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jjdm

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2010 11:52:20 AM

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 8:21:53 AM

Morning Justin,
Good to hear that you are feeling better.
I hope the Boys koala gift helped you. They would like you to keep him. :-)
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 6:05:23 AM

Good morning Justin...nice sunny day ahead with a high of 10°C/50°F. Playing golf this morning & have errands to run after...via pedal power. Have a super day.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 4:03:26 AM

Good morning Justin!

Enjoyed your last update and pix. Thank you for them.

A flock of 100 mallards flew into the CT River just in front of me in the afternoon. No camera with me, so a stock photo is given. The males have the iridescent green necks and heads. They stopped to rest, then will proceed with their journey to Canada.

Looked up the BioShock followup on Xbox 360 for the BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite games on Ebay and Amazon. Amazon gave me $10 off my order to open yet 1 more credit card. Ordered the both of them used for under $16 together inc/pstg and my one time discount.

Will always pay direct from from my checking account. Should receive these fascinating games in 1 to 2 weeks. Reviews are fantastic for both follow up games. Looking forward to their new challenges, the astounding graphics and surround sounds.

Spent a few hours playing BioShock. Want to get used to the Xbox game controller after a 4 year vacation. Still occasionally hit the wrong button.

Drove to the P.O. to find my box packed to the gill w/mail. Was not counting on receiving so much mail. On the return home using the cruise control, the mpg reached 39. Not too bad for the Dart, now with 1,086 miles.

Saw very light rain yesterday. More like drizzle. The temp is 38°F (3°C), the high will be 51°F (10.5°C). Wind gusts are 23 mph (37 kph). Off to the market later for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 1:06:16 AM

Justin.....hope you get to feeling better buddy!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 6:22:05 AM

Good morning Justin...sunny day ahead with a high of 9°C/48.2°F. Have a Tee time of 10AM for my 1st round of golf for the season. My expectations are low...not had a golf club in my hand since November. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 4:58:10 AM

Good morning Justin!

Sure hope you are feeling better. Odds of getting a virus increase when you touch what a 100 people have touched. Get a bottle of hand sanitizer and use it often. Remember to not touch for mouth or eyes. Love your uncle's house and the cool Mustang convertible. Thank you for sharing the pix.

Enjoyed exploring the undersea world of the City of Rapture in the XBox 360 game of Biosphere. Wanted to get into it for 30 minutes, ended up playing for 3 hours. History of Rapture. Give the side bar a quick read.

Had thawed out a frozen ziplock bag of cooked chili from last year. Added two low calories cooked hots cut into ¼" slices some cayenne pepper and melted cheddar cheese on top. It was an excellent lunch.

Saw the Netflix 2013 movie "The Family" rated R 1hr 51m superbly directed by veteran Luc Besson. The wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter (Dianna Agron), and son (John D'Leo), of the La Cosa Nostra family of Giovani Mazoni of Brooklyn (Robert Di Niro), NY are relocated to Normandy, France, by the witness protection program.

Head Federal Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) watches the family's safety. The family has that Brooklyn attitude of dropping the F bomb. The first day the son takes a brutal kicking on the floor in the boys room.

The daughter goes on car ride w/4 guys who end up getting trounced w/her beating them w/her tennis racket. The wife goes to the town store for PB, gets chastised for being an American, then blows up the market. This is just day #1.

It is a comedy, crime, and a thriller that has an excellent flow. The movie kept my attention from the start. The last 20 minutes sees one of the most intense gun battles ever.

As the Mazoni family drives off into the setting sun, Pfeiffer says, "Now we have to change our names again". DiNiro says, "All in all, it was good day." Lots of suspense, action, and laughter. 5/5 stars. On putlocker.bz for free.

The high was 72° and it rained ever so gently. Went outdoors for several hours and created a to do list for the spring. Will begin with a ¾" nylon netting for the strawberries and grapes to keep the small sparrows from flying in the sides.

The temp is 50°F (10°C) and is the high. There is an 50% chance of rain. It rained lightly, now overcast

Have a fabulous day!

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KHF
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 2:35:42 AM

Justin - Sorry to hear you are feeling ill. Prayers that you are much better very soon.

Your aunt and uncle have a lovely home inside and out.
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 1:51:40 AM

Thanks for the pics Justin! You been busy again! Any time for some fun and relaxation??
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:08:48 PM

Good evening Justin

Was checking out your pictures. Mudsprings brings up something about the Arizona home that is similar to what I seen on the A & E show Flipping Vegas. When they landscape a lot of times they don't do grass. When your dealing with desert conditions, it's better to go without.


Tuesday night and Happy Earth Day to one and all. A lot of talk going around about going green. It's a great thought, but I think going green should be year round not just this week. Much like Breast Cancer Awareness and everyone breaks out the pink throughout October. It's great that awareness is raised and it's something serious that should be tackled just like all forms of cancer. It shouldn't have to stop on November 1st nor should the efforts of keeping our planet clean only be focused on the last full week of April. I think it's something that should be focused on year round. The planet is much like our bodies. We only have one of them, and properly maintaining them is important to keeping them around for a long long time.

Breezy and cool 50s here.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 3:11:05 PM

Justin, I told my sons, @(*0*)@, @(o)@ and @(e)@ that you aren't feeling well. They wanted to give you this stuffed @(*0*)@ to help make you feel better.
From my Boys...{{{HUGS}}} {{{Hugs}}} [hugs]

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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:04:24 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Outside View

Mustang Selfie

Vacation Finale

I have been super busy. On Friday, I worked 2 pm - Midnight. For the first 1.5 hours, I inputed invoices into the computer. Then at 3:30 pm, I came down to work the closing shift in the office. We were super busy, under scheduled, and the managers were freaking out. And they took that out on me and other employees. That made me feel bad and they almost started freaking me out since they were giving these insane instructions that could never be followed. Eventually it slowed down and the managers left. Once that happened, I was able to successfully close the office. I had lots to do, and it would have been helpful if another person was scheduled to help out. But thankfully I was able to get done and only had to stay over 30 minutes.

On Saturday, I called the radio show to give my gas prediction. Then I took care of various tasks and also got a haircut. I worked 2:30 pm - 11:30 pm that day. For the first hour, I inputed invoices into the computer. Then at 3:30 pm, I came down to work the closing shift in the office. It was kind of a repeat of yesterday, except it went much smoother. The managers weren’t there, so that made it less stressful. We were even busier, but we had more help scheduled. We even had another person scheduled to help me in office from 6 pm - 10 pm. Because of that help, I got out on time. :) At the end of the night, I made a 2nd cash deposit. Totalling both that and the 1st deposit, it came up close to my year’s salary. It was interesting to see what it looks like all together. ;)

I only got 7 hours of sleep that night since I had church at 7:30 am. Mom and I went to that Mass and it was a beautiful service. After that, we went to Al’s to get the Sunday paper. I noticed that I was starting to get sick. My guess was that I got it from someone at work. It felt weird to be sick when the weather was so nice. I worked 10 am - 3:30 pm. It was nice to work with Brittany, Katie, and Jan. :)) From 10 am - 1 pm, I inputed invoices, credits, and transfers into the computer. For the remainder of my shift, I helped out up front and pulled expired temporary price reduction tags.

Once I got home, Mom and I enjoyed a big Easter feast. :) We had ham, three cheese potatoes, green beans, stuffing, deviled eggs, and pineapple. It tasted very good! :) After that, I took a nap. When I got up, Mom and I went to visit Grandma. We brought her a helping of the dinner that Mom made. We also gave her her Easter cards. After visiting with her, Mom and I went for a night time ride. When we got back home, I rested up during the evening. I also completed some Personal Finance homework.

On Monday, I woke up still feeling sick. My nose was really runny. So because I kept blowing my nose, I started getting that pounding feeling in my head. Once at school and in Philosophy, we learned about the truth assignment test. Then we did practice problems. I found the concept to be very easily. Aaron needed some help, so I helped him out and now he understands. In Interpersonal Communications, we started to learn about conflicts. Then we got back our Research Article paper back. I ended up getting a perfect score (300/300 points)!!!!! Marija and Ana also did extremely well since they both got 298/300.

For our lunch break, we decided to out during our long break. Marija, Aaron, Ana, and I went to Chipotle. I ended up getting a burrito bowl and that filled me up. It was fun hanging out with them, but I would have had more fun if I wasn’t sick. After eating, we went to various stores since Marija had to buy Bridal dresses for two upcoming Bridal Showers (one for Ana’s and one for one of Marija’s friends). We also went to another store to pick up Marija’s Bridal dress for Ana’s wedding. Lastly, we went to Culver’s for some dessert. :)

From there, Aaron left and Marija, Ana, and I went back to school for our Computer Science class. We did one last lesson in Access. This one was a little simpler, so we finished by 7:45 pm. When I got home, I gave Katie a ride home. Then I came home to rest up. I got a lot of sleep. I woke up feeling much better. I still feel a little sick, but hopefully I will feel completely better after one more night’s sleep.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

[Edited by: jjdm at 4/22/2014 1:04:38 PM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:49:54 AM

Good morning Justin...rain over night & through the morning had me drive to work. Clearing in the afternoon with showers returning in the evening. High 13°C/55.4°F. Surprised to get an email yesterday indicating the golf course will open today. Tee off time for 10AM tomorrow! Have a great day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:17:53 AM

Good Morning {{{hugs}}} Justin.

Please show your mom the rose in my prior post.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:33:02 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 4:50:56 AM

Good morning Justin!

Ready when you are. Would enjoy a pic of Cynthia.

Yesterday was Patriots' Day in Mass, Wisconsin, and Patriot's Day in Maine. It is a public holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Mass on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Since 2007 The Boston Marathon has started on Patriots' Day between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore Square near Boston's Fenway Park towards the middle of the Red Sox game.

The Boston Red Sox have been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots' Day every year since 1959. They have the earliest baseball game in all of MLB with the game start at 11:05 AM

Over 36,000 runners entered the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Showing that the Boston bombings last year with 264 injured and 3 dead, 1 a child, did not dampen the Spirit of Patriots' Day.

Meb Keflezighi won the Elite Men’s division, becoming the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, finishing in a time of 2:08:37 for the 26.2 mile run.

The winner from the Elite Women’s division was Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, finishing in 2:18:57.
More on Patriot's Day.

Listened to the home team play baseball against the Baltimore Orioles at 11:05 AM via the internet. Went outdoors several times when the visitor's were at bat.The temp climbed to a super 70. Tough 7-6 loss, exciting tho.

Shorts and a t-shirt were worn. See the striped maples buds are opening, the daylilies are growing, some of the perennials are growing, as are the strawberries.

Looks like 3 of the ever bearing strawberry plants did not make it through the extra cold and long winter. Plan on growing green beans. Had very good luck last year. This area is Zone 2. No one plants until Memorial Day w/e.

The temp is 46°F (8°C) with the high to be 72°F (22°C). There is an 80% chance of rain.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:00:59 AM

Happy Tuesday Justin! Hope your week is going well so far buddy!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:18:33 PM

Good evening Justin

Keep the pictures coming. I am following them over at Flickr.

As promised, I told you I'd drop you a hint on the jukebox tune this week. Being a tune starting with "Q" there wasn't much to pick from, but I found one. The artist is female and the tune was her biggest hit in the early '80s. I even own a copy of this as a "45".

Rain moving in later tonight will take the mild temps with it. Had a bit of a blonde moment Sunday afternoon. Went to pick up Emily for dinner and as I started to get out of the car I thought I'd put my sunglasses on the dash. When I went to close the door, I didn't realize my fingers were in the way. Until too late. I can proudly say I can publish anything I said here, because I didn't yell any expletives. Too many kids nearby. What I was thinking, well, that's a different story. Have a good start of the week everybuddy.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:34:49 AM

Morning:
Had a great visit with my son yesterday and toured his home with 9 room mates at the moment. Many couches, bathrooms etc but only one kitchen. They have 2 washers and dryers for 9 people,that's 4.5 to one, while here we have a ratio of 20 people per washer and dryer. Theirs are inside while we have to walk a 1/2 block out in the weather. He doesn't have a bad deal.

There was NO buffet. l ordered a $20 prime rib. It was the smallest cut. My son filled my car at $4.09 per gallon. He said it took 6 gallons. I figured 8 gallons at 20 mpg.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:27:29 AM

Good morning Justin...mix of sun & cloud with a high of 19°C/66.2°F. Able to pedal to work in pleasant conditions. Have a super day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:17:58 AM

Good Morning Justin,

What you are looking at is a Charlotte Bruner rose bush that is growing in KHF's yard. That's ONE bush as in singular. Also keep in mind that you are looking at only one side of it. Too bad I couldn't take one pic of the entire rose bush.

KHF says the rose was planted by the lady who was the original owner of her house, so she is guessing that it is over 50 years o*d.

Justin, take a look at the rose and consider showing it to your mom. Adtl comment to you in TL.

{{{{{{hugs}}}}}
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 4:09:02 AM

Good morning Justin!

Will wait patiently for your next update and pix. Hope your Easter was fantastic.

Decided not to eat at finest restaurant in the area which is The Topic of the Town for Easter. (The meals are much better than the token facebook page). Really did not want to eat an expensive all you can eat buffet.

Selected cooking Beef Stroganoff at 4 AM. Used the 1½ lbs of extra lean beef stew meat that was marked erroneously as chicken nibblers by the assistant meat cutter the day before. He said he accidently hit the incorrect code which priced two pkgs at $3.39 instead of the normal $4.99.

An diced onion, a tbsn of Worcestershire, a 10.75 oz can of condensed golden mushroom soup, 1/4 cup water, 4 ounces cream cheese 4-6 cloves of diced garlic, and the beef were crock pot cooked on high for 4 hours.

8 oz of baby bella mushrooms were sliced thick and cooked separately in the microwave oven. A 2 qt Pyrex bowl of water was heated in the oven and this time tri-color rotini was nuked for 11 minutes.

A stem of asparagus was snapped in half, where the stem snaps is the correct location to cut off the all the bottoms. Cut the tops diagonally 1¼" long and nuked them. The are steamed in a Pyrex bowl covered. Then carrots were sliced about ⅜" thick and also steamed.

When the crock pot saw four hours of cooking, the porcelain 6 qt container was placed on my butcher block table. 4 oz of sour cream was stirred in along w/the sliced mushrooms, asparagus, and carrots. Had this excellent meal around 8:30 AM.

Played Biosphere for 90 minutes then chose to take a ride to the Woodsville, NH Super Walmart. It is a most scenic drive along US Rt 302 West. Beginning in Littleton it parallels the Ammonoosuc River. Then the Wild Ammonoosuc River empties into it in the Village of Bath, NH.

Bought many food items at the Super WM store. Spent over $35 which is rare for me. The best deal was a hefty 24 oz coconut custard 8" pie for just $3.99. Went to Shaw's and bought Hood's Mt Washington chocolate ice cream. It has chocolate covered peanut butter cups the size of M&M's in its chocolate flavor. The 3 Day Wicked Awesome w/e sale saw a 1.5 qt (1.42 litre) for only $1.99

The temp reached 60°F (14°C) yesterday. Went outdoors for 2 hours of sun and vitamin D. There is a 10' by 30' (3 x 9 metres) mound of snow 8-10" deep over my perennial flower garden and the 25' (7.62 m) long daylily section. Much of the the rest of the snow has completely melted.

The temp is 30°F (-1°C) with the high to be 72°F (22°C).

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:56:05 AM

It's Monday Justin! Have a great week!
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:24:05 AM

Hello, Justin! Happy Easter!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pearls Before Swine
Pickles

Have a great week!

[Edited by: Silverhand at 4/21/2014 12:24:15 AM EST]
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 11:26:02 PM

Good evening Justin. Hope you had a great Easter Sunday.

Thanks to everyone for the prayers this weekend. They are doing okay. I'll keep you posted.

Great Easter Sunday. One thought comes to mind. We talk about Christmas and say "Jesus is the reason for the season." But never make mention of this when Easter comes around. In my opinion, it holds true for Easter as well as Christmas.

Today makes consecutive day 56 for me at GB this go around. I am also under 40,000 away from the next GB car. I'm looking at having the new vehicle by the time we celebrate Memorial day. It'll be good for travelling around on all those muddy WV backroads.

We were blessed with great weather today. It's nice to see sunny skies and warm temps again. Finally, I will leave you with a dying piece of Americana. I'm sure most of you have heard of the Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns. I pass one every time I travel through the town of Friendly, WV. It used to be a notorious speed trap with it's one mile stretch of rt. 2 posted for a speed limit of 40 mph. Due to cutbacks, it no longer holds that distinction. It has been passed on to Fayetteville, WV in the southern part of the state. Here is a shot of that barn I got today. Enjoy.

Mail Pouch Barn Friendly, WV
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 9:54:49 PM

Thanks for the Easter wishes everyone! I hope each one of you had a blessed Easter.
{{{ HUGS }}}}

[Edited by: jjdm at 4/20/2014 9:55:05 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 2:30:26 PM

HAPPY EASTER to Justin, Mom & Grandma & all the GB friends.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:38:23 PM

Happy Easter Justin!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Good morning Justin & Happy Easter. Beautiful sunny day with a high of 13°C/55.4°F. Will be outside enjoying the sun. I`m sure I be raking the back yard. Have a wonderful day!
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 8:29:35 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Happy Easter!

Have a great day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:45:48 AM

Happy Easter Justin,

Your Easter Sunday movie is, The Old Rugged Cross sung by Alan Jackson.

"So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown."

May you have a blessed Easter.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 4:47:48 AM

Happy Easter Justin!

Wishing you the best. Have a super day whatever you do.

Enjoyed an early posting of my rounds yesterday, then a hearty late brekky. For me brekky at 6 AM is way late. 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning is the norm, about an hour after waking up.

Went w/homemade hash browns and vidalia onions, two jumbo eggs over easy, baby bella mushrooms and multigrain toast soaked w/evoo. Also had three strips of turkey bacon microwaved crispy.

Watched the Joy of Painting by Bob Ross who had 14 years of teaching of teaching painting on PBS. He used the wet on wet technique taught to him by the legendary Bill Alexander.

This is the technique used by me since 1988, the beginnings of my wet on wet style of oil painting. Still paint w/oils to this day.

Spent some hours enjoying BioShock, the underwater City of Rapture, on the XBox 360. The Los Angeles Times review concluded, "Sure, it's fun to play, looks spectacular and is easy to control. But it also does something no other game has done to date: It really makes you feel."

The New York Times reviewer described it as: "intelligent, gorgeous, occasionally frightening" and added, "Anchored by its provocative, morality-based story line, sumptuous art direction and superb voice acting, BioShock can also hold its head high among the best games ever made."

My review is, "It is a world set in the 1950's including its music that is enjoyed exceedingly with a combination of moderate violence with shooting weapons, utilizing plasmids that give unique powers, and a desire to protect the little sisters. A most engrossing world to be in."

Late morning saw the recyclables carried to the Dart and a ride down the mtn road. The road is nicely solid. My driveway needs some sun, wind, and warm weather. It still has 2" of mud.

Saw a medium size young white dog w/2 chocolate patches on it running up the mtn road. Parked, got out and called the dog. It did stop running, yet a few steps toward the dog caused the dog to book. It has a 5' metal chain leash dragging as it runs. Stopped at the Town Building to report its flight.

After disposing of the recyclables, a drive to Whitefield NH was made. Bumped into my pal the Rite Aid mgr inside of the Subway store. Had a $5 ($5.45 w/tax) black forest ham footlong loaded w/all the veggies.

Stopped at the Mac's Market where my friend the meat mgr works. Bought two packages of lean stew beef. The labels read chicken nibblers and were $3.39 a lb., instead of the usual $4.99 a lb. Mentioned it to the meat cutters and they said to go just ahead. Plan to make the stroganoff later.

The CT River water level has returned to normal. Can see where gravel was filled in on one part of the side of the hwy where the river poured off of it into the forest. Spring continues.

The temp is 24°F (-4°C), with the high to be 58°F (14°C).

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 2:33:05 AM

Happy Easter Justin!
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:48:49 PM

Wishing you a Happy Easter!
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:23:48 AM

Morning:
Sorry to hear that about Panera bakery as they opened here recently and l was looking forward to trying them. Of course lately it seems nothing is less than $10. Even our hamburgers recently were $10 and mine was very plain.

Love free and your coupon deal was a winner!
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 6:34:42 AM

Good morning Justin....a splendid day of sun ahead with a high of 9°C/48.2°F. Off to my sister`s today! Thanks for sharing the photos. Enjoyed viewing them. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 5:10:04 AM

Good morning Justin!

Enjoyed your photos of the vaca. Like the wings your mom and you shared, your friends will go see a Sox game on May 30, and your mom and you visited your grandma. Nice her roommate was not grumpy on this day.

Interesting ravioli version of lasagna. Try it again w/fresh made, non cooked ravioli. One could make a layer each of the cheese, meat, and spinach ravioli. Will keep it mind.

Great you rec'd another raise and back pay for last weeks. The tuna crescents w/mac & cheese sound wonderful. Saw an ez recipe on Pillsbury that takes under 30 minutes. They sure do look good.

Our area saw a low of 20° (-6°C) yesterday morning. Forecast is for two more chilly mornings, perfect for the sugar maple sap to flow, and then a warm up. Hope that spring returns next week along with rain to melt the last of the snow and help thaw out the soil.

Enjoyed a brekky of the cod and shrimp with lots of veggies prepared yesterday. Carrots, Vidalia onions, and Sweet Twister™ peppers were added. Nice way to face the early morning at 2:30 AM.

The GB rounds went okay, the topics and posts were noticeably slower than usual. Several other sites were visited and tested using Speakeasy Speedtest. It accurately tests your download and upload speeds. Hope the mods iron out this site.

Played hours of BioShock. It is so pleasing to see the graphics on the 1080p 42" LED TV and hear the surround sound from my 10 y/o RCA sound receiver w/5 speakers and a powerful woofer. Saw that my last saved game was March 30, 2010, just over 4 y/a. That was when the XBox was last used, before this week.

Did not drive to see if the water in the CT River has receded. Know it will remain above flood stage until this afternoon. N.W.S. in Grey, ME says the water at 8 am yesterday was 18.6 feet. Flood stage is 17.0 feet.

The temp now is 31°F (-1°C), with the high to be 50°F (10°C).

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 1:05:09 AM

BTW...is that Darth Vader's head on Jabba the Huts body?? LOL
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Thanks for sharing the pics! You are a busy fellow!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:27:40 PM

Hi Justin -

Good to hear that they got your pay raise straightened out and gave you the back pay owed.

The big increase of customers at Al's is probably because of pre-Easter shopping. Because Easter moves around each year, the week before will not be the same week of the month each year.

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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 2:31:21 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Grand Canyon Finale: Darth Vader

Time to Leave

Rest Stop in Arizona

Corvette

Their House

Crosses

On Tuesday afternoon, Mom and I had some errands to complete. While out, I stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings to pick up some Honey BBQ boneless wings. I had a $5 off coupon and a gift card, so I didn’t have to pay anything. :) And as usual, the food was good!! Later on, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. For the first hour, I filled the ice cream that was on sale (a real good deal too). Then Isaac and I faced the store from 4 pm - 9 pm. During that time, we had to help out front due to us being extra busy. We were 22% over the projected numbers. At 9 pm, I pulled expired sale tags and then put up the new window ad signs.

After work, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. We enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon. For a change I didn’t have any homework to work on, so I got to go to bed right after dinner. So I ended up getting about 8 hours of sleep. On Wednesday, I went to school around 10 am. In Philosophy, we learned about truth evaluations, truth tables, and the truth assignment test. Then we did practice problems in our group. I find the stuff to be pretty simple. In Interpersonal Communications, we got back our Journal Articles. I got a 25/25 on all four of my articles. :)) After that, we learned about jealousy in relationships.

For our lunch break, we went to the cafeteria. I brought a PB&J sandwich, Cheetos, a granola bar, and a Pepsi from home for lunch. After eating, I showed Marija, Ana, and Aaron my vacation pictures. Then it was time for our Geology lab. After taking the prelab, we learned about Earthquakes. Then we did our last lab for the class. After that, we went to the library and planned out a day when we could all go a Sox game together. We decided and bought the tickets. The four of us will be going to a game on May the 30th. :)

After that, Aaron left to go to work. Marija, Ana, and I worked on our Personal Finance homework and then took our quiz. I ended up getting a 20/20 on it. When I got back into town, Mom and I took care of a few errands and then went to try out a new restaurant in town. A few months ago, Panera Bread opened up. I ended up getting a half a Turkey and Bacon sandwich with a cup of chicken noodle soup. Mom got something similar. However, our bill came to $20!!! Way too expensive for a couple of sandwiches and soup, so we won’t be back.

Around 7 pm, Mom and I went to go visit Grandma. For a change, Grandma’s roommate was in a good mood and she joined in on our conversation and laughter. Usually the roommate gets angry whenever we come to visit Grandma. After visiting Grandma, we came home and I took care of a few things. I went to bed early, so I got plenty of sleep. At 6:30 am, I woke up feeling refreshed. After getting ready, Mom and I did our weekly grocery shopping at Al’s.

At 9 am, I went to work. I worked 9 am - 5 pm, on the U-Scans. It was a very busy day and we were up 25% compared to projections and up 64% compared to last year. Around 2:30 pm, Stacie took over for me to give me a break from the U-Scans. So I was in the office for the next hour. I spent the last 1.5 hours of my shift on register.

After work, I tried out a new recipe that one of my co-workers gave me. It was a quick version of lasagna. Instead of using lasagna noodles and meat, you just buy frozen raviolis. You layer the pan first with sauce, then raviolis, and then cheese. Repeat until out of ingredients. It only took 30 minutes to bake and preparation time was not much at all. It came out well, but you had that hint of frozen taste in the raviolis. This won’t be a regular recipe for me, but if I need something quick I would make it again.

I had a couple of things to take care of after dinner. Then I went over to Brittany’s place to hang out with Brittany and Davey. I brought my vacation pictures and they enjoyed seeing them. After hanging out with them, I came home and went to sleep. On Friday, I got my paycheck and saw that I did get that .24 cent raise in addition to the .26 cent raise I got last week. I also got back pay from last week. So that was good. :) After sorting through my money, I took care of some errands. Then Mom and I had our one meal for the day. We had tuna crescents w/ mac & cheese.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 10:36:29 AM

{{{{hugs}}} Justin
See you next on Sunday!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 9:46:21 AM

Good morning Justin...wishing you all the best on this Good Friday. Morning cloud with light rain during the afternoon. High of 10°C/50°F. Outlaws over for dinner later today. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 9:41:21 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 5:38:52 AM

Good Friday greetings Justin!

Wishing you a holy w/e, with some time off.

Went outdoors early to do what was hoped to be over for 6 months. Brush snow off the windshield of the Dart and scrap the thick ice off the glass. The ice scraping took 15 minutes in 11 (-12°C) temps.

Melted snow turned to ice and was 2" thick. Very solid ice due to the unseasonably low temps the past two days. Needed to back up the Dart for a bit just to go forward. The gravel road was nicely plowed down to the surface.

Bought at the mkt were a new to me item. Sweet Twister peppers, inspired by flavour. Grown at Mastronardi Produce Ltd, Kingsville, ON. They are greenhouse Grown • Family Owned • 4th Generation, now in their 60th year. Truly sweet tasting peppers, that was $2 a lb.

Also bought were Mineolas 50¢ ea, asparagus for an unreal $1 (no typo) a lb, baby bellas 10 oz for $2.28, cukes for 40¢ and giant plastic shopping bag size heads of green lettuce for $1.50. Passed on $2.85 a lb grapes. Have produce remaining from last week.

Visited my pal the mgr at Rite Aid, then decided to pass on a trip to Subway, WM, and Shaw's Supermarket. Did stop at Parker's Mkt and Deli to get a slice of pizza. They have one of the few places where a ⅙ of slice of an 18" pizza can be bought starting at $2.50 (tax inc).

It has been months since my last visit. Told the young pizza baker gal that pizza could be smelled. Shoot she said and ran over to get a giant pizza oven spatula and removed the pie. It was well burnt around the edges. She gave the entire 18" cheese pizza pie for free. Thank you so very much!

Drove to Whitefield to see if my pal the meat mgr was working. Asked him if he and his co-worker wanted some slices of pizza free. They took two slices a piece and wrapped them up for lunch. No excellent deals on meat were found this week.

Drove around munching on slices of pizza and came across the CT River in flood water stage. There were barricades of red and white stripped signs that read Closed due to flood water.

Took about 40 pix of the river pouring over the CT River Hwy, Rt 135 nearly up to the top of the guardrail. Several homes beside the banks need a boat to leave or return, or wait the flood out.

The Official National Weather Service out of Grey ME had a Flood Warning extended until Saturday morning. "The Flood Warning continues for the Connecticut River near Dalton until Saturday morning."

At 12 PM Thursday the stage was 21.6 feet. *Flood stage is 17.0 feet.* The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by late tomorrow evening. Lots of pix were shot.

The low yesterday morning was just 10°F (-12°C). The temp now is 21°F (-6°C), with the high to be 52°F (11°C). Spring returns.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 12:29:12 AM

Hey Justin! Hope you have an awesome weekend!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:45:57 PM

Good afternoon Justin...bright sunny day but a cool high of 8°C/46.4°F. Happy I`m off the weekend...just have to get through today that is going ok so far. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:59:53 AM

Good morning Justin!

Hope you will plant tomatoes and other veggies. Your mom and you both can share the planting, maintenance, and harvest. Add a little of triple 10 fertilizer and some nice organic stuff. Is there a veg/produce compost pile in your yard to make black gold?

Boiled a half lb of tri-color pasta in the microwave yesterday. It was al dente in 11 minutes. Pan fried some thawed cod, red bell peppers, vidalia onions, then microwave cooked some broccoli florets.

To this a drained can of pitless medium black olives and some peel and eat shrimp were prepared. Nice sized shrimp that are 41 to the lb. Mixed it all up with some lightly cooked diced garlic and a liberal amount of evoo added.

Made homemade Japanese shrimp sauce using the following:
3/4 tsp paprika
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder,
+ or - per taste
3 tbsp melted butter
mix all into a plastic or glass mixing bowl
add 1 cup real mayonnaise (never salad dressing)
Light or no fat is okay. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
It allows all the flavors to mingle.

Optional: a teaspoon of tomato paste for added color and acidity. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper for a little spiciness

One can just dip the shrimp into the sauce, as an appetizer, or mix the creamy sauce with the entire contents for a salubrious feast.

After eating this scrumptious meal, a fancy dessert was in order. Made a coffee cup size root beer float with real maple syrup, chocolate and pistachio nut ice cream. Was so delish a second cup was enjoyed.

The low yesterday morning was just 19°F (-7°C). The high was 28°F (-2°F). 3" of powder fell and remained. The temp is 12°F (-11°C) with the high to be 47°F (8°C). Will shop at the market and a few other stores later.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:08:06 PM

Good evening Justin

First order of business, I want to send out a special request to all you.

I am asking for prayers for a close friend of mine that is in a world of hurt right now. Give them strength through a rough time in their lives and that they may have the courage and strength to move forward from this tough situation. I have said it once and I'll say it again and again. God has blessed me with the best supporting cast one could have. Thanks a bunch. I have kept this person anonymous out of respect to them. Thanks to you all.

Now, for this week's edition of Dino's Jukebox. Doing it a day early as I will not be working tomorrow night and won't be able to get to the computer.

This week's edition of Dino's Jukebox comes as a special request from our own TUrtLE and KHF. The song was written by John Fogerty in 1968 and was released as a single that peaked at #2 in March of 1969, a little over 45 years ago. The song has been taken from other parts of songs where one of which was about a "washerwoman named Mary." The line "Left a good job in the city" was written following Fogerty's discharge from the National Guard, and the line "rollin' on the river" was from a movie by Will Rogers. It has been covered numerous times by the likes of Solomon Burke, Kenny Rogers, David Bowie, and Buck Owens. It was notably famous by Ike and Tina Turner in 1971 and rereleased by Tina in 1993 for the movie soundtrack for "What's Love Got To Do With It." You can't beat the original and it is tonight's jukebox selection. Happy Easter weekend everyone.

P - "Proud Mary" - Credence Clearwater Revival
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 5:31:21 PM

Hi Justin,Haven't stopped by in a while. Glad to hear you are getting a lot of sleep(they call it beauty rest). Sounds like you & your mom had a real nice vacation even though it was a short one. It's good to see her smile & I'm glad to see that you both visit grandma often.

I made 10 quarts of home made spaghetti sauce today. The Italians call it gravy. The tomatoes were in the freezer from our garden, we had so many when we were getting ready to leave for Florida that I just throw them in the freezer. Now that it's all made & cooked I will put it in containers & freeze for later use.

Tomorrow Wrench & I will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. When we got married it was a beautiful sunny day with some rain showers. Last night we had a little snow & it was in the 30's. Take care
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:15:03 PM

Good afternoon Justin...lots of troubles getting onto the GB site today. Finally made it! Sunny but a high of only 2°C/35.6°F. A light morning dusting of snow had me drive to work today. Might be able to pedal to work tomorrow. Have a great day.
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