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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: Jul 23, 2014 8:41:34 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Photo by Steve Power posted on the county web site.

I left comments in TL on your last post.
Will you and mom both be working at Barney's on Thursday?

Continuing:

A blonde and a brunette are skydiving.

The brunette jumps out the plane and pulls the cord -- nothing happens.

She pulls the emergency cord and still nothing.

The blonde finally jumps out of the plane and yells "Oh! So you wanna race, huh?"

Have a wild and wonderful Wednesday!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 5:31:30 AM

Good morning Justin!

Got cha that Mystic wants her castle all to herself. She mean business. Good she will remain a house cat. Best for health and safety.

Forgot the medium black olives in that combo. Always serve your food 1¼ to 1&fra12; sized pieces, so folks don't have to cut. A steak, etc is dif.

Liked the Al's flyer you linked to. See your prices for meats has also increased. $5 a lb for reg priced hamburger is just plain sick. It is not the packing plants. It is Corp greed. Doggone it. Just paid $1.99 for 85% than was closer to 90%.

Welcome Cynthia nicely if she moves to MI City. Hope the boating w/ Katie and her dad is soon. Summer is nearly half over. Do you have giant arcades and mini golf? Any big theme parks w/a couple of wild roller coasters in them?

This hospital moved from downtown Littleton to the outskirts w/no traffic at all. The area's newest and largest. Big employment there as well. Food is so good, folks go there for their casual meals. Low prices as well.

Went out at 8 AM yesterday to water all the plants, enjoy the sun rising over the forest, and the splendid new day. Near the road the smaller of the two patches of wildflowers had a 16" circle bared to the ground.

A grouse feather remained as evidence of what dug into the already soft hand tilled soil and spent the night.

Added some repellent to the area, reseeded it, watered the brushed in soil, covered it w/newsprint, and watered the soil. Will see if the deer and rabbit repellent along w/a human smell added to the ground will keep the pesky critter off my wildflowers.

Got ready for my 11 AM diabetes orientation visit and left right away north of Lancaster to the lovely Town Of Groveton. The Medical Center was real easy to find as it is two doors down from the Fire Station.

Was taken into the office minutes after may arrival, escorted to an exam room by a nurse which took my vitals. This day my pulse was 74 w/my BP at 139 over 78.

My weight was an entire 1 pound down from two weeks earlier. Now down 5 lbs since March. The Doc came in and introduced herself w/a smile. Again by her first name. Really like the friendliness.

Did let her talk for some minutes. When she began to explain the basics of carbs calories and sugar intake, she was stopped. Let her know the basic when well known and to get right into the nitty gritty of our meet.

She explained my pancreas is producing plenty of insulin yet my cells, all of the were rejecting this. Elaborated how my hip cartilage wore down to the bone and hiking, 40 miles (64 km) each week w/10-15,000 ft (3000-4,800 km) of elevation each week had to stop.

Further explained my new thirst and desire for apple, blueberry, egg custard pie w/ice cream, and lemonade (sugar) along with my habit of bread, pasta, rice, and pizza (carbs).

She did a meal by meal in depth analysis of my typical meals for a week. She calculated that of the target of 200 grams of carbs ea day, my highest is 195 w/my lowest being 180 grams. That is how my weight has dropped nice and slow at 1 lb per month.

She was thrilled that my snacks are mainly avocados and grapes and my use of cinnamon (Decreases Blood Sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol) is substantial. The 10 benefits of cinnamon (a quick read list) has been known for over two thousand years.

In the summary of yesterday's visit the doc wrote: "Patient is quite knowledgeable in nutrition, had given up a lot of carbs, and sugar which is reflected in his 5 lb weight loss."

Know by lowering carbs and all sugar intake my weight will continue to see pounds lost. She gave a goal of losing 11 more lbs. In this manner no meds will be needed to control the borderlin diabeties. Happy to be healthy.

Civil twilight is 4:48 AM EDT. Night is 8:55 PM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM. Set: 8:21 PM.

Length of day: 14h 58m. Length of visible light: 16h 07m. Tomorrow will be 2m 2s shorter.

The temp is 63° (17°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon along w/a t-banger.

"Thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds...large hail...heavy rainfall and frequent lightning." -wunderground.com. Just like a real storm.

Have a fabulous day!

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Dino72
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 1:31:54 AM

Good evening Justin

Love your pictures. Just keep them coming.


Was listening into my favorite talk show on WWVA this morning. The host has just returned from a weekend in Boston and had a great time. He brought up something interesting about the trip. He debated about it and decided to go and enjoy himself with a few good friends. He's in his early 40s like me and made the point of saying "Just do it." You may not get another chance to do something like this, and if you give every excuse in the world, you'll never do it.

I had a similar opportunity approach me in 2008. A lot of you here remember what a turbulent summer that was for me. One of my close friends has a Sister who lives in Marysville, Michigan just outside of Port Huron. He and his Cousin was going up for 4th of July weekend to visit and they invited me. I debated on it and decided, "Heck with it, I was going." I took a day off of work and we proceeded to head to Michigan on the 4th which fell on a Friday that year. We got up there and it was not only my first time in Michigan, but my first time in Canada as we crossed over and went to one of the Provincial parks. It was a very relaxing weekend for me and I enjoyed the company of two of my best friends. Looking back, I don't regret the trip at all. As a matter of fact, my Mom called me that afternoon to invite me out there for dinner. I returned her call to let her know I was just outside of Columbus and we were heading north. Just one of those "Bucket list" types of things. A spontaneous trip with two of my best friends. I got home Sunday night and to bed around 1:30 and back up at 5 AM to go to work the next day. I was tired, but it was worth it.

Hard to believe that was six years ago.
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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 1:07:28 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♪ That is good you were like a Detective and found out where the missing $400 went at work! I read your entire update here. I am sure you felt relieved and thankful to God when you figured out what happened to the missing $400! Trying to figure out where the missing money went is a very stressful situation to be in. I hope you enjoyed your day off from work and your Mom with her day at work!

You're welcome for reading your full updates, and for my comments here and on the pictures. I hope you will enjoy the remainder of this summer, as school is almost back.

Thank you for √ing out the garden tomato pictures and for your kind words! Thank you also for your prayers and kind wishes for me to find the right job after putting in so many hours of hard work with my job searches, submitted online resumes, and employment surveys. I personally know of some people who have taken months and even years with job searching, and never found another job in spite of trying so hard. Now I can really understand and relate to the struggles they are going through. In this recession, even odd and lower paying jobs are not easy to land.

Thankfully my Tuesday went well, as I shared at my Studio.

Have a Beautiful Night!
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:15:02 AM

Justin.....looks like you had fun! Just a few days to go until I am out of here.
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KHF
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:11:03 AM


Hi Justin - It looks like a lovely time out with all the family for a meal. Those servings appear to be really large. Was your grandma able to eat all that piled on her plate?

It sounds as if you solved the mystery of the missing $400. Any clue about the other two amounts missing?

I can imagine how Mystic feels that any other feline is an intruder. She has been queen of her realm for too long. I am lucky that my old cat (14 years old) has no problem with the two new “kittens”. (The “kittens” are pretty much full sized now at 14 months old.)They do not socialize, but mingle around the house together. They all manage to get along with the 3 dogs, as well,except for the female “kitten” - Chloe. She does not like the 2 year old poodle, Odie, chasing her. The other cats just ignore him or jump up somewhere and then ignore him. I am hoping that Chloe can learn to do the same, eventually.

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5:32:47 PM

Good afternoon jjdm and All!
 
jj, Yikes! That discrepancy sounds serious. Looks like you have it under control. Hope it is just an accounting error.
 
Nice family photo! Thank you for sharing. Meal looks great too.
 
Good day to stay in with the AC! Watered the outside plants but they could use more yet by the looks of their droopy leaves.
 
Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 3:21:35 PM

Good afternoon Justin...sunny day with a high of 30°C/86°F feeling like 38°C/100.4°F with humidity. Played golf this morning(best round of the year so far). Indoors the rest of the day. Humidity to break tomorrow...yes! Have a good day.
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Mudsprings
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:54:12 PM


Good Bye Justin!

Thanks for not acknowledging me again. I'm a BIG BOY and can take it. You go on and on to Midnight Sunshine for 16 lines.

It's another beautiful day here. The temperature is 80°F.

Thanks for pumping my news story if you know how. You know how to pump other things. Do I have to elaborate here?

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jjdm
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 11:15:49 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
New Fax Machine

Family Lunch Pt. 1

Yesterday I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, in the office. When I got there, the Front-End Manager was telling me how for last week, we were short $107. She also mentioned that she did a midday for the day and we were short $400 in the safe and over $176 in the office drawer. After she left, I started setting myself up for the close.

At 5 pm, I went out to help with the dinner rush. This dinner rush was so huge, that I had to have another bagger open up a register, have Isaac help at the office, and have the other three stockers (Billy, Keith, and Tammy) come up to bag. This lasted for 30 minutes. The last customer of mine was Gary, the manager. He told me that JT, the store manager at Barney’s, needs me there on Thursday. Apparently a stocker quit on him and another is injured due to horsing around on the loading area. So they replaced my Franklin shift on Thursday and I will be heading up to Barney’s for a day.

At 5:30 pm, I was able to count a drawer. 7 pm, another drawer came in for me to count. 8:30 pm, I pulled one of the manager’s drawers and counted it. Then I started closing down the office (balancing money orders, coinstars, and running lottery reports) and counted the office drawer. That ended up being over $200! After that I counted the liquor drawer. Then I declared the U-Scans for the night.

At 9:30 pm, I counted the 9:30 pm drawer, which ended up being over $200 also! Found out why, it was never loaned out any money!! A drawer always begins with $200. So I loaned that out and it came out fine. So I wonder with those two mistakes (the 9:30 pm drawer and the office drawer), if that’s where the missing $400 was.

At 10 pm, I pulled the last cashier’s drawer and had her run on the manager drawer. Counted that drawer and then I made a cash deposit. I send the last cashier home at 10:30, 30 minutes early since I had everything done. At 11 pm, the store closed and I counted the manager drawer. Then I made my deposits for checks, WICs, and CVVs. Lastly I ran some reports and then bam, done. We were up 16% from our projected numbers and up 18% from last year. Good start to the week.

When I got home, Mom and I had grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup for dinner. Then I went to sleep for a little over 8 hours. Woke up just before Mom was leaving for work. She is working 9 am - 1 pm, doing fruit cutting.

TUrtLE x2, yes, you did well. :) Thanks for all of your comments about my day! I’m ready to take on the challenges of my daily life, which is almost like taking on the world. lol! Thanks for today’s blonde joke. :-)

HappyHiker, sounds like a nice, relaxing day for you. That’s wonderful that you volunteer, especially at your church!

Farful, thanks for your comment on one of my pics! That’s good that there are people out there like Chad!

Dino72, gutters are always fun to clean out. ;) I think that could be a sign, or a hint! Good luck to Emily. Thanks for your comments on two of my earlier pics!

KHF, I believe it will continue for Mom until at least Labor Day. Yes, Mystic is strictly indoors. The last time Mystic got out, she got fleas. It was a painful experience for Mystic and it took forever to get all of the fleas out of our house. Mystic did see one of the new kitties by our door. Mystic was hissing and growling at the poor thing. The kitten was all hunched up and frightened. I tried to move Mystic away from the door, but she bit me. That’s just Mystic’s personality, she thinks she is the Queen...lol. Thanks for sharing your experience with disposing hazardous waste. At our local collection that took place last Saturday, they also removed everything from my car and did the sorting. Nice and easy!

MadDog, my week has been like it usually is.

MusicTeacher, thanks for your comments on my pics. :) No need to apologize for the mix up. I have so many friends, so it’s hard for others to keep track of all them. :) Thanks for reading through my update and for commenting on it! What a nice tropical sunset.

Midnight, thanks for your comments on my pics! BTW, I did save some chemicals. They were in a separate place in the garage. I did take a picture of them as well, but I figured y’all wouldn’t want to see two pics of chemicals. ;) As for taking in an extra kitty, I would love to do so. However, Mystic would not allow it. She is very territorial. For example, Mystic did see one of the new kitties by our door. Mystic was hissing and growling at the poor thing. The kitten was all hunched up and frightened. I tried to move Mystic away from the door, but she bit me. Thanks for your overall summary on how to cook a masterpiece! Sad to see that’s how your lady friend had to go. Thanks for the suggesting to buy a patch and a set of golf pencils for Katie. Come next week and we have 81% lean ground beef on sale for $2.88 a pound. Only double what you pay for kidney beans. ;) Correct, Cynthia is Brittany’s sis. She did break up with her boyfriend, however living over 3 hours away does not help. Brittany is constantly bugging her to move out to Michigan City. I like Brittany’s suggestion. Katie and her Dad came through my line yesterday. Good to chat with them. The Dad said we will find a time where we all can go on the boat. That is quite an expansion when you need to have a road relocated! I bet it was nice to see that waterfall! Good that the tech that took care of you was well qualified. Thanks for the video about ocular migraines. I’ve used those types of sunglasses before after visiting the eye doctor.

Claudie, yay that you're finally getting rain!

trugasCA, I’m glad you enjoy my pics and my take on the grocery business! I understand your feelings about why the shoplifter would take the meat. Sometimes people are in such a struggle, that they resort to bad things.

Good day!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:47:21 AM

Morning:
I enjoy your pics and learning about the grocery business as well. Since my son is a small part of that business, l also learn about what he is dealing with. Sad to hear that the shoplifter was dealing with such a problem that she felt lunchmeat would help her out. I always wonder about a person's life when they are caught stealing such things as necessities. Not like going for big bucks or even a treat like a steak, but lunchmeat for packing kid's or husband's lunch? Who knows, but l just feel for them.

Of course l don't condone theft, but the item always makes me sympathetic to their problems.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:21:30 AM

Good morning Justin,

Continuing:

During late spring one year, a blonde was trying out her new boat. She was unable to have her boat perform, travel through water, or do any maneuvers whatsoever no matter how hard she tried.

After trying for over three days to make it work properly, she decided to seek help. She putted the boat over to the local marina in hopes that someone there could identify her problem.

Workers determined that everything from the engine to the outdrive was working perfectly on the topside of the boat. So, a puzzled marina employee jumped into the water to check underneath the boat for problems. Because he was laughing so hard, he came up choking on water and gasping for air. Under the boat, still strapped in place securely, was the trailer.

Enjoy a Terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:52:49 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Glad your mom got the extra hour last week and is getting her 12 hours this week.

We got a little bit more rain close to midnight last night. I checked the rain gauge this morning and we got another 3-tenths-of-an-inch. Not too bad. :) Sheesh! We go for a coupla weeks without getting ANY at all and now we're getting a good amount every day! <shakes head>

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5:36:47 AM

Good morning Justin!

Carrots, broccoli, red bell peppers, onions, baby bella, always make a fabulous presentation. Healthy eating and it is eye candy. Add chickie, beef, pork, shrimp, etc and you will present a masterpiece. Crush up lots of bacon and add cheeses to stuffed portabella mushrooms. Never forget the garlic. Folks (Gals!) will rave over your meals. Look what it did for Hop Sing!

Katie is worried she will fail. The patch costs 5 days of cigs. $30 is a small price to pay to quit, taste food entirely again, and regain health. Throat, mouth, lung cancer is a painful way to die.

My dear lady friend died of lung cancer in May of 2013. She suffered greatly in the hospital with tubes in her stomach, on her arms, nose, and was on a ventilator. Smokers are usually die hard. In 3 days the drug is gone. Perhaps buy her a patch and a set of golf/bowling score pencils. In place of the cig.

Like Al's flyer and sale this week. Will take the red/black grapes,Hunts tomato sauce, and snapin' fresh green beans. See even in the midwest meat prices have climbed in the past two months. Gosh, gas/diesel did not even jump as much as meat. Am learning to have red kidney beans at $1.50 a lb over retail meat prices.

Isn't Cynthia Brittany sis. She is a fine looking woman. Too bad she has a b/f and lives so far away. Katie, the patch and your encouragement would be a fantastic team. Seems her dad likes you, which is an important plus.

The low was 50° (15°C) yesterday. The windows were open all night with the house cooling off to a lovely 66° by 8 AM. Spent 90 minutes doing the laundry. Had a 6 inch white egg and bacon w/jack cheese and a 12oz coffee for $3.27 inc tax while in Littleton.

Stopped at Olympic Sports to exchange a printed t-shirt of the reigning World Series champs. Seems the thread in the right underarm was not fully stitched. No problem to exchange it for another.

Headed to the Physician Offices at the Littleton Regional Hospital for my 10:30 appointment. This new and modern hospital with the latest healthcare equipment greatly expanded on the east side and had to have a road relocated 1,000 ft from its original location.

Went to the Eye care unit. It looks fabulous w/a waterfall in the lobby that was 24' tall. Five tiers the water falls. Plants surround the base of the 14' pond. A fantastic indoor display.

Lots of beautiful photography framed 16"x 24" on the walls. Love the North Country hospitality. Everyone smiles and introduces themselves by their first names.

Arrived before time and filled out the typical 3 page form, which is routine and expected. Waited all of 5 minutes before a female tech called me inside the exam room.

Lots of Q's were asked by the tech and by me. All the wonderful eye tests were performed. Then the dilation drops were inserted.Can tell this tech is well qualified. She pulls down the skin beneath the eye. the drops were aimed and a bullseye was accurate.

After the drops took effect the good OD (eye doc) came in smiling, shook my hand and introduced himself, also by his first name. He tested for glaucoma, then tested retina pressure and looked inside the retina w/a magnifying lens and strong lighting.

He said my retina is perfect and has no signs of any problems in the future. No glaucoma either. Said my vision has superimposed jagged bright spots know as ocular migraine. (A quick 49 sec video of it starting and it seen at the max)

Asked while here about and eye vision exam. He said it would be a false reading w/my retinas being dilated. The desk gave me an appointment in three weeks.

Also given to me was a Rollens wrap around sun glasses. With my retinas dilated to the max, the bright sun was intolerable. This simple device filters out the UV rays superbly. Sat in the sun reading for an hour.

Returned home to water the gardens, the new lawn repairs, and the new germinating wildflowers. All is growing exceptionally well. A fantastic sight and a super happy feeling.

Civil twilight is 4:47 AM EDT. Night is 8:56 PM.

Sunrise: 5:22 AM. Set: 8:22 PM.

Length of day: 15h 0m. Length of visible light: 16h 09m. Tomorrow will be 2m 0s shorter.

The temp is 56° (13°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Two more sunny days ahead.

An appointment w/a diabetic specialist at Weeks Memorial Hospital on dieting to lower glucose levels is at 11AM.

Have a wonderful day!

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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 1:59:07 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♫ So glad you have had a busy and productive time of work, visits with family and friends, and some much needed rest too! I read your full update here. Glad your Mom got some extra work hours! That is good you still did well on bowling in spite of not playing it for about one year. How nice that you took the time to visit Brittany and Davey. That is good you and your Mom also visited your Grandma. And then you visited Ian. Wow, so many visitations in between work and home!

I hope the rest of your week will go well!

Sorry for the mix-up regarding your friends. It's not easy to remember who is who in the pictures.

Thank you for √ing out the Church Lunch pictures from my day yesterday and for your kind comments. Thank you also for your kind thoughts for my quick recovery from terrible allergies yesterday. Often lack of sleep triggers bad allergies.

Thankfully my Monday went well, as I shared at my Studio with pictures.

Good Night!
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:48:36 AM

Justin......Thanks! Hope your week is awesome buddy!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 11:46:18 PM

Hi Justin -

Great that your mom got the extra and has her full 12 hours scheduled next week. Hopefully this will continue.

That is a mighty cute little kitty. I am gathering that Mystic is just an indoor cat, so they do not meet. Yes?

That was a good collection of old chemicals you found to dispose of. We have those hazardous waste collections around here, too, and I have managed to get rid of a LOT of old stuff. They have just been doing it locally the last 10 years or so. We can always drive down to the main waste disposal place (about 12 miles from me) and leave all that stuff any time. I just never wanted to go down there. They have the local one set up so well that you never have to get out of your car. You just drive up and they unload everything and sort it and you just drive off. Nice and easy. At the main location, one has to unload it oneself and sort it to separate areas.

It is nice that your relatives are able to stay for so long so you can get in a lot of visiting. I am sure your grandma is very happy about it, too.

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 11:11:14 PM

Good evening Justin

The gutters are my next project. Again, another thing I wanted to get done outside this past weekend and the rain hampered those plans.

Seemed appropriate this evening on the way to work, bouncing from radio station to radio station when I found one playing "Manic Monday" from the Bangles. I hope it's not a sign.

Enjoying some blueberries and getting ready to start another night. One of my favorite parts of summer. The many various berries available.

Another death in the Wood County school system happened over the weekend. This time it was Tom Eschbacher (pronounced "Esh Bocker") the principal at Parkersburg South high school. He would die of brain cancer at age 51.

Heading to Parkersburg on Wednesday. Emily has a double header at the Elite Center. These will be her last two games in the summer league there. Time to get the night jump started. Take care.
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Farful
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:52:37 PM

Good evening jjdm and All!
 
jj, Thank you for sharing more photos. Properly disposing unwanted chemicals is better for the environment. Chad Pregracke would be proud of you. He sure does a good job helping clean up the Mississippi.
 
Enjoy the rest of Monday!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 7:04:04 PM

Hi Justin, our temps are climbing back up again, 89 today and back in the 90's tomorrow. Today is a quiet day, a nice walk and then lots of little errands to take and calls to make. It's nice for a change, and since I'm still not back working out at the gym I have extra time. One of the great things about being retired is having time to volunteer and being able to pick and choose the activities in which I want to participate. Church activities are very high on my list.

Have a good evening.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 5:49:37 PM

Good Afternoon Justin.
This is my second trip here but I covered up my tracks from the first time. I did well didn't I?

I'd say you did plenty decent with your bowling. More important to enjoy yourself than have a high score unless you're bowling in a tournament.

Every extra hour helps. I can tell from what you said that your mom felt good about it.

Very nice for grandma that all went to visit her in what worked out to be two shifts.

With enough sleep sounds like you're ready to take on the world now, well almost. :-)

Go Justin Go!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 5:40:25 PM


Good Afternoon Justin!

Thanks for not acknowledging me. I'm a BIG BOY and can take it.

It's another beautiful day here. The temperature is 82°F.

Did you ever play golf with John Elway? He was playing in Lake Tahoe and has played there for the past 25 years. They're still looking for his body in the lake.

Thanks for pumping my news story. I'll try to have another good ONE tonight.

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jjdm
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 3:41:54 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Kitten

Chemicals

Good news for Mom. She was suppose to work 9 am - 1 pm on Saturday, but she ended up staying until 2 pm (an hour over) since there were some party fruit trays that were ordered. So that brought her total amount of hours for the week to 13 hours, which is up from the 8 hours last week. Next week Mom is scheduled 12 hours.

During Saturday afternoon, Mom and I met Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug, and Jenna at the bowling alley. We played several games together. Overall I did decent considering that I haven’t bowled in over a year. My scores ranged between 90-110. After bowling, Mom and I came home and had leftover brats, chicken, and corn-on-the-cob for dinner.

Around 8 pm, I stopped over at Brittany and Davey’s place and visited with them for a couple of hours. I got home a little after 10 pm and then went to sleep for about 7 hours. On Sunday, Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. Our associate pastor said Mass again.

I worked 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. For the first 4.5 hours, I inputted invoices, credits, and transfers into the computer. For the remainder of my shift, I helped up front, stocked candy, took my breaks, and pulled expired temporary price reduction tags. I was able to go on my last break with Jan and catch up with her. :)

After work, I picked up some Italian Beef sandwiches from Albano’s. Mom and I enjoyed those for dinner and were filled up after eating those huge sandwiches. Around 7 pm, Mom and I stopped by to visit Grandma and see how she was doing. Grandma said that Aunt Chris and Uncle Doug had just left before we came...what timing! lol. We had a good visit together.

After our visit, I came home and composed some of this GB update. Later in the evening I stopped over at Ian’s house and visited with him. During my visit, we also stopped at McDonald’s to get some 50 cent ice cream cones. We brought those back to his house and chatted and watched some TV.

When I got home, I went to sleep and slept for over 9 hours. This morning I took care of my usual daily tasks and took it easy. In the afternoon, Mom and I did some more cleaning in the garage.

KHF, I’m glad you also liked that picture. I liked it and that’s the main reason why I shared it with everyone here. :) I always love to explain about the grocery biz. I learn something new about it everyday.

SteelPenny, lol never been to a Texas Fair before. Just been through Texas to get to another destination. One day I’ll try a corn dog.

attitash x2, good that you had a dry pedal home. Nice to have the car when it rains. How did you do at golf?

MusicTeacher, I’m glad you enjoyed reading through my latest updates. :) Thanks for your comments on my pics! BTW, Cynthia is not a mother. She is Hailee’s Aunt. I added some extra clarification below the title. If you’d like to see Hailee’s mother, I have a picture of Brittany and Hailee playing together a few pictures back in the same GB album. Yes, I would never want those hazardous things going into our landfills. It is worth the wait to have them properly disposed. Thanks for sharing what it’s like to see some of your former students as adults now. :)

MadDog x2, have a good start to your week bud! Have a fun roadtrip!

Midnight x2, learned some of my cooking style from you. ;) Thank you for all of your tips, suggestions, and recipes! For some reason Katie is scared to try the patch. I mentioned the idea of the patch to her again and she replied, “nah, those things cost a million dollars.” Can tell she is not serious about quitting...yet. Once she is serious she will try the patch. I remember learning about Freud in my Psychology class. Haha, my pulse would have gone way higher than 94. Must say it is a joy to work at a grocery store with several good looking ladies. Added plus is that there are some cute shoppers too. Greater amount of cute shoppers where Mom works (Barney’s). Head of security and his assistant caught a shoplifter on Sunday. She stole several packages of lunch meat totaling $23. She was in tears when the police took her away. Good to drive slow while the police are out! I enjoyed checking out your ad. Here is this week’s ad for Al’s. Just like Littleton, New Buffalo also gets summer traffic. Thanks for your comment on one of my pics! Ha, I’ve still only had that one day that I woke up really early. It was nice. Good to get some yardwork in and listen to some baseball.

Claudie, porch time is always fun.

TUrtLE x2, read my updates whenever you can, no rush! :) One you thing you already know is that I’m always busy doing something. Thank you for the Sunday movie. Mom and I watched and enjoyed it. Thanks for your comment on one of my pics! That caption fits the pic well! Good to see the blonde jokes return.

trugasCA x2, nice that you are doing well. :) Oh, I sure will!

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies! I like the first two the best.

HappyHiker, nice that you are able to enjoy some cooler temps. Good news about those kids! That’s awesome that you were able to volunteer.

Dino72, that’s a good price for an oil change. Great that your computer works again! Thanks for sharing the tribute with us. Nice that you were able to mow your lawn and have your yard looking nice.

Good day!

[Edited by: jjdm at 7/21/2014 3:43:54 PM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 3:32:28 PM

Good afternoon Justin...a sunny day with a high of 26°C/78.8°F feeling like 32°C/89.6°F. Played some golf this morning. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 9:24:14 AM


Good Morning Justin!

I miss the low temperatures in Tahoe. Right now it's 64°F here.

Last night I passed a friend of mine on the all-time list. Look at his hobbies. That's a true friend.

I saw James Garner starring in "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files." Not many kids of your generation know who he was.

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:26:29 AM

Morning:
Have a full and busy productive and fun day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:18:37 AM

Good Morning Justin,
The caption reads, "Blue Heron waiting for breakfast to swim by…"
Photo taken by Ken Gagne.

Blonde jokes this week.
I chose ones that I haven't heard.

Two blondes had driven across the country to see Disney World in Florida.

As they approached it and got onto the final stretch of highway, they saw a sign saying "Disney World Left!"

After thinking for a minute, the driver blonde said "Oh well!" and started driving back home.

Happy Monday!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 4:57:22 AM

Good morning Justin!

Bet you have a nice time in church, seeing your family, and had a busy day at work. Looking forward to the read you will share. Lots of hours left in the day at 4:56 AM.

Finished my Starcraft: Brood War battles early yesterday morning taking turns being a member of the terran, zerg, and protoss races. Lots of joy playing land, air and deep space battles.

Went out mid morning to look at the straw and blue berries. All is well. Plants wildflowers, and the repairs to the lawn are going very well. The new grass is 2" tall. Decided to remove its newsprint and water w/fertilizer.

Worked prying out the humongous rip rap in the now 2' x 6' hole. Using boulders for a basic lever & fulcrum. This riprap must be very deep, very heavy and very huge.

Could not even move it after 1 hour of solid effort. A new plan is to dug under it and have it collapse at least 3 inches below the lawn grade. Then plant the annuals bought for this area the beginning of July.

Dug up the roots and rocks in the final remaining section that contains the newly planted wildflower seeds. Added a new 4' x 5' extension w/a fine looking radius corner.

Have a mere 2' x 4' area to plant the remaining wildflowers. All is growing well. Harvested some strawberries and enough blueberries for a pleasing snack. Temp rose to 84° (29°C) for the high in clear skies.

Listened to the the home team play the KC Royals yesterday afternoon. First in the house, then in the sun. The home team won the series.

Civil twilight is 4:46 AM EDT. Night is 8:58 PM.

Sunrise: 5:21 AM. Set: 8:23 PM.

Length of day: 15h 02m. Length of visible light: 16h 11m. Tomorrow will be 1m 56s shorter.

The temp is 50° (10°C) with the high to be 82° (28°C). Three more sunny days ahead.

Looks like a fine morning to get my laundry done. Have an eye exam scheduled for 10:30 at the Littleton Regional Hospital.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 2:54:27 AM

Good evening Justin

Lately we've got oil changed at a shop in St. Marys. Mrs. K has done business with him forever and he's very fair. An oil change with him is $28 and change. Did I make a wish? I wished my computer would start working again. Looks like I got my wish.

Back after a weekend off of doing not much. Rain cancelled my plans to mow on Saturday. Got it done Sunday afternoon and the yard looks much better now. As you may know by now, we lost another great actor in James Garner. He was known for several movies and TV shows. However, I grew up in the '70s and I remember him as Jim Rockford. Never watched the show, but my parents did and the theme was what stood out to me. He will be missed

TV Theme from "The Rockford Files"

The heat returns to the area this week. After daytime temps in the 70s last week, we should be pushing 90 most of this week. Time to jump start the week. If it sounds weak, don't worry. It's just the lawn mower.

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 1:59:02 AM

Hey Justin....Hope you have a great week! Leaving for Nashville Thursday after work! Sunday....Oklahoma here I come!
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Mudsprings
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Good Evening Justin!

The long lost TUrtLE is finally found. I'm still waiting for Sunshine to show up. I know he comments on your pictures. It sounds like KHF is getting old in her old age.

We just got home about two hours ago. The temperature when we left Tahoe was 55°F. Here right now it's 82°F. I barbecued corn and hamburgers.

The drive home kills Kathie's back. I'm not much better.

We got diesel in Fresno for $3.75. Still not the $3.63 I paid in Carson City, Nevada.

Nice to finally be able to see the Tour de France again.

Isn't it great that 182 kids made first time commitments to Christ during VBS.

How do you like Silverhand's funnies? My favorite is Pickles.

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 3:54:53 PM

Hi Justin. Wow, am I enjoying our June-like weather. It's 12:30 here and only 79 degrees. It was cool yesterday also and I worked (too long) in the yard and am paying the price with a sore back. Today at church they showed a video made from photos taken at Bible School. The church, Event Center and Fellowship Hall are still decorated to reflect the VBS Theme - Th' Wild. Pastor asked for volunteers the next three days to help restore the campus back to normal. Not me, my VBS service is over for another year. The good news is that 182 kids made first time commitments to Christ during VBS!

I'm glad you've been scheduled for a full week at work, especially since your mom's hours have been cut. Have a great afternoon.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 1:58:37 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
Pickles
For Better or For Worse
Grand Avenue

Have a great week!
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:10:02 AM

Morning:
Was a busy day for me yesterday. Won't go into all details, but was an experience for an old lady and a chest of drawers left by the dumpster.LOL.
Glad to see all is well here. I am fine and doing well as can be expected and more so.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 8:47:22 AM

Good Morning Justin,
I tried to scan what I missed, but I don't think I did very well.
I'll try to keep current each day now. Not planning to go anywhere else too soon.

I do think it's a real positive that the family, including grandma are spending time together.

Your Sunday Movie is, Ready For The Storm, based on a song by the same name which was written and performed by Rich Mullins, a Christian Rock singer from the eighties and the nineties, according to Steve Politte.

There is no text except the final frame so you can listen to the words and watch the graphics without having to read text.

I know you're going like this one.
Enjoy!
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 8:21:57 AM

Good morning Justin.....made it home dry last evening. Rain started about 1/2hr after I got home. Cloudy today with a 60% chance of showers. High 22°C/71.6°F. Left the bike at home & drove the car to work. Have a good day.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 8:07:02 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Well, we did pretty good in the rain department yesterday; it rained off-and-on all day, and we ended up getting 1½ inches in the rain gauge. Nice! :) More is predicted for today, too.

No plans to go out today. More porch time maybe :)

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 4:30:58 AM

Good morning Justin!

It is your thread. Mud in the face shares his love. Thought his remark to TUrtLE was unfounded, unnecessary and further proves his rudeness. Could be those mtn oysters he eats fills his head w/delusions of grandeur. Perhaps it is alcohol, or a complex madness that compels his incivility.

Thank you for the new car wishes. Wishing you a most blessed Sunday. Hope your family dines together today in a big feast.

Glad you added the broccoli. Well done!

Great Katie is working out. She is probably reluctant to try to quit in fear of failure. Slap that patch on, it may itch, move it over a bit. Repeat. If she wears it for 3 days. All nicotine is out of her system. Just the thought of the habit remains. Freud concluded this. Some adhere, others do not.

You may have missed one important point. Beautiful woman, t-shirt off, lights dimmed. My pulse went from 65 to 94!

Like to see those pretty gals. Would visit just to see them. Shoplifters are the scourge of any biz. Catch 'em and have the papers write articles to help deter others w/the same thought.

Yesterday saw another cool morning w/a low of 46° (8°C). The windows were opened at 6 AM for some fresh air an a blast of the mtn air to remain in the house all day. Readied my Dart with boxes of various recyclables for the Center.

The featured item this week was a heavy metal desk. This is tall enough to stand at and work. Even has a foot rest. Would imagine someone w/a giant basement and a pickup truck will take it home.

Decided to take a slow drive to Littleton. Expected the State Police to be riding the highways looking for speeders and such over the w/e. Stopped at Shaw's to get in on their weekly sale.

Bought broccoli crowns for 88¢ a lb. It is never that low in these parts. The lowest price in 10 years. Also bought 4 pints of blueberries for $1.50 a pint. Passed on cooked shrimp for $6.99 for a 14 oz bag. Have a dozen in stock.

Stopped back at Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. New price list & 'toons.

Got a deal on avocados that dropped to 88¢ a lb from $1.25 on Thursday. Bought 2¼ lbs of sweet potatoes for just $1. What a deal. Went to visit my pal at Rite Aid. Found he is on a 10 day vacay.

Summer traffic has arrived in Littleton. Needed to pull into a parking lot to turn back. There was a ¼ mile line held up at the 2nd US Rt 302 east light for peeps headed to the big box stores.

Banged a U'ie and returned home via the CT River Hwy. Managed to shop, stay out, and cruise the Blvd's for 3 hours. Returned home to put the produce away then sit in a chair in the sun and read. The high was a dry 78° (26°C) in nearly clear skies.

Civil twilight is 4:45 AM EDT. Night is 8:59 PM.

Sunrise: 5:20 AM. Set: 8:24 PM.

Length of day: 15h 03m. Length of visible light: 16h 13m. Tomorrow will be 1m 54s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 75° (24°C). Further sunny days ahead.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 12:51:14 AM

Justin....lol...too funny! I'm sure buddy!
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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 12:48:19 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♪ Thank you for sharing your latest updates. I enjoyed reading all of the details here. So glad you and your Mom enjoyed lunch out together with your Grandma and visiting family from Florida yesterday before you went to work. I am glad your day today off from work went well as you shared here. I hope your Mom had a good work day today. That is good you properly dispose of hazardous wastes. I am also careful with putting aside hazardous wastes such as used batteries, lightbulbs, etc. for the hazardous waste roundup events in my city.

Thank you for reading the details of my Friday and for your encouraging words for my morning at the Board Meeting, encouraging compliments on my latest 2013-2014 Music Teachers' Scrapbook Photo Book, and Russell's generous order of chicken for lunch at Church tomorrow.

You're welcome for √ing out your pictures and for the comments. Yes, time surely flies and life goes by so fast. When you watch children grow up quickly before your eyes, it is a miracle. So grateful that I have personally seen some of my former Music Students again as adults in surprise encounters while out and about with my errands and daily activities, many years after I was through with teaching them! It gives me joy knowing that I was one of their former Teachers and had the privilege of being a special part of their lives growing up!

Thankfully my Saturday went well, as I shared at my Studio.

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:45:47 PM

Good evening Justin...cloudy with a 60% chance of light evening rain. A few drops so far but expect a dry pedal home. High 24°C/75.2°F. Have a good night.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:26:34 PM

Jjdm - I read somewhere that you'd never seen 'corn dogs' ? Shame upon you. I guess you've never been to the Texas State Fair then.
Fletchers Corny Dogs
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 4:39:14 PM

Hi Justin - I liked the first picture a lot, even if your eyes were closed. It exudes joy and happiness.

Thanks for the further explanation about the bread delivery and stocking shelves.

Oh, yes, I remember your visit to Steve. I had just forgotten that he was your mom's brother. Thanks for bringing me up to date there, too.

It sounds like your mom is on a steady schedule these days. That is good and I hope it continues.

Have a great weekend!

[Edited by: KHF at 7/19/2014 4:39:33 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 2:52:42 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Lots of Laughs

Playing with Cynthia

Once Mom got off at 1 pm, we went to Swingbelly’s to meet up with Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug, Jenna, and Grandma. We all had a nice lunch together and ate some good food. For myself, I had a bacon cheeseburger with several chips. I know Grandma enjoyed getting out. After lunch, I dropped Mom off at home and went to work. I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. I looked at next week’s schedule and saw that I have 40 hours. I saw no time for me to do the bill work, so I assumed that I would do it on OT hours. But after checking with Jackie, she said that she wants NO ONE to get any OT. So someone else will most likely be coming in to do bills.

For the first couple of hours of my shift, I stocked items from the regular load. Once the load was done, Isaac and I started facing the store. We had all of the grocery aisles faced just before 10 pm. Around 9:30 pm, Isaac and I had to help up front due to a busy late night rush. We were about 7% above the projected numbers for the night. For the last hour of my shift, I filled milk and faced all of Dairy while Isaac faced the Frozen department.

When I got off of work, Mom and I had brats and corn-on-the-cob for dinner. Then I went to sleep for about 7.5 hours. When I got up this morning, I worked on my gas report and called the radio station. Mom is working 9 am - 1 pm, doing fruit cutting. While doing my usual daily tasks, I did a batch of laundry. Around 10:30 am, I took all of our old chemicals/cleaners etc. to Ace Hardware. Our solid waste district was holding a collection for those types of items in the parking lot of Ace. Had a whole back seat full and it’s good to have that off our hands now! After composing some of this update, I took a 1.5 hour nap. That was needed and now I feel refreshed!

Mudsprings x2, the bread guy comes and delivers the bread. Chat with him a bit. Doubt he has the authority to give free bread out. He’s just a truck driver. MMM, prime rib. Thanks for your comment on my pic. No, I am not the receiving guy. Our receiving guy’s name is Mike. It sounds like her daughter is a growing up to be a very successful lady.

KHF x2, nope Grandma had 5 kids (two girls and three boys) all together. 1 of her boys died in 1993. The other two boys are alive, one is Steve that lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is the one that Mom and I saw during my Spring Break. The other is David who lives in Springfield, Missouri. As for the bread delivery persons, there are some bread vendors that come and delivery AND stock their own bread. It’s just for Lewis Bakery that an Al’s employee stocks the bread.

HappyHiker, good to hear that you had a busy week. Now don’t forget to rest up. :)

TUrtLE, take your time. I understand what it is like to be busy. ;)

MadDog, hmmm, are you sure you don’t have a green tint to your skin??

MusicTeacher, thanks for your comment on my pic. That is correct. Even though we aren’t able to have deals on all of our products, we usually sell bread at some of the cheapest prices in town. Thanks for reading my full update here. Yep, I try to cherish every moment of life. It goes way too fast.

Midnight, congrats on your new GB vehicle! Thanks for your comment on my pic. That is correct. Even though we aren’t able to have deals on all of our products, we usually sell bread at some of the cheapest prices in town. There are some bread vendors that come and delivery AND stock their own bread. It’s just for Lewis Bakery that an Al’s employee stocks the bread. Lots of broccoli was added to my chicken over rice recipe. :) For the most part we do have a nice community. Now if only the amount of shoplifters we have would go down. Katie is still on her work out plan and is still drinking lots of water. She is also eating lots of healthier fruits. For now though, she still does not want to quit smoking just yet. Come visit Michigan City and I will give you a tour of Al’s during a day when there are lots of pretty girls working. ;) Laughed at your comment about how there are only a few truly beautiful women in your area. Thanks for sharing the details of your appointment and your day. Nice post.

Claudie, good that you are getting some rain.

Farful, looking to buy a new car? Thanks for your comment on my pic! Lewis Bakery is freshly made in our own community and delivery right to Al’s. The receiving guy stocks the Lewis Bakery bread. The other bread vendors bring AND stock their bread.

Good day!
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:47:14 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Glad that you were able to visit with relatives from Florida. Cream of potato soup sounds delicious.
 
Looking forward to pleasant weekend. May look at some cars at McEleney Motors dealership today. Would like to have lunch there too; if available. Friends will probably show up for the free lunch also.
 
Have a Splendid Saturday!
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 9:04:45 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

It started raining some time over night, and rained pretty hard (it seemed) at times. When I checked the rain gauge just a while ago, there was about 3-tenths-of-an-inch in it. Looking outside and seeing how drenched everything looks, I would have thought there would be more in the rain gauge. Oh, well, it's better than nothing! The good news is that it's supposed to rain off and on pretty much all day. Happy grass!

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:36:45 AM

Good morning Justin!

Wonderful you saw your family from Fla and cousin Jenna prepared the meal.So nice to play a vid game w/her that you have experience on.

Super the family visits your grand mom daily and she even was brought pasta from Albanos. Nice that you made chicken on rice. No broccoli or carrots w/that? Food needs color and veggies for health.

Like the routine that proves it is the bread guy at the back door. Was checking your security. Nice community you live in. Have see nightmares looking in the back of stores. Al's is exceptionally neat and clean.

How's Katie? The patch will break that nicotine habit. Little will power is needed. Just the desire to quit.

Hope your w/e is very busy and you find time to have fun after work. Like your pix. Prefer to see the ladies. Did we see all the gals at Al's? Think not. ; )

The temp yesterday morning dropped down to 45°. Had to close the windows when a long sleeve shirt needed to be put on. Had some chicken soup (w/carrots and broccoli) for breaky to warm me up.

Passed time waiting to leave for my transthoracic echocardiogram appointment after my morning rounds by getting lost in some space and land battles of Starcraft: Brood War.

Arrived early at Weeks Memorial Hospital. So early a stroll was taken to the hospital cafeteria. Wanted to know what is typically served for breaky. Saw a staff member w/a huge plate of great looking scrambled eggs.

Asked how much for that? Was told, "$1.25 for the eggs. Bacon is extra." Did not ask the cost of the bacon. Thought the portion and price for the scrambled eggs was great.

In 5 minutes a most beautiful blonde technician called me to conduct my tests. Was astonished at her beauty. There are few truly beautiful women in the area.

She brought me into the cardio lab, my t-shirt was removed, then lied down on my left side. Thought reading could be done brought in a mag. Was told the lights needed to be turned off so the tech could more easily read the monitor.

A few 1" circular patches were added to my skin, clips w/wires added to the metal knobs in the center, the machine turned and it was off to the races. The echocardiographic transducer (or probe) is placed on the chest wall (or thorax) of the subject, and images are taken through the chest wall.

This is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart. Several questions were asked by me as the tech tested the valves, blood flow, visualize any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), and to estimate how well the valves open (or do not open in the case of valvular stenosis).

Saw the echocardiogram in the parasternal long-axis view, showing a measurement of the heart's four valves. Also heard the whoosh of the sound of the blood flowing thru my valves.

Naturally she is not allowed to tell me the results. A $200 visit to the heart specialist or a return visit to my PCP in two weeks will tell me the story.

My abnormal heart palpitations did not occur during these tests. They did occur when the Zio Holter monitor was worn for a week. A most interesting hour at the cardiologist's office.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield. No deal on fish or meat. He was unhappy that his cost continues to increase making the retail price rise. He and his assistant listened intently to my story during their morning break.

Returned home to read in the sun, ponder the day, and the future events. Temp was a pleasing 74° (24°C), a humidity of 44%, w/a most comfortable dew point of 51°F (10.5°C). The wind was 3-11 mph from the WNW.

The only work was watering the gardens. Lots of fun in the sun.

Civil twilight is 4:44 AM EDT. Night is 9:00 PM.

Sunrise: 5:19 AM. Set: 8:25 PM.

Length of day: 15h 05m. Length of visible light: 16h 15m. Tomorrow will be 1m 50s shorter.

The temp is 48° (9°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C). Even more sunny days coming up.

Have a tremendous day!

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MusicTeacher
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 1:28:51 AM

Good Evening, Justin ♬ I read your full update here. I am glad your day yesterday went well with you and your Mom visiting your relatives Aunt Chris, Uncle Doug, and Jenna before work. How nice that you and your Mom visited your Grandma after your work. I hope you enjoyed your day off from work today, and that your Mom had a good day at work today. You are surely very busy with work, family, and friends! Enjoy your weekend ahead!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend ahead! Can't believe how quickly this summer is going. We have to cherish every moment of summer before it is all gone.

You're welcome for the comments on your pictures. Thank you for √ing out the Chocolate Birthday Cake pictures and for your kind comments, and also for your kind thoughts for my busy past week of catching up after Church Camp. Yes, it takes at least one week to be fully caught up and back to rest and daily routines after a vacation.

Thankfully my Friday went very well, as I shared at my Studio.

Good Night!
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:50:39 AM

Justin...I do....but I'm not green! LOL
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Mudsprings
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:55:10 PM


Good Night Justin!

Today we met pinkelefant's sister at a swim meet where her daughter was competing.

The daughter will go to Cal State Davis next year. She is a straight A student and was recruited by the Military Academy at West Point and the Naval Academy.

I'm not taking my time. ;-)

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