghans and not getting a whole lot else done. Last night I checked and walking Mutt a mile and half I could just get my steps in. They where shooting off fireworks, not the pretty kind the ones you can't see, but make a terrible noise. We hadn't gone 1/4 mile when Mutt said enough of this and we headed for home. I hd left Duke outside not realizing how bad the fireworks were. He hit the door so hard DH thought the internet satellite had fallen off the roof. Looks like it is going to be a long noisy week. I waked around the house and just made my steps with 25 to spare.

I got an e mail that said since I had the PC version but used my MAC mostly they were giving me a trial of Family Tree Builder for MAC. I thought great. When I uploaded it, nothing looked right, but I thought it was because it was for MAC. Then when I went to check on a hint, it said I had to buy a membership to Heritage. That is when I went to check. I have Family Tree Maker not Builder. I did play around with it though. If the trial was to get me to leave Family Tree Maker and use Family Tree Builder, forget it. It took me an hour to input 3 people. It was next to imposable to change errors and I kept getting messages that said Family Tree Builder has experienced a fatal error and must shut down.

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I don't remember a guard cat. I had custody of Beka then, she was 6, DD had a 12 year old and a 3 month old. The 12 year old wanted to do some kid stuff so I told her I would swap. She could have Beka and I would walk Tony. Tony and I saw the gardens around the Alamo several tomes, well I did, Tony slept. Many a grandma said they wished they could walk the baby instead of running here there and the other place with the older children.


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MaryAlice, I see on one of your posts that you went to the Alamo. Did you see their guard cat?? It has been on animal planet several times. Must Love Cats and another show.

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We had dinner last night - myself and mom, step-dad, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and middle and youngest nephews. My oldest nephew lives in FL and oldest sister lives in Seattle. We see them (never often enough) but not at the holidays. My sister and middle nephew (who is a sous chef) cooked - first time my nephew has had a chance to cook for several of us. My mom was thrilled to have us all AND to not have to do the cooking.

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Happy Holidays, We well have our family get together on the 29th. The hospital is open 365 days a year and that is the next time DD is off. DH is talking about going to a neighbors for dinner. They are meat and potatoes people and can't eat meat so i might be having potatoes for dinner. Maybe for the holiday feast they will sneak in a salad or veggie.

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At this time of year it is important to remember that it isn't the price of the gift, or the size or the effort. The important thing to remember when buying gifts is to SAVE THE RECEIPT!

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Good morning, This morning it was 40, but the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, no wind and the birds were chirping, so I bundled up and Mutt and I went for a 3 mile walk early.

Enjoy whatever holiday you ae celebrating.

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"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day."
– Albert Schweitzer

Good morning another yucky day. DH turned the TV one and it said it was foggy, I looked outside yep foggy then they said the worse at .25 miles visibility was Pearland, the closest city to us. An our later while i was getting ready to walk Mutt, they said the fog had lifted everywhere but Pearland where it was still .25 miles visibility. We only walked 2 miles, by the time we got home the fog had turned to a light drizzle and we could hear thunder. In July I enjoy walking in a light drizzle, but not in Dec when the temp is in the 50's.

Yesterday Mom e mailed me that her youngest sister had died. we weren't close to Caroline, I hadn't seen her in close to 40 years. Caroline married money and said we didn't fit in with her kind of people. Mom only saw her when she happened to go see grandma when her sister was there. It wasn't unexpected, Caroline's breast cancer had come back and she refused chemo. Still it is Christmas time and mom's younger sister and mom says it makes her feel old that her younger sister had passed.

I had gotten my DNA test from Ancestry. I spent a good bit of yesterday pulling up all the people back to 6th generation cousins looking for someone that had a last name I was stuck on, no luck.

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MaryAlice, hope you're continuing to feel better. Thank you for sharing that video. I am one of those who needs to keep moving but can't withstand being on my feet every day.

So cool that your grandchildren ask. It took hours, but I eventually finished the email and sent it off. The eldest responded and thanked me. I'll see the other two in a couple of days, so I hope we'll talk about these things. Speaking of which, today I need to pack though I'm still trying to find out when we're leaving. At least we've decided to go, which took us a while. Christmas dinner at my mom's house with 2 of my 3 sibs and 2 of my 3 nephews, and shouldn't be there long enough for us to get more than mildly irritated with each other.

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This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
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Good morning I'm feeling a lot better. I can't seem to get enough to drink, but that may be because I couldn't drink for half the day yesterday. I only got 1/2 my steps, but then I wasn't in an up right position till afternoon.

I did get all my exercise. I got a video off youtube that is for obese, seniors and those needing flexibility for quality of life. It stated it wasn't a weight loss video, but some people lost weight when their quality of life got better. It was chair exercises and the man doing the exercises was a good 300 if not 400 pounds. You could hear his trainer telling him what exercises to do and how to do them and every once in awhile you would see her. The video we 23 min long and I know it worked every part of my body. DH asked about me doing that type of video when I could do the more strenuous exercise videos. i told him I didn't feel up to the other videos and didn't want to get out of the habit of exercising. At the end of the video it said to share with anyone that needed flexibility for quality of life. So for any of you that think this will help here is the link. You will need an exercises band or weights for a couple of the exercises. The man used cans and the trainer exercise bands I use 2 pound dumbbells, and a pillow for hugging.

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It amazes my the number of times one of the grandchildren have said, "we are studying --- in school, were any of my ancestors there?" More often then not I can say yes and give them the information. Beka was only 6 when we went to the Alamo. They told her that the Alamo was maintained by the daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was so proud to tell the lady she was a daughter of the Republic.

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I'm in the midst of writing what has turned into a very long email to my three nephews. They were all very close to my father, though the youngest was only 6 when he died. My father was born in Philadelphia, the third generation of his family to live in that neighborhood, and they grew up in the 'burbs. The oldest graduated from Drexel U., the youngest lives in Philadelphia now, and the middle one has lived there from time to time. They have all been to the neighborhood where he was born without knowing that they had a family connection. All of these factors make them very interested in him, and I'm using that to get them interested in the family history.

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"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."
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Hi, Thats the best I can do today. DH woke me you that breakfast was readyI felt like I had a knife in my eye, my sinuses were blocked and had drained down my throat. I took 2 bis of breakfast and was back in bed. I wasn't even able to drink water. At 11:30 I got up and tried to eat or drink something. I was in an up right position for 30 min and managed 2 bits of a veggie burger and 1/2 cup herb tee. At 2 I tried again, I managed the best of my tee, veggie burger a glass of water and a banana, so I tok Mutt for a walk, just one mile. I'd like to say I'll be up late since my day didn't start till 2 to get in my steps and exercise, but we all know it doesn't work that way.

Most of the water has drained off. One of the things I learned doing genealogy is that I was born in Conn, but I'm the first one in 5 generations not born within 50 miles of where i am now. If the could live out here I can too.

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Oh no, MaryAlice! I hope that the water goes down soon!

When my oldest sister and her husband married, she had an older cat who had been around for quite a while. Then they rescued a kitten from a parking lot. We all loved Radar (the older cat, who had huge ears as a baby and large ears even as an adult), but she was never the smartest or most adventurous cat. That became really obvious when there was another cat in the house. There was a variety of nasty cats and a variety of wildlife around house they lived in at that time, so when they put in a cat door they deliberately put it where it would be obscured by bushes. Since they couldn't get to it from the outside of the house, they could only introduce the cats to it by pushing them out of it. It took Lucy, the baby, no time at all to figure out that if she could go out she could also come in. Radar, on the other hand, continued to go out the cat door but come to the door to be let in for quite a while. They were pretty sure that she only learned that she could come in that way when she saw Lucy do it.

We are STILL trying to figure out what we're doing for the holidays. One sister and I live in Virginia, about 1.5 hrs from each other. My mom, step-dad, brother, and two of my three nephews live fairly close to each other in PA. My mom isn't pushing me to come up, unless my sister is coming. My sister and brother-in-law want to visit their sons, but both of them work in restaurants. At least one of them has Christmas day off, but he's working several days before and several days after, so my sister is pretty sure that, much as he'd love to have his parents visit, he would rather not have visitors on his one day off. My nephews are not close to our mother and step-dad (who can both be difficult for all of us to deal with), so they will not want to see them when they've used up all of their patience at work. So... we may join you in celebrating the holiday on a different day. Luckily, I'm not all that excited to go anywhere right now and neither is my sister, so my brother-in-law seems to be the only one who will be disappointed if we don't go right away.

Yes, I'm glad that your friend is home for Christmas, too, but its a shame that she needs more chemo. Better that she can have it, but still...

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"Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power."
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Good afternoon. My front yard looks like a pond and my back yard looks like a lake. The dog house floated over and pushed against the electric fence. I put on my rubber knee boots and went out to make sure I wouldn't electrocute myself moving it and i could get to the plug to unplug it first. And here comes Duke bounding though the water with that ball for me to toss. It is so nice to have a 70 pound dog that runs though the water and the mud then comes in a n scratches on the rug because he itches. While I had my boots on I checked on the cloths i had hung out and didn't bring in because it rained during the night and then I would have had to swim to get to them. To bad the ground is so dry it can't soak this water up, most it it will just run off into the bayou.

Lola figured out how to come in the kitty door. She hasn't figured out she can go out the same way, but a start.

I went by and saw Anna, she is out of rehab and home, I'm glad she is home for Christmas, but not happy with the reason. Anna starts chemo again and they can't do rehab while she is on chemo. Well at least she is strong enough they can start chemo again.

Question Ar you going to spend Christmas with your family? DD is an RN and has to work Christmas and New Years, so we are celebrating both on the 29th. DS lives out in CA.

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Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.

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Good morning, wish I could do something about this headache. It least I know what it is now. It has been overeats for 3 or 4 days now. When we have a cloud cover it holds the pollution in. Pollution and I don't get along. The Dr says I need to move 200 miles from the nearest city. I'm having problems finding a job now, don't even want to thin about living that far out.

I spoke to one of my temp companies yesterday. The guy I spoke to told me that all their jobs were on their website and if I wanted to look at it, if there was a job I wanted, he would put me in touch with the branch handling it. The nearest job that I felt qualified for was 40 miles away. I guess they are having as much trouble finding jobs as I am.

Mom is leaning things out, she wants to down size, and keeps calling me asking if I want this or that for my family tree.

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MaryAlice, I think that adding some bright colors to their stock is a wonderful idea.

Never a dull moment with kids or pets, right? My sister was up to visit for a while today. She brought me Christmas decorations and a couple of hand-me4-down sweaters. She's a little smaller than I am, she buys good quality clothing, and she's picky about how things feel, so I get a lot of clothes from her. My kitchen is also piled with loot from Costco. So, I'm very happy this evening, though I already miss her. We're both looking for an excuse to stay home and be slugs for Christmas, but her husband wants to see the kids so he may end up dragging her and by extension me, to PA.

And I've put my request in for slippers...

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