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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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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 12:26:47 AM

Hope you are having a great weekend Justin!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 12:39:17 PM

Good Day Justin,
I commented on pic and sent congrats in TL, but never too many congrats so Congrats on how well you did...and your friends, too.
Nice that your mom could spend the time with your and your friends.

I'm sorry you had to take a personal day. Wait a minute, wrong. :-)
Good for you for taking a personal day. I hope you had a fun time last night with your friends.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 5:16:46 AM

Good morning Justin!

enjoyed your fab update very much Wonderful for all four of your pals to make the Dean's List. Superb Marija rec'd the #1 scholarship. Like that your mom went to college w/you for the day. Laughed at the term endless appetizers. No TGIF for over 100 miles. One can wish.

Great Tim, Jan, Jeff, and you had a dinner night last evening. There is more to write about. Excellent your are getting a good amount of sleep. Thank you for your fine post.

Woke up to light rain just after 12:15 AM yesterday. One of those times where it was impossible to return to sleep. Began my rounds early and posting went quickly.

Still was unable to return to sleep after my posts even tho my eyes were heavy. After relaxing for quite a while sleep slowly overcame my active mind and could nap for 2 hours at 7 AM.

Shaw's Wicked Awesome 3 Day Sale began yesterday morning and ends Sunday at closing.

Walked the driveway w/a waterproof ball cap and my team jacket on. Wanted to make certain the driveway was passable so the Dart would not sink.

Drove into town and bough excellent looking southern style pork ribs for an incredible $1.29 a pound. Bought the ribs at the store, 3 lbs of carrots for $1.88, and low fat Hellman's Mayo for $ 1.88 for 30 oz jar.

Added 8 miles to go to Ocean State Job Lot. It is a chain of 115 discount stores operating in New England and Upstate New York w/two stores in New Jersey. Hoped to find knock off's of Hoka One One jogging shoes. No such luck.

OSJT does have its continuing stock of standard items. It is know for buying overstocks and discontinued items at low prices and passing on the saving to their customers.

Did buy a 10 oz jar of relish for $1. It was the only one w/sugar instead of HFCS. Have my eye of some daylilies that are red w/ orange in the center at that store. If they sell before my return then so be it.

Stopped at the PO and picked up my mail, a replacement DVD of U2's Rattle and Hum album, and the two spring baseball team jackets that were ordered. Very handsome, colorful lightweight jackets that are sure to greatly bother the few Yankee fans in this area and make the many Fenway Park fans smile.

Returned home to prep the 6 qt crock pot w/red potatoes, green beans, carrots and the super lean $1.29 a lb southern style pork ribs. 30 minutes before unplugging two heads of broccoli crowns were added. A fabulous dinner with about 6 - 7 meals remaining.

Temp reached 64 when the rain stopped mid afternoon. Work in the gardens are planned. My back support will be worn. Seems after only a few bends, my lower back muscles are crying, "Uncle!"

In the northern East Coast the ISS tonight orbits by twice at 7:45 and 9:21 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/ city lights at night) and all the satellites in your area, if seeing them in the country.

The temp is 34° (1°C) with the high to be 57° (14°C) w/a 90% chance of rain.

Civil twilight is 5:27 AM EST. Night is 8:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:57 AM. Set: 7:34 PM.

Length of day: 13h 36m. Length of visible light: 14h 37m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 12:17:18 AM

Justin....congrats on the Deans List....rub it in on having Red Robin...I love that place! Glad you are getting some rest buddy!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 8:56:03 PM

Hi Justin - I loved all these photos. You are one sharp looking dude and your mother looks so happy and good. You 4 amigos are a really good looking group.

Is your Grandma’s grave anywhere near your father’s? How nice that your mom could share the awards evening with you and your friends. Congratulations on your award.

Your Dinner Night sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to end a productive personal day. I am happy to hear about all the sleep you are getting.



[Edited by: KHF at 4/17/2015 8:57:04 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 10:25:41 AM

Congratulations on making the Dean's list.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 10:09:03 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Walking Back

Mom and Me

Four Amigos

Keeping very busy with a variety of things. Here is a quick summary.

Monday: The rest of the school day went well. In Business Ethics, we finished up our discussion on the “Where Am I Eating” book. Then we got back our Case Assignment #4...I got a 95% on it. In Managing Behavior in Organizations, we finished the Sexual Harassment Presentations. For our lunch break, we decided to go to Red Robin for lunch. I had a grilled chicken sandwich, fries, and chicken tortilla soup. Ana’s husband ended up joining us as well. When we got back to school, I took Exam #3 for Accounting...ended up getting a 92% on it. Lastly, in our Career Planning class, the professor finished up her lecture on Resumes.

Tuesday: Morning was full of errands. At 10 am, Mom and I met the funeral guy at Grandma’s grave….it was time to put her remains in her final resting spot. I ended up placing the urn at the bottom of the hole. Later, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. It was the usual Tuesday routine consisting of facing with Isaac and pulling expired sale tags.

Wednesday: At 4 pm, there was an award ceremony for the Business School. Mom wanted to come with, but she does not like driving on highways. So I invited Mom to go with me to school. Marija and I had to meet at 10:30 am since we had group work to do. So Mom relaxed in the library, and Marija and I completed our work. In Business Ethics, we began discussion on “Consuming Choices.” Mom thought the class was very informative and complimented the professor after class (we all stayed and chatted). There was no Managing Behavior in Organizations due to it being a Team Interaction day. So Marija and I met with our team and took care of several things. Then Marija, Ana, Aaron, Mom, and I went to the cafeteria and had a snack. Then we met up with Aaron’s Dad and Marija and Ana’s parents and went to the ceremony. Aaron and I didn’t win any scholarships, but Marija and Ana did. In fact, Marija won the highest paying scholarship! All four of us did make the Dean’s list. After the ceremony, Mom and I went to T.G.I.F. and had the endless appetizer special. No Career Planning since the professor gave us off for the awards ceremony.

Thursday: I worked 8 am - 4 pm, on U-Scan. Mom worked 9 am - 5 pm, bagging at Al’s Karwick. At my store, it was another slower paced day. No consistent flow, but instead everyone came to check out all at once at various periods. After work, I got ready to mow the lawn (went and got gas for the lawn mower). Darn thing wouldn’t start. So I checked the air filter, looked alright. Then went and got a new spark plug. Still wouldn’t start. Chit chatted with my neighbor and he suggested taking it to a local hardware store for service (in fact, his lawn mower is being serviced too). So I did just that. By the time it’s fixed, the lawn will be pretty long. ;) Later in the evening, Mom and I did our weekly grocery shopping. Then I made shrimp fried rice for dinner.

Friday: Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. Mom then went to work 9 am - 5 pm, bagging at Al’s Karwick. I was scheduled to bag, but since we were WAY over scheduled in baggers (I think I was just thrown on the schedule so I had my hours), I volunteered to take a personal day. Front-End Manager liked that idea. I plan on having a productive day. Then at 5:30 pm, Tim, Jan, Jeff, and I are going to have a Dinner Night!

As for my sleep, I’ve been doing really well on getting rest. I’ve been averaging 8-9 hours per night this week. It was nice seeing everyone and reading your posts!

Good day!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 8:02:41 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Leaving you {{{{Friday}}}} hugs!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:41:11 AM

Good morning Justin!

Interested in reading of your week. Leave you mine daily. Want to know the latest news.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight at 8:39 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye (even w/ city lights at night) and all the satellites in your area, if seeing them in the country.

Watched some quite recent UFC MMA bouts on their home site and on youtube. Lots of action to gear its viewer for the big card Sat night.

Also on the Main Card on Fox TV are the number 8th & 12th women's MMA warriors who really know how to fight. Have been watching these two gals rise up the ladder for years

It was 21° (-5°C) outside this morning when walking to the Dart. All wet areas from the previous day's melting snow were solid ice. Even many spots on the CT River Hwy had ice (unsanded) to be concerned.

Bought at the mkt were expensive cukes 3/$2, giant leaf lettuce $1.50, limes 3/$1,1 lb of baby spinach $3, broccoli crowns $1.38. 5 bulbs of garlic $1.38 (27.6¢ ea), and cantaloupes $2 a piece.

A partial list of this week's prices at Big Papa's Mkt in Littleton, NH is found here. Click on 'See more.'

Stopped in Rite Aid to see if Heady Topper, a double India Pale Ale brewed by The Alchemist in Waterbury, VT could be ordered. It is unfiltered and contains 8% ABV, with hints of citrus flavors.

Unpasteurized Heady Topper is kept refrigerated by authorized retailers until point of sale. As of October, 2014, it was rated the number one beer in the world by Beer Advocate, and has been described as "a complex web of genius."

Sold only in limited production, it sells out within days or hours of being released. The Alchemist brewery produces 1,800 cases a week of this tremendously sought after ale. THE #1 ale/beer in the entire planet. Heard that a case is a whopping $75. That's $3.13 for a 12 can (bottles are not available.) Will know in less than a week.

Returned home, put the food away and used the 4 tine pitch fork to lift up the dead grass that is over my chive garden. Have a patch 5' x 7 now 2-3" tall', just over the size of a full size bed.

Also began to hand till the soil to plant the dozen and a half garlic cloves that have sprouted over the past week in the house. The soil is way too wet and clumpy. May add lots of humus and manure to the soil that is only $1.62 for a 40 lb bag at WM.

My back muscles ached terribly after using the pitchfork. Not a chance to walk it off. Went into the house to sit in my exec chair and relax the muscles. It was painless w/in the hour.

Hope to strengthen my lower back to be able to do common gardening like in previous years. Last year roots, rocks, and boulders were dug out of the ground w/o any issues.

The temp is 35° (2°C) with the high to be 65° (18°C) w/a 70% chance of rain.

Civil twilight is 5:28 AM EST. Night is 8:03 PM.

Sunrise: 5:59 AM. Set: 7:33 PM.

Length of day: 13h 33m. Length of visible light: 14h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 12:22:13 AM

Hey Justin! Almost the weekend! Hope you are well buddy!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 11:42:38 PM

Good evening Justin

Hope your week is going well.

Wish me luck tonight. I will be trying to cross another bucket list entry off by taking the Jeopardy! online test. It will start up at 11:00 PM my time.

Big anniversary today as well as today marks the 3rd anniversary of my current job. And still to this day, I do not have any regrets of walking away from the previous job three years ago. I've met some great people in this area and the company still continues to grow and add business. All the reason why we still get a paycheck every two weeks.

Another edition of Dino's Jukebox plays tonight. A song from the year 1972. That year sounds familiar for some reason. This Gentleman refers to the drought stricken state of California. Here are the annual averages for precipitation in some of the Golden State's cities.

In inches
Los Angeles: 12.8
Sacramento: 18.5
San Diego: 10.3
San Jose: 15.8

Most of the state is listed as "Exceptional" as far as drought conditions go. This guy offers his reasoning why it's so dry there. Call it the "Anti-Rain" song.

Albert Hammond - "It Never Rains In Southern California"
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 7:57:12 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Thursday {{{hugs}}}
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:23:16 AM

Good morning Justin!

Had a fabulous time completing my rounds a little early yesterday. Early to me is finished by 5 AM, or sooner. See that many are sleeping, as there are few posts at that hour.

Another morning w/temps slightly freezing. This is ideal for the sugar maples to store sugar and build energy for when the temp is above freezing. This area is seeing a splendid maple sugar season w/lots of sugar in the plentiful sap.

Battled (as a Terran) against the Protoss and the Zerg races for several hours playing StarCraft. This is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game for Mac or a pc.

Do love the symphony music and the sharp looking graphics, and big army game play battles. Find it fun and definitely addictive. Just what is needed in the wee hours of the morning.

Went out at 9:30 AM and hand washed my car. It was the first time this spring to rid the salt and sand coating. Living on a gravel road means driving the first mile sees one's vehicle coated with sand.

The car was washed carefully twice. Not too worried about sand, am concerned w/the build up of salt on the paint (and on the frame) spread on the road to melt the ice all winter.

Picking up the bucket of soapy water thru my back out at one point. Don't think the bucket weighs 10 lbs. (4 kg) It is not a nerve or joint pain, but a muscle one across the entire lower back.

Got out the chamois cloth, wet it, squeezed out the water, then dried the car spot free. Decided to take a nap and allow nature to do its healing. This worked great.

Drove to Whitefield and stopped at sever rivers and brooks to take photos' of the high water flowing rapidly from the snow melt. Also got in some good sized ice floes sailing fast down the CT River.

Bought some deli sliced turkey breast for a $1.99 a lb. Spoke up a storm to my pal the meat mgr and to the young female check out gal before leaving for home.

The high of the day was 58° w/ spirited gusts of wind 14 - 16 mph. It was just right to sit in the sun and catch some vitamin D in shorts and a tee.

A better day tomorrow w/ rain due on Fri & Sat, then back to the lovely sun. Large areas have melted on my property. Even the daylillies are growing several inches. No signs of crocus and daffodils yet. They are under more than a foot of snow.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight twice. At at 7:56 and 9:33 PM. One can see the ISS w/the naked eye. In the country one can see all the satellites and the stars in our Milky Way.

Off to Big Papa's Mkt for some light shopping.

The temp is 25° (-4°C) with the high to be 63° (17°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Civil twilight is 5:30 AM EST. Night is 8:02 PM.

Sunrise: 6:01 AM. Set: 7:31 PM.

Length of day: 13h 30m. Length of visible light: 14h 31m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 3:07:38 AM

Good morning Justin! Hope you are having a great week buddy!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 8:40:48 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Wed. {{{{hugs}}}}

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 4:25:11 AM

Good morning Justin!

Dreams and goals. Hope you have many.

My rounds went pretty quick even tho extra sleep was rec'd yesterday morning. Feels good to sleep later and complete my posts earlier than usual. Yet come 5 AM fatigue set in and a 90 minute nap was taken.

Got ready to do some errands and began them at 9 AM. Wanted a few baseball schedules from the realtor lady that was rec'd for the past 25 years. She is now retired so none are available in her office, or on my town.

Got an avocado for 99¢ in Shaw's. Just went in for the Monopoly game ticket. Walked around the store 3x, went to put the fruit away in the Dart, then walked the perimeter of the shopping mall 5x. Figure 1 mile was walked.

Visited my orthopedic surgeon at his office. Asked him about jogging and the effects of my weight pounding on the new hip joint. He said pain was to be expected the first few times one jogs after hip replacement surgery.

He suggested Hoka one one new technology running shoes w/50% more cushion for light running on non paved trails. He said the nurses love the padded comfort this brand offers being on their feet for much of their shift.

They sure are pricey at $130 upwards of $170 for a pair of jogging shoes. Wonder if place like Ocean State Job Lot and WM will have lesser cost knock offs out for sale for the summer. Can remember when Crocs first hit the scene in the $50 range, then $10 versions appeared.

Stopped by my Propane Co office to see the bookkeeper and ask to go over my account w/her. They attempted to say my credit was $1.31 less. After a firm negotiation, she added that to my credit.

Made sure she repeated verbally 2x that a refund check was wanted. Then she gave me the same spiel about the 4-6 weeks it takes. Told her after 30 days a 2% a month cost to the company would be charged.

She tried to play this off. Told her that 2% a month is how much the Co would charge me. Wanted to be able to say that in front of the office mgr and the bookkeeper. Hey maybe the 2% will work.

Drove to the CT River and took some photos of the mild ice out in this area. Mind you mild here at the moment. There is ice from 4 to 60 miles (6 to 96 km) away. At any time, pick up truck sizes of floes could come sailing down the river, jamming it up and sending ice and water ¼ mile from its banks.

Visited one of the Town's Selectwomen w/my baseball jacket who does sewing repairs out of her house. She said to come back in a few hours and the zipper would be fixed.

Drove to Whitefield and filled my gas tank. Gas is up to $2.18 a gallon. Still plenty cheap compared to a y/o. A woman at the pump told me how she liked the color blue (streak) my Dart is. Told her it has metal flakes and glistens in the sun.

Stopped at mac's Mkt in that town. My friend had his two days off. The newer meat cutter was asked if a 4 lb pkg of store made hot Italian sausage could be made into a 1 lb pkg for me. Price was an amazing $2.29 a lb.

Returned to the Selectwomen's home. She must have heard me pull in as she came outside w/my jacket. Asked her how much do I owe you. She said "No, No, nothing" Told her, "How about $5 for her time. No No No! Let me give you $3 then. "No, No, No!"

Asked how much to shorten cuffs on heavy blue jeans. She held up her hand and gestured $5. Geesh, what a low, low price. Told her she will be my new seamstress. What a kind heart to accept no money and offer such an incredible low price for hemming.

Returned home to boil farfalle in ther microwave with plenty of homemade bruschetta made w/ evoo, cooked onions, garlic, black olives, thick sliced baby bella, eggplant, and red peppers. Added the hot Italian sausage and had an excellent dinner.

The high temp of the day was 58° (14C). It was nicer in the late morning w/ few clouds. As the day went on many more clouds arrived to make the air feel chilly. It was not a tee shirt afternoon in the great outdoors. Wore the repaired jacket w/its new zipper slide.

In the northern East Coast the ISS orbits by tonight at 8:50 PM. See the ISS w/the naked eye and all the satellites in your area.

The temp is 27° (-3°C) with the high to be 55° (13°C) in clear skies.

Civil twilight is 5:32 AM EST. Night is 8:01 PM.

Sunrise: 6:02 AM. Set: 7:30 PM.

Length of day: 13h 27m. Length of visible light: 14h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 1:21:27 AM

Hope you are having a great week Justin!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 9:11:50 AM

What l have been spending time doing lately. Starts with what was in front then steps to what we now have and l think it is much improved.

new bench
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 8:35:33 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Whoooeee! Has it ever been raining hard over the last 10 hours or so (started about 9 last night); well, more like off-and-on hard rain. The last time I checked the rain gauge right before dark, there was 1.1 inches in it; I just checked again and now there's 2½ in it! Wow! Not sure how much it's supposed to rain today, though. At the moment, it's just real cloudy.

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 8:07:44 AM

Good Morning Justin,
That must be a first, that you went home an hour early.
I won't ask if it is since that would be a Q, and you don't have time right now to answer Q's. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to share your busy week with us.

Tuesday {{{hugs}}}

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 3:47:27 AM

Good morning Justin!

Wonderful to learn you are busy, yet the flow is smooth. As good as life gets. Carry on!

Early morning yesterday saw a low of 25°. The puddles from the roof and driveway melt were solid ice at 9 AM as the temp began to rise quite rapidly. Changed into shorts and a tee at 10 AM.

Took a liter of water in a Nalgene canteen bottle and headed up the mtn road. Got a ½ mile and my back began to kill me. It was muscle pain across the entire lower back. Stopped to look at the White Mtns seen in the Kilkenny Range of Lancaster NH for some minutes, then decided to return to my property.

The road is still soaked with melt water from the banks beside the road. The frost is still in the ground. If a car or truck drove by, it would soak me in muddy water. Did get in some elevation gain and a mile.

Went in the house and put on my back support. Then went outdoors to observe spring. A flock of geese returned from their stay down south, a few crows cawed, and some flies, big honking ones, were buzzing in the air.

Added some drops of vegetable oil to the puddles around my house and on the driveway. Saw black fly larvae squirming about. Want that population as low as possible when they hatch and become hungry in 1 month.

My 15 high bush blueberries saw that beautiful alizarin crimson color w/ buds growing. Also noticed the various maples are now crimson w/buds growing as well as on several bushes on the sides of the roads.

The temp reached 72° (22°C) yesterday in perfect blue skies w/ no clouds seen. Added a fresh bar of Irish Spring wrapped around twine on each of the high bush blueberry plants. The odor of that soap should keep the deer from chewing on the plants like they did 2 years ago.

The Rhododendron bush is very happy this spring. It recovered from a deer feast 3 y/a and has filled in beautifully. It leaves are now nicely horizontal. They fold down like a rocket during the deep freeze.

Sat on a nice flat boulder behind the new wild flower garden that was created last summer. Those perennials are like many of the ferns here. They lay flat under the snow, remain green, and just continue growing when the snow melts.

Very happy that those weeks spent digging out rocks, boulders, and roots last June were worth my effort. Also have a new oval 2' x 4' area that will need new perennials this spring. Thinking of planting violet cranesbill along with a colorful mix of blue and white hearty perennial geraniums.

The mom and pop family biz Sullivan's Greenhouse aka Life Everlasting Farm will open for the season by Mother's Day. Growing season begins in just over one month.

The temp is 50° (10°C) with the high to be 62° (17°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Civil twilight is 5:34 AM EST. Night is 6:59 PM.

Sunrise: 6:04 AM. Set: 7:29 PM.

Length of day: 13h 24m. Length of visible light: 14h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 1:18:46 AM

Justin...you plan on taking a break buddy?
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 11:16:29 PM

Good evening Justin

Variety is the spice of life or so I am told.

First and foremost happy birthday to a lady that if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here today. My Mom who turns 66 years young today. I called her this morning and wished her a happy b'day. She said thanks. Ironic, all politics aside Hillary Clinton has decided to officially run for President in 2016 today. Mom's a fan of her's. I still say what matters to me the most is that they are qualified to do the job. That goes for both Republicans and Democrats. Or any other party for that matter.

Rain has returned but the temps are remaining in the upper 60s as I type this. We're all in shorts here. Time to start thinking about mowing the yard. As they said on the local news, "Would you rather mow or shovel sn*w?" I'll take the yard over that nasty white stuff any day. Even in the 90 degree days. Time to go ponder TTFN
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 8:15:17 PM

Hi Justin - Your first sentence described your normal life. I was glad to read that you were able to end the days with relaxing and getting good sleep.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 11:28:56 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Keeping very busy with a variety of things. Here is a quick summary.

Thursday: Took care of catching up with things around the house. Then I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, as the closing manager. Very smooth night.

Friday: Mom worked 9 am - 4 pm, bagging at Al’s Karwick. I had to go to school to attend a manager simulation exercise. This was worth 75 points for my Career Planning class (75 points is a huge chunk of our grade). Everything seemed to go well during the four hour experience. Then I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, in grocery. Another super smooth night. So smooth, I ended up ordering on this day instead of Saturday. I ordered Isaac’s aisles and ordered light, just like what the bosses want.

Saturday: Mom and I ran about 7 errands that day. We ended up stopping at Subway’s for a quick lunch. I also was able to do more catching up with household tasks. Then I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, as the closing manager. Only one customer wanted to speak with a manager. It was to ask a question about one of our new EBT card policies. Another super smooth night.

Sunday: Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. I lectored and was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Then I worked 10 am - 5 pm, as the manager on duty. As like the trend all week, the store was super slow. :/ Over the past few days while in grocery, I was able to do many extra things. However, since I did all the extra things Thurs - Sat., I did not have much to do on Sunday. So I went home an hour early. After work, Mom and I went to Hibachi Buffet for dinner. Then I came home, relaxed, and caught up on some much needed sleep.

I read through your messages and thank you for stopping by! I didn’t see any direct questions, so I will go back to my day now. Hope to see you all soon. :-)

Good day!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 8:24:11 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Monday {{{{Hugs}}}}
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 4:44:10 AM

Good morning Justin!

Want to read how busy Justin is. Not imagine it vicariously. ; )

Had a fabulous time watching some favorite TV Shows on Netflix yesterday morning: Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Everyone loves Raymond, The Walking Dead, Start Trek: TNG, and the Twilight Zone.

Took a pleasant drive to Littleton to get a zipper repair kit at the local WM. They did not carry one. passed on driving another 20 miles to the WM superstore in Woodsville, NH.

Will ask a local person to replace the broken zipper slide on my baseball jacket. Did receive an email confirming my new jackets had been shipped out via FedEx on Saturday.

Got the snow thrower and made a path to my outdoor water pitcher pump. (Have the green one.) The -30° temp for weeks this winter froze the top of the well head water and the expanding ice popped the pitcher pump off the top of the contamination seal.

Also wanted to get to my first garden, then newly chicken wire w/ bird netting. The Chicken wire roll is behind the 10' x 10' garden buried in the snow and ice.

Also made a path to the first bare ground area. It is about 12' x 16'. Looking forward to placing a chair there that is the sun, reading, and getting a tan.

The snow is as deep as 2 feet where the snow thrower discharged it onto the lawn during the winter. Lots of melting on this day w/a high temp of 64° (17°C), blue skies, no clouds, and full sun. The sun now remains above the tops of the trees, at about the 11 o'clock position at high noon and most of the day.

Also used the snowthrower to clear a circle around the pitcher pump to be able to work w/o being in deep snow. Loosened the cover reset it, and use strong carriage bolts to secure the hand pump to the well cover.

Made a path thru the snow to the shed. In case my bike is desired for a ride, or if something is needed. Worked for 2.5 hours completing the aforementioned tasks.

Saw the squirrel on a branch 30' away from the house. He stared at me and my words to him were stern. Will not begin the varmint repairs until the chicken wire can be retrieved then added on top. Seems like the moth balls work magnificently as it is completely quiet in the attic night and day.

My neighbor to the north walked up the mtn road late afternoon for his health. Greeted him and chatted for a good visit of 30 minutes. Have a small jump start on my tan this summer.

The temp is 28° (-2°C) with the high to be 68° (20°C).

Civil twilight is 5:36 AM EST. Night is 6:58 PM.

Sunrise: 6:06 AM. Set: 7:28 PM.

Length of day: 13h 21m. Length of visible light: 14h 22m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:29:34 AM

Justin...weekend is over...hope it was awesome for you!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:07:48 AM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Agnes
Bizarro
Rhymes with Orange

Have a great week!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 8:13:30 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great Sunday!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 7:58:15 AM

Good morning Justin...arrived safe in Florida but circled the airport for an hour before landing due to a thunderstorm. Rain continues this morning. Have a super day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 7:45:17 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Midnight, Justin is always VERY busy.

Your Sunday movie is, Heartprints, author unk.

The length is only 1:42 minutes. It will continue for a second play if you leave it alone.

Think to yourself, where will you leave your heartprints today, tomorrow, every day?

Enjoy your Sunday!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 4:16:12 AM

Good morning Justin!

Want to learn how busy you are.

Had a jolly time battling two other races in a fabulous war of attrition playing StarCraft w/the two other sides enjoying a melee on me. Like it was a marathon chess game, my ground was held firm while inching ever so slowly on my enemies to defeat their combined tactics.

Somehow got hung up surfing and shopping at Fanatic's great sports gear and also at Majestic's famous athletic clothes. In the end two spring home team jackets and a red pull over were purchased. Will root for my home team w/new apparel.

Went to the recycling center late morning and spoke to the attendant. He is the fellow that installed 3, 4, and 5 taps to the sugar maple trees on the other side of the loop road.

These tree were planted when the town's founding family arrived and built the first two homes here and cleared several hundred acres w/oxen to grow hay for the cows and have good land for crops.

That family was the original builders of the 4 story farmhouse and matching barn. The original house has been razed, the barn remains.

He said there was little sap the past few weeks. Just in the past few days has the sap been flowing abundantly. He said the sugar content is 3.2%. This is nice and high w/less time needed to boil the water out.

Stopped at the P.O. Had two first class letter returned to sender. Just ads from a doc and from my credit union. Figure it costs them nearly 49¢ w/printing and postage. To get them back is sending them a message.

Wondered 4x around our 32,000 sq ft sales floor of Shaw's for exercise. The store mgr, originally a store mgr of Shaw's on Commonwealth Ave, Boston. That has a 50,000 square ft store.

He enjoys the peace and quiet of country living in Lancaster and the far slower pace of life. We spoke of baseball for a good long while. The Lancaster, NH store is 32,000 sq ft of sales floor.

Bought 3 bananas that are 29¢ this w/e only. Passed on the 88¢ 2 liter coke products. Did buy another cod fish for a low $4.99 and two Reese's peanut butter cups for 88¢ each plus one receives 1 Monopoly game piece for each sale item. Won a whopping two free game tix. My 4th or 5th time.

A day of solid overcast w/sprinkles on and off and some snowflakes falling to the ground. No accumulation. The wind was intense w/gusts that were 13.0 mph (21 km/h) on Wunderground.com.

The wind gusts had to be much stronger than that as the house made some snaps a couple of times. Sunday and Monday will be super spring day in the mtns w/temps in the 60's (up to 19°C) and plenty of sun.

The temp is 29° (-2°C) with the high to be 58° (14°C).

Civil twilight is 5:37 AM EST. Night is 6:57 PM.

Sunrise: 6:08 AM. Set: 7:26 PM.

Length of day: 13h 18m. Length of visible light: 14h 19m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 12:43:54 AM

Justin...hope you are having a great weekend buddy!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 11:23:30 PM

Hello & happy Saturday!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 6:28:40 AM

Good morning Justin....Buffalo bound soon. Flying to Florida for a week. Will post when I can. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 4:26:48 AM

Good morning Justin!

Have a wonderfully busy w/e. Am learning even more recipes. Like it much.

My phone and internet are working fabulously. Drove to WM early yesterday, just after 6 AM, to buy a 14 oz box of moth balls. Stopped in Shaw's for their w/e only special sale of wild caught cod for only $4.99 a lb.

A 100 oz jug of Tide, any kind, was also on sale for just $8.99, this w/e only. Bought three of them to earn 3 extra Monopoly game tix. Am fond of Tide, my detergent of choice.

Returned home, set up the step ladder in front the of bathroom door, opened the box of moth balls, up the ladder to open the access panel w/a flashlight in hand. Did not see the creature.

It could be buried in the 20 inches of fiberglass insulation. Tossed moth balls all around and shut the ceiling panel. Research on the net for weeks says those varmints will not touch poison and seldom will enter a trap.

Moth ball are touted to be a humane way to overcome their paradise w/a odor that is highly offensive to them. Have prepared matching color asphalt shingles, ½ plywood with the tools needed.

The chicken wire is buried in deep snow behind my first garden that is fenced and has bird netting on the top and sides. My take a few weeks to be able to get at the chicken wire. The snow was fairly gentle w/the netting, stretching it only an extra foot in the middle.

Pesky prep day and the rain prevented a walk up the mountain and the wet muddy road is far from idea to drive on, let alone walk. More super warm spring days on Sun/Monday w/ temps in the low to mid 60's (16-19C). That plus the wind w/help dry the road rapidly.

The temp is 37° (3°C) with the high to be 46° (8°C).

Civil twilight is 5:39 AM EST. Night is 6:55 PM.

Sunrise: 6:09 AM. Set: 7:25 PM.

Length of day: 13h 15m. Length of visible light: 14h 16m. Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 3:15:23 AM

Justin...hope you have an awesome weekend!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Thank you for yesterday's update showing us how busy you've been/are.

It's time to catch salmon off the coast.

Another shot of the salmon trawler.

Now a close up of a Chinook, posing with Ken Gagne, the person who took these photos as well as many others I share here that are taken from the County web site.

Anyone having fish for dinner/supper on this Fantastic Friday?
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 9:58:20 AM

Good morning Justin....early morning thunderstorms with rain through the day again made it not a good idea to cycle to work. Will be the latest date when I start to pedal to work...most years I start in mid to late March. High of 13°C/55.4°F. Thanks for the update! Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:04:24 AM

Good morning Justin!

So pleasant to hear from you and catch up on your busyness. Take good care.

It took one day for the repairman to arrive, then about an hour to get the phone working again. The repair man from the phone company arrived at 3PM yesterday. Just what was in my thoughts occurred.

The fellow ran a new line up to the second floor, drilled a hole thru the wall and run the line to a new jack on the second floor.

The outside jack that connects to the first floor of the house is buried in snow and ice ice several feet thick. It has a short. Will deal w/the connection on the first floor at another time.

Plan to run a line from the new jack to the original wiring coming up from the first floor and seeing if eliminating the original outside wiring that is shorted will work. The fellow phoned when he left to see that the line worked properly.

He read w/interest the 3 other repair reports in the past year. Many were vague, especially the last one where both inside jacks were changed for free. The company will charge me $120 for the new installation. Am way ahead of the game, still.

Drove to Littleton at 7 AM to shop for a few items at Big Papa's. Bought were 1 lb pf strawberries $1.74 ea, broccoli crowns $1.38, giant 4.5 lb cantaloupes $2 ea, cukes 40¢ ea, red onions, 88¢ a lb, baby bella $2.25, and huge leaf lettuce heads $1.38.

Passed on 3 lbs of carrots for $2. usually there are 5 lbs for $2.50. More of this weeks prices can be found at Big Papa's Facebook page. Click on "see more."

Shopped at WM. Many of the food items wanted were not on the shelves yet. See their prices increased in the 10% range from 1 week ago. The veteran workers are somewhat unhappy that newbies rec'd a raise. The veteran worked for years to earn theirs.

Mentioned to the check out gal items were out of stock and the prices were increased, probably due to the raises to the newbies. She said, "Don't get me started." Laughed as this is my usual que to start the dissent. Did let it go.

The temp is 38° (3°C) with the high to be 53° (12°C). A little rain now. Lots of rain later.

Civil twilight is 5:41 AM EST. Night is 6:54 PM.

Sunrise: 6:11 AM. Set: 7:24 PM.

Length of day: 13h 12m. Length of visible light: 14h 12m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 2:03:15 AM

Justin...so glad I don't have to worry about resume's and such. I've been with the same government agency for nearly 20 yrs and have almost 24 yrs of government service and I'm only 42.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 6:03:07 PM

Hi Justin - Busy, busy, busy. You continue to manage your time well and it is interesting to read what you are doing. Individual responses to us matters not unless we ask you a direct question.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 11:55:02 AM

Good afternoon, everyone!

On Monday, in the Career Management class (the late night class), the professor lectured on how to make a good resume. This is the third professor that I’ve had that has lectured on this. It’s amazing how each have their own unique tips!

When I got home, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. Then I slept for about eight hours. The next day, I went to the Daily Mass at 8:30 am. Ended up being the lector for that as well. After church, I took care of tasks around the house, made a batch of chicken noodle soup, and worked on the last writing assignment for Professional Writing. The writing assignment was about ethics. I turned it in and it was quickly graded (5 out of 5).

I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. Isaac is on vacation this week, so Billy was my working buddy. Did the usual facing and pulling sale tags. Noticed at the end of the night when I was putting up the new window ad signs, that they were larger and we were short 4. Investigated further and saw that we got the wrong Al’s store signs.

When I got home, Mom and I had chicken noodle soup for dinner. Then I slept for just under eight hours. In Managerial Accounting, we went over practice problems for Present Value. After class, my group and I worked on the Accounting homework (30 out of 30). Then we relaxed.

In Business Ethics, we discussed about another part of “Where Am I Wearing.” This time, we focused on where chocolate comes from. Sad to learn that there is child slave labor in Africa. All the major chocolate companies signed an agreement to not let this happen, but it still happens. In Managing Behaviors in Organizations, Chapters 5-7 of “The Lecherous University.” were presented. My group had Chapter 7, so we presented on how to file a complaint. Each way to do so has pros and cons. Based off the book, it’s learned that universities usually favor the faculty member over the student in sexual harassment cases. Very sad.

After classes, we went to the cafeteria for lunch. They were out of grilled chicken, so I had a bacon cheeseburger instead. After lunch, Ana left to go home to be with her husband. Marija, Aaron, and I left the school and went to a couple of places. Then we came back so Marija and I could meet up with our group for the Managing Behaviors class. We had to discuss our strengths, weaknesses, and how we can improve.

After the group session was complete, Marija and I learned that our last class was canceled due to the professor having a family emergency. So Marija, Aaron, and I stayed and chatted for 30 minutes. Then I drove home, stopped at a Jewel to pick up a couple of things, and then back home. Once I was home, I worked on some homework for Professional Writing. Had to Peer Review two External Grant Proposals. I peer reviewed Ana and Marija.

For dinner, Mom and I had leftover chicken noodle soup for dinner. Then I slept for just under eight hours. This morning, Mom and I went to Al’s to do the majority of our grocery shopping. Then I went to Daily Mass at 8:30 am. Mom went to Al’s Karwick to bag from 9 am - 4 pm. I will spend the day catching up on things around the house. Then I work 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, as the Closing Manager.

Everyone, thanks for visiting! It was a pleasure to see you all and read your posts! I need to resume my daily activities, so I do not have time to respond to each of you individually.

Good day!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 9:38:58 AM

Good morning Justin...unable to cycle to work yet(latest date I can recall) with a forecast of rain 20-30mm/.75-1.2". A high of 8°C/46.4°F & possible evening/overnight thunderstorms. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 8:27:40 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Today it's Thursday {{{{hugs}}}}!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 7:47:25 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 4:39:10 AM

Good morning Justin!

remember: All work and no play is not good for the soul.

Had telephone problems late morning yesterday. Went to make a phone call and the line is dead. Not even static. Had that problem, just a few months ago. Then this time there is internet issues.

Modem continuously resets and when it connects the sites either time out or the pages just load up w/nothing seen w/the dialog box "This webpage is not available." Gosh, not again.

Driver to a neighbor's on the road to call the phone co. The lady said it would be corrected by 6 PM today. Modem still resets w/no internet at times.

Prepped the large oval 6 qt crockpot w/ heated asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, and two ounces of water for steam. Added the well trimmed pork southern style ribs and began the slow cooking process.

Did plan to take a walk up the mountain, then decided to go to town to phone the telephone (Fairpoint Comm) co and do some errands while out. Drove to Whitefield and got some fine very lean southern spareribs. Plus at $1.99 a lb on sale, they were just to good looking to pass up.

Bought a few cans of pit-less black olives on sale for $1.19. Just a few months ago they were 98¢ a can at WM, now marked up to $1.42. Saw gas increased 3¢ to 2.13 a gallon. Still have a very full tank.

Stopped at the PO for my mail. Have been "returning to sender" all First Class presorted mail that is pure spam. Am Registered with the "Telephone Preference Service" the key is to get your name off the telemarketer mailing lists.

Had some spare ribs w/ the veggies for lunch. Like mine with BBQ sauce. Added some broccoli florets 40 minutes before the crock pot was turned off. Desert was a of blueberry pie w/Friendly's strawberry ice cream.

The bottom line is in 3-5 days the telephone co said they will be able to service my line. If by chance there are no or limited posts for a few days, Then my internet service is unusable. Will get credit for each day of non-service.

Off to the market to get just a couple of items, then shop at some of the stores in Littleton.

Have several inches of new snow on the window boxes. It is snowing. 2-3" is expected.

The temp is 27° (-3°C) with the high to be 41° (5°C).

Civil twilight is 5:43 AM EST. Night is 6:53 PM.

Sunrise: 6:13 AM. Set: 7:23 PM.

Length of day: 13h 09m. Length of visible light: 14h 09m. Tomorrow will be 3m 01s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:44:37 AM

Hope all is well with you Justin!
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Joisygal
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:38:25 PM

Stopping by to say hi!!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:04:08 PM

Hi Justin, our predicted rainfall was only a quarter of an inch, but we'll take it. We did have a slight dusting of snow on the higher mountain peaks - it looked pretty while I was driving to church for Bible study group this morning, but it's already melted away. I have enjoyed the last couple of days when temps were cool enough that I wore jeans and a long sleeved shirt on my morning walk (as opposed to the shorts and tee shirt that sufficed the past few weeks.)

I'm astounded that you are working so hard and are still managing to keep up with such excellent grades. The teacher in me is especially proud of you. Keep up the good work!
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